US Pat. No. 10,363,966

VEHICLE SIDE STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side structure comprising:a pillar inner member provided so as to extend toward an upper portion of a vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction; and
a pillar outer member placed opposite to an outer side of the pillar inner member the pillar outer member including
an outer wall portion having a plate shape, opposed to the pillar inner member and provided so as to extend toward the upper portion of the vehicle in the vehicle up-down direction,
a front side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in a vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle front side,
a rear side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in the vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle rear side,
a front flange portion provided so as to extend forward in a vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the front flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member, and
a rear flange portion provided so as to extend rearward in the vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the rear flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member,
a hem portion in which the front side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward a lower side of the vehicle, and the rear side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward the lower side, the hem portion being provided in a part of the pillar outer member on the lower side in the vehicle up-down direction,
the pillar outer member includes at least one of
a front reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion, or
a rear reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion, wherein:
at least one of a condition (i) or a condition (ii) is satisfied
(i) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion with respect to a lateral load applied to the outer wall portion at a right angle from outside in the vehicle width direction is higher than a yield strength of the front side wall portion with respect to the lateral load,
(ii) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load is higher than a yield strength of the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load, and wherein:
at least one of a condition (iii) or a condition (iv) is satisfied,
(iii) the front side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the front side wall portion having a front outer portion placed on an outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a first edge line of the bending region of the front side wall portion, a front inner portion placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the first edge line, the first edge line is provided in the hem portion and the first edge line is provided between a center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the front side wall portion,
(iv) the rear side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the rear side wall portion having a rear outer portion placed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a second edge line of the bending region of the rear side wall portion, a rear inner portion placed on the inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the second edge line, the second edge line is provided in the hem portion and the second edge line is provided between the center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the rear side wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,965

MOTOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A POWERTRAIN UNIT AND A SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOVING THE POWERTRAIN UNIT SIDEWAYS DURING AN IMPACT

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a front engine compartment;
a powertrain unit housed in said engine compartment;
at least one pair of side-members arranged along respective sides of the engine compartment and substantially parallel to an advancing longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle;
at least one of said side-members comprising:
an intermediate portion comprising a lateral wall having a hole, and
a front terminal portion;
the motor vehicle further comprising at least one safety device configured so as to move said powertrain unit sideways during an impact, towards the opposite side to that which is subject to said impact, and comprising a beam having:
a first axial end fixed with respect to said terminal portion and horizontally spaced from said terminal portion laterally towards the outside of said engine compartment, and
a second axial end fixed to said intermediate portion by fixing elements; wherein said safety device further comprises a pin, which is fixed with respect to said second axial end, is a component distinct from said fixing elements, and projects with respect to said second axial end through said hole and towards said powertrain unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,962

SPINDLE SYSTEM FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT CORRECTION

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. An apparatus for inducing a desired angular orientation of an axis of revolution of a tire mounted to an axle and accommodating change in position of brake components resulting from use of said apparatus, said apparatus comprising:a sleeve which includes an inner surface and an outer surface, an inboard end and an outboard end, said inner surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a first axis, said outer surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a second axis, said second axis positioned at a predetermined angle compared to said first axis, said outboard end possesses an at least one depression positioned on and extending radially inward past said outer surface, said sleeve possessing an at least one protrusion extending radially inward from said inner surface;
a washer which includes an outboard surface, an inboard surface, an inner surface forming an aperture, said aperture extending from said outboard surface to said inboard surface, said washer includes at least one protrusion protruding radially inward from said inner surface for engaging said at least one depression of said sleeve;
an axle spindle possessing an outer surface of revolution about a third axis, at least one depression extending radially inward past said axle spindle outer surface of revolution;
wherein when said sleeve is positioned upon said axle spindle, said sleeve protrusion engages said at least one depression of said axle spindle, preventing rotation of said sleeve about said third axis of said spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,956

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A steering control apparatus that controls an assistance torque outputted by a steering assistance motor based on a steering torque applied by a driver, the steering control apparatus comprising:a basic assistance torque calculating unit that calculates, using a processor, a basic assistance torque; and
a return control unit that calculates, using the processor, a return control amount for providing assistance such that a steering wheel returns to a neutral position, as a correction torque to be added to the basic assistance torque, wherein
the return control unit includes
a driver steering correcting unit that calculates, using the processor, a correction amount outputted in relation to any calculation quantity in a calculation process for the return control amount, based on the steering torque and steering wheel position-related information, such that the return control amount is maintained or increased in response to the steering torque being applied in a returning direction towards the neutral position of the steering wheel, and the return control amount is reduced in response to the steering torque of which an absolute value is equal to or greater than a predetermined critical value being applied in a turning direction away from the neutral position of the steering wheel, the steering wheel position-related information being information of which a value at which the steering wheel is at the neutral position is zero and the value is positive or negative based on a steering wheel position in relation to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,954

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A housing assembly comprising:a housing having an open end;
a plurality of magnets located at an inner surface of the housing, each of the plurality of magnets having a radial thickness that is greater in a circumferential middle than at either circumferential end;
a magnet holder supporting the magnets, wherein the magnet holder has a plurality of arranged pillars, which are non-magnetic and spaced from each other, and extend in an axial direction of the housing, opposite circumferential ends of each of the magnets respectively directly abut against adjacent pillars; and
a cover mounted in the magnet holder for fixing the magnets,
wherein the cover is in the form of a sheet metal roll before being assembled, having an outer radius greater than a first distance between a radially inner surface of the magnet and an axis of the housing, but smaller than a second distance between a radially innermost portion of the pillar of the magnet holder and the axis of the housing; the cover is resiliently deformed when assembled to the magnet holder and magnets, and forms a plurality of first deformed portions respectively abutting against the radially inner surfaces of the magnets to resiliently urge the magnets towards the inner surface of the housing, and a plurality of second deformed portions protruding outwardly between the magnets and abutting against the radially innermost portions of the pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,363,952

ORDER FULFILLMENT CART HAVING NESTING CAPABILITY

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. An order fulfillment cart comprising:a first frame portion, the first frame portion including a first plurality of support members configured to support a first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a second frame portion positioned a distance from the first frame portion, the second frame portion including a second plurality of support members configured to support a second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a third frame portion positioned between the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein the third frame portion includes a third plurality of support members on a first side facing the first plurality of support members, configured to support the first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart, and a fourth plurality of support members on an opposing second side facing the second plurality of support members, configured to support the second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart; and
a connector having a first end that is attached to the first frame portion on a top surface of the first frame portion so that the first end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the first frame portion, and a second end that is attached to the second frame portion on a top surface of the second frame portion so that the second end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the second frame portion, such that the connector spans diagonally across a length of the order fulfillment cart above the top surfaces of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein a first nesting area is formed between the first frame portion and the third frame portion and a second nesting area is formed between the second frame portion and the third frame portion;
wherein, when the order fulfillment cart is in a nesting position with a neighboring order fulfillment cart, the connector abuts a connector of the neighboring order fulfillment cart and frame components of the neighboring order fulfillment cart pass under the connector and reside within the first nesting area and the second nesting area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,948

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE, TRAIN CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control method that is executed by a train control device mounted on a train, the train control method comprising:detecting acceleration of the train along a rotation radius direction, when the train is turning and passing a curved section of a rail line with a cant; and
setting a passing speed of the train passing through the curved section so that the state of the train is placed in a balanced cant, based on a direction of the detected acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,947

STORAGE WAGON FOR BULK MATERIAL

1. A storage wagon for bulk material comprising:a loading container having a loading end and a transfer end the loading container is mobile on on-track undercarriages
a bottom conveyor belt extending the longitudinal direction of the wagon the bottom conveyor belt having a loading end and a transfer end,
a transfer conveyor belt for passing on the stored bulk material in a conveying direction,
the transfer conveyor belt adjoining transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and projecting beyond a front end of the wagon, and
an auxiliary conveyor belt arranged at an upper end of the loading container and extending in the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a deflector plate arranged above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and underneath a discharge end of the auxiliary conveyor belt extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a pivot axis disposed above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt;
the deflector plate is designed to be pivotable about the pivot axis relative to the loading container the deflector plate extending back towards the loading end of the bottom conveyor belt, the deflector plate for changing a deflection angle a enclosed with a conveying plane of the bottom conveyor belt wherein the bottom conveyor belt is configured for a reversal of its conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,946

HYBRID PNEUMATIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A pneumatic regenerative system for a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle including a locomotive with a main drive mechanism, and the railway vehicle including plurality of axles that rotate when the railway vehicle is propelled along a railway, the system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms, each pneumatic drive mechanism mechanically coupled to one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle, one of the plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms being coupled to a one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle which is not mechanically driven by the main drive mechanism of the locomotive, each pneumatic drive mechanism comprising:
an accumulator that is operable to receive and store pressurized air; and
a pneumatic device operably coupled to one of the plurality of axles and the accumulator, the device operable in a first configuration, where the device is driven by rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during a braking operation of the railway vehicle to generate and store pressurized air in the accumulator, and a second configuration, where the pneumatic device receives pressurized air from the accumulator to drive rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during an acceleration operation of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,945

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION OF A USER OF A VEHICLE, AND A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus configured to control a user situation awareness modification of a user of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input module configured to repeatedly receive a first event detection signal comprising information related to a detected event outside a vehicle and to repeatedly receive a first user detection signal comprising information related to a reaction or a missing reaction of a user to the detected event outside the vehicle; and
a processing module configured to determine a user situation awareness level based on the information related to the detected event outside the vehicle and the information related to the reaction of the user to the detected event, and to generate a control signal configured to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the determined user situation awareness level,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine a desired time-till-takeover based on the detected event outside the vehicle,
wherein the processing module is configured to generate the control signal to trigger the user situation awareness modification module if the determined user situation awareness level indicates that a predicted time-till-takeover is larger than the desired time-till-takeover.

US Pat. No. 10,363,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION RISKS AND DETERMINING DRIVER WARNING LEVELS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

10. A system for pedestrian warning in a vehicle, the system comprising:a traffic controller external to the vehicle; and
a vehicle controller receiving pedestrian information from the traffic controller external to the vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to generate a pedestrian detection warning based on evaluating the pedestrian information, the generation of the pedestrian detection warning comprising:
constructing a pedestrian zone based on pedestrian information that is received from the traffic controller external to the vehicle;
computing a vehicle trajectory that predicts a path for the vehicle;
determining a minimal distance between the pedestrian zone and the vehicle trajectory;
predicting a time to collision by computing a time for the vehicle to reach a location corresponding to the minimal distance along the vehicle trajectory; and
in response to the time to collision being below a threshold, generating a warning for an operator of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to compute a time-decay risk as:
where Ref_Safe_Distance is a predetermined parameter and CV is a time decayed confidence-value indicative of a pedestrian being present in the pedestrian zone, and wherein the vehicle controller predicts the time to collision in response to the time-decay risk being greater than a risk threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,943

CROSS-TRAFFIC ASSISTANCE AND CONTROL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lane crossing assistance system for a vehicle, the system comprising:at least one object sensor;
a cross traffic guidance indicator; and
an electronic controller configured to
automatically detect a multiple lane intersection where a first crossing lane and a second crossing lane both intersect with a current lane occupied by a host vehicle, wherein vehicles operating in the first crossing lane are expected to move in a first direction and vehicles operating in the second crossing lane are expected to move in a second direction opposite the first direction;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor mounted on the host vehicle, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and moving towards an intersection of the first crossing lane and the current lane occupied by the host vehicle;
calculate, based at least in part on the sensor data, a first lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the first crossing lane will reach the intersection;
calculate a first lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the first crossing lane;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and moving towards the multiple lane intersection;
calculated, based at least in part on the sensor data, a second lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the second crossing lane with reach the intersection;
calculate a second lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the second crossing lane;
transmit an activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and that the first lane crossing time is greater than the first lane crossing vehicle arrival time; and
transmit the activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and that the second lane crossing time is greater than the second lane crossing vehicle arrival time,
wherein the cross traffic guidance indicator is configured to produce, in response to receiving the activation signal, an indication perceivable by a driver of the host vehicle that the intersection cannot be crossed by the host vehicle under current conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,940

VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position attitude-angle estimation device which sets an existent distribution range to a predetermined range by using a particle filter and disperses particles, which represent predicted positions and candidate attitude angles of a vehicle, within the existent distribution range to estimate a position and attitude angle of a vehicle from an image capturing surroundings of the vehicle by a camera mounted on the vehicle which has front wheels and rear wheels, advances in a front-rear direction and corners in a vehicle width direction, comprising:a vehicle-speed detection unit configured to detect a speed of the vehicle; and
a particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit configured to widen the existent distribution range in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle when the speed of the vehicle detected by the vehicle-speed detection unit exceeds a speed threshold,
wherein the speed of the vehicle exceeding the speed threshold gives a sideslip angle to wheels of the vehicle producing a motion on the vehicle in the vehicle width direction, and the particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit widens the existent distribution range in the vehicle width direction is in response to the sideslip angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,939

VEHICLE REFERENCE VELOCITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An apparatus for estimating confidence in a vehicle reference velocity, the apparatus comprising:a controller comprising an electronic processor having an electrical input for receiving at least one vehicle operating parameter;
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
monitor the at least one vehicle operating parameter;
determine a rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
calculate a confidence value representing the confidence in the vehicle reference velocity, the confidence value being calculated in dependence on the determined rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
output the confidence value to a vehicle dynamics controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,936

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A vehicle control method comprising:measuring, by a sensor, a first vehicle speed;
calculating a relative vehicle speed of an image captured by a camera with respect to a vehicle;
calculating an error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed; and
correcting a vehicle speed of the vehicle by calculating a second vehicle speed based on the error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,933

SMART DRIVER PRESENCE STRATEGY FOR POLICE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TO INCREASE AUTO-STOP ENGINE AVAILABILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:responsive to an engine being auto-stopped and a signal indicating a driver exiting the vehicle, securing traction wheels against rotation, modifying a convenience feature power consumption from a first state to a decreased second state, and maintaining the engine in an auto-stopped condition; and
responsive to a signal indicating the driver returning to the vehicle, returning the convenience feature power consumption to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,932

SSC-SCC SYSTEM FOR INCREASING SSC DISTANCE USING SSC AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a Start/Stop Coasting (SSC)-Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system for increasing a SSC distance using SCC, comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle in operation satisfies a preset SSC entry condition;
entering, by the controller, a SSC mode or maintaining a SSC entry state, when the vehicle satisfies the preset SSC entry condition;
measuring, by the controller, a distance from a preceding vehicle using a sensor after the entering of the SSC mode or the maintaining of the SSC entry state;
determining, by the controller, whether the measured distance is equal to or less than a preset reference distance; and
performing, by the controller, SCC braking in response to determining that the measured distance is equal to or less than the preset reference distance, while maintaining the SSC entry state,
wherein the performing of the SCC braking includes operating a brake or maintaining an operation state of the brake, in a state where an engine is stopped and a clutch is released.

US Pat. No. 10,363,930

METHOD OF SPEED CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A method of automatically controlling a speed of a vehicle to maintain a control speed, said method comprising:detecting a plurality of off-road conditions of the vehicle;
determining a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions; and
automatically setting a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to the detected off-road condition corresponding to a minimum of the determined maximum speed control speeds appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,929

VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRAVEL METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A vehicle automatic travel control device provided on a vehicle having an internal combustion engine and controlling the vehicle to automatically travel in a short section, in which a horizontal distance from a start point to an end point in front of the vehicle is preset, while maintaining a speed of the vehicle within a speed range which is faster than a lower limit speed set to be slower than a preset target speed and is slower than an upper limit speed set to be faster than the target speed, the vehicle automatic travel control device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to:
calculate an end point speed, which is a vehicle speed at the end point in a case where it is assumed that the vehicle is controlled to perform inertial travel in the short section, based on a relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy of the vehicle at the start point, potential energy and kinetic energy of the vehicle at the end point and loss energy of the vehicle to be lost from the start point to the end point or an acceleration of the vehicle in the short section;
determine whether the calculated end point speed falls within the speed range,
wherein the vehicle is controlled to perform the inertial travel in the short section in a case where the end point speed falls within the speed range;
calculate a balanced slope at which an air resistance force, a rolling resistance force, and a slope resistance force, which are to be applied to the vehicle in a case where it is assumed that the vehicle is controlled to perform the inertial travel in the short section, are balanced; and
determine whether an absolute value of a negative slope of the short section of a descending road is smaller than an absolute value of the balanced slope,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the absolute value of the slope is smaller than the absolute value of the balanced slope, control of approximating the lower limit speed to the target speed is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,928

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle control system mounted on a vehicle, the system being configured to;detect an object external to the vehicle,
determine a speed distribution area extending at least in a lateral area of the object in a travelling direction of the vehicle and defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit of a relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object in the travelling direction of the vehicle, and
execute an avoidance control for restricting the relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object so that the relative speed does not exceed the allowable upper limit in the speed distribution area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,927

SPEED CHANGE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR WORK VEHICLE

1. A speed change control apparatus for a work vehicle, the speed change control apparatus comprising:a hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission that performs speed change on power that is input from an engine by changing a trunnion shaft angle based on a depressing amount of a speed change pedal and outputs the power;
a pedal position detector that detects a pedal position responsive to the depressing amount of the speed change pedal; and
a control unit that controls a number of revolutions of the engine and the trunnion shaft angle of the hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission based on the pedal position detected by the pedal position detector, wherein
the pedal position includes a first pedal position and a second pedal position that corresponds to a second depressing amount of the speed change pedal that is less than a first depressing amount of the speed change pedal that corresponds to the first pedal position, and
the control unit performs control so that
at a pedal position between the first pedal position and the second pedal position, a vehicle speed of the work vehicle changes linearly, and
at a pedal position between a release position of the speed change pedal and the second pedal position, a change rate of the vehicle speed of the work vehicle is non-linear such that it decreases with decreasing the depressing amount of the speed change pedal and increases with increasing the depressing amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,924

