US Pat. No. 10,654,549

WINGED AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE (AUV)

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. An underwater vehicle comprising:a longitudinal body that defines a longitudinal axis and is rotatable about the longitudinal axis between a forward orientation and a sideways orientation;
a wing attached to the longitudinal body wherein the wing is moveable between a vertically extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the forward orientation and a horizontally extending wing orientation when the longitudinal body is in the sideways orientation, wherein the wing includes a plurality of sensors arranged along an entire span of the wing;
a propulsion system having a front propulsion device and a rear propulsion device that is arranged rearwardly along the longitudinal axis relative to the front propulsion device, the propulsion system providing thrust in a perpendicular direction relative to the longitudinal axis; and
an after-propulsion system arranged at a rear end of the longitudinal body that provides thrust along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,548

BOAT LIFT WITH ADJUSTABLE BUNKS

14. A bunk for a boat lift comprising:a bottom portion pivotally configured to attach to one or more lifting beams of the boat lift; and
a top portion having a first end and a second end, the top portion positionably securable to the bottom portion wherein the top portion comprises a boat engaging surface having a first edge and a second edge wherein the first edge is a first distance from a midplane of the top portion and the second is a second distance from the midplane of the top portion wherein the top portion is positionable into a first position where the boat engaging surface is in a first position relative to the bottom portion and wherein the top portion is positionable into a second position by moving the top portion end for end relative to the bottom portion wherein boat engaging surface is a second position relative to the bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,547

ADJUSTABLE FIN SYSTEM

FLYING FIN SYSTEMS PTY LT...

1. A fin for use on a surfboard, the fin comprising:a base comprising a mount for attaching the fin to a surfboard; and
the base comprising an insert member extending in a direction contrary to the mount;
a fin section comprising two outer fin surfaces which meet at a leading edge and a trailing edge;
the fin section comprising an underside surface comprising an opening to an internal cavity within the fin section, the internal cavity within the fin section configured to house the insert member of the base and enable slidable movement of the insert member in a direction towards the leading edge or the trailing edge;
wherein the base is coupled to the fin section by at least a portion of a sliding joint; and
wherein the fin section comprises a lock that is manipulable and which projects into the internal cavity, wherein the lock can releasably couple to the insert member at one or more locking positions thereby preventing slidable movement of the insert member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,546

FLOATING COMMUNITY

1. A method of making a floatable shelter structure from a transportable structure kit, the kit comprising: a pair of exterior container shells attachable to each other to form an enclosed transportable container, the pair of exterior container shells separable as a roof portion and a hull portion, and one or more exterior sides of the hull portion fastened directly to a hinge plate connector; the one or more exterior sides of the hull portion configured for detachably fastening to at least one floating platform by the hinge plate connector; a plurality of detachably mountable column members; and a plurality of detachably mountable panels; the method comprising:connecting a first end of at least one of the mountable column members to a top surface of the hull portion;
connecting a second end of the at least one of the mountable column members to a bottom of the roof portion;
laying a set of the plurality of mountable panels adjacent to one another over the top surface of the hull portion;
mounting at least one of the mountable panels to a mounting track located on a perimeter of the hull portion;
fastening the at least one floating platform to at least one exterior side of the hull portion via the hinge plate connector fastened directly to the exterior side of the hull portion and to the floating platform; and
connecting the floatable shelter structure with an anchor assembly comprising an elastic rode by connecting a first end of the elastic rode to the anchor assembly, and connecting a second end of the elastic rode to a bracket, the bracket is attached to the exterior side of the hull portion, wherein the anchor assembly anchors into earth and the elastic rode contracts or stretches with a change in water level.

US Pat. No. 10,654,545

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MOVING A PLURALITY OF CARGO UNITS WITH CAVITIES

Coastal Cargo Company, L....

1. A method of moving a plurality of cargo units, each of the cargo units having a cavity, comprising the steps of:(a) providing a lifter, the lifter including:
(i) a frame with first and second ends and top and bottom portions; and
(ii) at least one lifting arm having spaced apart free and second ends, wherein the second end is detachably connected to the frame at the second end of the frame;
(b) moving the lifter to a position immediately adjacent to the plurality of units of cargo;
(c) causing each free end of the at least one lifting arm to penetrate at least one cavity of the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo;
(d) while each free end of the at least one lifting arm has penetrated the at least one cavity of the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo, a crane raising the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo to an elevated position, wherein the lifter and the at least one cargo unit are in free floating form;
(e) after step “d”, while each free end of the at least one lifting arm has penetrated at least one cavity of the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo and the lifter and at least one cargo unit remain in free floating form, the crane moving the lifter and the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo to a second position which second position is laterally spaced from the position of step “b”, wherein during this step “e” each free end of the at least one lifting arm is elevated compared to each second end of the at least one lifting arm; and
(f) after step “e, the crane depositing the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of units of cargo at the second position by lowering the lifting unit, and after the lowering each free end of the at least one lifting arm is withdrawn from at least one cavity of the at least one cargo unit of the plurality of cargo units.

US Pat. No. 10,654,544

DETECTION OF DERELICT FISHING GEAR

Blue Ocean Gear LLC, Red...

1. A method of determining when fishing gear has undergone a loss or entanglement event, the method comprising:determining an original position of a buoy;
determining, periodically, a current position of the buoy;
comparing, periodically, a distance of the current position from the original position or a previous one of the current positions to a threshold value;
comparing a velocity of the buoy to a threshold value related to the expected motion of a loss or entanglement event; and
determining a likelihood of a loss or entanglement event for the buoy based on the comparison of the distance and/or the comparison of the velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,654,543

ROPE CLASP

1. A rope clasp device comprising:a base having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a one or more doors having an inner surface and an outer surface and pivotably attached to the base, the one or more doors being pivotable with respect to the base between an open position and a closed position wherein the inner surface of the one or more doors is confrontingly aligned with the inner surface of the base;
first and second channels, each formed between the inner surface of the base and the inner surface of the one or more doors when the one or more doors is in the closed position, the channels including a plurality of teeth adapted to engage a rope;
a locking mechanism adapted to selectively lock the one or more doors and the base in the closed position; and
one or more teeth channel inserts selectively attachable to at least one of the base and the one or more doors, wherein the teeth are formed on the one or more teeth channel inserts,
wherein the locking mechanism is rotatable about a single pivot point to selectively lock all of the one or more doors,
wherein one or more of the one or more teeth channel inserts are selectively attachable to both the base and the one or more of doors,
wherein the one or more doors is a pair of doors each including a teeth channel insert of the one or more teeth channel inserts selectively attachable to the respective door, and the base includes a pair of selectively attachable teeth channel inserts of the one or more teeth channel inserts such that each channel is defined between a teeth channel insert on the base and a teeth channel insert on one of the doors.

US Pat. No. 10,654,542

SHIFTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A shifting control apparatus for a human powered vehicle, comprising:a position sensor configured to sense a rotational position of a plurality of sprockets relative to a rotational reference position; and
a transmission controller configured to control a derailleur to move a chain guide of the derailleur relative to the plurality of sprockets in a shifting operation, the transmission controller being configured to change at least one of a speed relating to a movement of the chain guide, and a distance relating to the movement of the chain guide based on
a target shifting-operation position of the plurality of sprockets, and
the rotational position sensed as an actual shifting-operation position by the position sensor at an actual timing of the shifting operation,
the target shifting-operation position being defined as a rotational position of the plurality of sprockets relative to the rotational reference position at a preferable timing of the shifting operation.

US Pat. No. 10,654,541

CONVERTIBLE SCOOTER

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front and a rear wheel-bearing structural members having first and second ends and each defining a wheel-bearing structural member longitudinal axis, each of said wheel-bearing structural members having at least one wheel assembly interconnected to the second end thereof, a first wheel-bearing structural member pivot interconnection disposed at the first end thereof, and a second wheel-bearing structural member pivot interconnection disposed along a length thereof between the first and second ends;
at least one seat-bearing structural member having first and second ends and defining a seat-bearing structural member longitudinal axis, the seat-bearing structural member having a seating platform interconnected to the second end thereof and at least two seat-bearing pivot interconnections, a first seat-bearing pivot interconnection disposed at the first end thereof, and a second seat-bearing pivot interconnection disposed along a length thereof between the first and the second ends; and
wherein the first wheel-bearing structural member pivot interconnections disposed on the first ends distal to the wheel assemblies are pivotably interconnected, and the second wheel-bearing structural member pivot interconnections disposed on the lengths thereof are pivotably interconnected with the seat-bearing pivot interconnections and are configured to cooperatively interconnect to form a vehicle pivot mechanism such that the structural members are pivotably interconnected to move between at least two configurations:
a riding configuration wherein the longitudinal axes of the two wheel-bearing structural member and the seat-bearing structural members have angular offsets relative to each other, and
a folded configuration wherein the longitudinal axes of the two wheel-bearing structural members and the seat-bearing structural member are roughly parallel; and
further comprising a pivot locking mechanism configured to disengageably lock the structural members in at least the folded configuration, wherein the pivot locking mechanism comprises a latch disposed on the seat-bearing member and configured to engage the first end of at least one of the at least two wheel-bearing structural members.

US Pat. No. 10,654,539

CHILD BIKE SEAT

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A bicycle child seat, comprising:a seat body configured to accommodate a child therein, the seat body comprising a multi-layer structure with at least a first layer and a second layer made from different materials;
a fixation member configured to couple the bicycle child seat to a bicycle; and
a pressing member coupled to the second layer and configured to exert a pressing force towards the fixation member onto the second layer,
wherein the first layer is configured to at least partially cover the second layer and to at least partially support the second layer,
wherein the first layer comprises a first mating component and the second layer comprises a second mating component, and
wherein the first and second mating components mechanically mate to secure the first and second layers to each other by a mechanical connection.

US Pat. No. 10,654,538

ADJUSTABLE SEAT CUSHION

1. An adjustable seat cushion, comprising:a frame defining an interface;
a plurality of dynamic supports in operable connection with the frame;
a plurality of static supports in operable connection with the frame;
a handle in operable connection with the plurality of dynamic supports;
wherein the handle is freely rotatable;
wherein rotation of the handle in a first direction elevates the plurality of dynamic supports relative to the plurality of static supports; and
wherein rotation of the handle in a second direction depresses the plurality of dynamic supports relative to the plurality of static supports.

US Pat. No. 10,654,537

BICYCLE SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A bicycle security system mounted within a bicycle comprising:an alarm circuit having an alarm mechanism with a wireless communication interface;
a sensor for sensing a relative displacement of the bicycle from a first position, the sensor being in communication with the alarm mechanism to activate the alarm mechanism if the bicycle is displaced beyond a predetermined threshold from the first position;
a power source for powering the alarm circuit; and
a housing for accommodating the alarm circuit therein, wherein the housing is configured to be mounted internally within a bicycle frame of the bicycle,
wherein the alarm circuit further comprises a transmitting mechanism which comprises an antenna connected to a conducting wire which extends between a communication module of the alarm circuit within an interior of the bicycle frame and an exterior of the bicycle frame thereby facilitating wireless transmission from the interior of the bicycle to the exterior of the bicycle via the antenna and vice versa; the transmitting mechanism further comprises a fastener with a tensioning mechanism to mount the transmitting mechanism through one of perforations in the bicycle frame; and
wherein the tensioning mechanism is a wire coil thereby forming the antenna of the alarm circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,536

FOLDING DIRT BIKE STAND

1. A support for parking a cycle comprising:wherein the support for parking a cycle comprises a handle;
a support frame, a pivoting frame, and a plurality of hinged brackets;
wherein the plurality of hinged brackets attaches the pivoting frame to the support frame such that the pivoting frame rotates relative to the support frame;
wherein the support for parking a cycle is configured for use with a cycle;
wherein the cycle is further defined with a primary sense of direction;
wherein the support for parking a cycle is a collapsible stand;
wherein the support for parking a cycle is a rotating stand;
wherein the support frame vertically supports the cycle;
wherein the pivoting frame horizontally supports the cycle;
wherein the support frame is a vertically oriented support structure;
wherein the support frame is a rectangular openwork structure;
wherein the support frame prevents forward or rearward motion of the cycle;
wherein the pivoting frame is a horizontally oriented support structure;
wherein the pivoting frame prevents motion of the cycle along the primary sense of direction of the cycle;
wherein the pivoting frame is a rectilinear openwork structure;
wherein the pivoting frame attaches to the support frame such that the pivoting frame rotates relative to the support frame;
wherein the plurality of hinged brackets attaches the pivoting frame to the support frame such that the pivoting frame rotates relative to the support frame;
wherein each of the plurality of hinged brackets is a rotating mechanical structure;
wherein each of the plurality of hinged brackets is identical;
wherein the pivoting frame creates a support angle between the support frame and a supporting surface;
wherein the support angle is an acute angle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,535

SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING PROCESS FOR ASSEMBLING TOGETHER TWO COMPONENTS ON A VEHICLE-BODY ASSEMBLY LINE

Comau S.p.A., Grugliasco...

1. A process for fixing together two components on a vehicle-body assembly line, comprising the steps of:providing a first component and a second component;
applying a layer of glue on at least one of said first component or said second component;
coupling together said first and second components, with said layer of glue set in between; and
applying on said coupled first and second components a plurality of rivets designed to pass through said first and second components and said layer of glue;
said process being characterized in that, before applying said rivets, said process further comprising:
measuring a temperature of at least one of the first component or of the second component; and
thermally conditioning at least one of the first component, or the second component, or the glue applied on said at least one of the first component or the second component via heat-conditioning means controlled on the basis of the temperature measured, wherein said applied layer of glue on said at least one of said first component or said second component is in a pre-set thermal state and respective of said plurality of applied rivets pass through said first component, said second component, and said layer of glue when said layer of glue is in said pre-set thermal state.

US Pat. No. 10,654,533

WHEEL DEBRIS EJECTOR FOR TRACKED VEHICLE

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. In a work machine having a tracked propulsion assembly with an endless track belt disposed about at least one wheel to enable movement of the endless track belt, wherein the wheel has an axle hub and a cylindrical rim connected to the axle hub with a disc at an inner edge of the rim, the rim providing a track-facing surface configured to engage the track and a hub-facing surface, the rim also having an outer edge configured to provide structural integrity, the improvement comprising:a debris ejector attached to the hub-facing surface of the rim, the debris ejector having a leading face that is shaped so to slope from a base adjacent the hub-facing surface towards a ridge of the debris ejector and also slant from an inner end of the debris ejector adjacent the inner edge of the rim to an outer end adjacent the outer edge of the rim such that the shape of the leading face redirects debris so that the debris moves away from the hub-facing surface and away from the disk as the wheel rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,654,532

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising a strake provided in the rear of a front end of a tire, whereinthe strake includes a displacement part that is displaced to a direction coming close to the tire as going rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,654,531

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SYSTEMS FOR WHEELHOUSE AIR DEFLECTION

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An automotive vehicle, comprising:a body having a wheelhouse, the wheelhouse comprising a wheelhouse edge defining a wheelhouse opening, and a wheel disposed in the wheelhouse opening;
a suspension system comprising a suspension component adjacent to the wheelhouse, the suspension component configured to vertically deflect during vehicle operation;
an aerodynamic system comprising an aerodynamic member disposed within the wheelhouse opening and coupled to the suspension component, the aerodynamic member having a first position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel and a second position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel;
wherein the aerodynamic member moves from the first position to the second position with deflection of the suspension component such that a distance between the aerodynamic member and the wheel is greater when the aerodynamic member is in the second position than when the aerodynamic member is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,530

WRAP AROUND VEHICLE WINDSHIELD

Nikola Corporation, Phoe...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body comprising a front, a first side, and a second side opposite the first side on the vehicle body;
a cabin located within the vehicle body and comprising an interior that is configured to accommodate at least one person;
at least one door that provides ingress and egress to the interior of the cabin;
a windshield having a continuous front windshield portion and extending across the front of the vehicle and a least partially into at least one of the first side or the second side,
wherein a foremost portion of the continuous front windshield portion is forward of a foremost portion of a front wheel provided with the vehicle body, and
wherein a seat is located within the cabin and at least a portion of the seat is located forward of a rearmost portion of the front wheel, such that the at least one person is positioned at least partially above the front wheel; and
a tapered edge on at least one of the first side or the second side, the tapered edge extending inward from the vehicle body to the windshield.

US Pat. No. 10,654,529

AERODYNAMIC SYSTEMS AND FAIRINGS WITH FAIRING CAPS

FLOWBELOW AERO, INC., Au...

1. A fairing assembly adapted to couple to a vehicle, the fairing assembly comprising:a fairing, the fairing having a fairing outboard surface; and
a fairing cap coupled to the fairing to at least partially cover at least a portion of the fairing outboard surface, the fairing assembly having an aerodynamic outer surface adapted to direct flow, wherein the fairing cap and faking cooperate to form a duct.

US Pat. No. 10,654,528

PASSENGER VEHICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Edward P. Grezh, Riversi...

4. A passenger vehicle includinga vehicle chassis that is original manufacturing equipment and includes a motor at a front of the chassis and a pair of parallel rigid, linear support beams straddling a central longitudinal reference line of the chassis and extending above ground from the front to a rear of the chassis,
said beams comprising reconfigured sections of support beams of the original manufacturing equipment,
said reconfigured sections including
a pair of opposed, parallel, forward, linear beam sections,
a pair of opposed, parallel, rearward, linear beam sections, and
a pair of opposed, parallel, central, linear beam sections,
said pair of central sections being closer to the ground that the forward and rearward sections and second pair,
a front wheel assembly near the front of the vehicle and extending across and supported by the pair of opposed forward sections of the parallel beams at a predetermined height above ground,
a rear wheel assembly near the rear of the vehicle and extending across and supported by the pair of rearward sections of the parallel beams that are also at said predetermined height above ground,
a passenger compartment framework,
a baggage compartment framework beneath the passenger compartment framework and including a pair of upper side rails and pair of lower side rails,
said lower side rails at or near the level of the central sections of the beams and the upper side rails above the beams to provide an unobstructed storage zone that is accessed through a baggage opening on each of said opposed sides of the vehicle,
the pair of upper side rails and pair of lower side rails being separate by the distance from 9 to 14 inches,
said baggage openings being aligned enabling baggage to be placed in the storage zone from one side of the vehicle through one baggage opening and removed from the storage zone from the other side of the vehicle through the other baggage opening,
said storage zone has a volume from 300 to 500 cubic feet.

US Pat. No. 10,654,527

INTEGRATED FASTENER FOR INSTRUMENTATION CLUSTER

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. An apparatus, comprising: an instrument cluster assembly, including:a front cover; a back cover;
at least one integrated fastener integrated into the back cover; and a first mounting aperture formed as part of the back cover, the at least one integrated fastener attached to the back cover and located in the mounting aperture when the at least one integrated fastener is in a first configuration;
wherein the at least one integrated fastener is detached from the back cover, and rotated to place the at least one integrated fastener in a second configuration, securing the front cover to the back cover;
a base portion;
a large flange portion integrally formed with the base portion; and
a small flange portion integrally formed with the base portion;
wherein both the large flange portion and the small flange portion rotate as the at least one integrated fastener is changed from the first configuration to the second configuration;
at least one gate formed as part of the large flange portion;
wherein the at least one gate is cut to detach the at least one integrated fastener from the back cover.

US Pat. No. 10,654,526

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a windshield attached to a vehicle body; and
a cowl top garnish provided along a lower end portion of the windshield,
wherein the cowl top garnish includes
a first shield glass abutment portion configured to abut against a back surface of the windshield, and
engaging portions configured to engage with engaged portions provided in the vehicle body in a vehicle longitudinal direction,
the engaging portions are provided in at least part in a direction along the lower end portion of the windshield,
the first shield glass abutment portion occupies, in the direction along the lower end portion of the windshield, a range wider than a range where the engaging portions are provided, and
the engaging portions are provided at positions farther away from the back surface of the windshield than the first shield glass abutment portion, and engage with the engaged portions in a direction from the back surface to a front surface of the windshield.

US Pat. No. 10,654,525

FRONT SUBFRAME STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front subframe structure for supporting a suspension arm, comprising:a rear cross member extending in a vehicle width direction;
a pair of left and right side members extending from the rear cross member in a forward vehicle direction;
a front cross member configured to connect front ends of the paired left and right side members in the vehicle width direction; and
a vehicle body mounting portion disposed on a front end of each side member and configured to mount the respective side member to a vehicle body, wherein
each side member has a lateral widening portion at a front end thereof, each lateral widening portion bulging outward in the vehicle width direction,
the front cross member has a body portion extending in the vehicle width direction between the pair of side members, and a front widening portion formed on a front side of an end portion in the vehicle width direction of the body portion, the front widening portion projecting forward in the forward vehicle direction from a front surface of the body portion, and
all of the body portion of the front cross member is disposed on a rear side with respect to the vehicle body mounting portion, and on a front side with respect to a rear end of each lateral widening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,524

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:a front pillar that includes a first front pillar provided to extend in an up-down direction, a second front pillar provided to extend in the up-down direction in the rear of the first front pillar, and a lower frame disposed between lower ends of the first front pillar and the second front pillar; and
a bracket that is connected to the lower end of the first front pillar and provided to extend frontward from the lower end of the first front pillar, wherein
the first front pillar is formed thinner than the second front pillar, and strength of the bracket is set to be lower than strength of the first front pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,654,523

VEHICLE ATTACHMENT

1. A method for conversion of an automobile having a front module, a first rear frame module, top, doors, seats, trunk, floor boards, wheel hub assemblies, steering wheel column, and frame rails, the method comprising:a. disassembling the first rear frame module of the automobile from the front module comprising:
removing said top;
removing said doors;
removing said seats;
removing said trunk;
removing said floor boards;
removing said wheel hub assemblies;
cutting off said frame rails at approximately a dashboard area to remove a rear portion of said frame rails to leave said front module of said automobile;
b. attachment of a connection plate assembly to said frame rails of said front module;
c. assembling a second rear frame module having a more narrow wheelbase than said first rear frame module, comprising:
mounting a wheel hub bearing assembly to said second rear frame module;
mounting a rear module floor board to said second rear frame module;
mounting a seat support structure and a seat plate along a central axis of the automobile;
d. connecting said second rear frame module to said frame rails of said front module via said connection plate assembly;
e. disconnecting said steering wheel column and relocating said column to a center of said second rear frame module aligned with said seats; and
f. connecting a handle bar to said steering column.

