US Pat. No. 10,457,298

CHASSIS FRAME WITH SPRING CUP

Siemens Mobility GMBH, V...

1. A chassis frame for a bogie of a rail vehicle, comprising:at least one longitudinal member having an upper chord, a lower chord, at least one end portion, a central portion, and a transition portion lying between the end portion and the central portion, said end portion of the longitudinal member being formed as a spring cup for receiving a primary spring suspension;
wherein the lower chord has a curvature in a region of the transition portion, which is configured such that an imaginary extension of the lower chord and the upper chord itself or an imaginary extension of the upper chord intersect in the end portion;
wherein the spring cup comprises (i) a spring base for receiving the primary spring suspension and (ii) a jacket for enclosing sections of the primary spring suspension;
wherein the jacket of the spring cup has at least one continuation which contacts at least in sections with a section of the lower chord having the curvature;
wherein the at least one continuation of the spring cup contacts the lower chord in a non-curved section which faces the central portion of the longitudinal member.

US Pat. No. 10,457,297

RAILCAR

NIPPON SHARYO, LTD., Nag...

1. A railcar comprising:an underframe that includes a first end beam disposed at an end portion in a car longitudinal direction and disposed to extend along a car width direction and a second end beam disposed separated from the first end beam to a car inner side and disposed to extend along the car width direction;
an energy absorbing member that is arranged between the first end beam and the second end beam and absorbs an energy input from the first end beam and transmitted to the second end beam in collision;
a protruding member disposed to protrude along the car longitudinal direction from the first end beam toward the second end beam;
a slide holding portion that slidably holds the protruding member along the car longitudinal direction and is formed at the second end beam; and
a fuse member that couples the first end beam to the second end beam along the car longitudinal direction and buckles to allow the first end beam to move toward the second end beam when a load received in the collision exceeds a predetermined value, wherein:
a first end of the fuse member is coupled to the first end beam and a second end of the fuse member is coupled to the second end beam, and
a first end of the energy absorbing member is spaced a predetermined distance from the first end beam, and a second end of the energy absorbing member is coupled to the second end beam at a surface at a car outer side at a center in the car width direction of the second end beam.

US Pat. No. 10,457,295

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR SUPERSONIC TRANSPORT

Supersonic Tubevehicle LL...

1. A transportation system comprising:a substantially enclosed conduit provided between a first geographic location and a second geographic location, the enclosed conduit having a cross-section of a fluted tube and being provided with an atmosphere that allows a vehicle traveling within the enclosed conduit to achieve aerodynamic tunneling, the cross-section having a curve outlining one or more lobes and one or more waists, the cross-section being defined by a polar-coordinate equation r=a+b cos2 ct, wherein r is a distance of a point on the curve from a pole, t is an angle in a polar coordinate system, c is an integral multiple of ½, and a and b are real parameters, wherein none of a, b and c is zero, and wherein the atmosphere inside the enclosed conduit has a density such that a speed of sound is greater than a speed of sound of atmospheric air outside of the enclosed conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,293

DRIVER MONITORING APPARATUS, DRIVER MONITORING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A driver monitoring apparatus comprising:a photographing means for taking a picture of a face of a driver;
an illumination means for emitting light to the face of the driver;
a light amount control means for controlling an amount of light to be emitted from the illumination means so that the amount of light becomes a first amount of light or a second amount of light;
a differential image creating means for comparing image information about one image on which the face of the driver to which the first amount of light was emitted is photographed with image information about another image on which the face of the driver to which the second amount of light was emitted is photographed and then creating a differential image from differential information about brightness of corresponding pixels;
a detecting means for detecting eyes of the driver from the differential image created by the differential image creating means; and
a state detecting means for detecting a state of the driver according to an image of the eyes of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,457,292

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATED MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an automated motor vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, by the controller, environmental data and navigation data of the motor vehicle, wherein the data includes a collision free region or corridor that marks a region in which the motor vehicle can move and in which a risk of collision with longitudinally adjacent vehicles is minimized, wherein the collision free region or corridor represents a prescribed region within which the target trajectory must be constituted;
ascertaining, by a controller, a target trajectory along which the motor vehicle is guided to a target speed or a target position;
ascertaining, by the controller, a tolerance region of the target trajectory based on the acquired data, wherein the tolerance region is around the target speed or the target position of the target trajectory, within which region the motor vehicle is permitted to deviate from the target speed or the target position, and wherein the tolerance region is located within the collision free region; and
guiding, by the controller, the motor vehicle in the tolerance region of the target trajectory;
wherein the guiding is performed according to prioritized criteria that includes: (a) at least one of a minimization of a change in acceleration of the motor vehicle and an energetic optimization of a propulsion at a first priority level, and (b) accurate guidance of the motor vehicle along the target trajectory at a second priority level that is lower than the first priority level.

US Pat. No. 10,457,291

VEHICLE POWERTRAIN LASH CROSSING CONTROL STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a powertrain including a powerplant; and
a controller programmed to,
responsive to a tip-in resulting in a powertrain torque direction reversal and upon obtaining a base value of a desired powertrain lash angle, adjust a powerplant torque schedule, and
subsequently adjust the desired powertrain lash angle from the base to an adjusted value based on an observed powertrain lash angle that corresponds to a maximum powertrain acceleration during the tip-in.

US Pat. No. 10,457,290

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A hybrid vehicle control device for a hybrid vehicle, wherein:the hybrid vehicle includes a driveline, wherein the driveline includes an engine, a motor, and a belt-type continuously variable transmission;
the belt-type continuously variable transmission includes a primary pulley, a secondary pulley, and a belt, wherein the belt is wound over the primary pulley and the secondary pulley, and configured to be clamped by a primary pulley pressure at the primary pulley and a secondary pulley pressure at the secondary pulley; and
the hybrid vehicle employs an HEV mode and an EV mode as drive modes, wherein the HEV mode employs the engine and the motor as drive sources, and wherein the EV mode employs the motor as a drive source without employing the engine as a drive source;
the hybrid vehicle control device comprising a pulley pressure correction control section configured to determine the primary pulley pressure and the secondary pulley pressure, based on an input torque component inputted to the belt-type continuously variable transmission, and a brake torque correction quantity as an inertia torque correction component, under brake-deceleration;
wherein the pulley pressure correction control section is further configured to set smaller the brake torque correction quantity under brake-deceleration with the EV mode selected than that with the HEV mode selected.

US Pat. No. 10,457,289

ACCELERATION LEARNING/PREDICTION FROM LEARNED DECELERATION AREA

1. A method of acceleration learning or prediction for a vehicle at learned deceleration areas, the method comprising:while approaching a learned deceleration area, acquiring, using one or more sensors, deceleration data for the vehicle, the deceleration data including a current accelerator off speed;
determining whether there is an acceleration learning record for the learned deceleration area, the acceleration learning record including one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area;
responsive to determining that there is an acceleration learning record for the learned deceleration area, determining whether the current accelerator off speed meets a qualification rule based on the one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area;
responsive to determining that the current accelerator off speed meets the qualification rule based on the one or more prior accelerator off speeds for the learned deceleration area, predicting an acceleration of the vehicle from the learned deceleration area, the acceleration being from a starting speed at the learned deceleration area to a cruising speed, the cruising speed being substantially equal to the current accelerator off speed; and
causing the vehicle to implement one or more vehicle controls based on the predicted acceleration of the vehicle from the learned deceleration area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,288

STRADDLED VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A straddled vehicle comprising:a vehicle main body;
a first driving source that generates a driving force for a forward movement of the vehicle main body based on an operation of a rider during a normal traveling mode;
a second driving source, separate from a starting motor, that generates a driving force for forward and backward movements of the vehicle main body based on an operation of the rider during an auxiliary moving mode;
a speed detector that detects a traveling speed of the vehicle main body;
a speed presenter that presents the traveling speed detected by the speed detector to the rider;
a physical quantity detector that is provided separately from the speed detector, and detects a physical quantity that changes depending on a moving speed of the vehicle main body during the auxiliary moving mode; and
a driving controller that controls the second driving source based on the physical quantity detected by the physical quantity detector during the auxiliary moving mode such that the moving speed of the vehicle main body is close to or coincides with a target speed that is equal to or lower than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,287

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle control system comprising a speed control system,the speed control system being configured automatically to attempt to cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target vehicle speed value by causing a first vehicle speed value determined according to a first predetermined method to become or be maintained substantially equal to the predetermined target vehicle speed value at least in part by causing application of positive drive torque to one or more wheels by means of a powertrain,
wherein the speed control system is configured to impose a constraint on the amount of driving torque that may be demanded of the powertrain in dependence on the target vehicle speed value and a second vehicle speed value determined according to a second predetermined method, said a second predetermined method being based on the mean speed of the driven wheels of the vehicle;
wherein the speed control system is configured to constrain the amount of driving torque that may be demanded of the powertrain when a predetermined condition is met in respect of the target vehicle speed value and the second vehicle speed value; and
wherein the predetermined condition includes the condition that the second vehicle speed value exceeds the target vehicle speed value by a predetermined excess vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,286

DRIVER SCHEDULED VEHICLE COAST DOWNSHIFT CONTROL AND SHIFT DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control and diagnostic system for an automatic transmission of a vehicle, the transmission including a dog clutch, the system comprising:a set of sensors configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle, a speed of a torque generating device of the vehicle, and a speed of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to detect whether a coast downshift of the transmission to a desired gear ratio and involving the dog clutch is to be performed and, in response to detecting that the coast downshift involving the dog clutch is to be performed:
disabling a shift malfunction diagnostic timer;
determining whether the accelerator pedal has been depressed indicating a request for increased torque generating device speed/torque;
when the accelerator pedal is depressed, enabling the shift malfunction diagnostic timer and performing a downshift of the transmission;
while the accelerator pedal is not depressed:
determining whether a synchronization point of the vehicle speed relative to the torque generating device speed has been reached, and
when the vehicle/torque generating device speed synchronization point has been reached, enabling the shift diagnostic timer and performing the downshift of the transmission; and
detecting a shift malfunction when the shift malfunction diagnostic timer expires before the desired gear ratio of the transmission is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,457,285

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING INERTIA OPERATION OF VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device configured to be applied to a vehicle including an engine configured to serve as a motive power source and a clutch device provided on a power transmission path leading to an output shaft of the engine, whereinthe vehicle control device puts the clutch device into a shut-off state to put the vehicle into an inertia operation state in response to a predetermined executing condition being met, and puts the clutch device into a connection state to terminate the inertia operation state in response to a predetermined terminating condition being met during inertia operation, and
the vehicle control device comprises:
a deceleration degree calculating means configured to calculate an actual deceleration degree that is a deceleration degree of the vehicle in a vehicle deceleration state during the inertia operation;
a determination means configured to determine whether the actual deceleration degree calculated by the deceleration degree calculating means is greater than a threshold value defined on the basis of a deceleration degree of the vehicle in such a state that no accelerator operation is performed and the clutch device is connected; and
an operation control means configured to terminate the inertia operation if the actual deceleration degree is determined to be greater than the threshold value, and maintain the inertia operation if the actual deceleration degree is determined to be less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,284

METHOD, DEVICE AND MOBILE USER APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING AN ENERGY SUPPLY OF A DRIVE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for adapting an energy supply of a drive system of a vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:determining values of at least a first energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) which represents a first energy utilization process in the vehicle, and determining values of at least one parameter (P_1) which represents at least one peripheral condition of the energy utilization in the vehicle during the first energy utilization process;
determining a mathematical relationship between at least one or more of the values of the at least one energy utilization characteristic variable (K_1) and the corresponding values of the parameters (P_1) of the at least one peripheral condition for the energy utilization, after which a profile data record (Rec) is made available which contains a data record and/or learning data on the basis of the at least one determined mathematical relationship;
as a function of the profile data record (Rec) which is made available, determining and making available at least one adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for a second energy utilization process; and/or
determining and making available an adaptation information item (AI) for adapting the energy supply of the drive system of a second vehicle for an energy utilization process; and
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of said vehicle for the second energy utilization process based on the at least one adaptation information item; and/or
adapting the energy supply of the drive system of the second vehicle for the energy utilization process based on the adaptation information item.

US Pat. No. 10,457,283

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle driving assist apparatus mounted on an own vehicle, the vehicle driving assist apparatus comprising:an outside sensor mounted on the own vehicle, the outside sensor capturing images of environment outside the own vehicle, the images being captured one after another in chronological order, the images including a preceding vehicle that the own vehicle follows, the own vehicle following the preceding vehicle according to a travel trajectory generated based on a vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle;
a processor; and
at least one machine readable tangible medium storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
detecting, based on a current image of the captured images, a current first end position and a current second end position of the preceding vehicle in a vehicle width direction of the preceding vehicle;
comparing the current first end position to a reference first end position of the preceding vehicle, the reference first end position being a first end position of the preceding vehicle identified from a first previous image of the captured images, the first previous image captured prior to the current image;
comparing the current second end position to a reference second end position of the preceding vehicle, the reference second end position is a second end position of the preceding vehicle identified from the first previous image of the captured images;
determining whether an amount of change between the current first end position and the reference first end position exceeds a threshold value;
when the amount of change between the current first end position and the reference first end position of the preceding vehicle exceeds the threshold value, determining a current vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle based on the current second end position of the preceding vehicle;
updating, automatically by the vehicle driving assist apparatus, the traveling trajectory based on the determined current vehicle width center of the preceding vehicle; and
transmitting the updated traveling trajectory to control units of the own vehicle to allow the own vehicle to follow the preceding vehicle along the traveling trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,457,282

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle traveling control device comprising:at least one electronic control unit configured to
specify a tracked preceding vehicle, the tracked preceding vehicle travelling in front of a host vehicle, the tracked preceding vehicle being another vehicle that the host vehicle is to set to track,
calculate, as a tracking target acceleration, a target acceleration of the host vehicle required for maintaining an inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the tracked preceding vehicle at a predetermined first target inter-vehicle distance,
select the tracking target acceleration as a final target acceleration in a case where a blinker operation is not executed, the blinker operation setting a blinker of the host vehicle in a state indicating a lane change to a passing lane,
in a case where the blinker operation is executed, select, as the final target acceleration, a first acceleration equal to or higher than the tracking target acceleration at a blinker operation time at which the blinker operation is executed, and
in a case where a specific condition is established, the specific condition being that there is a passing lane preceding vehicle travelling in front of the host vehicle on the passing lane at the blinker operation time, and it is determined that a vehicle speed of the passing lane preceding vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or lower than a vehicle speed of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time, select a second acceleration lower than the first acceleration as the final target acceleration; and
at least one actuator configured to
control drive power of the host vehicle such that an actual acceleration of the host vehicle approaches the final target acceleration,
wherein the at least one electronic control unit is configured to
select, as the first acceleration, a target acceleration of the host vehicle required for maintaining the inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the tracked preceding vehicle at a second target inter-vehicle distance less than the first target inter-vehicle distance, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or less than zero,
select the tracking target acceleration as the second acceleration, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is equal to or less than zero, and
set the second acceleration to zero, in a case where the actual acceleration of the host vehicle at the blinker operation time is greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,457,281

VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to communicatively link a first operator control unit disposed off-board a first propulsion-generating vehicle with a communication device disposed onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle,
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to receive a first control signal communicated from the first operator control unit that is off-board the first propulsion-generating vehicle to the communication device onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle, the first control signal dictating a change in a first movement operational setting of the first propulsion-generating vehicle, and
wherein the one or more processors also are configured to receive a second control signal communicated from the first operator control unit that is off-board the first propulsion-generating vehicle to the communication device onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle, the one or more processors configured to send the second control signal from the communication device onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle to a second propulsion-generating vehicle that is separate from the first propulsion-generating vehicle,
wherein a second movement operational setting of the second propulsion-generating vehicle is automatically changed responsive to communicating the second control signal from the communication device onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle to the second propulsion-generating vehicle via the communication device onboard the first propulsion-generating vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,280

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOBILE WARNING TRIANGLE

HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECT...

1. A control method of a mobile warning triangle comprising:controlling a driver to drive the mobile warning triangle to move on a road at a constant speed;
obtaining road information of the road; and
regulating a rotation speed of the driver according to the road information to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed while moving;
wherein the step of regulating a rotation speed of the driver according to the road information to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move comprises:
increasing the rotation speed of the driver directly to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move in response to the road being an uphill road; and
decreasing the rotation speed of the driver directly to control the mobile warning triangle to maintain the constant speed to move in response to the road being a downhill road.

US Pat. No. 10,457,279

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle speed control system for a vehicle having a plurality of wheels, the vehicle speed control system configured to automatically control the speed of the vehicle in dependence on an input target set-speed and comprising:an electronic processor having an electrical input and an electrical output; and
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein,
wherein the processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
receive at the electrical input thereof one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed at which the vehicle is intended to travel; and
output at the electrical output thereof a powertrain torque request signal to request a powertrain of said vehicle to produce a desired torque to propel the vehicle at the target set-speed;
wherein the system further comprises an input device to enable the user to incrementally increase the target set-speed by pressing and holding a target set-speed + button, and
wherein the processor is further operable to incrementally increase the target set-speed while it receives said one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed while the set-speed + button is held, and, once said processor stops receiving said one or more signals indicative of a user input of a target set-speed when the set-speed + button is released, to set the target set-speed to a value equal to the instantaneous vehicle speed +? V set max, wherein ? V set max defines a maximum value by which the target set-speed is allowed to exceed the instantaneous vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,278

LANE CHANGING SUPPORT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lane changing support apparatus comprising:a plurality of radar sensors, each of which transmits radar wave to surroundings of an own vehicle to detect a reflection point of a three-dimensional object of said radar wave as a sensor target object, and detects position-and-speed information to specify a position and a speed of said detected sensor target object with respect to said own vehicle;
target object specifying means for specifying, every time a predetermined time elapses, a determinative target object indicative of a three-dimensional object present around said own vehicle using said position-and-speed information;
control execution means for performing a lane changing support control to control a steering angle of said own vehicle so as to support a traveling of said own vehicle when said vehicle changes lanes from an own lane in which said own vehicle is traveling to a target adjacent lane adjacent to said own lane; and
control prohibiting means:
for, in a case where said sensor target object corresponding to a previous determinative target object which is said determinative target object specified said predetermined time before is not detected, determining that it is highly likely that an attention determinative target object has entered a blind spot area in which any of said radar sensors cannot detect any of said sensor target objects to prohibit said control execution means from performing said lane changing support control, when a blind spot area entering determination condition is satisfied, said blind spot area entering determination condition including a first condition and a second condition, said first condition being a condition satisfied when a magnitude of a speed relative to said own vehicle of said attention determinative target object being said previous determinative target object to which said target object which is not detected corresponds is smaller than a threshold relative speed, and said second condition being a condition satisfied when a position of said attention determinative target object with respect to said own vehicle is within a blind spot area entering determination area which includes a whole of said blind spot area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,277

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

OPEL AUTOMOBILE GMBH, Ru...

1. A method for assistance to a driver of an ego-vehicle to avoid a vehicle collision, the ego-vehicle comprising an environmental sensor adapted to monitor the traffic environment around the ego-vehicle, a processor which receives data from the environmental sensor, and a control instrument configured to intervene in the directional or speed control of the ego-vehicle, the processor controlling the control instrument in response to information received from the environmental sensor; the method comprising:(1) monitoring the traffic environment around the ego-vehicle with the environmental sensor;
(2) determining if the ego-vehicle is in danger of colliding with an object in front of the ego-vehicle by calculating a time to collision (TC) of the ego-vehicle with the object;
(3) determining if the ego-vehicle is in a manual driving mode or an automated driving mode;
(a) if the vehicle is in an automated driving mode, then planning a control intervention of a control instrument of the ego-vehicle based on the predicted time to collision (TC), said control intervention comprising:
(i) determining if application of brakes of the vehicle at a first level of braking is sufficient to avoid collision with the object; and if so, controlling brakes to apply the brakes at the first level of braking to slow the ego-vehicle; and
(ii) if braking at said first level of braking is not sufficient to avoid collision with the object, then determining if it is feasible to steer the ego-vehicle to swerve around the object; whereby, if it is feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the control instrument to swerve around the object, and, if it is not feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the brakes at a second level of braking greater than the first level of braking; and
(b) if the vehicle is in a manual driving mode, then determining if the driver's hands are on the steering wheel or are likely on the steering wheel such that the driver is likely to execute a driver intervention; and if it is determined that the driver is not likely to execute a driver intervention, then planning a control intervention of a control instrument of the ego-vehicle based on predicted time to collision (TC), said control intervention comprising:
(i) determining if application of brakes of the vehicle at a first level of braking is sufficient to avoid collision with the object; and if so, controlling brakes to slow the ego-vehicle and
(ii) if braking at said first level of braking is not sufficient to avoid collision with the object, then determining if it is feasible to steer the ego-vehicle to swerve around the object; whereby, if it is feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the control instrument to swerve around the object, and, if it is not feasible to steer around the object, the processor controls the brakes at a second level of braking greater than the first level of braking.