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a vehicle, the vehicle includingan engine,
a rotating electric machine, the vehicle configured to travel using power of at least one of the engine and the rotating electric machine,
an automatic transmission including an input shaft connected to the engine and the rotating electric machine,
a collision detection sensor configured to detect whether or not a collision of the vehicle occurs, and
a first clutch provided between the rotating electric machine and the input shaft, the first clutch being configured to switch a connection state of the rotating electric machine and the input shaft between an engagement state and a release state,
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to
(i) execute a first engagement switching control, the first engagement switching control being control for switching the first clutch from the release state to the engagement state when the occurrence of the collision of the vehicle is detected by the collision detection sensor, the first clutch is in the release state, and a rotation speed of the rotating electric machine is equal to or higher than a rotation speed of the input shaft, and
(ii) execute a release maintenance control, the release maintenance control being control for maintaining the first clutch in the release state when the occurrence of the collision of the vehicle is detected by the collision detection sensor, the first clutch is in the release state, and the rotation speed of the rotating electric machine is lower than the rotation speed of the input shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,923

FRONT END MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM AND HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a motor-generator;
a torque transfer segment having a motor-generator end configured to receive the motor-generator and transfer torque between the motor-generator end and a coupling end of the torque transfer segment; and
an integrated switchable coupling configured to be co-axially located between the coupling end of the torque transfer segment and a front end of an engine crankshaft,
wherein the integrated switchable coupling includes an engine-side portion including a crankshaft vibration damper portion configured to be coupled to the engine crankshaft, a drive-side portion configured to be coupled to the torque transfer segment coupling end and to drive at least one engine accessory drive coupled to the drive-side portion, and a clutch arranged between the engine-side portion and the drive-side portion, the clutch being configured to selectively engage the engine-side portion with the drive-side portion,
the drive-side portion concentrically surrounds at least a portion of the clutch along a coupling rotation axis, and
a rotation axis of the motor-generator is parallel to and laterally offset from the coupling rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,921

CLUNK MITIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR PEDAL TIP-IN AND TIP-OUT EVENTS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle having a powertrain comprising a torque generating system and an automatic transmission, the control system comprising:a pedal position sensor configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
based on the accelerator pedal position, detect a pedal tip-in or tip-out event, wherein the pedal tip-in event comprises a transition from (a) a shaft of the automatic transmission driving a shaft of the torque generating system to (b) the torque generating system shaft driving the automatic transmission shaft, and wherein the pedal tip-out event comprises an opposite transition than the pedal tip-in event; and
in response to detecting the pedal tip-in or tip-out event:
(i) determine a desired output torque for the torque generating system corresponding to the pedal tip-in or tip-out event, and
(ii) command the torque generating system to gradually transition, over a period, from its current output torque to the desired output torque to mitigate clunk caused by abrupt contact between gear teeth of the torque generating system shaft and the automatic transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,919

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle wherein the hybrid vehicle includes a power source including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and a transmission having a plurality of transmission stages provided on a power transmission path through which power of the power source is transmitted to an output shaft, said control apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:switch between a HV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is operated for the hybrid vehicle to run, and an EV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is stopped and the power of the power source is used for the hybrid vehicle to run;
switch between a normal mode and a power mode in which an acceleration performance is emphasized more than in the normal mode; and
control the transmission in such a manner that a transmission stage in a particular state in which the EV running mode and the power mode are selected is lower than a transmission stage when the hybrid vehicle is not in the particular state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,918

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TORQUE REDUCTION OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling torque reduction of a hybrid vehicle including a motor and an engine as power sources, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a discharging torque control factor of the motor and a charging torque control factor of the motor based on a current state of charge of a battery that supplies an electric power to the motor and a threshold state of charge of the battery;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the motor corresponding to a driving torque reduction request of a traction control system (TCS) based on a discharging limit torque of the motor that the discharging torque control factor is reflected in and a charging limit torque of the motor that the charging torque control factor is reflected in;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the engine corresponding to the driving torque reduction request based on the calculated torque of the motor and a request torque of the traction control system (TCS);
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the motor based on the calculated torque of the motor; and
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the engine based on the calculated torque of the engine,
wherein a target state of charge included in the threshold state of charge is a state of charge that decreases noise of the engine and maintains a state of charge of the battery, and
wherein the controller is in communication with the traction control system (TCS).

US Pat. No. 10,363,916

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A pressure control apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive an input of a current pressure value of a brake apparatus detected by a detection apparatus when drive of the brake apparatus is prepared, the brake apparatus comprising a motor and a hydraulic valve;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the input current pressure value is a preset standard pressure value;
a control unit configured to receive the current pressure value, transfer a determination command to the determination unit, and control the motor of the brake apparatus to maintain a constant torque of the motor while simultaneously iterating repeatedly on and off operations of the hydraulic valve of the brake apparatus so that the current pressure value reaches the standard pressure value when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value; and
a first identification unit configured to cause a normal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is the standard pressure value or cause an abnormal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A BRAKE HOLDING ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle with a brake holding assist function comprising:detecting at least one motion parameter of the motor vehicle;
comparing the at least one detected motion parameter with a predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
determining a correction value for at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter when said at least one detected motion parameter differs from said predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
adjusting the at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter using the correction value to determine at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter;
wherein the at least one brake torque reduction parameter is a point in time of a brake torque reduction, the at least one initial brake torque parameter is an initial point in time of a brake torque reduction, and the brake torque reduction point in time correction value; and
using the at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter as a brake torque reduction parameter for the brake torque reduction and changing the point in time of the brake torque reduction and correspondingly the point in time of a vehicle brake release.

US Pat. No. 10,363,904

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT TELEMATICS UNIT DISCONNECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system to detect a vehicle system module (VSM) disconnection, the system comprising:a memory configured to comprise a program and a processor configured to execute the program, wherein the program enables the processor to:
sense a disconnection event, wherein the disconnection event is a hardwire connection between the VSM and a communication bus being severed, wherein the disconnection event is sensed when the VSM has stopped receiving periodic heartbeat signals from one or more other VSMs through the communications bus; and
in response to the disconnection event being sensed, gather VSM location data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,903

VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM AND ON-VEHICLE DEVICE OF VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle keyless system comprising:a portable device configured to transmit a command signal; and
an on-vehicle device configured to receive the command signal transmitted from the portable device and control an on-vehicle component in response to the command signal as received, wherein
the portable device includes an operation unit, a portable-side control unit, and a transmission unit,
the portable-side control unit:
transmits, when an operation is made on the operation unit, the command signal including ID information unique to the portable device as a main signal from the transmission unit, and
transmits, when an operational mode of the operation unit following the operation made on the operation unit satisfies requirement of a special mode, the command signal including the ID information as a sub signal subsequent to the main signal from the transmission unit,
the on-vehicle device includes:
a reception unit configured to receive the command signal,
an on-vehicle device-side control unit configured to execute command processing of controlling the on-vehicle component based on the command signal as received by the reception unit, and
a storage unit configured to store ID information unique to a portable device to which the on-vehicle device is available,
the sub signal includes a plurality of identical signals intermittently transmitted,
the on-vehicle device-side control unit executes state transition processing in a case that the command signal transmitted as the main signal is received and the ID information included in the main signal as received does not match with the ID information stored in the storage unit, and
in the state transition processing, the reception unit is transitioned to a sleep state in which the reception unit is intermittently activated at a timing that is different from a timing of the sub signal intermittently transmitted and the on-vehicle device is transitioned to a power saving state in which processing is not performed on the sub signal transmitted subsequent to the main signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,901

BELT BUCKLE FOR A SAFETY BELT SYSTEM

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A belt buckle for a seatbelt system comprising a buckle housing, a spring-loaded lock mechanism, a securing pin for locking a belt tongue inserted into the buckle housing, and a pushbutton including a frame which is displaceably guided on the buckle housing under a spring effect to impact upon the lock mechanism for unlocking the belt buckle, wherein the frame has a recess including at least one contact region for guiding or retaining the securing pin coming into contact with the contact region upon an actuation of the belt buckle, wherein at least one of the at least one contact region of the recess formed on the pushbutton includes a noise-damping element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,899

SIDE AIR CURTAIN BAG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle airbag assembly comprising:an airbag;
a ramp carrier; and
a deployable ramp provided on the carrier to unfurl during airbag deployment and ride over a vehicle component and including a movable element to move from a first position in a stowed configuration to a second position in a ramped configuration responsive to the deployment,
wherein a ramp thickness increases along an airbag length when the movable element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,898

AIR-BAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag device for restraining an occupant in a vehicle, comprising:a main bag adapted to be inflated and deployed in front of a front seat in the vehicle;
a center bag adapted to be inflated and deployed on an inner side of the main bag in a vehicle width direction; and
an upper side joining means that is provided above a region of the airbag device intended for restraining the head of the occupant and above a valley formed between the main bag and the center bag and for joining the center bag to the main bag for a prescribed range in a vehicle front-back direction, the prescribed range in the vehicle front-back direction extending further toward a vehicle rear side than portions of the valley, the valley positioned to receive the head of the occupant in an oblique impact condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,897

PASSENGER AIRBAG MODULE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An airbag module, comprising:a housing comprising a retaining tab;
a cushion disposed within the housing; and
a chute having a first side and a second side with a seam centrally formed therebetween, wherein each of the first and second sides comprise a plurality of fingers which operatively cooperate to define a track configured to slidably attach the housing to the chute such that the housing is pressed against the chute and moved in a direction parallel to the seam of the chute until the chute sufficiently encloses the cushion within the housing, and wherein the chute is configured to open during deployment of the cushion, the chute further having a retaining base; and
wherein, when the housing is sufficiently slidably attached to the chute, the retaining tab and retaining base are operatively positioned to receive a joining mechanism which affixes the housing to the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,363,895

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag device for a front passenger seat adapted to be mounted on a vehicle having a rearview mirror which protrudes downwardly out of a roof of the vehicle, the airbag device comprising a housing adapted to be mounted on an instrument panel of the vehicle disposed in front of a front passenger seat, and an airbag that is housed in the housing in a folded-up configuration and inflatable with an inflation gas for rearward deployment, the airbag comprising:a main bag section that protrudes rearward out of the housing and deploys in front of the front passenger seat;
a center bag section that protrudes towards an inboard side in a vehicle width direction out of the main bag section and deploys in front of a space between the front passenger seat and a driver's seat, the center bag section as deployed including, on an upper portion thereof, a region that faces the rearview mirror in an up and down direction;
a passenger protection region that is composed of a rear portion of the airbag as deployed for protecting a passenger, the passenger protection region comprising a front-collision arresting plane for protecting a head of the passenger in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle and an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed on an inboard side in the vehicle width direction of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as the passenger moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle; and
a regulating tether that is disposed generally along an up and down direction inside the center bag section and connects the region of the upper portion of the center bag section facing the rearview mirror at airbag deployment and a region of a lower portion of the center bag section which is deployed beneath the region facing the rearview mirror, in order to prevent contact between the center bag section and the rearview mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,363,894

ROLLOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A rollover protection device for a passenger car, comprising: a supporting device that extends in an upward direction when installed properly, and a crossmember secured on the supporting device and extending in a lateral direction when installed properly, the crossmember defining a beam shape with rounded portions and defining a die-cast, low-pressure die-cast or forged unit, the crossmember having recesses arranged adjacent to one another in the lateral direction, each of the recesses extending substantially in a longitudinal direction of the passenger car when installed properly, the recesses comprising a first plurality of recesses with closed front ends and open rear ends and a second plurality of recesses with closed rear ends and open front ends, the recesses of the first plurality alternating with the recesses of the second plurality so that each recess with a closed front end is adjacent at least one recess with a closed rear end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,893

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE CONTEXTUAL LOCK CONTROL SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, sensor readings from sensors on a self-driving vehicle (SDV) that describe a vehicle context assessment of the SDV and a passenger context assessment of a passenger in the SDV; and
transmitting, by one or more processors, a signal to a lock controller mechanism in the SDV to selectively lock or unlock a lock in the SDV based on the vehicle context assessment and the passenger context assessment;
directing the lock controller mechanism to, prior to locking or unlocking the door, request passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV; and
in response to receipt of the passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV, directing the lock controller mechanism to lock or unlock the lock in the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,363,891

ASSEMBLY, A CLIP ASSEMBLY FOR RETAINING A CONDUIT AND A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An assembly, comprising:a support defining an opening;
a clip attachable to the support via the opening, with the clip including a body;
a retention member extending from the body and having a first portion inserted through the opening to attach the body to the support and a second portion directly engaging the support inside the opening to prevent rotation of the body relative to the support; and
wherein the retention member includes a tab and the retention member is movable between an initial position from which the first portion of the retention member elastically deforms from an original configuration as the tab is inserted into the opening and a final position at which the first portion of the retention member has elastically deformed back toward the original configuration once the tab has passed beyond the opening such that the second portion directly engages the support at a plurality of spaced apart locations inside the opening to prevent the rotation of the body relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,890

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, WORKING MACHINE, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TERMINATION RESISTOR

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A working machine comprising:an engine;
a working tool mounted on the working machine;
a display device configured to display information at least related to:
a driving state of the working machine; and
operation of the working tool;
a control system comprising:
an in-vehicle network;
a first control device configured to control movement of the working tool mounted on the working machine;
a second control device configured to control the engine;
a third control device configured to control the display; and
a fourth control device configured to control the working tool,
wherein each of the first, second, third and fourth control devices comprises:
a termination resistor connectable to a first communication line and a second communication line of the in-vehicle network;
a termination resistor switch adapted to switch between a connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is connected to the in-vehicle network and a non-connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is not connected to the in-vehicle network;
a non-transitory data storage configured to store identification information; and
a switch control, including at least one transistor, configured to control a switching operation of the termination resistor switch,
wherein the control system has a mode of operation where the switch control:
utilizes first identification information from one of the first, second, third or fourth control device when the engine starts, said first identification information being identification information stored in the data storage of the respective, first, second, third or fourth control device;
obtains second identification information different from another of the first, second, third or fourth control device;
compares the second identification information with the first identification information;
performs a calculation based on the first and second identification information; and
either switches the termination resistor switch to the connection state based on the calculation or switches the termination resistor switch to the non-connection state based on the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,889

VEHICLE WIRELESS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wireless electrical device interconnect system for a vehicle, the being vehicle provided with a windshield or a backlite having a first surface, the vehicle comprising:an electrically powered device adapted to be disposed on an interior or exterior surface of the vehicle;
a first transceiver operable to provide a wireless electric power signal;
a second transceiver coupled to the electrically powered device to provide electric power to the electrically powered device to energize the electrically powered service responsive to the wireless electric power signal;
a conductive link having a first coil and a second coil, the conductive link and the first and second coils being disposed on the first surface, the first coil being disposed adjacent the first transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the first transceiver to the conductive link, and the second coil being disposed adjacent the second transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the link to the second transceiver and wherein,
the first coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the first transceiver, the second coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the second transceiver, the first transceiver is remote from the second transceiver and the link is a conductor disposed on the surface operatively electrically joining the first coil and the second coil.

US Pat. No. 10,363,888

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness to be installed in a vehicle comprising:an electric wire; and
a protective tube that protects the electric wire,
wherein the electric wire is provided at a lower part of a vehicle body of the vehicle,
the protective tube covers the electric wire and includes ferromagnetic and resin materials, and
content of the ferromagnetic material and a distance between the electric wire and the protective tube are designed according to a required inductance of the protective tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,887

GLAZING WITH EXTRUDED SEAL, TRIM AND CORE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE GLAZING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing, comprising a glazed element, at least one portion of extruded seal, at least one trim having an elongate form which extends along an edge of said glazed element and having an outer face visible from an outside of a vehicle on which the vehicle glazing is to be mounted and an inner face situated opposite said outer face, and a core, having an elongate form and having, in cross section, a head and a foot, said core being situated under said trim with at least a part of said head in contact with said inner face of the trim and said foot which protrudes under said trim with at least a part of said foot which is not in contact with said inner face of the trim, said portion of extruded seal, seen in cross section, being in contact with said glazed element, said foot and a part of said outer face of the trim, wherein said portion of extruded seal is manufactured by molding a plastic material on said glazed element, on said foot and on the part of said outer face of the trim.

US Pat. No. 10,363,885

AUTOMOBILE REARVIEW MIRROR WITH DRIVING VIDEO RECORDING FUNCTION

1. A rearview mirror attachment having recording functionality for removably coupling to a face of an existing automobile rearview mirror, wherein said automobile review mirror includes a top and bottom edge and backward facing surface, said attachment comprising:a rearview mirror body comprising a housing and a mirror mounted in said housing, said housing comprising a first pivot holder and a second pivot holder, said first pivot holder and said second pivot holder each defining therein a ball socket and a position-limiting passage in communication with said ball socket, each said position limiting passage being an open-ended passage facing downwards and having an inner diameter gradually increased toward an open end thereof;
a first camera module comprising a camera holder, an image capture device mounted in said camera holder and adapted for capturing outside video images, a connection rod extended from a top side of said camera holder and terminating in a ball, said connection rod having a substantially uniform circumference, wherein said ball being coupled to said ball socket of said first pivot holder in a tight-fit manner so that said ball is rotatable relative to said ball socket to the desired angular position by an external force and then positively positioned in the adjusted angular position after said external force is disappeared, wherein the uniform connection rod is capable of being adjusted within the position-limiting passage off-axis from mechanical center of said position-limiting passage, said connection rod being extended through said position-limiting passage to a certain distance outside said rearview mirror body to suspend said camera holder outside said rearview mirror body
wherein the ball further comprises a pin protrusion; and
the ball socket further comprises a corresponding pin opening except in one location where the ball socket comprises a pin arresting surface configured so that the maximum rotation of the camera holder about the yaw axis cannot be greater than 360° .