US Pat. No. 10,654,522

SYSTEM FOR ACTIVELY MONITORING THE STEERING ANGLE OF A VEHICLE USING A KINGPIN SENSOR

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an axle beam;
a steering knuckle rotatable relative to the axle beam about a kingpin extending through a bore defined by at least a portion of the steering knuckle;
a wheel coupled to the steering knuckle such that a steering angle of the wheel varies as the steering knuckle rotates about the kingpin;
a sensor cap coupled to the steering knuckle at an open end of the bore such that the sensor cap is configured to rotate with the steering knuckle about the kingpin;
a kingpin sensor provided in operative association with the sensor cap, the kingpin sensor being configured to generate signals indicative of the steering angle of the wheel by detecting relative rotation between the steering knuckle and the kingpin, the kingpin sensor comprising:
a sensor housing coupled to the sensor cap for rotation therewith;
a shaft including a first end and a second end, the shaft extending through the sensor cap such that the first end of the shaft is positioned within the sensor housing and the second end of the shaft is coupled to a portion of the kingpin; and
an optical sensing device supported within the sensor housing relative to the shaft, the optical sensing device being configured to detect relative rotation between the sensor housing and the shaft as the steering knuckle rotates about the kingpin; and
a vehicle computing system communicatively coupled to the kingpin sensor, the vehicle computing system including one or more processors and one or more tangible, non-transitory, computer readable media that collectively store instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause vehicle computing system to actively monitor the steering angle of the wheel based on the signals received from the kingpin sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,654,521

AXLE UNIT

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. An axle unit for use in utility vehicles with at least one of a hydraulic and a compressed air system, comprising:an axle tube; and
an actuation unit;
wherein the axle tube has a receiving opening;
wherein the actuation unit has a cylinder, a piston rod and a piston;
wherein the piston divides a chamber of the actuation unit into a first chamber region and a second chamber region;
wherein the piston rod is in engagement with the piston and is configured such that the piston rod can be brought into engagement with a leg of the axle unit to transmit a force to the leg; and
wherein the actuation unit is arranged in the receiving opening of the axle tube and is secured against moving transversely relative to a tube axis and at least in one direction along the tube axis.

US Pat. No. 10,654,520

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DISTURBANCE AND STABILITY DETECTION BY VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS

1. A vehicle control system configured to control a steering system of a vehicle that includes an on-board display and a location determining receiver, the vehicle control system comprising:a controller including
a transmitter and a receiver configured to communicate with one or more components of the steering system;
a memory including computer-readable instructions stored therein; and
one or more processors configured to execute the computer-readable instructions such that the one or more processors are configured to perform operations including,
receiving, with respect to a planned path that is parallel to a boundary of a work area in which the vehicle is operating, information about, a yaw rate of a vehicle, a lateral position of the vehicle, a heading angle of the vehicle, a lateral error of the vehicle and a heading angle error of the vehicle from the location determining receiver representing conditions in which the vehicle is operating,
transferring received information from the location determining receiver to the on-board display,
determining a stability indicator indicating an estimate of stability of the vehicle based on the conditions in which the vehicle is operating and the received information and at least one of a user inputted threshold yaw rate, a user inputted threshold lateral position, and a user inputted threshold heading error, and
adapting performance of the vehicle by adjusting one or more vehicle control gains of the steering system of the vehicle in real time based on the determined stability indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,654,519

VEHICLE STEERING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A steering assistance apparatus mounted in a vehicle, the vehicle being provided with a driver steering interface and a turning gear configured to have therebetween a transmission ratio that is a ratio of an amount of change in the turning angle to an amount of change in the steering angle, the apparatus comprising:a turning gear actuator configured to actuate the turning gear;
a controller configured to execute an automatic steering mode, in which the controller determines the turning angle based on at least one of a travel condition and travel path information of the vehicle and controls the turning gear actuator so as to provide the determined turning angle,
wherein the controller is configured to, if detecting an input variation from the driver steering interface during execution of the automatic steering mode, change the transmission ratio to a value less than the transmission ratio in the automatic steering mode, and prioritize a manual steering mode, in which the turning gear is actuated responsive to a steering angle input from the driver steering interface, over the automatic steering mode, and wherein the controller is configured to, if no input variation is detected for a predetermined time period after detection of the input variation from the driver steering interface, return the transmission ratio to a value of the transmission ratio before the transmission ratio change, thereby executing the automatic steering mode.

US Pat. No. 10,654,518

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM, AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a plurality of motor drive circuits that drives at least one motor;
a plurality of microcomputers that include
a drive signal generator generating a motor drive signal as a command to each of the motor drive circuits, and
a drive timing generator generating a drive timing as a pulse timing of the motor drive signal; and
a plurality of clock generation circuits that independently generates clocks as operation reference of the plurality of microcomputers,
wherein:
the plurality of microcomputers include a synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer as at least one microcomputer that transmits a synchronization signal synchronized with the drive timing of an own microcomputer and synchronizing the drive timing of the plurality of microcomputers;
the plurality of microcomputers include a synchronization signal receiver microcomputer as at least one microcomputer that receives the synchronization signal transmitted from the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer;
the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer includes a synchronization signal generator that generates the synchronization signal and transmits the synchronization signal to the synchronization signal receiver microcomputer;
the synchronization signal receiver microcomputer includes a timing corrector that is configured to execute timing correction for correcting the drive timing of the own microcomputer to be synchronized with the synchronization signal received;
the synchronization signal receiver microcomputer further includes a ready signal transmitter that transmits, to the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer, a ready signal indicating synchronization preparation completion of the own microcomputer;
the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer further includes a ready signal receiver that receives the ready signal;
the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer and the synchronization signal receiver microcomputer include a handshaking determiner that determines success in a handshaking when the handshaking at least including transmission and reception of the ready signal is executed normally; and
when determining the handshaking as being successful, the synchronization signal transmitter microcomputer and the synchronization signal receiver microcomputer synchronously drive the motor initially after booting.

US Pat. No. 10,654,517

ELECTRIC DRIVE DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An electric drive device comprising:a motor housing accommodating therein an electric motor;
a heat radiation base body fixed to an end surface, which is an opposite side to an output shaft portion of a rotation shaft of the electric motor, of the motor housing and extending in a direction of the rotation shaft which is an opposite direction to the output shaft portion;
one electronic control unit of a redundant system, the one electronic control unit arranged along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board on which is mounted at least a microcomputer and a power conversion circuit that has at least a power switch configured to drive and control the electric motor; and
another electronic control unit of the redundant system, the another electronic control unit arranged along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board on which is mounted at least a microcomputer and a power conversion circuit that has at least a power switch configured to drive and control the electric motor, and
the motor housing, the heat radiation base body, and the one and the another electronic control units being configured such that heat generated at the one electronic control unit, at the another electronic control unit, or at both of the one and the another electronic control units is transmitted to the heat radiation base body and transmitted to the motor housing from the heat radiation base body.

US Pat. No. 10,654,516

STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle comprising:an inner casing tube in which a steering spindle is rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis of the steering spindle;
an outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is retained, the outer casing tube being connectable directly or indirectly to a body of the motor vehicle;
a clamping device that secures the outer casing unit relative to the inner casing tube in a fixing position, wherein in an enabling position the clamping device enables adjustment of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit at least in a longitudinal direction, wherein the clamping device comprises an arresting element that is supported in the longitudinal direction on the outer casing unit, wherein in the fixing position the arresting element is connected in a longitudinally non-displaceable manner to an engagement element connected to the inner casing tube, wherein in the enabling position the arresting element is released from the engagement element and enables movement of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit in the longitudinal direction; and
an energy absorption device that couples the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit, the energy absorption device comprising at least two energy-absorption elements and a coupling means, with the coupling means being connected to the outer casing unit and the at least two energy-absorption elements being disposed between the coupling means and the engagement element, wherein the coupling means is configured to couple in a coupled-in state or decouple in a decoupled state at least one of the at least two energy-absorption elements between the inner casing tube and the outer casing unit, wherein in the coupled-in state in the fixing position of the clamping device the at least one of the at least two energy-absorption elements is plastically deformable during displacement of the inner casing tube relative to the outer casing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,515

PIVOT BEARINGS FOR A HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A height-adjustable steering column for a motor vehicle, the height-adjustable steering column comprising:a retaining unit that is fixedly connectable to a chassis of the motor vehicle; and
an actuating unit in which a steering spindle is rotatably mounted, wherein the actuating unit is mounted pivotably on the retaining unit by way of two pivot bearings disposed at a horizontal distance to one another on a pivot axis, wherein each of the pivot bearings comprises an axial protruding dihedron projection and a recess that is engaged with the axial protruding dihedron projection, the recess comprising an introduction region for introduction of the axial protruding dihedron projection in a radial direction with respect to the pivot axis, wherein the introduction region comprises an inner span that is adapted to a width of the axial protruding dihedron projection, the introduction region forming a transition into a partially circular bearing region, wherein an inner diameter of the partially circular bearing region is adapted to an outer diameter of the axial protruding dihedron projection so that the axial protruding dihedron projection is mounted pivotably in the partially circular bearing region after a rotation about the pivot axis by at least 5°.

US Pat. No. 10,654,514

STEERING DEVICE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A steering device comprising:an outer column that extends in a front-rear direction;
an inner column that is inserted into the outer column such that the inner column moves in the front-rear direction and into which a steering shaft is inserted such that the steering shaft rotates around a first axis extending in the front-rear direction;
a plurality of telescopic engagement portions that are provided on the inner column and are disposed at intervals in the front-rear direction;
a lock bolt that is supported by the outer column such that the lock bolt rotates around a second axis extending in a lateral direction;
a stopper that is provided with a stopper insertion hole into which the lock bolt is inserted and a claw portion that enters a space between the adjacent telescopic engagement portions out of the plurality of telescopic engagement portions; and
an urging member that urges the stopper in an approach direction in which the claw portion approaches the telescopic engagement portions in a circumferential direction around the second axis,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the lock bolt is formed with bolt engagement portions,
wherein an inner circumferential surface of the stopper insertion hole is formed with stopper engagement portions that are engaged with the bolt engagement portions in the approach direction,
wherein the bolt engagement portions are formed on the outer circumferential surface of the lock bolt at intervals in the circumferential direction,
wherein the stopper engagement portions are formed on the inner circumferential surface of the stopper insertion hole at intervals in the circumferential direction and each of the stopper engagement portions is disposed between the bolt engagement portions adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction, and
wherein a width of a gap between the bolt engagement portions adjacent to each other in the circumferential direction is larger than a width of each stopper engagement portion in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,513

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

TRW Automotive GmbH, Alf...

1. A steering column assembly comprising:a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, an end of the inner shroud portion extending into the outer shroud portion,
a clamp rail fixed to an upper face of the inner shroud portion including a slot that extends axially along the inner shroud portion, the slot defining two opposing walls which each carry a rack of locking teeth,
a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the telescopic shroud that is configured to be rotated around a long axis thereof by operation of a locking lever,
a rocker comprising a body from which extends a lever arm, the body having an opening through which the clamp bolt passes, the rocker converting a rotation of the clamp bolt about the long axis in a first direction into an upward motion of the lever arm and into a downward motion when the clamp bolt is rotated in an opposing second direction,
a toothed block having two opposed racks of locking teeth that is connected to a carrier element, the carrier element in turn being connected to the lever arm of the rocker such that movement of the lever arm up and down causes movement of the carrier element up and down between an upper position and a lower position,
whereby, with the carrier element in one of the upper position and the lower position, the toothed block is located within the slot such that one of the two opposed racks of locking teeth of the toothed block engages the locking teeth of the slot, and whereby, with the carrier element is the other of the upper position and the lower position, the two opposed racks of locking teeth of toothed block are held clear of the slot, and
in which the connection between the clamp bolt and the carrier element defines a lost motion mechanism that prevents some of the rotational movement of the clamp bolt from being converted into movement of the toothed block.

US Pat. No. 10,654,512

STEERING DEVICE

YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A steering device comprising:an inner member that extends along an axis and has a steering wheel attached to a first end side in an axial direction;
an outer member that includes a guide cylinder portion supporting the inner member to be movable in the axial direction, a holding cylinder portion located at the first end side in the axial direction in relation to the guide cylinder portion and having a slit extending in the axial direction, and a large diameter cylinder portion located at a second end side in the axial direction in relation to the guide cylinder portion; and
a telescopic adjustment mechanism configured to switch a locked state where a gap of the slit is contracted so that a movement of the inner member relative to the outer member is regulated by the holding cylinder portion and a lock released state where the gap of the slit is expanded so that the movement of the inner member relative to the outer member is allowed,
wherein a punched portion penetrating the outer member in a radial direction is formed so that a cutout is provided between the large diameter cylinder portion and the guide cylinder portion in the axial direction, with the large diameter portion located on one side of the punched portion and the guide cylinder portion located on an opposite side of the punched portion in the axial direction;
wherein the guide cylinder portion is formed between the slit and the punched portion in the axial direction,
wherein an inner circumferential face of the guide cylinder portion consists of a support face which covers and slidably supports an outer circumferential face of the inner member throughout a circumference direction and a regulation face which is located on the second end side in the axial direction in relation to the support face and covers the outer circumferential face of the inner member throughout the circumference direction, the guide cylinder portion being formed so that a distance from the axis to the regulation face in the radial direction is longer than a distance from the axis to the support face, and
wherein the support face and the regulation face are formed next to one another in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,654,511

METHODS FOR STEERING SYSTEM IMPEDANCE CONTROL

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a vehicle steering system, the vehicle steering system comprising a moveable steering column assembly and a moveable steering wheel assembly, a first actuator coupled to the moveable steering column assembly and a second actuator coupled to the moveable steering wheel assembly, the first and second actuators configured to move vehicle steering system from a first position to a second position;
providing a sensor connected to the vehicle steering system, the sensor configured to measure a steering system force characteristic;
providing a controller electronically connected to the sensor and the vehicle steering system;
monitoring, by the controller, sensor data received from the sensor;
generating, by the controller, a reference model based on a desired output displacement and the sensor data;
calculating, by the controller, a revised output displacement based on the reference model; and
automatically generating, by the controller, a first control signal to control the first actuator and a second control signal to control the second actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,654,510

ELECTRIC STEERING COLUMN APPARATUS

FUJI KIKO CO., LTD., Kos...

1. An electric steering column apparatus comprising:a steering column supported on a vehicle body;
a steering shaft rotatably supported by the steering column; and
a telescopic mechanism driven by an electric motor, wherein
the steering column has a tubular outer jacket and a tubular inner jacket inserted into the outer jacket so as to be axially movable relative to the outer jacket,
the telescopic mechanism has a tubular member fixed to an outer peripheral surface of the inner jacket and a telescopic nut that is disposed inside the tubular member and with which a shaft portion of the electric motor is threadedly engaged,
a pressing mechanism for reducing play between the outer jacket and the inner jacket has a first pressing portion disposed on the outer jacket and pressing a lower surface of the inner jacket upward and a second pressing portion disposed on an axially front end side of the outer jacket and pressing an upper surface of the inner jacket downward, and
the tubular member is disposed between the first pressing portion and the second pressing portion in an axial direction so as to face the second pressing portion in an up-down direction and fixed to the lower surface of the inner jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,654,509

ADJUSTMENT DRIVE FOR A STEERING COLUMN, STEERING COLUMN THAT IS ADJUSTABLE BY MOTOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR SETTING A BEARING ARRANGEMENT OF AN ADJUSTMENT DRIVE

ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ...

1. An adjustment drive for a steering column that is adjustable by motor for a motor vehicle, comprising:a threaded spindle with an axis, said threaded spindle engaging in a spindle nut, a drive unit and a gear wheel which is connected to the spindle nut or the threaded spindle for rotation therewith, which is driveable to rotate about the axis by the drive unit and which is rotatably mounted about the axis in a bearing housing in a bearing arrangement between two outer bearing rings that are axially supported at the bearing housing,
wherein the outer bearing rings each have, on their sides facing one another, a circumferential outer bearing face that is coaxial to the axis, said outer bearing face in each case lying opposite a bearing face embodied on the end side at the gear wheel, and
at least one of the outer bearing rings supported in an axially resilient manner at the bearing housing by way of an elastic preloading element, which exerts a preloading force that axially braces the two outer bearing rings against one another.

US Pat. No. 10,654,508

STEERING WHEEL DECORATIVE MEMBER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A steering wheel decorative member that is configured to be attached corresponding to a resin member covering a periphery of a ring core of a steering wheel, the decorative member comprising:a base member constituting a design part;
a heater having a terminal provided on a back surface of the base member; and
an attachment part that is configured to attach the base member to the resin member,
wherein the terminal of the heater is electrically connected through the attachment part to a power supply side terminal provided in the resin member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,507

APPARATUS FOR SETTING A PUSH-FROM-BEHIND TRANSPORTATION DEVICE BY PULLING IN A LEADING OR ABREAST POSITION

Staphen Dewitt Holdings L...

1. An auxiliary steering system for a push-from-behind transportation device, comprising:a load body having:
a recess extending along a recess horizontal centerline across a lower portion of the load body, the recess directed inwardly from a front exterior surface of the lower portion of the load body, and
a control bar socket extending along a socket horizontal centerline both outwardly from the front exterior surface and inwardly into an upper portion of the load body, the control bar socket extending transversely to the recess;
a control bar affixed to the load body within an interior volume of the control bar socket, the control bar extending outwardly along the socket horizontal centerline; and
at least one retainer configured to be adjustably and fixedly positioned across a portion of the recess,
wherein the interior volume of the control bar socket extends inwardly to a depth that exceeds a maximum depth of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,654,506

GYROSCOPICALLY-RESPONSIVE POWER ASSISTED MOMENT ARM FOR LOAD CARRYING DEVICES

Secure Information Device...

1. An apparatus for providing a gyroscopically-responsive power assist to a user for carrying a load, comprising:a frame support;
an elongated wheel support member coupled transversely across the frame support along a horizontal axis that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the frame support, wherein the frame support rotates about the horizontal axis at a pivot point of the elongated wheel support member;
one or more wheels rotatably mounted substantially perpendicular to the horizontal axis, the one or more wheels being coupled to the elongated wheel support member, and extending at least partially below the frame support;
a motor to drive at least one of the one or more wheels when energized;
a sensor; and
a gyroscopic fore-and-aft balance control system configured to output an energized signal which controls whether power is being provided to energize the motor,
wherein the balance control system deactivates the motor using the energize signal after sensing, by the sensor, a rotational force applied to the frame support about the pivot point, and wherein the balance control system activates the motor using the energize signal after sensing, by the sensor, a longitudinal force applied to the frame support and instructs the motor to accelerate or decelerate the one or more wheels in accordance with the direction and magnitude of the longitudinal force applied to the frame support.

US Pat. No. 10,654,505

DUMP CART WITH ENHANCED UNLOADING MECHANISM

1. A dump cart for use to store and transport a plurality of items on a ground surface, the dump cart configured to unload the stored items with enhanced efficiency and reduced user effort, the dump cart comprising:a base frame assembly disposed on the ground surface and comprising a front end and a rear end, the base frame assembly comprising a plurality of rail members coupled together to create space between the front end and rear end; and
an upper frame assembly rotatably mounted to the base frame assembly and comprising a compartment formed by a plurality of members connected together, the compartment positioned in space between the front end and rear end of the base frame assembly;
wherein the compartment of the upper frame assembly is configured to rotatably adjust to a first position facing upward and away from the ground surface to load the plurality of items therein, wherein the compartment of the upper frame assembly is configured to rotatably adjust to a second position facing downward and toward the ground surface, thereby unloading the plurality of items from the compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,654,504

DISH STACKING CART

DISHCRAFT ROBOTICS, INC.,...

1. A cart for transporting stacked items, the cart comprising:a base defining:
a horizontal support surface,
a slot extending through the horizontal support surface from a first edge of the base to a center of the base, and
a plurality of lobe openings extending through the horizontal support surface and connecting to the slot;
a plurality of wheels mounted to the base opposite the horizontal support surface; and
a push handle extending upwardly from the horizontal support surface;wherein the base comprises:a planar member, the horizontal support surface, the slot, and the plurality of lobe opening being defined by the planar member, the planar member having a bottom surface opposite the horizontal support surface; and
a frame member mounted to the bottom surface, the plurality of wheels being mounted to the frame member, a portion of the frame member closest to the first edge being offset from the bottom surface to a greater extent than a remainder of the frame member;
wherein the horizontal support surface further defines openings at the first edge for connecting to a latching system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,503

TACTICAL TRANSPORT CART FOR MANUAL NAVIGATION OVER BOTH TOPOGRAPHIC AND HYDROGRAPHIC TERRAINS

Hendrick Motorsports Perf...