US Pat. No. 10,457,276

VEHICLE RUNNING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle running control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle; and
decrease a vehicle speed of said vehicle to zero to stop said vehicle after an abnormality determination time point which is a time point at which it is determined that said driver is in said abnormal state,
wherein,
said electronic control unit is configured to:
control said vehicle speed of said vehicle so as not to stop said vehicle within a stop prohibited area, wherein a curved road is defined as said stop prohibited area;
decrease said vehicle speed of said vehicle toward a first vehicle speed greater than zero after said abnormality determination time point;
perform a stop position prediction process for predicting a stop position of said vehicle in a case where said vehicle is decelerated with a constant deceleration from a state in which said vehicle speed is said first vehicle speed; and
decrease said vehicle speed of said vehicle with said constant deceleration to zero, if said predicted stop position is not within said stop prohibited area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,275

HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising;a planetary gear set having a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear;
a gearbox configured to transmit power from the ring gear to vehicle wheels;
an electric machine fixedly coupled to the sun gear;
an engine selectively coupled to the ring gear via a first selectable one-way clutch and selectively coupled to the carrier via a second selectable one-way clutch; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a command operate the electric machine to deliver power to the ring gear alone, disengage the first selectable one-way clutch, disengage the second selectable one-way clutch, and hold the carrier against rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,457,274

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising an engine, a motor, and a control device configured to control the engine and the motor, whereinat a time of a request for stopping the engine,
when a temperature of a catalyst in an exhaust emission control device mounted in an exhaust system of the engine is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature, the control device performs an autonomous operation of continuing fuel injection of the engine until a predetermined condition is satisfied in which an air-fuel ratio in the catalyst reaches a stoichiometric ratio and stops fuel injection of the engine on satisfaction of the predetermined condition, and
when the temperature of the catalyst is lower than the predetermined temperature, the control device immediately stops fuel injection of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,457,273

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TORQUE-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling an engine having a forced induction device, an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, and an electric machine coupled to a rotary shaft of the engine, comprising:operating the engine at full load with boost from the forced induction device;
selectively opening the EGR valve during full load operation to purge condensation; and
controlling the electric machine responsive to opening the EGR valve to boost torque to the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,272

MOTIVE POWER SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS, AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION METHOD

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

1. A motive power system comprising:a first energy storage device;
a second energy storage device having a higher power density and a lower energy density than the first energy storage device;
an actuator that outputs motive power for driving a target load in response to power supplied from at least one of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device;
an internal combustion engine that outputs motive power for driving the target load;
an electric generator that is capable of outputting generated power by using the motive power of the internal combustion engine;
a power transmission circuit unit having a function of performing power transmission among the first energy storage device, the second energy storage device, the actuator, and the electric generator; and
a control device having a function of controlling the power transmission circuit unit, wherein
the control device is configured to have a function of executing a power generation control process and a function of executing a power supply control process,
the power generation control process being a process for controlling the power transmission circuit unit to charge at least the second energy storage device, out of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device, with the generated power of the electric generator,
the power supply control process being a process for controlling the power transmission circuit unit so that, when a state of charge of the second energy storage device is reduced to a predetermined first threshold, only the first energy storage device, out of the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device, is used for a predetermined period as an energy storage device that provides power to the actuator, and
the control device is configured to control the power transmission circuit unit to execute the power supply control process in a mode in which at least the motive power of the internal combustion engine is used as motive power for driving the target load.

US Pat. No. 10,457,271

ENHANCED ENGINE AND BATTERY OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:receive information of a plurality of locations on a route for a vehicle;
identify a plurality of segments of the route based at least in part on the information;
specify a speed to be attained by the vehicle for each of the plurality of segments;
specify a state of charge of a vehicle battery and a power output of an engine, which the vehicle is to attain, for each of the plurality of segments based at least in part on the specified speed; and
actuate one or more vehicle subsystems to navigate each of the plurality of segments to change a current state of charge of the vehicle battery to the specified state of charge for each of the plurality of segments.

US Pat. No. 10,457,270

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID STARTER AND GENERATOR FOR IMPROVING FUEL EFFICIENCY AND ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a hybrid starter and generator (HSG), the method comprising:dividing, by a controller, a HSG torque-output limiting control into an HSG driving mode and an HSG regeneration mode; and
dividing, by the controller, the HSG regeneration mode into a former regenerative torque output control and a later regenerative torque output control,
wherein, in the former regenerative torque output control, an engine RPM is converted into a regenerative torque output of the HSG when an engine starts idling during a former part set time to charge a battery, and in the latter regenerative torque output control, the engine RPM is converted into the regenerative torque output of the HSG during a latter part set time following the former part set time to continue to charge the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,457,269

VEHICLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A vehicle energy management device which is mounted on an electric vehicle and performs a management of energy of said electric vehicle,said electric vehicle comprising
a motor and an engine which drive said electric vehicle,
a generator which generates electric power by using rotating force of said engine and generates electric power when said electric vehicle is braked by said motor, and
a battery which supplies electric power for driving said motor and stores electric power generated by said generator,
said vehicle energy management device comprising:
a vehicle information receiver to receive vehicle information including at least information on a vehicle speed of said electric vehicle and information on a state of charge of said battery;
a route information receiver to receive route information to a destination; and
a processing circuitry configured to perform
a vehicle information acquisition process of acquiring vehicle information including at least information on said vehicle speed of said electric vehicle and information on said state of charge of said battery,
a route information acquisition process of acquiring route information to said destination,
an optimal plan calculation process of making a target vehicle speed plan for said destination and a driving necessity plan for said motor, said engine, and said generator on the basis of said route information and said vehicle information, and
a vehicle control process of controlling said motor, said engine, and said generator on the basis of said driving necessity plan made by said optimal plan calculation process,
wherein said optimal plan calculation process makes said driving necessity plan and said target vehicle speed plan in consideration of engine efficiency so that fuel consumption needed to get to said destination is minimized by calculating an optimization problem with at least said route information and said vehicle information as constraint conditions by using said fuel consumption needed to get to said destination as an objective function on the basis of said route information and said vehicle information,
said vehicle control process controls said motor, said engine, and said generator in accordance with at least said driving necessity plan,
said processing circuitry is configured to perform a speed range calculation process of calculating a speed range allowed in a route toward said destination on the basis of said route information, and
said optimal plan calculation process makes said driving necessity plan and said target vehicle speed plan using also said speed range calculated by said speed range calculation process as a constraint condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,268

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE MOTOR FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A system of controlling a drive motor for a vehicle which includes an engine and the drive motor as power sources, the system comprising:a data detector including a plurality of sensors configured to detect a state data for controlling the drive motor; and
a vehicle controller configured to:
set a motor demand power and a gear stage based on the state data,
generate a motor demand torque based on the motor demand power and the gear stage,
detect a motor power and a motor torque of the drive motor after driving the drive motor,
check a motor temperature when the motor power and the motor torque are equal to the motor demand power and the motor demand torque, respectively, after driving the drive motor, and
change the gear stage based on the motor temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,457,267

VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO CONTROL AN OPENING AND CLOSING OF A VALVE DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A controller configured to control an opening and a closing of a valve device, the controller comprising:a driver circuit configured to output a drive signal to a driver to control a driving of a valve body between a closed position, a closure release position, and an open position, and to release a closure of a valve passage by driving the valve body from the closure release position to the open position;
a detector configured to detect a load of the driver; and
a determiner configured to determine whether the closure of the valve passage is released; wherein
the determiner determines that the closure of the passage is released when a magnitude of a change to the load of the driver is equal to or greater than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,266

SERIES HYBRID DRIVE UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A series hybrid drive unit, in which a generator is driven by an engine, and a motor is operated by electricity generated by the generator to generate a torque to be delivered to drive wheels through a final reduction unit, comprising:an input member that is rotated by a torque of the engine, and that is arranged such that a rotational center axis thereof extends parallel to a rotational center axis of the generator,
wherein the generator and the motor are arranged such that the rotational center axis of the generator and a rotational center axis of the motor extend parallel to each other while keeping a predetermined clearance,
the final reduction unit is arranged such that a rotational center axis of the final reduction unit extends parallel to the rotational center axis of the motor,
the series hybrid drive unit further comprises:
a first wrapping transmission mechanism including a first drive sheave mounted on the input member, a first driven sheave mounted on the generator, and a first transmission member applied to the first drive sheave and the first driven sheave to transmit a torque therebetween; and
a second wrapping transmission mechanism including a second drive sheave mounted on the motor, a second transmission member applied to the second drive sheave, and a second driven sheave to which the second transmission member is applied and which transmits the torque to the final reduction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,265

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO FACILITATE BRAKE BLEEDING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a bleed controller to:
actuate a first valve between a first closed position and a first open position, the first valve connected to and operatively positioned between a pump and an end of a brake line, the pump connected to a reservoir;
actuate a second valve between a second closed position and a second open position, the second valve connected to and operatively positioned between the pump and a master cylinder, the master cylinder connected to the reservoir;
actuate a third valve between a third closed position and a third open position, the third valve connected to and operatively positioned between the master cylinder and the reservoir;
operate the pump to:
bleed the brake line when the first valve is actuated to the first open position and the second valve is actuated to the second closed position; and
bleed the master cylinder when the first valve is actuated to the first closed position, the second valve is actuated to the second open position, and the third valve is actuated to the third open position; and
cease the operating of the pump when a fluid level in the reservoir is below a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,457,264

ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. An abnormality detection device configured to detect an abnormality of a brake system, comprising:a control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion configured to calculate a control target braking force related physical amount in accordance with an operation state of a brake operating member or a requirement from other system;
a braking force related physical amount obtaining portion configured to obtain a braking force related physical amount of an operating fluid controlled to become a control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion from a braking force related physical amount sensor;
a state determining portion configured to perform a state determination for determining whether the control target braking force related physical amount is in a maintaining state that the control target braking force related physical amount is maintained at a constant value, in an increasing state that the control target braking force related physical amount is increasing, or in a decreasing state that the control target braking force related physical amount is decreasing;
a threshold value setting portion configured to set a threshold value that defines a permissible divergence range between the braking force related physical amount obtained by the braking force related physical amount obtaining portion and the control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion;
a threshold value changing portion configured to change the threshold value so as to be closer to the control target braking force related physical amount calculated by the control target braking force related physical amount calculating portion in a stepwise manner when the state determining portion determines that the control target braking force related physical amount is in the maintaining state; and
an abnormality determining portion configured to determine the abnormality of the brake system when the braking force related physical amount obtained by the braking force related physical amount obtaining portion is deviated from the permissible divergence range.

US Pat. No. 10,457,263

BRAKE ADJUSTMENT DETECTION USING WSS BASED THERMAL MEASUREMENT

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A system that facilitates identifying and compensating for a maladjusted brake component in a commercial vehicle, comprising:a plurality of wheel speed sensor inputs for receiving wheel speed sensor signals from a plurality of associated wheel speed sensors installed at associated wheel ends each comprising a brake component; and
a processor with control logic, the control logic being configured to:
receive a resistance value of an individual wheel speed sensor;
determine a temperature of the individual wheel speed sensor as a function of the resistance value and ambient temperature;
compare the determined temperature to a predefined expected temperature range for the received resistance value;
if the determined temperature is not in the predefined expected temperature range, compare the determined temperature to at least one other determined wheel speed sensor temperature;
determine that the determined temperature is not within a predefined percentage of the at least one other determined wheel speed sensor temperature;
and
generate and transmit an adjustment signal to the maladjusted brake component to compensate for the maladjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,262

ACTUATING DEVICE OF A BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system actuating device controlled by a brake pedal and/or a brake management system for supplying brake circuits with pressurized brake fluid, comprising:a master cylinder connected to the brake circuits and comprising a primary piston;
an electric motor controlled for a braking action;
a ball nut/screw transmission configured to transform a rotational movement of the electric motor into a translational movement of the primary piston;
a nut which is rotationally free and translationally locked, the nut configured to move forward in a fail-soft mode, and the nut driven by the electric motor;
a screw translationally free and rotationally locked; and
a free connection rod pressed between a bottom of the primary piston and the screw, free of any fixed connection, and configured to transmit a thrust from the screw to the primary piston.

US Pat. No. 10,457,261

ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electronic brake system comprising:a hydraulic pressure supply apparatus which generates a hydraulic pressure by using a piston operated by an electrical signal output corresponding to a displacement of a brake pedal, and includes a first pressure chamber provided at one side of a piston movably accommodated in a cylinder block to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders and a second pressure chamber provided at the other side of the piston to be connected to one or more wheel cylinders;
a first hydraulic passage communicating with the first pressure chamber;
a second hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a third hydraulic passage branched from the first hydraulic passage;
a fourth hydraulic passage communicating with the second pressure chamber;
a fifth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the second hydraulic passage;
a sixth hydraulic passage branched from the fourth hydraulic passage to join with the third hydraulic passage;
a first control valve provided on the second hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a second control valve provided on the third hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a third control valve provided on the fifth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a fourth control valve provided on the sixth hydraulic passage to control the flow of oil;
a first hydraulic circuit configured such that the second hydraulic passage or the fifth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively; and
a second hydraulic circuit configured such that the third hydraulic passage or the sixth hydraulic passage is connected to two wheel cylinders, respectively,
wherein the first control valve to the fourth control valve are provided as check valves that allow the flow of oil in the direction from the hydraulic pressure supply apparatus to the wheel cylinders and blocks the flow of oil in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,260

VEHICLE BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle brake control device, comprising:a vacuum booster which assists operation force inputted to a brake operating member in accordance with differential pressure between a negative pressure chamber and a variable pressure chamber when the brake operating member is operated;
a master cylinder in which hydraulic pressure corresponding to the operation force assisted by the vacuum booster is generated;
a wheel cylinder provided for a wheel in which inner hydraulic pressure increases as the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder increases; and
a brake adjusting mechanism configured to adjust the hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder even when the brake operating member is not operated,
wherein
the vehicle brake control device is applied to a vehicle in which brake force applied to the vehicle is increased by an increase in hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder,
the vehicle brake control device further comprising:
an assistance control unit which performs brake assistance processing of increasing the hydraulic pressure in the wheel cylinder by a target increase amount based on assistance limit pressure by allowing the brake adjusting mechanism to operate when the vacuum booster reaches assistance limit in a situation in which the brake operating member is operated; and
a target increase amount setting unit which, when determining that emergency braking is requested from an operation mode of the brake operating member, makes the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder at that point in time the assistance limit pressure and sets the target increase amount based on the assistance limit pressure,
the assistance control unit performs the brake assistance processing when it is determined that the emergency braking is requested,
wherein
the vehicle brake control device is configured such that, in a case where the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder at a point in time when the vacuum booster reaches the assistance limit predicted from the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber is made negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure, the negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure increases as the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber is higher,
the vehicle brake control device comprising:
a target hydraulic pressure setting unit which increases target hydraulic pressure as a difference obtained by subtracting the assistance limit pressure from the negative pressure conversion hydraulic pressure at a point in time when it is determined that the emergency braking is requested is larger,
wherein
the target increase amount setting unit makes a difference obtained by subtracting the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder from target hydraulic pressure set by the target increase amount setting unit the target increase amount, and
the target hydraulic pressure setting unit corrects to decrease the target hydraulic pressure when the negative pressure in the negative pressure chamber increases in a situation in which the brake assistance processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,259

CONTROL DEVICE FOR AT LEAST ONE MOTORIZED PLUNGER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch Gmbh, Stutt...

1. A control device for at least one motorized plunger device of a hydraulic braking system of a vehicle, comprising:an electronics device which is configured for activating a motor of the motorized plunger device, wherein, with the aid of the electronics device:
a braking pressure increase in at least one wheel brake cylinder of the hydraulic braking system is effectuatable by moving a plunger of the motorized plunger device, with the aid of the motor activated by the electronics device, in a pressure build-up direction, so that brake fluid is transferrable from the motorized plunger device into the at least one wheel brake cylinder; and
a volume supplementation in the motorized plunger device is effectuatable by moving the plunger of the motorized plunger device with the aid of the motor activated by the electronics device at a maximum movement speed by a maximum movement travel in a pressure reduction direction which is directed opposite to the pressure build-up direction, so that brake fluid is drawable out of a storage volume of the hydraulic braking system into the motorized plunger device;
wherein the electronics device is configured to, before a volume supplementation:
establish at least one setpoint variable regarding at least one of: the maximum movement speed and the maximum movement travel, of the plunger during the volume supplementation while taking into consideration at least one provided variable regarding at least one of: (i) current driving situation information, and (ii) current surroundings information; and
activate the motor of the motorized plunger device during the volume supplementation with consideration of the at least one established setpoint variable in such a way that, during the volume supplementation, the at least one of the maximum movement speed and the maximum movement travel corresponds to the at least one established setpoint variable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,258

BRAKE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake control apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a master cylinder configured to output a brake fluid at a master pressure;
a master pressure changing device configured to change the master pressure irrespective of an operation of a brake pedal;
a brake actuator configured to supply the brake fluid output from the master cylinder to a wheel cylinder of each of wheels and that can control a brake pressure of the brake fluid supplied to the wheel cylinder; and
a control unit configured to execute antilock control of preventing locking of a target wheel by reducing the brake pressure of the target wheel irrespective of the operation of the brake pedal during braking, wherein
modes of the antilock control include a normal mode and a pseudo mode, and
the control unit is configured to
in the normal mode, operate the brake actuator to obtain a target value of the brake pressure of the target wheel,
in the pseudo mode, operate the master pressure changing device such that the master pressure obtains the target value, and change the brake pressure of the target wheel such that the brake pressure of the target wheel and the mater pressure are substantially a same pressure over time, and
execute the antilock control in the pseudo mode when the normal mode is unavailable.

US Pat. No. 10,457,257

DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS AND DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A driving support apparatus comprising:a detection circuit, including a camera, configured to detect a driving lane on which a user's vehicle and a front vehicle located in front of the user's vehicle are driving based on image data output from a camera which detects the front;
a first calculation circuit configured to calculate a second front vehicle width for the front vehicle based on a first front vehicle width for the front vehicle measured on the image data, a first driving lane width for the driving lane measured on the image data, and a second driving lane width corresponding to an actual lane width of the driving lane predetermined according to a characteristic of the driving lane; and
a second calculation circuit configured to calculate a distance from the front vehicle based on a focal length of the camera, the first front vehicle width, and the second front vehicle width;
wherein the characteristic of the driving lane for determining the second driving lane width includes one or more of a region where the driving lane exists, a road type of the driving lane, and a limited speed of the driving lane, and
wherein the second front vehicle width is determined as a value generated by dividing a value, which is generated by multiplying the first driving lane width and the second driving lane width, by the first front vehicle width.

US Pat. No. 10,457,256

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an electrical switch disposed at the base member;
a brake operating member that is a single one-piece member and is movably coupled to the base member, the brake operating member including an operating structure movable relative to the base member in a first direction, the operating structure including:
a user interface movable relative to the base member in a second direction different from the first direction; and
a switch operating member provided fixedly on the user interface in the base member, the switch operating member being configured to contact the electrical switch to cause the electrical switch to provide an electric signal when the brake operating member is moved in the second direction regardless of a movement of the brake operating member in the first direction; and
a wireless communication unit connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,255

THERMAL MANAGEMENT COMPOSITE HEAT SHIELD

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A thermal management system comprising:a shield section comprising a cylindrical first structure positioned to receive, in a radial direction, heat generated by a heat source comprising an aircraft brake, the cylindrical first structure disposed coaxial to an aircraft wheel; and
a conduction layer comprising a cylindrical second structure disposed coaxially to the cylindrical first structure and at least partially radially overlapping the cylindrical first structure, thermally coupled to the cylindrical first structure, for conducting the heat in an axial direction to a dissipation apparatus, wherein the cylindrical second structure has a radius, wherein the cylindrical second structure comprises a carbon fiber structure configured with a thermal conductivity in the axial direction greater than about 100 watts per meter-Kelvin; and
the dissipation apparatus coupled to the shield section, the heat dissipation section comprising an array of fins, the array of fins comprising longitudinal fins configured such that the longitudinal fins overlap each other on an inner radial side and such that a plurality of radially aligned airflow openings are formed on an outer radial side of each fin in the array of fins, wherein radially aligned airflow openings are not formed on the inner radial side of each fin.

US Pat. No. 10,457,254

JACK ASSEMBLY

BOS FABRICATION ENGINEERI...

1. A jack assembly including:a telescopic column with a threaded rod that is rotated to extend and retract the column;
a gear box with an input and output gear; and
a gear module that houses first and second bevel gears:
wherein the gear module includes a housing with a rotary input at a first end that is fixed to the first bevel gear, an opening in a base of the housing through which a neck of the second bevel gear is accessed and a side passage that aligns with a lateral hole in the neck of the second bevel gear; and
wherein the gear module is provided as a pre-assembled unit mounted into the column and a head of the threaded rod is mounted into the module by being inserted into the neck and fixed to the second bevel gear by a pin that extends through the hole and into a corresponding lateral bore in the head of the threaded rod, and the output gear of the gearbox is coupled to the rotary input whereby rotational drive applied to the input gear of the gearbox is translated into a rotation of the threaded rod.