US Pat. No. 10,363,884

MULTIFUNCTIONAL VEHICLE-MOUNTED MOBILE PHONE HOLDER

1. A multifunctional vehicle-mounted mobile phone holder, comprising a holder body for retaining a mobile phone and a mounting seat for connecting with a component in a car, the holder body being connected to the mounting seat, the holder body being provided with a window glass breaker;wherein an outer surface of the window glass breaker is covered with a flexible protective cover so that a sharp tip of the window glass breaker is enclosed by the flexible protective cover, and the flexible protective cover is a silicone protective cover;
wherein the mounting seat comprises an adjusting base and a blade clamp, the blade clamp is disposed on the adjusting base, the blade clamp includes an immovable blade and a movable blade opposite to each other, an end surface of the adjusting base is formed with a mounting trough, a bottom end of the immovable blade is fixed to the mounting trough, a bottom end of the movable blade is provided with a button, the button is movably disposed in the mounting trough, the button has a press end extending out of a side wall of the adjusting base from the mounting trough, a spring is provided in the mounting trough, and the spring is compressively disposed between a side wall of the mounting trough and the button so that the movable blade always has a tendency to lean against the immovable blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,883

ROAD FINISHING MACHINE WITH RETAINER DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING AND POSITIONING A SENSOR UNIT

1. A road finishing machine comprising:a chassis;
a height-adjustable screed mounted to the chassis for laying a paving layer;
a sensor unit; and
a retainer device associated with the screed for supporting and positioning the sensor unit, the retainer device comprising a supporting arm module, a sensor module that supports the sensor unit, and a link movably positioned along the supporting arm module and that mounts the sensor module to the supporting arm module, wherein the supporting arm module is oriented along a direction of travel of the road finishing machine, the sensor module comprises a retainer with a mounting plate which is releasably mounted to the link, and the sensor module is mountable to the link in various assembly angles with respect to a horizontal line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,882

MOUNTING STRUCTURE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A mounting structure formed to be temporarily fixable to a mounting target having an aperture formed therein, wherein the mounting structure comprises:a main body portion having a side wall portion;
an elastic portion provided on the side wall portion, wherein the elastic portion is configured to contact the mounting target and to surround the aperture; and
a temporary fixing unit including a portion to be passed through the aperture and provided on the side wall portion to temporarily fix the main body portion to the mounting target by sandwiching a part of the mounting target between the temporary fixing unit and the elastic portion while the portion of the temporary fixing unit is passed through the aperture, wherein
the temporary fixing unit has,
a supporting portion provided on the side wall portion and including a distal end portion to be passed through the aperture,
a holding portion located oppositely to the main body portion and provided with an inclined surface, which slides along an edge portion of the aperture when the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
a spring portion connecting the distal end portion of the supporting portion and the holding portion, wherein the spring portion undergoes deformation when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture, and
a stopper portion, which is a single planar member and which extends from the side wall portion toward the holding portion,
the stopper portion is configured to limit movement of the holding portion when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture,
the supporting portion is separated from the stopper portion,
the main body portion is temporarily fixed to the mounting target when, by passing the holding portion through the aperture, the part of the mounting target is sandwiched between the holding portion and the elastic portion and further the elastic portion is forced to undergo elastic deformation while pressing against the mounting target,
the holding portion has a surface that faces the main body portion and is configured to make surface contact with a part of the mounting target that is located outward of the aperture after the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
the supporting portion is one of two supporting portions that are integral with the spring portion, and the supporting portions are located at opposite ends of the spring portion, respectively, and
the holding portion is located at an intermediate position between the supporting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,880

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEPLOYABLE HANGER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a seat back coupled to the seat base;
a hanger pivotally mounted to the seat back and having a retaining structure, wherein the hanger pivots forward of the seat back to a use position and pivots rearward to a stowed position; and
a spring biasing the hanger to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,879

VEHICLE DASHBOARD DESK

1. A vehicle dashboard desk comprising:a semi-rigid bottom member constructed to partially extend across a vehicle dashboard, the bottom member flexible enough to be made to conform with the dashboard upper surface, and to rest on it;
a semi-rigid top member constructed to rest above the bottom member and conform to the shape of the bottom member;
a plurality of vertical slats insertable or attached between the bottom member and the top member forming a series of compartments;
a lip attached to the bottom member, the lip extending the length of the bottom member;
whereby, items can be stored in the compartments with the lip preventing said items from slipping out.

US Pat. No. 10,363,878

COLLAPSIBLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT WITH INVERTING HINGE FOR USE IN A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A collapsible storage compartment comprising:an inner bin including an inner side wall and an inner base wall, the inner side wall connected to a periphery of the inner base wall to define a cavity;
an outer bin connected to the inner bin, the outer bin including an outer base wall and a flexible hinge, the flexible hinge movably connected to the outer base wall and configured to move the outer base wall between a stowed position and a deployed position; and
wherein at least a portion of the hinge flexes into the cavity to move the outer base wall toward the inner base wall when the outer base wall is moved from the deployed position to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,876

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An image display device comprising:a display having a display screen for displaying an image captured by a camera and a different image that is different from the captured image; and
an image controller configured to cause the display to display image captured by the camera and the different image on the display screen,
wherein the image controller provides, on the display screen of the display,
a captured-image-only region in which only the captured image is displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
a multiple-image region in which an extended image continuous from the captured image or the different image is selectively displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
wherein the image controller is configured to,
when causing the different image to be displayed in the multiple-image region in a state where the extended image continuous from the captured image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix a position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade in while decreasing a display area of the extended image in the multiple-image region, or
when ending displaying the different image in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix the position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region while increasing the display area of the extended image, and
wherein the image controller is further configured to, when it is detected that a caution-target object is present within the extended image corresponding to the multiple-image region in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, the caution-target object being an object for which a user has to heed caution, cause the display to display a notification about the presence of the caution-target object at a position between the captured-image-only region and the multiple-image region, while causing the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,874

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM WITH HITCH COUPLER IDENTIFICATION FEATURE AND HITCH COUPLER HEIGHT ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hitch assist system comprising:an imager for capturing one or more images of a trailer having a hitch coupler;
a user-input device for specifying a location of the hitch coupler in the one or more captured images; and
a controller for:
generating an image patch around the user-specified location;
segmenting the image patch to identify the hitch coupler; and
estimating a trailer height based on both a height and projective geometry of the imager, wherein the projective geometry comprises at least two angles between a first plurality of field of view components and the ground and at least two angles between a second plurality of field of view components and a longitudinal axis of the trailer, and wherein the first and second plurality of field of view components originate from the imager and are selected based on a projective geometry of the imager.

US Pat. No. 10,363,873

WORK VEHICLE AND IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD FOR WORK VEHICLE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a peripheral area surrounding the vehicle body and selected work equipment attachable to the vehicle body, the peripheral area being divided to allocated areas, the selected work equipment being alternatively selected from a plurality of work equipment;
cameras provided on the vehicle body to capture images of the allocated areas, respectively;
a work equipment type input interface via which a type of the selected work equipment is to be input;
circuitry configured to
convert the images captured by the cameras to partial overhead images via view-point transformation, respectively,
composite the partial overhead images based on an image composition pattern to produce a peripheral overhead image of the peripheral area, the image composition pattern being generated according to the selected work equipment, and
change the image composition pattern based on the type of the selected work equipment; and
a display to display the peripheral overhead image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,871

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle notification apparatus equipped to a subject vehicle having at least one of a heads-up display that provides a display notification to an occupant, a vibration device that provides a vibration notification to the occupant, and a speaker that provides an audio notification to the occupant, the vehicle notification apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine whether the subject vehicle is travelling on a road where a lane change is allowed;
determine whether to output a notification signal to at least one of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker based on a distance between the subject vehicle and a non-subject vehicle and a relative speed of the non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the subject vehicle is travelling on the road where the lane change is allowed;
determine whether a rearward non-subject vehicle is following the subject vehicle in a different lane from the subject vehicle and whether a forward non-subject vehicle is travelling in front of the subject vehicle in a same lane as the subject vehicle; and
determine not to output the notification signal to any of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker regardless of a distance between the rearward non-subject vehicle and the subject vehicle and a relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the rearward non-subject is following the subject vehicle in the different lane from the subject vehicle and that there is no forward non-subject vehicle travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane as the subject vehicle;
wherein:
the electronic control unit determines whether to output a first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle after determining whether to output a second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle,
in a determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, when the subject vehicle and the rearward non-subject vehicle are travelling in different lanes and the forward non-subject vehicle is not travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane, the electronic control unit does not output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle without consideration of the distance to the rearward non-subject vehicle and the relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle, and
in the determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, the electronic control unit determines whether the forward non-subject vehicle is traveling in the same lane as the subject vehicle with reference to a determination result of whether to output the second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,868

VEHICLE APPROACH NOTIFICATION DEVICE

ANDEN CO., LTD., Anjo, A...

1. A vehicle approach notification device comprising:a first push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on a notification sound signal;
a phase inversion circuit configured to invert a phase of the notification sound signal; and
a second push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on the notification sound signal whose phase has been inverted by the phase inversion circuit,
wherein:
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit constitute a BTL circuit amplifier that includes a sounding body disposed between the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit; and
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit are configured to amplify a power of the notification sound signal by their push-pull outputs and configured to output the amplified notification sound signal to the sounding body so that the sounding body emits a notification sound for notification of an approach of a vehicle,
the vehicle approach notification device further comprising:
a microcomputer connected to a first common connection terminal without connection through the BTL circuit and configured to output a voltage between the first common connection terminal and a ground, the first common connection terminal being between the first push-pull circuit and the sounding body;
a first resistive element between the microcomputer and the first common connection terminal;
a second resistive element between a second common connection terminal and the ground, the second common connection terminal being between the second push-pull circuit and the sounding body; and
a failure determination unit configured to determine whether there is a wire-discontinuity failure in the sounding body by determining whether a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the second common connection terminal is equal to or higher than a predetermined value when the microcomputer outputs a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the ground while both the push-pull output of the first push-pull circuit and the push-pull output of the second push-pull circuit are stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,363,867

PRINTED LED TRIM PANEL LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a circuit disposed on a trim panel comprising:
first and second proximity sensors disposed proximate a surface of the trim panel and configured to detect a presence of an object;
a first light source disposed proximate the first proximity sensor, and a second light source disposed proximate the second proximity sensor, the first and second light sources comprising a plurality of LEDs in a semiconductor ink;
a first reflective surface configured to reflect the first light source at a first emission angle, and a second reflective surface configured to reflect the second light source at a second emission angle; and
the first proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the first light source, and the second proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the second light source, wherein the trim panel corresponds to a molding configured to seal a first window to a second window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,866

CONTEXTUAL PRIORITY SIGNAL IN AUTONOMOUS ENVIRONMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method for determining contextual priority of an autonomous vehicle comprising a computer in communication with sensors and a notification system of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle having at least one passenger, the method comprising the steps of:the computer receiving one or more inputs regarding the at least one passenger in the autonomous vehicle to define an event, wherein at least one of the one or more inputs comprises manual input from the at least one passenger of a scan of a ticket of the at least one passenger, a pass of the at least one passenger, credentials of the at least one passenger or a badge of the at least one passenger;
the computer analyzing the input to determine whether the event is genuine;
for each event determined to be genuine, the computer calculating a score for the event; and
for each event with a calculated score greater than a threshold, the computer classifying the event as an emergency and activating the notification system to alert other vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,864

DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR PUSHABLE TRANSPORT OBJECTS

1. A portable signaling system, comprising:a signaling device, comprising:
at least one indicator light controllable to display a left signal and a right signal;
a first mounting component for removably mounting the signaling device to a transport object; and
a control device communicative with the signaling device to control the at least one indicator light, the control device comprising:
a user interface for receiving a user input, the user interface including a left input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the left signal and a right input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the right signal; and
a second mounting component for mounting the control device to a handle of the transport object, wherein the second mounting component positions the control device at an opposite end of the transport object from the signaling device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,863

FLEXIBLE LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE BACKING FOR MOUNTING ON A GROUNDED SURFACE OF A VEHICLE

1. A flexible lighting system configured to be mounted on a grounded surface of a vehicle, the flexible lighting system comprising:a rubber layer that is transparent or translucent and comprised of flexible polymers acting as an electrical insulator;
a plurality of light emitting diodes being embedded within the rubber layer, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned in parallel to each other, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned between an upper surface of the rubber layer and a lower surface of the rubber layer;
a conductive adhesive backing layer being comprised of adhesive and conductive materials, the conductive adhesive backing layer being positioned directly under the rubber layer;
internal wiring positioned in a plurality of rows embedded within the rubber layer configured to couple the plurality of light emitting diodes positioned in parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of rows of the internal wiring is directly coupled with the conductive adhesive backing layer through columns of the internal wiring, each of the columns of the internal wiring is positioned between adjacent light emitting diodes on different rows of the internal wiring, wherein each of the plurality of rows includes at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes, wherein each of the light emitting diodes on each of the plurality of rows is horizontally and vertically offset from each of the light emitting diodes on the others of the plurality of rows, each of the columns of the internal wiring extending from a plane including the light emitting diodes embedded within the rubber layer and into the conductive adhesive backing layer;
a power input comprised of a single wire configured to supply power to the flexible lighting system, wherein the power input is coupled to the internal wiring on a sidewall of the rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,861

TIMING CORRECTION IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An isolator circuit interconnecting a data transmitter and a data receiver, the isolator circuit comprising:an isolation barrier configured to provide isolation of a DC-balanced digital communication signal that is transmitted from the data transmitter to the data receiver; and
a pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit arranged between the barrier and the data receiver and being configured to adjust at least one timing parameter associated with the DC-balanced digital communication signal;
wherein the pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit comprises:
at least one edge-delay circuit, each of the at least one edge-delay circuit comprising:
a buffer configured to generate a buffered digital communication signal based on a digital communication signal, the buffer comprising an inverter stage configured to invert the digital communication signal;
a filter configured to generate an average voltage corresponding to an average amplitude of the buffered digital communication signal; and
an error amplifier configured to compare the average voltage with a predetermined reference voltage to generate a comparison signal that controls the inverter stage of the buffer in a negative feedback arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,860

HEADLIGHT MODULE AND HEADLIGHT APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A headlight module comprising:a plurality of light sources each including a light emitting face placed on a first plane and configured to emit light as projection light;
a plurality of condensing optical elements, each being configured to collect light emitted from one of the plurality of light sources to form collected light, thereby forming a plurality of intermediate mages formed on a second plane that is a conjugate plane of the first plane; and
a projector lens configured to magnify and project the plurality of the intermediate images formed by light emitted from the plurality of light sources; wherein
the plurality of intermediate images are in optically conjugate relationship with the light emitting faces respectively,
the plurality of condensing optical elements has a function of refracting passing light,
each of the condensing optical elements includes an incident face having a point of intersection with an optical axis of one of the condensing optical elements, an output face that is formed on a side of a traveling direction of the light with respect to the incident face and has a point of intersection with the optical axis, and a reflection face formed on an outside of an outer periphery of the incident face,
each of the intermediate images is formed on the second plane by first light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements through the incident face, and then exits from the output face, and another image formed on the second plane is smaller than one of the intermediate images and is formed on one of the intermediate images by second light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements, and is reflected by the reflection face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,859

VEHICLE LOADSPACE COVER WITH CARGO FIXING POINT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle loadspace cover comprising:one or more vehicle fixing points for removably securing to at least one of a loadspace floor of a vehicle and a seat of the vehicle, wherein the loadspace cover is extendable to cover a loadspace of the vehicle when secured to the seat; and
a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover, wherein the vehicle loadspace cover is removably securable to the underside of the loadspace floor and the cargo fixing point is configured to extend at least partially through the loadspace floor to secure the item of cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,363,858

DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS RUNWAY

United States of America ...

1. A drone stowage and transport vehicle, comprising:a hovercraft vessel having a barge type buoyancy box, said buoyancy box having an outer wall with an outer perimeter defined in an upper portion thereof;
at least one upper deck section disposed on said upper portion of said outer wall; and
a set of hinges attached to each said upper deck section and to said buoyancy box at said outer perimeter, wherein each said upper deck section is rotatable about said set of hinges from a folded position to an extended position increasing a total deck area of said vessel,
wherein said at least one upper deck section further comprises a set of additional hinges affixed at an end of said at least one upper deck section distant from said at least one set of hinges, and at least one additional deck section rotatable about said set of additional hinges from a folded position congruent to said at least one upper deck section to an extended position further increasing said total deck area of said craft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,857

TRAILER TRASH KIT

1. A truck or trailer unloading kit, comprising:a base comprising a first base member and a second base member;
a first frame coupled substantially perpendicularly to and extending vertically from the first base member and the second base member;
a first swing arm rotatably coupled to the first base member and a second swing arm rotatably coupled to the second base member;
a second frame coupled to the first swing arm and the second swing arm, wherein the second frame is configured to move from a bed of one of a truck or a trailer to a position above the first frame, the first and second frames forming a continuous, substantially vertical wall;
a wheel fixedly coupled to a rear portion of the bed of one of the truck or the trailer; and
a winch comprising a first cable and a second cable, the first cable coupled to a first side of the first frame through the wheel and the second cable coupled to a second side of the first frame;
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward the rear portion of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the first cable; and
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward a front of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the second cable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,856

STOWABLE PAYLOAD CARRIER

The United States of Amer...