1. A tactical transport cart configured to be manually navigable by a single human operator over both ground surfaces of topographic terrains and water-covered surfaces of hydrographic terrains, the transport cart comprising:a frame having an open structure formed by a pair of laterally spaced-apart longitudinally-extending frame members, a triangular cart body centrally affixed and extending downwardly from the frame members defining a lower enclosure within the cart body, and a platform affixed to the frame at an upper side of the cart body defining a payload-supporting area on the frame,
a pair of terrain-engaging transport propulsion members attached to the frame in laterally spaced relation for supporting the frame at an elevation above surrounding terrain,
a handle structure attached to the frame and extending therefrom in orthogonal relation to the transport propulsion members,
at least one motor connected in driving relation to the transport propulsion members,
a battery for providing motive power to the motor,
a control device operatively connected between the battery and the motor for controlling supply of motive power to the motor, the control device including a switch device operable from the handle structure for selective actuation and deactuation of the motor,
the handle structure being configured for manual grasping by a single human operator for steering movement of the frame over surrounding terrain while enabling simultaneous selective access to and operation of the control device,
the frame, transport propulsion members and handle structure being cooperatively dimensioned and configured for movement of the cart over ground surfaces of topographic terrains and for partially and fully submerged movement over water-covered surfaces of hydrographic terrains,the motor, the battery, the control device and connections therebetween being sealed against water intrusion during submerged operation,wherein a powertrain is housed within the lower enclosure of the cart body.

US Pat. No. 10,654,502

RAIL VEHICLE COMPONENT GROUP AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A LIFE HISTORY OF A MACHINE COMPONENT AND SERVICE METHOD FOR MAINTENANCE

1. A rail vehicle component group for generating an electronic life history of a machine component, the rail vehicle component group comprising:a machine component having a storage unit and a sensor, wherein the storage unit is incorporated in the sensor and the sensor is mounted on the machine component, and wherein the storage unit has an electronic nameplate of the machine component; and
at least one control unit configured for bidirectional communication with the machine component,
wherein the sensor of the machine component is configured to generate sensor data,
wherein the control unit is configured to acquire the sensor data by the bidirectional communication with the machine component during operation of the machine component,
wherein the control unit is exclusively configured to generate operating data using the acquired sensor data,
wherein the control unit is exclusively configured to evaluate the operating data of the machine component,
wherein the storage unit of the machine component is configured for at least for bidirectional communication with the control unit, and
wherein, during operation of the machine component, storage of the operating data generated and evaluated by the control unit is provided by at least the bidirectional communication to generate an electronic life history of the machine component.

US Pat. No. 10,654,501

RAILROAD CAR TRACKING SYSTEM

Eighty-Eight Oil LLC, Ca...

1. A computer-implemented method of tracking railroad cars during transit, the method comprising, in any order, at least the acts of:inputting into a computer system, through at least one computer network, location information for the railroad cars, wherein the location information is obtained from multiple scanners that are positioned along railroad tracks that scan the railroad cars as the railroad cars pass by the multiple scanners;
using the computer system, using the location information for the railroad cars to determine how the railroad cars are grouped into multiple trains; and
using the computer system and using the location information for the railroad cars, displaying locations of the multiple trains on a graphical representation of a geographical region, each of the multiple trains including at least one of the railroad cars, wherein each of the multiple trains is represented on the geographical region by one of multiple train symbols.

US Pat. No. 10,654,500

ARRIVAL TIME AND LOCATION TARGETING SYSTEM AND METHOD

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TE...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to receive at least one target location associated with a forward route of a vehicle system, receive a required time of arrival at the at least one target location, and determine an estimated time of arrival of the vehicle system at the at least one target location based at least partially on a current location of the vehicle system and a current speed of the vehicle system, the one or more processors also configured to determine a time difference between the required time of arrival and the estimated time of arrival and to provide a warning including a countdown to when a braking enforcement action is to be automatically enforced at least partially based on the time difference that is determined, the one or more processors configured to determine whether the warning is ignored and implement or cause an automatic implementation of the braking enforcement action that causes the vehicle system to stop responsive to determining that the warning was ignored and the countdown expired.

US Pat. No. 10,654,499

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING AN INFRA-RED SENSOR BY A MOVING TRAIN

1. A method for railway obstacle identification, the method comprising:receiving infrared (IR) images from at least one IR sensor installed on an engine of a train the at least one IR sensor facing the direction of travel and configured to acquire IR images representing the view in front of the engine;
obtaining a vibration profile;
filtering effects of vibrations from the IR images based on the vibration profile;
detecting rails in the filtered IR images based on temperature conductivity differences and temperature homogeneity differences between the rails and their background, wherein a variance of temperature of all pixels representing rails in the filtered IR images is less than 2 degrees centigrade along one kilometer of the rails and the difference of temperature between pixels representing rails and pixels of the background around the rails is not less than 15 degrees centigrade;
deciding, based on pre-prepared rules and parameters, whether the filtered IR images contain image of an obstacle and whether that obstacle forms a threat on the train's travel; and
providing an alarm signal if the filtered IR images contain image of an obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,498

ZIPLINE TROLLEY WITH A ROLLER BRAKE SYSTEM

1. A zipline trolley system for a zipline rider comprising:a) a trolley comprising
i) two trolley rollers;
ii) two brake rollers;
iii) an arm for controlling the brake rollers such that the brake rollers alternate between a disengaged position and an engaged position;
iv) a plurality of connecting members for connecting the trolley rollers, the brake rollers, the arm, and a set of seat connectors for installing seating for the rider; and
b) a zipline cable on which the trolley rollers roll, wherein the cable passes between the two brake rollers, wherein
the trolley brakes when the brake rollers are at the engaged position by creating a squeezing motion on the cable with the trolley rollers, and the trolley moves forward when the brake rollers are at the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,497

RAILCAR TOWING SYSTEMS AND RAILCAR TOWING METHODS USING THE SAME

BNSF Railway Company, Fo...

1. A method of towing railcars comprising:threading a first end of a tow rope from a first side frame of a first railcar through a first channel located on a first side of a block;
threading the first end of the tow rope from a second side frame of a second railcar through a second channel forming a first loop in the tow rope, the first loop extending outward from the first channel and the second channels on a front side of the block, wherein the second channel is located adjacent to the first channel on the first side of the block;
extending the first end out of the second channel on a back side of the block;
threading a second end of the tow rope through a third channel located on an opposite side of the block from the first channel;
threading the second end of the tow rope through a fourth channel forming a second loop in the tow rope, the second loop extending outward from the third and fourth channels on the back side of the block, wherein the fourth channel is located adjacent to the third channel on the opposite side of the block from the second channel;
extending the second end out of the second channel on the front side of the block.

US Pat. No. 10,654,496

RAILWAY VEHICLE DERAILMENT DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A railway vehicle derailment detection method for a railway vehicle traveling on a rail, comprising:installing a derailment detection member disposed at a position on the railway vehicle that makes contact with a rail or a ground-based equipment installed on an inner side of a pair of rails, and that breaks due to direct contact with the rail or the ground-based equipment in event of a derailment; and
determining that a derailment has occurred by detecting that the derailment detection member has been broken due to direct contact with the rail or the ground-based equipment;
wherein breaking of the derailment detection member prevents a railway vehicle from traveling when wheels of the railway vehicle become disengaged from the rail without knowledge of an operator of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,495

RAILWAY TRUCK BOLSTER CENTER BOWL LINER

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A wear liner for installation in a center bowl of a bolster, the wear liner comprising:a band having opposing first and second edges, the band being wound to form a vertical annular wall having upper and lower rims, and inward and outward surfaces; and
at least one protrusion extending outwardly from the vertical annular wall, the at least one protrusion configured to engage with a recess in the center bowl to secure the liner within the center bowl;
wherein the wear liner has a neutral configuration when no compressive forces are applied to the wear liner, the first and second edges of the band defining a separation in the vertical annular wall in the neutral configuration,
wherein the wear liner is compressible to a compact configuration,
wherein the separation in the vertical annular wall defined by the first and second edges of the band is smaller in the compact configuration than that of the neutral configuration, and
wherein the wear liner, upon being placed in the center bowl and released from the compact configuration, is configured to expand so that the at least one protrusion engages with the recess in the center bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,654,494

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING DEVICE AND TRAIN COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A vehicle air-conditioning apparatus comprising:a refrigeration cycle including a compressor, a first heat exchanger, a pressure reducing device and a second heat exchanger, and configured to perform air-conditioning in a vehicle interior of a vehicle;
a controller configured to execute a plurality of operation modes with different continuous operation times for the compressor, and configured to select one operation mode from among the plurality of operation modes according to an air-conditioning load in the vehicle interior and executes the one operation mode, during travel operation of the vehicle;
a storage unit configured to store in advance a timing of selecting, from among the plurality of operation modes, a high-load operation mode, the high-load operation mode having the continuous operation time equal to or longer than a time that is set in advance, and the controller configured to select and execute the high-load operation mode at the timing stored in the storage unit; and
a fault diagnosis unit configured to perform, during travel operation of the vehicle, fault diagnosis for the refrigeration cycle, after the high-load operation mode is selected and executed by the controller at the timing stored in the storage unit and while the refrigeration cycle is stable.

US Pat. No. 10,654,493

INTERVEHICLE COMMUNICATION AND NOTIFICATION

EBAY INC., San Jose, CA ...

1. A computer-implemented vehicle communication method, the method comprising:receiving a notification of a first vehicle proximity sensor event within a first vehicle;
converting the first vehicle proximity sensor event into a first wireless notification;
automatically determining one or more remote receiving devices to receive the first wireless notification based on a type of the first vehicle proximity sensor event and proximity of the one or more remote receiving devices to the first vehicle;
sending the first wireless notification to the one or more remote receiving devices;
receiving a second wireless notification from another device located in a second vehicle, the second wireless notification corresponding to a second vehicle proximity sensor event within the second vehicle, where the second wireless notification is received directly in the first vehicle from the second vehicle and includes information regarding a relative position of the second vehicle proximity sensor event to the second vehicle;
automatically determining the second vehicle is within a proximity to the first vehicle;
converting the second wireless notification to a representation of the second vehicle event that includes the information regarding the relative position of the second vehicle proximity sensor event to the second vehicle; and
graphically displaying the representation of the second vehicle event on a user interface within the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,492

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING ACCELERATIONS OF PRECEDING TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES IN A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A device for displaying accelerations of transportation vehicles driving ahead of a transportation vehicle, the device being installed in the transportation vehicle, the device comprising:a detection device by which the transportation vehicles driving ahead and data on the acceleration of the transportation vehicles driving ahead is detected;
an identification device by which, from the data on the acceleration, first transportation vehicles driving ahead with a first acceleration are identified, the first acceleration being a negative acceleration, a magnitude of which being greater than or equal to a specified threshold value, wherein it is determined that the first acceleration is generated by a braking operation in which the first transportation vehicle is actively decelerated;
a control device; and
a display device controlled by the control device so first graphical objects are generated on a display area of the display device, wherein each first transportation vehicle driving ahead is assigned a first graphical object of the first graphical objects which indicates that the first transportation vehicle driving ahead assigned to the first graphical object has the first acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,654,491

WRONG-WAY-DRIVING SUPPRESSION DEVICE, WRONG-WAY-DRIVING SUPPRESSION METHOD, AND WRONG-WAY-DRIVING SUPPRESSION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A wrong-way-driving suppression device, comprising:a computer processor: and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed, cause the computer processor to perform a process including,
acquiring a current position of a host vehicle;
acquiring a traveling direction of the host vehicle;
acquiring surrounding map data of the current position;
setting a determination area where a traveling status of the host vehicle is to be determined from the current position and the surrounding map data;
determining, according to the acquired current position and the acquired surrounding map data, a time at which the host vehicle passes a connection point of an entrance-side connection road with a main line in the determination area, the entrance-side connection road connecting the main line and an entrance side of a rest facility;
designating the traveling direction of the host vehicle acquired at the determined time as a correct traveling direction for the determination area, and storing the correct traveling direction; and
instructing a notifier to perform predetermined notification when an angle formed by a traveling direction of the host vehicle and the correct traveling direction is larger than or equal to a first threshold value in the determination area, wherein
the process further includes
starting storing of a traveling locus of the host vehicle when the host vehicle passes the connection point of the entrance-side connection road with the main line; and
instructing a warning device to perform predetermined warning, when, in the determination area, the angle formed by the traveling direction of the host vehicle and the correct traveling direction is larger than or equal to the first threshold value and a distance between the current position and the stored traveling locus is less than or equal to a second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,490

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING DEVICE AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL METHOD THAT DISPLAYS THE FOLLOWING ROAD TRAVELING ROUTE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An autonomous driving device that is configured to switch a driving mode of a vehicle, the driving mode including (i) a destination setting autonomous driving mode in which the vehicle is controlled to travel using a traveling plan generated based on a target traveling route to a destination set in advance, and (ii) a following road autonomous driving mode in which, when a destination is not set in advance, the vehicle is controlled to travel using a traveling plan generated based on a following road traveling route set along a road, on which the vehicle is traveling, the autonomous driving device comprising:a display unit configured to present information; and
an electronic control unit programmed to:
select, as the driving mode, the destination setting autonomous driving mode or the following road autonomous driving mode based on a prescribed condition,
control traveling of the vehicle based on the traveling plan of the selected driving mode, and
control the display unit to display a traveling route along the target traveling route when the driving mode is the destination setting autonomous driving mode, and control the display unit display a traveling route along the following road traveling route when the driving mode is the following road autonomous driving mode,
when the display unit is made to display the traveling route along the following road traveling route, control the display unit to display a traveling route from a current position of the vehicle to a nearest branch road in front in a moving direction along the following road traveling route and a moving direction on the nearest branch road along the following road traveling route, and
when the vehicle arrives at the destination during traveling in the destination setting autonomous driving mode, select, as the driving mode, the following road autonomous driving mode in place of the destination setting autonomous driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,654,489

VEHICULAR HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACES

TOMTOM GLOBAL CONTENT B.V...

1. A method of operating a controller of a vehicle human machine interface, comprising:providing first output control signals configured to cause a vehicular head up display to present first content to a vehicle operator, wherein the first content comprises discontinuous content that is displayed only with the occurrence of a predetermined event;
providing second output control signals configured to cause a vehicular digital cluster display to present second content to the vehicle operator, wherein said second content comprises continuous content providing time evolving feedback relating to on-going processes instigated and/or controlled by a vehicle operator;
after a predetermined period of time or upon receipt of an input from the vehicle operator, changing at least some first content to second content, thereby moving content from the vehicular head up display to the digital cluster display; and
upon receipt of an input from the vehicle operator that requests moving a user-selected notification bar that includes information informing at least the vehicle operator of an action to be taken for one or more incoming messages and/or phone calls from the digital cluster display to the head up display, moving the user-selected notification bar from the digital cluster display to the head up display where the user-selected notification bar is presented as first content.

US Pat. No. 10,654,488

ACCELERATION BOOSTER

1. An acceleration boosting system for a vehicle, comprising:at least one of a communication device, a navigation unit or a first sensor configured to obtain acceleration information related to a timing of an acceleration of the vehicle;
a second sensor configured to detect or measure an applied force on an accelerator pedal of the vehicle, the applied force corresponding to a first amount of energy or a first tuning that is used to power or propel the vehicle during a normal acceleration; and
an electronic control unit connected to the first sensor or the second sensor and configured to:
determine that the acceleration information indicates that a driver should begin to accelerate,
determine that the accelerator pedal is depressed within a threshold time limit of the indication that the driver should begin to accelerate, and
cause a second amount of energy to be converted that is different than the first amount of energy to be converted or use a second tuning that is different than the first tuning to move or propel a plurality of wheels of the vehicle for a boosted acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,654,487

TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE

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

1. A travel control apparatus of a self-driving vehicle for controlling a start clutch and a braking device, comprising:a driving level switching portion configured to switch a driving automation level to a first driving automation level involving a driver responsibility to monitor surroundings during traveling or a second driving automation level not involving the driver responsibility to monitor the surroundings during traveling;
a distance measurement device configured to measure an inter-vehicle distance from the self-driving vehicle to a forward vehicle; and
an electric control unit including a microprocessor and a memory, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to perform:
controlling the start clutch and the braking device in accordance with the inter-vehicle distance measured by the distance measurement device so as to follow the forward vehicle,
the controlling including controlling the start clutch, in a case that the driving automation level is switched to the first driving automation level by the driving level switching portion, so as to change the start clutch from a released state to a half-clutch state when the inter-vehicle distance measured by the distance measurement device increases up to a first predetermined value, while in a case that the driving automation level is switched to the second driving automation level by the driving level switching portion, so as to change the start clutch from the released state to the half-clutch state when the inter-vehicle distance measured by the distance measurement device increases up to a second predetermined value larger than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,486

SENSOR SYSTEMS INTEGRATED WITH STEERING WHEELS

BeBop Sensors, Inc., Ber...

1. A sensor system, comprising:an array of sensors, each sensor including a set of conductive traces in contact with piezoresistive material;
memory; and
sensor circuitry configured to, during normal operation of the sensor system, selectively energize the sensors, and to receive sensor signals from the array of sensors, each sensor signal representing a force associated with a corresponding one of the sensors, the sensor circuitry being further configured to adjust each sensor signal during the normal operation of the sensor system using calibration data stored in the memory for the corresponding sensor, wherein the sensor circuitry is configured to adjust each of the sensor signals by applying an offset value associated with the corresponding sensor to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) output value signal, wherein the sensor circuitry is further configured to register a force event for a first sensor by determining that the offset-adjusted value corresponding to the first sensor is beyond a threshold for a number of samples of the offset-adjusted value corresponding to the first sensor, and wherein the sensor circuitry is further configured to repeatedly recalculate and replace the calibration data in the memory during the normal operation of the sensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,485

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD

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

1. A controller for a vehicle, comprising:a control target value deriving unit configured to derive a control target value of an electric motor for travel which is mounted in a vehicle;
a reference value deriving unit configured to derive a reference value serving as a reference for providing information to an occupant based on the control target value derived by the control target value deriving unit;
a theoretical value deriving unit configured to derive a theoretical value related to an output of the electric motor;
a selection unit configured to compare the reference value derived by the reference value deriving unit and the theoretical value derived by the theoretical value deriving unit with each other and to select the value having the smaller absolute value,
wherein, in a predetermined period, the reference value deriving unit does not derive the reference value, and the selection unit selects the theoretical value without performing the comparison; and
a control unit configured to control an information providing device based on the value selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,654,484

COLD-WEATHER STARTING STRATEGY USING AN ALTERNATOR-STARTER IN A VEHICLE HAVING A BELT DRIVEN BY AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A starting method for a power train of a motor vehicle including an internal combustion engine fitted with a drive shaft extending along a longitudinal axis, an alternator-starter, a first pulley configured to be driven in rotation by the drive shaft, a second pulley rigidly connected to a shaft of the alternator-starter, a belt encircling said two pulleys, and a coupling/decoupling system between the first pulley and the drive shaft of the engine, the starting method comprising:a preparation procedure for said belt in cold weather, the preparation procedure comprising a cleaning phase for the belt that includes:
decoupling the first pulley from the drive shaft of the engine to prevent resistance to rotation, and
operating the alternator-starter in drive mode for a set duration to drive the belt and the first pulley while the first pulley is decoupled from the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,654,483

DRIVE FORCE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive force control system, comprising:a first motor connected to a right drive wheel;
a second motor connected to a left drive wheel;
an electrical power source that supplies electric power to the first motor and the second motor;
a clutch that allows a torque transmission between the first motor and the second motor, in which a torque transmitting capacity is variable; and
a controller that controls output torques from the first motor and the second motor, wherein the controller is configured to:
control the output torques of the first motor and the second motor to equalize a sum of torques transmitted to the right drive wheel and the left drive wheel to propel a vehicle while setting the torque transmitting capacity of the clutch greater than a predetermined value, to a total value of required torques of the right drive wheel and the left drive wheel,
calculate a target output torque of the first motor and a target output torque of the second motor to minimize an output power from the electrical power source, and
generate a torque by the first motor based on the calculated target output torque of the first motor, and generate a torque by the second motor based on the calculated target torque of the second motor,
calculate a first reference torque of a first controlled motor from among the first motor and the second motor to maximize an efficiency of the first controlled motor when the first controlled motor is rotated at a speed based on a wheel speed of a first drive wheel as one of the right drive wheel and the left drive wheel connected to the first controlled motor,
calculate a second reference torque of a second controlled motor as the other one of the first motor and the second motor based on a difference between the first reference torque and the total value,
calculate the target output torque of the first controlled motor based on the first reference torque,
calculate the target output torque of the second controlled motor based on the second reference torque,
calculate a plurality of first provisional torques by changing the first reference torque by a predetermined torque, and calculate a plurality of second provisional torques of the second controlled motor so that the sum is equalized to the total value,
calculate a power consumption amount of the electrical power source to generate the first provisional torque by the first controlled motor and to generate the second provisional torque by the second controlled motor, each time the first reference torque is changed by the predetermined torque,
set a target output torque of the first controlled motor to the first provisional torque that has been calculated previously, when the power consumption amount of the electrical power source currently calculated is greater than the power consumption amount of the electrical power source previously calculated, and
set a target output torque of the second controlled motor to the second provisional torque that has been calculated previously, when the power consumption amount of the electrical power source currently calculated is greater than the power consumption amount of the electrical power source previously calculated.

