US Pat. No. 10,688,983

DECELERATION CONTROL WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR AND MULTISPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

1. A method comprising:determining a vehicle is experiencing an engine-on, coast condition by determining whether an amount of accelerator operation is zero and determining whether an amount of brake operation is zero;
transitioning to a motor-only mode in which negative motor torque is generated, and determining a rate of deceleration in a current gear by calculating torque at one or more wheels of the vehicle based upon a first torque multiplication factor based upon a gear ratio of a transmission effectuating a downshifting associated with the current gear applied to the negative motor torque;
performing the downshifting from the current gear to a lower gear; and
decreasing the negative motor torque to a torque level resulting in a rate of deceleration matching the determined rate of deceleration at the previously current gear.

US Pat. No. 10,688,982

METHOD OF SELECTING A DRIVETRAIN AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. A method controlling a state of a drivetrain of a motor vehicle, or a motor vehicle with hybrid propulsion, wherein the drivetrain includes a set of couplers and reducers between a powertrain of the vehicle and one or more drive wheels of the vehicle, the drivetrain configured to assume a plurality of kinematic states, and each of the kinematic states is defined by a different engagement of the couplers and reducers of a transmission that links a motor of the powertrain to at least one drive wheel, the method comprising:calculating an end speed of a change of state before a kinematic state is changed based on a current speed of the vehicle, a current kinematic state of the vehicle, and an intended kinematic state different from the current kinematic state, the calculating comprising:
calculating a transition time interval for the current kinematic state to be changed to the intended kinematic state,
calculating a change in speed of the motor vehicle during the transition time interval, the change in speed of the motor vehicle during the transition time interval being equal to a difference in a value of the speed of the vehicle at a start of the transition time and a value of the speed of the vehicle at an end of the transition time,
calculating a stabilization time interval for the motor vehicle to be stabilized in the intended kinematic state, and
calculating a change in speed of the motor vehicle during the stabilization time interval, the change in speed of the motor vehicle during the stabilization time interval being equal to a difference in a value of the speed of the vehicle at a start of the stabilization time and a value of the speed of the vehicle at an end of the stabilization time, and
adding the change in speed of the motor vehicle during the transition time interval and the change in speed of the motor vehicle during the stabilization time interval to the current speed of the vehicle to determine the end speed of the change of state;
comparing the calculated end speed of the change of state with a threshold; and
prohibiting the change of state to the intended kinematic state at least temporarily when the calculated end speed is greater than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,688,981

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING MODE TRANSITION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a mode transition of a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether a mode transition from a first mode to a second mode is required based on a first torque, the first torque being a current required torque;
determining a second torque, the second torque being a required torque expected to be generated at a near-future time from a current time;
determining a predicted gear shift time point and a predicted engagement time point of an engine clutch based on the second torque; and
performing the mode transition to the second mode when it is determined that the mode transition to the second mode is required and the predicted engagement time point is earlier than the predicted gear shift time point.

US Pat. No. 10,688,980

ELECTROMAGNETIC BRAKE CALLIPER COMPRISING A REDUCED FRICTION PISTON GUIDE

FOUNDATION BRAKES FRANCE,...

1. An electromechanical brake caliper, comprisinga caliper body including a base supporting a piston with a cylindrical outer face and a mechanism for transforming movement to move said piston in translation along a main direction on rotation of an electromechanical actuator coupled with said mechanism;
said base including a cylindrical inner face wherein the piston slides along a main axis of the base;
said caliper comprising at least three cylindrical steel rollers interposed between the inner face of the base and the cylindrical outer face of the piston;
said rollers being oriented along the main axis and distributed around this axis;
each roller of said at least three cylindrical steel rollers being housed in a groove formed on the inner face of the base;
each said groove extending parallel to the main axis and being radially opened towards the main axis; and
each roller of said at least three cylindrical steel rollers extending further towards the main axis than the respective groove,
wherein a first roller of the at least three cylindrical steel rollers contacts a radially outermost surface of the cylindrical outer face of the piston.

US Pat. No. 10,688,979

BRAKE SYSTEM WITH FLOATING PISTON-MAIN BRAKE CYLINDER UNIT WITH A NOVEL TYPE OF MUX CONTROL (MUX 2.0) WITH AT LEAST ONE OUTLET VALVE, AND METHOD FOR REGULATING PRESSURE

1. A brake system for motor vehicles, including:a main brake cylinder and a floating piston arranged in the main cylinder, wherein the floating piston is configured to hermetically separate first and second pressure chambers from one another, wherein the first pressure chamber is hydraulically connected to a first brake circuit and the second pressure chamber is hydraulically connected to a second brake circuit,
a pressure medium reservoir under atmospheric pressure,
wheel brakes,
an electrically controllable pressure supply device configured for pressure build-up and pressure reduction in the wheel brakes,
a valve block with a currentless open inlet valve/switching valve for each respective wheel brake, and with at least one outlet valve,
wherein each respective wheel brake is configured to be hydraulically connected to a pressure chamber of the main brake cylinder via a respective one of the switching valves, and is also configured to be hydraulically connected to the pressure supply device directly or via one or more isolating valves,
wherein each brake circuit is configured to be hydraulically connected to the pressure supply device by means of at least one controllable valve,wherein both pressure chambers are subjected to a pressure at least in normal brake booster operation both during pressure build-up and also during pressure reduction in at least one wheel brake, which corresponds to pressure generated by the pressure supply device, andwherein in braking situations, in which pressure change takes place in at least one wheel brake with high dynamics, the pressure change takes place in the at least one wheel brake by means of a volume control of the pressure supply device, and in at least one other wheel brake, a pressure reduction takes place, simultaneously, via the at least one outlet valve.

US Pat. No. 10,688,978

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING BRAKE PRESSURES OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, BRAKE SYSTEM FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD AND MOTOR VEHICLE

WABCO GMBH, Hannover (DE...

1. A method for adjusting brake pressures on pneumatically operated wheel brakes of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:setting, in a normal braking mode, a brake pressure depending on a driver brake request determined by the driver of the motor vehicle and a control unit, during reception of an external brake request which is independent of the driver brake request, in a pressure control mode, sets a resulting brake pressure at the respective wheel brakes taking into account the external brake request and the driver brake request,
terminating, after revocation of the external brake request, the pressure control mode depending on a comparison of a value representing the driver brake request and entered into the control unit with a predefined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,977

BRAKE CONTROL UNIT

Horizon Global Americas I...

1. A method of controlling braking of a towed vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a speed signal based on a speed of at least one of a towing vehicle and a towed vehicle;
sending a brake output signal based the speed signal to brakes of the towed vehicle to provide power to the brakes;
determining a relationship between the speed of at least one of a towing vehicle and a towed vehicle and a speed threshold;
applying a function to modify the brake output signal only when the speed of at least one of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle is below the speed threshold, wherein the function modifies the brake output signal based on the speed of at least one of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle; and
wherein the brake output signal is not modified based on the speed of at least one of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle when the speed of at least one of the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle is above the speed threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,688,976

LANE DEPARTURE PREVENTION SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lane departure prevention system of a vehicle, comprising:a detection sensor configured to detect a positional relationship of the vehicle relative to a lane;
an actuator; and
at least one electronic control unit configured to control a braking force of vehicle wheels by driving the actuator such that a lane departure prevention yaw moment in a direction in which departure from the lane is prevented is applied to the vehicle when it is determined that there is a likelihood that the vehicle departs from the lane based on a detection result of the detection sensor, the at least one electronic control unit being configured to
determine whether there is a likelihood that the vehicle enters a spinning state based on at least one of a difference between an actual turning state quantity and a normative turning state quantity of the vehicle and a degree of braking slip of a turning inside wheel when the lane departure prevention yaw moment is a yaw moment for preventing departure of the vehicle from the lane and a braking force is applied to the turning inside wheel, the normative turning state quantity being calculated based on a steering angle, a vehicle speed, and the lane departure prevention yaw moment,
apply a spin prevention yaw moment, instead of the lane departure prevention yaw moment, to the vehicle by applying a braking force to a turning outside wheel until a predetermined end condition is satisfied when it is determined that there is the likelihood that the vehicle enters the spinning state,
calculate a target lane departure prevention yaw moment for preventing the vehicle from departing from the lane to a turning outside when it is determined that there is the likelihood that the vehicle departs from the lane to the turning outside,
calculate a target spin prevention yaw moment for preventing the vehicle from entering the spinning state when it is determined that there is the likelihood that the vehicle enters the spinning state, and
control the spin prevention yaw moment based on the target spin prevention yaw moment without determining which magnitude of the target lane departure prevention yaw moment and the target spin prevention yaw moment is greater.

US Pat. No. 10,688,975

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARKING BRAKE HOLD ASSIST IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:receiving an operational state control signal indicating an on state;
determining a park hold assist condition wherein the park hold assist condition is indicative of an inclined road surface, a park selection of a transmission and an attached trailer to a host vehicle;
generating a first brake control signal to activate a four wheel brake system in response to the operational state control signal and the park hold assist condition;
detecting a state change in at least one of the operational state control signal and the park hold assist condition; and
generating a second brake control signal to deactivate the four wheel brake system in response to detecting the state change.

US Pat. No. 10,688,974

AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

6. A method of controlling an autonomous emergency braking system, the method comprising:radiating a radar signal;
receiving the radar signal reflected from a target;
forming at least one track corresponding to the target through the received radar signal;
determining whether the tracks are generated by a vehicle or clutter; and
receiving information on the tracks determined to be generated by the vehicle, and determining whether the tracks are generated by a vehicle or an overhead structure,
wherein the forming at least one track comprising:
dividing the tracks into a reference track formed by a radar signal having a relatively high intensity and a neighbor track neighboring the reference track within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,688,973

PARKING BRAKE EMULATOR

FLEX-N-GATE ADVANCED PROD...

1. A parking brake emulator assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a mounting bracket comprising a front spring mounting flange with a spring mounting hole;
a brake lever rotatable relative to the mounting bracket into a neutral position and a brake application position;
a spring guiding rod having a first end coupled to the brake lever through a pinned connection;
a spring aligned with the spring mounting hole; and
a rear spring holder aligned with the spring mounting hole;
wherein the spring guiding rod extends through the spring and the rear spring holder, and a second end of the spring guiding rod is coupled to the rear spring holder;
wherein rotation of the brake lever from the neutral position to the brake application position moves the pinned connection to thereby move the spring guiding rod and the rear spring holder toward the front spring mounting flange, thereby compressing the spring.

US Pat. No. 10,688,972

MANUALLY-OPERABLE HYDRAULIC STABILIZING SYSTEM

LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.,...

1. A hydraulic stabilizing system comprising:a plurality of hydraulic stabilizing jacks, each of said jacks having an actuator comprising:
an actuator cylinder;
an actuator piston slidingly engaged with said actuator cylinder, said actuator piston cooperating with said actuator cylinder to define an actuator extend chamber and an actuator retract chamber;
an actuator piston rod connected to said actuator piston and selectively extendable from and retractable into said jack cylinder; and
one of a pilot-operated check valve and a pilot-operated directional valve having a first flow port connected to one of said actuator retract chamber and said actuator extend chamber in fluid communication therewith;
a fluid transfer pump; and
a first hydraulic line connecting an output of said pump with one of said actuator extend chamber and said actuator retract chamber of said at least one of said actuators and with a second flow port of said one of a pilot-operated check valve and a pilot-operated directional valve of said at least one of said actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,688,971

WIPERLESS CLEANING SYSTEM FOR TRANSPARENT SURFACES USING AIR JETS

Jetwipe 2017 IVS, Ebelto...

1. A cleaning system for cleaning a surface of a windshield window, light or side mirror of a vehicle or the surface of a window of a building, comprising:at least one air flow generator;
a plurality of nozzles comprising guide vanes; and
a system of pipes and/or tubes to distribute air flow to the nozzles;
the plurality of nozzles forming a curved array of nozzles over the surface such that air jets are ejected by the nozzles and distributed over the surface, and the guide vanes directing the air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,688,970

METHOD OF DISTRIBUTING AIR VENTILATION IN A VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air handling system for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system of a motor vehicle having a passenger compartment, the air handling system comprising:a conduit having a flow of air passing therethrough, the conduit including a partition dividing the conduit into a first pathway and a second pathway; and
a control door disposed in the conduit and rotatably adjustable between a first position wherein the first pathway and the second pathway are each fully open and a second position wherein a flow area through the first pathway is at least partially restricted and the second pathway is fully open, wherein the control door is rotatably adjustable to a third position wherein the control door blocks the flow of the air through each of the first pathway and the second pathway, and wherein rotation of the control door from the first position to the second position occurs in a first rotational direction and rotation of the control door from the second position to the third position occurs in a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,969

YOKE FOR A DRIVE ARM OF A WINDSCREEN WIPER

1. A yoke for drive arm of a wiper of a motor vehicle, said yoke comprising:a connecting part of elongate shape and including an interior longitudinal end configured to be connected to a drive means of the arm and an exterior longitudinal end; and
a terminal part of elongate shape and including an exterior longitudinal end and an interior longitudinal end that is situated on a side of said drive means,
wherein the exterior longitudinal end of said connecting part is connected to said connecting part in a zone that is longitudinally spaced from said interior longitudinal end of the terminal part,
wherein the terminal part extends along an axis A, and the connecting part extends along an axis B substantially parallel to the axis A and at a distance from axis A,
wherein the connecting part and the terminal part are integrally formed in one piece,
wherein the terminal part is substantially U-shaped in cross-section and comprises two longitudinal lateral walls connected to one another by a transverse upper wall, and
wherein the exterior longitudinal end of said connecting part is directly connected to one of the longitudinal lateral walls of the terminal part.

US Pat. No. 10,688,968

WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle having a fastening element, the device comprisingan installation element (50) which is configured for being installed on the fastening element, the installation element (50) including at least one first securing element (51), wherein the at least one first securing element (51) is an elongate slot in a side wall of the installation element (50), wherein the slot includes a first linear section, a second linear section, and a bend therebetween, and
a wiper blade (2) having
an elongate upper part (10) which is at least partially of flexible form,
an elongate lower part (12) which is at least partially of flexible form,
multiple connecting elements (18) connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2),
a wiper blade-side fastening part (20), wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) is configured such that, by way of a movement of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) relative to the installation element (50), a first engagement action can be realized in order to connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) to the installation element (50),
wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) includes at least one first engagement element (21) which is configured to realize the first engagement action with the at least one first securing element (51) of the installation element (50), wherein the at least one first engagement element (21) is a protrusion extending from a side wall of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) and at least partially into the slot, wherein the entire slot extends in an elongate direction within a plane that is parallel to the longitudinal extent (8) and that is configured to extend perpendicular to a windshield, and wherein the first engagement action includes movement of the protrusion along the slot from the first section to the second section, such that the installation element (50) moves both linearly relatively to the wiper blade (2) along a direction parallel to the longitudinal extent (8), and also rotates relative to the wiper blade (2), and
a latch mechanism (52, 22) which is configured to fix a position of the wiper blade-side fastening part (20) relative to the installation element (50) after the realization of the first engagement action.