2. A stowable payload carrier apparatus, comprising:a payload holder assembly;
an actuation device configured to cause the payload holder assembly to rotate, extend, and retract among one or more deployed configurations and a stowed configuration;
a first proximity sensor configured to sense a location of a manipulator arm and to cause the payload holder assembly to avoid physically contacting the manipulator arm; and,
a tray retract hard stop operably coupled to the first proximity sensor, wherein the tray retract hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from retracting when the first proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a first predetermined distance from the manipulator arm;
a second proximity sensor attached to an unmanned vehicle; and
a tray extend hard stop operably coupled to the second proximity sensor, wherein the tray extend hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from extending when the second proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a second predetermined distance from the manipulator arm.

US Pat. No. 10,363,855

BEVERAGE CONTAINER HOLDING ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A beverage container holder comprising:a first member including a floor, sidewall, and first opening, the floor connected and spaced apart from the first opening by the first member sidewall to define a receptacle to receive the beverage container therein;
a second member, wherein a portion of the second member is inserted into the first opening of the first member to permit rotation of the second member about a center axis;
a plurality of elastic bands, each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands being connected to the first member at one end and the second member at the opposite end such that tension is established within each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands;
wherein, as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the tension in each elastic band grows and the plurality of elastic bands collaborate to operatively form into a configuration which constricts an area centrally located in the receptacle of the first member;
wherein the second member includes a second opening, sidewall, and third opening, the second opening connected and spaced apart from the third opening by the second member sidewall to define a rounded sleeve to surround a portion of the beverage container when the beverage container is received by the receptacle of the first member;
wherein each of the elastic bands are connected to the first member sidewall and the second member sidewalk;
the first member sidewall further includes a track having a plurality of side notches;
the second member sidewall includes a retention feature that projects outward, the retention feature can travel along the track of the first member sidewall as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the retention feature is adapted to engage each of the side notches, and wherein retention feature engagement for each side notch causes the second member to maintain a releasably static position during rotation about the center axis;
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a first edge having a first diameter to define the first opening of the first member, a first surface, and a second edge having a second diameter, the first edge connected and spaced apart from the second edge by the first surface, and the first diameter is larger than the second diameter; and
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a second surface, third surface, and third edge having a third diameter, the second edge connected to and spaced apart from the third edge by the second surface and third surface, the second surface is diagonally oriented in relation to the second edge and the third surface, and the second diameter is larger than the third diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,853

VEHICLE TRAY SYSTEMS

1. A tray system for use in a vehicle, comprising:a tray support base sized and shaped to fit between seats of a vehicle;
a tray platform supported by the tray support base, the tray platform having an upper surface area sized and shaped to support an appliance, the upper surface area having a length sized to accommodate opening and closing a compartment of the appliance about the upper surface area; and
a receiver tray situated below the tray platform, the receiver tray sized and shaped to receive and support the tray support base, the tray support base being removably interfaced to the receiver tray; wherein
the tray support base comprises a first support leg and a second support leg supporting the tray platform, the first support leg positionable forward of a cabin of the vehicle, and the second support leg positionable rearward of the first support leg; and
the first support leg comprises a recessed portion formed along a lower end of the first support leg, the recessed portion sized and shaped to rest along a protrusion area of a cabin floor of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,852

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a group of first inflatable bladders, each first bladder having a respective first electromechanical valve coupled therewith;
a pump coupled with each of the first valves;
an occupancy sensor; and
a controller electrically connected with the pump, the occupancy sensor, and with each of the first valves and, upon initially receiving a first signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat is unoccupied, opening all of the first valves to allow air to flow between and among the first bladders and causing the pump to simultaneously inflate the group of first bladders to a predetermined collective pressure and, upon subsequently receiving a second signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat occupied, simultaneously closing all of the first valves to maintain an air distribution level of each of the first bladders according to a distribution of weight of an occupant over the first bladders resulting from the seat being occupied before the controller simultaneously closes all of the first valves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,851

MODULAR HEAD RESTRAINT STRUCTURE AND STYLING ENABLEMENT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member;
a front panel coupled to a front side of the support member;
a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the support member, wherein the front and rear panels define a support portion having first and second sides interconnected by an upper portion;
a web member having a plurality of legs interconnecting the first and second sides and upper portion of the support portion, wherein one or more legs of the plurality of legs of the web member includes a receiving aperture disposed therethrough for receiving a fastener; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the web member by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,849

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion frame that forms a frame of a seat cushion to support buttocks and thighs of a seated occupant;
a center section spring that spans along a seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at a center section in a seat width direction, the center section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame;
two end section springs, disposed at a same position in a seat up-down direction as the center section spring in a seat side view, that span along the seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at two end sections in the seat width direction, each end section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame; and
a pair of connecting members that are formed of a rod shaped material, each of the connecting members disposed at a seat front side and a seat rear side, respectively, each of the connecting members being configured to: (1) be aligned with hip points of the seated occupant, and (2) link the center section spring to the two end section springs in the seat width direction,
wherein the two end section springs are set with a higher spring constant than the center section spring,
the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs extend in the seat width direction at a position where the pair of the connecting members are disposed, and
the pair of the connecting members are disposed to overlap with and are joined to a lower end side of the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,848

BACK FRAME FOR VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A back frame for a vehicle seat, the back frame to be used in a seatback of the vehicle seat, the back frame comprising:a frame main body comprising two side frames that extend in an approximately up-down direction and that are disposed spaced apart from each other in a seat width direction;
a beam member formed in a rod-like shape, disposed between and attached to the two side frames, and extending in the seat width direction;
a bracket that couples the beam member to the frame main body, and that comprises a welded portion in an end of the bracket, the welded portion being welded to an outer circumferential surface of the beam member;
an extending portion provided in the end of the bracket and extending in a direction away from the end of the bracket; and
the bracket including a plate portion, the plate portion including a plate surface that comes into contact with the beam member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,846

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle seat;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable electromagnetic coils individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the vehicle seat, the electromagnetic coils to generate electromagnetic fields when activated;
a plurality of air bladders disposed within the vehicle seat;
at least some of the electromagnetic coils are respectively positioned against at least some of the bladders; and
a controller to individually activate a subset of the electromagnetic coils to deliver electromagnetic energy to the anatomical locations of the person corresponding to the respective locations within the vehicle seat of the activated electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,843

MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A multipurpose vehicle comprising:a driving section; and
a carriage disposed behind the driving section,
wherein the driving section includes:
a driver seat; and
a passenger seat disposed side by side with the driver seat,
wherein the passenger seat includes a seat portion and a backrest portion,
wherein the seat portion is forwardly pivotable about a front lower portion,
wherein the backrest portion is forwardly pivotable about a lower portion,
wherein a front gate board stands on a front end of a floor board forming the carriage and includes a movable front gate board that is positioned behind the passenger seat and is forwardly pivotable,
wherein an extended loading space is formed with the seat portion and the backrest portion of the passenger seat pivoted forward and the movable front gate board pivoted to be placed over the backrest portion,
wherein a step portion is formed on a back surface of the backrest portion,
wherein when the backrest portion forwardly pivots to be in a horizontal state, and an upper surface of the movable front gate board and the back surface of the backrest portion are flush with each other, and
wherein a lock mechanism that is able to maintain a horizontal direction position and a vertical direction position is provided near the backrest portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,842

VEHICLE ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE SEAT BASE

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile-seat base including a seat-support frame that supports a juvenile seat and is adapted to lie in an installed position on a seat bottom and seat back of a passenger seat provided with a seat bight formed at a junction between the seat bottom and seat back,
the juvenile-seat base also including a restorative frame tether mounted to the seat-support frame for pivotable movement about a high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis that is arranged to intercept and extend through a portion of the juvenile seat that is mounted on the seat-support frame and the restorative frame tether is arranged to extend downwardly from the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis toward the seat bottom of the passenger seat when the seat-support frame lies in the installed position on the passenger seat, and
wherein the restorative frame tether is configured to provide means for mating with an underside of a passenger-seat lap belt associated with the passenger seat to establish an actual belt path of the passenger-seat lap belt while the passenger-seat belt remains in a relatively lower low-elevation position in close proximity to the seat bight and below and in spaced-apart relation to the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis and for yieldably returning the seat-support frame automatically to the installed position on the seat bottom and seat back of the passenger seat owing to pivotable movement of the restorative frame tether about the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis after movement of the seat-support frame from the installed position to a temporary displaced position on the passenger seat during exposure of the passenger seat to external forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,841

VEHICLE SEAT ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat bottom; and
an adjustment assembly operably coupled with the seat and including a linear actuator, the linear actuator configured to release a recliner mechanism when moved in a first direction and configured to release a track assembly when moved in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,836

SEATBACK FASTENING STRUCTURE, SEATBACK, AND FASTENING COMPONENT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

4. A seatback configured to be secured to a body of a vehicle to which at least one body bracket is fastened, the seatback comprising:at least one seat bracket configured to be fastened to a vertical upper portion of a back frame forming a framework of the seatback, the at least one seat bracket comprising:
a base portion configured to cover a receiving surface of the at least one body bracket facing the seatback, the base portion comprising a bolt inserting hole configured to be in communication with a bolt inserting hole of the receiving surface while the base portion covers the receiving surface;
a retaining portion configured to retain an upper surface of the at least one body bracket from vertically above, the upper surface extending from a vertical upper end of the receiving surface toward the body;
a first side wall configured to abut on a first lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the first lateral surface extending from a first end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body; and
a second side wall configured to abut on a second lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the second lateral surface extending from a second end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,835

RAILROAD SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A railroad system comprising a first vehicle and a second vehicle electrically connected to a power line, wherein:the first vehicle includes:
a drive part,
an inverter configured to drive the drive part by acquiring power from the power line,
an electric storage device configured to selectively supply power to the power line and accumulate power from the power line, and
a control part configured to control feasibility of charge or discharge of the electric storage device based on a detection value of a distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from an allowable state to a prohibited state being a first set value, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from the prohibited state to the allowable state being a second set value, and the first set value being larger than the second set value,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is larger than the first set value, the control part prohibits charge and discharge of the electric storage device,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is smaller than the second set value, the control part allows charge and discharge of the electric storage device, and
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is between the first set value and the second set value, the control part maintains a feasible state of charge or discharge of the electric storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,834

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH HIGH VOLTAGE MODULE HAVING HIGH AND LOW VOLTAGE SECTIONS HAVING A COMMON GROUND

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle having an electric traction motor, comprising:a high voltage module having a low voltage section and a high voltage section, the high voltage section electrically connected to the electric traction motor and providing electric power to the electric traction motor, the high voltage section also electrically connected to a high voltage direct current supply;
the low voltage section and the high voltage section having a common ground and the low voltage section and the high voltage section are not electrically isolated from each other by an isolation barrier between the low voltage section and the high voltage section;
the low voltage section including a power over fiber receive module and a first optical data module;
a low voltage direct current supply electrically connected to a power over fiber transmit module, the power over fiber transmit module optically coupled by a power over fiber cable to the power over fiber receive module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module; and
an electronic motor control unit powered by the low voltage direct current supply and electrically connected to the low voltage direct current supply, the electronic motor control unit including a second optical data module, the second optical data module of the electronic motor control unit optically coupled by an optical fiber data bus cable to the first optical data module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module.

US Pat. No. 10,363,833

INDUCTIVE CHARGING ACTIVE SUSPENSION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing processor-executable instructions,
wherein the processor is programmed to
determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server, including a predicted quality of charge based on prior charges at a charging station,
adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process,
determine an actual charging height used during the inductive charging process, wherein the actual charging height is based on the height of the inductive pick-up when receiving a highest efficiency charge from a charging station; and
store the actual charging height in the memory and relate the actual charging height in the memory to a unique identifier of the charging station stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,363,832

VEHICLE PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle parking control device comprising:a vehicle electronic control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle electronic control unit being configured to:
specify a target position as a target at a time when the vehicle is stopped, the target position being an installation position of a power supplying pad for electric power supply by way of magnetism;
set a predetermined range that includes the target position, wherein the predetermined range is a range that is greater than a charging capable range within which a power supplying pad and a power receiving pad are capable of being magnetically coupled;
determine whether or not a reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range, the reference position being a mounted position of the power receiving pad;
estimate an inclination state in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
estimate a state of charge of a battery; and
switch between creep torque characteristics of the vehicle, in response to determining that a predetermined condition that the reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range and an estimated state of charge of the battery is less than a predetermined value is satisfied,
wherein the creep torque characteristics are switched so as to increase a creep torque in response to an estimated vehicular inclination state of an upward slope and to decrease the creep torque in response to the estimated vehicular inclination state of a flat or downward slope.

US Pat. No. 10,363,831

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical power system comprising:a first electrical power converter that is configured to perform a first electrical power conversion between an electrical power storage apparatus and a load;
a second electrical power converter that is configured to perform a second electrical power conversion between the electrical power storage apparatus and the load;
a first controller that is configured to periodically generate a first command signal and a second command signal at a first cycle, to control the first electrical power converter such that a first electrical current based on the first command signal flows through by the first electrical power conversion, and to periodically transmit the second command signal to a second controller via a communication line at a second cycle that is longer than the first cycle; and
the second controller is configured to receive the second command signal transmitted by the first controller, to perform a predetermined signal processing on the received second command signal, and to control the second electrical power converter such that a second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through by the second electrical power conversion,
the first controller being configured to adjust the generated first command signal to allow at least one of shortage and excess of the second electrical current that actually flows by the second electrical power conversion to be canceled by the first electrical current, after generating the first command signal and the second command signal,
at least one of the first controller and the second controller being configured to determine whether or not the generated first command signal reaches a first upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the first command signal,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal is smaller than the first upper limit value,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on a second upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the second command signal, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal reaches the first upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,830

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a fuel cell stack that is disposed in a motor compartment provided in a front section of the vehicle and that generates electric power by an electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a rear section of the vehicle and in which the fuel gas is stored; and
a fuel feeding pipe that provides a connection between the fuel cell stack and the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel feeding pipe has an elastic pipe portion that is secured at one end thereof to the fuel cell stack and at the other end thereof to a body-side mounting portion, and
wherein the other end of the elastic pipe portion and the body-side mounting portion are coupled to each other with a securing mechanism configured such that the other end of the elastic pipe portion is disengaged and separated from the body-side mounting portion when the fuel cell stack moves relatively away from the body-side mounting portion in response to application of a predetermined load, the securing mechanism including a pipe-side coupling member fastened to a surface of the elastic pipe portion with bolts that extend through the pipe-side coupling member to the surface of the elastic pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,827

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to receive a supply of power from a charging stand provided outside of the vehicle, the charging stand being configured to perform fee-charging on the supply of power to the vehicle in accordance with a fee-charging system based on a use time of the charging stand, the vehicle comprising:an electrical storage device configured to perform external charging using the power supplied from the charging stand;
a notifier configured to execute a notification to a user;
a communication device configured to acquire information relating to the fee-charging system of the charging stand; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
predict an amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where the external charging is performed, in accordance with a state of the electrical storage device,
predict cost performance of the external charging based on a ratio of the predicted amount of charging power to the predicted use time, and the information relating to the fee-charging system, and
control the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,826

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UAV BATTERY EXCHANGE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method for changing a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), said method comprising:supporting the UAV on a UAV landing area of a station, wherein said UAV is coupled to a first battery configured to power the UAV;
removing the first battery from the UAV with aid of a battery replacement member; and
moving, within a battery storage section, a holding station configured to store a second battery capable of powering the UAV upon being coupled to the UAV, wherein the holding station is moved simultaneously while the first battery is being removed with aid of the battery replacement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,824

VEHICLE JUMPSTARTING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle jumpstarting system comprising:a cable with keyed connectors provided at distal ends that are able to connect a donor vehicle to a recipient vehicle in order to jump start a battery of the recipient vehicle;
wherein the recipient vehicle and the donor vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port, an engine compartment left battery port, and a trunk battery port;
wherein the cable is further defined with a cable harness that is able to connect the recipient vehicle to the donor vehicle via the engine compartment right battery port, the engine compartment left battery port, or the trunk battery port;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle are each further defined as including a vehicle battery;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port fuse, an engine compartment left battery port fuse, and a trunk battery port fuse;
wherein the vehicle battery of both the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle is further defined with a battery port positive contact and a battery port negative contact;
wherein the cable is further defined to include an outer cable cover, which is able to insulate and protect a positive conductor and a negative conductor;
wherein the positive conductor and the negative conductor are each electrically insulated from each other;
wherein the cable is further defined with a first cable connector, a second cable connector, a first collar, second collar, and a cable fuse;
wherein the positive conductor connects to the first cable connector positive contact, and the first cable connector positive contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the positive conductor is also connected to the second cable connector positive contact;
wherein the second cable connector positive contact is affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein a cable fuse is routed through either the positive conductor or the negative conductor to provide over-current protection;
wherein the first collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the first cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations;
wherein the second collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the second cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,823

POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an onboard energy storage device;
an onboard power conversion device configured to be electrically coupled to an external power source for receiving electrical power therefrom; and
at least one drive system electrically coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device,
wherein the at least one drive system comprises a traction drive system and a power take-off (PTO) drive system, the traction drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of the apparatus, and the PTO drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of at least one implement in association with the PTO drive system,
wherein the onboard energy storage device provides electrical power to the at least one drive system and the onboard power conversion device provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system simultaneously, depending on a state of charge of the onboard energy storage device,
and wherein the onboard power conversion device concurrently provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system and to the onboard energy storage device;the apparatus further comprising:a DC bus coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device; and
a traction switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the traction drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the traction switch is opened to disable the traction drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the traction switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the traction drive system via the DC bus and the traction switch; and
a PTO switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the PTO drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the PTO switch is opened to disable the PTO drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the PTO switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the PTO drive system via the DC bus and the PTO switch; and
wherein an internal combustion engine is absent from the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,822

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A braking control method for an all-wheel drive (AWD) eco-friendly vehicle which distributes and transmits a driving force of a vehicle driving source to front wheels and rear wheels based on a controlled power distribution ratio, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a total braking force based on a brake signal that corresponds to manipulation of a brake pedal;
calculating, by the controller, a front wheel braking force and a rear wheel braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
calculating, by the controller, a regenerative braking force and a frictional braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
determining, by the controller, a range of a power distribution ratio of the front wheels to the rear wheels during braking of the vehicle using the calculated front wheel braking force, rear wheel braking force, and regenerative braking force;
determining, by the controller, a power distribution ratio RAWD of the front wheels to the rear wheels based on a vehicle driving condition, within the determined range of the power distribution ratio; and
adjusting, by the controller, distribution of the power to the front wheels and the rear wheels to be the determined power distribution ratio RAWD such that the regenerative braking force is distributed to the front wheels and rear wheels based on the power distribution ratio RAWD,
wherein a front wheel regenerative braking force and a rear wheel regenerative braking force are calculated from the regenerative braking force and the determined power distribution ratio RAWD, and
wherein a frictional braking device of the front wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the front wheel braking force and the front wheel regenerative braking force, and a frictional braking device of the rear wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the rear wheel braking force and the rear wheel regenerative braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,363,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a regenerative braking execution when shifting gears in a vehicle during regenerative braking, the method comprising:a first process of deciding whether motor torque is in a constant power mode:
a second process of deciding whether the motor torque is in a constant torque mode; and
a third process of deciding whether a mode of the motor torque is converted into the constant torque mode from the constant power mode,
wherein an amount of regenerative braking is determined based on a decided result of the first to third processes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,820

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO A TAILGATE THROUGH CAPACITIVE COUPLERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a receiving circuit in a tailgate of the vehicle configured to receive power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a first set of plates electrically coupled to the transmitting circuit, the first set of plates disposed in a frame that receives the tailgate; and
a second set of plates electrically coupled to the receiving circuit, the second set of plates disposed in-side the tailgate, the second set of plates aligned to the first set of plates when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,818

DISPLAY UNIT FOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A display unit for a vehicle, comprising:an electronic display configured to display information for an occupant of the vehicle;
a light guide configured as a light pipe, having a thickness, situated adjacent to a portion of a displaying face of the display, and configured to guide light from the portion of the displaying face of the display representing a part of the information displayed on the display from a first location at the display through the thickness of the light guide, by internal reflection, to a predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display; and
a further light guide configured as a light pipe including at least one optical fiber situated adjacent to a further portion of the displaying face of the display and configured to guide light from the further portion of the displaying face of the display representing at least another part of the information to a further predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display, the further predetermined location being different from the predetermined location;
wherein a display end of the light guide is provided at a distance from the electronic display, the distance based on a dimension of the light guide, the light guided from the portion of the displaying face of the display by the light guide being displayed at the display end of the light guide closer in view than the information displayed on the display outside of the portion of the displaying face of the display situated adjacent to the light guide, such that the displayed information appears three dimensional; and
wherein the light guide includes a surface provided parallel and adjacent to the portion of the displaying face of the display, the light guide further including a first portion and a second portion, a thickness of the first portion extending from the surface in a direction perpendicular to the surface being smaller than a thickness of the second portion from the surface in the direction perpendicular to the display surface of the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,363,817

SELF-LOADING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including:
commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle;
determining whether a response was received from a first follow vehicle located behind the host vehicle; and
commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area as a result of receiving the response from the first follow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,816

PEDAL UNIT AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A pedal unit comprising:an accelerator pedal rotatable about a first pivot axis;
a brake pedal rotatable about a second pivot axis;
a first bracket including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface and that supports the accelerator pedal adjacent to the first surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the first pivot axis, and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the second surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a second bracket including a second plate including a third surface opposing the second surface and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the third surface of the second plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a connector held by the first plate and the second plate, and that rotatably supports the brake pedal in a state in which the brake pedal is disposed between the second surface of the first bracket and the third surface of the second bracket; and
a shaft held by the first bracket and rotatably supporting the accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,815

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a multi-axle drive device,wherein the multi-axle drive device comprises:
a synchronizing clutch present in an operative connection between a first output shaft and a connecting shaft; and
at least one separating clutch present in an operative connection between the connecting shaft and a second output shaft,
wherein the synchronizing clutch and the separating clutch are disengaged in a first operating state and are engaged in a second operating state, the method comprising:
at least partially engaging the synchronizing clutch when a shifting variable exceeds a first shifting threshold during the first operating state, such that the synchronizing clutch is shifted out of a disengaged position in a direction of its engagement, and
engaging the separating clutch only when the shifting variable exceeds a second shifting threshold,
wherein the second shifting threshold is greater than the first shifting threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,814

TRANSFER CASE WITH OIL DISTRIBUTION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A hub for a transfer case, the hub comprising:an outer annular member;
an inner annular member within and rotatable relative to the outer annular member in a limited range of motion between a first position and a second position relative to the outer annular member; and
a spring coupled to the outer annular member and the inner annular member, the spring normally biasing the inner annular member into the first position;
wherein the hub forms a closed valve when the inner annular member is in the first position, and the hub forms an open valve when the inner annular member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,811

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLLED ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active grille shutter system comprising:a number of vanes angularly displaceable between an open position, a closed position, a first commanded position between the open position and the closed position, and a second commanded position between the first commanded position and the closed position;
a motor having a variable hold current applied thereto for maintaining the vanes in the first commanded position and the second commanded position; and
a controller configured to adjust the amount of hold current being applied to the motor, wherein when the vanes are in one of the first commanded position and the second commanded position, the controller increases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with increasing vehicle speed and decreases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with decreasing vehicle speed and when the vanes are in the first commanded position at a given vehicle speed a first amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the first commanded position and when the vanes are in the second commanded position at the given vehicle speed a second amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the second commanded position, wherein the second amount of hold current is greater than the first amount of hold current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,810

AIR INTAKE GRILLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An air intake grille assembly of a vehicle operable in forward and backward directions of travel across a surface comprising:a frame defining an opening; and
a plurality of louvers extending laterally across the opening, at least one of the plurality of louvers being defined by opposed top and bottom surfaces and having a double curve shape defining first and second curve portions, the top surface terminates at a forward-facing surface and at a backward-facing surface, and the first and second curve portions each have a different radius of curvature, wherein
the first curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the forward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers, and the second curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the backward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers,
the first curve portion extends from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the second curve portion extends from the backward-facing surface to the first curved portion, and
the top surface extends along the first curve portion and is convex from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the top surface extends along the second curve portion and is concave from the backward-facing surface to the first curve portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,809

RADIATOR SCREEN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A radiator screen device for a construction machine, an agricultural machine, or an industrial vehicle, each having a vehicle body and a radiator, comprising:a screen to filter dust contained in cooling air flowing toward the radiator, and that includes a front surface and a rear surface;
a dust removing member disposed upstream of the radiator with respect to a flowing direction of the cooling air and movable relative to the screen, and disposed in contact with the front surface of the screen to remove dust attached to the front surface of the screen; and
a frame body that surrounds the dust removing member,
wherein the dust removing member comprises a wire that has a zigzag shape so as to be placed in contact with the surface of the screen,
wherein the front surface of the screen is disposed upstream of the rear surface of the screen with respect to the flowing direction of the cooling air,
wherein the frame body is brought into contact with the dust removing member to regulate a movable range of the dust removing member within the frame body, and
wherein the dust removing member and the screen are supported by the vehicle body, and wherein one of the dust removing member and the screen is vibrated vertically relative to the other of the dust removing member and the screen by vibration of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,808

WHEEL DRIVE MOTOR AND IN-WHEEL MOTOR DRIVE ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wheel drive motor, comprising:a motor shaft, for outputting drive force to rotate a wheel, extending in an axial direction and including a large diameter portion located at a central part in the axial direction and a small diameter portion located on a first side in the axial direction, the small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion,
a bearing rotatably supporting the small diameter portion, and
a rotor secured to an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion and facing a stator,
an end member that is fixedly attached to the large diameter portion, projects from the end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction, and covers an end face of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction, wherein
an end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction projects over an end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction toward a side having the small diameter portion, and
further wherein the end member is positioned to be coaxial with the motor shaft at an attachment position on the large diameter portion, and
the end member includes an outer circumferential fitting surface that fits with a radially inner part of the end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,807

CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device that is adapted for a vehicle drive system in which a first engagement device and a rotating electrical machine are provided in a power transfer path connecting an internal combustion engine to wheels and that performs start assist control for the internal combustion engine, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit that:
executes, when the first engagement device is in a disengaged state, a first start assist process that brings the first engagement device into slip engagement at a first engagement pressure while increasing a torque generated by the rotating electrical machine; and
executes, when the first start assist process fails to start the internal combustion engine, a second start assist process that increases an engagement pressure of the first engagement device to a second engagement pressure higher than the first engagement pressure while increasing the torque generated by the rotating electrical machine, wherein
the second engagement pressure is determined on the basis of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine in the first start assist process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,806

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the input shafts;
a plurality of driving gears with one driving gear disposed on one input shaft;
an output shaft configured to transfer the power from the input shafts;
one or more linked gears rotatable at a different speed relative to the output shaft, wherein the linked gears include a plurality of gear parts, the gear parts being configured to mesh with the driving gears on the input shafts;
an output unit coupled on the output shaft and configured to transmit the power to front wheels of the vehicle;
a clutch disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with one of the linked gears and the output unit so as to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle via the power output by the output unit;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and
an intermediate shaft and first and second gears fixed on the intermediate shaft, wherein one of the first and second gears is configured to mesh with one of the driving gears, the first motor generator includes an output terminal directly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears for power transmission, or the output terminal of the first motor generator is indirectly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears via an intermediate idler for power transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,363,803

ENCAPSULATION ASSEMBLY AND FORMING METHOD THEREOF, AND VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for forming an encapsulation assembly, comprising:forming a trim which comprises a decoration section and a connection section, the connection section being disposed at an edge of the trim and having a penetration structure; and
forming a gasket, by injection molding, which comprises a fixing section covering the connection section of the trim, wherein a part of the fixing section is filled into the penetration structure of the connection section during the injection molding,
wherein forming the trim comprises forming a hole structure in the connection section so as to form the penetration structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,802

MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a body;
two side pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body;
two rear pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body, and
a roof adjustable between a closed position and an opened position, said roof including a front roof part which is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, and a rear roof part which is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, said rear roof part forming in the opened position of the roof a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,801

TONNEAU COVER ACCESS PANEL

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A rear cover access panel system for a vehicle having a cargo area structure with at least one opening, comprising:at least one attachment portion selectively operably coupled to the vehicle;
a pivotal portion pivotally coupled to the at least one attachment portion;
a cover attached to the pivotal portion where pivoting the pivotal portion allows the cover to move between a closed position covering the opening of the vehicle and a first open position partially uncovering the opening of the vehicle; and
at least one latch mechanism operably coupled to the at least one attachment portion, said at least one latch mechanism operably selectively releases the at least one attachment portion from the vehicle to allow further uncovering of the opening as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,363,799

COACH DOOR OF VEHICLE OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE REGARDLESS OF ORDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A coach door of a vehicle openable/closable regardless of an order, which includes a front door in which a hinge axis connected to a vehicle body is installed at a front end and a rear door in which the hinge axis connected to the vehicle body is installed at a rear end, comprising:a hinge assembly having a first hinge hinged to a vehicle body, a second hinge hinged to the first hinge and engaged with a rear end of a rear door, an opening start device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the outside of the vehicle at an early stage of opening of the rear door, and a closing end device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the inside of the vehicle at a last stage of closing of the rear door; and
a guide unit configured to guide a front end of the rear door to move the front end of the rear door in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the initial stage of opening of the rear door and the last stage of closing of the rear door.

US Pat. No. 10,363,798

INSERT FOR A MULTI-PART VEHICLE DOOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An insert for a vehicle door having one part of the door that is separable from another part of the door, the insert comprising:a body having a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end and through the center of mass of the body, an opening at the first end, and an inner surface that defines a cavity extending from the opening toward the second end, the inner surface having a first portion and an opposing second portion wherein the distance from the first portion to the axis decreases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end, and the distance from the second portion to the axis increases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,797

VEHICLE HEATER

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A vehicle heater, comprising:a pipe having a plurality of chambers;
each chamber having a ceramic heating element arranged therein;
a contact plate configured for electrical contact, the contact plate having a front side contacting the heating elements and a rear side facing an upper side of the chambers or an underside of the chambers; and
an intermediate wall separating at least two of the chambers, the intermediate wall extending from the upper side to the underside of the chambers, wherein the contact plate has a slit in which the intermediate wall is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,363,796

CONTROL MODULE ACTIVATION OF VEHICLES IN A KEY-OFF STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle at a location in a key-off state including:
a battery;
a communication module; and
an infotainment unit to activate and present media responsive to the communication module receiving an activation signal; and
a remote processor to:
determine a charge level of the battery;
identify a parking duration for the location; and
send the activation signal responsive to the charge level being greater than a threshold associated with the parking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,795

CHILLER-ACCUMULATOR SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE WITH A FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A chiller system for a vehicle engine having a forced induction arrangement, the chiller system comprising:an intercooler configured to cool compressed charge air received from a turbocharger or a supercharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit fluidly coupled to the intercooler, the low temperature cooling circuit circulating a coolant to provide cooling to the intercooler and including a low temperature radiator configured to cool the coolant, a chiller-accumulator loop having a combined chiller-accumulator, a chiller bypass line bypassing the chiller-accumulator, and a charging valve configured to selectively provide coolant to at least one of the chiller-accumulator loop and the chiller bypass line; and
an air conditioner circuit circulating a refrigerant and having a primary circuit and a bypass circuit, the primary circuit being separate from the low temperature cooling circuit and including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the bypass circuit including a conduit that bypasses the evaporator, and a chiller shut off valve configured to selectively prevent refrigerant from flowing through the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller-accumulator is thermally coupled to the chiller-accumulator loop and the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller shut off valve is configured to be controlled to be selectively opened to provide refrigerant to the chiller-accumulator to further cool the coolant in the chiller-accumulator loop after the coolant is cooled by the low temperature radiator, thereby providing increased cooling to the intercooler and the compressed charge air to increase engine performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,794

AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for optimally controlling an air-conditioning system of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a heater heat quantity for each operation amount of an air-conditioning blower after an engine of the vehicle is started under a maximum heating condition of the air-conditioning system and the air-conditioning system is turned on according to current vehicle state information and air-conditioning information;
determining a lost heat quantity discharged outside the vehicle during a current air-conditioning mode, the lost heat quantity being determined for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
determining an effective heating energy for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower by calculating a difference between the heater heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower and the lost heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
calculating the optimum operation amount of the air-conditioning blower where a maximum amount of the effective heating energy is obtained for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower; and
controlling operation of the air-conditioning blower according to the determined optimum operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,793

HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND TEMPERATURE REGULATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH HOUSING

1. A vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
an air conditioning system that guides a temperature-regulated air current through a duct and into the passenger compartment; and
a housing located at a predetermined position within the passenger compartment, wherein the housing is adapted to accommodate an electronic device having a temperature, wherein the housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet through which the temperature-regulated air current from the duct passes, wherein the temperature of the electronic device is regulated exclusively by guiding the air current from the duct around the electronic device; and
wherein the air current exiting the duct strikes the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,788

VIBRATION DAMPER FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vibration damper for a vehicle, comprising:a wheel carrier, made of metal, that rotatably receives a wheel;
a damper tube arrangement, made at least in part of fiber-reinforced plastic, which is fixedly connected to the wheel carrier, wherein the damper tube arrangement outside of the wheel carrier forms a damper fluid volume;
a piston guided in the damper tube arrangement, the piston having a piston rod, wherein the piston rod is connectable to a body of the vehicle;
wherein the damper tube arrangement is open at an end face so that the damper fluid volume transitions directly into a wheel carrier fluid volume within the wheel carrier so that
fluid in the wheel carrier fluid volume is in direct contact with the metal of the wheel carrier in order to transfer heat; and
a base valve, separate from the piston, disposed within the wheel carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.