US Pat. No. 10,654,482

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An autonomous driving vehicle system configured to switch a driving state of a vehicle, the system comprising:a detector configured to detect peripheral information of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to:
generate a traveling plan along a preset target route based on the peripheral information and map information;
acquire an operation amount of a driving operation relating to at least one of a steering operation, an accelerator operation, and a brake operation of the vehicle or a duration amount of the driving operation, wherein the duration amount is a continuation time duration from an initiation of the driving operation to a termination of the driving operation; and
switch, based on the operation amount or the duration amount, between an autonomous driving state where the vehicle is controlled using the traveling plan, a cooperative driving state where the vehicle is allowed to travel in cooperation with the autonomous driving state and the driving operation based on the traveling plan and the operation amount, and a manual driving state;
switch to the cooperative driving state when the vehicle is in the autonomous driving state and when the operation amount is equal to or greater than an intervention threshold and less than a start threshold, or when the duration amount is equal to or greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold, and
switch, when the vehicle is in the cooperative driving state, to the autonomous driving state when the operation amount is less than the intervention threshold or the duration amount is less than the first threshold, and switch the driving state, when the vehicle is in the cooperative driving state, to the manual driving state when the operation amount is equal to or greater than the start threshold or the duration amount is equal to or greater than the second threshold,
wherein when the vehicle is in the cooperative driving state, a total operation amount of a control target value based on the traveling plan and the operation amount of a driver is reflected in a traveling of the vehicle, or the total operation amount of an operation amount less than the control target value based on the traveling plan and the operation amount of the driver is reflected in the traveling of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,481

VEHICLE DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle driving support control apparatus comprising:a peripheral monitoring sensor that acquires target object information including a longitudinal distance and a lateral position of each one or more of other vehicles with respect to an own vehicle, said other vehicles traveling in a front area of said own vehicle; and
an electronic control unit programmed to:
perform an inter-vehicle-distance control to specify a first vehicle from among one or more of said other vehicles as an inter-vehicle-distance target vehicle, and to control an acceleration of said own vehicle in such a manner that an inter-vehicle distance which is a longitudinal distance of said inter-vehicle-distance target vehicle with respect to said own vehicle is maintained at a predetermined inter-vehicle distance, and
perform a following-travel steering control to specify a second vehicle from among one or more of said other vehicles as a following-travel steering target vehicle, and to generate a traveling trajectory of said following-travel steering target vehicle to control a steering angle of said own vehicle in such a manner that said own vehicle travels along a target traveling line determined based on said traveling trajectory,
wherein,
when said first vehicle specified as said inter-vehicle-distance target vehicle and said second vehicle specified as said following-travel steering target vehicle are the same specific other vehicle as each other, and there is a potential cutting-in vehicle having a possibility of cutting in between said own vehicle and said specific other vehicle, the ECU is programmed to:
newly specify said potential cutting-in vehicle as said inter-vehicle-distance target vehicle at a first time point in a cutting-in period from a time point at which said potential cutting-vehicle starts cutting in to a time point at which said potential cutting-vehicle finishes cutting in; and
newly specify said potential cutting-in vehicle as said following-travel steering target vehicle at a second time point in said cutting-in period, wherein said second time point is set to arrive after said first time point arrives.

US Pat. No. 10,654,480

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:an electronic control device and connected sensors, which, when cruise control is activated, maintains a predefined target speed essentially constantly, wherein
depending on a control error with respect to the predefined target speed, a drive system and/or a brake system is actuated so as to compensate the control error, and
the control device is operatively configured such that when a coasting mode is present with the cruise control activated, a current speed is acquired by way of the sensors, and the coasting mode is maintained despite a target speed dependent maximum permissible speed having been reached.

US Pat. No. 10,654,479

LANE DEVIATION PREVENTION CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A lane deviation prevention control device for vehicle, the lane deviation prevention control device comprising:a target steering torque calculator configured to calculate target steering torque to be applied to a steering system of an own vehicle in a lane deviation prevention control, the lane deviation prevention control including preventing the own vehicle from deviating from a lane on which the own vehicle is traveling;
a friction torque estimator configured to estimate friction torque of the steering system;
a friction compensation rate variable controller configured to perform, on a basis of steering torque produced by a driver's steering operation and on a basis of a traveling state of the own vehicle, a variable control of an addition rate at which the friction torque is added to the target steering torque to compensate friction in the steering system; and
a limit processor configured to perform rate limit processing, the rate limit processing including reducing a speed of change in the target steering torque,
wherein the friction compensation rate variable controller performs the variable control of the addition rate at which the friction torque is added to the target steering torque subjected to the rate limit processing in the limit processor.

US Pat. No. 10,654,478

CRUISE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A cruise control apparatus comprising:an external sensor configured to detect a curve of a traffic lane; and
a control unit in communication with the external sensor, the control unit configured to:
calculate, on the basis of a vehicle speed of a vehicle, an estimated trajectory that satisfies a relationship in which an arc of the curve is determined from a G-G diagram, which is a relationship between lateral acceleration and longitudinal acceleration, wherein the arc is applied to the estimated trajectory;
determine a steering start point at which to start steering control in front of the curve so that the estimated trajectory falls within the curve of the traffic lane, and
output a command to control at least one of steering or a vehicle speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,477

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A travel control device comprising:a first mode which causes a host vehicle to travel according to a control target set on the basis of an object outside the host vehicle; and
a second mode which causes the host vehicle to travel according to a control target set irrespective of an object outside the host vehicle,
wherein the control target of the first mode is set on the basis of a lane marking that defines a traveling lane of the host vehicle or a preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle,
wherein, responsive to determining that it is possible to set the control target on the basis of the preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle during traveling in the second mode, a travel mode of the host vehicle is shifted from the second mode to the first mode, and
wherein setting the control target on the basis of the preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle comprises a determination that, within a predetermined period of time,
an integral value of an absolute value of a longitudinal relative speed of the preceding vehicle is smaller than a first threshold value, and
an integral value of an absolute value of a lateral relative speed of the preceding vehicle is smaller than a second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,476

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONTROL

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network, the method comprising:traversing, by an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle transportation network, wherein traversing the vehicle transportation network includes an autonomous vehicle operational management controller of the autonomous vehicle:
receiving, from a sensor of the autonomous vehicle, sensor information corresponding to an external object within a defined distance of the autonomous vehicle;
identifying a distinct vehicle operational scenario in response to receiving the sensor information;
instantiating a scenario-specific operational control evaluation module instance, wherein the scenario-specific operational control evaluation module instance is an instance of a scenario-specific operational control evaluation module modeling the distinct vehicle operational scenario;
receiving a candidate vehicle control action from the scenario-specific operational control evaluation module instance; and
controlling the autonomous vehicle to traverse a portion of the vehicle transportation network based on the candidate vehicle control action.

US Pat. No. 10,654,475

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus applied to a vehicle including a plurality of detection units detecting, in different fashions, an object existing around an own vehicle, and implementing vehicle control for avoiding or mitigating a collision with the object based on detection information from the plurality of detection units, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a first determination unit that determines an occurrence of a detection capability impaired state in which a detection capability for detecting the object is impaired at any of the detection units among the plurality of the detection units based on the detection information from the detection unit or the other detection units;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated after the first determination unit determines the occurrence of the detection capability impaired state; and
an actuation control unit that shortens an actuation time until implementing the vehicle control for avoiding or mitigating the collision, in comparison with a time when the detection unit detects the object and the detection capability impaired state has not previously occurred, if the object is detected by the detection unit in which the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated within a predetermined time after the second determination unit determines that the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated, and not shortening the actuation time, if the object is not detected by the detection unit in which the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated within the predetermined time after the second determination unit determines that the detection capability impaired state has been eliminated.

US Pat. No. 10,654,474

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:an inputter configured to receive at least one of collision avoidance operation signals from a collision avoidance device, receive information about a current object detected by a sensing device, and receive a signal for executing a collision avoidance mode from among the collision avoidance operation signals from the collision avoidance device, upon receiving the current object information;
a setting module configured to establish a collision sensitive region for each driver upon receiving an ON mode signal from among the collision avoidance operation signals;
a determiner configured to determine whether the received current object information is present in a range of the established collision sensitive region for each driver;
a controller configured to control the collision avoidance device to perform a collision avoidance operation; and
a selector, upon receiving a signal for executing the collision avoidance mode from among the collision avoidance operation signals, configured to display a collision-sensitive-region ON mode or a collision-sensitive-region OFF mode so as to determine activation or non-activation of the established collision sensitive region for each driver, and select any one of the displayed collision-sensitive-region ON mode and the collision-sensitive-region OFF mode,
wherein, if the current object information is present in the range of the established collision sensitive region for each driver, the controller controls the collision avoidance device to perform the collision avoidance operation at a target time point earlier than a predetermined reference time point.

US Pat. No. 10,654,473

COLLISION PREVENTION APPARATUS AND COLLISION PREVENTING METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An apparatus for preventing a collision, the apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect another vehicle located at a rear side of both lateral sides through a detection sensor including one or more radar sensors disposed at a rear side of a driver's vehicle to monitor a first rear side of both lateral sides and one or more ultrasonic sensors disposed at the rear side of the driver's vehicle to monitor one or more second rear sides of both lateral sides;
a determination unit configured to determine a movement direction of the other vehicle based on the location, select the other vehicle that moves in one direction including a transverse direction from the driver's vehicle as a target vehicle, and determine whether the target vehicle approaches or moves away from the driver's vehicle by tracking a driving trace of the target vehicle; and
a controller configured to, when it is determined that the target vehicle approaches the driver's vehicle, select a fusion target vehicle based on track information of the other vehicle by output values of the radar sensors and distance information of the other vehicle by output values of the ultrasonic sensors, calculate a time of collision with the fusion target vehicle and, when the collision time is within a preset threshold time, make a control to operate one or more of a warning display device, an alarm output device, and a braking system,
wherein the first rear side monitored by the one or more radar sensors correspond to the one or more second rear sides monitored by the one or more ultrasonic sensors, and
wherein, the controller is further configured to generate a warning in a stepwise manner such that:
the warning display device is operated when the time of collision is within a first threshold time;
the alarm output device is operated in response to the time of collision being within a second threshold time which is shorter than the first threshold time; and
the braking system is operated when the time of collision is within a third threshold time which is shorter than the second threshold time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,472

VEHICLE CONDITION DETECTION AND WARNING SYSTEM

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:a processor device; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed with the processor device, cause the system to, at least:
identify a driving pattern corresponding to a present driving behavior exhibited by a vehicle;
identify a weather condition within a vicinity of the vehicle as affecting the driving behavior of the vehicle;
determine a set of corrective actions to stop the driving behavior responsive to determining, based at least in part on the one or more conditions, that the driving behavior exhibited by the vehicle is inappropriate based on comparing a value associated with the driving behavior with a threshold or a range of acceptable values for the driving behavior associated with driving under the weather condition; and
cause the set of corrective actions to be executed by the vehicle sequentially, such that each of the set of corrective actions is executed only in response to determining that the driving behavior exhibited by the vehicle remains inappropriate after execution of a preceding one of the set of corrective actions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,471

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTEGRATED CONTROLLING OF DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An apparatus for integrated control of driver assistance systems, the apparatus comprising:a first processor configured to control at least one first driver assistance system;
a second processor configured to control at least one second driver assistance system; and
an integrated controller configured to prevent the at least one first driver assistance system and the at least one second driver assistance system from operating at the same time by:
receiving an activation request signal from the first processor,
transmitting, in direct response to receiving the activation request signal form the first processor, a deactivation signal to the second processor, causing deactivation of the at least one second driver assistance system, and
transmitting, simultaneously with the transmission of the deactivation signal, an activation signal to the first processor, causing activation of the at least one first driver assistance system,
wherein an external database is not queried, and
wherein an operating state of the second driver assistance system is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,654,470

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle control apparatus, comprising:a controller that controls a vehicle including a front left wheel, a front right wheel, a rear left wheel and a rear right wheel, wherein the controller is configured to:
execute a turn assist control that varies rear wheel braking/driving forces based on a yaw rate of the vehicle while the vehicle makes a turn by a yaw moment acting the vehicle corresponding to a steering operation of the vehicle, wherein the rear wheel braking/driving forces generate a vehicle additional yaw moment that acts the vehicle in a same direction with the yaw moment acting the vehicle corresponding to the steering operation of the vehicle, wherein the rear wheel braking/driving forces are generated by only the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel among the front left wheel, the front right wheel, the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel, and wherein the front left wheel and the front right wheel are braked/driven at front wheel braking/driving forces;
determine whether the vehicle has a spin tendency or not;
acquire a rotation rate of the front left wheel and a rotation rate of the front right wheel;
acquire a first vehicle slip angle of the vehicle that is determined based on first information obtained from one or more sensors related to a velocity of the vehicle;
acquire a second vehicle slip angle of the vehicle that is determined from a vehicle model of the vehicle; and
determine the vehicle additional yaw moment based on a target yaw rate and an actual yaw rate, wherein the target yaw rate indicates a yaw rate calculated based on a steering wheel angle of the vehicle and a speed of the vehicle, and the actual yaw rate indicates a yaw rate detected by a sensor equipped in the vehicle;
determine a first synchronization torque based on a first difference value that indicates a difference between the rotation rate of the front left wheel and the rotation rate of the front right wheel to decrease the first difference value; and
execute, responsive to determining that the vehicle has the spin tendency while executing the turn assist control, a wheel braking/driving force control, wherein the wheel braking/driving force control includes:
decreasing the vehicle additional yaw moment;
determining corrected rear wheel braking/driving forces based on the decreased vehicle additional yaw moment;
determining a second synchronization torque by varying the first synchronization torque based on a second difference value so that the first difference value is decreased in accordance with an increase of the second difference value, wherein the second difference value indicates a difference between the first vehicle slip angle and the second vehicle slip angle;
determining corrected front wheel braking/driving forces based on the second synchronization torque;
braking/driving the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel based on the corrected rear wheel braking/driving forces; and
braking/driving the front left wheel and the front right wheel based on the corrected front wheel braking/driving forces.

US Pat. No. 10,654,469

METHOD FOR ACCELERATING A HYBRID VEHICLE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for accelerating a vehicle driving forward, wherein the vehicle has a propulsion system comprising a combustion engine with an output shaft, a gearbox with an input shaft, an electric machine comprising a stator and a rotor, and a planetary gear comprising three components in the form of a sun gear, a ring gear and a planet wheel carrier;the output shaft of the combustion engine is connected to one of the three components of the planetary gear so that rotation of the output shaft causes rotation of the one of the three components, the input shaft of the gearbox is connected to another one of the three components of the planetary gear so that rotation of the input shaft causes rotation of the another one of the three components, and the rotor of the electric machine is connected to the remaining one of the three components of the planetary gear so that rotation of the rotor causes rotation of the remaining one of the components;
the propulsion system further comprising locking means comprising a displaceable positive coupling member transferable to a locking position to connect the output shaft of the combustion engine to at least one of the three components to interlock two of the three components, so that the three components rotate with the same rotational speed, and a releasing position in which the coupling member is disconnected from the at least one of the three components to allow the three components to rotate with different rotational speeds;
the method comprising:
accelerating the vehicle when the vehicle is being driven forward by,
a) controlling the electric machine to deliver a torque corresponding to a product of the propulsion system torque requested for the acceleration and a transmission ratio of the planetary gear with the locking means in the releasing position,
b) with the locking means in the releasing position and at the same time as step a) measuring a first rotational speed of the input shaft of the gearbox and controlling the combustion engine with an electric control unit to increase the rotational speed of the combustion engine in the direction towards the first rotational speed, and
c) transferring the locking means from the releasing position to the locking position when the rotational speed (n1) of the combustion engine is substantially equal to the first rotational speed (n2).

US Pat. No. 10,654,468

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A HYBRID VEHICLE COMPRISING AN ELECTRIC ENERGY STORE, AND ELECTRIC MOTOR AND AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for operating a hybrid vehicle having an electric energy store, an electric drive and an internal combustion engine, the method comprising the acts of:triggering a raising of a load point for the internal combustion engine to increase a state of charge of the energy store on the basis of prescribed acoustic limits,
wherein the prescribed acoustic limits are determined on the basis of masking potential of at least one currently occurring acoustically relevant event defined therefor,
wherein masking potentials of the currently occurring acoustically relevant events on the occurrence of multiple events having different masking potentials for defining the respective acoustic limit currently needing to be prescribed are coordinated in the form of a determination of an overall masking potential, and
wherein at least one of: the individual masking potentials and the overall masking potential, is prescribed in the form of sound pressure spectra.

US Pat. No. 10,654,467

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF PERFORMING TEMPERATURE CONTROL THEREFOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a mode change of a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by a hybrid control unit, an engine operation request from a full automatic temperature control (FATC) unit;
determining, by the hybrid control unit, whether to enter a first hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) mode transferring engine power to wheels;
determining, by the hybrid control unit, whether a predicted stop time is equal to or less than a predetermined time, when entry into the first HEV mode is impossible; and
disallowing entry, by the hybrid control unit, into a second HEV mode transferring engine power to a motor for generation of electricity, when the predicted stop time is equal to or less than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,654,466

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a motor;
an electric power storage device configured to store electric power from the motor and supply electric power to the motor; and
a controller configured to execute first control when a specified condition is not satisfied and to execute second control when the specified condition is satisfied, the specified condition including such a condition that a destination has been set, the first control being control of the engine and the motor such that the hybrid vehicle travels by switching between a charge depleting mode and a charge sustaining mode, and the second control being control of the engine and the motor such that the hybrid vehicle travels in accordance with a travel plan in which the charge depleting mode or the charge sustaining mode is assigned to each travel section of a travel plan route to the destination, wherein
the controller is configured to control the engine and the motor such that a state of charge of the electric power storage device becomes higher in the charge sustaining mode in the second control than in the charge sustaining mode in the first control.

US Pat. No. 10,654,465

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HYDRAULIC HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for controlling a hydraulic hybrid vehicle, the hydraulic hybrid vehicle comprising:a first pair of wheels, a second pair of wheels and a third pair of wheels;
an internal combustion engine connected to the first pair of wheels for propelling the hydraulic hybrid vehicle; and
a hydraulic propulsion system comprising a first hydraulic machine connected to the second pair of wheels, and a second hydraulic machine connected to the third pair of wheels, wherein the method comprises the steps of:
receiving a signal indicative of a driving condition, comprising vehicle speed, of the hydraulic hybrid vehicle;
comparing the vehicle speed of the driving condition of the hydraulic hybrid vehicle with an upper predetermined threshold speed limit and a lower predetermined threshold speed limit;
determining when the vehicle speed of the driving condition is higher than the upper predetermined threshold speed limit and, when the vehicle speed is higher than the upper predetermined threshold speed limit:
determining, based on the driving condition, control parameters for operating the first hydraulic machine;
controlling the control parameters of the first hydraulic machine for operating the first hydraulic machine;
determining when the vehicle speed of the driving condition is lower than the lower predetermined threshold speed limit and, when the vehicle speed is lower than the lower predetermined threshold speed limit:
determining, based on the driving condition, control parameters for operating the second hydraulic machine; and
controlling the control parameters of the second hydraulic machine for operating the second hydraulic machine as a motor by adding propulsion torque from the second hydraulic machine to the third pair of wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,654,464

METHOD FOR COMPENSATING A SUPPORT TORQUE ON THE COMBUSTION ENGINE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for compensation of a support torque at a combustion engine;wherein the combustion engine, an electric machine, and a transmission gearset of a transmission are connected with each other via a planetary gearset, which is positioned upstream of the transmission gearset;
whereby the method concerns the transmission, the transmission comprising a three-shaft transmission having a transmission input shaft for the electric machine, a transmission input shaft for the combustion engine, and an output shaft, the method comprising:
when connecting or disconnecting the transmission input shaft for the electric machine during a drive, using the electric machine for synchronization of a rotational speed at with at least one shifting element;
determining the support torque at the combustion engine; and
matching, based on the support torque, a combustion engine torque by adjusting the combustion engine torque to compensate for the support torque.

US Pat. No. 10,654,463

DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving support apparatus comprising a controller:the controller being programmed to:
set a first target position on the basis of a detected first sign object, if the first sign object is detected ahead of a vehicle, the first sign obj ect requesting the vehicle to stop or decelerate; and
perform a first deceleration control for decelerating the vehicle to a first target speed before the vehicle reaches the first target position,
wherein
on the basis of a detected second sign object, which is placed to be associated with the first sign object and that represents a position at which the vehicle should complete stopping or decelerating, being detected ahead of the vehicle during a period when the first decelerating control is performed, (i) the controller is programmed to set a second target position on the basis of the detected second sign object and (ii) the controller is programmed to perform a second decelerating control for decelerating the vehicle to a second target speed before the vehicle reaches the second target position, instead of the first decelerating control.

US Pat. No. 10,654,462

METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR AVOIDING AN OVERHEATING OF A BRAKE OF A VEHICLE

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A method for avoiding overheating of a brake of at least one of a utility vehicle, a trailer, and both a utility vehicle and a trailer, comprising:reading in a first temperature signal representing a temperature of the brake, a functional part of the brake, or both the brake and the functional part of the brake;
reading in at least one second temperature signal representing at least one further temperature of at least one further brake of the vehicle;
determining a fault state of the brake using the first temperature signal and the second temperature signal;
distributing a braking request between the utility vehicle and the trailer or among axles of the utility vehicle and the trailer upon determining the fault state in order to avoid overheating of the brake; and
when an increase, constant in a tolerance range, in the temperature of brake linings of the brake is ascertained, with a rotating wheel, performing a braking operation at a relatively high brake pressure, once during a subsequent operational braking operation, with an unchanged braking performance of the vehicle, and/or applying the brake at least once when the vehicle is stationary.

US Pat. No. 10,654,461

DISTRIBUTOR VALVE

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TE...

1. A brake distributor valve comprising:a body defining a brake pipe passageway configured to be in fluid communication with a brake pipe, a reservoir passageway configured to be in fluid communication with a reservoir, and a reference pressure passageway configured to be in fluid communication with a reference pressure source; and
a service accelerated release valve comprising a valve member having a first position where the brake pipe passageway is isolated from the reservoir passageway and a second position where the brake pipe passageway is in fluid communication with the reservoir passageway, the valve member configured to supply pressure from the reservoir passageway to the brake pipe passageway during a brake release event, wherein the valve member is actuated between the first and second positions based on a pressure within the reference pressure passageway,
wherein the body defines a signal passageway configured to be in fluid communication with a signal pressure source, further comprising a switching valve having a first position where the service accelerated release valve is enabled and a second position where the service accelerated release valve is disabled, the switching valve moveable between the first position and the second position in response to the signal pressure source.