US Pat. No. 10,688,967

FIN RAY WIPER HAVING A CLAMPING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle, the windshield wiper device comprising a drive shaft having a groove, the windshield wiper device further comprising a wiper blade (2) withan elongate upper part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongate lower part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are designed in order to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and
a wiper-blade-side fastening part (30), wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part includes a clamping device (140) configured to secure the wiper blade-side fastening part (30) to the drive shaft, wherein the wiper-blade-side fastening part (30) further includes a bulge (133) that is separate from the clamping device and is engaged in the groove of the drive shaft, wherein the clamping device includes a lever that is configured to rotate from a first position out of the groove and into a second position into the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,688,966

PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND HEATING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A photographing apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a camera disposed inside the vehicle so as to face a window of the vehicle and is configured to receive photographing light passing through the window;
a heater disposed inside the vehicle so as to face the window, the heater generating heat that is transferred to the window when a voltage of an electric power source of the vehicle is applied to the heater; and
a control device configured to:
repeatedly perform a heat generation amount control, every time a predetermined constant time (T) elapses,
determine a voltage application time that is a time for applying the voltage of the electric power source to the heater in the predetermined constant time (T) and a voltage application stop time that is a time for applying no voltage to the heater in the predetermined constant time (T), and
apply the voltage to the heater for the time corresponding to the voltage application time and apply no voltage to the heater for the time corresponding to the voltage application stop time,
wherein,
the voltage application time and the voltage application stop time are based on a magnitude of a heat generation amount determination factor affecting a temperature of the window at a start time point of the predetermined constant time (T);
the control device is configured to execute either a first process or a second process when a specific condition is satisfied between the start time point to an end time point of the predetermined constant time (T);
the specific condition is satisfied when the magnitude of the heat generation amount determination factor deviates from the magnitude of the heat generation amount determination factor at the start time point by a predetermined value or more;
the first process is a process to stop applying the voltage to the heater until the end time point, and to restart the heat generation amount control at the end time point; and
the second process is a process to change the voltage application time and the voltage application stop time based on the magnitude of the heat generation amount determination factor at the time when the specific condition is satisfied and to restart the heat generation amount control at the end time point.

US Pat. No. 10,688,965

APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A MOBILE ACCESS DEVICE ON THE VEHICLE

1. An apparatus for determining the position of a mobile access device relative to an associated motor vehicle,wherein the mobile access device has a communication device for wireless short-range communication,
wherein the apparatus comprises:
a control device within the associated vehicle, which is configured for disabling and enabling access to a vehicle function,
a plurality of separate modules, which are each provided with a respective housing, a communication device for wireless short-range communication located within the respective housing,
and an energy store located within the respective housing,
wherein the plurality of modules are each provided with a respective mounting means, which allow an attachment of each of the plurality of modules to an interior of the associated vehicle,
wherein at least one of the plurality of modules is coupled to the control device for data transmission,
wherein the plurality of modules are each configured for detecting a respective signal strength of a signal transmission between the access device and the respective module,
wherein the at least one module of the plurality of modules and the control device are configured to carry out a position determination of the access device on the basis of multiple detected signal strengths of each of the plurality of modules and to enable or disable access to the vehicle function on the basis of the determined position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,964

VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, VEHICLE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle management system, comprising:a server configured to
issue electronic key data of a vehicle with respect to a user device;
acquire range information representing an available range of the electronic key data of the vehicle,
acquire positional information of the vehicle,
when the vehicle is used by using the electronic key data, determine whether or not a position of the vehicle is out of the available range or is expected to deviate from the available range,
provide a notification to the user device in a case where the position of the vehicle is out of the available range or in a case where the position of the vehicle is expected to deviate from the available range, and
acquire lending terms at a time the vehicle is lent to a user of the user device, the lending terms including the available range.

US Pat. No. 10,688,963

VEHICLE WITH EXTENDED RANGE REMOTE CONTROL KEY FOB

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a controller onboard a vehicle coupled to an external network transceiver, and configured to:
register a key fob with the vehicle using an authentication code, and
communicate autonomously with a remote server, and
in response to a key fob signal received from a mobile device via the remote server, the signal including the authentication code and a remote control command, autonomously modify operation of at least one component of the vehicle according to the remote control command,
wherein the mobile device is configured to
register with the key fob using the authentication code, and
responsive to receiving the remote control command from the key fob, send the authentication code and the remote control command to the vehicle via the remote server as a key fob signal.

US Pat. No. 10,688,962

REMOTE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A remote vehicle control system comprising:a vehicle having a diagnostic system, electric door locks, an electric trunk release, a theft alarm and a first transceiver;
a watch being configured to be worn on a wrist thereby facilitating said watch to display a time of day and a date; and
a communication unit being coupled to said watch, said communication unit being in electrical communication with said diagnostic unit wherein said communication unit is configured to notify a user of diagnostic alerts generated by said diagnostic unit, said communication unit controlling operational parameters of said electric door locks, said electric trunk release and said theft alarm, said communication unit comprising
a processor being positioned within said watch,
an electronic timer being positioned within said watch, said electronic timer being electrically coupled to said processor, said electronic timer tracking a time of day and a calendar date,
a display being coupled to said top side of said watch wherein said display is configured to be visible to the user, said display being electrically coupled to said processor, said display displaying indicia corresponding to the time of day and the calendar date from said electronic timer, said display being rectangular having a planar surface having with corners, and
a plurality of buttons, each of said buttons being movably coupled to said watch and positioned on said display adjacent to a respective one of said corners, each of said buttons being electrically coupled to said processor, said plurality of buttons including a door unlock button, a door lock button, a trunk release button and an alarm button, said electric door locks unlocking when said door unlock button is depressed, said electric door locks locking when said door lock button is depressed, said electric trunk release being actuated when said trunk release button is depressed, said theft alarm being turned on when said alarm button is depressed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,961

IN-VEHICLE SMOKE DETECTION AND REPORTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAR SHARING AND RIDE SHARING VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A smoke detection system for an interior of a vehicle, the smoke detection system comprising:a memory configured to store at least one of smoke characteristic data and smoke pattern data;
a detection module configured to, while the vehicle is being used as part of a car sharing or ride sharing service,
receive a sensor signal from a smoke detector,
compare data included in the sensor signal to the at least one of the smoke characteristic data and the smoke pattern data,
based on the comparison, determine whether an occupant of the vehicle is smoking, and
generate an alert signal if the occupant is smoking, wherein the alert signal indicates that a smoking event has occurred; and
a reporting module configured to transmit the alert signal to a mobile device of the occupant to indicate to the occupant that the smoking event has been detected, wherein the vehicle is reserved by a service provider for the occupant as part of the car sharing or ride sharing service.

US Pat. No. 10,688,960

SEAT BELT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE WITH ELECTRICALLY-ACTUATED MODE-CHANGING RETRACTOR

Setina Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A seat belt system for a vehicle, comprising:a first seat belt buckle mounted at a first location and comprising a first switch;
a second seat belt buckle mounted at a second location and comprising a second switch;
a seat belt retractor mounted at a third location, the third location being spaced along a seat for an occupant from the second location;
a seat belt extendable from the retractor and having a tongue, wherein the seat belt is extendable to connect the tongue to the first seat belt buckle or the second seat belt buckle; and
an electrical circuit with wired connections interconnecting the first seat belt buckle, the second seat belt buckle and the seat belt retractor, the electrical circuit comprising a relay connected to the first switch of the first seat belt buckle and to the second switch of the second seat belt buckle, wherein the relay is operative to cause the seat belt retractor to change an operating mode when the first switch changes states when the seat belt tongue is removed from the first seat belt buckle or when the second switch changes states when the seat belt tongue is removed from the second seat belt buckle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,959

VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS AND VEHICLE INCORPORATING THE SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

4. An occupant restraint system for a wheelchair occupant in a vehicle, the system comprising:a pivot brace connected to the vehicle structure;
a restraint hoop pivotally connected to the pivot brace and adapted to pivot between a stowed position above a wheelchair/occupant receiving area in the vehicle and a deployed position that is forward of a wheelchair/occupant when positioned in the wheelchair/occupant receiving area in the vehicle; and
an occupant restraint belt connected to the restraint hoop, wherein the restraint hoop comprises a pair of articulating hip arms extending rearwardly from the restraint hoop toward the wheelchair/occupant receiving area.

US Pat. No. 10,688,958

GUIDING DEVICE FOR A SEAT BELT SYSTEM

1. A guiding device for a seat belt system, the guiding device comprising:a guiding ring having
a frame having
a connecting hole formed through the frame; and
an activity space formed through the frame and disposed beside the connecting hole;
a moving seat slidably mounted on the guiding ring, located in the activity space of the guiding ring, being moveable upwardly and downwardly in the activity space of the guiding ring, and having a through hole formed through the moving seat, wherein one of a webbing and a connecting webbing passes through the through hole of the moving seat; and
an elastic member connected between the guiding ring and the moving seat.

US Pat. No. 10,688,957

SEATBELT MOVING DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A seatbelt moving device comprising:a moving body that structures a seatbelt apparatus and is moved such that a seatbelt is moved;
a stopping body that stops movement of the moving body; and
an absorbing body at which a protruding portion that protrudes from a part of a face of the absorbing body facing the moving body is provided, the moving body interfering with the stopping body via the protruding portion, and the absorbing body absorbing an impact against the moving body,
wherein a cross-sectional area of a distal side portion of the protruding portion that is orthogonal to a protrusion direction of the protruding portion is smaller than a cross-sectional area of a base side portion of the protruding portion orthogonal to the protrusion direction,
further comprising a contacting body that makes contact with the absorbing body, wherein the absorbing body is fitted to the stopping body and the contacting body is assembled to the stopping body such that the absorbing body is assembled to the stopping body by the contacting body restricting movement of the absorbing body.

US Pat. No. 10,688,956

HOLLOW WEAVE AIRBAG

SUMISHO AIRBAG SYSTEMS CO...

1. A hollow weave airbag (10) formed in an inflatable bag shape by weaving at least two pieces of base fabric, whereinthe hollow weave airbag (10) includes an outer peripheral joining part (13) positioned on an outer periphery of an inflation part (11), and an outer edge part (14) extending on the outside of the outer peripheral joining part (13);
the outer peripheral joining part (13) is constituted of multiple weaves;
a twill-like structure area (15) made of a single weave is provided in at least part of an outermost layer position of the outer peripheral joining part (13), the outermost layer position is adjacent to the outer edge part (14) and is not adjacent to the inflation part;
the twill-like structure area (15) is constituted such that when a continuous connection line is formed by connecting the same peak weave points or the same valley weave points in any of up, down, left, and right directions in a minimum unit diagram of a weave diagram, the connection line extends in a diagonal direction of the weave diagram when viewed as a whole;
a weave different from a weave defined as to the twill-like structure area (15) is used in an innermost layer position of the outer peripheral joining part (13), the innermost layer position is adjacent to the inflation part (11); and
an outer surface of the hollow weave airbag is laminated.

US Pat. No. 10,688,955

CENTER CURTAIN AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A center curtain airbag for a vehicle, the center curtain airbag comprising:an upper cushion device configured to be deployed from a roof device of the vehicle into a space between a front seat and a rear seat when an inflator operates;
a lower cushion device connecting and communicating with the upper cushion device and configured to extend downwardly from the upper cushion device when the inflator operates; and
a guide tether including a first end portion coupled to the upper cushion device or the roof device, and a second end portion coupled to a lower end portion of the lower cushion device, the guide tether being configured to provide, when the lower cushion device along with the upper cushion device is deployed, a pulling force to the lower cushion device so that the lower cushion device is configured to be deformed to protrude toward the front seat or the rear seat,
wherein the lower cushion device includes a front chamber and a rear chamber that are diverged from a lower end portion of the upper cushion device forward and rearward of the vehicle, respectively, and
wherein the guide tether includes:
a first tether including a first end portion coupled to the upper cushion device or the roof device, a second end portion coupled to one of the front chamber and the rear chamber; and
a second tether including a first end portion coupled to the upper cushion device or the roof device, and a second end portion coupled to a remaining one of the front chamber and the rear chamber, and
wherein the center curtain airbag further comprises:
a cutting device disposed in the roof device or the upper cushion device and configured to cut or not to cut the guide tether so that deployment positions of the front chamber and the rear chamber are adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,688,954

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY WITH TETHERED REACTION SURFACE AND CUSHION CONFIGURED TO PERMIT FORWARD HEAD ROTATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An airbag assembly for mounting above an occupant in a vehicle, the airbag assembly comprising:an airbag housing; and
an airbag cushion connected to the housing and deployable from an uninflated state to an inflated state, the airbag cushion including a forward portion and a rearward portion, the forward portion positioned closer to the occupant than the rearward portion when the airbag cushion is in the inflated state, the forward portion separated from the rearward portion by a void, the void configured to cause a head of the occupant to rotate forward relative to a torso of the occupant when the occupant contacts the airbag cushion, wherein the airbag cushion includes a lower portion connecting the forward portion to the rearward portion, the lower portion positioned lower than the forward portion relative to the occupant when the airbag cushion deploys to the inflated state, and wherein the airbag cushion includes an inflating leg that projects downward from the forward portion, the leg positioned below the lower portion relative to the occupant when the airbag cushion is in the inflated state.

US Pat. No. 10,688,952

DASHBOARD PROTECTION ARRANGEMENT

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A dashboard protection arrangement, which is adapted to protect an accessory or a piece of equipment located at a central region of a dashboard of a vehicle from a deploying frontal protection airbag, said dashboard protection arrangement comprises:a dashboard airbag adapted to deploy along a surface of said dashboard in order to at least partly cover said central region of said dashboard when deployed, and wherein said dashboard airbag has a larger extension in a lateral direction (y) when deployed than in a longitudinal direction (x), said lateral (y) and longitudinal (x) directions being related to said vehicle, and said dashboard airbag is stored in a compartment in said central region of said dashboard when not in use; and
at least one frontal protection airbag, wherein said dashboard airbag is located laterally displaced in relation to said frontal protection airbag before deployment, and wherein said dashboard airbag is at least partly located between said dashboard and said frontal protection airbag after deployment.