US Pat. No. 10,457,253

DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SENSOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A device for cleaning a sensor of a motor vehicle, comprising:means for simultaneous or sequential distribution via a distribution orifice in a distribution nozzle of a first fluid and/or a second fluid separately routed to said distribution nozzle via a first admission channel and/or via a second admission channel, respectively; and
means for moving said distribution nozzle in a linear sliding motion between a rest position and a deployed position, wherein said means for moving the distribution nozzle include common means shared with the means for simultaneous or sequential distribution,
wherein said common means include at least one piston rendered mobile by the pressure exerted by the first fluid and the associated piston rod of which has an end connected to the distribution nozzle, and
wherein the first admission channel and the second admission channel are parallel to each other and wherein the distribution nozzle is in line with the first and second admission channels.

US Pat. No. 10,457,252

WINDSHIELD WIPER ADAPTER, CONNECTOR AND ASSEMBLY

Pylon Manufacturing Corp....

1. A wiper blade adapter having opposed elongate ends, a top end and a bottom end spaced from and opposed to the top end, the adapter comprising:a side saddle portion including
a pair of elongate side saddle walls aligned parallel to each other, and
a floor provided at the bottom end of the adapter, the side saddle walls spaced from each other and each attached to the floor thereby defining an elongate side saddle passage, the elongate side passage open at the top end of the adapter; and
a mounting portion connected with the side saddle portion including
a pair of elongate mounting walls aligned parallel to each other, and
a top surface provided at the top of the adapter, the mounting walls spaced from each other and attached to the top surface thereby defining an elongate mounting passage, the elongate mounting passage open at the bottom end of the adapter,
wherein the pair of side saddle walls are spaced from the mounting walls such that an interim gap is defined between the pair of side saddle walls and the pair of mounting walls; and
a plurality of reinforcing ribs provided within the interim gap, the reinforcing ribs oriented substantially transverse to the interim gap.

US Pat. No. 10,457,251

PACKAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING A HOLDER FOR HOLDING A WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Trico Belgium SA, Aubang...

1. A method for supporting a windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic elongated carrier element and an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material that can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, the wiper blade including at least one longitudinal groove including a longitudinal strip disposed therein, wherein opposing ends of the wiper blade and the longitudinal strip are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, the carrier element biasing the wiper blade in a curved position, and the windscreen wiper device including a connecting device for pivotally connecting an oscillating wiper arm thereto near one end thereof, said method including:providing a holder for holding the windscreen wiper device, wherein the holder comprises an elongated structure extending the longitudinal length of the wiper device;
releaseably engaging the windscreen wiper device with the holder at engaging locations along opposing longitudinal sides of the connecting device, wherein the elongate structure and the connecting device are directly interconnected at the engaging locations; and
releaseably engaging each of the connecting pieces with the holder for biasing the windscreen wiper device in a less curved position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,250

MEMBER FOR A SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING A WIPER BLADE TO A WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

1. A member for a connection system for connecting a wiper blade to a windscreen wiper arm, comprising:articulation means about an axis of pivoting and configured to interact with complementary means protruding from a second member of the connection system, wherein the articulation means is secured to the second member by the complementary means being coaxially inserted in the articulation means,
wherein the articulation means comprise at least one hole comprising at least two portions of a cylinder having radii, each portion having a constant radius along the axis of pivoting, and the radii of the at least two portions being different from each other, each portion forming a rotation bearing,
wherein said at least one hole traverses a flank of said member from one side of said member to an opposite side of said member, said flank being configured to be received in a housing of said second member, and
wherein said flank comprises lateral notches which extend from a ridge of the flank that delimit the flank and that open out in said at least one hole, wherein ramps of the complementary means bear on a surface of the lateral notches.

US Pat. No. 10,457,249

DETECTING FALSE POSITIONING SIGNALS BASED ON SURVEILLANCE SIGNALS

Honeywell International I...

1. A system, configured to mount on an ownship vehicle, the system comprising:a transceiver configured to:
receive positioning signals; and
receive surveillance signals from a second vehicle;
receive surveillance signals from a third vehicle; and
processing circuitry connected to the transceiver, wherein the processing circuitry is configured to:
determine a location of the ownship vehicle based on the positioning signals received by the transceiver;
determine that the surveillance signals received from the second vehicle include a discrepancy;
determine that surveillance signals received from the third vehicle do not include a discrepancy;
determine that the second vehicle is closer than the third vehicle to the ownship vehicle;
determine that the second vehicle received false positioning signals from an attacker, in response to:
determining that the surveillance signals received from the second vehicle include a discrepancy;
determining that the surveillance signals received from the third vehicle do not include a discrepancy; and
determining that the second vehicle is closer than the third vehicle to the ownship vehicle; and
output an alert signal indicating the false positioning signals in response to determining that the surveillance signals received from the second vehicle include a discrepancy.

US Pat. No. 10,457,248

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool on which a webbing worn by an occupant is taken up;
a motor that includes a rotor having a rotation shaft and a motor housing covering part of the rotor, the rotor being urged toward one side in an axial direction of the rotation shaft with respect to the motor housing; and
a transmission mechanism that includes:
a first helical gear that is fixed to the rotation shaft, and a second helical gear that meshes with the first helical gear and is rotated due to the first helical gear being rotated toward one side in a rotating direction together with the rotation shaft such that the spool is rotated,
wherein a helix angle of the first helical gear is set such that an axial direction force toward the one side in the axial direction of the rotation shaft acts on the first helical gear when the rotation shaft is rotated toward the one side in the rotating direction, and
wherein the motor further includes a magnet, the rotor being urged by the magnet toward the one side in the axial direction of the rotation shaft with respect to the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,457,247

SEAT BELT BUCKLE PRESENTER

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A belt buckle feeder comprising a stationary base (12) adapted to be fixedly mounted on the vehicle and a carriage (14) movable in a linear traversing direction (V) to a retracted position and to an extended position vis-à-vis the base (12), which carriage is connected to a belt buckle (20) via an intermediate plate (22; 122) provided between the belt buckle (20) and the carriage (14), wherein the intermediate plate (22; 122) is tightly connected to the belt buckle (20), and wherein as the carriage (14) moves in the linear traversing direction (V) to the extended position, the intermediate plate (22; 122) is moved in the linear traversing direction (V) by the carriage (14) and pivoted a predetermined degree with respect to the carriage (14) in a tilting direction (N) by a positive guidance so that in addition to the traversing movement of the carriage (14), the belt buckle (20) reversibly tilts along the tilting direction (N) from a home position to an inclined position, and wherein a spring element (42; 142) is provided which exerts a force (F) along the tilting direction (N) on the intermediate plate (22; 122).

US Pat. No. 10,457,246

CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile seat including a seat bottom and a seat back extending upwardly from the seat bottom to provide a child-seating space,
a child-restraint harness coupled to the juvenile seat, the child-restraint harness including a crotch belt and first and second side belts configured to mate with the crotch belt in a closed child-restraining mode to restrain a child seated in the child-seating space of the juvenile seat, and
side-belt mover means for automatically raising shoulder-gripping portions of the first and second side belts located above the seat bottom to open the child-seating space to receive a child to be seated on the seat bottom so that an opened child-seating-and releasing mode of the child-restraint harness is established and for lowering the shoulder-gripping portions of the first and second side belts automatically to engage shoulders of a child seated in the child-seating space in response to movement of the crotch belt relative to the seat bottom and toward mating engagement with the first and second side belts so that the closed child-restraining mode of the child-restraint harness is established.

US Pat. No. 10,457,245

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator comprising, in a cylindrical housing, a combustion chamber which is filled with gas generating agents as a gas source, and a gas discharge port for discharging a gas generated by combustion of the gas generating agents,the combustion chamber including,
an ignition device which includes an igniter and closes a first end opening of the cylindrical housing, a partition wall which closes a second end opening of the cylindrical housing on the side axially opposite to the first end opening, and a perforated cylindrical body which is disposed in an inner space of the cylindrical housing,
the igniter having an igniter main body, which includes an ignition portion, and an igniter collar which surrounds and holds the igniter main body;
the perforated cylindrical body being disposed such that a first end thereof surrounds the ignition portion of the igniter, and a second end of the perforated cylindrical body being disposed on the axially opposite side located on the side of the partition wall;
an inside space of the perforated cylindrical body being a first chamber which is filled with part of the gas generating agents, and an outside space of the perforated cylindrical body being a second chamber which is filled with the remaining gas generating agents; and
the gas discharge port being a through hole which is formed in a portion of the partition wall facing the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,457,244

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 an instrument panel disposed in front of the front passenger seat of a vehicle, the airbag device comprising a housing adapted to be disposed in the instrument panel and an airbag which is housed in the housing in a folded-up configuration and deployable rearward for protecting a front seat passenger when fed with an inflation gas, a rear portion of the airbag as deployed serves as a passenger protection portion for protecting the passenger, the passenger protection portion comprising:a front-collision arresting plane that protects a head of the passenger as he moves forward in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle;
an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed at least either on the left or on the right of the front-collision arresting plane in such a manner as to protrude rearward out of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as he moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle; and
an arresting recess that is formed into a pocket opening at the rear end for receiving and arresting the head of the passenger, the arresting recess being disposed between the front-collision arresting plane and oblique-collision arresting plane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,243

KNEE AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a housing to be mounted in a vehicle;
an inflatable knee airbag in a packaged state within the housing, the airbag to receive inflation gas to expand and deploy from the housing to a deployed state, the airbag comprising:
a vehicle-facing panel;
an occupant-facing panel coupled to the vehicle-facing panel to form a main inflatable chamber that provides a primary cushioning protection zone to a lower leg of an occupant of the vehicle, the occupant-facing panel and the vehicle-facing panel further coupled by a first tether extending substantially laterally along a width of the main inflatable chamber, wherein the first tether is offset from an upper portion of the occupant-facing panel in the deployed state;
an external chamber panel coupled to a rearward surface of the occupant-facing panel external to the main inflatable chamber to form an external inflatable chamber facing the occupant, wherein an upper portion of the external chamber is coupled to the occupant-facing panel beneath the first tether in the deployed state; and
one or more vents disposed through the occupant-facing panel to provide fluid communication between the main inflatable chamber and the external inflatable chamber and to communicate inflation gas from the main inflatable chamber to the external chamber,
wherein the one or more vents control timing of inflation of the external chamber to inflate the main inflatable chamber to fill a space between the vehicle and the lower leg of the occupant, and
wherein the one or more vents control timing of inflation of the external chamber to cause the external chamber to inflate on lateral sides of the lower leg of the occupant to limit lateral movement of the lower leg relative to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,241

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A DEFLECTOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a housing;
an airbag supported by the housing;
a deflector pivotally coupled to the housing;
a lock between the deflector and the housing, the lock being moveable by the airbag relative to the deflector and the housing from an unlocked position disengaged with at least one of the deflector and the housing to a locked position engaged with both the deflector and the housing; and
a hinge coupling the deflector to the housing, wherein the lock is disposed on the hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,457,240

GLOVE BOX RAIL WITH INTEGRATED AIRBAG SUPPORT

MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS OF AME...

1. A rail for supporting a glove box assembly and airbag canister, the rail comprising:a substantially planar body having an upper and lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of ribs;
a first rib and a second rib of the plurality of ribs to intersect at an intersection point;
a wall projecting from at least a portion of an outer periphery of the lower surface;
a first plurality of connection points disposed in the body, a first connection point of the first plurality of connection points to extend through the first rib and the second rib at the intersection point;
an airbag canister coupled to the rail at the first plurality of connection points without a housing disposed between the body and the airbag canister;
a second plurality of connection points configured to couple a glove box assembly to the rail; and
a first appendage extending from a first end of the body and a second appendage extending from a second end of the body, the first and second appendages configured to couple the rail to a dashboard assembly;
wherein the rail is integrally formed as a single component.

US Pat. No. 10,457,239

FRONTAL AIRBAG SYSTEMS AND USES THEREOF

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An inflatable airbag system that is configured to be mounted at a frontal region of a vehicle, the inflatable airbag system comprising:an inflatable airbag cushion configured to expand and deploy out of a first housing from a packaged configuration to a deployed configuration to provide occupant crash protection during a collision event, wherein the first housing is configured to be mounted to a steering wheel of a vehicle; and
an inflatable support member configured to deploy out of a second housing from a packaged configuration and to expand upward and rearward over a steering wheel to a deployed configuration, wherein the inflatable support member in the deployed configuration is configured to contact the inflatable airbag cushion in the deployed configuration and urge a portion of the inflatable airbag cushion in a car-rearward direction that is towards an occupant of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,238

IMPACT ABSORBER

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. An impact absorber to be mounted between a vehicular panel and a vehicular interior part covering the vehicular panel from a vehicular interior side, the impact absorber comprising:an opposite wall to be opposite the vehicular panel;
outer walls extending from edges of the opposite wall toward a vehicular interior side; and
an extended wall extending from the opposite wall toward the vehicular interior side and having a side edge connected to one of the outer walls, and the extended wall having a thickness that is increased from a vehicular interior end thereof toward a vehicular exterior end thereof, and the extended wall having a cutout hole that is open toward a vehicular exterior side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,237

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ACTIVATION VOLTAGE FOR A SAFETY UNIT FOR A VEHICLE, AND SAFETY DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for providing an activation voltage for a safety unit for a vehicle, the activation voltage being a limited, switchable (high/low-impedance) trigger high-side supply voltage, the device comprising:a supply terminal for applying a first supply voltage potential;
an activation terminal in the form of an output for outputting the activation voltage;
a control terminal for reading in a control signal;
a ground terminal for a second supply potential;
a pass-through switch with a control input, the pass-through switch being connected between the supply terminal and the activation terminal and designed for providing a conductive, low-impedance, connection between the supply terminal and the activation terminal when a first signal level is present at the control input, and for blocking the conductive connection between the supply terminal and the activation terminal when a second signal level is present at the control input;
a first control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal, and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the pass-through switch, the second terminal being connected to the activation terminal, and the control input being connected to the control input of the pass-through switch via a first resistor;
a second control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the first control switch via at least one second resistor, the second terminal being connected to a second supply voltage potential, and the control input being connected to the supply terminal via at least one third resistor, and to the second supply voltage potential via a diode; and
a third control switch with a first terminal, a second terminal and a control input, the first terminal being connected to the control input of the second control switch, the second terminal being connected to the second supply voltage potential, and the control input being connected to the control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,457,236

CAPACITIVE SEAT OCCUPANCY DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

1. A capacitive seat occupancy detection and classification system, includingan impedance measurement circuit, comprising:
a signal voltage source that is configured for providing periodic electrical measurement signals at an output port, wherein a capacitive sensor is electrically connectable to the output port for receiving the electrical measurement signals, and wherein the signal voltage source is configured to generate periodic measurement signals of N different fundamental frequencies, wherein N is a natural number of at least 3,
a sense current measurement circuit that is configured to determine complex sense currents that are being generated in the capacitive sensor by the provided periodic measurement signals of the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
a signal processing unit that is configured to:
determine a complex impedance from each of the determined sense currents with reference to a complex reference potential, and to
provide output signals that are representative of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
and
a control and evaluation unit that is configured to:
receive the output signals provided by the signal processing unit,
compare each of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies to predetermined threshold values,
based on the result of the comparing, determine a seat occupancy class for each one of the complex impedances determined at the at least N different fundamental frequencies, and to
determine a final seat occupancy class derived at least in part by a majority among the seat occupancy classes determined for each one of the complex impedances determined at one of the at least N different fundamental frequencies,
wherein N equals [(2×n)+1], with n being a natural number larger than 1 representing the number of potential resonances or electromagnetic (EM) narrowband interferences.

US Pat. No. 10,457,235

OCCUPANT DETECTING SYSTEM

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

1. An occupant detection system comprising:a load detector detecting a load of an object placed on a seat;
a temperature detector disposed adjacent to the load detector and detecting a temperature;
a correction controller configured to correct the load detected by the load detector when (i) and (ii) are met:
(i) a time change amount of the temperature detected by the temperature detector is larger than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the temperature, and
(ii) the time change amount of the load detected by the load detector is smaller than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the load, wherein the correction controller corrects the load detected by the load detector by subtracting the time change amount of the load from the load detected by the load detector; and
a determination controller configured to determine a sitting condition of the object on the seat by using the load corrected by the correction controller.

US Pat. No. 10,457,234

VEHICLE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front passenger seat airbag device comprising:a plurality of inflators each comprising a squib;
an airbag including:
a front passenger seat airbag that is inflated and deployed on receipt of gas supplied from the plurality of the inflators, and that is inflated and deployed at a vehicle front side of an occupant seated in a front passenger seat, and
a center airbag that is inflated and deployed at a vehicle width direction center side of the front passenger seat airbag, and that includes a vehicle-rear-side end that projects out further toward a vehicle rear side when inflated and deployed than a rear end of the front passenger seat airbag when inflated and deployed; and
a controller that controls timings for igniting each squib included in the plurality of inflators such that a peak internal pressure of the airbag inflated and deployed when an oblique collision or small overlap collision has occurred is delayed, compared to a peak internal pressure of the airbag inflated and deployed when a head-on collision has occurred, wherein
the controller causes a timing for igniting at least one of the squibs ignited second or later out of the squibs included in the plurality of inflators to be delayed in cases in which an oblique collision or small overlap collision has occurred, compared to a timing for igniting the corresponding squib in cases in which a head-on collision has occurred;
the plurality of inflators include a first squib, a second squib, and a third squib; and
the controller causes:
the second squib and the third squib to ignite, after igniting the first squib and at substantially a same time as each other in cases in which a head-on collision has occurred, and
the third squib to ignite, after sequentially igniting the first squib and then the second squib and before inflation and deployment of the airbag is completed in cases in which an oblique collision or small overlap collision has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,457,232

VEHICLE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle system that includes a plurality of electronic control units, the vehicle system comprising a main control electronic control unit configured toacquire an operating rate of each of a plurality of applications arranged in at least one of the electronic control units,
calculate a plurality of arrangement patterns in which the applications are arranged in the electronic control units,
calculate, based on the operating rate of each of the applications, a total electric power consumption of the electronic control units when each of the arrangement patterns is implemented, and
arrange the applications in at least one of the electronic control units in the arrangement pattern that has a least total electric power consumption among the arrangement patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,457,231

ELECTRONICS INSTALLATION SYSTEM, AIRCRAFT OR SPACECRAFT, AND METHOD

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An electronics installation system for an aircraft, comprising:a mechanical installation structure comprising:
a plurality of installation slots, each configured to receive a different electronic module, wherein each electronic module provides aircraft functions for operating the aircraft;
a first wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules, and a second wiring configuration slot configured to receive wiring configuration modules; and
a first power supply slot configured to receive a first power supply unit, and a second power supply slot configured to receive a second power supply unit;
a connection matrix comprising a plurality of data connections, wherein the connection matrix includes at least one data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the first wiring configuration slot, at least one redundant data connection between each of the plurality of installation slots and the second wiring configuration slot, at least one data connection between the first wiring configuration slot and the second wiring configuration slot, first power lines configured to connect a first group of the plurality of installation shots to the first power supply slot, and second power lines configured to connect a second group of the plurality of installation slots to the second power supply slot, wherein the first power lines are provided in a first power bus and the second power lines are provided in a second power bus;
a first wiring configuration module installed in the first wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the first wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths providing direct data communication between specific data connections of the first wiring configuration slot, the internal interconnection paths providing data interconnections for direct data transmission between electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the first wiring configuration module changes a wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots;
a second wiring configuration module installed in the second wiring configuration slot and coupled to data connections of the second wiring configuration slot, the second wiring configuration module comprising reconfigurable internal interconnection paths for direct data transmission between the second wiring configuration module and electronic modules installed in the plurality of installation slots, wherein changing the reconfigurable internal interconnection paths of the second wiring configuration module changes the wiring configuration of the plurality of installation slots; and
at least one protection unit configured to protect electronic modules supplied by the first power bus and electronic modules supplied by the second power bus from failure of any of the electronic modules or failure of any of the wiring configuration modules, by separating a failed electronic module or a failed wiring configuration module from the first power bus and/or the second power bus.

US Pat. No. 10,457,230

STEERING WHEEL POWER ASSEMBLY

Symtec, Inc., Fridley, M...