US Pat. No. 10,363,782

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire defining an axial direction and an axial outermost point measured in said axial direction, an imaginary baseline (BL) which contacts the outer end of a rim radius of a standard rim corresponding to the pneumatic vehicle tire dimensions, and having a nominal tire cross-section height (H) measured from the baseline (BL) of at most 100 mm, the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a tread having a lateral side;
a ply structure;
a bead core;
a radial carcass having a bead region in which said radial carcass extends around said bead core from axially inside to axially outside and with a turned-back portion that is guided so as to extend back up to underneath said ply structure to form an overlapping region between said turned-back portion and said ply structure;
a wing rubber extending from said lateral side of said tread in the direction of said bead region;
a rim protection rubber extending from said bead region in the direction of said wing rubber;
at least said wing rubber, said rim protection rubber, and a sidewall rubber component conjointly defining a sidewall having a radially outer portion;
said wing rubber having a radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component that adjoins said wing rubber in a covered region in the direction toward said bead region;
said sidewall rubber component having a first tapered end section in said covered region of the sidewall rubber component and said sidewall rubber component extending from the first tapered end section thereof down to an end surface of the rim protection rubber;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component being tapered in the direction of said tread;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component having an end that is at a distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said wing rubber being the only sidewall region rubber element that extends to said tread and said wing rubber being in direct contact with said turned-back portion of said carcass in said radially outer portion of said sidewall that is radially above the distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said distance (h2) being between 45% and 70% of said cross-section height (H);
said radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component extending in the direction toward said bead region so as to cause said radial inner end section to be present at said axial outermost point of said tire; and
said rim protection rubber extending radially beneath the bead core and terminating at a position axially inward of an axially inner surface of said bead core,
wherein said pneumatic vehicle tire has an axially outermost tire surface defined by a combination of said wing rubber and said sidewall rubber component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,781

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated installing direction to a vehicle to define an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge;
the tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves comprising an outboard shoulder main groove, an outboard middle main groove, an inboard shoulder main groove and an inboard middle main groove to define an outboard middle portion between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, an inboard middle portion between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, and a central portion between the outboard middle main groove and the inboard middle main groove;
the central portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central sipe;
the outboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves extending between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, a plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent outboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of outboard middle lateral sipes extending from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the outboard middle circumferential sipes;
the inboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves extending between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, a plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent inboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of inboard middle lateral sipes extending from the inboard shoulder main groove or the inboard middle main groove toward the inboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the inboard middle circumferential sipes; and
the number of the inboard middle lateral sipes being greater than the number of the outboard middle lateral sipes,
wherein the number of the plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves, the number of plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes, and no sipe that extends from the outboard middle main groove is provided on the outboard middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,780

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion provided on each side of the tire equator with a crown circumferential groove, a shoulder circumferential groove disposed axially outside the crown circumferential groove, and shoulder lateral grooves extending between the shoulder circumferential groove and the adjacent tread edge,
the tread portion further provided with crown lateral grooves extending straight between the crown circumferential grooves,
said crown circumferential groove and said shoulder circumferential groove each being a zigzag groove made up of alternately arranged first groove segments and second groove segments,
wherein
each of the first groove segments has a crank shape made up of a shorter central part extending in a direction and two longer parts on both sides of the central part and extending in a different direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to one tire axial direction, and
each of the second groove segments has a straight shape inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the other tire axial direction,whereina zigzag pitch length Ps of said shoulder circumferential groove is less than a zigzag pitch length Pc of said crown circumferential groove, wherein the zigzag pitch length is the total circumferential length of one first groove segment and one second groove segment,
both ends of each of the crown lateral grooves are respectively connected to one of the second groove segments of one of the crown circumferential grooves and one of the second groove segments of the other crown circumferential groove,
the second groove segments to which the crown lateral grooves are connected are inclined with respect to the tire axial direction to one tire circumferential direction, whereas the crown lateral grooves are inclined at an angle ?c with respect to the tire axial direction to the other tire circumferential direction,
the shoulder lateral grooves each extend at an angle ?s with respect to the tire axial direction which is less than the angle ?c of the crown lateral grooves, and
the number Ns of the shoulder lateral grooves on each side of the tire equator is more than the number Nc of the crown lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,779

HEAVY DUTY PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

16. A heavy duty pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves so that the tread portion consists of nine land portions separated by the main grooves;
the nine land portions comprising a shoulder land portion having a tread edge, a first middle land portion adjacent to the shoulder land portion, a second middle land portion adjacent to the first middle land portion, a third middle land portion adjacent to the second middle land portion, and a central land portion adjacent to the third middle land portion;
the shoulder land portion being formed into a circumferentially continuous rib;
the first middle land portion being formed into a row of first middle blocks separated by a plurality of first middle lateral grooves;
the second middle land portion being formed into a row of second middle blocks separated by a plurality of second middle lateral grooves;
each first middle block having a circumferential length greater than that of each second middle block;
the third land portion being provided with a plurality of third middle lateral grooves to form a plurality of third middle blocks;
the central land portion being provided with a plurality of central lateral grooves to form a plurality of central blocks, and
circumferential lengths L4 of the plurality of central blocks being equal to or more than circumferential lengths L3 of the plurality of third middle blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,363,778

TIRE HAVING A SOFTENED CARCASS REINFORCEMENT

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, havinga radial carcass reinforcement comprising a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction,
said crown reinforcement itself being capped radially with a tread, said tread being joined to two beads by way of two sidewalls,
the radial carcass reinforcement additionally comprises, in each shoulder, an axially outer end of a layer of additional reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially,
wherein said axially outer end of said layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially is axially outside said at least two working crown layers, and
at least one additional protective layer is axially interposed between the layers of additional reinforcing elements, an axially inner end of each respective additional reinforcing layer that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially being axially in line with an axially outer end of the at least one additional protective layer, of reinforcing elements
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 0.85 mm, and wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter less than 0.16 mm, and
wherein the crown reinforcement, which is supplemented radially on the outside by the at least one additional layer, the reinforcing elements being oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,363,776

WHEEL ROTATED BY LOAD APPLIED TO AXLE REMAINING STATIONARY AT ECCENTRIC POSITION

1. A wheel rotated by a load applied to an axle mounted on a rotation body always remaining stationary at an eccentric position of the wheel spaced apart from the center of the wheel by a given distance, the wheel comprising: a plurality of pressure elastic bodies or leaf springs mounted on the inner periphery of an outer rim of the wheel to apply a given pressure to the outer periphery of the rotation body fitted to the axle to which the load is applied; a load frame connected to a fixed frame by means of a hinge shaft in such a manner as to be movable upward and downward; a power wheel mounted on the fixed frame in such a manner as to be fixedly mounted on the fixed frame to allow the wheel mounted on the axle mounted on the load frame to contactedly operate engagedly therewith; a pressure elastic body connected between the upper portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; a tension elastic body connected between the lower portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; and a control roller for allowing the center of the rotation body fitted to the axle to be spaced apart from the center of the wheel by the given distance, whereby the control roller controls the outer rim of the wheel to allow the center of the wheel to be spaced apart from the center of the rotation body by the given distance so that the axle always remains stationary at the eccentric position of the wheel and the drive shaft fixedly mounted on the power wheel engagedly operating with the wheel rotating by the load kept applied to axle mounted on the rotation body is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,363,774

TUBELESS SPOKED WHEEL STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A tubeless spoked wheel structure comprisinga tubeless spoked wheel including a rim and a tire defining an air space, and wire spokes connecting the rim and a hub to integrate the wheel, the air space sealed to maintain a pressure of the tire, wherein
the rim includes an annular raised portion arranged around the entirety of a centerline of the rim in a vehicle width direction, the annular raised portion having a bore with an internal thread that is arranged along the annular raised portion and is not in communication with the air space, the annular raised portion protruding radially inwardly to have a height corresponding to a length of the internal thread,
each spoke includes
a spoke head arranged at a distal end nearer to the rim, and
an external thread arranged at a basal end nearer to the hub,
the rim and the distal end of each spoke are connected with a connection including
a connecting member having an outer periphery including an external thread that is screwed into the internal thread,
each internal thread in the rim extends parallel to a radial direction of the rim, the connecting member is connected to the internal thread parallel to the radial direction of the rim,
the connecting member has a hollow for receiving the spoke head of the spoke that is engaged rotatably about a central axis of the connecting member, the connecting member is screwed into the internal thread, and
the external thread arranged at the basal end of each spoke is screwed in a nipple assembled with the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,363,773

ACCESSORY HOLDER FOR A PAINT TRAY CARRIER

1. An accessory holder in combination with a painting extension pole and a paint tray assembly in which the paint tray assembly includes (i) a paint tray having a perimeter wall arranged to be supported on a level supporting surface, a paint well supported within the perimeter wall, and a ramp supported within the perimeter wall so as to extend laterally away from the paint well at an upward slope, and (ii) a carrier releasably attached to the paint tray having a base engaged below a portion of the paint tray, a post extending upwardly from the base, and a clip secured to the post so as to clamp said portion of the paint tray between the clip and the base of the carrier, the accessory holder comprising:a first clip portion releasably clamped onto the post of the carrier;
a second clip portion releasably clamping the painting extension pole therein; and
an accessory hook extending laterally outwardly from the second clip portion having an open top end when the holder is supported on the post of the carrier;
the accessory hook comprising a base member extending horizontally outwardly from the second clip portion and a leg member extending vertically upwardly from the base member so as to define a rectangular shaped gap between the leg member and the second clip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,772

TURKEY FAN FAVORITE

1. A device for spreading a turkey's tail feathers in a fan-like display utilizing a four and three quarter inch wide and five and a half inches tall U shaped device used to fully hold open a turkey's tail feathers and attaching two rubber clips to the opposing outside quill at base of the feathers on opposite sides of the fan-like display, that are attached to the turkey's rear body mass and attaching a center clip to the turkey's center vertical feather quill at the base of middle feather to fully spread open and extend tail in a quality fan like position and using locking clips attached to the feather quills and remaining unseen from front of tail while utilizing a hole made into the device at the top center to hang on a wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,770

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PRINTED SECURITY FEATURES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:printing an image to a target;
printing an image-wise security feature to a target with a clear material transferred from a mass transfer panel of a thermal transfer sheet, wherein the security feature is provided with a separate printing technique than the image and provides a visual effect that is distinct and distinguishable from the image; and
providing a uniform top coat above at least the image, wherein the target is disposed on a re-transferable film that comprises the top coat, and wherein the image and image-wise security features are printed to the re-transferable film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,769

TRANSACTION CARD HAVING FEATURES FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM WALLET

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, comprising:printing a card board containing a plurality of card blanks, wherein each card blank on the card board is printed with information common to all of the cards;
cutting individual card blanks from the printed card board, each card blank including a first surface and an opposing, substantially parallel second surface spaced from the first surface by a thickness of the card blank;
machining a feature along a first region of at least one of the first and second surfaces such that the machined feature deviates from a smooth, flat surface of the card and is configured for tactile engagement to facilitate removal of the card from a pocket of a card-carrying case; and
machining a portion of the card to a thinner thickness than remaining portions of the card to facilitate insertion of the card into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,767

METHOD FOR MARKING A FEATURE SUBSTANCE, SECURITY FEATURE, DOCUMENT OF VALUE AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING SAID DOCUMENT

1. A method for marking a feature substance, present in pulverized form, with at least one marker, with the feature substance being suitable for authentication of value documents, comprising the step of mixing the feature substance with a small quantity of the marker present in form of particles, the small quantity of the marker lying in a range of 0.1 to 10 wt. % based on a total weight of the marked feature substance, so that macroscopic detectability and identifiability of the feature substance is not influenced by the marker and the marker is detectable in a value document having a security feature containing the marked feature substance by means of a spatially resolving analytical method which is adapted to resolve down to a single-particle level;wherein the feature substance is a luminescent feature substance and the marker is a luminescent marker;
wherein an emission of the luminescent marker occurs in another spectral wavelength region compared to the emission of the marked luminescent feature substance, or
wherein the luminescent marker is excitable in another spectral wavelength region than the marked luminescent feature substance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,766

INFORMATION ITEM FORMING MACHINE WITH VISUAL INSPECTION UNIT AND METHOD FOR FORMING AND SORTING INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

1. An apparatus for forming and sorting informational items having product information printed thereon, the apparatus comprising:at least one folding unit to form a folded article from a sheet of paper having information printed thereon;
a conveyor belt to transport the folded article away from the folding unit;
a camera disposed adjacent the conveyor belt and downstream from the folding unit, the camera to capture an image of the folded article as the folded article passes by the camera on the conveyor belt;
a controller operatively coupled to the camera and to receive and process the image of the folded article to determine whether the folded article has a satisfactory configuration; and
a diverter assembly disposed adjacent to the conveyor belt and downstream from the camera, the diverter assembly operatively coupled to the controller to cause the folded article to move off of the conveyor belt in response to the controller determining that the configuration of the folded article fails to satisfy at least one predetermined criteria, wherein the diverter assembly comprises a pusher or piston disposed adjacent the conveyor belt to impact the folded article and eject the folded article from the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,363,765

ADAPTIVE FILTER AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN ADAPTIVE FILTER

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A method of iterative determination of an offset filter coefficient of an adaptive filter using resources sharing comprising:adjusting a filter coefficient to form the offset filter coefficient in an iterative procedure comprising:
determining a determined filter coefficient from the filter coefficient by sharing a shared resource, configured to execute an adaptive convergence algorithm on the filter coefficient and at least one other filter coefficient, and wherein a sharing factor equals a number of filter coefficients of the at least one other filter coefficient plus one;
determining an offset, based on a monitored change of the determined filter coefficient and the sharing factor; and
adding the offset to the determined filter coefficient, at a first time period, if the determined filter coefficient, has not reached a steady state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,764

PORTABLE PRINTER AND METHODS

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A printer, comprising:A housing having at least a pair of exit openings readily accessible from outside of the printer, and a pair of front bumpers and a pair of rear bumpers disposed at top corners of the housing and which extend outwardly to contact a surface if the printer falls, and the housing has a door with a lower portion with a converging throat,
a support mounted on the housing,
a print head mounted on the support and capable of printing on a web of record members,
an ink ribbon cartridge received on the support,
a label roll holder having at least a pair of holding members that are engageable with a supply roll;
a sensor system mounted on one of the at least a pair of holding members; and
a movably mounted guide for the web, the guide being movable between an open position and a closed guiding position, the guide being spring-urged to the open position to enable the ink ribbon cartridge to be received on the support, and the ink ribbon cartridge being engageable with the guide to the move the guide toward the closed position against the spring-urging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,763

COVER PIECE AND MEDIUM STORAGE CASSETTE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cover piece to be removably attached to a medium storage cassette including a medium storage section for storing a medium, and an operation unit provided in a recess and configured to lock and unlock the medium storage section to and from an apparatus main body, the cover piece comprising:a main portion configured to enter the recess in the medium storage cassette so as to cover the recess;
a sliding portion configured to slide so as to switch between a first state in which the sliding portion sticks out from the main portion and the main portion is locked to the recess, and a second state in which the main portion is unlocked and allowed to enter the recess and be removed from the recess; and
an opening for receiving a key member,
wherein the sliding portion switches the first state to the second state, when the key member is inserted in the opening,
wherein the key member unmovable from the opening, and the cover piece is detachable together with the key member from the recess, when the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,762

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit that ejects a liquid to a medium;
a main body in which the liquid ejecting unit is accommodated;
a liquid storage unit including at least one liquid container for storing the liquid and located on a front side of the apparatus;
an operation panel through which operations are inputted, the operation panel being located on the front side of the apparatus and configured to be retracted and pivoted upward; and
a stretchable medium output tray located on the front side of the apparatus, to receive the medium discharged,
wherein the liquid storage unit and the medium output tray are both protruding forward with respect to the operation panel, when the operation panel and the medium output tray are retracted in the main body,
wherein a front face of the liquid storage unit and a forward end portion of the medium output tray are flush with each other in a depth direction of the liquid ejecting apparatus, when the medium output tray is accommodated in the main body,
wherein the liquid container includes a liquid inlet port through which the liquid can be received from a liquid supply container, and
wherein the liquid inlet port is located between a front face of the liquid storage unit and a front face of the operation panel, in a depth direction of the apparatus, when the operation panel is retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,760

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFOR

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising:a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order;
a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component; and
a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass,
wherein the controller is configured to schedule one-sided printed sheets for a first pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component and two-sided printed sheets for a second pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component by using the duplex printing loop and to determine a distance between subsequent sheets guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component such that a location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by printed sides of two-sided printed sheets at most a maximum number of times before the location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by an unprinted side of a one-sided printed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,759

CUTTING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cutting mechanism comprising:a cutter blade that is configured to cut a medium;
a cutter unit to which the cutter blade is attached;
a pinion gear that is rotatably attached to the cutter unit, and
a rack gear that is configured to mesh with the pinion gear,
wherein the pinion gear and the rack gear are helical gears with inclined teeth, and
wherein the cutter unit moves while the pinion gear is rotated in a state of meshing the pinion gear and the rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,758

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a roller pair configured to nip a sheet therebetween and transport the sheet in a transport direction;
a recording section provided downstream of a nip point of the roller pair in the transport direction and including nozzles that discharge ink droplets;
a support member provided below the recording section and having ribs configured to support a lower surface of the sheet, the ribs being arranged in a width direction orthogonal to the transport direction and spaced apart from each other in the width direction, each of the ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and
abutment portions provided downstream of the nip point in the transport direction and positioned between the ribs in the width direction, the abutment portions being elastically urged to press an upper surface of the sheet, and lower ends of the abutment portions being positioned lower than upper ends of the ribs,
wherein the support member has a center point in the width direction,
wherein the abutment portions includes a first abutment portion and a second abutment portion which is positioned further from the center point of the support member than the first abutment portion in the width direction, and
wherein an urging force urging the first abutment portion is greater than urging force urging the second abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,757

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a pressing member configured to press a fold line formed in a sheet, the pressing member including:
an axis extending along a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the sheet,
a spiral shaped projection portion configured to contact with the fold line and to rotate about the axis, and
a contact portion comprising an impact absorbing member separate from the spiral shaped projection portion, adjacent to a portion of the spiral shaped projection portion, and configured to contact with the fold line, the contact portion extending from the spiral shaped projection portion toward an upstream side of a rotational direction of the pressing member,
wherein the spiral shaped projection portion presses the fold line at a contact position, and
wherein the contact position changes in the direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the sheet in accordance with rotation of the spiral shaped projection portion in a single direction about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-SKEWING SUBSTRATES AND LATERALLY REGISTERING IMAGES ON THE SUBSTRATES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer comprising:a mechanical de-skewing device configured to identify only an amount of skew in an incoming substrate and to remove only the identified amount of skew from the incoming substrate to de-skew the substrate before the incoming substrate enters a print zone; and
an electronic lateral registration system configured to identify only a lateral position of the de-skewed substrate in the print zone and send image data only to inkjets that correspond to a width of the de-skewed substrate at the identified lateral position of the de-skewed substrate before the de-skewed substrate enters the print zone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,755

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BASE MATERIAL

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A base material processing apparatus comprising:a transport mechanism for transporting an elongated strip-shaped base material in a longitudinal direction thereof along a transport path formed by a plurality of rollers;
a processing part for processing said base material in a processing position lying on said transport path;
a force detection part for detecting a force applied in an axial direction of a rotation shaft of a sensing roller, said sensing roller being at least one of said plurality of rollers;
a meandering prediction part for predicting meandering of said base material to output meandering prediction information, based on the force applied in the axial direction of the rotation shaft of said sensing roller; and
a meandering correction part for correcting a widthwise position of said base material relative to said processing part, based on said meandering prediction information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,754

INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing machine comprising:an inkjet head;
an ink cartridge that is disposed at a position lower than that of the inkjet head, and holds ink therein;
an ink route that connects the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a branch route with one end connected to a branching point on the ink route and the other end connected to a joining point on the ink route, the joining point being on an inkjet head side viewed from the branching point;
a pump that is disposed on the branch route, and used to send ink from the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a valve that is disposed on a direct route which is a route between the branching point and the joining point, and opens and closes a channel for a fluid within the direct route; and
a controller configured
(i) to close the valve and drive the pump in initial filling of the inkjet head with ink,
(ii) to stop the pump and open the valve on or after a time point when a tip of ink introduced into the ink route reaches a prescribed position on an inkjet head side viewed from the joining point,
(iii) to close the valve after the ink in the ink route flows backward to move the air in the direct route into the ink cartridge, and
(iv) to drive the pump to fill the inkjet head with ink.