US Pat. No. 10,688,951

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A SEATBELT IS USED INCORRECTLY, AND FOR TAKING CORRECTIVE ACTION WHEN THE SEATBELT IS USED INCORRECTLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:a first webbing payout sensor configured to detect a first webbing payout of a seatbelt associated with a seat of a vehicle, wherein the first webbing payout is a first length of webbing of the seatbelt dispensed from a first retractor of the seatbelt; and
a seatbelt wear condition module configured to identify whether the seatbelt is worn correctly when the first webbing payout is less than a first value and a tongue of the seatbelt is engaged in a buckle of the seatbelt, wherein:
the buckle is fixed to one of the seat and a body of the vehicle;
a lower anchor of the seatbelt is fixed to one of the seat and the body;
the first retractor is fixed with respect to the body and a floor of the vehicle;
the seat is adjustable with respect to the first retractor along an axis;
a back of the seat is tiltable with respect to the floor; and
the system further includes a seat position module configured to adjust the first value based on at least one of:
a distance between the first retractor and the buckle, the distance being measured in a direction parallel to the axis; and
an angle between the back of the seat and the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,950

PRE-COLLISION CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pre-collision control device comprising:a sensor for transmitting a wireless medium and receiving the wireless medium reflected by an object to thereby detect the object and acquire object information including a location of the object in relation to an own vehicle and a relative velocity of the object in relation to the own vehicle;
a performing unit for performing, when an object is present with a collision probability index obtained based on the object information and satisfying a predetermined condition among the object detected by the sensor, a pre-collision control to prepare for a collision between the own vehicle and the object with the collision probability index satisfying the predetermined condition; and
a determining unit for determining whether or not the object detected by the sensor is an unnecessary object against which the performing unit need not to perform the pre-collision control,
wherein,
the performing unit is configured to perform the pre-collision control against the object when it is determined that the object is not the unnecessary object,
the sensor is configured to be able to detect an object which is present in a detectable area which includes a predetermined detection axis line segment extending along a predetermined direction from the own vehicle and whose length from the sensor is equal to or shorter than a predetermined detectable length, and
the determining unit is configure to determine that the object is the unnecessary object, when an initially detected location which is a location of the object in relation to the own vehicle when the sensor initially detected the object is in an unnecessary object area which includes the detection axis line segment and whose length from the sensor is equal to or shorter than a predetermined vicinity length shorter than the detectable length, and a velocity index value which represents a degree of a velocity change of an initially detected object which is the object whose initially detected location is in the unnecessary object area does not fall within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,688,948

AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE BUMPER ASSEMBLY

Tiercon Corp, Toronto, O...

1. A bumper assembly for attachment to a vehicle having a body and a frame, the bumper assembly comprising:an elongate bumper beam;
at least one upwardly extending body flange disposed along at least a portion of the length of the bumper beam, the at least one body flange configured to overlie the body of the vehicle and adapted to attach and connect the bumper beam to the body of the vehicle; and
at least one contact structure disposed on an inner surface of the bumper beam for contacting a portion of the frame of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,947

POWER DISTRIBUTION MODULE FOR USE IN A VEHICLE

Motor Coach Industries Li...

1. A vehicle power distribution system, the vehicle power distribution system comprising:a first power supply;
a second power supply;
a multi-layer panel having a top side and a bottom side and having a perimeter, the perimeter of the panel comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, a first edge and a second edge wherein the top edge is positioned opposite of the bottom edge and the first edge is positioned opposite of the second edge;
a plurality of input terminals positioned on the panel and proximate to the top edge, the plurality of input terminals comprising:
a first input terminal connected to a hot input from the first power supply;
a second input terminal connected to a switched input from the first power supply;
a third input terminal connected to a hot input from the second power supply; and
a fourth input terminal adapted for connection to a switched input from the second power supply;
a first plurality of output terminals positioned on the panel proximate the bottom edge of the panel, each of the first plurality of output terminals comprising a stud, and each of the first plurality of output terminals connected to one of the first input terminal, the second input terminal, the third input terminal, or the fourth input terminal;
a first plurality of fuses wherein a single fuse of the first plurality of fuses is connectable between each output terminal of the first plurality of output terminals and the respective input terminal, and wherein the first plurality of fuses is comprised of individual fuses rated for currents of 50 amps to 80 amps;
a second plurality of output terminals positioned on the panel proximate the first edge of the panel, each of the second plurality of output terminals comprising a stud, and each of the second plurality of output terminals connected to one of the first input terminal, the second input terminal, the third input terminal, or the fourth input terminal;
a second plurality of fuses wherein a single fuse of the second plurality of fuses is connectable between each output terminal of the second plurality of output terminals and the respective input terminal, and wherein the second plurality of fuses is comprised of individual fuses rated for currents of 40 amps or less;
a third plurality of output terminals positioned on the panel proximate the first edge of the panel, each of the third plurality of output terminals comprising a stud, and each of the third plurality of output terminals connected to one of the first input terminal, the second input terminal, the third input terminal, or the fourth input terminal; and
a third plurality of fuses wherein a single fuse of the third plurality of fuses is connectable between each output terminal of the third plurality of output terminals and the respective input terminal, and wherein the third plurality of fuses is comprised of individual fuses rated for currents of 70 amps or less;
a fourth plurality of output terminals positioned on the panel, each of the fourth plurality of output terminals comprising a connection type other than a stud, and each of the fourth plurality of output terminals connected to one of the first input terminal, the second input terminal, the third input terminal, or the fourth input terminal; and
a fourth plurality of fuses wherein a single fuse of the fourth plurality of fuses is connectable between each output terminal of the fourth plurality of output terminals and the respective input terminal, and wherein the fourth plurality of fuses is comprised of individual fuses rated for currents of 25 amps or less;
a communication module positioned on the multi-layer panel;
a first equalizer output terminal connected to the first input terminal;
a second equalizer output terminal connected to the second input terminal; and
wherein the distance between the top edge and the bottom edge does not exceed 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) and the distance between the first edge and the second edge does not exceed 11 inches (27.94 cm); and
wherein the voltage supplied by the first power supply is different than the voltage supplied by the second power supply; and
wherein there are no output terminals proximate the first edge.

US Pat. No. 10,688,946

SWITCH SYSTEM

Evobic Holdings LLC, Con...

1. A switch system, comprising:a fascia panel pocket configured to be disposed adjacent to a fascia panel pocket opening of a vehicle fascia panel, said fascia panel pocket includes:
a fascia panel pocket internal surface defining a fascia panel pocket interior space,
at least one tab configured to secure said fascia panel pocket to said fascia panel, said at least one tab extending outwardly from a fascia panel pocket external surface,
at least one aperture element between said fascia panel pocket internal surface and said fascia panel pocket external surface, and
a switch wire feed hole configured to allow a switch wire harness to pass between said fascia panel pocket internal surface and said fascia panel external surface; and
a switch assembly configured to be insert within said fascia panel pocket interior space of said fascia panel pocket, said switch assembly includes a switch housing operably supporting at least one switch, said switch housing having at least one switch housing securement feature configured to secure said switch assembly in said fascia panel pocket,
wherein said at least one switch housing securement feature aligns with said at least one aperture element of said fascia panel pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,688,945

SUBSTRATE FOR A VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a vehicle seat frame;
a seat substrate mounted to the vehicle seat frame, to provide a support surface for an occupant, the seat substrate being formed with a pair of guides, each sized to receive one of a pair of suspension wires of a vehicle seat suspension for translation of the pair of suspension wires within the pair of guides and to distribute an occupant load from the pair of suspension wires to the seat substrate; and
a vehicle seat suspension mounted to the vehicle seat frame, with a pair of suspension wires extending into the pair of guides;
wherein a plurality of receptacles is formed into the seat substrate; and
wherein the vehicle seat assembly further comprises a plurality of trim retention clips, each installed into one of the plurality of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,688,944

INTEGRATED LIFTGATE WIRE HARNESS TETHER

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle wire harness assembly comprising:a wire harness including at least one electrical wire and a sheath that covers and protects said at least one electrical wire;
said at least one electrical wire of said wire harness extending between first and second terminal ends and having an electrical wire tensile strength;
each of said first and second terminal ends including at least one electrical contact; and
said wire harness including at least one reinforcing tendon configured such that said at least one electrical wire and said at least one reinforcing tendon have a combined tensile strength that is at least 50 percent greater than said electrical wire tensile strength so that said wire harness acts as a tether during a crash event, wherein said at least one reinforcing tendon is electrically separated from said electrical contacts of said first and second terminal ends.

US Pat. No. 10,688,943

HEAT STAKE ATTACHMENT FEATURE

Magna International Inc.,...

1. A doghouse retainer arrangement, comprising:a securing portion operable for being connected to a vehicle;
at least two molded heat stake retention ribs formed on a part for a vehicle; and
an attachment base operably coupled to the securing portion, said attachment base including at least two attachment apertures with smooth parallel elongated sidewalls and that are not serrated and smooth parallel end walls, said at least two molded heat stake retention ribs are angled having a shorter length at the top that extends through the corresponding aperture and longest length at the bottom operable to provide alignment and positioning through corresponding apertures of greater length than said top of each molded heat stake retention rib, respectively, said at least two molded heat stake retention ribs received in the at least two attachment apertures and securing the connection to the part, said at least two attachment apertures arranged along a central longitudinal axis effective to provide a high force to failure result to assure robustness and retention and to allow tolerances in robotic assembly and minimize scrap, said securing portion including a base that has a flat upper surface and flat lower surface abutting said attachment base and including a foam washer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,942

IMAGING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An imaging device mounted in the interior of a vehicle, comprising:a camera module arranged so as to image the area ahead of the vehicle via a windshield; and
a processing substrate provided integrally with the camera module and including a processing part that controls the camera module,
wherein, when the side on which an incident light receiving face exists in the camera module is defined as camera front and the side opposite to the camera front is defined as camera rear, the whole processing substrate is arranged at the camera rear with respect to the camera module.

US Pat. No. 10,688,941

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS DISPLAY SYSTEM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display control device that controls to display an image of surroundings of a vehicle on a display device, the vehicle having a front end, a rear end, a left side and a right side, the display control device comprising:a memory structured to store a plurality of instructions; and
a processor structured to operate as follows when the processor executes the plurality of instructions stored in the memory,
wherein the operation includes:
an operation of displaying, on the display device, an image obtained by superimposing a distance guidance line indicating a position away from the vehicle by a predetermined distance and an auxiliary line to be added along the distance guidance line and having an appearance different from the distance guidance line, on the image of the vehicle surroundings; and
an operation of changing a mode of combination of the distance guidance line and the auxiliary line in at least one position, wherein
the distance guidance line is displayed in a plurality of positions with different distances from the vehicle, and the mode of combination of the distance guidance line and the auxiliary line is changed along positions having an equal distance from one of the left side or the right side of the vehicle on the plurality of distance guidance lines, and
positions having an equal distance from the one of the left side or the right side of the vehicle on the plurality of distance guidance lines are aligned in a vanishing point direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,940

LOAD CARRIER WITH TILTING HUB

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A vehicle mounted load carrier, comprising:a base comprising:
a stinger configured to couple to a hitch receiver of a vehicle,
a tube defining an interior surface, and a first tube aperture extending radially through the tube, and
a hub disposed at least partially within the interior surface of the tube, the hub comprising:
a first hub aperture extending radially within the hub, and
a locking mechanism configured to lock a relative rotation between the hub and the tube; and
a load arm coupled to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,688,939

GRIPPING ARM FOR A BICYCLE CARRIER WITH A RATCHETING MECHANISM

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A bicycle carrier, comprising:a base configured to support a bicycle, the base comprising a first end and a second end;
a wheel securement arm having a free end and a fixed end, wherein the fixed end is coupled to the first end of the base at a first joint such that the wheel securement arm is rotatably coupled to the base;
a ratchet arm comprising a ratcheting assembly, wherein the ratchet arm is coupled to the wheel securement arm and rotatably coupled to the base at a second joint; and
an actuation member disposed at the free end of the wheel securement arm and coupled to the ratcheting assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,938

HITCH-MOUNTED CARGO CARRIER

1. A hitch-mounted cargo carrier, comprising:a container, having a base and a plurality of sidewalls extending therefrom;
at least one planar lid member, wherein each planar lid member is affixed to an upper edge of one of the plurality of sidewalls;
at least one extendable leg affixed to an upper surface of each planar lid member;
the upper surface of each planar lid member configured to support additional cargo thereon;
a frame configured to removably receive and support the container;
a support rod, having a first section and a second section, wherein each section of the support rod has a first end and a second end, wherein the second end of the second section is configured to removably secure to the frame;
an intermediate bar configured to removably secure the first section of the support rod to the second section of the support rod, wherein the second end of the first section is removably secured to the first end of the second section, such that the first section and second section are not horizontally aligned;
wherein the first end of the first section of the support rod is configured to secure to a trailer hitch.

US Pat. No. 10,688,937

LADDER LOCK FOR REAR DEPLOY LADDER RACK

PRIME DESIGN, INC., St. ...

1. A ladder latching device for a rear-deploy vehicle ladder rack comprising:a) a stop member adapted to be fixedly attached to a load support member of a rear deploy vehicle ladder rack so as to project outward from a top surface of the load support member, said stop member including an aperture formed therethrough;
b) AN L-shaped lever pivotally joined to the stop member, said L-shaped lever having first and second legs;
c) the first leg having first and second ends with a roller at the first end, the first leg being attached to the second leg at the second end;
d) a ladder latch pin affixed to the L-shaped lever and extendable and retractable through said aperture in the stop member; and
e) a compression spring disposed between the stop member and the second leg of the L-shaped lever for normally urging the L-shaped lever to a latch pin retracted position relative to the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,688,936

ROOF RAIL FOR VEHICLES

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A roof rail attached to a roof of a vehicle and extending along a length of the vehicle, comprising:a roof attachment portion;
an inboard sidewall and an outboard sidewall;
a projecting portion projecting outwardly from the outboard sidewall;
a top wall extending from the inboard side wall, wherein the outboard sidewall is adapted to bear an inward force from a clamp associated with a crossbar and the roof rail comprises a trim attachment portion which extends between the top wall and the projecting portion; and
a trim attached to the trim attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,935

CARRYING SYSTEM FOR USE WITH ROLLOVER FRAME OF A TRACTOR

1. A carrying system for a vehicle including:a. a central header sleeve including two header straps, said central header sleeve configured to releasably attach to the horizontal crossbar of a rollover frame; and
b. two upper lateral sleeves each releasably attached to opposing ends of said central header sleeve with said two header straps.

US Pat. No. 10,688,934

LOADING SPACE ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE ...

1. A loading space arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:a foldable loading space cover configured to cover a loading space in a covering position of the loading space cover;
a guide system configured to guide the loading space cover between the covering position and a folded-together folded position of the loading space cover; and
a lock configured to lock the loading space cover at a height which is vertically spaced apart from the guide system;
wherein the guide system is further configured to uncouple the loading space cover from the guide system in the folded position,
wherein the lock is further configured to pivot the loading space cover from the folded position into a stowed position,
wherein the loading space cover has a front cover element and a rear cover element which is connected to the front cover element in an articulated manner about an articulation axis, and
wherein the lock is arranged substantially as an axial extension of the articulation axis in the folded position and in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,933

ADJUSTABLE VEHICLE SIDE STEP ASSEMBLIES

DEE ZEE, INC., Des Moine...