US Pat. No. 10,654,460

ELECTRIC DRUM BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING A RATIONALIZED ELECTRIC PARKING BRAKE ACTUATOR

1. An electric drum brake system with a parking brake actuator for a motor vehicle, wherein the parking brake actuator is arranged on an outer side of an anchor plate and, in a state of rotational drive, drives a drive nut which is supported rotatably and axially fixedly on the anchor plate, which drive nut drives a spindle, which is mounted in a rotationally secured and axially displaceable manner in a gearing housing, of a spindle arrangement, which spindle engages by an actuation cable on at least one brake shoe such that the latter can perform an actuation movement in a direction of a brake drum or can perform a release movement in an opposite direction, and having at least one electrical interface for an electrical human-machine interface and/or for an electronic control unit, wherein an axis A1 along a motor shaft of the motor with a helical wheel pinion coupled rotationally conjointly to the free motor shaft end and an axis A2 of the spindle arrangement including helical wheel coupled rotationally conjointly to the drive nut are arranged approximately at right angles with respect to one another and, with an axis spacing X with respect to one another, define a helical-wheel gearing stage of the parking brake actuator, and wherein the gearing housing comprises a gearing housing lower shell and a gearing housing cover, the gearing housing lower shell formed from a continuous piece which (i) includes the at least one electrical interface; (ii) accommodates the motor, motor shaft, and spindle arrangement; and (iii) defines the axis spacing X between axis A1 and axis A2.

US Pat. No. 10,654,459

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING A HOLDING FUNCTION WITH THE AID OF A HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for executing a holding function with the aid of a hydraulic braking system of a vehicle, comprising:building up an initial holding pressure in at least one wheel brake cylinder of the hydraulic braking system with the aid of at least one brake pressure buildup device of the hydraulic braking system and closing at least one shutoff valve situated between the at least one wheel brake cylinder and the at least one brake pressure buildup device in such a way that the initial holding pressure is temporarily enclosed in the at least one wheel brake cylinder;
building up a new holding pressure, in the at least one wheel brake cylinder, equal or not equal to the initial holding pressure, wherein the new holding pressure is enclosed in the at least one wheel brake cylinder by closing the at least one shutoff valve again;
wherein the new holding pressure is built up in the at least one wheel brake cylinder by:
with the aid of the at least one brake pressure buildup device, with the at least one shutoff valve closed, building up, between the at least one shutoff valve and the at least one brake pressure buildup device, an intermediate pressure less than the new holding pressure;
opening the at least one shutoff valve upon presence of the intermediate pressure between the at least one shutoff valve and the at least one brake pressure buildup device; and
transferring brake fluid with the aid of the at least one brake pressure buildup device through the at least one open shutoff valve into the at least one wheel brake cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,654,458

ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A COMPRESSED AIR BRAKING SYSTEM OF A UTILITY VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. An electronic brake system for a braking system of a utility vehicle, the electronic brake system comprising:a braking value encoder that includes at least one sensor for detecting positions of a brake pedal that is operable by a driver of the utility vehicle and includes at least one first valve that is mechanically actuated by the brake pedal, wherein, as a result of the mechanical actuation, the at least one first valve is moved from a pressure reduction position to at least one pressure maintenance position or pressure build-up position, wherein, in each of the pressure maintenance position and pressure build up position, the at least one first valve passes at least one fluid flow from a pressure source through the at least one first valve to actuate at least one service brake of the braking system;
at least one final control element associated with and controlling the at least one first valve, wherein the at least one final control element is different from the brake pedal, wherein, by operation of the at least one final control element, the at least one first valve is moved from the pressure reduction position to the at least one pressure maintenance position or pressure build-up position, wherein movement of the at least one first valve by the at least one final control element is independent of movement of the brake pedal;
a first battery that stores and supplies electrical current;
a first electronic control unit connected to the first battery and supplied with electrical current by the first battery;
at least one electrically operated second valve actuated by the first electronic control unit depending on the position of the brake pedal detected by the at least one sensor, wherein actuation of the at least on electrically operated second valve adjusts the fluid flow for actuating the at least one service brake of the braking system;
a second battery, which is different from the first battery, and stores and supplies electrical current; and
at least one second electronic control unit, which is different from the first electronic control unit, and actuates the at least one final control element, wherein the second electronic control unit is connected to the second battery and is supplied with electrical current from the second battery,
wherein the at least one first valve is coupled to the brake pedal by a coupling device, and wherein the coupling device is configured to allow movement of the at least one first valve relative to the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,654,457

ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electric brake system comprising:a master cylinder configured to generate hydraulic pressure corresponding to a displacement of a brake pedal;
a hydraulic circuit configured to transfer the hydraulic pressure generated by the master cylinder to at least one wheel;
an actuator connected to a passage connecting between the master cylinder and the hydraulic circuit and configured to generate hydraulic pressure using a piston operated by an electric signal generated in response to the displacement of the brake pedal, the actuator comprising a motor configured to drive the piston;
a sensing unit configured to sense driver's braking intention; and
a controller configured to calculate a change amount of stroke of the piston of the actuator, connected to a passage connecting between the master cylinder and the hydraulic circuit, needed to output brake pressure corresponding to the driver's braking intention, and control the motor of the actuator to change a torque generated by the motor of the actuator in response to the calculated change amount of the stroke of the piston of the actuator so as to boost pressure of each wheel at a predetermined slope so that the torque generated by the motor of the actuator reduces the difference between the brake pressure corresponding to the driver's braking intention and the pressure of each wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,654,456

DEFLECTION CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A deflection control apparatus configured to perform a deflection control in which a subject vehicle is deflected by a braking force difference between left and right wheels, said vehicle control apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
release the deflection control based on a steering operation, which is an operation of deflecting the subject vehicle in a direction opposite to a direction in which the subject vehicle is deflected by the deflection control, being detected during the deflection control, wherein the releasing the deflection control includes reducing a controlled variable associated with the deflection control over a predetermined time, which is shorter than a fall time of the controlled variable associated with the deflection control that is based on the deflection control ending without being released, and which becomes longer as the controlled variable increases based on the steering operation being detected.

US Pat. No. 10,654,455

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member configured to be brought into contact with the brake rotor;
a friction member manipulator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member manipulator;
a braking force estimator configured to obtain a braking force estimated value which is an estimated value of braking force generated when the friction member is brought into contact with the brake rotor by the friction member manipulator; and
a control device configured to perform follow-up control such that the braking force estimated value estimated by the braking force estimator follows a given braking force command value, wherein
the control device includes an angle-sensorless control function section configured to determine a target phase of a motor current of the electric motor irrespective of an actual angle of the electric motor and control the electric motor to have a current value that is based on the determined target phase of the motor current, and
the angle-sensorless control function section includes a current phase determination section configured to determine a current phase of the motor current of the electric motor on the basis of a deviation between the braking force command value and the braking force estimated value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,454

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle brake system, comprising: a hydraulic brake device provided for one of a front wheel and a rear wheel and configured to generate a hydraulic braking force that depends on a pressure of a working fluid; an electric brake device provided for the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel and configured to generate an electric braking force that depends on a force exerted by an electric motor; and a controller configured to control operations of the hydraulic brake device and the electric brake device,wherein the electric brake device includes a rotary body configured to rotate with the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel, a friction member configured to be pushed onto the rotary body, and an actuator configured to advance a piston by the electric motor so as to push the friction member onto the rotary body, the electric brake device being configured such that, when no braking force request is made, the piston is retracted to a set backward position so as to allow a clearance to exist between the friction member and the rotary body,
wherein the controller is configured to:
execute, for the hydraulic brake device, a braking-force-request-dependent control in which the hydraulic braking force in accordance with a degree of the braking force request is generated, the braking-force-request-dependent control being executed from a time point of generation of the braking force request; and
execute, for the electric brake device, (a) a clearance removing control for removing the clearance, the clearance removing control being executed from the time point of generation of the braking force request till a time point when the degree of the braking force request increases up to a threshold degree, and (b) a braking-force-request-dependent control in which the electric braking force in accordance with the degree of the braking force request is generated, the braking-force-request-dependent control being executed after the time point when the degree of the braking force request becomes equal to the threshold degree, wherein the threshold degree is set based on a hydraulic braking force delay which is a delay of substantial generation of the hydraulic braking force by the hydraulic brake device with respect to the generation of the braking force request.

US Pat. No. 10,654,453

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOW-LATENCY BRAKING ACTION FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

UATC LLC, San Francisco,...

1. A computing system, comprising:a vehicle autonomy system comprising one or more processors, the vehicle autonomy system configured to:
obtain first sensor data from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle;
analyze the first sensor data to perceive one or more first objects in the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle;
determine a first predicted trajectory for at least one of the one or more first perceived objects;
implement a first motion plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the first predicted trajectory for the at least one of the one or more first perceived objects, the first motion plan indicative of a path along which the autonomous vehicle will travel for one or more forthcoming time periods;
obtain second sensor data from the one or more sensors, the second sensor data obtained subsequent to the first sensor data;
analyze the second sensor data to perceive one or more second objects in the surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle;
determine a second predicted trajectory for at least one of the one or more second perceived objects; and
implement a second motion plan for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the second predicted trajectory for the at least one of the one or more second perceived objects, the second motion plan comprising an updated motion plan from the first motion plan; and
a low-latency braking system comprising one or more processors, wherein the low-latency braking system is configured to:
obtain, from the vehicle autonomy system, the first motion plan;
obtain the second sensor data from the one or more sensors or state data generated by the vehicle autonomy system based at least in part on the second sensor data;
in parallel with the vehicle autonomy system determining the second motion plan based on the second sensor data, perform a supplementary safety check to determine that the autonomous vehicle has a likelihood of colliding with at least one of the one or more second objects based at least in part on the first motion plan and at least one of the second sensor data or the state data; and
in response to determining that the autonomous vehicle has the likelihood of colliding with the at least one of the one or more second objects, implement a braking action for the autonomous vehicle;
wherein the braking action implemented by the low-latency braking system has a lower latency to perform than the second motion plan implemented by the vehicle autonomy system.

US Pat. No. 10,654,452

POSITION AND FORCE SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE BRAKE PEDAL

CTS Corporation, Lisle, ...

1. A vehicle pedal sensor assembly for use in a vehicle pedal including a base and a pedal arm connected to the base of the vehicle pedal, the vehicle sensor assembly comprising:a sensor housing coupled to the base of the vehicle pedal, the sensor housing including a base and an arm unitary with and extending from the base of the sensor housing, a pedal position sensor on the first arm, a pedal force sensor on the base of the sensor housing, and an electrical connector protruding and extending unitarily outwardly from the sensor housing;
a magnet, the pedal position sensor sensing a change in the magnetic field generated by the magnet in response to a change in the position of the pedal arm; and
a pedal force application member operably coupled to the pedal arm and exerting a force against the pedal force sensor in response to the change in the position of the pedal arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,451

SYSTEM FOR CLEANING ON-VEHICLE OPTICAL SENSOR AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Denso Corporation, Kariy...

1. A method for cleaning an on-vehicle optical sensor comprising:storing a cleaning liquid in a nozzle member to cover an ejection port of the nozzle member,
feeding air to the nozzle member in a state in which the stored cleaning liquid covers the ejection port; and
ejecting a gas-liquid mixture in which the stored cleaning liquid and air are mixed toward a sensing surface of the on-vehicle optical sensor to remove foreign matter from the sensing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,450

DROPLET SENSOR

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A system for detecting foreign bodies on a window, comprising:an emitter configured to control emission of light rays generated by one or more light sources and directed toward a first edge of the window, wherein emission of the light rays toward the first edge of the window causes at least a portion of the light rays to couple to the window and to propagate across the window to a second edge of the window as electromagnetic waves;
a photodetector configured to measure a radiation power of outcoupled light rays that are outcoupled from the first edge or the second edge of the window; and
a comparator configured to
compare the radiation power with a baseline radiation value, and
generate an output signal in response to a determination that a difference between the radiation power and the baseline radiation value exceeds a defined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,449

WINDSCREEN WIPER CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A windscreen wiper control system controls a drive mechanism for at least one windscreen wiper arm to effect a reciprocating movement of the at least one windscreen wiper arm within a wiping range between a first position and a second position, whereinthe control system (60) comprises a position detector configured to detect, upon activation of said control system, an uncertain position of said windscreen wiper arm (14) within said wiping range but different from said first position (IW); and wherein
the control system is provided, upon detection of such an uncertain position, to return the windscreen wiper arm to the first position at a predetermined reduced speed, said reduced speed being applied at least in a sub-range of the wiping range in the vicinity of the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,448

VEHICLE SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A vehicle security system for monitoring a vehicle and notifying a user based on an occurrence of an event, the vehicle security system comprising:a vehicle starter, arranged within the vehicle and communicatively coupled to a microprocessor;
a portable device, having a portable device front side and a portable device rear side and the microprocessor therebetween;
a control module, communicatively coupled to the microprocessor;
a first image capture device, attached to the portable device front side and communicatively coupled to the microprocessor;
a second image capture device, attached to the portable device rear side and communicatively coupled to the microprocessor
a microphone, attached to the portable device rear side and communicatively coupled to the microprocessor;
a speaker, attached to the portable device and communicatively coupled to the microprocessor;
a device, communicatively coupled to the control module; wherein the device is at least one member of a monitoring device set consisting of: at least one remote monitoring device and at least one registered monitoring device;
wherein the control module is programmed with instructions to:
obtain a user authentication from at least one member of a user identification set consisting of: an acoustic sound obtained by the microphone, a voice recognition obtained by the microphone, an iris recognition obtained by the first image capture device, a fingerprint recognition obtained by the first image capture device; facial recognition obtained by the first image capture device; a passcode obtained by the device.

US Pat. No. 10,654,447

VEHICLE SHARING ACCESSORY MODULE AND SYSTEM

GENERAL MOTORS LLC, Detr...

1. A method of authorizing temporary access and operation of a vehicle via a mobile computing device, the method comprises:generating a reservation request to reserve the vehicle via the mobile computing device;
communicating the reservation request to a remote entity;
in response to a successful reservation request, via the remote entity, transmitting an authentication key to the mobile computing device over a wireless carrier system, wherein an accessory module is used to perform vehicle access and vehicle operations of the vehicle, wherein the accessory module comprises a CNG module that includes a Network Access Device (NAD), GPS module, Cybersecurity Gateway Module (CGM), and Cryptographic Module (CMS), and wherein the authentication key enable the mobile computing device and the accessory module to be paired for vehicle access and operations;
executing an authorization between the mobile computing device and the accessory module; and
enabling access to vehicle operations in response to a successful authorization;
wherein generating the reservation request to reserve the vehicle via the mobile computing device further comprises the steps of:
communicating the reservation request to a remote entity by the mobile computing device;
generating a signed access token by the remote entity; and
transmitting the signed access token to the NAD of the accessory module within a predetermined time from the reservation request.

US Pat. No. 10,654,446

LOCALIZATION AND PASSIVE ENTRY/PASSIVE START SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLES

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A system comprising:a communication gateway in a vehicle configured to establish a wireless communication link with a portable device;
a plurality of sensors in communication with the communication gateway, each configured to receive connection information about the wireless communication link, to receive communication packets sent from the portable device to the communication gateway via the wireless communication link, and to measure signal information of communication signals transmitting the communication packets;
a localization module configured to receive the signal information from each of the plurality of sensors and to determine a location of the portable device based on the signal information from the plurality of sensors;
a passive entry/passive start (PEPS) system configured to receive the location of the portable device from the localization module and to perform a vehicle function including at least one of unlocking a door of the vehicle, unlocking a trunk of the vehicle, and allowing the vehicle to be started based on the location of the portable device; and
a security module configured to compare first data in the communication packets received by the communication gateway with second data in the communication packets received by the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,654,445

VEHICULAR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING SILENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WHEN DRIVING UNDER DURESS

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A vehicular system comprising:a data communication module;
a first identification detector to receive one or more first biometric data inputs from a vehicle occupant;
a second identification detector to receive one or more second biometric data inputs from the vehicle occupant; and
a decision unit to determine a condition during ignition of an engine based on the one or more first biometric data inputs, the decision unit configured to:
determine that the condition during ignition indicates that the one or more first biometric data inputs were received from the vehicle occupant under normal circumstances when the one or more first biometric data inputs received is a match with a first set of pre-registered biometrics data,
determine that the condition during ignition indicates that the one or more first biometric data inputs were received from the vehicle occupant under duress when the one or more first biometric data inputs received is a match with a second set of pre-registered biometrics data,
in response to determining that the one or more first biometric data inputs were received from the vehicle occupant under duress, perform a verification to verify whether vehicle occupant is under duress, the verification includes determining that one or more second biometric data inputs indicate that the vehicle occupant is under duress, and
command the data communication module to send a notification to an external party in response to the verification verifying that the vehicle occupant is under duress.

US Pat. No. 10,654,444

SEATBELT BUCKLE DEVICE AND SEATBELT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A seatbelt buckle device having a buckle switch for detecting whether a tongue is inserted into and connected with the buckle device comprising:the buckle switch includes a switch substrate and a slider part which slides on the switch substrate, the buckle switch detecting whether the tongue is inserted in and connected with the buckle device as the slider part moves by sliding on the switch substrate synchronously with attachment or detachment of the tongue;
a frame which has a substantially U-shaped section forming a pair of side walls and slidably holds an ejector, the ejector sliding synchronously with attachment or detachment of the tongue, the ejector including an arm part extending laterally from the ejector and through an insertion opening of the frame and forming an engagement hole, and
the buckle switch includes a substrate housing attached to a first end of the switch substrate and mounted to the side wall of the frame, and the first end of the switch substrate is fixed to the side wall of the frame through the substrate housing, the slider part forming an engagement pin which is positioned in the engagement hole connecting the slider with the ejector.

US Pat. No. 10,654,443

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool onto which a webbing to be applied to a vehicle occupant is taken up;
a base that is rotated by rotary force being transmitted thereto;
a weight that is supported at the base and includes an engaging portion, the weight moving to a rotation diameter direction outer side of the base when the base is rotated, and the weight being capable of transmitting rotary force applied to the base to the spool; and
a stopper that is capable of rotating relative to the base and that is provided with an engaged portion, the engaged portion including:
an allowing portion that allows movement of the engaging portion to the rotation diameter direction outer side of the base when the base is rotating to one side, and
a restricting portion that restricts movement of the engaging portion to the rotation diameter direction outer side of the base when the base is rotating to the other side, the restricting portion being formed integrally with the allowing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,442

WEBBING ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Liang-Hsiung Wang, Taina...

1. A webbing adjustment device being applied to connect to a webbing of a seat belt system, the webbing adjustment device comprising:a cover having
a base having
two side surfaces;
a back surface formed in the base, located between the two side surfaces of the base, and having a top section; and
at least one stop portion formed on the top section of the back surface of the base;
two side plates respectively formed on the two side surfaces of the base, protruded out of the back surface of the base, and being opposite to each other, and each one of the two side plates having
a top surface;
a bottom surface;
an inner surface;
a guiding groove formed on the inner surface of the side plate, extending to the top surface of the side plate, and having a bottom;
a first retaining portion formed on the inner surface of the side plate and located at the bottom of the guiding groove;
a connecting groove formed on the inner surface of the side plate, extending to the bottom surface of the side plate, and having a top; and
a second retaining portion formed on the inner surface of the side plate and located at the top of the connecting groove; and
a space formed in the cover adjacent to the back surface of the base and located between the two side plates, wherein the back surface of the base faces the space of the cover, and the inner surface of each one of the side plates faces the space of the cover;
a frame moveably disposed in the cover up and down, and having
a body up and down moveably disposed in the cover, and having
a bottom end;
two sides;
a through hole formed through the body; and
two longitudinal portions respectively formed on the two sides of the body, wherein the two longitudinal portions are up and down slidably inserted into the guiding grooves of the two side plates respectively; and
a connecting portion formed on the bottom end of the body and having a connecting hole formed on the connecting portion, wherein the connecting portion is connected to a section of the webbing;
a slider located in the cover, moveably disposed in the body of the frame, and having
a first plate portion located between the base and the body, and disposed below the at least one stop portion of the base;
a second plate portion opposite to the first plate portion;
a through portion formed between the first plate portion and the second plate portion; and
a through slot formed through the through portion, wherein another section of the webbing is inserted through the through slot, and the section of the webbing inserted through the through slot is locked or unlocked by a relative motion between the frame and the slider; and
a guiding ring member detachably disposed on the cover, and having
a guiding ring having two sides and a top end, wherein the webbing is inserted through the guiding ring, and the cover is detachably hung on the guiding ring, the two sides of the guiding ring are respectively inserted into the connecting grooves of the two side plates, and the second retaining portion of the two side plates are hung on the guiding ring; and
a positioning element connected to the top end of the guiding ring.

US Pat. No. 10,654,441

BUCKLE DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A buckle device comprising:a buckle that is configured to engage with a tongue of a seatbelt device;
a cover member that includes a first member and a second member for assembly together in tandem and aligned in a longitudinal direction thereof, with an elongated member interposed therebetween, and at which the buckle is provided;
the elongated member is being anchored to the first member at a length direction leading end portion of the elongated member; and
a retention section that is provided at the first member, and that is configured to engage a portion of the elongated member that is further toward a length direction base end side of the elongated member than the length direction leading end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,440

METHOD OF FOLDING AN AIRBAG FOR A DRIVER'S SEAT

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of folding an airbag for a driver's seat adapted to be mounted on and stored in a boss section of a steering wheel of a vehicle, the airbag comprising a vehicle-side wall that is adapted to be supported by a rim of the steering wheel when the airbag is inflated with an inflation gas, a driver-side wall that is joined with the vehicle-side wall by an outer circumferential edge thereof and deployable towards a driver's seat, an inlet opening that is disposed in a vicinity of a center of the vehicle-side wall for introducing an inflation gas, and a mounting seat that is composed of a peripheral area of the inlet opening, the airbag being adapted to be secured to the boss section by the mounting seat,the method of folding comprising:
an initial layout step that lays the airbag out flat such that the vehicle-side wall and the driver-side wall are laid flat over each other;
a first folding process that folds up and contracts the airbag as laid out flat in width in a first direction which runs through the mounting seat, the first folding process comprising:
an initial folding step that folds back each of opposite sides in the first direction of the airbag as laid out flat with respect to the mounting seat towards the mounting seat;
an initial rolling step that rolls the airbag towards the mounting seat from creases formed in the initial folding step and forms a pair of rolled regions beside the mounting seat; and
an invaginating step that invaginates each of the rolled regions in between the vehicle-side wall and driver-side wall in proximity to the mounting seat, and
a second folding process that, after the first folding process, folds up and contracts the airbag as undergone the first folding process in width in a second direction which runs through the mounting seat and is orthogonal to the first direction, the second folding process comprising folding up of opposite sides in the second direction of the airbag with respect to the mounting seat each towards the mounting seat.