US Pat. No. 10,363,753

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUSES

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid; and
a supply device that supplies the liquid from a liquid supply source to the liquid ejecting head, the supply device including:
a first liquid supplying flow path that supplies the liquid toward the liquid ejecting head;
a pump that is provided in the first liquid supplying flow path and feeds the liquid to a downstream side where the liquid ejecting head is located;
a second liquid supplying flow path having one end connected to an upstream connecting portion located on an upstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and the other end connected to a downstream connecting portion located on a downstream side relative to the pump, the second liquid supplying flow path together with the first liquid supplying flow path forms a circulation flow path in which the liquid circulates;
a pressure control valve disposed in the second liquid supplying flow path;
a buffer in which a volume of a storage chamber that stores the liquid varies by displacement of a flexible member; and
a pressure applying section that applies pressure to the flexible member from an outside of the storage chamber, wherein
the buffer is disposed at least one of a position on a downstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and a position that is closer to the downstream connecting portion than the pressure control valve is in the second liquid supplying flow path, and
the pressure control valve opens when a pressure in the buffer becomes a predetermined pressure or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,363,752

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber fluidly communicating with a nozzle configured to discharge liquid through the nozzle;
a capacity change member configured to change a capacity of the liquid chamber;
an inflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown into the liquid chamber;
an outflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown out from the liquid chamber;
a first flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the inflow path;
a second flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the outflow path; and
a controller configured to control the capacity change member, the first flow-path resistance change member, and the second flow-path resistance change member,
wherein the controller is configured to perform a first operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path is larger than the flow-path resistance of the inflow path while the flow-path resistance of the inflow path and the flow-path resistance of the outflow path increase by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber increases by controlling the capacity change member so as to fill the liquid in the liquid chamber, and
after the controller performs the first operation, the controller is configured to perform a second operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path remains increased and the flow-path resistance of the inflow path increases by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber decreases by controlling the capacity change portion so as to discharge the liquid from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,751

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INQUIRY PROCESS TO INQUIRE WHETHER INK HAS BEEN INJECTED INTO INK CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank having a set of an ink chamber and an inlet;
a recording assembly including a recording head and configured to eject the ink stored in the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet;
a cover movable between a covering position covering the inlet to restrict ink from being injected into the ink chamber through the inlet and an exposing position exposing the inlet to an outside to allow ink to be injected into the ink chamber through the inlet;
a cover sensor configured to detect a position of the cover;
a memory configured to store:
a first threshold value; and
a count value updated in a direction approaching the first threshold value in accordance with ejection of the ink from the recording assembly;
a display;
an operation interface; and
a controller configured to control the recording head and the display,
the controller being configured to:
perform, in response to the detection through the cover sensor that the cover has been moved to the exposing position and then moved to the covering position, a first determination process to determine whether a quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber at a time the cover is moved to the exposing position is less than a residual ink threshold;
perform, in response to the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is not less than the residual ink threshold, a second determination process to determine whether an exposing time during which the cover has been in the exposing position is not less than a first time period;
perform, based on the determination in the second determination process that the exposing time is not less than the first time period, an inquiry process to display an inquiry screen on the display and to receive one of a first operation and a second operation through the operation interface, the inquiry screen inquiring whether ink has been injected into the ink chamber;
perform, based on the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is less than the residual ink threshold, the inquiry process without performing the second determination process; and
perform, in response to the receipt of the first operation in the inquiry process, an initialization process to initialize the count value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,750

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION AND INTERFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid;
a supply portion including a supply hole through which the printing fluid is configured to flow out of the storage chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front surface at which the supply portion is provided;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface;
an upper surface disposed upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward opposite to the gravitational direction in the upright posture;
a locking surface disposed at the upper surface and facing rearward;
one protrusion positioned at the upper surface and having a detection surface extending in the frontward direction, the one protrusion having one specific portion;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface, the locking surface, the electrical interface, and the one protrusion being arranged in a recited order in the frontward direction in the upright posture, the one protrusion, the electrical interface, and the locking surface being arranged upward in a recited order in the upright posture; and
another protrusion positioned at the upper surface and disposed rearward relative to the electrical interface,
the another protrusion having another specific portion, the one protrusion and the another protrusion defining a plurality of imaginary planes each of which passes through the one protrusion and the another protrusion, each of the plurality of imaginary planes extending in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the gravitational direction and the frontward direction in the upright posture,
the plurality of imaginary planes including a specific imaginary plane defined by the one specific portion and the another specific portion, the specific imaginary plane being positioned higher than any other imaginary plane between the one protrusion and the another protrusion,
an entire part of the electrical interface being positioned downward relative to the specific imaginary plane in the gravitational direction in the upright posture such that a gap is formed between the entire part of the electrical interface and the specific imaginary plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,748

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid; and
a liquid storage section configured to store the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head,
the liquid storage section comprising:
a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head,
a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid, the liquid filling inlet being configured for opening and closing,
an interlocking mechanism having a male portion that interlocks with a female portion to thereby seal the liquid filling inlet, and
a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, the storage tank having a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,363,744

FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle row A comprising nozzles A arranged along the first direction from a first end nozzle of the nozzle row A in a first direction towards a second end nozzle of the nozzle row A in the first direction;
a nozzle row B comprising nozzles B arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles B is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, respectively;
a nozzle row C comprising nozzles C arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles C is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in the second direction, respectively;
a nozzle row D comprising nozzles D arranged along the first direction from a third end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction towards a fourth end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction;
a nozzle row E comprising nozzles E arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles E is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively; and
a nozzle row F comprising nozzles F arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles F is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively,
a controller configured to control ejections of fluid from the nozzles A, the nozzles B, the nozzles C, the nozzles D, the nozzles E and the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle row B is positioned between the nozzle row A and the nozzle row D in the second direction,
wherein the nozzle row D is positioned between the nozzle row B and the nozzle row E in the second direction,
wherein the nozzles A of the nozzle row A are arranged into a nozzle group A1 and a nozzle group A2,
wherein the nozzle group A1 comprises some of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A2 comprises others of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A1 is positioned between the nozzle group A2 and the center of the nozzle row A in the first direction,
wherein the nozzles B of the nozzle row B are arranged into a nozzle group B1,
wherein the nozzle group B1 comprises some of the nozzles B,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group B1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles C of the nozzle row C are arranged into a nozzle group C, wherein the nozzle group C comprises some of the nozzles C,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group C are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles D of the nozzle row D are arranged into a nozzle group D2,
wherein the nozzle group D2 of the nozzle row D comprises some of the nozzles D,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group D2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles E of the nozzle row E are arranged into a nozzle group E1 and a nozzle group E2,
wherein the nozzle group E1 comprises some of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group E2 comprises others of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group E1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group E2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles F of the nozzle row F are arranged into a nozzle group F,
wherein the nozzle group F comprises some of the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group C and the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the controller is configured to control:
the nozzle group A1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A1;
the nozzle group A2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A2;
the nozzle group B1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate B1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles B comprising the nozzle group B1;
the nozzle group C to eject fluid at an average usage rate C that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles C comprising the nozzle group C;
the nozzle group D2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate D2 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles D comprising the nozzle group D2;
the nozzle group E1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E1;
the nozzle group E2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E2; and
the nozzle group F to eject fluid at an average usage rate F that is an average of usage rates of the some of the nozzles F comprising the nozzle group F,
wherein the average usage rate A2 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate B1 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate C is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate D2 is smaller than the average usage rate E2,
wherein the average usage rate E1 is smaller than the average usage rate E2, and
wherein the average usage rate F is smaller than the average usage rate E2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,743

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD HAVING NOZZLE WITH ELECTROSTATIC PROPENSITY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a nozzle plate that includes a nozzle forming surface to which a nozzle section through which liquid is ejected is open, the nozzle section forming a hole through the nozzle plate to allow the liquid to be ejected,
wherein an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle section due to contact with the liquid is lower than an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle forming surface due to contact with the liquid,
wherein the nozzle section includes a first region on an upstream side within the nozzle plate and a second region on a downstream side within the nozzle plate in an ejection direction of the liquid, the first region having a larger cross section than the second region,
wherein both a liquid repellent film containing fluorine and a base film extend from the nozzle forming surface into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate such that an amount of fluorine per unit area decreases in an order of the nozzle forming surface, the second region, and the first region, and
wherein the base film extends further into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate than the liquid repellent film and also extends only partially through the nozzle section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,742

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from nozzles; and
a liquid supply path which includes a liquid flow path unit and supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the flow path unit includes a liquid chamber partly formed by a flexible member, a displacing member connected to the flexible member and displaced with the flexible member, a guide portion guiding the displacing member in a displacing direction of the flexible member, and a displacement detecting unit which detects a displacement of the flexible member,
wherein the displacing member includes a first guided portion which protrudes inside the liquid chamber along the displacing direction and a second guided portion which protrudes on a side opposite to the liquid chamber,
wherein the guide portion guides the first guided portion of the displacing member,
wherein the displacement detecting unit detects the displacement of the flexible member by detecting a displacement of the second guided portion, and
wherein the flexible member closes the liquid supply path when the flexible member is displaced in a direction in which a volume of the liquid chamber is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,739

RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING HEAD VOLTAGE SETTING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A recording device performing recording operation by supplying drive voltage to a recording head having predetermined nozzle capacity, comprising:a head voltage control unit of setting target voltage of head voltage used to perform the recording operation by driving the recording head;
a DC voltage generating unit generating drive voltage which increases over a plurality of stages, while giving a feedback at each stage, until the head voltage becomes the target voltage which is set by the head voltage control unit; and
a smoothing capacitor connected between an output unit of the DC voltage generating unit and the recording head and having capacity which is twice or more as large as capacity of all of nozzles of the recording head driven at the same timing,
wherein, when increasing output voltage of the DC voltage generating unit, the output voltage is increased over a predetermined time at each of the plurality of stages until the target voltage is reached, and
wherein an inrush current peak at each of the plurality of stages is less than an inrush current peak when the output voltage is directly increased to the target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,738

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, HEAD UNIT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:an ejecting section that comprises a piezoelectric element that is displaced corresponding to a change in potential of a drive signal, a pressure chamber that changes in internal volume corresponding to the displacement of the piezoelectric element, and a nozzle that communicates with the pressure chamber, and can eject a liquid contained in the pressure chamber corresponding to a change in the internal volume of the pressure chamber; and
a detection section that can detect residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section after the piezoelectric element has been displaced,
the detection section detecting the residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section in either or both of a first period and a second period and in a third period when the drive signal having a drive waveform is supplied to the piezoelectric element, the drive waveform being set to a first potential in the first period, set to a second potential in the second period that follows the first period, and set to a third potential in the third period that follows the second period,
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period being smaller than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the first period, and
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the third period being larger than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,363,737

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD WITH CONNECTION MECHANISM FOR A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a pair of connectors configured to connect to each other;
a flexible circuit on which one of the connectors is mounted;
a circuit board on which another one of the connectors is mounted;
a driver element that generates a driving force for ejecting liquid from a nozzle in response to an electric signal that is supplied from the flexible circuit to the circuit board via the pair of connectors; and
a locking mechanism that is configured to take (i) a first state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is locked while the pair of connectors are connected, and (ii) a second state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is not locked while the pair of connectors are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,363,653

ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR A HAND TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. An attachment device for use with a hand tool having a handle portion with a distal end, the attachment device comprising:a connection member having a connection point; and
a receiver including a flexible annular wall extending axially from the connection member to define a central channel having an open end, the receiver configured to receive at least a portion of the handle portion within the central channel via the open end, and wherein the receiver includes a split extending axially along the length of the annular wall to allow the annular wall to disconnect from itself, and wherein the receiver is adjustable between a secured configuration, in which ends of the annular wall are coupled to one another, and a disconnected configuration, in which the ends of the annular wall are not coupled to one another so the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion, and
wherein the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion when the receiver is in the disconnected configuration, and wherein the receiver allows the handle portion to be axially inserted into the central channel while restricting the removal of the handle portion therefrom when the receiver is in the secured configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,646

MANUFACTURING FIXTURE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED PROCESS HAVING A REST PAD FORCE SENSOR WITH CLOSED LOOP FEEDBACK

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A manufacturing fixture assembly configured to hold a component in a fixed position during manufacturing comprising:at least one rest pad configured to support, at least in part, the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a sensor associated with the at least one rest pad and configured to sense a force exerted on the at least one rest pad by the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a clamping component configured to rigidly hold the component onto the at least one rest pad in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a force monitoring system configured to receive a signal from the sensor indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad before and during the manufacturing of the component held in the fixed position, wherein the force monitoring system is configured to determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises at least one of the following determinations: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within a predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range; and
an output device configured to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
wherein the force monitoring system includes a controller configured to:
receive the signal indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises the following: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range,
control the output device to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine a remedial action for control of the clamping component when the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is outside the predetermined range, and
control the clamping component based on the determined remedial action so the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,363,584

METHODS FOR REMOVING BARRIER COATINGS, BONDCOAT AND OXIDE LAYERS FROM CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of removing a bond coat from an article, the article comprising a ceramic matrix composite substrate and a bond coat comprising elemental silicon and silica disposed on the ceramic matrix composite substrate, said method comprising: contacting the article with a solution comprising at least 5 weight percent of at least one hydroxide for a sufficient time necessary for said at least one hydroxide to react with the bond coat and remove the bond coat from said ceramic matrix composite substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,525

FILTRATION MODULE

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A filtration module comprising:a stack of at least two spacers, wherein at least one spacer in the stack comprises a first outer plate and a second outer plate and at least one internal permeate channel arranged in between the first outer plate and second outer plate such that the first outer plate and second outer plate form two of the walls that define said at least one internal permeate channel, each outer plate having a first pair of edges extending in a first direction and a second pair of edges extending in a second direction, and wherein said at least one internal permeate channel extends in the first direction;
a porous or perforated area formed in each outer plate, the porous or perforated area being spaced from the first pair of edges; and
a filtration membrane on each porous or perforated area such that liquid transferred across the membrane is transported through the pores or perforations to said at least one internal permeate channel, each filtration membrane having a first pair of edges extending in the first direction and a second pair of edges extending in the second direction, the filtration membrane being spaced from the first pair of edges of the outer plate, and
wherein the spacers of the stack are separated by separate elongated distance-pieces that have a first surface contacting a first spacer and a second surface opposite the first surface contacting a second spacer, thereby forming a filtrate channel between the first spacer and the second spacer, and
wherein the filtrate channel extends in a direction other than the direction of the internal permeate channels.