1. A side step assembly comprising:a side bar configured to be coupled to a vehicle; and
a step comprising a coupler portion that receives the side bar and engages opposite facing outer surfaces of the side bar at a first side of the side bar and a second opposite side of the side bar and interlocks with the side bar such that the step can selectively translate along the side bar while remaining coupled thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,688,932

VIEWING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A viewing device for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of imaging units that differ in imaging range;
an image generation unit that, by compositing different sets of images out of captured images from one or a plurality of the imaging units, generates a plurality of composited viewing images that differ in at least one of virtual viewpoint or virtual viewing angle, the plurality of composited viewing images including a first image with a virtual viewpoint located outside the vehicle and a second image with a virtual viewpoint located inside the vehicle;
a display unit that displays the viewing images; and
a switching unit capable of switching a viewing image being displayed at the display unit to another of the viewing images; wherein
the plurality of imaging units include an interior camera that captures an in-vehicle image and an exterior camera that captures an out-vehicle image;
the first image is generated based on an out-vehicle image captured by the exterior camera, with a virtual viewpoint located outside the vehicle;
the second image is generated based on a composition of a plurality of out-vehicle images captured by the exterior camera, with a virtual viewpoint located inside the vehicle; and
the image generation unit generates a third image with a virtual viewpoint located inside the vehicle, in which an in-vehicle image captured by the interior camera from which an external scenery has been separated out, is composited with an out-vehicle image captured by the exterior camera.

US Pat. No. 10,688,931

EXTENDED FIELD OF VIEW EXTERIOR MIRROR ELEMENT FOR VEHICLE

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

1. An exterior sideview mirror assembly suitable for use on a vehicle, said exterior sideview mirror assembly comprising:a housing portion and an attachment portion;
wherein said attachment portion is adapted for attachment at a side of a vehicle;
a mirror backing plate element;
a main mirror element disposed at and supported by a first portion of said mirror backing plate element;
wherein said main mirror element comprises one of (a) a glass substrate having a surface coated with a metallic reflector and (b) a flat polymeric substrate having a thin glass element applied to a surface thereof and with an opposing surface thereof having a reflecting layer applied thereto;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at a side of a vehicle equipped with said exterior sideview mirror assembly, said main mirror element has a primary field of view towards the rear of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said primary field of view of said main mirror element has a principal axis;
an auxiliary curved mirror element disposed at and supported by a second portion of said mirror backing plate element;
wherein said auxiliary curved mirror element comprises a convex-curved glass substrate coated with a metallic reflector;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said auxiliary curved mirror element has an auxiliary field of view towards the rear of the vehicle equipped with said exterior sideview mirror assembly;
wherein said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element has a principal axis;
wherein said mirror backing plate element is movable within said housing portion by an electrically-operable actuator;
wherein movement of said mirror backing plate element by said electrically-operable actuator similarly moves said main mirror element and said auxiliary curved mirror element;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element views into a blind spot in a side lane adjacent the side of the equipped vehicle at which said exterior sideview mirror assembly is attached, and wherein the blind spot is outside said primary field of view of said main mirror element when said main mirror element is viewed by a driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said main mirror element and said auxiliary curved mirror element are separately and adjacently disposed at said mirror backing plate element in a side-by-side relationship and are not superimposed with one mirror element on top of the other mirror element;
wherein said mirror backing plate element comprises a thermoplastic polymer resin;
wherein said second portion of said mirror backing plate element is convex-curved;
wherein said primary field of view of said main mirror element overlaps said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element;
wherein said second portion of said mirror backing plate element is tilted with respect to said first portion of said mirror backing plate element whereby, with said auxiliary curved mirror element disposed at and supported by said second portion of said mirror backing plate element and with said main mirror element disposed at and supported by said first portion of said mirror backing plate element, said principal axis of said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element is angled with respect to said principal axis of said primary field of view of said main mirror element;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said principal axis of said primary field of view of said main mirror element is directed more towards the side of the equipped vehicle than is said principal axis of said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said principal axis of said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element is directed more downwards towards a road surface the equipped vehicle travels along than is said principal axis of said primary field of view of said main mirror element;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said auxiliary curved mirror element is positioned at and occupies an outboard upper portion of said mirror backing plate element;
wherein, with said attachment portion of said exterior sideview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, said main mirror element is positioned at and occupies (i) an outboard lower portion of said mirror backing plate element and (ii) inboard upper and lower portions of said mirror backing plate element;
wherein said primary field of view of said main mirror element overlaps said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element by between 2 degrees and 20 degrees;
wherein said main mirror element has a fixed reflectance;
wherein said auxiliary curved mirror element has a fixed reflectance;
wherein the combined field of view of said primary field of view of said main mirror element combined with said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element is at least 25 degrees relative to the side of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the combined field of view of said primary field of view of said main mirror element combined with said auxiliary field of view of said auxiliary curved mirror element is less than 50 degrees relative to the side of the equipped vehicle; and
wherein said main mirror element comprises a flat polymeric substrate having a thin glass element applied to a surface thereof and with an opposing surface thereof having a reflecting layer applied thereto, and wherein said flat polymeric substrate is formed from an elongated sheet of substrate material comprising a polymeric resin material, and wherein said elongated sheet has a transparent functional film applied at a surface thereof, and wherein said transparent functional film provides at least one of (a) an anti-abrasion function, (b) a hydrophobic function and (c) a hydrophilic function, and wherein said functional film comprises an ultrathin glass material which is sufficiently flexible to be provided in a reel or roll, and wherein said functional film is sufficiently flexible to conform to said flat polymeric substrate of said main mirror element, and wherein said main mirror element comprises a reflective film disposed at a surface of said flat polymeric substrate opposite said transparent functional film, and wherein said thin glass element comprises a thin flexible glass sheet, and wherein said thin flexible glass sheet exists as a pre-formed glass sheet that is separate from said flat polymeric substrate, and wherein said thin flexible glass sheet has an attaching surface, and wherein said attaching surface is opposed to and adhered to said surface of said flat polymeric substrate when said thin flexible glass sheet is adhered to said exterior surface of said flat polymeric substrate, and wherein said thin flexible glass sheet provides an anti-abrasion function at said surface of said flat polymeric substrate when adhered thereto, and wherein said thin flexible glass sheet conforms to said exterior surface of said flat polymeric substrate when adhered thereto, and wherein said thin flexible glass sheet has a thickness of less than approximately 0.8 mm and greater than approximately 0.3 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,930

CLOAKING DEVICES CONSTRUCTED FROM REFLECTION BOUNDARIES AND COLOR FILTERS AND VEHICLES COMPRISING THE SAME

8. A cloaking device assembly comprising:an object-side, an image-side, a cloaked region (CR) between the object-side and the image-side, a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side, and a bisecting axis extending between the object-side and the image-side;
a first object-side CR reflection boundary and a plurality of first object-side color filters on a first side of the reference optical axis, wherein the plurality of first object-side color filters are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the first object-side CR reflection boundary; and
a second object-side CR reflection boundary and a plurality of second object-side color filters positioned on a second side of the reference optical axis opposite the first side, wherein the plurality of second object-side color filters are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the second object-side CR reflection boundary;
a first image-side CR reflection boundary and a plurality of first image-side color filters positioned on the first side of the reference optical axis, wherein the plurality of first image-side color filters are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the first image-side CR reflection boundary; and
a second image-side CR reflection boundary and a plurality of second image-side color filters positioned on the second side of the reference optical axis opposite the first side, wherein the plurality of second image-side color filters are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the second object-side CR reflection boundary;
wherein light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device assembly and obscured by the CR is redirected around the CR via at least two optical paths on the first side of the reference optical axis and at least two optical paths on the second side of the reference optical axis to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device assembly such that the light from the object appears to pass through the CR.

US Pat. No. 10,688,929

DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ENHANCING A DRIVER'S VISION

Shanghai XPT Technology L...

1. A driving assistance system in a vehicle for assisting a driver, comprising:a first camera disposed in the vehicle and configured to capture a visible image;
a second camera disposed in the vehicle and configured to capture an invisible image;
a display device configured to display images to the driver;
a plurality of sensors disposed in the vehicle and configured to collect environmental data surrounding the vehicle; and
a processor coupled to the first camera, the second camera, and the display device, the processor is configured to determine a weather condition based on the environmental data, determine whether a clarity of the visible image falls below a preset threshold, determine that a driver's vision is affected when the weather condition is determined as misty or foggy, hazy or smoggy, and conduct a process of image fusion to combine the visible image and the invisible image to obtain a fused image;
wherein the display device displays the fused image when the clarity of the visible image falls below the preset threshold, and displays the fused image when the driver's vision is determined to be affected.

US Pat. No. 10,688,928

PEDESTRIAN-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, IN-VEHICLE TERMINAL DEVICE, PEDESTRIAN TERMINAL DEVICE AND SAFE-DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A pedestrian-vehicle communication system comprising an in-vehicle terminal device mounted on a vehicle and a pedestrian terminal device carried by a pedestrian, wherein pedestrian position information and vehicle position information are transmitted and received between the in-vehicle terminal device and the pedestrian terminal device via pedestrian-vehicle communication,wherein the in-vehicle terminal device comprises:
a collision determiner configured to determine a collision risk based on the pedestrian position information and the vehicle position information;
a turn-on instruction generator configured to generate turn-on instruction information which, when the collision determiner determines that the pedestrian has the collision risk, causes an indicator light carried by the pedestrian to be turned on in a light color specific to the vehicle on which the in-vehicle terminal device is mounted; and
a pedestrian-vehicle communicator configured to transmit the turn-on instruction information to the pedestrian terminal device via the pedestrian-vehicle communication; and
wherein the pedestrian terminal device comprises:
a pedestrian-vehicle communicator configured to receive the turn-on instruction information transmitted from the in-vehicle terminal device; and
a turn-on controller configured to turn on the indicator light based on the turn-on instruction information,
wherein, when there is a plurality of pedestrians having collision risks with the vehicle, the turn-on instruction generator of the in-vehicle terminal device generates the turn-on instruction information which causes a plurality of indicator lights to be turned on in respective different light colors.

US Pat. No. 10,688,927

INTELLIGENT ULTRASONIC SYSTEM AND REAR COLLISION WARNING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. An ultrasonic system of a vehicle comprising:a camera sensor unit configured to take an image of a road outside a vehicle;
an ultrasonic signal input unit configured to receive at least a signal from one or more ultrasonic sensors mounted on the vehicle;
a feature extraction unit configured to extract a feature of the received signal;
a data collection unit configured to collect one or more data on at least one of wind, temperature and humidity;
a storage device configured to store a plurality of sensor setting parameters for setting the one or more ultrasonic sensors; and
a sensor control unit configured to set the one or more ultrasonic sensors with one of the sensor setting parameters that is determined based on one of vehicle surrounding classes;
wherein, when the vehicle is driving, the sensor control unit is configured to:
process the one or more data from the data collection unit to determine one of the vehicle surrounding classes based on the one or more data received from the data collection unit, and
set the one or more ultrasonic sensors with one of the sensor setting parameters that corresponds to the vehicle surrounding class determined while the vehicle is driving,
wherein, when the vehicle starts from the vehicle's turned off state, the sensor control unit is configured to:
determine one of the vehicle surrounding classes based on the one or more data previously collected when the vehicle is turned off and further based on a time period between the vehicle's turning off and the vehicle's start without collecting data on at least one of wind, temperature and humidity at the time of the vehicle's start, and
set the one or more ultrasonic sensors with one of the sensor setting parameters corresponding to the vehicle surrounding class determined at the time of the vehicle's start.

US Pat. No. 10,688,926

COMPACT LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE ARRANGEMENT

1. A compact light-emitting diode arrangement for use in a vehicle, comprising a plurality of light-emitting diodes, wherein the light-emitting diodes along with a control mechanism, which is arranged to set the brightness intensity of the light-emitting diodes individually, are arranged in one piece in a common chip housing and transparent or semi-transparent as well as partially opaque surfaces are provided within the chip housing to provide window regions, through which the brightness intensity of the light-emitting diode is observable from outside the chip housing, and a lacquer layer is arranged such that the control mechanism is protected within the housing against the emission of the light-emitting diodes.

US Pat. No. 10,688,925

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR ILLUMINATING A PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A lighting device for illuminating a passenger compartment of a vehicle, the lighting device comprising:a primary light source;
a light directing element; and
a lens sealing the lighting device with respect to the passenger compartment of the vehicle;
a light guiding element arranged between the primary light source and the lens, such that light emitted from the primary light source first passes through the light guiding element before passing through the lens, the light guiding element having irregularities that are arranged in a predetermined shape; and
a secondary light source arranged such that light emitted by the secondary light source is coupled into the light guiding element,
wherein the lens is touch-sensitive and/or proximity-sensitive.

US Pat. No. 10,688,924

VEHICULAR LUMINOUS LAMINATED GLAZED ROOF, VEHICLE INCORPORATING SAME AND MANUFACTURE

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

11. A luminous laminated glazed roof for a vehicle, said roof comprising:a laminated glazing including:
a first transparent glazing, made of mineral glass, with first and second main faces, which first transparent glazing is intended to be an exterior glazing;
a second transparent glazing made of mineral glass, with third and fourth main faces, which second transparent glazing is intended to be an interior glazing;
between the second and third main faces, which are internal faces of the laminated glazing, a transparent lamination interlayer film made of thermoplastic polymeric material, said lamination interlayer film having a fifth main face oriented toward the second main face and a sixth main face oriented toward the third main face; and
a set of inorganic light-emitting diodes, each inorganic light-emitting diode including at least one semiconductor chip, each inorganic light-emitting diode being able to emit in a direction of the third main face;wherein said lamination interlayer is provided, between the fifth main face and the sixth main face, with one or more apertures that are through apertures or that form blind holes;wherein each inorganic light-emitting diode is associated with a through aperture or a blind hole housing the inorganic light-emitting diode or wherein at least one group of said inorganic light-emitting diodes is associated with a common, through aperture or a common, blind hole housing the group of inorganic light-emitting diodes,wherein the laminated glazing includes a set of collimating optics, each collimating optics being associated with one dedicated light-emitting diode that is in the aperture, or associated with the group of light-emitting diodes that are in the common aperture and each collimating optics is arranged between the second and third main faces, with at least one functional portion between a front surface of the inorganic light-emitting diode and the third main face, andwherein the inorganic light-emitting diodes are reverse-mount diodes, a face of a diode carrier oriented toward the third main face being textured to form the collimating optics or wherein the collimating optics is a textured plate that is between a face of the lamination interlayer oriented toward the third main face and the third main face.