1. A steering wheel power assembly for providing current to a steering wheel while allowing for infinite rotation of the steering wheel, the steeling wheel power assembly comprising;a base plate for connection to a steering assembly, the steering assembly fixed to a vehicle or a marine craft;
a brush holder assembly connected to the base plate, said brush holder assembly including a pair of brush mounts and a brush holder disk;
a slip ring assembly disposed to freely rotate within the brush holder assembly, said brush mounts in electrical contact with the slip ring assembly;
a hub connected to the steering wheel and containing a hollow shaft that engages the slip ring; and
an outer cover which connects to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,457,229

BRANCH STRUCTURE AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A branch structure comprising:a trunk-line harness in which a plurality of trunk lines including a routing member having a rod conductor are disposed in parallel;
a branch-line harness that has a plurality of branch lines; and
a connection terminal that electrically connects a branch line of the plurality of branch lines to a trunk line of the plurality of the trunk lines by being joined to the trunk line,
wherein the connection terminal includes a connection plate portion which has a width dimension in an arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines smaller than the width of the trunk line in the arrangement direction, and a contact surface of the connection plate portion is joined in a state of being in surface contact with an outer peripheral surface of the rod conductor in the trunk line,
wherein the contact surface of the connection plate portion extends in the arrangement direction, and
wherein the connection plate portion is joined to the trunk line at a position where the connection plate portion is orthogonal to the arrangement direction of the plurality of trunk lines.

US Pat. No. 10,457,228

CABLE AND WIRE HARNESS

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A cable, comprising:a plurality of electric wires;
a tape member wound around an assembled article that is formed by twisting the plurality of electric wires; and
a sheath covering the tape member,
wherein a surface roughness of the tape member is different between a surface on an assembled article side and a surface on a sheath side and, the surface on the sheath side has a larger surface roughness than the surface on the assembled article side.

US Pat. No. 10,457,227

WIRING STRUCTURE

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wiring structure comprising:a wiring member that is made of resin and has a wiring surface; and
an electrical wire that includes a portion routed along the wiring surface and a portion led out from the wiring member, the portion led out having an end portion to which a connector is to be attached,
wherein a positioning/fixing portion is provided integrally with the wiring member at a position in the vicinity of a lead-out position on the wiring surface of the wiring member, the electrical wire being led out from the lead-out position,
the wiring structure further comprises a band member that includes a band body portion that is wound around an outer circumferential surface of the electrical wire, and a base portion that has a lock hole through which the band body portion is inserted and that locks the band body portion, and
the positioning/fixing portion has an insertion space that is located inside walls that stand upright on the wiring surface and into which the base portion is fitted, and has a coupling member holding piece that stands upright and extends in a top-bottom direction from the wiring surface side and a slit is disposed between the coupling member holding piece and a side wall so as to make the coupling member holding piece bendable so as to pivot about the wiring surface side, and a standing end of the coupling member holding piece is provided with an anti-separation protrusion that is claw-shaped and protrudes toward the insertion space.

US Pat. No. 10,457,226

ACOUSTICAL ABSORBER HAVING A BODY AND AT LEAST ONE SERRATED WASHER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An acoustical absorber, comprising:a body made from a sound insulating material having a first material density D1; and
a first serrated washer made from a composite material having a second material density D2 where D1

US Pat. No. 10,457,225

LIGHT WEIGHT ACOUSTIC TRIM PART

AUTONEUM MANAGEMENT AG, ...

1. Multilayer Automotive trim part for noise attenuation comprising at least two fibrous layers and at least one air permeable intermediate film layer between the at least two fibrous layers, whereby all layers together have a variable thickness characterized in that at least for an area with a thickness between 4 and 12.5 mm the overall air flow resistance (AFRoverall) and the overall density relate as follows 1500

US Pat. No. 10,457,224

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENTAL MEMBER

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

1. A vehicle body structure including a door and an ornamental member attached to an outer surface of an outer edge portion of the door,wherein the ornamental member includes an inner member and an outer member, the inner member includes:
an attachment portion pasted to the outer surface by a pasting unit; and
an extending portion that extends from the attachment portion beyond the outer edge portion, the extending portion including a parallel surface which is parallel to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,223

ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CLUSTER WITH INTERLOCKING BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A method of constructing and mounting an electronics systems cluster to a windshield of a motor vehicle, comprising:interconnecting, by an interlocking feature, a plurality of brackets carrying a plurality of electronic devices; and
staggering said plurality of brackets with respect to one another in order to accommodate curvature of said windshield and allow for proper windshield mounting;
allowing, by said interlocking feature, freedom of movement between said plurality of brackets perpendicular to a tangent plane of said windshield.

US Pat. No. 10,457,222

ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS CLUSTER WITH INTERLOCKING BRACKETS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electronics systems cluster, comprising:a plurality of brackets;
a plurality of electronic devices held in said plurality of brackets; and
an interlocking feature securing said plurality of brackets directly together wherein said interlocking feature includes a plurality of cooperating dovetail connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,457,221

RAMP SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

1. A ramp and mount system comprising:at least one ramp; and
a mount comprising a vehicle-engagement portion and a ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion is removably attached to a bracket of a wheeled vehicle and the at least one ramp is configured for removable engagement with the ramp-engagement portion, wherein the vehicle-engagement portion comprises a pair of spaced-apart engagement fingers for removable engagement with a portion of the wheeled vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,220

FLOORBOARD STORAGE COMPARTMENT

1. A floorboard storage compartment (100) for a front passenger side floorboard of a vehicle comprising a floorboard basin (A), a floorboard left side (B), a floorboard right side (C), a firewall lower portion (D) bordering an engine compartment and a floorboard rear side (E) bordered by a passenger seat (F), wherein the floorboard storage compartment (100) comprises:a lower tray (105) comprising
a lower tray bottom outer surface (110) configured to lie on top of the floorboard basin (A) of an automobile,
a lower tray front side (115) affixed to the lower tray bottom outer surface (110) along a lower tray front side bottom edge (120) with the lower tray front side (115) configured to lie parallel against the firewall lower portion (D) of the automobile and comprising a lower tray front side height (FSH) and comprising a lower tray front side terminal edge (160),
a lower tray back edge (125) configured to extend the floorboard storage compartment (100) adjacent to the floorboard rear side (E),
a lower tray left side (130) affixed to the lower tray bottom outer surface (110) along a lower tray left bottom edge (135), with the lower tray left side (130) configured to lie adjacent to the floorboard left side (B) and comprising a lower tray left upper edge (325) comprising a lower tray left side height (LSH) at the lower tray front side (115) with the lower tray left side height (LSH) of the lower tray decreasing towards the lower tray back edge (125) such that the lower tray left side height (LSH) is less at the lower tray back edge (125),
a lower tray inner bottom surface (245) bordered by the lower tray front side (115), the lower tray left bottom edge (135), the lower tray right bottom edge (140), and the lower tray back edge (125),
an upper tray (150) configured to rest on top of an at least one separation support (230) within the lower tray (105) and comprising
an upper tray front side (155) configured to lie within one-half inch to the lower tray front side (115),
an upper tray left upper edge (335) configured to lie within and below the lower tray left upper edge (325),
an upper tray right upper edge (340) configured to lie within and below a lower tray right upper edge (330),
an upper tray back edge (175) configured to extend beyond the lower tray back edge (125),
an upper tray outer surface (180) comprising a waterproof and wear resistant material (205),
a fluid well (210) on top of the an upper tray outer surface (180) configured to retain fluid drips adjacent to the upper tray back edge (175),
a plurality of channels and grooves (215) on top of the an upper tray outer surface (180) configured to direct fluid drips into the fluid well (210),
an upper tray left side trough (220) extending below and parallel to the upper tray left upper edge (335) from the upper tray front side (155) to the upper tray back edge (175),
an upper tray right side trough (225) extending below and parallel to the upper tray right upper edge (340) from the upper tray front side (155) to the upper tray back edge (175),
an upper tray lifting portion (320) configured to lift angularly above the lower tray (105), and
an inner compartment (240) bordered within the lower tray front side (115), a lower tray left side inner surface (250), a lower tray right side inner surface (255), a lower tray inner bottom surface (245), and configured for an at least one separation support (230) to support and separate the upper tray (150) above the lower tray inner bottom surface (245) between the lower tray front side bottom edge (120) and the lower tray back edge (125).

US Pat. No. 10,457,219

PROTECTION DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPARTMENT

1. A protection device for a vehicle interior compartment, comprising a flexible planar structure displaceable between a rest position and a protective position, the planar structure having an end region provided with a dimensionally stable guiding profile, the guiding profile being guided in vehicle-fixed guiding tracks on opposite sides thereof, each side of the guiding profile being associated with a coupling member in operative connection with an entrainer guided in the respective guiding track by a retaining device acting in a force-limited manner, the entrainers being shiftable in mutual synchronization within the guiding tracks by a drive system, the coupling members being in operative connection with the entrainers eccentrically offset in relation to a central longitudinal axis of the guiding profile, the coupling members being removable from the entrainers in response to external strains exerted on the guiding profile with directional components orthogonal to a plane of deployment of the planar structure, each retaining device being disposed on the respective coupling member or on the respective entrainer for rotation about a rotational axis oriented in parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the guiding profile, each retaining device including at least one unilaterally clamped leaf spring.

US Pat. No. 10,457,218

CARGO FLOOR SYSTEM INCLUDING A RETRACTABLE FLOOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A retractable floor assembly, comprising:a floor pan including a recessed storage compartment holding a spare tire and wheel;
a guide track recessed within said floor pan and overlying said recessed storage compartment;
a retractable floor adjacent to the floor pan, said retractable floor including a plurality of bars connected together by a plurality of hinges and adapted to slide along said guide track; and
a drive mechanism displacing said retractable floor between a stowed position and a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,217

EASY STEP

1. A universal easy step configured for being mechanically associated with a surface of any one of a plurality of step systems wherein each step system defines at least one first step-element comprising a top step-surface and an opposing bottom step-surface and a plurality of step-surface-voids defining void patterns therethrough, wherein said step system further comprises a second step-element about 20 inches above said first step-element, said universal easy step comprising:an integral frame defining an open box structure comprising a top plate, a bottom plate, a right side plate and a left side plate wherein a first end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a first end of said bottom plate by said right side plate and wherein a second end of said top plate is mechanically associated with a second end of said bottom plate thereby defining said open box structure having a frame height about 7 inches to about 10 inches between said top plate and said bottom plate and wherein said bottom plate defines an attachment element aperture configured to adjustably receive an attachment element and wherein said right side plate and said left side plate are the same length so that the top plate is parallel to the bottom plate and wherein said attachment element aperture is disposed between the side plates and wherein one of said right side plate or said left side plate further defines a second attachment mechanism defining a hook feature for securing said bottom plate to said top step-surface without hardware modifications;
a first attachment element extending through said attachment element aperture and moveably associated with said attachment element aperture and wherein said first attachment element is further configured for being extended through on of said plurality of surface-voids defined by a first step-element of any one of a plurality of step systems to secure said bottom plate to the top step-surface of said first step-element without hardware modifications.

US Pat. No. 10,457,216

TIGHT BEZEL TO GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display assembly comprising:a bezel comprising a polymeric material; and
an electro-optic element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first substantially transparent substrate; and
a second substrate,
wherein the bezel is integrally molded with at least the first substantially transparent substrate, and
wherein the polymeric material comprises at least one material that reduces an effective coefficient of thermal expansion of the bezel such that the first substantially transparent substrate and the bezel have a difference in coefficient of thermal expansion of from about 5 ppm to about 50 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,215

VEHICLE MIRROR DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A vehicle mirror device comprising:a support body that is supported on a vehicle body side;
a housing body that configures part of a swing body, which is supported by the support body, is provided with a mirror, and is configured to swing with respect to the support body, the housing body housing the mirror in a state in which a mirror surface side of the mirror is exposed, and that includes a first bottom wall section having an exterior side and an interior side, the first bottom wall section being provided at a base portion side of the housing body so as to form a gap between the first bottom wall section and the support body;
a covering body that configures part of the swing body, that covers the housing body at a back face side of the mirror, and that includes a second bottom wall section having an exterior side and an interior side, the second bottom wall section being provided at a base portion side of the covering body and disposed side-by-side with the first bottom wall section so as to form a gap between the second bottom wall section and the support body;
up-down restricting sections that are provided at mutually adjacent sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the up-down restriction sections abutting each other in an up-down direction so as to restrict relative movement of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section in the up-down direction;
horizontal displacement restricting sections that are provided at mutually adjacent sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the horizontal displacement restricting sections abutting each other along a boundary between the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section in a bottom view so as to restrict relative movement of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section along the boundary; and
engagement sections that are provided at mutually adjacent interior sides of the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section, the engagement sections interferingly engaging with each other in a state bearing tension in a direction to separate the first bottom wall section and the second bottom wall section from each other in a bottom view, the direction of tension being transverse to the direction of the boundary, and pulling the first bottom wall section and second bottom wall section together at the boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,457,214

METHOD FOR FOLDING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE EXTERIOR MIRROR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:folding in an exterior mirror of a motor vehicle having a door with a rear-mounted hinge, the exterior mirror folded in when the door is opened and when a speed at which the door is opened is less than a predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,457,213

DOOR MIRROR DEVICE AND DOOR MIRROR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A door mirror device comprising:a first structural body that configures a casing covering a mirror provided at a vehicle door, and that is provided with a first facing portion and a second facing portion;
a second structural body that configures the casing, and that is provided with a first disposition portion disposed at a back side of the first facing portion so as to face and engage with the first facing portion in a second direction in an assembled state of the first structural body and the second structural body and a second disposition portion disposed at a back side of the second facing portion so as to face and engage with the second facing portion in a first direction in the assembled state;
a fixing portion that is provided at the first structural body;
a fixed-to portion that is provided at the second structural body and that is fixed to the fixing portion; and
an abutting portion that is provided at the first structural body and that is disposed at a location which is further toward one side in the second direction with respect to the fixing portion, the abutting portion being configured such that:
the first disposition portion is separated from the first facing portion in the first direction and the second disposition portion is separated from the second facing portion in the second direction when the fixed-to portion is abutted to the abutting portion, and
the first disposition portion is disposed at the back side of the first facing portion so as to engage with the first facing portion, and the second disposition portion is disposed at the back side of the second facing portion so as to engage with the second facing portion by the fixed-to portion being abutted to the fixing portion due to the fixed-to portion being moved from the abutting portion to the fixing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,211

DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display control method for a vehicle having a front pillar, the method comprising:obtaining, from a camera, an image of a region about the vehicle, the region including a driver's blind spot caused by the front pillar of the vehicle;
extracting, from the obtained image, an image of the driver's blind spot in a shape of a curved display that is provided along a curved interior surface of the front pillar; and
causing the curved display to display the extracted image,
wherein, when a door of the vehicle is in an open state, the obtaining, the extracting and the causing the curved display to display the extracted image are not performed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,210

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle control device that operates in an autonomous driving mode, the vehicle control device comprising:a controller that is configured to:
obtain vehicle driving information of a vehicle,
in a state in which (i) the vehicle moves within a first distance from a destination or (ii) the vehicle receives a stop request while the vehicle is travelling, search for at least one available stopping area based on the vehicle driving information, and
display information about the at least one available stopping area on a display unit or transmit the information to a terminal,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
determine a location of an occupant inside the vehicle, and
display the information about the at least one available stopping area on any one selected display inside the vehicle according to which display corresponds to the location of the occupant inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,209

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-PANED VIEW

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicle vision system comprising:a camera configured to be positioned on a vehicle;
a processing system operatively coupled to said camera, wherein said processing system is operable to process image data captured by said camera, the captured image data representative of a scene viewed by said camera;
wherein said processing system is operable to generate an image having three individual image panes including a first image pane derived from a first subset of image data, a second image pane derived from a second subset of image data and a third image pane derived from a third subset of image data;
wherein said processing system is operable to output the image to a display for viewing by a driver of the vehicle, wherein said display comprises a single display screen for displaying images for viewing by the driver of the vehicle;
wherein, when the image is displayed at said single display screen of said display, said first image pane comprises a central image pane of the displayed image and said second image pane is at a left side of said central pane and said third image pane is at a right side of said central pane;
wherein, when the image is displayed at said single display screen of said display, each of said first, second and third image panes displayed at said single display screen has an upper edge and a lower edge;
wherein said upper edge of said second image pane is generally parallel to said lower edge of said second image pane, and wherein said upper edge of said third image pane is generally parallel to said lower edge of said third image pane, and wherein said upper and lower edges of said second image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said third image pane; and
wherein said upper and lower edges of said second image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said first image pane and wherein said upper and lower edges of said third image pane are not parallel to said upper and lower edges of said first image pane.

US Pat. No. 10,457,208

VEHICLE PASSENGER SENSING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

FREEDMAN SEATING COMPANY,...

1. A reporting module for a seat sensing system for a vehicle, the reporting module comprising:a display configured to be disposed proximate an operator of the vehicle;
a receiver configured to receive wireless communications;
a computer-readable memory;
a universal power supply; and
a computing device configured to:
determine a passenger status and restraint status of each of a plurality of seats in the vehicle based on the communications;
operate the display to output the passenger status and restraint status of each of the plurality of seats for the operator of the vehicle;
transfer the passenger status and restraint status of each of the plurality of seats to the memory for storage;
receive an indication from the universal power supply that a primary power source has been deactivated during a pending transfer of the passenger status and restraint status of at least one of the seats and, responsive to receiving the indication:
complete the pending transfer; and
shut down after completing the pending transfer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,207

SOUND GENERATOR SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A sound generator system of a vehicle, comprising:a housing with an interior space formed therein;
a cover that encloses the housing;
an exciter inserted the interior space and having a plurality of yokes and a magnetic;
a coil positioned adjacent to the exciter and configured to cause the exciter to vibrate when current is applied thereto;
a main shaft with a first end connected to the housing; a second end penetrating the cover, exposed to an outside, and penetrated and installed into the exciter; and to finally output the vibration generated by the exciter; and
an elastic portion installed adjacent to the exciter and configured to deliver the vibration generated by the exciter to the main shaft,
wherein the elastic portion includes a first plate spring that increases an elastic force and a spacer that maintains the first plate spring and the exciter to be spaced from each other at a predetermined distance,
wherein the housing is formed with a fastening portion that protrudes toward the interior space side and the main shaft is formed with an extension portion that extends in the radial direction, and the first plate spring is interposed between the fastening portion and the extension portion to be fixable, and
wherein the fastening portion is formed with a fastening space therein that has a cross-shaped cross groove, and a first end of the main shaft is protruded and formed with a cross protrusion having a shape that corresponds to the cross groove to prevent the main shaft from being rotated and separated upon the vibration of the exciter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,205

ASSISTED TRAILER ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

Robotzone, LLC, Winfield...

1. A system to aide in vehicle left-right alignment, the system comprising:a vertical line generator configured to project a vertical line;
a proximity detector configured to detect a vehicle and in response to the vehicle detection actuate the vertical line generator to begin projecting the vertical line; and
a guidance marker configured to be placed on the vehicle such that when the guidance marker is in a known configuration with the vertical line, the vehicle is properly left-right aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,457,204

VEHICLE ILLUMINATED DISPLAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transparency, comprising;
a substantially transparent exterior substrate;
a substantially transparent interior substrate;
an interlayer positioned between the exterior and interior substrates;
a first plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer; and
a second plurality of perovskites positioned between the interior substrate and the interlayer, wherein the first and second pluralities of perovskites are disposed as a matrix of pixels, and wherein each pixel of the matrix of pixels is independently activated to display different messages; and
a first series of concentrated light sources positioned distal to the transparency to emit a first light on the first and second pluralities of perovskites through the substantially transparent interior substrate, wherein the first plurality of perovskites are configured to emit light having a wavelength of from about 620 nm to about 750 nm in response to the first light.

US Pat. No. 10,457,203

VEHICLE SEAT

RUSPA OFFICINE S.P.A., R...

1. A vehicle seat comprising a support structure and a first and a second shaped panel supported by the support structure and respectively forming the seat and the backrest of the seat, the support structure comprises a first and a second side support element which extend along opposite sides of the seat and is a single piece;each side support element comprises a first rectilinear section and a second rectilinear section interconnected with said first section through a folded joining area,
each first rectilinear section is provided with a first elongated groove that extends along the entire length of the section; the first grooves are opposite one another and house respective first side lips of the first panel, which is held between the first and the second support elements;
each second rectilinear section is provided with a second elongated groove that extends along the entire length of the section; the second grooves are opposite to one another and house respective second side lips of the second panel, which is held between the first and the second support elements;the said support structure further comprises:a first upper C-shaped connection element comprising a substantially rectilinear central portion and two curved end portions provided with integral appendices, respectively, stably inserted in an end portion of a second rectilinear section;
a second lower C-shaped connection element comprising a substantially rectilinear central portion and two curved end portions provided with integral appendices, respectively, stably inserted in an end portion of a first rectilinear section;
wherein the first upper C-shaped and the second C-shaped connection elements stably connect the first side support element and the second side support element;
wherein the second panel has a lower end edge positioned on the side facing the upper edge, opposite to the first connection element; said lower end edge directly hooks onto an end edge of the first panel which is positioned on the opposite side with respect to the edge opposite the second lower C-shaped connection element; and the first and the second panels overlap each other at the contact area between the two edges.