US Pat. No. 10,654,439

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR FRONT PASSENGER SEAT AND AIRBAG FOLDING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An airbag device for a front passenger seat, comprising:an inflator that is operable to generate gas; and
an airbag for a front passenger seat that is accommodated in a folded-up state, and that receives a supply of gas generated by the inflator and is configured to inflate and deploy at a front side of a front passenger seat at a height position that corresponds to at least a region from a head portion to a chest portion of a passenger in the front passenger seat, the airbag including:
a first structural portion that structures a left-right direction intermediate portion of the airbag and at which is formed a first surface that faces the front passenger seat in an inflated and deployed state;
second structural portions that are formed in continuation with both left and right sides of the first structural portion and at which are formed a pair of respective second surfaces that, in an inflated and deployed state, bulge further toward the front passenger seat than the first surface and move apart from one another;
a top surface portion that, in the inflated and deployed state, includes a top surface panel at which first regions, which are at both left and right end sides with respect to a left-right direction intermediate portion of the top surface panel as seen in plan view from a top of the airbag, are bent toward a same side of the airbag and are disposed to bulge toward the front passenger seat;
a bottom surface portion that, in the inflated and deployed state, includes a bottom surface panel (i) at which second regions, which are at both left and right end sides with respect to a left-right direction intermediate portion of the bottom surface panel as seen in plan view from a bottom of the airbag, are bent toward the same side of the airbag and are disposed to bulge toward the front passenger seat and (ii) in which mounting holes for mounting the inflator, or gas supply holes that are connected to the inflator, are formed to pass through;
a front surface portion that, in the inflated and deployed state, includes a front surface panel that is disposed at a front passenger seat side of the airbag and that is formed in a rectangular shape; and
a back surface panel that is disposed at a front windshield side of the airbag in an inflated and deployed state and that is formed in a rectangular shape having a larger left-right direction dimension than the front surface panel, wherein:
an outer peripheral edge portion of the top surface panel and respective upper end edge portions of the front surface panel and the back surface panel are sewn together,
right end edge portions of the front surface panel and right end edge portions of the back surface panel are sewn together,
left end edge portions of the front surface panel and left end edge portions of the back surface panel are sewn together,
an outer peripheral edge portion of the bottom surface panel and respective lower end edge portions of the front surface panel and the back surface panel are sewn together, and
a connecting cloth is configured to connect regions that become bulging end portion sides of the pair of the respective second surfaces in an inflated and deployed state of the airbag, and which, at a time of a front collision including an oblique collision, is configured to be deployed to cover a range that is reached by the head portion and the chest portion of the passenger in the front passenger seat.

US Pat. No. 10,654,438

CURTAIN AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A curtain airbag apparatus for a vehicle comprising:an inflator which supplies a gas; and
a cushion which is stored in an elongated storage form in a vehicle front-rear direction, on an inner side of a headliner of the vehicle above a side window of the vehicle, and receives the gas so as to inflate and deploy, wherein
the cushion in the storage form has a bent-over portion which is bent over a front end or a rear end of the cushion towards a center side thereof from a state in which the cushion is folded or rolled upwards from below,
the state in which the cushion is folded or rolled is achieved by folding or rolling the cushion from a state in which a prescribed area at a front end side or a rear end side of the cushion in a deployed state is folded over towards the center side in the vehicle front-rear direction, and
the bent-over portion of the cushion in the folded or rolled state includes at least a portion of the folded over portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,437

VEHICLE SEAT AND STAY CLOTH SEWING METHOD

NHK SPRING Co., Ltd., Yo...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a first skin that covers a surface at a seat width direction outer side of a side portion, the side portion being disposed at the seat width direction outer side of a seat back;
a second skin that covers a surface at a seat width direction inner side of the side portion, a seat width direction outer end portion of the second skin being sewn to a seat width direction inner end portion of the first skin at a first sewn portion;
a side airbag module accommodated in an interior of the side portion, the side airbag module being equipped with a side airbag that is supplied with gas and that inflates and expands toward the first sewn portion;
a first reinforcing cloth including
a first superposed portion that is wrapped around a retaining member fixed at the interior of the side portion, folded back to be formed into a loop and two end portions of the length direction of the first reinforcing cloth being superposed, the first superposed portion being sewn together with the first skin at the first sewn portion, and
a plurality of second sewn portions provided at the seat width direction inner end side of the first skin relative to the first sewn portion, the first reinforcing cloth being sewn to the first skin at a plurality of locations at the second sewn portions,the first reinforcing cloth transferring tension to the first sewn portion when the side airbag inflates and expands; anda second reinforcing cloth including
a second superposed portion that is wrapped around the retaining member, folded back to be formed into a loop and two end portions of the length direction of the second reinforcing cloth being superposed, the second superposed portion being sewn together with the second skin at the first sewn portion, and
a plurality of third sewn portions provided at the seat width direction outer end side of the second skin relative to the first sewn portion, the second reinforcing cloth being sewn to the second skin at a plurality of locations at the third sewn portions,the second reinforcing cloth transferring tension to the first sewn portion together with the first reinforcing cloth when the side airbag inflates and expands.

US Pat. No. 10,654,436

SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sliding device for slidably supporting a vehicle seat, the sliding device comprising:a fixed rail that is fixable to a vehicle;
a movable rail that is indirectly fixable to the vehicle seat and is slidable relative to the fixed rail;
a mounting bracket including:
a fixed portion fixed indirectly to the movable rail, and
an extending portion extending from the fixed portion toward a front side of the movable rail,
a sensor that is fixed to the extending portion of the mounting bracket and configured to be displaced together with the movable rail to detect a position of the movable rail; and
a restrictor that is located closer to the front side of the movable rail than the fixed portion is,
wherein the restrictor is spaced apart from the extending portion of the mounting bracket, and
wherein the restrictor restricts a displacement of the sensor by coming in contact with a contact region of the extending portion of the mounting bracket when the extending portion of the mounting bracket is displaced in excess of a predefined extent toward the restrictor along a lateral axis that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the fixed rail.

US Pat. No. 10,654,435

SENSOR MODULE FOR USE IN LOW-COST WEIGHT MEASUREMENT AND SENSING SYSTEM

BGM Engineering, Inc., S...

1. A sensor module comprising:a substrate configured to be mounted between a floor pan of a vehicle and a seat of the vehicle;
a force sensing element disposed directly upon the substrate and configured to:
sense a force applied thereupon; and
generate a reading representative of the force applied thereupon in response thereto to provide a sensor reading,
a wiring harness connected to the force sensing element and configured to transmit the sensor reading to a control module,
wherein the substrate defines an aperture configured to surround a fastening element used to fasten the seat to the floor pan of the vehicle, and wherein the force sensing element defines an aperture aligned with the aperture defined by the substrate, and the substrate further comprises a collar circumscribing the apertures and configured to protrude through an aperture in a mounting foot of a seat, whereby crushing of the force sensing element is prevented when the sensor module is mounted between a floor pan of a vehicle and a seat of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,434

UNIVERSAL BUMPER PLOW

1. A snowplow system for attachment to a vehicle, the system comprising:a snowplow assembly including a blade with a hard rubber bottom, the blade mounted via a plurality of mounts in place of a vehicle bumper to a bottom of a vehicle frame;
a plurality of hydraulic hoses;
a 3-way valve mounted to a firewall of the vehicle;
hydraulic jacks mounted between the mounts and the blade, the hydraulic jacks being in fluid communication with and controlled by the 3-way valve via the plurality of hydraulic hoses;
a spray assembly comprising a plurality of forward facing spray nozzles, the nozzles mounted on a top edge of the blade; and,
a fluid container mounted behind the blade and in fluid communication with the spray nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,654,433

IMPACT ABSORBING DEVICE AND BUMPER REINFORCEMENT

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. An impact absorbing device comprising:an impact absorbing member extending in a vehicle front-rear direction; and
a bumper reinforcement that extends in a vehicle width direction and is attached to a front end surface of the impact absorbing member, wherein
the bumper reinforcement includes
a body portion extending in the vehicle width direction and having a length in a vehicle height direction that is smaller than a length of the impact absorbing member in the vehicle height direction, and
a reinforcing portion fixed to the body portion and extending along a portion of the front end surface of the impact absorbing member, the reinforcing portion being positioned above or below the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,432

VEHICLE BUMPER DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle bumper device for a vehicle, the vehicle bumper device comprising:(i) a bumper beam formed of a continuous fiber reinforced plastic and comprising
(a) a central portion that extends in a vehicle width direction, the central portion having opposite ends in the vehicle width direction, and
(b) a left-right pair of lateral portions that respectively extend from the opposite ends of the central portion and curve toward a vehicle body of the vehicle; and
(ii) bumper auxiliary portions formed of a short fiber reinforced plastic different from the continuous fiber reinforced plastic and protruding respectively from the lateral portions outward in a vehicle front-rear direction,
wherein the bumper beam defines: an upper surface section, a lower surface section, a collision load receiving section that faces outward in the vehicle front-rear direction, and a vehicle body attachment section that has an opening oriented toward the vehicle body, and has an approximately U-shaped cross section, and
wherein, in the lateral portions, at least one of the upper surface section and the lower surface section has at least one ridgeline defined by a surface step formed on the at least one of the upper surface and the lower surface, the at least one ridgeline extending between the collision load receiving section and the vehicle body attachment section.

US Pat. No. 10,654,431

IN-VEHICLE DEVICE FIXING STRUCTURE AND STRUCTURE FOR FIXING IN-VEHICLE DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-vehicle device fixing structure comprising:a base member attached to a vehicle body, the base member including a flat-shaped bottom wall, a first side wall expanding toward a vehicle upper side from the bottom wall and substantially along a vehicle width direction, and a second side wall expanding toward the vehicle upper side from the bottom wall and substantially along a vehicle front-rear direction;
an in-vehicle device having a box shape, the in-vehicle device including
a first side face that is opposed to the first side wall when the in-vehicle device is placed on the bottom wall,
a second side face that is opposed to the second side wall when the in-vehicle device is placed on the bottom wall,
a third side face provided on a side opposite to the first side face, and
a fourth side face provided on a side opposite to the second side face;
a holding member including a third-side-face holding portion opposed to the third side face of the in-vehicle device, a fourth-side-face holding portion opposed to the fourth side face of the in-vehicle device, and a fastening portion attached to the bottom wall of the base member via a fastener and having a plate shape; and
an in-vehicle device locking portion provided in at least the base member and the holding member among the base member, the in-vehicle device, and the holding member, the in-vehicle device locking portion being configured to restrain a movement of the in-vehicle device toward the vehicle upper side.

US Pat. No. 10,654,430

AUTOMOTIVE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND POWER BOX

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An automotive power supply device, comprising:first and second batteries connected in parallel;
an alternator;
a functional load configured to perform a vehicle function, the functional load having a first and a second load groups connected in parallel with each other, the first and second load groups perform complementary functions when taken together complete the vehicle function, and the first and second load groups are connected in series to the first and second batteries;
a plurality of fuses interposed between the first and second batteries and the first and second load groups, the plurality of fuses including a first fuse, a second fuse, a third fuse and a fourth fuse, and each of the plurality of fuses blowing based on a short circuit current;
a fifth fuse electrically coupled to the alternator and disposed between the first fuse and the third fuse;
electric power being supplied from the first and second batteries to the first and second load groups; and
an instantaneous interruption prevention device connected to the first and second load the instantaneous interruption prevention device including:
a first power supply path that supplies electric power from the first battery through the first fuse to the first load group;
a second power supply path that supplies electric power from the second battery through a second fuse to the second load group;
a semiconductor relay that connects the first power supply path and the second power supply path, the semiconductor relay having a first terminal disposed on the first power supply path and a second terminal disposed on the second power supply path, wherein the third fuse is disposed on the first power supply path between the first terminal and the first load group and the fourth fuse is disposed on the second power supply path between the second terminal and the second load group, the instantaneous interruption prevent device preventing instantaneous interruption of electrical power supplied to at least any of the first and second load groups when any one of the plurality of fuses is blown.

US Pat. No. 10,654,429

CIRCUIT BODY FOR VEHICLE

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. A circuit body for a vehicle, the circuit body being mounted on a vehicle body to supply electric power from a power source to an electric component and to transmit a communication signal, the circuit body comprising:a plurality of control boxes dispersedly arranged on the circuit body and configured to control input and output of at least one of the electric power and the communication signal;
a trunk harness connecting one of the control boxes to another of the control boxes; and
a branch harness connecting one of the control boxes to the electric component,
the control boxes, the trunk harness and the branch harness being configured to ground a power circuit and a signal circuit through grounding routes different from each other, the power circuit supplying the electric power from the power source to the electric component through the control boxes, the signal circuit transmitting the communication signal between the control boxes and the electric component and between one of the control boxes and at least a third one of the control boxes.

US Pat. No. 10,654,428

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A power supply control device comprising:a switch control unit that is configured to switch on and off a first switch and a second switch and receives a supply of power from a battery, the first switch and the second switch being respectively provided in a plurality of power supply paths through which power is supplied from one end of a battery to one end of a first load and one end of a second load;
an output terminal from which current that flows from the battery via the switch control unit is output;
a diode whose anode is connected to the output terminal, and whose cathode is connected to one end of the second load;
an opening detection circuit configured to not detect opening of the output terminal if the second switch is on, and configured to operate if the second switch is off and detect opening of the output terminal; and
a voltage detection circuit configured to detect a voltage between one end of the battery and the output terminal,
wherein the switch control unit
switches off the second switch if the voltage detected by the voltage detection circuit is less than a threshold value, and
keeps the second switch off if the opening detection circuit detects the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,654,427

CONTROL SYSTEM AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device for controlling an apparatus, the semiconductor device comprising:a first memory that stores data indicating, in association with each other, a factor that occurs with respect to the apparatus and control contents of the apparatus to be performed with respect to the factor;
a second memory; and
a processor executing program instructions and configured to:
estimate the factor and a required time until encountering the factor based on a result of an observation of a periphery of the apparatus; and
decide control contents of the apparatus based on the estimated factor and the data, to control the apparatus,
wherein the first memory stores data which a required time until encountering the factor is greater than a threshold,
wherein the second memory stores data which a required time until encountering the factor is equal to or less than the threshold,
wherein when the estimated required time is greater than the threshold, the processor decides control contents of the apparatus based on the data stored in the first memory, and
wherein when the estimated required time is equal to or less than the threshold, the processor decides control contents of the apparatus based on data stored in the second memory.

US Pat. No. 10,654,426

TOILET APPARATUS

1. A toilet apparatus deployable in a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a. a commode disposed in a boot of the vehicle;
b. a waste collection tank provided in fluid communication with the commode, a connector piece attaching said waste collection tank and said commode, said connector piece extending beneath and away from said commode, said connector piece extending towards a lateral side of said vehicle;
c. a privacy enclosure arranged around the commode, said privacy enclosure being mounted atop of said vehicle, said privacy enclosure extending upwardly from boot sidewalls, said privacy enclosure extending about an entire perimeter of the boot;
d. a wash basin provided operatively behind the commode, said commode facing away from said wash basin;
e. a curtain arrangement and a curtain rod, said curtain arrangement mounted to said curtain rod, said curtain arrangement entirely covering a rear window of the vehicle, said curtain arrangement and said curtain rod extending an entire width of the boot of the vehicle; and
f. at least two windows mounted on said privacy enclosure, said at least two windows being directly opposite of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,654,425

VEHICLE WITH INDIVIDUAL COMPARTMENTS

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

1. A vehicle, comprisinga pair of front compartments and a pair of rear compartments separated from each other by partition walling;
wherein the front compartments and the rear compartments are inclined to a first lateral side toward rear parts thereof, and
a front part of the rear compartment on the first lateral side is positioned between rear parts of the front compartments while a rear part of the front compartment on a second lateral side opposite from the first lateral side is positioned between front parts of the rear compartments.

US Pat. No. 10,654,424

COMPOSITE PANEL FOR SOUND ABSORPTION AND SOUND INSULATION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A composite panel for sound absorption, comprising:a first perforated panel comprising first embosses and first perforation groups formed in a predetermined pattern, wherein the first embosses comprises a plurality of cells and the first perforation groups comprises a plurality of first perforated holes;
an embossed panel comprising second embosses comprising the plurality of cells, the embossed panel coupled to the first perforated panel; and
a sound absorbing and insulating material inserted between the first perforated panel and the embossed panel to absorb and block noise,
wherein in the first perforation group, a virtual regular hexagonal pattern is formed by a group of the plurality of first perforated holes, and the regular hexagonal patterns are disposed in a honeycomb structure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,423

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY ASCERTAINING ALIGNMENT OF VEHICULAR CAMERAS

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A method for dynamically ascertaining alignment of a vehicular camera relative to a vehicle to which the camera is attached, said method comprising:(a) determining a plurality of steering angle ranges for the vehicle, wherein a steering angle range is a range of steering angles that approximates straight vehicle motion over less than two seconds of travel time of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion and turning;
(b) measuring, via a steering angle sensor of a vehicle, steering angle of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion;
(c) acquiring image frames of image data captured by a camera of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion;
(d) processing image data captured by the camera via a processor of the vehicle;
(e) determining, via processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera, a central vanishing point when the vehicle is in motion and moving straight;
(f) responsive to processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera, selecting a plurality of feature points in the image frames for each steering angle range of the plurality of steering angle ranges while the vehicle is in motion and turning;
(g) tracking, via processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera, motion trajectory of each selected feature point in the image frames for each steering angle range of the plurality of steering angle ranges;
(h) determining, via processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera, a vanishing point in an image plane of the image frames for the plurality of tracked motion trajectories for each steering angle range of the plurality of steering angle ranges;
(i) determining a vanishing line in the image plane based on a locus of the determined vanishing points; and
(j) determining alignment of the camera based at least in part on the determined central vanishing point and the determined vanishing line.

US Pat. No. 10,654,422

VIEW FRIENDLY MONITOR SYSTEMS

1. A view friendly monitor system comprising:an image source operable to produce a sequence of views;
a camera operable to produce a sequence of images;
a monitor operable to display a current display; and
a controller operable to:receive the sequence of views from the image source and the sequence of images from the camera;detect a face in the sequence of images from the camera;find a relative distance of the detected face from a transitory reference face location;select a selected region in the view of the image source based on the relative distance and the current display;
update the current display in the monitor to be the selected region;
set the transitory reference face location to a location of the detected face; and
repeat said detecting the face, finding the relative distance, selecting the selected region, updating the current display, and setting the transitory reference face location one or more times.

US Pat. No. 10,654,421

MULTI-SPORT WATERCRAFT CARRIER

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A watercraft carrier, comprising:a central hub having an upper surface configured to receive a watercraft;
a rotatable upright having a distal end and configured to be disposed in a plurality of positions;
a locking assembly configured to secure the upright in the plurality of positions;
a side faceplate extending downward relative to the upper surface and comprising a plurality of grooves defining concave surfaces on the side faceplate configured to receive the distal end of the rotatable upright; and
an undercarriage coupled to the central hub and comprising a mounting surface for the side faceplate.

US Pat. No. 10,654,420

TILTABLE LADDER RACK

ROM ACQUISITION CORPORATI...

1. An apparatus for loading and unloading a load onto and from a roof of a vehicle comprising:a) a stationary bed adapted to be affixed to a roof of a vehicle, said stationary bed including a pair of rectilinear rails of a length corresponding to a length dimension of the vehicle's roof and held in parallel, spaced-apart relation by at least one transversely extending cross member;
b) a pair of elongate guide members joined individually to the pair of rails and extending from a front end portion of the rails to rear ends of the guide members, the length of the guide members being less than the length of the rails;
c) a load support member having guide rollers affixed thereto adapted to ride on the rails of the stationary bed, the rollers on the load support member cooperating with the guide members to constrain the load support member to translation motion along the rails without rotation until the guide rollers are able to exit the rear ends of the guide members;
d) a control arm pivotally coupled at a first end to the stationary bed, a second end of the control arm being disconnected from the load support member when said guide rollers are constrained by the guide members and which become connected to the load support member following exit of the guide rollers from a rear end of the guide members during rearward displacement of the load support member along the rails of the stationary bed whereby the load support member is forced to rotate upward from a horizontal disposition;
e) a pair of roller-mounted slides affixed to the opposed side edges of the load support member, the roller-mounted slides being pivotally coupled to rear end portions of the pair of rails of the stationary bed whereby the load support member may be simultaneously translated with respect to the pair of roller-mounted slides and rotated once the guide rollers disengage from the rear ends of the guide members wherein the length of the guide members is such that the load support member will not come into contact with the roof of the vehicle in moving from the vehicle roof to a position aligned with a rear end of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,419

LUGGAGE ROOM SCREEN APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A luggage compartment screen apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a moving housing provided to be movable along guide rails disposed in a luggage compartment;
a push mechanism engaged in the moving housing and having a step formed in a rotation direction of the push mechanism, wherein the push mechanism is disposed to be drawn out or drawn in from the moving housing toward the luggage compartment and to be rotatable; and
a locking mechanism rotatably disposed on the moving housing to be selectively locked to one of the guide rails,
wherein the locking mechanism is formed to have a step in a drawn-out and drawn-in direction of the push mechanism, and includes a stepped portion in contact with a stepped portion of the push mechanism to be rotated to be locked to the guide rail at a time of a drawn-in operation or a rotation operation of the push mechanism and be rotated to be separated from the guide rail at a time of a drawn-out operation of the push mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,654,418

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE STEP THEREOF

WINBO-Dongjian Automotive...