US Pat. No. 10,688,923

ILLUMINATED VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated vehicle door handle assembly comprising:a plurality of door handle apparatuses, each door handle apparatus comprising:
a housing, the housing having a housing left side, a housing right side, a housing bottom side, a housing top side, and a housing back side defining a handle cavity, the housing being configured to be installed within a vehicle door interior of a vehicle;
a handle coupled to the housing, the handle having a handle front side, a handle back side, a handle left side, a handle right side, a handle top side, and a handle bottom side defining a handle inside, the handle having a pivot hinge extending from the handle top side through the handle bottom side, the pivot hinge being pivotably coupled to the housing, the handle front side having a light aperture extending through to the handle inside; and
a light coupled to the handle, the light being coupled within the handle inside adjacent the light aperture, the light having a power wire extending through a handle wire aperture of the handle back side and a housing wire aperture of the housing back side; and
a photosensor coupled to the plurality of door handle apparatuses, the photosensor being coupled to the power wire of the light of each door handle apparatus, the photosensor having a sensor housing and a sensor bulb coupled to the sensor housing, the sensor housing being configured to be coupled within a dashboard of the vehicle and the sensor bulb being configured to extend through the dashboard, the photosensor being configured to be in operational communication with a vehicle electrical system of the vehicle to power the light of each door handle apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,688,922

SOFT UPPER TRIM FOR SWITCH ASSEMBLY OF VEHICLE DOOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SEOYON E-HWA CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a soft upper trim for switch assembly of a vehicle door in which a molding layer and a transparent layer are formed in a state in which a light guide plate is assembled to an upper substrate, the method comprising:(a) injection-molding the upper substrate such that a recessed groove and a protrusion groove communicate with each other, wherein a switch module is inserted into the recessed groove in a lower side of the upper substrate and a light guide plate engraved with a symbol is inserted into the protrusion groove in an upper side of the upper substrate;
(b) assembling the light guide plate in the protrusion groove, wherein the light guide plate has a thickness equal to a thickness of the protrusion groove;
(c) foam-molding a foam on the upper substrate around the protrusion groove in a state in which the upper substrate assembled with the light guide plate is inserted, wherein the foam has a thickness equal to the thickness of each of the protrusion groove and the light guide plate;
(d) applying an adhesive on upper surfaces of the protrusion groove, the light guide plate, and the foam; and
(e) attaching a transparent skin on the upper surfaces of the protrusion groove, the light guide plate, and the foam in a vacuum membrane press.

US Pat. No. 10,688,921

VEHICULAR DOOR SAFETY WARNING SYSTEM

1. A vehicular door safety warning light system arranged on the inner metal fitting face of a vehicle door that automatically flashes a hazard light when the vehicular door is in an opening and/or opened position, thereby warning passing traffic and those approaching from behind of the danger of hitting the open door or the exiting occupants so as to avoid serious injury, comprising: a single or multiple light sources contained beneath a colored or transparent lens cover or covers and/or disposed along the surface of a single and/or a plurality of housings adhered to inside of a vehicle door as a single warning light device; an adhered location on the inner metal fitting face of the vehicle door exposed when the door is opened; said single or multiple light source actuated by a battery or batteries, a magnet and an electromechanical switch housed inside at least one of the housings and electrically coupled to each light source; an automatic activation of the light source when a vehicle door is opened using an electromechanical switch and deactivated when the vehicle door is closed; a switch using a magnet to activate and deactivate the lighting element or elements due to a proximity of a ferrous material of a door jamb; an integrated power source includes battery or batteries independent of a vehicle's own electrical or computer system; a light source which blinks or flashes to attract the attention of passing traffic; an adhesive or magnetic material on a bottom surface of a backing material which adheres the housing and or housings to the inner metal fitting face of a vehicle door; and the electromechanical switch or switches having a magnet or magnets and a switch beam movable between an off condition and an on condition, wherein the magnet is configured to be magnetically attracted to ferromagnetic material includes the metal inner face of the vehicle door jamb adjacent to an upper portion of the housing associated with the electromechanical switch in the open or off condition, and wherein if said upper portion is moved from said ferromagnetic material when the vehicle door opens, the magnet mechanically connected to an attachment point of the switch beam urges the switch beam to the closed or on condition thus automatically activating the flashing lights of the safety warning light system.

US Pat. No. 10,688,920

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING VEHICLE COMPONENTS ACCORDING TO RULES ASSOCIATED WITH A VEHICLE LOCATION

1. A vehicle customization system for customizing one or more components of a vehicle comprising:one or more processors;
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
a customization module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
provide a user interface, the user interface including a plurality of elements, and each element corresponding to a vehicle component of a plurality of vehicle components;
receive a selection of at least one element of the plurality of elements through the user interface; and
receive a first set of user proposed parameters for operation of the vehicle component corresponding to the selected at least one element, the first set of user proposed parameters including at least one or more function parameters indicative of how the vehicle component will behave and one or more trigger parameters indicative of under what circumstances the vehicle component will behave according to the one or more function parameters; and
a compliance module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
determine a location associated with the vehicle;
determine a set of rules for the vehicle based on the determined location;
determine if the parameters of the first set of user proposed parameters comply with the rules of the set of rules; and
if it is determined that the parameters of the first set of user proposed parameters comply with the rules of the set of rules, configure the vehicle component corresponding to the selected at least one element to operate according to the first set of user proposed parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,688,919

USER-CONFIGURABLE INDICATION DEVICE FOR USE WITH AN ON-DEMAND TRANSPORT SERVICE

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computing system for managing a transport service, comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory resources storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the computing system to:
receive, from a user device of a requesting user, a request for the transport service;
in response to receiving the request from the user device, identify a service provider from a plurality of service providers to fulfill the request, the service provider operating a transport service vehicle;
transmit, to a provider device of the service provider, configuration data indicating an output configuration for the request, the provider device being communicatively coupled to an indication device to cause the indication device to transition from displaying a default configuration to displaying the output configuration for the request based on a determined state of the service provider or the transport service; and
in response to receiving a set of data from the provider device, communicate with the provider device to cause the indication device to cease displaying the output configuration for the request.

US Pat. No. 10,688,917

LIGHTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR LAMP, VEHICULAR LAMP SYSTEM

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting control apparatus for a vehicular turn signal lamp for controlling the flashing of a light source used as a vehicular turn signal lamp having a semiconductor light emitting device comprising:a control part for generating and outputting a control signal indicating luminous intensity of light emitted from the light source and
a light source driving part for driving the light source based on the control signal provided from the control part,
wherein the light emitted from the light source driven by the light source driving part based on the control signal repeats a predetermined luminous intensity change pattern at a predetermined cycle, and
wherein the predetermined luminous intensity change pattern comprises:
(i) a first section where the luminous intensity is substantially increased instantaneously from a lowest value to a highest value,
(ii) a second section following the first section where the luminous intensity is maintained at the highest value,
(iii) a third section following the second section where the luminous intensity is gradually decreased from the highest value to the lowest value, and
(iv) a fourth section following the third section where the luminous intensity is maintained at the lowest value, and
wherein, in the first section, the luminous intensity changes from the lowest value to the highest value in the length of time equal to or less than 1/500 of the time length of the predetermined cycle, and
wherein the length of time of the third section is set equal to or greater than 120 milliseconds, and
wherein the third section where a change in luminous intensity forms a curved line where a decrease rate of the luminous intensity at a starting point is large and a decrease rate gradually decreases toward an end point of the third section.

US Pat. No. 10,688,916

MULTIPLE RESIN OVER-MOLD FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ELECTRONICS AND LIGHT GUIDE

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. A laminated light guide and component carrier, comprising:a body having a first face;
a light emitting diode positioned on the first face;
first electrical traces printed on the first face with the light emitting diode connected to the first electrical traces;
a connector positioned on the first face also connected to the first electrical traces, wherein the connector includes capacitive touch film contacts provided within a space envelope of the connector;
a light guide of a light transmissive polymeric material affixed onto the first face proximate to and covering the light emitting diode and omitted from a space envelope containing the connector; and
an opaque polymeric material coating layer overmolded onto the first face outside of the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,688,915

VIRTUAL DRIVER DISPLAY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

VALEO SCHALTER UND SENSOR...

1. An apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a portion of a window of the vehicle having a configurable light transmittance;
an image output device; and
a controller configured to operate in a first mode when the vehicle is partially or fully controlled by a driver inside the vehicle and to operate in a second mode when the vehicle is not controlled by a driver inside the vehicle,
wherein, in the first mode, the controller is configured to:
adjust a light transmittance of the portion of the window to a first value to enable the driver inside the vehicle to see through the window;
and wherein, in the second mode, the controller is configured to:
adjust the light transmittance of the portion of the window to a second value lower than the first value, and
control the image output device to display an image on the portion of the window while the light transmittance of the portion of the window is at the second value, wherein the image is visible from outside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,914

VEHICLE LAMP

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:an image display for displaying an image formed by a plurality of image forming units, each of the plurality of image forming units including a light source unit and a light guide for emitting light incident from the light source unit; and
a controller configured to generate an image by at least one of the plurality of image forming units,
wherein the plurality of image forming units comprises:
a first image forming unit comprising a first light source unit and a first light guide through which light incident from the first light source unit is emitted; and
a second image forming unit comprising a second light source unit and a second light guide through which light incident from the second light source unit is emitted,
wherein the light emitted from the first light guide is transmitted through the second light guide and emitted,
wherein the vehicle lamp further comprises a light obstruction unit disposed between the first light source unit and the second light source unit, and
wherein the light obstruction unit extends from a first end to a second end in an extending direction from first side ends of the first light guide and the second light guide toward second side ends of the first light guide and the second light guide, and a surface that connects the first end and the second end is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the extending direction of the light obstruction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,913

LIGHT INTENSITY ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, LIGHT INTENSITY ADJUSTMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A light intensity adjustment apparatus comprising:processing circuitry to:
calculate, for a detected object ahead of a moving body detected by a non-visible light sensor, a sum of absolute values of values obtained by performing a second derivative calculation on a luminance, which is obtained from image data obtained by a visible light sensor, of each pixel constituting one or more horizontal lines of an area in which the detected object is present, as a visibility evaluation value resulting from evaluation of visibility; and
adjust a light intensity of a headlight of the moving body for illuminating the area in which the detected object is present, in accordance with the calculated visibility evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,912

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR ILLUMINATING AN EXTERIOR SPACE ADJACENT A MOBILE OBJECT

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device installed in a mobile object, the illumination device comprising:a predetermined range illumination section capable of illuminating a predetermined range with illumination light emitted from the mobile object;
wherein the illumination device detects a direction of eyes of a driver of the mobile object and/or a direction of a face of the driver, wherein the predetermined range illumination section controls the distribution of the illumination light or the on/off of the illumination light based on the detected direction of the eyes of the driver and/or the detected direction of the face of the driver; and
a main illumination section for illuminating a forward main range by emitting forward main illumination light forward from the mobile object;
wherein the predetermined range illumination section controls the distribution of the illumination light or the on/off of the illumination light so that the illumination light illuminates an area, lying in the detected direction of the eyes of the driver and/or the detected direction of the face of the driver, in the predetermined range;
wherein the predetermined range illumination section illuminates the predetermined range, which is set outside the forward main range, by emitting the illumination light forward from the mobile object; and
wherein the illumination device is configured as an illumination unit including the main illumination section and the predetermined range illumination section, wherein the illumination unit includes a coherent light source including a first light source section for emitting first coherent light, and a second light source section for emitting second coherent light, and an optical element having a first diffusion area which the first coherent light enters, and a second diffusion area which the second coherent light enters, wherein the first light source section and the first diffusion area constitute the main illumination section, and the first diffusion area diffuses the first coherent light and emits the forward main illumination light, thereby illuminating the forward main range, wherein the second light source section and the second diffusion area constitute the predetermined range illumination section, and the second diffusion area diffuses the second coherent light and emits the illumination light, thereby illuminating the predetermined range, wherein the second diffusion area is composed of a plurality of second element diffusion areas which each diffuse the incident second coherent light, thereby illuminating a second partial area in the predetermined range, and at least part of the second partial areas to be illuminated by the second element diffusion areas differ from each other, and wherein the predetermined range illumination section controls the distribution of the illumination light in the predetermined range by controlling whether or not to allow the second coherent light from the coherent light source to enter the second element diffusion areas, or by controlling whether or not to allow the illumination light from the second element diffusion areas to enter the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,688,911

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

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

1. An illumination apparatus arranged on a vehicle, comprising:an imager configured to create an image made of a plurality of pixels by imaging a predetermined region in front of the vehicle;
an image processor configured to calculate a luminance of each of the pixels on the basis of the image data;
a controller configured to calculate an average luminance of each of partial regions of the image made of a plurality of the partial regions on the basis of the luminance of each of the pixels, to determine whether it is necessary to perform luminance adjustment for each of the partial regions on the basis of the average luminance and a luminance threshold defining an upper limit of the average luminance of the partial region, and to perform the luminance adjustment for the partial region on the basis of a result of the determination of the luminance adjustment;
an illuminator having a plurality of light sources and configured to illuminate the partial region while allowing each of the light sources to adjust the light source so as to have a predetermined light quantity on the basis of the result of the luminance adjustment generated by the luminance adjustment;
wherein, when the average luminance of the partial region that is a determination target exceeds the luminance threshold, the controller determines that it is necessary to perform the luminance adjustment for the partial region that is the determination target, and performs the luminance adjustment so that the average luminance of the partial region that is the determination target is equal to or lower than the luminance threshold; and
a ranging sensor configured to measure a distance from the vehicle to the partial region,
wherein the luminance threshold of each of the partial regions is set on the basis of the distance measured by the ranging sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,910

VEHICLE LIGHTING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lighting system provided in a vehicle capable of traveling in an automated driving mode, the vehicle lighting system comprising:an automated driving system (ADS) lamp configured to emit light toward an outside of the vehicle to visually present information relating to automated driving of the vehicle; and
a lighting control unit configured to determine a brightness of the ADS lamp according to at least one of a distance between an object outside the vehicle and the vehicle, an attribute of the object, and a road surface condition around the vehicle,
wherein the lighting control unit is configured to increase the brightness of the ADS lamp according to an increase in the distance between the object and the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,909

TIE-DOWN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR SECURING LOADS ON A VEHICLE BED

1. A tie-down management system, comprising:a flexible strap of a first length that extends between a first end and an opposite second end;
opposing pockets that include a first pocket and a second pocket, wherein said first pocket is disposed on said flexible strap proximate said first end, said first pocket having a first pocket opening that faces away from said first end, and wherein said second pocket is disposed on said flexible strap proximate said second end, said second pocket having a second pocket opening that faces away from said second end;
a hand tool having a handle and a shaft that extends from said handle, wherein said shaft terminates with a hook that is shaped and sized to selectively engage either of said two opposing pockets, therein mechanically joining said flexible strap to said hand tool and enabling said hand tool to physically manipulate said flexible strap.