US Pat. No. 10,457,202

VEHICLE CABIN INTERIOR LIGHTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle cabin interior lighting device comprising:a light source that emits light;
a polarizing member that converts the emitted light into p-polarized light; and
a projection portion that is provided at an upper portion of an instrument panel, and onto which the p-polarized light is projected, and that reflects the projected p-polarized light without changing its polarization characteristics, and that causes the projected p-polarized light to be incident on a front windshield glass at Brewster's angle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,201

BADGE ASSEMBLIES THAT EMANATE VISIBLE IRIDESCENT PATTERNS

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A badge assembly, comprising:a translucent, polymeric badge comprising an edge and an interior surface with an integral diffraction grating having a thickness from 500 nm to 750 nm and a period from 150 nm to 400 nm;
LED sources oriented toward the edge; and
fascia configured to obscure the sources,
wherein the diffraction grating diffracts light from the LED sources through the badge as a visible iridescent pattern, and
further wherein the badge comprises glass fillers in the range of 1 to 15% by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,457,200

ABANDONED OCCUPANT DANGER ALERT SYSTEM

1. An abandoned occupant alert system comprising:an exterior body portion having an exterior face and at least one alerting device;
at least one noxious gas detector disposed in an interior body portion;
an analyzer which determines that an alert condition presently exists or will exist within a period of time according to one or more signals received from the at least one noxious gas detector, and which operates the at least one alerting device;
an attachment device disposed between the exterior body portion and the interior body portion, for receiving the system onto a body component of a vehicle such that the at least one noxious gas detector is in gaseous communication with an interior space of the vehicle, and such that the alerting device is in a position exterior to the vehicle; and
a switch cooperative with the attachment device for automatically turning on and off at least the alerting device when the system is not attached to a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,199

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. An image projection system that improves visibility of a projected images on a road surface adjacent to a vehicle, the system comprising:a projector that projects images on to the road surface;
a first plurality of sensors that measure conditions outside of the vehicle, wherein the first plurality includes at least one sensor that acquires comparison images of the images projected by the projector on the road surface;
a second plurality of sensors that measure parameters of the vehicle;
a processor communicatively coupled to the first plurality of sensors, the second plurality of sensors and the projector, wherein the processor:
receives, from the first plurality of sensors, the comparison images,
receives, from the second plurality of sensors, the parameters of the vehicle determines a projection image based on the parameters of the vehicle,
calculates an amount of correction required for the projection image based on the comparison images,
on a condition that the amount of correction required is less than a threshold,
corrects the projection image by the correction amount to form a corrected image, and
controls the projector to project the corrected image on the road surface; and
on a condition that the amount of correction required it not less than the threshold,
controls the projector to not project the projection image on the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,197

VEHICLE FOR CONVEYING PERSONS AND ORIENTATION AID

Bombardier Transportation...

1. A vehicle for conveying passengers, the vehicle comprising:an interior space for accommodating the passengers;
a plurality of door areas for entering and leaving the interior space;
an emitter arranged at each door area, the emitter configured to emit an electromagnetic signal, in which an individual identification of the door area is encoded, wherein the individual identification of each door area is specifically encoded for the corresponding door area, wherein the electromagnetic signal also includes information regarding which route the vehicle serves.

US Pat. No. 10,457,196

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle light assembly comprising:a housing disposed within a bumper;
first and second light sources disposed within the housing; and
a first optic optically coupled with the first light source, wherein the first light source and first optic illuminate a first illumination zone and the second light source illuminates a second illumination zone, the second illumination zone larger than the first illumination zone.

US Pat. No. 10,457,195

ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES

VALEO NORTH AMERICA, INC....

1. A vehicle lighting assembly, comprising:a plurality of optical systems each configured to output respective light beams;
a primary adjustment part movable along a first axis;
a plurality of levers each operatively coupled to (a) the primary adjustment part and (b) a respective one of the optical systems;
a plurality of lever pivot points corresponding to respective ones of the plurality of levers, wherein movement of the adjustment part along the first axis results in cooperative movement of the plurality of optical systems; and
a joint formed by the primary adjustment part and at least two levers of the plurality of levers.

US Pat. No. 10,457,194

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a coherent light source that emits a first coherent light beam and a second coherent light beam;
an optical device that diffuses the first coherent light beam to illuminate a first illumination zone and diffuses the second coherent light beam to illuminate a second illumination zone;
a timing control unit that individually controls incidence timing of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam on the optical device or illumination timing of the first illumination zone and the second illumination zone; and
a scanning unit that scans the optical device with at least one of the first coherent light beam and the second coherent light beam from the coherent light source,
wherein the optical device includes a first diffusion region on which the first coherent light beam is incident, and a second diffusion region on which the second coherent light beam is incident,
the first diffusion region is capable of illuminating the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam,
the second diffusion region is capable of illuminating the second illumination zone that is at least partially different from the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam,
the first diffusion region includes a plurality of first element diffusion regions, the first element diffusion regions illuminating respective first partial regions in the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beam, the first partial regions being respectively illuminated by the first element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another, and
the second diffusion region also includes a plurality of second element diffusion regions, the second element diffusion regions illuminating respective second partial regions in the second illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beam, the second partial regions being respectively illuminated by the second element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,457,193

VEHICLE LAMP AND VEHICLE LAMP CONTROL SYSTEM

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp, comprising:a first light source that is configured to emit laser light and in which the laser light generated by the first light source is emitted forward from an emission end, directly to a portion of a front side of the vehicle lamp in which the laser light exits the vehicle lamp; and
a light-shielding member that shields the emission end from light from above to at least a horizontal position in front of the emission end toward the front side of the vehicle lamp, wherein
the laser light exits the vehicle lamp below the horizontal position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,192

LOAD SECURING BAG FOR A PICKUP TRUCK

1. A bag defining an interior comprising:a top;
a bottom;
a first side;
a second side;
a third side;
a fourth side;
a first upper transverse retention strap secured to said top comprising:
a first upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a first spring loaded attachment hook at a first distal end;
a first length adjustment mechanism adjacent said first spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first fastener adjacent said first length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a second spring loaded attachment hook at a second distal end;
a second length adjustment mechanism adjacent said second spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second fastener adjacent said second length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap secured to said top adjacent said first upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a third spring loaded attachment hook at a third distal end;
a third length adjustment mechanism adjacent said third spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a third fastener adjacent said third length adjustment mechanism;
a second upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a fourth spring loaded attachment hook at a fourth distal end;
a fourth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fourth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fourth fastener adjacent said fourth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap secured to said top, adjacent said second upper transverse retention strap comprising:
a third upper transverse retention strap first end comprising:
a fifth spring loaded attachment hook at a fifth distal end;
a fifth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said fifth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a fifth fastener adjacent said fifth length adjustment mechanism;
a third upper transverse retention strap second end comprising:
a sixth spring loaded attachment hook at a sixth distal end;
a sixth length adjustment mechanism adjacent said sixth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a sixth fastener adjacent said sixth length adjustment mechanism;
a first upper longitudinal strap secured to said top and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a first upper longitudinal strap first end comprising a seventh spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a first upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top;
a second upper longitudinal strap secured to said top, adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap and perpendicularly secured across said first transverse retention strap, said second transverse retention strap and said third transverse retention strap comprising:
a second upper longitudinal strap first end comprising an eighth spring loaded attachment hook; and,
a second upper longitudinal strap second end secured to an edge of said top adjacent said first upper longitudinal strap second end;
an opening having an opening fastener disposed upon at least one side of said bag;
wherein said opening is configured to removably retain an article of luggage therein; and,
wherein said bag is configured to be removeably secured within a truck bed by securement of each of said first spring loaded attachment hook, second spring loaded attachment hook, third spring loaded attachment hook, fourth spring loaded attachment hook, fifth spring loaded attachment hook, sixth spring loaded attachment hook, seventh spring loaded attachment hook and eighth spring loaded attachment hook to a corresponding tie down anchor disposed about said truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,191

TARP COVER SYSTEM WITH SUPPORT BOW CONFIGURATION FOR REDUCING STRESS ON TARP MATERIAL

Shur-Co, LLC, Yankton, S...

1. A system comprising:a container having a top opening, opposite sides and opposite ends, the container having a pair of spaced side walls and a pair of spaced end walls extending between the side walls, at least one of the side walls defining a sidewall plane; and
a cover apparatus for selectively covering the top opening of the container, the cover apparatus having a closed condition closing the top opening and an open condition permitting access to the top opening, the cover apparatus comprising:
a roll tube movably mounted on the container and extending generally between the ends of the container and being oriented generally parallel to the side walls of the container;
a cover tarp having at least a portion rolled about the roll tube, the cover tarp being substantially completely unrolled from the roll tube and being extended across the top opening when the cover apparatus is in the closed condition, the cover tarp being substantially completely rolled about the roll tube and being retracted to one of the sides of the container when the cover apparatus is in the open condition;
at least one bow member configured to support the cover tarp in the closed condition of the cover assembly, the bow member being elongated and extending from one said side of the container to the other said side of the container across the top opening of the container; and
the bow member being positioned in a substantially vertically-oriented bow plane, the bow plane being oriented at an oblique angle to the sidewall plane of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,457,190

EXPANDING HARD SIDE TRAILER

1. A camper trailer system, comprising:a base frame including a hitch, at least one axle and at least one wheel;
substantially rigidly mounted to the base frame parallel with the at least one axle, a floor having a perimeter;
a base wall including:
a first side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces;
a second side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, opposite the first side wall and having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces;
a front side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces and extending substantially between the first side wall and the second side wall;
a rear side rigidly coupled with the floor substantially perpendicular thereto, having interior surfaces and exterior surfaces and extending between the first side wall and the second side wall and having an interruption;
a first flange projecting from the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and intersecting the interior surface of the first side of the base wall;
a second flange projecting from the floor substantially perpendicular thereto and intersecting the interior surface of the second side of the base wall, the second flange being spaced from and substantially coplanar with the first flange;
a first shell pivotably coupled with the first side of the base wall;
a second shell pivotably coupled with the second side of the base wall;
a third shell pivotably coupled with the front side of the base wall; and
a fourth shell pivotably coupled with the first and second flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,457,189

EXPANDABLE COMPACT CAMPING TRAILER

1. An expandable compact camping trailer comprising:a trailer body comprising a base with wheels and a trailer hitch connection attached thereto, walls extending upward from the base, an entry way door with a doorframe built into at least one of the walls, and a roof closing a top of the trailer body defining an interior of the trailer body;
an expandable module built into at least one of the walls of the trailer body, wherein when the expandable module is slid into the interior of the trailer body, the expandable module is positioned within a top half of a portion of the trailer body; and
a pivotable stove attached to a range pivot cylinder built into the doorframe,
wherein the pivotable stove is designed to pivot from a first position entirely within the trailer body to a second position entirely outside of the trailer body.

US Pat. No. 10,457,188

SHIPPING CONTAINER RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

1. A shipping container recreational vehicle comprising:a shipping container made of corrugated weathering steel, and forming an interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
an extension portion, the extension portion having a first non-extended position and a second extended position, and wherein the shipping container recreational vehicle has a first width of about 2.4 meters when the extension portion is in the first non-extended position, and a second width of about 5 meters when the extension portion is in the second extended position;
at least one stove coupled to the shipping container, the stove coupled to a propane line, and a compartment for storage of a propane tank, the compartment being vaportight to the interior of the shipping container recreational vehicle;
at least one plumbing fixture coupled to the shipping container, the at least one plumbing fixture having backflow contamination prevention, a trap, and a vent;
at least one electrical receptacle coupled to the shipping container, the at least one electrical receptacle electrical receptacle comprising a ground fault protected electrical receptacle; and
a subfloor permanently affixed to the shipping container, the subfloor comprising a chassis with a plurality of steel I-beams welded to the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,187

PIVOTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE

Harmar Mobility, LLC, Sa...

1. A pivoting system for a device mounted on a cargo platform, a cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform with a cargo support, the cargo support coupled to a structure, the cargo pivot pivotably coupling the cargo platform between a general vertical position and a general horizontal position, the pivoting system, comprising:a base coupled to the cargo support;
a frame coupled to the cargo platform;
a linkage rod extending between a proximal end and a distal end and slidably engaging with the cargo platform;
a proximal pivot pivotably coupling said proximal end of said linkage rod to said base;
said proximal pivot and the cargo pivot defining a proximal linkage having a proximal distance therebetween;
an electronic device for receiving an electric current and sending electric signals;
a device pivot pivotably coupling said electronic device to said frame;
a distal pivot pivotably coupling said distal end of said linkage rod to said electronic device;
said distal pivot and said device pivot defining a distal linkage having a distal distance therebetween; and
said proximal distance and said distal distance causing pivoting of said electronic device between the general vertical position and the general horizontal position for defining a lower general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general horizontal position and an upper general horizontal position in said electronic device in the general vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,186

PNEUMATIC PLATFORM TOW TRUCK WITH HINGE

1. A cargo truck comprising:a chassis,
front axle with front wheels attached thereto;
rear axle with rear wheels attached thereto;
a cab mounted on a front portion of the chassis;
a cargo bed mounted on a rear portion of the chassis, said cargo bed comprising a platform having a front portion which is rigidly connected to a rear portion such that an upper surface of the rear portion extends downwardly at a fixed angle relative to an upper surface of the front portion, said fixed angle remaining constant irrespective of whether the cargo bed in a tilted position or a non-tilted position;
at least one inflatable member positioned under the front portion of the cargo bed, said inflatable member being inflatable to an inflated configuration that causes the entire platform to move to the tilted position and thereafter deflatable to a deflated position which allows the cargo bed to assume the non-tilted position;
first and second loading ramps which are stowable in stowed positions in or below a rear portion of the cargo bed and alternately extendable from said stowed positions to deployed positions wherein they extend to the ground When the cargo bed is in the tilted position, said first and second loading ramps differing in length such that the first and second loading ramps, when extended to their deployed positions, have different angles of incline from the ground to the rear portion of the cargo bed; and
at least one additional inflatable member which, when inflated, is configured to exert pressure on the first and second loading ramps when in their stowed positions so as to deter rattling or unintended movement of the loading ramps while the truck is in transit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,185

FRAMELESS HALF-ROUND TRAILER WITH BUTT JOINTS

Mac Trailer Manufacturing...

1. A frameless dump trailer comprising:a forward end spaced from a rear end defining a longitudinal direction there between, and a first side opposite a second side defining a transverse direction there between;
a forward frameless trailer body portion defining the forward end and a rear frameless trailer body portion defining the rear end; and
wherein the forward frameless trailer body portion is formed from a plurality of forward planar panels butt welded together side-by-side at forward longitudinal unions, the butt welded panels adapted to be rolled into an arcuate configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,184

CART ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A WORK PIECE AND METHODS OF USE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A cart assembly configured to move a work piece about a work floor, the cart assembly comprising:a base having a top side and a bottom side spaced from the top side, the bottom side configured to be supported on the work floor;
a table positioned on the top side of the base and comprising a first end, a second end spaced from the first end, a pivot disposed towards the first end, and a work surface that extends between the first and second ends and configured to support the work piece, the table pivotally mounted to move about the pivot between a horizontal position and a vertical position;
a tilt mechanism comprising an elongated arm that is coupled to the table and configured to rotate the table about the pivot between the horizontal position and the vertical position;
a lift mechanism comprising an elongated body that is disposed between the base and the table, the lift mechanism configured to move the table relative to the base between a lowered position defining a first distance above the work floor and a raised position defining a second distance above the work floor that is greater than the first distance; and
a trolley comprising wheels configured to be supported on the work floor, the trolley connected to the base and horizontally movable relative to the base along the work floor between a retracted position and an extended position;
wherein in the retracted position, the trolley is vertically below and overlapped by the pivot that is disposed towards the first end of the table and in the extended position the trolley is horizontally spaced away from the pivot that is disposed towards the first end of the table.

US Pat. No. 10,457,182

INTEGRATED DOOR FRAME AND HANDLE BRACKET

LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.,...

13. A system for connecting a grab handle to a wall, the system comprising:a door frame member having a generally Z-shaped cross-section and including:
a web having a first side edge and a second side edge;
a first flange extending in a first direction from the web proximate the first side edge of the web; and
a second flange extending in a second direction from the web proximate the second side edge of the web, the first and second directions generally perpendicular to the web, and the second direction generally opposite the first direction; and
a door handle bracket including first, second and third sections in parallel offset planes, wherein the door handle bracket is connected to the first flange of the door frame member on a wall side of the first flange, and wherein the grab handle is securable to the door handle bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,457,178

ARMREST DEVICE

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An armrest device, comprising:an interior member provided on an inboard side of a vehicle door; and
an armrest main body supported by the interior member so as to be moveable between an initial position and a projecting position more inboard and forward than the initial position,
wherein
the interior member includes a main body portion extending along the inboard side of the vehicle door and an armrest base portion projecting in an inboard direction from the main body portion,
the armrest base portion is provided with a base side wall portion extending vertically on an inboard side thereof,
the armrest main body is provided with a main body side wall portion extending in a fore and aft direction and opposing the base side wall portion in a spaced apart relationship,
the main body side wall portion is provided with a load absorbing member for absorbing an impact load,
the base side wall portion inclines in the outboard direction as one moves rearward, and
the load absorbing member has a progressively increasing lateral width toward the rear.

US Pat. No. 10,457,177

ARMREST

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An armrest comprising:a base;
an arm support pivotal on the base about a pivot axis in two opposite pivot directions between a first end position and a second end position;
a latch for locking the arm support pivotally relative to the base in at least one pivot position, the latch having an angularly and axially movable array of axially extending first teeth rotationally fixed on the arm support or base and an angularly immovable array of axially extending second teeth that can be releasably engaged with the first teeth, the first teeth being movable between a locked position meshing with the second teeth and inhibiting pivoting of the arm support in at least one of the directions and a released position clear of the second teeth and allowing pivoting of the arm support in the one direction and oppositely the other direction;
spring means urging the first teeth into the locked position;
a control element operatively engageable with the first teeth in a predetermined angular position of the arm support for moving the first teeth into the released position; and
a manually operable actuating element separate from the control element and including axially extending arms connected to the first teeth for moving the first teeth into the released position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,176

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a seat frame; and
a buffering body bridged over the seat frame and configured to elastically support a seated occupant;wherein:the buffering body has a linear member having both end portions attached to the seat frame, and a restriction member configured to support at least a portion of the linear member to restrict deflection of the portion of the linear member;
the linear member includes
first and second extending portions that extend in a seat right-to-left direction, and
a coupling portion coupling the first and second extending portions; and
the restriction member is made of a resin material, and supports the first and second extending portions;
the restriction member includes a plate-shaped horizontally-extending plate disposed substantially horizontal to extend in the seat right-to-left direction and a plate-shaped vertically-extending plate formed to stand upwardly from a back end portion of the horizontally-extending plate;
the linear member is supported by the horizontally-extending plate and the vertically-extending plate; and
the first and second extending portions are supported by the vertically-extending plate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,175

CUSHION WITH SPATIALLY VARYING LATTICE STRUCTURES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat structure configured to support an occupant, the seat structure comprising:a suspension; and
a seat cushion arranged adjacent to the suspension,
wherein the seat cushion defines a plurality of variable effective property regions, wherein at least one of the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a regular periodic lattice structure, and
wherein the plurality of variable effective property regions includes a first modulus region including a first lattice structure having a first elasticity tensor and a second modulus region including a second lattice structure having a second elasticity tensor that is different than the first elasticity tensor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,174

FORMING OF MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT UPHOLSTERY

1. A method of forming at least one style feature line in a cover element for seat upholstery, comprising the steps of:depositing foam in a viscous state on a support element to create an assembly comprising the support element and the foam in the viscous state;
polymerizing the foam by placing the assembly comprising the support element and the foam in the viscous state in a mold having a matrix and a punch, the matrix comprising one or more matrix ribs, each of the one or more matrix ribs for defining a style feature line and the punch comprising two punch ribs for each of the one or more matrix ribs, each of the one or more matrix ribs aligned between the two punch ribs.

US Pat. No. 10,457,173

CLIMATE CONTROL ASSEMBLY

GENTHERM INCORPORATED, N...

1. A thermal conditioning module comprising:a thermoelectric device comprising a main side and a waste side;
a main heat exchanger coupled to the main side of the thermoelectric device for generating a conditioned fluid stream from a first fluid stream; and
a waste heat exchanger coupled to the waste side of the thermoelectric device for generating a waste fluid stream from a second fluid stream;
a pumping device;
a first inlet to the pumping device;
a second inlet to the pumping device;
a first fluid path in the thermal conditioning module for directing the first fluid stream from the first inlet to the main heat exchanger then to a climate controlled area, wherein the pumping device is upstream of the main heat exchanger with respect to a flow direction of the first fluid stream directed to the climate controlled area;
a second fluid path in the thermal conditioning module for directing the second fluid stream from the second inlet to the waste heat exchanger, wherein the pumping device is upstream of the waste heat exchange with respect to a flow direction of the second fluid stream;
a first conduit forming at least a portion of the first fluid path, the first conduit positioned between the pumping device and the main heat exchanger to separate the pumping device and main heat exchanger along a longitudinal axis of the first conduit;
a second conduit forming at least a portion of the second fluid path, the second conduit positioned between the pumping device wherein the pumping device comprises an axial or radial fan; and the waste heat exchanger to separate the pumping device and waste heat exchanger along a longitudinal axis of the second conduit; and
a wall forming the first conduit and the second conduit, the wall separating the first conduit from the second conduit between the pumping device and the thermoelectric device along the longitudinal axes.