1. A vehicle step, comprising:a bracket;
a first step member and a second step member which are separately mounted on the bracket;
a first power mechanism electrically connected to the first step member and configured to drive the first step member to rotate from a first position to a second position; and
a second power mechanism electrically connected to the second step member and configured to drive the second step member to rotate from the first position to the second position;
wherein the first and second power mechanisms are located adjacent to each other and between the first step members and the second step member such that the first and second mechanism are covered by a same enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,654,417

ELECTRIC RETRACTABLE VIEW DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MURAKAMI CORPORATION, Sh...

1. An electric retractable view device for a vehicle, the view device comprising a view device rotating section including a view section body mounted therein, a rotation support section that supports the view device rotating section in such a manner that the view device rotating section is rotatable relative to a vehicle body in a direction around a predetermined rotation axis, and an electric driving mechanism that electrically drives the view device rotating section to rotate in the direction around the rotation axis and thereby moves the view device rotating section to either of a retracted position and an extended position, whereinthe electric driving mechanism includes a motor, and a power transmission mechanism that transmits a drive force of the motor to the view device rotating section to rotate the view device rotating section in the direction around the rotation axis,
the power transmission mechanism includes a double-threaded worm, and one or more motor-side worms disposed on the motor side relative to the double-threaded worm,
each of the one or more motor-side worms is a single-threaded worm, and
when a large external force is applied to the view device rotating section in the direction around the rotation axis in a state where driving of the motor is stopped, a combination of the double-threaded worm and the one or more motor-side worms are self-locked.

US Pat. No. 10,654,416

CARRIER PLATE AND OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR HAVING SUCH A CARRIER PLATE

Magna Mirrors Holding Gmb...

1. A carrier plate for a vehicle mirror, the carrier plate comprising:a reflective element on its front side and a device for fastening a mirror glass adjuster on its rear side;
wherein the carrier plate comprises cruciform slots originating from a center point of the mirror glass adjuster, and a circular arc-shaped opening, which extends along an outer radius R and has a depth directed towards the center point, being set along an annular wall in each quadrant formed by the slots; and
wherein the circular arc-shaped opening has radial apertures, which extend further along the outer radius R towards the center point than the circular arc-shaped opening.

US Pat. No. 10,654,415

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A STARTING POINT OF A GUIDANCE LINE FOR ATTACHING A TRAILER TO A TRAILER HITCH MOUNTED IN A CARGO BED OF A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

5. A method comprising:detecting edges of an object within an image of a cargo bed of a vehicle;
identifying at least one of a type of a trailer hitch attached to the cargo bed and a size of the trailer hitch based on the detected edges of the object;
determining a starting point of a guidance line for connecting a trailer to the trailer hitch based on at least one of the type of the trailer hitch and the size of the trailer hitch, wherein the guidance line indicates a future path of the trailer hitch corresponding to an angle of a steering wheel of the vehicle;
controlling an electronic display to display the image of the cargo bed and to display the guidance line on the image of the cargo bed;
detecting edges of the object within a fifth wheel envelop that includes a first portion of the image of the cargo bed;
identifying whether the trailer hitch is a fifth wheel hitch based on the detected edges of the object within the fifth wheel envelop;
detecting edges of the object within a gooseneck envelop that includes a second portion of the image of the cargo bed; and
identifying whether the trailer hitch is a gooseneck hitch based on the detected edges of the object within the gooseneck envelop.

US Pat. No. 10,654,414

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND REDUCING DISTRACTED DRIVING

United Services Automobil...

1. A system that detects and reduces distracted driving comprising:a mobile electronic device communicatively coupled to a biometric sensor and a vehicle speed sensor, wherein the biometric sensor is configured to detect biometric information of a driver in a vehicle, wherein the vehicle speed sensor is configured to detect vehicle speed information of the vehicle, and wherein the mobile electronic device comprises one or more processors configured to:
determine that the driver is distracted based at least in part on the biometric information;
determine that the driver is driving the vehicle based at least in part on the vehicle speed information; and
in response to determining that the driver is distracted and driving, send an indication that the driver is distracted to a member of a social media network of the driver via a social media network software application.

US Pat. No. 10,654,413

VEHICLE SLIDE DETECTION

MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, I...

1. A system, comprising:a first location sensor connected to a mining haul truck;
a second location sensor connected to the mining haul truck, wherein the first location sensor and the second location sensor are both arranged along a common straight-line axis that is parallel to a longitudinal axis of the truck; and
a controller in communication with the first location sensor and the second location sensor, the controller being configured to:
determine a heading of the mining haul truck using the first location sensor and the second location sensor,
determine a first location of the mining haul truck at a first time using the first location sensor and the second location sensor,
determine a second location of the mining haul truck at a second time using the first location sensor and the second location sensor,
determine a bearing of the mining haul truck by mapping a vector from the first location to the second location,
determine that an angular difference between the heading of the mining haul truck and the bearing of the mining haul truck exceeds a threshold angular difference, and
generate an output indicating that a slide event has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,654,412

NOTIFICATION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A notification system comprising:an electric vehicle provided with a cooling box, a battery, and wheels driven by electric power from the battery;
a tag reader configured to obtain storage information indicating storage conditions for a commodity selected by a user;
a processor configured to send a warning signal when a travelling distance which can be covered by the electric vehicle with the selected commodity being preserved in the cooling box under the storage conditions indicated by the storage information is shorter than a predetermined distance; and
a notification device including a display and an audio device and configured to notify the user of a warning upon receiving the warning signal.

US Pat. No. 10,654,411

DETECTING SERVICE PROVIDER STATE BASED ON RECEIVED AND HISTORIC TELEMATICS DATA AND SERVICE PROVIDER CHARACTERISTICS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A method for determining abnormal driving characteristics comprising:receiving current telematics data from a client device for a provider providing a service along at least a portion of a route, the telematics data describing movement of the client device during the service;
determining a typical frequency of one or more abnormal behaviors associated with the portion of the route based on a set of aggregate telematics data gathered from a set of client devices;
generating a provider profile with identifying information of the provider, including a deviation from the typical frequency of the one or more abnormal behaviors for the provider;
determining an expected frequency of the one or more abnormal behaviors for the provider along the portion of the route by adjusting the typical frequency of the one or more abnormal behaviors based on the provider profile;
generating an abnormality score reflecting a difference between a current frequency of the one or more abnormal behaviors of the current telematics data and the expected frequency of the one or more abnormal behaviors,
when the abnormality score exceeds a threshold, identifying at least one abnormal driving characteristic of the provider;
generating a corrective recommendation based on the at least one abnormal driving characteristic of the provider.

US Pat. No. 10,654,410

IN-VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-vehicle lighting device comprising:a panel that has a front surface and a back surface, and has a through-hole penetrating through the front surface and the back surface;
a light source disposed on a side of the back surface of the panel; and
a button inserted in the through-hole, the button including
a front end part protruding from the front surface,
an first intermediate part provided continuously with the front end part and located between the front surface and the back surface of the panel, a surface of the first intermediate part containing a material that reflects light emitted from the light source, and
a back end part provided continuously with the first intermediate part and protrudes from the back surface,
wherein the light source is disposed such that the light emitted from the light source passes through a clearance between the panel and the button.

US Pat. No. 10,654,409

AUTOMATIC HAZARD LIGHT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:determining a speed at which a vehicle is traveling;
determining at least one of engine output of the vehicle, motor output of the vehicle, a current roadway speed limit, and a speed of neighboring vehicles;
comparing the speed at which the vehicle is traveling to an expected speed of the vehicle based on the at least one of the engine output of the vehicle, the motor output of the vehicle, the current roadway speed limit, and the speed of neighboring vehicles;
upon a determination that the speed of the vehicle relative to the expected speed of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is towing a load, and upon one of a determination that hazard lights of the vehicle are activated or not activated, maintaining activation of the hazard lights, or activating the hazard lights, respectively;
upon a determination that the speed of the vehicle relative to the expected speed of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is not towing a load, and upon one of a determination that hazard lights of the vehicle are activated or not activated, deactivating the hazard lights or maintaining the hazard lights in a deactivated state, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,654,408

FRONT BRAKE LIGHT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

1. A vehicle implementing a brake light indicator system, the brake light indicator system comprising:a brake pedal to allow the vehicle to slow down in response to a driver depressing the brake pedal;
at least one front brake indicator light disposed within a windshield of the vehicle to variably flash, the at least one front brake indicator light comprising a matrix of very small lights disposed across an entirety of the windshield; and
a sensor to transmit a signal to the at least one front brake indicator light in response to the driver depressing the brake pedal, such that the at least one front brake indicator light variably flashes in response to receiving the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,654,407

DIRECTION INDICATION MECHANISM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A direction indication mechanism to be mounted on a vehicle, the direction indication mechanism comprising:a rotating member which is rotatable between a neutral position and a direction indication position in response to an operation by a user;
a ratchet which is slidable between an entry position where the ratchet enters a rotating trajectory of a cancel cam mounted on a steering shaft of the vehicle and a retreat position where the ratchet retracts from the rotating trajectory interlocking with rotation of the rotating member;
a first cam member which is provided on the rotating member and which includes a first cam surface including a portion that holds the ratchet at the retract position when the rotating member is at the neutral position; and
a second cam member which is fixed so as not to be interlocked with the rotation of the rotating member and which includes a second cam surface including a portion that allows the ratchet to move to the entry position when the rotating member is rotated to the direction indication position,
wherein an end portion of the first cam surface is adjacent to a part of the second cam surface regardless of a rotation position of the rotating member, the second cam member is a part of a case accommodating at least a part of the ratchet, and the second cam member is integrally formed with the case.

US Pat. No. 10,654,406

VEHICLE ILLUMINATION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle illumination system provided to a vehicle capable of traveling in an autonomous driving mode, the vehicle illumination system comprising:an illumination unit configured to emit a light pattern toward an outside of the vehicle; and
an illumination controller configured to control the illumination unit to irradiate the light pattern to a predetermined position,
wherein when the vehicle changes a traffic lane from a first traffic lane to a second traffic lane, the illumination controller:
controls the illumination unit to irradiate the light pattern on a road surface between a first other vehicle traveling on the second traffic lane and a second other vehicle which is a following vehicle of the first other vehicle; and
changes a length of the light pattern, depending on an interval between the first other vehicle and the second other vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,654,405

VEHICULAR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicular light-emitting device, comprising:a plurality of light-emitting units, each of the plurality of light-emitting units comprising a light source and a lens configured to defuse and emit light received from the light source, the plurality of light-emitting units being arranged side by side; and
a holding part configured to hold the plurality of light-emitting units;
wherein:
the plurality of light-emitting units are arranged so that one or more brightness peak values exist between adjacent light-emitting units of the plurality of light-emitting units,
each lens has locking pawl parts at both ends; is fixed to the holding part with a snap-fit by the locking pawl parts, and has light source introduction parts that protrude from a light source side of the lens toward the light source,
a protrusion amount of each of the light source introduction parts is smaller than a protrusion amount of each of the locking pawl parts, and
the light source introduction parts are provided at a back of a lens fixing region of the holding part.

US Pat. No. 10,654,404

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE INCLUDING CIRCUIT PORTIONS HAVING AT LEAST ONE LIGHT EMITTING DIODE, AND CONTROL PORTION THAT CONTROLS CONNECTION STATE OF CIRCUIT PORTIONS

1. A vehicle lighting device comprising:each of a plurality of circuit portions having at least one light emitting element; and
a control portion that is electrically connected to the plurality of circuit portions,
the control portion connecting the plurality of circuit portions in series when an input voltage exceeds a predetermined value and connecting at least a part of the plurality of circuit portions in parallel when the input voltage is equal to or less than the predetermined value, the control portion detecting a current flowing through each of the plurality of circuit portions and determining presence or absence of failure of the light emitting element based on the detected current, the control portion determining that failure has occurred in a circuit in which current does not substantially flow,
wherein the control portion blocks the current flowing through a circuit portion having the light emitting element in which failure does not occur when it is determined that at least the part of the plurality of circuit portions are connected in parallel and failure has occurred in the light emitting element provided in at least the part of the plurality of circuit portions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,403

MOTORCYCLE COMPRISING AN AUXILIARY LIGHTING DEVICE

1. A motorized scooter including:a scooter body extending along a longitudinal axis and having a front part, a tail part and a central part comprised between the front part and the tail part;
a generally horizontal platform disposed in the central part of the scooter body and configured to support the feet of a rider;
a front shield disposed on the front part of the scooter body arranged generally upright relative to the platform and configured to protect legs of the rider during a forward travel;
at least two wheels constrained to the motorcycle body, including a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a traction engine constrained to the motorcycle body and operatively connected to at least one of the wheels;
at least one headlight fixed to the front part;
at least one rear light fixed to the tail part;
a first auxiliary lighting device fixed to the motorcycle body and adapted to be electrically controlled in order to be activated and deactivated, wherein the first auxiliary lighting device is arranged and oriented so that, when activated, said first auxiliary lighting device lights a ground portion being on the side and/or under the central part of the motorcycle body;
an electronic control unit operatively connected to the first auxiliary lighting device and configured to activate and deactivate said first auxiliary lighting device, wherein the electronic control unit is configured to automatically activate the first lighting device when the speed of the motorcycle is lower than a threshold speed;
a twilight sensor operatively connected to the electronic control unit and wherein the electronic control unit is further configured to keep the first auxiliary lighting device off when detecting a certain degree of ambient lighting;
wherein the first auxiliary lighting device is placed under the platform and arranged to illuminate and render visible the ground portion during stopping or parking operations.

US Pat. No. 10,654,402

LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE, LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD AND LIGHTING TOOL FOR VEHICLE

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting control device configured to control a radiation state of light by a headlamp for a vehicle, the lighting control device comprising:a vehicle model information acquisition section configured to acquire vehicle model information of a vehicle located in front of a host vehicle;
a distance detection section configured to detect a distance between the vehicle located in front and the host vehicle; and
a light distribution controller configured to control a light distribution with respect to a side in front of the host vehicle by the headlamp for a vehicle on the basis of the vehicle model information and the distance,
wherein the light distribution controller is configured to control a light shielding range with respect to the vehicle located in front by controlling the light distribution with respect to the front side, and
wherein the light distribution controller is configured to control a light shielding range of the headlamp of the host vehicle with respect to an upward/downward direction of the vehicle located in front.

US Pat. No. 10,654,401

DRIVE ASSIST CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DRIVE ASSIST

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

9. A control method for drive assist which assists a driving of a vehicle by controlling a light image projected on a road surface in front of the vehicle, the control method for drive assist comprising:projecting an informative light image on the road surface, wherein the informative light image represents information to be displayed to an occupant in the vehicle;
detecting a gradient change portion of the road, the gradient change portion indicating a position at which a gradient angle of the road surface changes; and
correcting a projection position of the informative light image on the road surface to a position nearer to the occupant than the gradient change portion detected on the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,654,400

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES AND LIGHTING TOOL FOR VEHICLES

1. A lighting device for a vehicle comprising:a socket including a plate-like flange, and a mounting unit which is provided on a surface of the flange;
a light emitting unit which is provided at an apex portion of the mounting unit on a side of the mounting unit opposite to the flange, and includes a light emitting element; and
at least one support unit which protrudes from the surface of the flange on which the mounting unit is provided, and the at least one support unit being formed integrally with the flange.

US Pat. No. 10,654,399

LOAD RESTRAINT STRIP WITH STITCHBOND FABRIC BASE LAYER

1. A load restraint strip comprising:a base layer, wherein the base layer comprises a stitchbond fabric extending throughout the base layer;
a reinforcement layer fixed relative to the base layer, wherein a material of the reinforcement layer is different from the stitchbond fabric; and
an adhesive layer fixed relative to the reinforcement layer, wherein one of the base layer and the reinforcement layer is located between the adhesive layer and the other of the base layer and the reinforcement layer.

US Pat. No. 10,654,398

TOY HAULER RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

Grand Design RV, LLC, Mi...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a first living area having a first floor;
a second living area having a second floor located at a level below the first floor of the first living area;
a third living area having a third floor located at a level above the level of the second floor of the second living area;
a bed located in the third living area and moveable between a lowered position and a raised position; and
a garage located below the third living area, the garage including a garage floor, a first side wall, a front wall, a second side wall, and a ceiling, wherein the garage has an adjustable height defined by a distance between the garage floor and the ceiling, wherein the adjustable height is greater when the bed is in the raised position than the adjustable height in the lowered position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,397

BOAT MOTOR SUPPORT SYSTEM

WHITE RIVER MARINE GROUP,...

1. A system for supporting a motor of a boat with respect to a boat trailer comprising:a support member having a first end portion and a second end portion;
a trailer connector disposed at the first end portion of the support member, the trailer connector constructed and arranged to be releasably attached to a portion of the boat trailer; and
a motor support disposed at the second end portion of the support member, the motor support constructed and arranged to frictionally engage portions of the motor of the boat,
the motor support comprising:
a base member;
first and second hinge members extending from spaced locations on the base member, the first hinge member being pivotably adjustable about a first hinge member pivot axis and with respect to the base member, and the second hinge member being pivotably adjustable about a second hinge member pivot axis and with respect to the base member;
a first clamp member pivotably connected with the first hinge member to provide pivotal movement of the first clamp member about a first clamp member pivot axis and with respect to the first hinge member; and
a second clamp member pivotably connected with the second hinge member to provide pivotal movement of the second clamp member about a second clamp member pivot axis and with respect to the second hinge member,
wherein the first and the second clamp members, and the first and the second hinge members being adjustably cooperable to receive and engage opposite sides of the motor, and to facilitate engagement of the front of the motor with the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,654,396

MOTORCYCLE CARRIER WITH RETRACTABLE WHEELS

1. A motorcycle carrier comprising:a rigid rectangular frame including a rectangular perimeter formed from square aluminum tubing, and including a mid transverse brace bisecting a long side of the frame, and in each of a rectangular area formed by the bisection including a rear transverse brace and a front transverse base parallel to the mid transverse base, further disposing at each corner of the rectangular frame a wheel box member to form a wheel box at each corner of the frame;
a center channel attached to the frame and extending centrally along the length of the frame, the center channel including a hinged ramp at a first end and an inclined wheel stop at a second end, the center channel further including vertical side walls;
a pair of brackets disposed on each side of the wheel box, a bracket of the pair of brackets including a pin;
a rod rotabaly coupled to the brackets and including a socket;
a caster fixedly coupled to the rod;
a plate fixedly coupled to an end of the rod and including an aperture to accept the pin;
a first pair of wheels horizontally mounted to a front of the carrier frame; and
a second pair of wheels horizontally mounted to a rear of the carrier frame.

US Pat. No. 10,654,395

PIPE DEPLOYMENT TRAILER

Trinity Bay Equipment Hol...

1. A system, comprising:a trailer base;
a trailer bed mounted to the trailer base;
a turntable disposed on the trailer bed;
a lifting head protruding in an outwardly direction from the trailer bed and the trailer base when the lifting head is in a first orientation, wherein a position of the lifting head is adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the trailer bed;
one or more retractable restraint arms coupled to the lifting head that are retracted in a first position and extended in a second position outwardly from the lifting head to block a coil of pipe, positioned on the lifting head, from moving beyond the lifting head; and
an actuator coupled to the trailer base, wherein the lifting head is raised to a second orientation by the actuator when the actuator is in an actuated state, and the lifting head is in the first orientation when the actuator is in a non-actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,654,394

MULTI-MODAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING VENDING KIOSKS AND AUTONOMOUS DELIVERY VEHICLES

ZUME, Inc., Mountain Vie...

1. A self-propelled delivery robot, comprising:a propulsion subsystem including at least one motor configured to move the self-propelled delivery robot through an environment;
a first thermally insulated compartment having a first interior, the first interior sized and dimensioned to contain a first food item;
a second thermally insulated compartment having a second interior, the second interior sized and dimensioned to contain a second food item;
at least one sliding door to provide access to the first thermally insulated compartment or the second thermally insulated compartment;
a transfer assembly configured to selectively, operably transfer selected food items between the first thermally insulated compartment and the second thermally insulated compartment; and
a control subsystem comprising:
a processor; and
a computer readable memory, the computer readable memory including processor-readable instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive location information related to a destination; and
transmit at least one instruction to the at least one motor, wherein the at least one instruction causes the at least one motor to move the self-propelled delivery robot along a route associated with the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,654,393

TRUCK LIFT GATE SYSTEM

1. An improved lift gate system comprising:a lift gate platform including:
an upper surface;
a lower surface;
a front edge portion;
a back edge portion; and
two spaced side edge portions;
wherein said two spaced side edge portions extend between said front edge portion and said back edge portion; and
a lifting and lowering mechanism;
wherein said lifting and lowering mechanism is movably attachable to a back end section of a truck and adapted to move said lift gate platform into and out of a loading position with respect to a loading platform of said truck;
an extension plate including:
an upper surface;
a front edge portion;
a back edge portion; and
two spaced side edge portions;
wherein said two spaced side edge portions extending between said front edge portion and said back edge portion; and
at least one hinge member;
wherein said at least one hinge member is attached to said back edge portion of said extension plate; and
wherein said at least one hinge member is adapted to be attached to said front edge portion of said lift gate platform;
wherein said extension plate is configured to pivot with respect to said lift gate platform from a position that rest upon said loading platform of said back end section of a truck to a position that substantially covers a gap created between said lift gate platform and said loading platform of a back end section of said truck when said lift gate platform is placed in a loading position with respect to said loading platform of said truck via said lifting and lowering mechanism; and
wherein said extension plate is adapted to pivot with respect to said lift gate platform and lay on top of said upper surface of said lift gate platform when said lift gate platform is moved out of said loading position with respect to said loading platform of said truck via said lifting and lowering mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,654,392

FRONT-MOUNTED LOAD CARRIER FOR MOTORIZED VEHICLES

Gannon Danner, Mantua, O...