US Pat. No. 10,688,908

SECURING ASSEMBLY

123LASH Pte LIMITED, Mar...

1. A securing assembly adapted to secure one or more shipping containers to a container ship, the assembly including:attachment means for attaching said assembly to structure of the container ship in use;
an elongate rod, the rod having a first end and a second end, the first end connectable to the attachment means, the second end connectable to an adjustment means for adjusting a length of said elongate rod, and said second end including a threaded portion, said threaded portion operatively associated with a corresponding threaded portion on said adjustment means to adjust the length of said rod and thereby change tension in the assembly;
a base adapted to connect said adjustment means to said structure of the container ship via said elongate rod and said attachment means in use; and
a manually-operated detensioning mechanism configured with said adjustment means, said detensioning mechanism comprising plates that move together upon manual actuation of the detensioning mechanism resulting in automatic relief of said tension in the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,907

AUTOMATED TRAILER PNEUMATIC INFLATION SYSTEM

1. A multi-air bag pneumatic inflation system for a tractor trailer comprising:a pressurized air storage reservoir mounted to an underside of the trailer;
a tractor compressor driven by a truck engine which supplies air to the pressurized air storage reservoir;
a system control unit mounted to the trailer and coupled to the pressurized air storage reservoir, the system control unit being configured to control the flow of pressurized air in the pneumatic inflation system;
a plurality of fill stations spaced and attached throughout the trailer and fluidly coupled to the system control unit, one or more fill stations of said plurality of fill stations fluidly coupled to an air bag for inflation and deflation thereof; and
wherein the system control unit has a primary regulator that matches a flow of air to a demand for air to maintain a constant output pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,688,906

CUSTOMIZABLE TRANSPORTABLE STRUCTURES AND COMPONENTS THEREFOR

1. A transportable wall component for a building structure having a ceiling and a member selected from the group consisting of a door assembly and a window assembly, the transportable wall component having a horizontal length and two vertical edges, and the member having a width, the transportable wall component comprising:a floor plate defining a lower longitudinal edge of the transportable wall component and spanning the horizontal length of the transportable wall component;
a spanning beam defining an upper longitudinal edge of the transportable wall component, said spanning beam positioned above the floor plate and spanning the horizontal length of the transportable wall component;
the floor plate, spanning beam and two vertical edges defining a boundary of the transportable wall component and an interior region inside the boundary of the transportable wall component;
the spanning beam adapted to carry structural weights and loads received from the ceiling of the building structure and any additional floors;
a wall structural system that transfers substantially all vertical loads imposed on the spanning beam to the floor plate consisting essentially of two to four structural column assemblies, each of the two to four structural column assemblies positioned between the spanning beam and the floor plate, the two to four structural column assemblies structured to carry substantially all structural weights and loads imposed on the spanning beam;
the two to four structural column assemblies inset from the vertical edges and positioned inside the boundary within the interior region of the transportable wall component, a first structural column assembly and a second structural column assembly of the two to four structural column assemblies being separated from each other by a longitudinal distance to define an intercolumnar region having a width within the interior region, the width of the intercolumnar region being greater than the width of the member;
an exterior panel positioned between the first and second structural column assemblies and bonded to two or more of the floor plate, the spanning beam, the first structural column assembly and the second structural column assembly to define a generally continuous and uninterrupted planar surface over an exterior face of the intercolumnar region;
the first structural column assembly comprising (a) two spaced-apart columns to define an air space there between, (b) a column panel spanning the air space between the two spaced-apart columns, (c) a junction box positioned in a cutout of the column panel, and (d) a utility line in the air space accessible through the junction box; and
a removable protective film enclosing the exterior of the transportable wall component for protecting the transportable wall component during transport.

US Pat. No. 10,688,905

RECOVERY UNIT FOR RECOVERING VEHICLES

CGB Holdings, L.L.C., Ke...

1. A recovery system for recovering wrecked vehicles, the recovery system comprising at least:a frame;
a mounting system for mounting the recovery system to an operating vehicle;
a front plate mounted on a front face of the frame;
a boom assembly, comprising at least:
a boom frame supported on top of the frame and extending forward of the front plate;
a pivot end at a forward end of the boom frame; and
a cable sleeve pivotally mounted in the pivot end;
a horse head assembly mounted in the cable sleeve;
a winch mounted inside the frame behind the front plate;
a guide shaft supported by the frame behind the boom assembly;
a guide wheel rotatably supported on the guide shaft; and
a cable mounted on the winch, the cable extending off the winch, onto and along the guide wheel, along and above the boom assembly, and through the horse head assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,904

ANTI-TORSION STRUCTURE FOR AN A-FRAME HAULING TRAILER

1. A method for minimizing the twisting of a trailer that hauls payload positioned on opposite sides of the trailer wherein the trailer includes a body formed of at least two main beams that support an elevated front deck and a drop deck and wherein the drop deck has a rear portion positioned over a wheel system and wherein the drop deck includes a plurality of A-frames positioned transversely on the drop deck and against which the payload is positioned, said method comprises:coupling the A-frames together by connecting a plurality of bars between tops of the plurality of A-frames;
connecting a first member to the at least two main beams at the elevated front deck on a first end of said first member and connecting a second end of said first member to a top of a forward-most A-frame, said first member comprising a trapezoidal shape such that said first end of said first member is wider than said second end of said first member; and
connecting a second member to the at least two main beams at the rear portion on a first end of said second member and connecting a second end of said second member to a top of a rear-most A-frame.

US Pat. No. 10,688,903

LIGHT SYSTEM FOR LIFT GATES

MAXON INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A lift gate, comprising:a moveable member;
at least one lighting device mounted on the moveable member, wherein the lighting device includes:
a plurality of sensors, each sensor of the plurality of sensors configured to detect an orientation and/or motion, whereby each sensor of the plurality of sensors generates at least an output signal based on motion and/or orientation thereof, wherein each sensor of the plurality of sensors is coupled to the movable member at an orientation angle relative to the moveable member, wherein each sensor of the plurality of sensors is positioned at a different orientation angle than at least one other sensor of the plurality of sensors;
a controller circuit coupled to each sensor of the plurality of sensors to receive the output signal from each sensor of the plurality of sensors, wherein the controller circuit is configured to determine a state of the movable member of the lift gate based on the received output signals, and wherein the controller circuit is configured to generate one or more control signals for controlling operation of one or more lighting elements based on the state of the moveable member; and
one or more lighting elements coupled to the controller circuit to receive control signals from the controller circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,902

TRUCK AND CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Conveyor Application Syst...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame;
a material hopper mounted on the frame, the hopper having first and second longitudinally extending sides and front and rear ends, the hopper having a length extending from the rear end to the front end and parallel to the sides;
a swing arm assembly coupled to the frame or the hopper, the swing arm assembly having a first mounting bracket fixedly mounted to the frame or the hopper, a second mounting bracket pivotably connected to the first mounting bracket and being pivotable relative to the first mounting bracket about a vertical pivot axis, and a support bracket being pivotably connected to the second mounting bracket and pivotable relative to the second mounting bracket about a horizontal pivot axis which is horizontally offset from the vertical pivot axis and the first mounting bracket; and
a conveyor mounted on the swing arm assembly;
wherein the support bracket is configured to pivot with the second mounting bracket relative to the hopper about the vertical pivot axis, the support bracket also configured to pivot relative to the hopper, the first mounting bracket, and the second mounting bracket about the horizontal pivot axis, wherein the support bracket is configured to support the conveyor for pivoting movement of the conveyor relative to the hopper about the vertical pivot axis and about the horizontal pivot axis to move the conveyor from a first, stowed position extending alongside one of the sides of the hopper to a second, use position extending rearwardly away from the rear end of the hopper;
wherein the hopper is bisected by a vertical plane extending lengthwise of the hopper and the first mounting bracket is mounted to the frame or the hopper on one side of the vertical plane, wherein the stowed position is on the same side of the vertical plane as the first mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,688,901

INTERMEDIATE STORAGE VEHICLE FOR MILLED MATERIAL AND WORK TRAIN

BOMAG GmbH, Boppard (DE)...

1. An intermediate storage vehicle for storing or transferring milled material, comprising:a machine frame;
a chassis;
a milled material store;
an internal conveying device; and
at least two load transfer conveyors,
wherein the internal conveying device is configured to transport milled material from the milled material store in a direction of the load transfer conveyors,
wherein the at least two load transfer conveyors are configured to unload the milled material from the intermediate storage vehicle, and
further wherein one of the at least two load transfer conveyors is configured to discharge forwards in relation to a direction of travel of the intermediate storage vehicle and another of the at least two load transfer conveyors is configured to discharge rearwards in relation to the direction of travel of the intermediate storage vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,900

HIGH SPEED CIGAR HOLDER AND ASHTRAY

Cigar Riders IP Inc., Tr...

1. A portable cigar holder comprising:a vertical flexible tube of a resilient, flexible, heat-resistant rubber material, and a rigid heat-resistant cup of lesser height than the vertical flexible tube and connected coaxially to a lower end of the vertical flexible tube to define a cigar-receiving tubular body comprising an upper flexible tubular portion and a lower rigid tubular portion, the cigar-receiving tubular body sufficient to enclose a majority of an unsmoked cigar placed vertically therein, the vertical flexible tube having an open upper end spaced above the cup and a first un-flexed diameter;
the vertical flexible tube comprising a cylindrical flexible tubular sidewall above the rigid cup, the sidewall being split vertically downward from its open upper end on opposite sides to define two aligned and horizontally-spaced substantially V-shaped slots with open upper slot ends and with lower slot ends terminating at or above a rim of the rigid cup, and further to define two opposing flexible substantially semi-cylindrical vertical sidewall halves corresponding to the slots above the rigid cup capable of flexing apart from one another outwardly beyond the un-flexed first diameter independently of the rigid cup; and wherein,
each substantially V-shaped slot comprises a pair of spaced opposing serrated flexible edges formed in the cylindrical flexible tubular sidewall, the opposing serrated flexible edges having a wider spacing at the open upper slot ends and a narrower spacing toward the lower slot ends corresponding to a range of cigar ring gauges such that the opposing serrated flexible edges and the opposing vertical substantially semi-cylindrical sidewall halves of the vertical flexible tube above the rigid cup may flex outwardly independently of the rigid cup when a cigar with a ring gauge larger than at least one of the cigar ring gauges in the range is inserted in a horizontal orientation into the slots between the opposing serrated flexible edges a distance sufficient to resiliently clamp the cigar therebetween; and, further wherein
each of the opposing flexible substantially semi-cylindrical vertical sidewall halves comprises a horizontally-spaced set of the serrated flexible edges from each of the substantially V-shaped slots, the horizontally-spaced set of the serrated flexible edges capable of flexing horizontally apart from one another on their respective flexible substantially semi-cylindrical sidewall halves.

US Pat. No. 10,688,899

CONFORMABLE AND RECONFIGURABLE OCCUPANT SUPPORT STRUCTURE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An occupant support structure comprising:a base;
a reconfigurable cushion carried by the base and adapted to support a portion of an occupant, the reconfigurable cushion including an occupant support surface and a bladder including an outer wall that defines an inner cavity underlying the occupant support surface and two or more overlapping material layers disposed within the inner cavity; and
one or more biasing members located between the base and the reconfigurable cushion, wherein the one or more biasing members bias the reconfigurable cushion away from the base and resist movement of the reconfigurable cushion toward the base in response to an external load applied on the occupant support surface of the reconfigurable cushion,
wherein the two or more overlapping material layers are adapted to selectively transition from a compliant state to a rigid state and vice versa by selective control of a pressure condition across the outer wall of the bladder to conform the occupant support surface of the reconfigurable cushion to a contour of a portion of an occupant supported by the reconfigurable cushion,
wherein a negative pressure condition exists across the outer wall of the bladder such that the two or more overlapping material layers are locked in the rigid state and the occupant support surface of the reconfigurable cushion exhibits a rigid contour that is complementary to a contour of a portion of an occupant previously supported by the reconfigurable cushion, even if the occupant is not currently supported by the reconfigurable cushion, and
wherein the rigid contour exhibited by the occupant support surface of the reconfigurable cushion is at least partially defined by the one or more biasing members located between the base and the reconfigurable cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,898

POSITION-ADJUSTABLE CERVICAL VERTEBRAE SUPPORT APPARATUS CAPABLE OF BEING INSTALLED IN BACK OF VEHICLE SEAT

1. A position-adjustable cervical vertebrae support apparatus capable of being installed in a back of a vehicle seat, the cervical vertebrae support apparatus being constructed in the back of the vehicle seat including a seat base (10), a back (20), and a headrest (30), the cervical vertebrae support apparatus comprising:a cervical vertebrae supporting member (50) which is located in an installation space part (92) open in upper and front end portions of the back (20) and which supports cervical vertebrae of a driver;
a front-back distance adjusting unit (60) in which a mounting plate (68) is brought into close contact with and fastened to a back of the cervical vertebrae supporting member (50), a left-handed screw rod (61) and a right-handed screw rod (62) are located at a distance from a back of the mounting plate (68), movable nuts (63 and 64) are disposed around the left-handed screw rod (61) and the right-handed screw rod (62), respectively, distance adjustment rods (74) are coupled to the movable nuts (63 and 64), also coupled to both sides hinges (76) provided on the back of the mounting plate (68) in a crossed manner and rotatable around a central pin (72), and the left-handed screw rod (61) and the right-handed screw rod (62) are rotated by a motor (67), so that, as the distance adjustment rods (74) are rotated in a crossed state by rotation of the left-handed screw rod (61) and the right-handed screw rod (62) by the motor (67), the cervical vertebrae supporting member (50) is moved forward or backward; and
an up-down distance adjusting unit (80) in which a vertical mounting plate (81) is provided to support a side of the motor (67), a bottom mounting base (83) is provided to support a bottom side of the vertical mounting plate (81), and a rod (85) coupled to a cylinder (87) is connected to a bottom of the bottom mounting base (83) in order to lift or lower the bottom mounting base (83), so that the cervical vertebrae supporting member (50) is vertically moved by operation of the cylinder (87);
wherein a plate-shaped front vertical cover portion (52) is formed on a front of a lower end of the cervical vertebrae supporting member (50) a distance of which is adjusted on the back (20) by the front-back distance adjusting unit (60), a plate-shaped back vertical cover portion (54) is formed at a distance from a back of the front vertical cover portion (52), and a front support plate portion (21) extending vertically from a top of a front of the back (20) is inserted between the front vertical cover portion (52) and the back vertical cover portion (54), so that the front support plate portion (21) is brought into close contact with inner surfaces of the front vertical cover portion (52) and the back vertical cover portion (54) by forward and backward movement of the front vertical cover portion (52) and the back vertical cover portion (54), and thus forward and backward movement of the cervical vertebrae supporting member (50) is limited.