US Pat. No. 10,457,172

LOWER GUIDE FRAME OF A VERTICAL SUSPENSION SYSTEM, SLIDING SEAT GUIDE OF A VEHICLE SEAT, VERTICAL SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. A lower guide frame for a vertical suspension system of a vehicle seat, the lower guide frame being attached to a slidable seat guide assembly which in turn is configured for mounting to a floor of a vehicle, the lower guide frame comprising:a first lateral frame member and, spaced apart and parallel thereto, a second lateral frame member, which are connected to each other via a lower crosspiece having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end including a lower surface with a first recess; and
a first one-piece reinforcing profile including a horizontal portion, an oblique portion and a vertical portion, the horizontal portion being positioned over an upper surface of the first lateral frame member and the lower cross piece; the oblique portion being straight and extending between and continuously adjoining the horizontal portion to the vertical portion, and oriented obliquely downwards and outwards with respect to the upper surface of the first lateral frame member, wherein the oblique portion transitions to the vertical portion directly lateral to the first recess; and the vertical portion extending downward from the oblique portion and, in an assembled state of the lower guide frame, a lower end of the downward extending vertical portion extends lateral to the slidable seat guide assembly and just above the vehicle floor.

US Pat. No. 10,457,171

FLEXIBLE MOTOR VEHICLE WORK SURFACE FOR LAPTOPS AND TABLETS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A flexible motor vehicle work surface operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly comprising:a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising a base disposed on an upper surface thereof; and
a pair of foldable wings operably coupled with the deployable support structure, the pair of foldable wings having a first stored position and a deployed second position forming a movable horizontal surface;
wherein the pair of foldable wings are each operably coupled with the base of the deployable support structure; and
wherein each of the pair of foldable wings further comprises a hinge proximate a forward and side portion of the foldable wing at an angle oblique to the longitudinal centerline of the motor vehicle and the upper surface of the deployable support structure and the pair of foldable wings form a substantially continuous upper surface when in the deployed second position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,170

FLEXIBLE MOTOR VEHICLE WORK SURFACE FOR LAPTOPS AND TABLETS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A flexible motor vehicle work surface operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly comprising:a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising an integrated guide member movable within a Y-shaped slot disposed on an upper surface thereof; and
a movable horizontal surface operably coupled with the integrated guide member and deployable support structure, the movable horizontal surface having a first stored position and a plurality of deployed positions;
wherein the Y-shaped slot has a pair of forward ends and a rearward end, and wherein the deployable support structure further comprises a plurality of damper mechanisms, and wherein one each of the plurality of damper mechanisms is disposed at each of the pair of forward ends of the Y-shaped slot and the rearward end of the Y-shaped slot and each of the plurality of damper mechanisms comprises a resilient member that engages the integrated guide member at each of the pair of forward ends of the Y-shaped slot and the rearward end of the Y-shaped slot, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,457,169

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat with a foldable ottoman, the vehicle seat comprising:a base mounted to a floor of a vehicle;
a seat cushion that is placed on the base and configured to be tippable upward towards a storage position with a rotating shaft as a fulcrum;
an ottoman that is provided on a front side of the seat cushion and extractable between a normal position and an extracted position;
a seat back that is provided in a rear end of the seat cushion; and
a storage locking mechanism that is capable of relatively moving the ottoman with respect to the seat cushion in a storing direction which is a direction opposite to an extracting direction,
wherein the storage locking mechanism is released so that the ottoman is movable in the storing direction when one of the following states is satisfied:
i) a state where the storage locking mechanism is operated;
ii) a state where the seat cushion is tipped upward to a tippable state;
iii) a state where the seat back is tilted forward to a forward-tiltable state; and
iv) a state where the seat cushion is tipped upward to the tippable state and where the seat back is tilted forward to the forward-tiltable state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,168

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child safety seat comprising:a support base suitable for placement on a vehicle seat, the support base including an anchoring portion and a bearing portion connected with each other, the anchoring portion having a belt path for passage of a fastening belt to attach the child safety seat on a vehicle seat;
a rotary platform pivotally connected with the bearing portion of the support base about a pivot axis; and
a child seat connected with the rotary platform, wherein the child seat, the rotary platform and the bearing portion are movable in unison relative to the anchoring portion, and the child seat and the rotary platform are rotatable in unison as a seat unit relative to the support base between a plurality of positions including a forward facing position, a rearward facing position and a sideways facing position;
wherein the support base further includes a first and a second flange portion vertically spaced apart from each other, the second flange portion being located below the first flange portion and each of the first and second flange portions having a curved shape that extends transversally from a left to a right side of the support base, the seat unit comprised of the child seat and the rotary platform being respectively engaged with the first and second flange portions in the forward facing position with the first flange portion located adjacent to a shoulder support region of the child seat, and the seat unit being engaged with the second flange portion and disengaged from the first flange portion in the rearward facing position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,167

SEATBACK STRUCTURE HAVING PIVOTABLE UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A seatback structure for a vehicle seat, comprising:a pair of lower side frames extending vertically;
a pair of upper side frames having lower end portions pivotally connected to upper end portions of the respective lower side frames around a laterally extending rotational center line;
an upper frame fixedly connected between upper ends of the upper side frames;
at least one actuator fixedly secured to one of the lower side frames and including an output end configured to move linearly along a length of the lower side frame; and
a link having an upper end pivotally connected to a part of the corresponding upper side frame and a lower end pivotally connected to the output end of the actuator;
wherein the upper end portion of the one lower side frame and the lower end portion of the corresponding upper side frame comprise plate members facing laterally each other in an overlying relationship, and at least partly interposing the link therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,457,166

VEHICLE SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion for a person to sit on;
a seat back erected at a rear end of the seat cushion;
a support leg provided on the seat cushion to support weight related to the seat cushion;
a respective slide mechanism located at each of a left side part and a right side part of the vehicle seat to move the seat cushion and the seat back along a front/back direction,
the vehicle seat having a tip-up function to rotate the seat cushion so that a front part of the seat cushion is in a higher position than a rear part of the seat cushion and a seating surface of the seat cushion and a front surface of the seat back face each other, wherein
the support leg has a right erect part, a left erect part and a connecting member,
the right erect part and the left erect part are provided on right and left sides of the seat cushion and are located so as to extend along an upward/downward direction with the seat cushion set in the seating position,
the connecting member extends along a right/left direction and connects a lower end of the right erect part and a lower end of the left erect part,
a respective leg holding member is located on a part of each of the slide mechanisms which moves along with the seat cushion and the seat back, the leg holding member being disposed to hold the connecting member of the support leg between the right erect part and the left erect part.

US Pat. No. 10,457,165

PROVIDING A NOTIFICATION TO AN OCCUPANT USING A VEHICLE SEAT

1. A system for providing a notification of an upcoming acceleration to an occupant of a vehicle on a roadway, the system comprising:a camera, configured to monitor the occupant;
a seat;
one or more seat actuators, the one or more seat actuators being operatively connected to the seat;
a processor operatively connected to the one or more seat actuators; and
a memory operatively connected to the processor, the memory storing:
an acceleration identification module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
identify a direction and magnitude of vehicle acceleration corresponding to a maneuver associated with the vehicle;
a state tracking module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
track a state of the occupant based on data received from the camera; and
determine, based on the received data, whether a gaze of the occupant is directed towards the roadway; and
a seat actuation module including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to
determine a seat acceleration rate, relative to the vehicle, in a direction corresponding to the direction of the vehicle acceleration, the seat acceleration rate based on the magnitude of the vehicle acceleration for the maneuver and the state of the occupant, wherein the seat acceleration rate includes a first seat acceleration rate when the gaze of the occupant is not directed towards the roadway and a second seat acceleration rate when the gaze of the occupant is directed towards the roadway, the first seat acceleration rate being different than the second seat acceleration rate; and
generate a signal to activate the one or more seat actuators to move the seat at the determined seat acceleration rate.

US Pat. No. 10,457,164

SEAT-OCCUPANCY AND OCCUPANT-CLASS DETECTOR FOR MOTOR-VEHICLE SEAT

1. A seat-occupancy and occupant-class detector for a vehicle seat having a back part and a seat part, the detector comprising:an insulated but conductive surface element mounted on the seat part of the vehicle seat roughly parallel to a seat cushion thereof;
signal-generating means for feeding to the surface element an electrical measuring signal forming an electrical field extending from the seat part into the back part; and
first and second receiving electrodes in the backrest at different spacings from the surface element but vertically level with each other such that the field formed by the surface element induces different voltages in the receiving electrodes;
a third electrode vertically offset in the seat back from the first and second electrodes and at a different spacing from the surface element than the first and second electrodes; and
evaluating means connected to the first and second electrodes for forming a quotient from the voltages induced therein, whereby the quotient indicates whether or not the seat is occupied, the evaluating means also being connected to the third electrode and comparing the voltages induced in the second and third electrodes to determine whether an occupant of the seat is oriented parallel to the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,457,163

OCCUPANT DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. A system for classifying an occupant of a vehicle seat comprising:a sensing electrode located in in the seat;
a sensing circuit configured to provide a current to the sensing electrode;
wherein the sensing circuit is configured to measure a quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode;
a controller that is configured to detect and classify the occupant by comparing a measure of the quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode to a threshold; and
wherein the measure of the quadrature component of the current provided to the sensing electrode is adjusted by an offset value that varies based on a value of a non-volatile counter, and wherein the value of the non-volatile counter is based on the number of times that an occupant is detected to be sitting in the vehicle seat.

US Pat. No. 10,457,162

VEHICULAR OCCUPANT DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular occupant determination apparatus comprising:a load detection portion that detects a load of either a left part or a right part of a seat portion of a vehicle seat in a vehicle;
an occupant determination portion, provided in at least one ECU, that determines any one of occupant types on the vehicle seat based on the load detected by the load detection portion, and maintains or transits a determination result of the occupant types;
an acceleration detection portion that detects an acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, the acceleration being generated in the vehicle;
a transition prohibition portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that prohibits a transition of the determination result of the occupant types in a transition prohibition state;
a drive state detection portion that detects a drive state of the vehicle to generate a detection value;
a prohibition release portion, provided in the at least one ECU, that releases the transition prohibition state so as to enable the transition of the determination result: and
a buckle switch that detects a wearing of a seatbelt by an occupant,
wherein:
the at least one ECU determines whether the acceleration in the width direction is greater than a predetermined acceleration threshold,
the at least one ECU also determines whether the vehicle is driving based on the detection value from the drive state detection portion,
the at least one ECU further also determines whether the wearing of the seatbelt is performed based on a signal from the buckle switch, and
the prohibition release portion permits the determination result to transit in response to a determination that the acceleration in the width direction is greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold, a determination that the vehicle stops and a determination that the seatbelt is not worn.

US Pat. No. 10,457,161

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UNATTENDED CHILD DETECTION

1. A method for ascertaining whether a sleeping child is present within an automotive vehicle using a radar sensor system, the radar sensor system comprising a transmitter, at least one sensor, and processing circuitry, the method comprising:illuminating, using the transmitter, at least one occupiable position within the vehicle with radiation, the radiation exhibiting at least one frequency;
generating, using at least one sensor, radar sensor signals from radiation reflected as a result of the transmitted radiation; and
carrying out, using the processing circuitry, the following steps:
generating, based on the radar sensor signals, a first indicator value, the first indicator value indicating a degree of motion associated with the occupiable position;
determining whether the first indicator value satisfies a first predetermined criteria;
when the first indicator value satisfies the first predetermined criteria, generating, based on radar sensor signals, a second indicator value indicating a degree of repetitive pattern within the radar sensor signals, wherein the second indicator value is, or is derived from, the product of multiple breathing indices, each breathing index being related to breathing rate; and
determining that the sleeping child is present with respect to the at least one occupiable position within the automotive vehicle if the second indicator value satisfies a second predetermined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,457,160

POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A power control device for a vehicle in which an electric motor for driving the vehicle to travel is supplied with power from a battery and a power generation unit configured to consume fuel to generate power, the power control device comprising:a remaining fuel amount detection unit configured to detect a remaining fuel amount of the power generation unit that supplies power to the electric motor driving the vehicle;
a power generation start determination unit configured to perform a power generation start determination of the power generation unit;
a power generation control unit configured to control a power generation output of the power generation unit; and
a charging rate detection unit configured to detect a current charging rate of the battery,
wherein the power generation control unit sets a target charging rate of the battery in such a manner that the target charging rate decreases as the remaining fuel amount decreases after the power generation start determination is performed, and controls the power generation output based on a difference between the target charging rate and the current charging rate, and
wherein the power generation control unit decreases the target charging rate in such a manner that the remaining fuel amount reaches an attainment target remaining fuel amount, which is a remaining fuel amount required when travelling of the vehicle ends, and the target charging rate reaches an attainment target charging rate, which is a charging rate remaining when traveling of the vehicle ends, simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,457,159

POWER SHARE CONVERTER FOR CONNECTING MULTIPLE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

Motiv Power Systems, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a first energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the first energy storage system is coupled to a zero-voltage reference node;
a second energy storage system having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the second terminal of the second energy storage system is coupled to the zero-voltage reference node;
a first power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the first power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the first energy storage system;
a second power converter having an ESS-side node and two share nodes, wherein the ESS-side node of the second power converter is coupled to the first terminal of the second energy storage system, wherein the first share node of the second power converter is coupled to the first share node of the first power converter, and wherein the second share node of the second power converter is coupled to the second share node of the first power converter; and
a power supply or load connected between at least one share node and the zero-voltage reference node, wherein each of the first power converter and the second power converter is configured to withstand less than a maximum ESS voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,457,158

VEHICLE ARCHITECTURES, ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR ARBITRATING VEHICLE CHARGING

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for managing charging of an electrical storage unit of a motor vehicle at a vehicle charging station, the motor vehicle having wireless and wired charging interfaces both electrically connected to the electrical storage unit, the method comprising:determining, via a vehicle controller, if the wireless charging interface of the motor vehicle is available for wireless power transfer, including determining if the wireless charging interface is present, malfunctioning, and/or operatively aligned for wireless power transfer;
determining, via the vehicle controller, whether or not the vehicle charging station has an electrical connector and/or the electrical connector is coupled to the wired charging interface of the motor vehicle, the electrical connector including a button configured to physically secure the electrical connector to the wired charging interface;
responsive to the electrical connector being coupled to the wired charging interface, determining a duration of time during which the button is depressed;
responsive to a determination that the vehicle charging station has the electrical connector and/or the electrical connector is coupled to the wired charging interface, initiating a wired charge power mode; and
responsive to a determination that the wireless charging interface is available for power transfer and a determination that the duration of time the button is depressed is greater than a calibrated time period, initiating a wireless charge power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,457,157

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A motor drive device comprising:an electric motor;
a controller configured to control a torque of the electric motor, or a quantity of state corresponding to the torque; and
a torque transmitter configured to transmit the torque of the electric motor to a wheel of a vehicle, wherein
the controller includes a torque fluctuation inhibiting section configured to inhibit torque fluctuation in the electric motor, and
the torque fluctuation inhibiting section includes an execution determination section configured to determine whether or not to inhibit the torque fluctuation in the electric motor, based on a result of comparison between an estimated value of a torque fluctuation frequency in the electric motor, and one or both of transmission characteristics of the torque transmitter and vibration characteristics in the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,156

VEHICLE POWER SOURCE SYSTEM AND COOLING CIRCUIT

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

1. A vehicle power source system comprising:a high-voltage battery;
a high-voltage system equipment having a DC-DC converter and a charger; and
a cooling circuit having a high-voltage battery cooling unit for cooling the high-voltage battery, a DC-DC converter cooling unit for cooling the DC-DC converter, and a charger cooling unit for cooling the charger, wherein
in the cooling circuit, the DC-DC converter cooling unit and the charger cooling unit are disposed in parallel on a downstream side of the high-voltage battery cooling unit,
the cooling circuit has a flow rate control device on an upstream side of the DC-DC converter cooling unit,
the flow rate control device is disposed between a branch portion where a flow to the DC-DC converter cooling unit and a flow to the charger cooling unit are branched off, and the DC-DC converter cooling unit, and
the flow rate control device is not disposed between the branch portion and the charger cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,155

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE LOW-VOLTAGE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charging system for a vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to, responsive to receiving parameters indicative of a full charge level of a traction battery and a depleted charge level of an auxiliary battery coupled to a power converter while a charger is coupled to a power source, decouple the traction battery from the power converter and the charger and reduce a charger output voltage supplied to the power converter to charge the auxiliary battery.

US Pat. No. 10,457,154

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A PARAMETER MAP FOR ESTIMATING AN OPERATION CONDITION OF AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A method for determining a parameter map using a processor and associated memory, the parameter map used for estimating an operation condition for an energy storage device comprising a battery for an electric vehicle or a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:receiving from a sensor a parameter value related to an operation condition of the energy storage device;
determining a first parameter value of a parameter related to the operation condition of the energy storage device and a variance of the first parameter value, the first parameter value being related to a current operating point of a parameter map comprising at least two operating points each having a related parameter value of the parameter;
for the current operating point, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of the first parameter value, the update being an update over time;
for at least a portion of operating points of the parameter map, estimating an updated parameter value and an updated variance of each of the parameter values using a correlation model including correlation between the parameter value at the current operating point and each of the parameter values at the operating points in the portion of operating points in the parameter map;
based on the updated parameter values and updated variances, updating the parameter map by replacing the parameter values with the updated parameter values and the variances with the updated variances at the respective operating point;
estimating the operation condition of the energy storage device based on the updated parameter map; and
controlling an energy storage device current based on the estimated operation condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,153

CHARGING STATION SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH INTERCONNECTIONS BETWEEN POWER AND COOLING MAIN COMPONENTS

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

1. A charging station system comprising:at least one housing;
a plurality of main components located inside the at least one housing and including:
a first main component having a first power supply module to output a first direct current line branch and a second power supply module to output a second direct current line branch, wherein the first main component and the second main component are configured to be connected to a transformation station to receive an alternating current input;
a second main component having:
a first cooling module that includes a first coolant line with a first cooling power, and
a second cooling module that includes a second coolant line with a second cooling power that is same or different from the first cooling power;
a first charging pole connected to the first cooling module of the second main component by the first coolant line; and
a second charging pole connected to the second cooling module of the second main component by the second coolant line;
wherein:
each one of the first cooling module and the second cooling module is configured to cool a maximum of three power supply modules together with three charging poles,
the first charging pole is connected to the first power supply module of the first main component by the first direct current line branch, and
the second charging pole is connected to the second power supply module of the second main component by the second direct current line branch.

US Pat. No. 10,457,152

CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING METHOD

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A charging system, comprising:a charging apparatus; and
at least one guiding apparatus, comprising at least one light emitting device provided in at least one target apparatus;
wherein the charging apparatus moves to a charging location according to a light emitting state of the light emitting device, to charge the target apparatus;
wherein the charging apparatus determines a battery power of the target apparatus according to a light emitting pattern of the light emitting device.

US Pat. No. 10,457,151

POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A power conversion apparatus, comprising:a main battery;
a power converter having a plurality of conversion modules connected in parallel to each other for executing a high power conversion mode that generates a high power and a low power conversion mode that generates a low power using an input power from the main battery;
an auxiliary battery configured to receive and charge the low power; and
an inverter configured to convert the high power to a driving power to drive a motor,
wherein one conversion module among the plurality of the conversion modules operates in the low power conversion mode and the other conversion modules operate in the high power conversion mode, when the high power conversion mode and the low power conversion mode are executed simultaneously,
wherein all of the plurality of conversion modules operate in the high power conversion mode when only the high power conversion mode is executed,
wherein the main battery includes a plurality of main batteries connected in series,
wherein the power converter is a bi-directional converter in the high power conversion mode,
wherein the high power conversion mode is executed with the lower power conversion mode simultaneously or alone,
wherein the low power conversion mode is executed when an electrical load is used, and
wherein the plurality of conversion modules all have the same function.