US Pat. No. 10,363,518

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DEBOTTLENECK AN INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS PROCESSING PLANT WITH SOUR GAS INJECTION

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A system for increasing oil production in an integrated oil and gas production plant including hydrogen sulfide removal and sour-gas injection, comprising:a. a series of a first, second and third oil-gas separators in sequence for separating an oil-gas mixture into oil and gas phases at decreasing pressures;
b. a crude stabilizer for receiving an oil phase from the third oil-gas separator and forming a stabilized crude and an overhead gas stream;
c. a low-pressure compressor for compressing the overhead gas stream combined with the gas phase from the third oil-gas separator to form a medium pressure stream;
d. a first hydrogen sulfide-selective membrane to remove hydrogen sulfide from the medium pressure stream combined with the gas phase from the second oil-gas separator to form a first permeate stream enriched in hydrogen sulfide and a first retentate stream depleted in hydrogen sulfide and enriched in hydrocarbon gases;
e. a medium-pressure amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the first retentate stream to form a medium pressure stream depleted in H2S and a low-pressure acid-gas stream enriched in H2S;
f. a medium-pressure compressor for compressing the medium pressure stream depleted in H2S to form a high-pressure stream;
g. a high-pressure amine unit for removing hydrogen sulfide from the high-pressure stream combined with the gas phase from the first oil-gas separator to form a sweet gas stream depleted in H2S and a low-pressure acid stream enriched in H2S;
h. a Claus unit for generating sulfur from the acid-gas streams enriched in H2S that are generated from the medium-pressure and high-pressure amine plants;
i. a permeate compressor for compressing the first permeate stream to form a compressed first permeate stream, and
j. piping for delivering the compressed first permeate stream to a plant comprising a sour gas injection unit for injecting the compressed first permeate stream into a subterranean formation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,453

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING ATHLETIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE

New Balance Athletics, In...

1. A system for monitoring athletic performance and physiological characteristics of a user, the system comprising:(a) a first sensing unit adapted to monitor at least one performance characteristic of the user, the first sensing unit adapted to be attachable to a shoe of the user and comprising:
at least one motion sensor adapted to gather motion data relating to a movement of a foot of the user;
a first processor for processing the motion data to determine the at least one performance characteristic of the user, wherein the processor is adapted to:
(i) process angular velocity data from the motion sensor to determine a processed value indicative of a first performance characteristic of the user, the first performance characteristic comprising a foot strike location of the foot of the user upon striking a ground surface;
(ii) compare the processed value to a range of predetermined comparison values, the range of predetermined comparison values comprising a first range of values indicative of a heel strike, a second range of values indicative of a midfoot strike, and a third range of values indicative of a forefoot strike; and
(iii) determine, based on the comparison, the first performance characteristic;
a periodic trigger adapted to initiate and terminate processing of angular velocity data by the processor during a window of time corresponding to a portion of a foot strike event; and
a transmitter for transmitting a first data package representative of the first performance characteristic to a remote receiver, wherein the first data package comprises an indication of which of the heel strike, the midfoot strike, and the forefoot strike has occurred; and
(b) a second sensing unit adapted to monitor a plurality of physiological metrics of the user, the second sensing unit adapted to be at least one of incorporated into an item of apparel of the user and attached to a portion of the user and comprising:
a first physiological sensor adapted to gather first physiological data relating to at least one function of a heart of the user;
a second physiological sensor adapted to gather second physiological data relating to at least one of a temperature and a perspiration level of the user;
a second processor for processing the first physiological data and the second physiological data to determine at least one physiological characteristic of the user; and
a transmitter for transmitting a second data package representative of the at least one physiological characteristic to the remote receiver;
wherein the remote receiver is adapted to identify a relationship between the at least one performance characteristic and the at least one physiological characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,363,401

SINUS DILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., J...

1. A surgical system for dilating a region of a patient's nasal sinus system, the system comprising:a first sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle defining a front end opposite a back end;
a rigid probe extending distally from the front end of the handle, the rigid probe defining:
a rigid proximal end at the front end of the handle,
a rigid distal tip opposite the proximal end,
a rigid curved segment between the proximal end and the distal tip;
a balloon having a distal end, the balloon being secured over the rigid probe adjacent the distal tip, wherein a distance between the distal end of the balloon and the distal tip is invariable;
an inflation path fluidly connected to an interior of the balloon;
wherein a curvature and a longitudinal location of the curved segment is configured to locate the balloon within one of a frontal sinus, a maxillary sinus, and a sphenoid sinus following insertion of the distal tip through a naris of the patient;
a connector associated with the handle and configured to be electronically coupled to an image guidance system of the type to allow for a display of a position of the first sinus dilation instrument within the patient relative to a pre-operative image of the patient's anatomy; and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the first sinus dilation instrument and corresponding with a region of the patient's sinus system that the first sinus dilation instrument is configured to access and treat with the balloon, the instrument identification selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a spheroid sinus instrument; and
a second sinus dilation instrument including:
a handle,
a rigid probe extending from the handle and forming a curved segment,
a balloon secured over the rigid probe adjacent a distal tip thereof and fluidly connected to an inflation path,
a connector configured to be electronically coupled to the image guidance system, and
an electronic identifier device electronically coupled to the connector and programmed to generate a signal indicative of an instrument identification assigned to the second sinus dilation instrument and selected from the group consisting of a frontal sinus instrument, a maxillary sinus instrument, and a sphenoid sinus instrument;
wherein the instrument identification of the first sinus dilation instrument is different from the instrument identification of the second sinus dilation instrument;
and further wherein the electronic identifier device of the first sinus dilation instrument is separate from the electronic identifier device of the second sinus dilation instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,385

RESPIRATORY APPARATUS

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A head-mountable flow generator configured to deliver a flow of breathable gas at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to a patient interface in communication with an entrance to a patient's airways including at least an entrance of the patient's nares, while the patient is sleeping, to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing, the flow generator comprising:a motor;
an impeller assembly configured to be driven by the motor; and
a housing that encases the motor and the impeller assembly and is configured to be mounted on the patient's head, the housing comprising an inlet configured to receive the flow of breathable gas and a pair of opposing outlets configured to direct the pressurized flow of breathable gas to the patient interface,
wherein the impeller assembly is configured to pressurize the flow of breathable gas received from the inlet and the housing is configured to convey the pressurized flow of breathable gas through both outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,363,343

TISSUE-BASED DRAIN MANIFOLDS

LifeCell Corporation, Ma...

1. A tissue-based drain manifold, comprising partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue that has been formed into a sheet, tube, or column and eithera. micro-machined to contain grooves, channels, or holes; and crosslinked; or
b. micronized, reformed into thin strips, rolled to form tubes, and crosslinked; and a biocompatible or bioresorbable synthetic component in the form of an inner conduit surrounded by the partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue in the manifold and an exterior conduit surrounding at least a portion of the partially or completely decellularized dermal tissue in the manifold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,331

STERILIZATION INDICATOR FOR A STERILE CONTAINER

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. A sterile container for sterilization of medical instruments comprising an instrument holding body closable by a container cover for which at least one manually operable closing/locking mechanism is arranged on the holding body and/or on the container cover, the sterile container comprising a sterilization indicator, wherein the sterilization indicator comprises a shape-memory element in the form of an axially acting compression spring, made of memory material which, when a predetermined sterilization temperature is reached or exceeded, subjects an indicating unit to a defined axial compression force, said indicating unit in turn being biased by a restoring spring functioning independently of temperature, in a counter-direction of the shape-memory element by way of a restoring force which is smaller than the defined axial compressive force, and comprising a latching mechanism which is actuated by at least one of: (1) a manually operable closing or locking mechanism, (2) a container cover of the sterile container, and (3) an element attached thereto and designed such that by closing and/or locking of the sterile container it retains the indicating unit in a sterile position, once said unit has been moved into the sterile position by the shape-memory element, and by opening and/or unlocking of the sterile container below the sterilization temperature it releases the indicating unit, whereupon the restoring spring moves the indicating unit back into an unsterile position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,329

DISINFECTION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

13. A method for disinfecting an area, the method comprising:determining whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system to perform a disinfection process inside the area has been met;
activating the disinfection system to perform the disinfection process inside the area in response to a determination that the set of criteria has been met;
wherein the disinfection system comprises far ultraviolet radiation;
wherein the area is located within a vehicle; and
configuring a sensor system to determine whether pathogens and impurities are present in the area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,272

RAR SELECTIVE AGONISTS IN COMBINATION WITH IMMUNE MODULATORS FOR CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY

Io Therapeutics, Inc., A...

1. A method of potentiating chimeric antigen receptor-modified immune cells (CAR-MIC) cancer immunotherapy comprising administering at least one differentiating retinoic acid receptor (RAR) active agent, wherein the differentiating RAR active agent is a RAR? agonist, to a cancer patient who is receiving, has received, or is scheduled to receive, CAR-MIC, wherein the RAR? agonist is a CYP26 metabolism-resistant, RAR? selective agonist having a structure of general formula (I)
wherein R1 is H or C1-6 alky, R2 and R3 are independently H or F, and R4 is a halogen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,230

6-SHOGAOL DERIVATIVES AND ACTIVITIES THEREOF

North Carolina Agricultur...

1. A compound having a structure of the formula:
wherein:
m is an integer between 0 and 4;
R1 is —H, halogen, halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkoxy, —COOH, or halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkyl;
R2 is —H, halogen, —OH, halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkoxy, —COOH, or halogen-substituted C1-C4 alkyl; and
R3 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of —H, —OH, amino, C1-C4 alkyl, C1-C4 alkylamino, and C1-C4 alkoxy, subject to the proviso that (a) when R1 and R2 are each H, (i) R3 is selected from hydroxyl and C1-C4 alkoxy and R4 is selected from OH and C2-C4 alkoxy or (ii) R3 is C1-C4 alkoxy and R4 is selected from —OH and C1-C4 alkoxy; and (b) when R4 is —H, R3 is —H, R2 is —CF3, and R1 is —F;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,226

PLATELET MEMBRANE-COATED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

North Carolina State Univ...

1. A platelet membrane-coated nanovehicle, comprisinga) an inner core comprising a drug delivery matrix, wherein the drug delivery matrix comprises an antineoplastic therapeutic agent; and
b) an outer shell platelet membrane coating the inner core, wherein the outer shell platelet membrane further comprises tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) and endogenous P-selectin protein.

US Pat. No. 10,363,200

TABLET SPLITTING APPARATUS

TOSHO, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A tablet splitting apparatus comprising:a guide having a groove passage for guiding a falling tablet;
a catcher for holding a tablet moving downward through the groove passage at a mid-portion of the groove passage; and
a splitting mechanism for splitting a tablet held by the catcher;
wherein the splitting mechanism comprises a pair of blades for splitting the tablet received by the catcher, and a pair of blade shifters that allow the blades to be attached thereto at predetermined positions,
a housing is further provided in which the guide, the catcher, and the splitting mechanism are accommodated,
the housing comprises an opening allowing the guide and the blades to move therethrough, and a support detachably fixing the guide at a supporting position in the housing,
the support and the guide each comprise a sliding portion for fixing the guide, and the support and the guide are in a slidable contact with each other at the sliding portions while the guide is supported at the supporting position,
the guide disposed at the supporting position is slid along the sliding portion of the support so as to be detachable from the supporting position through the opening,
the blades and the blade shifters each comprise a sliding portion at which each of the blades is attached to a corresponding one of the blade shifters or at which each of the blade shifters allows a corresponding one of the blades to be attached thereto, and the blades and the blade shifters are in a slidable contact with each other at the sliding portions for attaching the blades while the blades are attached to the respective predetermined positions, and
the blades attached to the respective predetermined positions of the blade shifters are slid along the sliding portions of the blade shifters so as to be detachable from the blade shifters through the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,199

SYRINGE ADAPTER

1. A syringe adapter for connecting a dosing syringe to a container for taking up a fluid comprising:a fluid delivery channel for creating a flow connection between the inside of the container and the inside of the dosing syringe,
at least one ventilation channel for creating an air connection between the inside of the container and the container surroundings,
wherein in at least one of the channels a non-return valve is arranged which in an open position enables the passage of media and in a closed position closes the channel,
wherein a main adapter body on the one hand and the at least one non-return valve on the other hand are made at least partly from different plastic materials,
wherein the at least one non-return valve comprises an anti-drip valve which is arranged in the fluid delivery channel, which opens with the application of negative pressure to a syringe-side end of the fluid delivery channel, and which otherwise closes, and
further comprising at least one additional non-return valve which comprises a normally closed ventilation valve which is arranged in the ventilation channel, and which opens with the application of negative pressure to a container-side end of the ventilation channel
wherein the anti-drip valve comprises a duckbill valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,196

VIBRATOR APPARATUS FOR USE IN PHYSICAL TREATMENT

1. A vibrator apparatus in a vibration device for physical treatment usage comprising:a coil which is configured to rigidly attach to a member of the vibration device, the coil being configured to receive electric signals from a signal unit, and
a permanent magnet suspended by springy elements which are configured to attach to said member and is movable relative to the member,
wherein the coil and the permanent magnet are co-axially aligned, and wherein the permanent magnet is linearly and coaxially mutually movable relative to the coil between extreme positions being farthest away from the coil and between extreme positions being closest to the coil upon application of said electric signals to the coil, and
an actual distance of movement for the permanent magnet, relative to the coil, is less than axial length of the coil,
wherein the springy elements which provide tensioning and suspension of the permanent magnet relative to said member are provided by using a pair of springs located at a distance from a respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet, wherein a central part of each spring is configured to be rigidly connected to the member,
wherein from each central part there extends a spring material face which at its radially outer edge region is rigidly linked to said respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet, and
wherein the spring material face at its outer edge region is fixedly linked to the respective axial end portion of the permanent magnet at least at three locations having a space therebetween by respective spacers.

US Pat. No. 10,363,181

PATIENT POSITION DETECTION FOR PATIENT SUPPORT APPARATUS

Hill-Rom Services, Inc., ...

1. A patient support apparatus comprisinga patient support structure configured to support a patient, the patient support structure having a head end and a foot end spaced apart in a longitudinal dimension of the patient support structure, the patient support structure having a head section that is configured to support a torso of a patient and that is movable between a raised position for supporting the patient in a sitting up position and a lowered position for supporting the patient in a lying down position,
a set of user inputs configured to receive input from a caregiver to initiate the movement of the head section between the raised and lowered positions,
a graphical user interface (GUI) supported by the patient support structure, and
control circuitry coupled to the GUI, the GUI being controlled by the control circuitry to display information indicating, when the patient is lying down on the patient support structure about midway between opposite sides of the patient support structure, that the patient is improperly positioned on the patient support structure in the longitudinal dimension of the patient support structure due to being shifted too far towards the head end or too far towards the foot end for the movement of the head section toward the raised position, wherein the information indicating that the patient is improperly positioned includes all three of the following: (i) a text box with a message conveying the information, (ii) a pictorial representation of a patient lying on the patient support surface too close to the at least one of the head end and foot end, and (iii) a hip position icon that is color coded.

US Pat. No. 10,363,170

APPARATUS FOR CORNEAL CROSSLINKING

Novartis AG, (CH)

1. An apparatus for corneal crosslinking, the apparatus comprising:a source of laser radiation having an energy and a pulse rate sufficient for creating photodisruption in a human cornea;
a scanner device configured to scan the laser radiation;
a control computer configured to control the scanner device;
a fluence reduction component selected to reduce the fluence of the laser radiation below a threshold at which corneal photodisruption occurs and at a level sufficient to activate a photosensitizer, wherein the fluence reduction component is, in response to an instruction from the control computer, configured to be alternatively moved to a first position out of a beam path of the laser radiation and moved to a second position into the beam path of the laser radiation, the fluence reduction component comprising a lens arrangement; and
the control computer further programmed to:
allow for the laser radiation having the energy and the pulse rate sufficient for creating photodisruption by moving the fluence reduction component to a first position out of the beam path of the laser radiation;
control the scanner device to create in the cornea, with the laser radiation, at least one incision for the introduction of or application of the photosensitizer into or onto the cornea; and
reduce the fluence of the laser radiation to the level sufficient to activate the photosensitizer for corneal crosslinking by moving the fluence reduction component to a second position into the beam path of the laser radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,156

GASTRIC TUBES HAVING TETHERED PLUGS AND METHODS OF USE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A gastric tube for use in a bariatric procedure, the gastric tube comprising:an elongate tube having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the elongate tube defining a lumen along a length thereof, the proximal end portion defining an opening in communication with the lumen, the elongate tube including:
a blunt tip formed on the distal end portion; and
an outer surface that extends between the proximal and distal end portions and defines a side opening in communication with the lumen, the side opening configured and dimensioned for at least one of aspiration or irrigation;
a balloon supported on the elongate tube and configured to receive an inflation medium to inflate the balloon; and
a cannulated plug coupled to the elongate tube, the cannulated plug including:
a proximal end configured for connection to a vacuum source; and
a distal end configured for removable receipt in the opening of the proximal end portion of the elongate tube to control a flow of one of aspiration or irrigation through the lumen, wherein the cannulated plug tapers between the proximal end and the distal end thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,154

STENT DESIGNS FOR USE WITH ONE OR MORE TRIGGER WIRES

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A prosthesis comprising:a graft having a first end, a second end, a first edge at the first end, and a second edge at the second end, each of the first and second graft edges at the ends of the graft;
an expandable stent attached to the graft at one of the ends of the graft, and having a first end, a second end, and a plurality of apices at the second end, each apex having a surface;
a suture bore disposed through the surface of each of the plurality of apices of the second end of the stent, the suture bore disposed inwardly of an edge of the graft;
an imaging bore disposed through the surface of each of the plurality of apices of the second end of the stent, the imaging bore disposed directly axially adjacent the suture bore;
an imaging element disposed in each imaging bore;
wherein each imaging element is aligned with one of the first and second edges of the graft such that the location of the imaging element corresponds with the edge of the graft with which it is aligned and provides exact imaging of the edge of the graft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,152

HELICAL HYBRID STENT

Medinol Ltd., Tel Aviv (...

1. A stent comprising:a helical main stent component having a tubular structure extending from a first end to a second end, the helical main stent component having a first side band and a second side band, wherein the first and second side bands are coextensive and wherein each of the first side band and the second side band has an undulating pattern and forms a plurality of helical windings;
a polymer material interconnecting the plurality of the helical windings, wherein the polymer material extends in gaps between the plurality of helical windings; and
a drug included with at least one of the group consisting of the helical main stent component and the polymer material.