US Pat. No. 10,688,897

INTEGRATED BLADELESS FAN FOR AUTOMOTIVE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a seatback defining an enlarged elongate vertical aperture;
a bladeless fan disposed in the elongate vertical aperture, the bladeless fan comprising:
a base with an air mover disposed therein; and
a bladeless air loop in fluid communication with the base; and
an open lattice cushion support disposed on the seatback, the open lattice cushion support being exposed from a rear portion of the seatback and configured to allow air from the bladeless fan to move from a rearward portion of the seatback, through the open lattice cushion support and into contact with an occupant resting against the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,688,896

FLOW RATE PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZING TYPE BIDIRECTIONAL BLOWER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A bidirectional blower comprising;a blower body having an internal space inside the blower body; and
an entire perimeter scroll having a scroll rib formed in the blower body and guiding air flow in the internal space,
wherein a length of the entire perimeter scroll continues on an outlet end portion of the blower body where air is discharged through the scroll rib,
wherein an enlargement length of the entire perimeter scroll is formed of a rib length of the scroll rib,
wherein the rib length forms an extension angle which is widened from an end portion of the entire perimeter scroll,
wherin the rib length makes the extension angle an acute angle, and
wherein the acute angle is 12° to 24°.

US Pat. No. 10,688,895

LONGITUDINAL ADJUSTER AND VEHICLE SEAT

Adient Engineering and IP...

1. A longitudinal adjuster for a vehicle seat, the longitudinal adjuster comprising:at least one rail pair comprising a first seat rail and a second seat rail, the first seat rail and the second seat rail encompassing one another and being movable relative to one another in a longitudinal direction and the first seat rail and the second seat rail being configured to be locked to one another via a locking device, the locking device having at least one locking element comprising at least one latching plate movable in a vertical direction;
an additional locking means inoperative in a normal state and actuated only in an event of a crash by mass inertia.

US Pat. No. 10,688,893

STOWABLE SEAT WITH BACKREST RELEASE

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A backrest support for a stowable seat, comprising:a first vertical rail located proximate a first side of the backrest support, the first vertical rail being configured to rotate about a first pivot joint located at a lower end of the first vertical rail;
a first locking mechanism coupled to the first side of the backrest support, the first locking mechanism comprising a first latch coupled to an upper end of the first vertical rail;
a second vertical rail located proximate a second side of the backrest support opposite the first side of the backrest support, the second vertical rail being configured to rotate about a second pivot joint located at a lower end of the second vertical rail;
a second locking mechanism coupled to the second side of the backrest support, the second locking mechanism comprising a second latch coupled to an upper end of the second vertical rail;
a releasing member comprising a continuous elongated flexible member having a first end connected with the first latch and a second end connected with the second latch, wherein the releasing member is configured to rotate the first latch relative to the first vertical rail and the second latch relative to the second vertical rail such that applying a load on the releasing member rotates the first latch out of engagement with a first locking post and rotates the second latch out of engagement with a second locking post to allow the first vertical rail to pivot about the first pivot joint and the second vertical rail to pivot about the second pivot joint; and
a strap coupled directly to the flexible member between the first end of the flexible member and the second end of the flexible member, wherein the strap is located between the lower end of first vertical rail and the lower end of the second vertical rail.

US Pat. No. 10,688,892

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child safety seat comprising:a support base suitable for placement on a vehicle seat, the support base having a stop;
a sliding carriage connected with the support base, the sliding carriage being slidable relative to the support base between a retracted position and an extended position;
a rotary platform, and a child seat disposed on the rotary platform, the rotary platform being pivotally connected with the sliding carriage, wherein the child seat and the rotary platform are rotatable together relative to the sliding carriage and the support base between a forward facing position and a rearward facing position, and the child seat, the rotary platform and the sliding carriage are slidable together relative to the support base; and
a follower part coupled to the rotary platform so that the follower part is movable along with the rotary platform, wherein a rotational movement of the child seat and the rotary platform occurring while the sliding carriage is located in a position other than the retracted position is limited by a contact between the follower part and the stop that keeps the child seat and the rotary platform apart from the forward facing position, and the stop is located outside a travel path of the follower part when the sliding carriage is in the retracted position to allow rotation of the child seat and the rotary platform to the forward facing position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,891

SEAT RECLINER FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A seat recliner for a vehicle, the seat recliner comprising:a fixing flange provided with multiple guide parts spaced apart from each other and having a guide groove formed along a locus having a predetermined distance from a center axis of the fixing flange; and
a rotary cam mounted on a center portion of the fixing flange, and configured to rotate about the center axis and press a locking gear such that the locking gear slides along the multiple guide parts,
wherein the rotary cam includes:
at least one first protrusion formed on a mount surface of the rotary cam, the mount surface coming into contact with the fixing flange when mounted, and
at least one second protrusion formed on a surface opposite to the mount surface, and configured to engage with a control plate, and
wherein:
the at least one first protrusion is inserted into the guide groove such that the guide groove guides a rotation of the rotary cam,
the fixing flange includes a through hole, through which a cap passes, at the center portion of the fixing flange, and
the guide groove is formed as a recess on a surface of the fixing flange at a position spaced a predetermined distance apart from the through hole in an outward radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,890

SEAT ASSEMBLY THAT RECLINES AND INCLUDES A BACK PANEL

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat frame for supporting the seat assembly and comprising a seat structure portion and a backrest structure portion pivotally coupled to the seat structure portion for movement between a substantially upright seat position and a substantially reclined seat position;
an upper back shell panel coupled to the seat frame and having an outer surface on a side opposite the seat frame; and
a lower back skirt panel having an upper edge portion and disposed adjacent to the upper back shell panel and a gap is present between the lower back skirt panel and the upper back shell panel, wherein the lower back skirt panel and the upper back shell panel are cooperatively configured to allow relative movement between each other during movement of the seat frame between the substantially upright seat position and the substantially reclined seat position while maintaining at least a portion of the gap between the lower back skirt panel and the upper back shell panel, wherein the lower back skirt panel and the upper back shell panel are operatively coupled together with a track-cam arrangement, wherein the lower back skirt panel is pivotably coupled to the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 10,688,889

MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT ROTATION MECHANISM

Adient Engineering and IP...

1. A motor vehicle seat rotation mechanism comprising:a connecting plate connectable to a seat;
a moving plate located below the connecting plate and fixedly connected to the connecting plate;
a fixed plate located below the moving plate, the fixed plate being connected to an upper slide rail in a slide rail assembly of the seat;
a press plate located above the moving plate and fixedly connected to the fixed plate;
an upper ball assembly located between the press plate and the moving plate;
a lower ball assembly located between the moving plate and the fixed plate;
a lower anti-detachment hook ring, located between the connecting plate and the fixed plate, and fixed to the fixed plate;
an annular lower anti-detachment hook provided at an inner edge of the lower anti-detachment hook ring; and
an annular upper anti-detachment hook provided at an outer edge of the moving plate, the lower anti-detachment hook and the upper anti-detachment hook being engaged with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,688,888

TRACK ADJUSTER

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track adjuster for vehicle seats, the track adjuster comprising:a pair of tracks configured to be mounted in a vehicle;
a lockset configured to selectively restrict movement of the pair of tracks;
a first lever configured to actuate an actuator of the lockset;
a second lever configured to actuate the first lever; and
a spring configured to apply a first biasing force to the first lever in a first rotational direction and apply a second biasing force to the first lever in a second rotational direction;
wherein the spring is a torsion spring wrapped at least partially around a cross member connecting the pair of tracks with a second pair of tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,688,887

SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sliding device comprising:a fixed rail configured to be fixed to a vehicle, the fixed rail comprising an opening opened upward, the opening being arranged in a longitudinal direction of the fixed rail;
a movable rail to which a seat body of a vehicle seat is configured to be fixed, the movable rail being slidable with respect to the fixed rail in a state where at least part of the movable rail is exposed through the opening;
a first closure member slidable with respect to the fixed rail and capable of closing at least part of the opening, the first closure member comprising a first pressed portion configured to contact the movable rail, the first closure member receiving a pressing force from the movable rail to thereby slide; and
a second closure member slidable with respect to the fixed rail and capable of closing at least part of the opening in cooperation with the first closure member, the second closure member being in sliding contact with the first closure member and comprising a second pressed portion configured to contact the movable rail, the second closure member receiving a pressing force from the movable rail to thereby slide.

US Pat. No. 10,688,886

VEHICLE SEAT AND SEAT OPERATIONS SECTION

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising a seat cushion and a seat back, wherein:the seat back includes a seat operation section disposed on a back surface of the seat back;
the seat operation section includes one shaft member, a mount frame having a first bearing and a second bearing, and a first operation section and a second operation section which are arranged side by side;
the shaft member is attached to the first bearing and the second bearing, having no fixing section for the mount frame between the first bearing and the second bearing, and serving as a center around which the first operation section and the second operation section are rotated; and
the mount frame includes a first storage recess in which the first operation section is disposed, and a second storage recess in which the second operation section is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,885

VEHICLE SEAT MEMORY FROM REMOTE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to identify a seating position in the vehicle corresponding to each of a plurality of nomadic devices in communication with the controller by outputting an identifier associated with each of the nomadic devices to a display and requesting user input to identify the seating position, receive a response via the display that is indicative of the seating position corresponding to each of the nomadic devices, receive at least one seating profile from each of the nomadic devices, and adjust seating parameters for each of the seating positions according to the seating profile received from the corresponding nomadic device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,884

HOUSING INCLUDING SNAG-FIT CONNECTION BETWEEN HOUSING COMPONENTS

Robert Bosch Mexico Siste...

1. A fastener configured to join a first housing portion to a second housing portion,the first housing portion including:
a sidewall; and
a flange that protrudes from the sidewall in a direction that is perpendicular to the sidewall, the flange including a through hole that extends between a flange first side and a flange second side,
wherein
the fastener comprises:
a receiving portion that includes the through hole; and
a retaining portion that protrudes from an outer surface of the second housing portion and forms a snap-fit engagement with the receiving portion, the retaining portion comprising a post and a beam, and
wherein
the post includes a post first end that is fixed to the outer surface of the second housing portion and a post second end that is opposed to the post first end in which a longitudinal axis of the post extends through the post first end and the post second end,
the beam includes:
a beam fixed end that extends from the post second end; and
a beam free end that is spaced apart from the beam fixed end,
the beam is cantilevered from the post second end so as to overlie the post and extend at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis,
the beam free end is spaced apart from the longitudinal axis a distance that is greater than a radius of the through hole,
wherein a portion of a surface of the post that faces the beam is angled relative to the longitudinal axis such that the portion of the surface of the post is parallel to a surface of the beam that faces the post,
the post is configured to extend through the through hole such that
the outer surface of the second housing portion abuts the flange first side,
the post protrudes outward relative to the flange second side, and
the beam free end faces the flange second side.

US Pat. No. 10,688,883

ACTUATOR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

1. An actuating drive for a motor vehicle seat, the actuating drive comprising:an electric motor which has an output shaft;
a gear mechanism which is connected to the output shaft and which has a gear housing; and
a gear retention device which supports the gear housing pivotably about a pivot axis, the gear retention device comprising a closure member, wherein a shaft portion of the gear housing in alignment with the pivot axis is at least partially surrounded by a curved retention member of the gear retention device, and the output shaft is arranged outside the curved retention member and completely outside the gear retention device, the curved retention member having a first bearing shell, wherein the closure member has a second bearing shell and the first bearing shell and the second bearing shell complement each other to form a hub which supports the shaft portion, wherein the closure member closes the curved retention member such that the shaft portion is completely surrounded in a peripheral direction thereof by the gear retention device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,882

POWER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A power device for an electric vehicle, comprising:a first bus associated with a first voltage;
a second bus associated with a second voltage, different than the first voltage; and
a plurality of switching elements coupled to a first battery, a second battery, the first bus, and the second bus, on/off states of the plurality of switching elements controlling electrical connections to the first bus, the second bus, the first battery and the second battery according to an operation mode,
wherein the plurality of switching elements includes:
a first pair of switching elements coupled to a charging port that receives the first voltage from an external power source;
a second pair of switching elements coupled to the first battery;
a third pair of switching elements coupled to the second battery;
a first switching element coupled between the first battery and the second battery;
a second switching element coupled to the first bus and the second battery; and
a third switching element coupled to the first battery, a voltage converter that converts the first voltage to the second voltage, and the first bus.

US Pat. No. 10,688,881

ENERGY TRANSFER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An energy transfer method comprising:obtaining, by a server from a first computing device associated with an energy receiver, an energy request,
wherein the energy request includes (i) a location of the energy receiver and (ii) an amount of energy requested;
generating, by the server, a list of energy sources available to satisfy the energy request, wherein the energy sources include vehicles;
transmitting, by the server, the list of energy sources to the first computing device for display on a display of the first computing device;
receiving, from the first computing device, a selection of one energy source from the list of energy sources;
transmitting, by the server, to the first computing device and a second computing device associated with the selected one energy source, by the server, a location at which the energy request is to be fulfilled; and
by the server, selectively enabling an electrical energy transfer from the selected one energy source to the energy receiver,
wherein the selected one energy source includes a vehicle, and
wherein the selectively enabling an electrical energy transfer including unlocking a charge port of the vehicle, the charge port preventing access to an input/output conductor of the vehicle when locked and allowing access to the input/output conductor of the vehicle when unlocked.

US Pat. No. 10,688,880

BATTERY CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A battery charger of an electric vehicle, comprising:a motor configured to generate a driving force for driving the electric vehicle;
an inverter configured to supply power to the motor;
an alternating current (AC) power input terminal, wherein at least one of a single-phase input AC power or a multiphase input AC power is input to the AC power input terminal;
a power factor corrector comprising a single 3-leg half bridge circuit, wherein an input AC power is input to the single 3-leg half bridge circuit through the AC power input terminal;
a link capacitor charged by at least one of the power factor corrector, the motor, or the inverter;
a switch network comprising:
a first switch configured to connect any one of an AC power input line or a neutral line to the power factor corrector, wherein the AC power input terminal comprises the AC power input line and the neutral line;
a plurality of second switches configured to selectively connect the AC power input terminal to the power factor corrector, the link capacitor, or the inverter; and
a third switch configured to electrically connect the motor to a high voltage battery; and
a controller configured to control the power factor corrector and the switch network based on conditions of the input AC power that is input through the AC power input terminal;
wherein the plurality of second switches comprises a sixth switch provided between each end of the link capacitor, and a seventh switch provided between each end of the inverter.