US Pat. No. 10,457,150

VOLTAGE STACK-UP CONVERTER FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an isolated power converter with input terminals coupled to a power source;
a load coupled across a series combination of an output of the isolated power converter and the power source; and
a controller programmed to operate the isolated power converter such that a ratio of power delivered to the input terminals of the isolated power converter to a total power delivered to the load is less than a predetermined ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,457,149

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission device, comprising:a power transmission unit configured to contactlessly transmit electric power to a vehicle;
a communication device configured to communicate with the vehicle,
the vehicle including a resonance circuit for power reception configured to contactlessly receive the electric power output from the power transmission unit,
the power transmission unit being configured to be able to form a plurality of resonance circuits for power transmission having circuit configurations different from each other,
the communication device being configured to receive information about the resonance circuit for power reception from the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the power transmission unit to form a resonance circuit in the power transmission unit based on the information from the vehicle received by the communication device,
the power transmission unit including a switching circuit for selectively forming a resonance circuit for power transmission having any of an S configuration, a P configuration, an SP configuration, and a PS configuration,
each of the resonance circuit for power reception and the plural kinds of resonance circuit for power transmission including a coil and a capacitor,
in the S configuration, a capacitor is connected in series with the coil,
in the P configuration, a capacitor is connected in parallel with the coil,
in the SP configuration, another capacitor is connected in series with a circuit having the P configuration, and
in the PS configuration, another capacitor is connected in parallel with a circuit having the S configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,457,148

SOLAR CAR

EPIC BATTERY INC., Fremo...

1. A solar car comprising:a structural frame;
an electric motor;
a battery to power the electric motor; and
a solar car panel coupled to the structural frame, the solar car panel forming an exterior surface of the solar car, and the solar car panel including:
a solar cell to charge the battery, wherein the solar cell has a three-dimensional shape that corresponds to the exterior surface of the solar car;
a first encapsulant layer that at least partially encapsulates the solar cell, wherein the first encapsulant layer includes polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE);
a second encapsulant layer on the first encapsulant layer, wherein the second encapsulant layer at least partially encapsulates the solar cell, and wherein the second encapsulant layer includes silicone; and
a third encapsulant layer on the second encapsulant layer, wherein the third encapsulant layer at least partially encapsulates the solar cell, and wherein the third encapsulant layer includes glass.

US Pat. No. 10,457,147

CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES TRAVELING ON INDUCTIVE ROADWAY TO INFLUENCE ELECTRICAL GRID

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for influencing the efficiency of an electrical grid, comprising:coordinating operation of a first electrified vehicle and a second electrified vehicle traveling along an inductive roadway and having opposite power needs in a manner that influences an amount of energy supplied by the electrical grid during an inductive roadway event; and
adding energy from the first electrified vehicle to the inductive roadway and then from the inductive roadway to the second electrified vehicle when the first electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power absorption of the inductive roadway and the second electrified vehicle is traveling along an area of expected power usage of the inductive roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,457,146

VEHICLE INTERIOR PANEL WITH THERMAL FEEDBACK

Faurecia Interior Systems...

1. A panel for use in an interior of a vehicle, the panel comprising:an outer surface that faces the interior of the vehicle when installed in the vehicle, the outer surface having an interaction area; and
a heat transfer device in thermal communication with the interaction area,
wherein the panel is configured to communicate information about a vehicle system to an occupant of the vehicle when the occupant touches the interaction area via a perceptible temperature differential between the interaction area and an adjacent area of the outer surface, the heat transfer device being operable to provide the temperature differential,
wherein the panel is a touch panel configured to change an operating parameter of the vehicle system in response to the occupant touching the outer surface, wherein the heat transfer device operates to change the temperature of the interaction area to communicate the changed operating parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,457,145

METHOD OF DETERMINING AND PREVENTING A DRIVER MISUSE IN A REAR AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of determining and preventing driver misuse in a rear automatic braking system of a motor vehicle having an automatic transmission and a brake pedal, the method comprising:a. detecting the automatic transmission being shifted to reverse;
b. detecting rearward movement of the vehicle after the transmission is shifted to reverse;
c. if the vehicle is detected as moving rearwardly after the transmission is shifted to reverse, starting a first timer, the first timer being a total reverse timer and which is a tabulation of the total amount of time that the transmission is in reverse;
d. when the first total reverse timer is started, simultaneously starting a second timer, the second timer being a no brake applied timer, which is a tabulation of the time that the transmission is in reverse with the vehicle moving rearwardly without the brake pedal being depressed;
e. after the second timer is started and while the vehicle is moving rearwardly detecting a vehicle brake actuation;
f. when the vehicle brake is actuated, stopping the second, no brake applied timer;
g. detecting when rearward movement of the vehicle has stopped responsive to brake actuation and thereafter, detecting the automatic transmission being shifted from reverse to either drive or park;
h. when rearward movement has stopped and when the transmission has been shifted to either park or drive, dividing the value of the second, no brake applied timer by the value of the first, total reverse Method of Determining and Preventing a Driver Misuse in a Rear Automatic Braking System timer to obtain a ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time;
i. determining whether the ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time is greater than a predetermined threshold value;
j. incrementing a no brake assist counter when the ratio of the no brake applied time to the total reverse time is less than a predetermined threshold value;
k. storing the value of the no brake assist counter in a non-transitory memory device;
l. repeating steps a.-j. each time the vehicle transmission is shifted to reverse;
m. when the no brake assist counter value exceeds a second predetermined threshold, displaying an alarm message on an indicator visible to an operator of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,457,144

REAL TIME PREDICTION DEVICE

1. A real time prediction device comprisinga means to acquire data from inside or outside a human being for one or more time periods in the past to obtain an acquired data set, wherein the data is a level of drowsiness or an ocular parameter indicative for drowsiness,
a computer means configured to model the acquired data set as a geometric Brownian motion (GBM) random process model or an Ito process (IP) random process model to obtain a fitted random process model,
a computer means configured to predict in real time a state of drowsiness of the human being using the fitted random process model to obtain a predicted state of drowsiness of the human being, and
an output for processed data or the predicted state.

US Pat. No. 10,457,143

FASTENING STRUCTURE AND ACCELERATOR PEDAL DEVICE USING SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fastening structure comprising:a first fastened member that includes a portion defining a threaded hole;
a second fastened member that is combined with the first fastened member, the second fastened member includes a screw insertion hole, and the second fastened member includes an annular space between an edge of the screw insertion hole and an edge of the threaded hole; and
a screw that is inserted into the screw insertion hole from a side of the second fastened member facing away from the first fastened member, the screw being screwed into the threaded hole to fasten the first fastened member and the second fastened member,
the second fastened member includes a head receiving portion that receives and supports a head of the screw at a bottom of the head receiving portion,
the second fastened member includes a recess portion with a diameter larger than a diameter of the screw insertion hole,
the screw insertion hole extends between a bottom of the recess portion and the bottom of the head receiving portion,
a thickness of the head receiving portion in an axial direction of the screw is smaller than a length of the threaded hole of the first fastened member in the axial direction of the screw,
an inner diameter of the annular space is larger than an outer diameter of the head of the screw,
the first fastened member includes a position fixing projection with a diameter larger than the diameter of the screw insertion hole,
the position fixing projection is fitted into the recess portion,
the annular space is also between the position fixing projection and the head receiving portion,
the position fixing projection and the portion defining the threaded hole are a first unitary component made of resin, and
the recess portion and the head receiving portion are a second unitary component made of resin.

US Pat. No. 10,457,142

VARIABLE SPEED ONBOARD AUXILIARY POWER SYSTEM FOR AN AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An auxiliary power system for an agricultural implement, comprising:a variable speed hydraulic drive motor configured for receiving hydraulic oil from a tow vehicle;
an electric alternator coupled with and driven by the hydraulic drive motor;
at least one auxiliary electrical component, onboard the implement, which is coupled with and adapted to receive electrical power from the alternator;
at least one load indicator for indicating a dynamic cumulative electrical load of the at least one auxiliary electrical component; and
an electrical processing circuit coupled with the at least one load indicator and the hydraulic drive motor, the electrical processing circuit being configured to vary the speed of the hydraulic drive motor, dependent on the indicated dynamic cumulative electrical load,
wherein the electrical processing circuit
compares the indicated dynamic cumulative electrical load with an instantaneous output level from the alternator; and
if the dynamic cumulative electrical load is greater than the instantaneous output level from the alternator, then increases the operating speed of the hydraulic drive motor to thereby increase the output level from the alternator; or
if the dynamic cumulative electrical load is less than the instantaneous output level from the alternator, then decreases the operating speed of the hydraulic drive motor to thereby decrease the output level from the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,141

CONTROL METHOD FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, CONTROL APPARATUS FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE, AND FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle, the four-wheel drive vehicle including:a driving shaft configured to transmit a driving force of a drive source in a fore-and-aft direction of the vehicle;
a driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus configured to connect or disconnect the driving force from the drive source toward the driving shaft; and
a driving force transmission apparatus configured to transmit the driving force from the driving shaft toward wheels in a disconnectable and adjustable manner,
the four-wheel drive vehicle being configured such that the driving force is transmitted to the wheels via the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus in a four-wheel drive mode and the transmission of the driving force that is performed by both of the driving force connecting/disconnecting apparatus and the driving force transmission apparatus is interrupted in a two-wheel drive mode, wherein
the driving force transmission apparatus includes:
a first rotational member configured to rotate along with rotation of the driving shaft, the first rotational member including a first meshing portion;
a second rotational member arranged so as to be coaxially rotatable relative to the first rotational member;
a friction clutch configured to transmit the driving force between an output rotational member and the second rotational member, the output rotational member being configured to output the driving force toward the wheels;
a friction member configured such that its rotation relative to one rotational member out of the first rotational member and the second rotational member is restricted, and configured to generate a frictional force by being brought into contact with the other rotational member;
a clutch member fitted to an external portion of the second rotational member, the clutch member including a second meshing portion configured to directly mesh with the first meshing portion; and
a movement mechanism configured to move the friction member and the clutch member relative to the first rotational member and the second rotational member, and
the clutch member is movable between a coupled position where the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion are meshed to couple the first rotational member and the second rotational member so that the first rotational member and the second rotational member are not rotatable relative to each other and a decoupled position where at least one of the first meshing portion and the second meshing portion is not meshed to allow the first rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other,
the control method for a four-wheel drive vehicle comprising, when the two-wheel drive mode is switched to the four-wheel drive mode while the four-wheel drive vehicle is traveling, reducing a difference in rotation speeds of the first rotational member and the second rotational member by the frictional force between the friction member and the other rotational member, and then moving the clutch member from the decoupled position to the coupled position in a state in which an engagement force of the friction clutch is set to an engagement force that allows the output rotational member and the second rotational member to rotate relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,457,140

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
at least one seat coupled to the frame for a rider;
a pair of front wheels operably coupled to the frame;
a pair of rear wheels operably coupled to the frame;
a rear suspension including right and left lower control arms, each lower control arm having an inner pivot coupling operably coupled to the frame and an outer pivot coupling operably coupled to one of the rear wheels;
the rear suspension further includes right and left upper control arms, each upper control arm having an inner pivot coupling operably coupled to the frame and an outer pivot coupling operably coupled to one of the rear wheels;
an engine coupled to the frame including at least one cylinder and a crankshaft driven by the at least one cylinder, the engine having an output shaft;
a continuously variable transmission (CVT) having a drive clutch and a driven clutch, the drive clutch being rotatable along a first axis and the driven clutch being rotatable along a second axis, with the engine being coupled to the drive clutch and the first axis is parallel to the second axis;
a transmission having an input shaft driven by the driven clutch and being rotatable along the second axis, a second shaft being rotatable along a third axis, the third axis is parallel to the first axis, a first shaft drivingly coupled to the rear wheels and being rotatable along a fourth axis, a third shaft drivingly coupled to the front wheels through a front drive shaft coupled to the third shaft at a first connection, the third shaft being rotatable along a fifth axis, the first connection being in a non-intersecting relationship with the fourth axis, a first gear carried by the first shaft and a second gear carried by the third shaft, the second gear being intermeshed and directly coupled with the first gear, wherein the fourth axis is spaced apart and parallel to the first axis, and the fifth axis is spaced apart and parallel to the fourth axis.

US Pat. No. 10,457,139

FUEL CAP AND SPRING ASSEMBLY

1. A fuel tank cap comprising:a body that defines a top expanse;
a shoulder extending downwardly from said top expanse, said shoulder defining a slot therein and an interior of said body;
a biasing member having at least a portion of said biasing member positioned within said slot;
a fastening device extending through said shoulder, extending through said slot, and extending through said biasing member so as to secure said biasing member within said slot, and said fastening device extending inwardly into said interior of said body;
wherein said biasing member includes a second portion extending outwardly from said slot and into said interior of said body in a nominal, unbiased condition, and wherein said second portion of said biasing member is positioned within said slot in a biased condition.

US Pat. No. 10,457,138

SELF-SEALING LIQUID BLADDERS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A self-sealing liquid bladder comprising a liquid bladder having a plurality of layers defining a volume, wherein the layers include a hydrocarbon impermeable material layer that is inert to a liquid hydrocarbon and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer and that is separated from the volume by the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer, wherein the at least one sealing layer includes a plurality of shape changing structures that change geometry upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon in the bladder, wherein the plurality of shape changing structures are a plurality of fibers that include a first material that is a liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material capable of expanding upon absorption of the liquid hydrocarbon, wherein the liquid hydrocarbon absorbent material is selected from one or more of hydrocarbon encapsulated polymers, plant fibers, synthetic elastomers, super absorbent polymers, and polyolefins, and wherein the plurality of fibers is capable of expanding as a result of the first material absorbing the liquid hydrocarbon to a size sufficient to at least partially fill a hole in the hydrocarbon impermeable material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,457,137

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING OPENING/CLOSING OF SHUTTER FOR VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A system for controlling opening/closing of a shutter for a vehicle, the shutter being disposed at an opening section through which outside air is introduced into a driving source housing chamber that houses a driving source of the vehicle, the system comprising:a temperature sensor that detects a temperature in the driving source housing chamber or a temperature of the driving source; and
a control device configured to provide:
an opening/closing control unit that brings the shutter into an open state when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit exceeds a predetermined threshold, and brings the shutter into a closed state when the temperature is equal to or lower than the threshold; and
a traveling state predicting unit that includes a map information acquiring section that acquires map information related to a map around the vehicle, and a path information acquiring section that acquires path information related to paths on which the vehicle travels, and predicts a traveling state of the vehicle after a lapse of a predetermined time based on the map information acquired by the map information acquiring section and the path information acquired by the path information acquiring section,
the opening/closing control unit including a threshold changing section that changes the threshold based on the traveling state of the vehicle after the lapse of the predetermined time predicted by the traveling state predicting unit,
wherein the traveling state predicting unit includes a prediction period changing section that changes a prediction period with which the traveling state of the vehicle is predicted, based on the map information and the path information, and
wherein the prediction period changing section sets the prediction period to be shorter than normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle frequently changes is made, and sets the prediction period to be longer than the normal time when a prediction that the traveling state of the vehicle is monotonous is made.

US Pat. No. 10,457,136

SINGLE SHOT INJECTION MOLDED ARTICLE

GDC, Inc., Goshen, IN (U...

1. A baffle for regulating air flow around a radiator in a vehicle, the baffle comprising a substantially planar base portion, an edge portion for contacting a surface of the radiator, and a transition portion between the base portion and the edge portion, the base portion and the edge portion being of monolithic construction, the base portion having a base portion thickness, and the edge portion having an edge portion thickness that is less than the base portion thickness and wherein the baffle includes a substantially continuous taper down in thickness from the base portion through the transition portion to the edge portion, such that the edge portion deforms when it mates with the surface of the radiator while the base portion remains substantially rigid.

US Pat. No. 10,457,135

DUAL LOOP LIQUID COOLING OF INTEGRATED ELECTRIC DRIVETRAIN

CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENE...

1. An electric drivetrain system, comprising:an electric drivetrain of an electric vehicle, comprising an inverter component, a gearbox component and a motor component;
a first cooling system that uses ethylene glycol and water (EGW) based coolant, the first cooling system comprising:
an EGW coolant loop to pass the EGW based coolant through a series of components including a cold plate of the inverter component, a housing of the gearbox component, and a housing of the motor component to remove heat from the series of components;
a second cooling system that uses oil based coolant, the second cooling system comprising:
an oil coolant loop to distribute the oil based coolant to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the gearbox component, and from internal components and the housing of the motor component; and
an oil coolant pump to control a flow of the oil based coolant through the oil coolant loop; and
a heat exchanger to transfer heat from the oil coolant loop to the EGW coolant loop, away from the electric drivetrain, to a vehicle cooling system having a radiator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,134

ELECTROMECHANICAL VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, Os...

7. A vehicle, comprising:a dual-mode transmission comprising a first gear set having a first planetary gear carrier and a second gear set having a second planetary gear carrier;
a shaft at least selectively coupled to the first gear set;
a first motor/generator coupled to the first gear set;
a second motor/generator coupled to the second gear set; and
a drive axle coupled to the dual-mode transmission;
wherein during a low speed mode of operation of the vehicle the second motor/generator is coupled to the drive axle and disengaged from the shaft, and
wherein during a high speed mode of operation of the vehicle the second motor/generator is at least selectively coupled to the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,457,133

VEHICLE AND DRIVE CIRCUIT UNIT

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a motor;
a power source; and
a drive circuit unit configured to convert electric power from the power source and supply the converted electric power to the motor;
the drive circuit unit including:
a drive circuit configured to perform power conversion;
a first terminal electrically connected to the drive circuit, and which is configured to input or output electric power with respect to an exterior of the drive circuit unit via a first cable; and
a front protruding portion formed by extending a portion of a front side surface of the drive circuit unit in a forward direction in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
wherein the first terminal is disposed on the front protruding portion in an upwardly facing manner, at a more rearward position than a front end of the front protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,457,132

TWIN MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A vehicle, comprising:an engine including an engine block and an oil pan mounted to the engine block;
two rear wheels driven by the engine;
two front wheels not rotationally coupled to the engine;
two, independent, electric motors, where each motor of the two electric motors drives a different one of the two front wheels and is coupled to an opposite, different side of each of the oil pan and the engine block; and
two reduction gearboxes, each reduction gearbox coupled between and to each of an output of one of the two electric motors and one of the two front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,457,131

TRANSMISSION FOR ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE, ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE TRANSMISSION

Punch Flybrid Limited, N...

1. An energy storage and recovery system comprising an energy storage device coupled to a transmission for transmitting torque between the energy storage device and an energy source and/or sink, the transmission comprising a clutch control system and a transmission ratio adjuster, the transmission ratio adjuster including a first clutch and a second clutch in parallel with one another, each of the first and second clutches being arranged to transmit torque while slipping substantially continuously during a respective period when the other of the first and second clutches is not transmitting torque; andthe clutch control system being arranged to control the first and second clutches so as to transfer drive from one of the first and second clutches to the other by reducing the torque transmitted by said one of the first and second clutches at the same time as increasing the torque transmitted by the other of the first and second clutches so that there is a period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping, and controlling the first and second clutches so as to keep the total torque transmitted to the energy source/sink by the first and second clutches substantially at a predefined level or within a predetermined range throughout the said period of time in which both of the first and second clutches transmit torque while slipping.

US Pat. No. 10,457,130

LOCK BODY ASSEMBLY, POWER BATTERY, LOCK-UP MECHANISM AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF, AND VEHICLE

NIO NEXTEV LIMITED, Hong...

1. A lock assembly for a battery lock-up mechanism, wherein the battery lock-up mechanism further comprises a fixing assembly for connecting to a new energy vehicle, the lock assembly comprising:a hollow casing which is opened at a bottom end and has a first through hole at a top end;
a stop end plate formed with a second through-hole at the center of the stop end plate and formed with a groove in an indexed arrangement that passes through the second through-hole, the stop end plate and the casing engaging with each other to define an accommodation space; and
a hollow central pull shaft having a columnar portion, a lug portion, and a flange portion between the columnar portion and the lug portion, the columnar portion having a closed top end that passes through the second through hole of the stop end plate and the first through hole of the casing, the closed top end having a first connection structure for engaging with a second connection structure on the fixing assembly for restricting a relative axial movement of the fixing assembly and the lock assembly, the columnar portion being formed with a radially penetrating notch at a position adjacent to the flange portion, and the flange portion having a diameter larger than a diameter of the columnar portion and a diameter of the lug portion, and also larger than a diameter of the second through hole;
the lock assembly further comprises a return spring, a push rod and a locking pin, wherein:
the return spring is positioned in the hollow central pull shaft, one end of the push rod has a radially penetrating third through hole and extends into the hollow central pull shaft, another end of the push rod extends out of the hollow central pull shaft from the lug portion of the hollow central pull shaft, the return spring urges the push rod, and the locking pin passes through the radially penetrating notch of the columnar portion of the hollow central pull shaft and the radially penetrating third through hole of the push rod in the accommodation space.