1. A load carrying apparatus for attachment to a front of a motorized vehicle, the load carrying apparatus comprising:a first supporting frame having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, wherein the first end is configured for attachment to the front of the motorized vehicle;
a second supporting frame hingedly affixed to the first supporting frame and moveable between a first position and a second position, wherein a first end of the second supporting frame is closer to the first end of the first supporting frame than the second end of the first supporting frame;
a wheel secured to the first supporting frame;
a hopper attached to the second supporting frame; and
an actuator connected to the second end of the first supporting frame and the first end of the second supporting frame, wherein the actuator moves the second supporting frame between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,391

VEHICLE WITH A CARGO BED

Greiner Schaltanlagen Gmb...

1. A vehicle with a cargo bed, comprising:an adapter element arranged on and movable along the cargo bed;
a braking device comprising a brake pad configured to generate a friction force between the adapter element and the cargo bed and secure the adapter element on the cargo bed;
a displaceable pawl, which, in a transport position of the adapter element, engages behind a retaining lug arranged on and extending upwardly from the cargo bed and secures the adapter element in the transport position by positive-locking engagement; and
a support element for at least one functional element detachably fixed on the adapter element,
wherein the displaceable pawl and the brake pad are arranged on a common pivoting arm.

US Pat. No. 10,654,390

ASSEMBLED FOOTREST OF CAR SEAT APPARATUS FOR EARLY CHILD

1. A footrest assembly of a car seat apparatus for a young child, the footrest assembly comprising:a base portion interposed between a vehicle seat and a car seat body for a young child;
sidewall portions respectively erected upward on both sides of the base portion;
pressing portions installed on the sidewall portions to press or release side portions of the car seat body for a young child facing each other toward a center of a width of the base portion; and
a footrest portion connected to a front end portion of the sidewall portion with a connection unit,
wherein the sidewall portions on the both sides are supported by the base portion and allowed to move in a direction to widen or narrow a gap therebetween, and
wherein the base portion further comprises a position fixture configured to fix a position to which the sidewall portions are moved.

US Pat. No. 10,654,389

HEADREST WITH AN IMPROVED ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

Jifeng Automotive Interio...

1. A headrest for a motor vehicle, comprising:a base part for attachment to a backrest of a vehicle seat;
a head part configured for contact with a head of a vehicle occupant;
an adjusting device between the base part and the head part for causing a substantially linear adjustment of the head part between a minimum position and a maximum position relative to the base part, wherein the adjusting device has an intermediate part and several pivot levers, including at least two first pivot levers between the head part and the intermediate part, and at least two second pivot levers between the intermediate part and the base part, where the intermediate part and the several pivot levers pivot in a pivoting motion synchronously during the adjustment of the head part and are arranged and configured in such a way that at least one first articulated parallelogram is formed between the head part and the intermediate part with the at least two first pivot levers and at least one second articulated parallelogram is formed between the intermediate part and the base part with the at least two second pivot levers, and the adjusting device has at least one further synchronizing lever between the head part and the base part for setting a relative orientation of the head part with respect to the base part during adjustment of the head part and for synchronizing the pivoting motion of the at least two first pivot levers of the first articulated parallelogram with the pivoting motion of the at least two second pivot levers of the second articulated parallelogram, wherein the headrest further has a latching device for fixing the headrest in a latching manner relative to the base part; and
a toggle mechanism configured to limit the adjustment of the head part relative to the base part when the head part is in the maximum position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,388

ARTICULATING MULTI-BODY SYSTEM WITH A DISPLACEMENT CLUTCH

1. An articulating multi-body system comprising:a first body;
a second body;
a third body; and
a displacement clutch mounted to the second body, the displacement clutch including;
a first spool including first threads centered about a centerline, wherein the first spool is adapted to rotate about the centerline between a fully spooled state, a mid-state, and an unspooled state,
a second spool including second threads centered about the centerline and operably threaded to the first threads for axial displacement with respect to the first spool, wherein the second spool is adapted to rotate about the centerline between a fully spooled state, a mid-state, and an unspooled state;
a first cable extending between and connected to the first body and the first spool, wherein the first cable is adapted to spool about the first spool; and
a second cable extending between and connected to the third body and the second spool, wherein the second cable is adapted to spool about the second spool, wherein a maximum axial distance exists between the first and second spools when the first and second spools are in the fully spooled states, and the first and second spools make axial contact with one-another when one of the first and second spools in the fully spooled state and the other of the first and second spools is in the unspooled state.

US Pat. No. 10,654,387

VEHICLE COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE COMPONENT

1. An armrest for a vehicle seat, the armrest comprising:an armrest structural part comprising a pivot end and an extended end located opposite the pivot end at a spaced location from the pivot end, wherein the pivot end being configured to be pivotably connected to a vehicle seat, wherein the pivot end defines a rotation axis, wherein the armrest is rotatable about the rotation axis; and wherein the extended end of the armrest structural part comprises an edge profile interposed between two adjacent side faces of the armrest structural part;
an armrest protective apparatus, wherein at least a portion of the armrest protective apparatus extends over the two adjacent side faces of the armrest structural part so that the edge profile of the armrest structural part is flattened to reduce a risk of injury to a user of the armrest; and
a trim element which surrounds the armrest structural part at least partially, wherein the armrest structural part is covered at least partially by the protective apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,654,386

TETHERING ASSEMBLY FOR ATTACHING TRIM TO A VEHICLE COMPONENT

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A tethering assembly for attaching a trim component to a vehicle component, the tethering assembly comprising:an elastomeric strap having a distal end region to which the trim component is attached,
a fleece material secured to a proximal end region of the elastomeric strap, and
a shaped retainer attached to the fleece material, the shaped retainer defining a hook-shaped load-transmitting member for receiving the vehicle component, thereby enabling tensile forces to be communicated between the elastomeric strap and the shaped retainer through the fleece material.

US Pat. No. 10,654,385

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a frame member including left and right side frames which are disposed separately from each other in a lateral direction, and a pair of connecting frames which are disposed separately from each other in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to the lateral direction and by which the left and right side frames are connected; and
left and right first bridging wires which are disposed separately from each other in the lateral direction and by which the pair of connecting frames are bridged,
wherein each of the left and right first bridging wires includes an extension portion extending in the perpendicular direction and a bent portion bent so as to protrude from the extension portion in an oblique direction deviating from a laterally outward direction toward an occupant side as defined with respect to a plane extending through and parallel to the extension portions of the left and right first bridging wires, and
wherein the bent portion is located on the occupant side.

US Pat. No. 10,654,384

SEAT

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

1. A seat comprising a cushion having a main cushion part and a side cushion part, a surface cover having a main surface part disposed on the main cushion part and a side surface part disposed on the side cushion part, and a peripheral cover disposed on an outer side surface of the side cushion part,wherein the side surface part of the surface cover and the peripheral cover are connected via a detachable first fastening part,
the surface cover and the cushion are connected via a detachable second fastening part along a pulling-over part of the cushion,
the second fastening part is a slide fastener including a first slide fastener half part having a first row of teeth and fixed to the cushion in a recess extending along the pulling-over part, a second slide fastener half part disposed on the surface cover and having a second row of teeth detachably engaged with the first row of teeth in the recess, and a pull tab for engaging and disengaging the first and second rows of teeth to fasten and unfasten the second fastening part, and
the first slide fastener half part includes a resin member having an inverted T-shaped cross-section, and the resin member includes a resin base material projecting from an upper side of a longitudinally long flat resin plate integral with the base material, the resin base material having an upper edge portion extending along a longitudinal direction of the recess with the first row of teeth being mounted on the upper edge portion, and the flat resin plate having a lower side adhesively secured directly to a bottom surface of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,654,383

STRUCTURE OF WADDED-UP SEAT TRIM COVER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WADDED-UP SEAT TRIM COVER

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

1. A method of manufacturing a wadded-up seat trim cover for covering a seat pad, the wadded-up seat trim cover having a plurality of trim cover pieces comprising a first trim cover piece and a second trim cover piece, each of the first and second trim cover pieces having an end and being sewn together at each said end, each of the first and second trim cover pieces composed of a wadding member and a skin member backed with the wadding member, each of the wadding member and the skin member having a length, wherein the length of the wadding member is less than the length of the skin member, the method comprising:a bonding step of bonding each of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces to a respective wadding member of the first and second trim cover pieces at a position spaced apart from a respective end of each of the wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces such that a portion of each of the wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces is overlapped by a respective skin member of the first and second trim cover pieces, thereby forming a bonded portion;
a first sewing step of bending a portion of each of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces such that the portion of each of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces does not overlap the wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces, along the respective end of each of the wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces and then sewing the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces below the wadding members, thereby forming a first sewn portion; and
a second sewing step of bending ends of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces to respective backs of the first and second trim cover pieces at the first sewn portion and then sewing the skin members together at respective overlapping portions that clamp the first sewn portion, thereby forming a plurality of second sewn portions.

US Pat. No. 10,654,382

STRUCTURE OF WADDED-UP SEAT TRIM COVER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WADDED-UP SEAT TRIM COVER

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

1. A structure of wadded-up seat trim cover for covering a seat pad, the structure having a plurality of trim cover pieces comprising a first trim cover piece and a second trim cover piece, each of the first and second trim cover pieces having an end and being sewn together at each said end, each of the first and second trim cover pieces composed of a first wadding member, a second wadding member and a skin member backed with the first wadding member and the second wadding member, each of the first wadding member, the second wadding member and the skin member having a length, wherein the length of the first wadding member is less than the length of each of the second wadding member and the skin member, such that a portion of the skin member does not overlap the first wadding member, the structure comprising:a first bonded portion comprising the skin member of the first trim cover piece bonded to the first wadding member of the first trim cover piece such that the first wadding member of the first trim cover piece is clamped between the skin member of the first trim cover piece and the second wadding member of the first trim cover piece at a position spaced apart from an end of the first wadding member of the first trim cover piece;
a second bonded portion comprising the skin member of the second trim cover piece bonded to the first wadding member of the second trim cover piece such that the first wadding member of the second trim cover piece is clamped between the skin member of the second trim cover piece and the second wadding member of the second trim cover piece at a position spaced apart from an end of the first wadding member of the second trim cover piece;
a first sewn portion comprising a portion of each skin member of the first and second trim cover pieces being bent along the ends of the first wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces and overlapped by the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces on the second wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces, the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces together with the second wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces bent downward, and the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces and the second wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces sewn together below the first wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces; and
a plurality of second sewn portions each comprising ends of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces and second wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces bent to a back of a respective one of the first and second trim cover pieces at the first sewn portion and the ends of the skin members of the first and second trim cover pieces and the second wadding members of the first and second trim cover pieces sewn together at an overlapping portion that clamps the first sewn portion.

US Pat. No. 10,654,381

VEHICLE SEAT COMPRISING ADJUSTABLE DAMPER

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat comprising:an upper seat part and a lower seat part, the upper seat part and the lower seat part being connected by a scissor-action frame, and comprising a damper, the scissor-action frame comprising a first scissor arm and a second scissor arm, the first scissor arm and the second scissor arm being mounted so as to be rotatable about a common swivel axis, a first end of the damper being rotatably connected to the second scissor arm,
wherein a first lever element and a second lever element are provided, a first end of the first lever element being rotatably connected to the first scissor arm, a first end of the second lever element being rotatably connected to the second scissor arm, and a second end of the damper being rotatably connected to a second end of the first lever element and to a second end of the second lever element.

US Pat. No. 10,654,380

QUERY REWRITING AND INTERACTIVE INQUIRY FRAMEWORK

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, via a computing device, a natural language query, the natural language query being in a first format;
converting the natural language query to a machine-readable query using a sequence-to-sequence model and an associated attention layer, the machine-readable query having a second format that is different from the first format;
performing a search using the machine-readable query;
receiving a document from the search;
determining a confidence score of the document, the confidence score indicating a relevance of the document with respect to the natural language query, wherein the confidence score is based, at least in part, on a conditional entropy of the document, wherein the conditional entropy is determined using the natural language query and the document; and
based on the confidence score:
returning the document to the computing device; or
generating an additional question and providing the additional question to the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,654,379

VEHICLE SEAT SLIDING DEVICE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A vehicle seat sliding device comprising:a lower rail, which is fixed to a vehicle body and has an engaging protrusion part;
an upper rail, which is supported to be slidable with respect to the lower rail and is fixed to a seat;
a lock lever, which has a locking part configured to be engaged with the engaging protrusion part and locks the upper rail in the lower rail in a state where the locking part is engaged with the engaging protrusion part;
a biasing member, which is supported by the upper rail and biases the lock lever; and
an operation handle, which is configured such that the lock lever is rotated to release engagement between the locking part and the engaging protrusion part,
wherein a first through hole and a second through hole, which are separated from each other in a longitudinal direction of the upper rail, are formed in the upper rail,
wherein the lock lever further has a first engaging part, which abuts on an inner wall surface of the first through hole, and a second engaging part, which abuts on an inner wall surface of the second through hole,
wherein at least while the lock lever is being rotated by the operation handle, the first engaging part is engaged by the first through hole, and the second engaging part is engaged by the second through hole, and
wherein at least in a state where the locking part is engaged with the engaging protrusion part, the biasing member biases the first engaging part downward such that the first engaging part abuts on the inner wall surface of the first through hole, and biases the second engaging part upward such that the second engaging part abuts on the inner wall surface of the second through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,654,378

ACTUATOR AND CABIN SEAT COMPRISING SUCH AN ACTUATOR

ZODIAC ACTUATION SYSTEMS,...

1. An actuator comprising a frame, a motor, an output shaft, and a drive train for driving of the output shaft by the motor, the drive train comprising an upstream element, kinematically connected to the rotor of the motor such that the rotor and said upstream element rotate jointly around their respective rotation axes, a downstream element, kinematically connected to the output shaft such that the output shaft and said downstream element rotate jointly around their respective rotation axes, and a coupling device for coupling the upstream element to the downstream element, said coupling device having a first configuration for transmitting all of the torque exerted by one of the upstream element and the downstream element on the coupling device toward the other of the upstream element and the downstream element when said torque is below a threshold torque, and a second configuration for deviating at least part of said torque exerted by one of the upstream element and downstream element on the coupling device toward the frame when said torque is at least equal to the threshold torque, said frame having an annular bearing surface extending around the downstream element; said bearing surface being centered on the rotation axis of the downstream element; the coupling device comprising at least one coupling member movable between a first position separated from said bearing surface of the frame when the coupling device is in the first configuration, and a second position bearing against said bearing surface when the coupling device is in the second configuration,the or each coupling member has a first bearing surface bearing against the upstream element and a second bearing surface bearing against the downstream element
one of the upstream element and the downstream element constituting a first element, the other one of the upstream element and downstream element constituting a second element, and the first element has, for the or each coupling member, a respective coupling member housing for receiving the coupling member in its first position.

US Pat. No. 10,654,377

POWER SEAT SLIDING DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

Delta Tooling Co., Ltd., ...

1. A power seat sliding device comprising:a pair of left and right sliders including upper rails and lower rails, the upper rails being movably disposed on the lower rails and configured to support a seat;
a pair of left and right slide screws disposed along moving directions of the upper rails;
nut members screwed to the slide screws; and
a driving force transmission mechanism configured to cause one, connected to the upper rails, of the slide screws and the nut members to rotate relative to the other, connected to the lower rails, of the slide screws and the nut members, the driving force transmission mechanism including:
a pair of left and right gear mechanisms disposed on the upper rails or the lower rails and configured to transmit a rotation force that causes the slide screws and the nut members to rotate relatively;
a drive unit disposed between the pair of left and right gear mechanisms and consisting of a motor that is configured to generate a rotation force in operation;
a rotating mechanism disposed between the drive unit and a first one of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms so as to be connected to an output shaft of the drive unit, the rotating mechanism having a function of compensating for an energy loss of the rotation force of the drive unit;
a first flexible shaft connecting between the drive unit and the rotating mechanism;
a second flexible shaft connecting between the rotating mechanism and the first one of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms; and
a third flexible shaft connecting between the drive unit and a second one of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms; wherein
the first, second, and third flexible shafts are configured to rotate by smaller kinetic energy than any of kinetic energy of the drive unit, kinetic energy of the rotating mechanism in motion, and friction forces and damping forces of rotating parts of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms; and
the rotating mechanism includes:
a pair of bearings spaced apart at a predetermined distance between the drive unit and the first one of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms; and
a rotating shaft extending between the pair of bearings and connected to the output shaft of the drive unit,
the first flexible shaft is disposed so as to connect between the drive unit and the rotating shaft, and
the second flexible shaft is disposed so as to connect between the rotating shaft and the first one of the pair of left and right gear mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 10,654,376

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell;
a converter that boosts a voltage input from the fuel cell and outputs the boosted voltage;
an electricity storage unit configured to store electricity;
a voltage control device that is connected to a line on an output side of the converter and configured to be able to control a voltage input from the electricity storage unit and supply the voltage input from the electricity storage unit to the line;
a drive circuit that is connected to the line and drives a load;
a relay that is disposed between the converter and a position at which the voltage control device is connected to the line, and switches between a connected state in which the fuel cell and the drive circuit are electrically connected to each other and a disconnected state in which the fuel cell and the drive circuit are electrically disconnected from each other;
an index current acquisition unit configured to acquire an index current value between the relay and the fuel cell;
a first index voltage acquisition unit configured to acquire a first index voltage value between the relay and the converter; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
when the fuel cell system is to be stopped, make an initial current determination of determining whether the relay is welded, by creating a state where electricity is not supplied from the voltage control device and disconnecting the relay, and then comparing a first set value and the index current value that is acquired after transmitting a signal to the drive circuit to cause the load to discharge electricity;
when the initial current determination finds that the index current value does not exceed the first set value, determine that the relay is not welded;
when the initial current determination finds that the index current value is equal to or larger than the first set value, deem it indeterminable that the relay is not welded, and make a re-determination by creating a state where electricity is supplied from the voltage control device and connecting the relay to shift a high voltage-side voltage between the voltage control device and the drive circuit to a first state of having been boosted to a first voltage, and then disconnecting the relay while maintaining the state where electricity is supplied from the voltage control device to shift the high voltage-side voltage to a second state of having been stepped down to a second voltage lower than the first voltage, and then comparing a second set value and a first difference that is a difference between the first index voltage value in the first state and the first index voltage value in the second state; and
when the re-determination finds that the first difference is equal to or larger than the second set value, determine that the relay is welded.

US Pat. No. 10,654,375

DRIVABLE DISTANCE CALCULATION DEVICE AND DRIVABLE DISTANCE CALCULATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A drivable distance calculation device that calculates a drivable distance that a vehicle can travel, the device comprising:a sensor that detects a remaining capacity of a battery installed in the vehicle;
a storage that stores a plurality of power consumption ratios including at least a power consumption ratio of a short driving distance and a power consumption ratio of a long driving distance; and
an arithmetic unit that calculates the drivable distance based on the remaining battery capacity detected by the sensor and a power consumption ratio selected from among the plurality of power consumption ratios stored on the storage, and outputs the calculated drivable distance to a display,
wherein the arithmetic unit selects the power consumption ratio of the short driving distance from among the plurality of power consumption ratios stored on the storage when the remaining battery capacity detected by the sensor is smaller than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,654,374

ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A BACKUP ENERGY SOURCE HAVING INTEGRATED BOOST/BUCK CONVERTER AND CHARGING SYSTEM

MAGNA CLOSURES INC., New...

1. An actuator assembly for a motor vehicle comprising:a backup energy source subassembly for providing electrical energy to said actuator assembly in response to one of a failure and interruption of a main power source;
an output module electrically connected to said backup energy source subassembly and to the main power source for driving an actuation group of said actuator assembly; and
said backup energy source subassembly including a backup low voltage source and a boost-buck converter configured to selectively supply voltage to and selectively amplify voltage from said backup low voltage source;
said boost-buck converter including an inductor electrically connected to said backup low voltage source for storing and releasing electrical energy;
said boost-buck converter including a first switch electrically connected to said inductor;
said boost-buck converter including a second switch electrically connected to said first switch and to the main power source; and
a microcontroller electrically coupled to the main power source and said backup low voltage source and said first switch and said second switch and configured to independently control switching of said first switch and said second switch in a buck mode to reduce a voltage from the main power source using the stored electrical energy in said inductor and in a boost mode to boost a voltage from said backup low voltage source using the stored electrical energy in said inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,654,373

CHARGING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A charging apparatus for an electric vehicle, the charging apparatus comprising:an alternating current (AC) power input stage configured to receive at least one AC input power from among a single-phase AC power and a multi-phase AC power;
a power factor corrector having a single three-leg half bridge circuit configured to receive the at least one AC input power through the AC power input stage;
a link capacitor to be charged through the power factor corrector;
a converter configured to connect between the link capacitor and a battery;
a switch network having a first switch for connecting any one of an AC power input line and a neutral line of the AC power input stage to the power factor corrector, and at least one second switch for selectively connecting the AC power input stage to the power factor corrector, or the link capacitor; and
a controller configured to operate the power factor corrector and the switch network based on a condition of the at least one AC input power received through the AC power input stage.