US Pat. No. 10,457,129

MULTI CONFIGURABLE HALF TOP ASSEMBLY

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A top system for a four-door Jeep type vehicle having a cargo area rear of a rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cargo area juxtaposing rear wheel wells of said vehicle, said cargo area being closed by a pivotal rear cargo gate, said vehicle having parallel spaced roll bars with a horizontal portion adjacent at least a rear seating portion of said vehicle and said roll bars having an inclined portion slanted towards said cargo area, said top comprising:parallel spaced apart C pillars, said C pillars including a front vertical column and a rear vertical column, said rear column having a perpendicularly connected seat belt pass-through extending towards a longitudinal centerline of said vehicle, said C pillars also having longitudinal extending bottom plates connecting said front and rear columns, said bottom plate extending beyond said rear column, and said C pillar also including a top plate connecting said front and rear columns along a top end of said front and rear columns and said C pillars including pivotally connected sealing plates for sealing a top end of a rear door, said sealing plates being connected to said C pillar front column and also being connected to said roll bars;
a vertical rear window extending between said C pillar rear columns, said rear window having a cutout portion for allowance of passage of a seat belt;
a fabric cover providing a top deck extending over a front and said rear seating portion of said vehicle, said cover also covering said C pillars and said rear window;
a rear bow connecting said C pillars' rear columns adjacent a bottom end of said columns; and
a tonneau cover for said rear cargo area providing a flat surface enclosure of said rear cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,457,128

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR A TRUCK BOX COVER

1. A truck box cover system comprising:a frame comprising a first cover member, a second cover member, and a third cover member;
a truck box comprising a first body panel, a second body panel, and a box end panel;
a plurality of assemblies operatively connected between the frame and the first and second body panels and configured to move the frame relative to the truck box between a first position and a second position;
a top supported by the frame; and
a continuous compliant member supported by and extending from the frame to the first body panel, the second body panel, and the box end panel;
whereby in the first position the frame, the first body panel, the second body panel, and the box end panel are juxtaposed and the compliant member is disposed within the first body panel and the second body panel; and
whereby in the second position the frame and is spaced from the first body panel, the second body panel, and the box end panel and the compliant member defines three walls.

US Pat. No. 10,457,127

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE CONNECTORS

1. A connector for a flexible substrate, comprising:a first connector piece including a first plurality of through holes;
a second connector piece including a second plurality of through holes, the second connector piece disposable in opposition to the first connector piece to align the first plurality of through holes and the second plurality of through holes to define, via the first plurality of through holes and the second plurality of through holes, a grommet, a plurality of first fastener receivers and a plurality of second fastener receivers; and
a channel, defined at least in part by the first connector piece, extending across the first connector piece,
wherein the plurality of first fastener receivers are disposed on a first side of the channel and the plurality of second fastener receivers are disposed on a second side of the channel,
wherein the first side of the channel corresponds to a position at which a flexible substrate is disposable between the first connector piece and the second connector piece, and
wherein the second side of the channel corresponds to a position at which a flexible substrate is not disposed between the first connector piece and the second connector piece.

US Pat. No. 10,457,126

OPEN-AIR CAR CANOPY AND COVER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. An open-air car canopy and cover assembly, the assembly comprising:a rotatable supporting bracket defined by a multiple ribs joined at a pivot portion, the pivot portion pivotally connecting the rotatable supporting bracket to an open rear section of an open-air car, the ribs supporting a upper panel, a rear panel, and a pair of side panels,
whereby the panels at least partially cover the open rear section the open-air car when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in a deployed position,
whereby the upper panel and the rear panel drape between the ribs when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position,
whereby the side panels are generally limp and folded when the rotatable supporting bracket is disposed in an undeployed position;
a tensioned hinge member fitted into the pivot portion of the rotatable supporting bracket, the tensioned hinge member creating tension at the pivot portion,
whereby the tension fixedly disposes the rotatable supporting bracket at or between the deployed and undeployed positions;
a roof mount detachably attaching the rotatable supporting bracket to a roof support structure of a roof on the open-air car, the roof mount being generally elongated, the roof mount comprising a first end having a curved flange hooking the roof support structure, the roof mount further having a second end defined by a channel;
a plurality of metallic tensioned hooks being defined by a mount end attached to the roof mount, the metallic tensioned hooks further being defined by a free end hooking the roof support structure, the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks and the curved flange of the roof mount engaging the roof support structure from opposite sides,
whereby the opposing positions of the curved flange and the free end of the metallic tensioned hooks creates tension that retains the rotatable supporting bracket to the roof support structure;
an upper pocket encapsulating the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket in the undeployed position,
whereby the upper pocket helps retain the upper panel and the rotatable supporting bracket near the roof support structure;
a rear flap extending from the rear panel of the canopy, the rear flap being defined by a lower hem having a plurality of rear flap fastening members, the rear flap being foldable towards the roof,
whereby the rear flap carries the rear panel for attachment to the roof support structure,
whereby the rear flap fastening members detachably couple to the metallic tensioned hooks or near the roof support structure; and
a pair of lateral flaps extending from the side panels of the canopy, the lateral flaps being defined by a hem having a plurality of lateral fasteners, the lateral flaps being foldable rearwardly towards the rear section of the open-air car,
whereby the lateral flaps carry the side panels for attachment to the rear panel,
whereby the lateral fasteners detachably couple to corresponding fasteners at or near the rear panel.

US Pat. No. 10,457,125

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TEMPORARY CARGO BED COVER

Michael DelCharco, Jacks...

1. A method of sealing a cargo bed of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:a) extending a first sheet of a membrane with an adhesive layer on a first side of the membrane across a cargo bed to a first receiving surface comprising a side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed;
b) affixing the first sheet of the membrane to the first receiving surface of the cargo bed by applying pressure to a second side of the first sheet of membrane thereby adhering the adhesive layer to the first receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed;
c) extending a second sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a second receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed thereby covering at least a portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane with a portion of the second sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane;
d) applying pressure to the second side of the second sheet of membrane towards the second receiving surface thereby adhering the second sheet of membrane to the second receiving surface and also adhering a portion of the second sheet of membrane to the overlap portion of the first sheet of membrane;
e) extending a third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane across the cargo bed to a third receiving surface comprising the side extension generally perpendicular to the cargo bed and proximate to the cargo bed, thereby covering a third portion of the cargo bed and covering an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane with a portion of the third sheet of membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane; and
f) adhering a third sheet of the membrane with an adhesive layer on the first side of the membrane to a third receiving surface proximate to the cargo bed and to an overlap portion of the second sheet of membrane by applying pressure to a second side of the second portion of membrane towards the third receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,124

MODIFIED RETRACTABLE TONNEAU COVER

ROLL-N-LOCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A retractable tonneau cover comprising:a pair of side rails;
a plurality of connected slats extending between the side rails;
a circular drive cog configured to mate with the plurality of connected slats in order to retract and/or extend the plurality of connected slats along the pair of side rails between an extended position and a retracted position, the circular drive cog configured to mate with a motor drive reel on an inner surface, and the circular drive cog having a diameter of approximately 2 inches or less;
a motor within the motor drive reel and configured to rotate the circular drive cog;
a spring reel comprising a spring, the spring reel connected to an end of the plurality of connected slats and configured to provide tension onto the plurality of connected slats in a direction opposite to a direction of movement of the plurality of connected slats to the extended position; and
a housing configured to contain the circular drive cog, the motor, the spring reel, and at least a portion of the plurality of connected slats in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,457,123

EXTRUDED REINFORCEMENT BEAM HAVING PROGRAMMED DEFORMATION

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA, Pois...

1. A method for producing a reinforcement beam for a vehicle comprising at least one weak zone arranged in such a way that the bending resistance of the beam is less in said weak zone than in the rest of the beam,wherein the method comprises, in order:
a step of extruding a profile part,
a step of cutting the profile part so as to obtain at least one profile segment, and
a step of locally modifying the cross-sectional geometry of the segment of the profile part by locally pressing against a side surface of the segment such that at least one cross-sectional dimension of the segment at the site of the local modification is shortened relative to a corresponding cross-sectional dimension of the segment adjacent the site of local modification, whereby the step of locally modifying the cross-sectional geometry of the segment creates the at least one weak zone in said segment.

US Pat. No. 10,457,122

VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD TO REDUCE BUFFETING AND GENERATE DOWNFORCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle flow influencing assembly, comprising:a downforce generator laterally between a window sail of a vehicle and a side mirror of the vehicle, the downforce generator aligned along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle with the window sail, the side mirror, and a mirror arm,
wherein the downforce generator extends longitudinally from a leading edge portion to a trailing edge portion, wherein the leading edge portion is disposed vertically between a vertically uppermost part of the side mirror and a vertically lowermost part of the side mirror, wherein the trailing edge portion is disposed vertically between the vertically uppermost part of the side mirror and the vertically lowermost part of the side mirror,
wherein a portion of the mirror arm extends along the longitudinal axis to a position that is forward of the leading edge portion of the downforce generator, wherein another portion of the mirror arm extends along the longitudinal axis to a position that is aft of the trailing edge portion of the downforce generator.

US Pat. No. 10,457,121

ENCAPSULATED FIXED WINDOW MODULE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

HUTCHINSON SEALING SYSTEM...

1. An encapsulated fixed window module for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fixed window pane having an exterior surface, an interior surface, and a peripheral edge extending between said exterior and interior surfaces,
an overmolded trim strip extending along at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip being secured by overmolding onto said at least a portion of said peripheral edge, said overmolded trim strip having an exterior edge, an interior edge, and peripheral edges extending between said exterior and interior edges, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, one of the peripheral edges of said overmolded trim strip covering at least in part said peripheral edge of said fixed window pane, and
at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, an esthetic component covering at least a portion of said exterior edge and extending along at least a portion of said overmolded trim strip, said esthetic component having an esthetic exterior face,
wherein, at least in a peripheral region of said fixed window pane, at least one of said exterior edge and said esthetic exterior face is substantially coplanar with said exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,457,120

AIR OUTLET FOR ARRANGEMENT IN THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An air outlet, comprising:an elongated housing having a flow channel;
an outflow element crossing the flow channel and rigidly arranged on a longitudinal end of the housing;
an insert pivotably mounted with an arched outer surface on a correspondingly formed arched section of an inner wall of the housing and arranged offset to the outflow element in the longitudinal direction of the housing;
an actuating element that protrudes into the flow channel pivotably mounted on the outflow element and mechanically coupled to the insert, the actuating element protrudes with an actuating end from the outflow element and is coupled to the insert with an opposite adjusting end; and
a throttle arranged upstream in the flow channel, the throttle coupled to the adjusting end via a first universal joint and a second universal joint, the first universal joint coupled to the second universal joint with a length compensation element, the second universal joint coupled to a control rod, the throttle including a plurality of fins each arranged parallel to each other and pivotably coupled to the housing, each fin of the plurality of fins having a rotational axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, each of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod such that a rotation of the actuating element pivots each of the plurality of fins relative to the housing, with a first pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a first driver and a second pair of the plurality of fins coupled to the control rod via a second driver, the control rod having a first end opposite a second end, the first end coupled to the first driver and the second end coupled to the second driver, the control rod extends along an axis that is transverse to the longitudinal direction of the housing, and the plurality of fins includes a first fin adjacent to a second fin, a third fin adjacent to a fourth fin, the second fin adjacent to the third fin, with the first driver coupled to the first fin and the third fin via at least one first extension arm and the second driver coupled to the second fin and the fourth fin via at least one second extension arm.

US Pat. No. 10,457,119

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon-s...

1. An air conditioning system for motor vehicles, comprising:a blower configured to blow an air into a vehicle room;
a PTC heater configured to heat the air blown into the vehicle room, the PTC heater having a heat generation amount adjusted by PWM duty ratio control;
a blower air volume change amount measurement unit configured to measure a blower air volume change amount per unit time during a predetermined time period starting from a time point at which the air volume of the blower per unit time is initially changed; and
a controller configured to correct a PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit,
wherein the controller is configured to receive an air volume control signal from an air volume change detection unit upon a determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time,
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the air volume of the blower has been changed per unit time and that the heat generation amount of the PTC heater is to be changed upon an inputting of the air volume control signal to the controller from the air volume change detection unit,
wherein, upon the controller determining the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, the controller is configured to enter a heater precedent control mode,
wherein the heater precedent control mode includes the controller configured to detecting a PWM duty ratio compensation value corresponding to the blower air volume change per unit time measured by the blower air volume change amount measurement unit, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, correct the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater in view of the blower air volume change amount per unit time and the PWM duty ratio of the PTC heater,
wherein the controller is configured to set a first target heating temperature based on an ejection air temperature of a vehicle room inputted from an ejection air temperature detection sensor and applies a PWM duty ratio corresponding to the first target heating temperature to the PTC heater, thereby controlling the heat generation amount of the PTC heater, and
wherein the controller is configured to, upon the determination that the air volume of the blower is changed per unit time, change the first target heating temperature to a second target heating temperature and control the heat generation amount of the PTC heater in conformity with the second target heating temperature before the ejection air temperature of the vehicle room is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,457,118

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first cooling loop including a compressor and a chiller;
a second cooling loop including a valve and an evaporator, and extending from an input side to an output side of the chiller on the first loop; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to operation of the chiller but not the evaporator, close and intermittently pulse open the valve each time a discharge pressure of the compressor exceeds a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,457,117

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, comprising:a pump configured to take in and discharge a heat medium;
a heat medium/air heat exchanger that regulates a temperature of ventilation air blown into a vehicle interior by conducting sensible-heat exchange between the ventilation air and the heat medium circulated by the pump;
a heat transfer device having a passage through which the heat medium flows and configured to conduct heat transfer with the heat medium circulated by the pump;
a compressor disposed to take in and discharge a refrigerant in a refrigeration cycle;
a heat medium/refrigerant heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange between the heat medium circulated by the pump and the refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle to regulate a temperature of the heat medium circulated by the pump; and
a controller configured to control a heat transfer amount with the heat medium in the heat transfer device or heat exchange capability of the heat medium/air heat exchanger such that a temperature of the ventilation air regulated by the heat medium/air heat exchanger approaches a first target temperature, wherein
the heat medium/refrigerant heat exchanger is disposed to heat the heat medium by performing heat exchange between the refrigerant discharged by the compressor and the heat medium,
the heat medium/air heat exchanger is disposed to heat the ventilation air by conducting sensible-heat exchange between the heat medium heated in the heat medium/refrigerant heat exchanger and the ventilation air, and
the controller is configured to
regulate a flow rate of the heat medium in at least one of the heat medium/air heat exchanger and the heat transfer device, and
regulate one of a flow rate of the refrigerant or the flow rate of the heat mediums such that the temperature of the ventilation air approaches the first target temperature, and regulate the other one of the flow rate of the refrigerant or the flow rate of the heat medium such that a temperature of the heat transfer device approaches a second target temperature,
when the first target temperature is higher than the second target temperature, the controller regulates the flow rate of the refrigerant such that the temperature of the ventilation air heated in the heat medium/air heat exchanger approaches the first target temperature, and the controller regulates the flow rate of the heat medium such that the temperature of the heat transfer device approaches the second target temperature, and
when the second target temperature is higher than the first target temperature, the controller regulates the flow rate of the refrigerant such that the temperature of the heat transfer device approaches the second target temperature, and the controller regulates the flow rate of the heat medium such that the temperature of the ventilation air heated in the heat medium/air heat exchanger approaches the first target temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,457,116

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a vehicle temperature control system, wherein the vehicle temperature control system comprises:a vehicle data bus;
a blower control unit in data exchange connection with the vehicle data bus for generating actuating commands at least for at least one vehicle blower;
an air-conditioning control unit in data exchange connection with the vehicle data bus for generating actuating commands at least for at least one air flow influencing unit, wherein the air-conditioning control unit is configured to receive actuating commands generated by the blower control unit at least for the at least one vehicle blower via the vehicle data bus and to actuate the at least one vehicle blower corresponding to the actuating commands received;
a vehicle heater providing heat to be transferred to the air to be introduced into a vehicle interior, wherein an operating device for inputting or generating or both inputting and generating information defining a heating operation to be carried out is associated with the vehicle heater, wherein the vehicle heater is in actuating connection with the blower control unit; and
a vehicle data bus disconnect unit for disconnecting the vehicle data bus such that a partial vehicle data bus permitting the data exchange connection between the blower control unit and the air-conditioning control unit is provided, wherein the vehicle data bus disconnect unit is in actuating connection with the blower control unit, in which method after activating the vehicle heater comprises the steps of:
with the vehicle heater sending an activation actuating command to the blower control unit;
with the blower control unit sending a vehicle data bus disconnect command to the vehicle data bus disconnect unit in response to the receipt of the activation actuating command from the vehicle heater;
with the vehicle data bus disconnect unit disconnecting the vehicle data bus for providing the partial vehicle data bus in response to the receipt of the vehicle data bus disconnect command from the blower control unit;
with the blower control unit sending an activation actuating command to the air-conditioning control unit after providing the partial vehicle data bus; and
with the air-conditioning control unit putting the at least one vehicle blower or the at least one air flow influencing unit or both the at least one vehicle blower and the at least one air flow influencing unit into a specified operating state in response to the receipt of the activation actuating command from the blower control unit;
wherein the air-conditioning control unit is put into an operating state by the sending of the activation actuating command sent by the blower control unit, wherein in the operating state, the air-conditioning control unit puts the at least one vehicle blower or the at least one air flow influencing unit or both the at least one vehicle blower and the at least one air flow influencing unit into an operating state specified by the activation actuating command from the blower control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,457,115

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:an air-conditioning case having a cold air passageway extending in an air flow direction and having a heat exchanger for cooling and a warm air passageway extending in the air flow direction and having a heat exchanger for heating;
an air blower which is mounted at an inlet of the air-conditioning case to blow air to the cold air passageway and the warm air passageway;
an indoor and outdoor air supplying means which is connected to the air blower to supply indoor air and outdoor air; and
a controller configured to control the indoor and outdoor air supplying means to inhale the indoor air of the vehicle, to pass the indoor air through the heat exchanger for cooling, and to discharge some or the whole of the indoor air to the exterior of the vehicle and configured to control the indoor and outdoor air supplying means to inhale the indoor air and the outdoor air of the vehicle and supply mixed air of the indoor air and the outdoor air to the heat exchanger for cooling and to the heat exchanger for heating;
wherein the air blower comprises a first blower for blowing air to the cold air passageway and a second blower for blowing air to the warm air passageway;
wherein the first blower includes a scroll case which is connected to the inlet of the cold air passageway of the air-conditioning case, a blast fan rotatably mounted inside the scroll case, an inlet ring which is formed on one side of the scroll case to induce indoor air and outdoor air, and a motor which is mounted on the other side of the scroll case to rotate the blast fan;
wherein the second blower includes a scroll case which is connected to the inlet of the warm air passageway of the air-conditioning case, a blast fan rotatably mounted inside the scroll case, an inlet ring which is formed on one side of the scroll case to induce indoor air and outdoor air, and a motor which is mounted on the other side of the scroll case to rotate the blast fan;
wherein the indoor and outdoor air supplying means comprises:
an intake duct which is communicatingly connected with the first and second blowers and has an indoor air inlet and an outdoor air inlet;
a first indoor and outdoor air converting door which selectively opens the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet relative to the first blower;
a second indoor and outdoor air converting door which selectively opens the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet relative to the second blower;
wherein the first blower and the second blower are spaced from one another in a horizontal direction;
wherein the intake duct is mounted between the first blower and the second blower in the horizontal direction and extends continuously in a vertical direction being perpendicular to the horizontal direction between an upper part defining the outdoor air inlet and a lower part defining the indoor air inlet;
wherein the first and second indoor and outdoor air converting doors are positioned in the intake duct between the outdoor air inlet and the indoor air inlet in the vertical direction, and between the first and second blowers in the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,457,114

ACTIVE ENGINE HOOD VENTING SYSTEMS AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR OPERATING ACTIVE HOOD VENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for regulating operation of an active venting device fluidly coupled to a vent in an engine hood covering an engine compartment of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including an engine assembly located within the engine compartment, the active venting device being switchable between closed and open states to respectively obstruct and unobstruct the vent, the method comprising:determining, via a vehicle controller, if a calibrated vehicle venting condition exists, the calibrated vehicle venting condition including a current speed of the motor vehicle exceeding a calibrated highway cruise speed concurrent with an engine operating temperature of the engine assembly exceeding a calibrated nominal engine temperature;
determining, via the vehicle controller, if a calibrated vehicle speed condition exists, the calibrated vehicle speed condition including the current speed of the motor vehicle exceeding the calibrated highway cruise speed concurrent with the engine operating temperature of the engine assembly not exceeding the calibrated nominal engine temperature;
responsive to a determination that the calibrated vehicle venting condition exists, transmitting a first command signal to the active venting device to transition to the open state and thereby allow venting fluid flow through the vent; and
responsive to a determination that the calibrated vehicle speed condition exists, transmitting a second command signal to the active venting device to transition to the closed state and thereby restrict the venting fluid flow through the vent.

US Pat. No. 10,457,113

VEHICLE EXTREME TEMPERATURE SAFETY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

12. A method of preventing excessive thermal stress exposure to an occupant of a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a system comprising:
an occupancy sensor;
an occupant body temperature sensor configured to detect a body surface temperature of the occupant;
an actuator; and,
a controller configured to receive signals from the occupancy sensor and from the occupant body surface temperature sensor;
receiving an occupant present signal from the occupancy sensor;
determining an occupant body core temperature based on a signal from the occupant body surface temperature sensor; and
activating the actuator when the determined occupant body core temperature falls outside a preset temperature range.