US Pat. No. 10,688,879

VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body capable of carrying a sub-mobility device in which a seat is provided for a passenger of the vehicle to sit while the vehicle carries the sub-mobility device, the sub-mobility device comprising an electric power receiving unit;
a positioning mechanism provided in the vehicle body and configured to position the sub-mobility device in the vehicle body at a predetermined location;
an electric power supply unit provided in the vehicle body and configured to supply electric power to the electric power receiving unit positioned at the predetermined location by contacting the electric power receiving unit; and
a main non-conductive member including an insulating material and configured to cover the electric power supply unit,
wherein the main non-conductive member is configured to contact a sub-non-conductive member including an insulating material and configured to cover the electric power receiving unit, and
wherein, when the sub-mobility device moves to the predetermined location:
the main non-conductive member is configured to be pushed by the sub-non-conductive member with the mobility device moving to the predetermined location and is further configured to move to expose the electric power supply unit; and
the sub-non-conductive member is configured to be pushed by the main non-conductive member and is further configured to move to expose the electric power receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,688,878

VARIABLE-GAUGE-TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A variable gauge train control device, comprising:an inverter to collectively control torques of main electric motors;
a location detector to detect an entry into a gauge changeover section;
an idling detector to detect idling of wheels and output idling detection information;
a torque calculator to calculate a first torque pattern for making the inverter operate and, when the idling detection information indicating idling of wheels is input from the idling detector, calculate a second torque pattern for making the inverter operate with more restricted torques of the main electric motors than the first torque pattern; and
an idling control switcher to, upon detection by the location detector of the entry into the gauge changeover section, block the idling detection information output from the idling detector to the torque calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,688,877

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CORRESPONDING BRAKE SYSTEM

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a brake system for a motor vehicle, comprising:an eddy current brake mechanically coupled to at least one wheel of the motor vehicle for providing a braking force acting on the wheel;
an electric machine that is mechanically coupled or can be coupled to the wheel and that is electrically connected to the eddy current brake; and
an energy accumulator,
wherein, in an emergency braking mode for braking the wheel, the eddy current brake is supplied in parallel with electrical energy provided by means of the electric machine operating as a generator and with electrical energy taken from the energy accumulator,
wherein in a braking mode, the electric machine and the eddy current brake are actuated to brake the wheel, wherein the eddy current brake is electrically decoupled from the energy accumulator and supplied with electrical energy provided by the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,688,876

BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE, BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM, AND BATTERY CHARGING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A battery charging device configured to charge a plurality of batteries configured to be used in a power consumption element, the battery charging device comprising:a battery pairing component configured to set a charging objective battery to be paired with a usage battery used in the power consumption element from the plurality of batteries, the charging objective battery being used in the power consumption element in exchange for the usage battery;
a usage battery state acquisition component configured to acquire a usage state including a remaining capacity of the usage battery; and
a charging current determination component configured to determine a charging current of the charging objective battery on the basis of the usage state acquired by the usage battery state acquisition component.

US Pat. No. 10,688,875

NON-CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM AND PAIRING METHOD FOR NON-CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A non-contact charging system comprising a plurality of power transmitters, a communication device, and a power supply processor,wherein the power transmitters are configured to supply electric power to a device to be charged in a noncontact manner,
the communication device is configured to be capable of obtaining information transmitted from the device to be charged,
the power supply processor is configured to control electric power transmitted by the power transmitters for each power transmitter,
the existence of the device to be charged is detected,
the power supply processor is configured to set a specific width as a pulse width of pulsed electric power transmitted from each power transmitter in response to detection of the existence of the device to be charged, and the specific pulse width varies from one power transmitter to another,
the communication device is configured to receive information about the specific pulse width transmitted from the device to be charged, and the device to be charged is configured to obtain the specific pulse width from the received electric power,
each power transmitter and the device to be charged corresponding to the power transmitter configure a combination,
the power supply processor is configured to identify the combination of each power transmitter and the device to be charged corresponding to the power transmitter based on correspondence between the information about the specific pulse width that has been set and the information about the specific pulse width that has been received,
the power supply processor is configured to supply the pulsed electric power with the specific pulse width to perform a pairing process to identify the combination between the power transmitter and the device to be charged, the power supply processor is configured to supply the power to the device to be charged after the pairing process from the corresponding power transmitter to charge the device to be charged,
a length of the specific pulse width is one second or more to identify the combination of each power transmitter and the device to be charged,
the power supply processor is configured to convert electric power input from a commercial power source to supply from each power transmitter, and to supply electric power that changes in pulses to the power transmitter by switching between supplying and stopping of an AC power,
the specific pulse width of the pulsed electric power is set to the time length at least equal to or greater than twice times the period of the electric power supplied after the pairing process to charge the device to be charged,
the device to be charged is provided on a vehicle, and the vehicle includes a power receiver, and
the pulsed electric power is configured by a plurality of individual AC pulses transmitted from the power transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,688,874

VEHICULAR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a power receiving unit that includes at least one power receiving coil displaceably coupled to the vehicle; an adjustable height chassis
an actuation sub-system operably coupled to the power receiving unit, the actuation sub-system to adjust a location of the inductive power receiving unit with respect to a power transmission unit embedded in a surface of a roadway as the vehicle travels along the roadway in a three dimensional (3D) space;
at least one occupancy sensor to provide a signal that includes data indicative of a human presence inside the vehicle;
at least one electromagnetic field sensor to provide at least one signal that includes data indicative of an electromagnetic parameter that includes at least one of: an electric field within at least a portion of the vehicle or a magnetic field within at least a portion of the vehicle;
at least one position sensor to provide at least one signal that includes data indicative of a position of the power receiving unit with respect to the power transmission unit;
control circuitry communicably coupled to the actuation sub-system;
a storage device containing machine-readable instructions communicably coupled to the control circuitry, the machine-readable instructions, when executed by the control circuitry, transform at least a portion of the control circuitry to a dedicated power transfer control circuit, the power transfer control circuit to:
detect a human presence in the vehicle;
responsive to the detection of a human presence in the vehicle, cause the adjustable height chassis to adjust at least a vertical dimension and the actuation sub-system to adjust the power receiving unit in a location in 3D space as the vehicle travels along the roadway such that: power transfer between the power transmission unit and the power receiving unit is maximized and the power transfer control circuit maintains the measured electromagnetic parameter at or below a defined human exposure threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,873

CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

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

1. A charging system for electric vehicles, the system comprising:at least one charging station to which a traction battery of an electric vehicle can be coupled via a charging cable of the respective charging station,
power electronics, the respective charging station configured to be connected, with the interposition of the power electronics, to an electrical current and voltage supply network which provides a defined electrical network power,
at least one electrical storage device connected between the electrical current and voltage supply network and the respective charging station such that said at least one electrical storage device is charged on the basis of the electrical network power of the electrical current and voltage supply network and discharged on the basis of a charging speed of the power electronics and of the respective charging station,
a re-cooling apparatus, the respective charging station, the power electronics and each of the at least one electrical storage device being connected to the re-cooling apparatus which provides a defined thermal re-cooling power, and
at least one thermal storage device connected to the re-cooling apparatus, to the respective charging station, to the power electronics and to the at least one electrical storage device such that said at least one thermal storage device or a cooling medium of said at least one thermal storage device is heated on the basis of the power loss of the power electronics, of the respective charging station and of the respective electrical storage device and cooled on the basis of the thermal re-cooling power of the re-cooling apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,688,872

METHOD FOR DRIVING AND THERMALLY REGULATING A RANGE EXTENDING SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

RENAULT S.A.S., Boulogne...

1. A method for controlling a range extending system for a motor vehicle equipped with an electric motor adapted to be supplied with electric current by a traction battery, said range extending system comprising:a range extender activatable to supply the electric motor or the traction battery with electric current, said range extender being controlled between an activated state in which said range extender supplies the electric motor with a non-zero electrical power Pe, and a deactivated state in which said range extender does not power any electrical component of the vehicle; and
a cooling circuit to cool the range extender,
wherein the range extender is controlled between the activated state and the deactivated state as a function of at least an outside temperature of air outside the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,871

REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A regenerative braking control apparatus for an electrically driven vehicle having road wheels and an electric motor for driving the road wheels for running, comprising:a state of charge detector detecting a state of charge of a battery that stores electric energy to be used for driving the electric motor;
an operation unit allowing a driver of the electrically driven vehicle to select a regeneration level indicating magnitude of braking force to be generated by the electric motor during regenerative braking;
a controller configured to:
determine, on the basis of the detected state of charge of the battery, whether or not regeneration at the regeneration level selected through the operation unit is acceptable; and
a notifier that provides the driver, in a case where the regeneration level is determined to be unacceptable in the determining step, a corresponding notification together with an indication of the regeneration level.

US Pat. No. 10,688,870

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING ENERGY SOURCES FOR SUPPLYING MAIN AND AUXILIARY AIR, IN PARTICULAR OF A RAIL VEHICLE

1. A method for actuating different energy sources for primary and auxiliary air supply of a vehicle, the method comprising:generating compressed air for supplying at least one primary air vessel and at least one auxiliary air vessel with at least one compressor driven by a respectively assigned electric motor, wherein the primary air supply uses at least one external primary energy source, and wherein the auxiliary air supply uses an internal secondary energy source, which is weaker in comparison with the at least one external primary energy source;
switching between the at least one external primary energy source and the internal secondary energy source based on an operating status of the vehicle;
disconnecting the auxiliary air supply by uncoupling the respectively assigned electric motor from the secondary energy source in response to a pressure in the auxiliary air vessel reaching a minimum pressure value sufficient to upgrade the vehicle by auxiliary air, and/or in response to the primary energy source being connected after upgrading of the vehicle through operation with auxiliary air.

US Pat. No. 10,688,869

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE, SYSTEM HAVING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BATTERY STATE OF CHARGE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling a state of charge (SOC) of a battery, comprising:a driving state determination device for determining whether a vehicle is in a constant current driving state; a battery SOC calculation device for calculating the SOC of the battery;
a battery SOC determination device for determining whether the SOC of the battery is within a predetermined range; and
an RPM control device for controlling a revolution per minute (RPM) of an air blower depending on a determined result by the battery SOC determination device and a number of charge/discharge cycles of the battery when the vehicle is in the constant current driving state,
wherein the RPM control device controls the RPM of the air blower such that the SOC of the battery reaches a target value of the SOC of the battery in a case where the vehicle is not in the constant current driving state, and reduces an increase/decrease amount of the RPM of the air blower based on the number of charge/discharge cycles of the battery when the vehicle is in the constant current driving state, and
wherein the RPM control device:
increases the RPM of the air blower by a first compensation value when the calculated SOC of the battery is equal to or smaller than a first reference value,
sets the RPM of the air blower to a fixed second compensation value when the calculated SOC of the battery is greater than the first reference value and smaller than a second reference value, and
decreases the RPM of the air blower by a third compensation value when the calculated SOC of the battery is equal to or greater than the second reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,868

ON-VEHICLE DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, ON-VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM, ON-VEHICLE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

JVC KENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. An on-vehicle display control device comprising:a video image acquiring unit configured to acquire left and right side rear view video images captured by imaging units configured to capture the left and right side rear view video images of a vehicle;
a turning information acquiring unit configured to acquire turning information on the vehicle; and
a video image processing unit configured to display, on determining that the vehicle is going to make a turn based on the turning information, a synthesized video image such that the side rear view video image for a turning direction is displayed in an area away from a center of the vehicle in a side monitor arranged in a turning direction among left and right side monitors provided in the vehicle, and the side rear view video image for a direction opposite to the turning direction is displayed in an area close to the center of the vehicle in the side monitor arranged in the turning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,867

VEHICULAR MEDICAL ASSISTANT

International Business Ma...

10. A system for mitigating a medical event in a vehicle, the system comprising:a processor; and
a computer-readable storage medium storing instructions, which, when executed by the processor, are configured to cause the processor to perform a method, wherein the computer readable storage medium storing the instructions is located in a server data processing system, and wherein the instructions are downloaded over a network to the vehicle to provide vehicular medical assistant functionality to the vehicle, the method comprising:
accessing a medical data store comprising diagnostic data, medical conditions, and mitigation actions, wherein the diagnostic data, medical conditions, and mitigation actions are interrelated using machine learning algorithms;
detecting a medical event based on a set of data associated with a passenger in the vehicle and the medical data store, wherein the set of data associated with the passenger is received from a plurality of sensors in the vehicle, wherein the plurality of sensors comprises a biometric sensor collecting biometric data from the passenger, an aural sensor collecting aural data from the passenger, a visual sensor collecting visual data from the passenger, and an environmental sensor collecting environmental data from the vehicle, wherein the set of data associated with the passenger comprises the aural data, the biometric data, the visual data, and the environmental data;
implementing a mitigation action in response to detecting the medical event, wherein the mitigation action comprises an interaction with the passenger and a modification to the vehicle;
metering use of the vehicular medical assistant functionality in the vehicle; and
generating an invoice in response to metering use of the vehicular medical assistant functionality.

US Pat. No. 10,688,866

ELECTRIFIED (4WD) FOUR WHEEL DRIVE DEVICE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A transfer case comprising:an input shaft;
a primary output shaft;
a secondary output shaft selectively rotatably coupled to the primary output shaft;
an electric motor; and
a planetary gear set having a ring gear rotatably fixed to the input shaft, a planet carrier rotatably fixed to the primary output shaft, and a sun gear rotatably fixed to an output of the electric motor, wherein the electric motor and the secondary output shaft are concentric.

US Pat. No. 10,688,865

FUEL TANK

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel tank that is mounted to a vehicle lower side of a floor panel that includes a first panel portion that extends in a vehicle transverse direction and a vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from a vehicle vertical direction and on which feet of a passenger can be placed, a second panel portion that extends toward a vehicle upper side from a vehicle rear side peripheral edge portion of the first panel portion, and a third panel portion that extends in the vehicle transverse direction and the vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from the vehicle vertical direction, that extends toward a vehicle rear and lower side from a vehicle upper side peripheral edge portion of the second panel portion, and that supports a seat cushion, the fuel tank comprising:a fuel tank main body portion that is made of resin, that includes an upper wall portion that structures a vehicle upper side portion and a lower wall portion that structures a vehicle lower side portion, that is disposed at a position that overlaps with a portion of the second panel portion as seen from the vehicle longitudinal direction and at a position that overlaps with a portion of the third panel portion as seen from the vehicle vertical direction, and that is configured to be able to store fuel that is to be supplied to a power unit that is mounted in the vehicle;
a first supporting pillar portion that is made of resin, that is provided at a vehicle rear side of an inner side of the fuel tank main body portion, that includes one end portion welded to the upper wall portion and another end portion welded to the lower wall portion, and that connects the upper wall portion and the lower wall portion in the vehicle vertical direction; and
a second supporting pillar portion that is made of resin, that is provided at a vehicle front side of the first supporting pillar portion at the inner side of the fuel tank main body portion, that includes one end portion welded to the upper wall portion and another end portion welded to the lower wall portion, that connects the upper wall portion and the lower wall portion in the vehicle vertical direction, and that is longer in the vehicle vertical direction than the first supporting pillar portion is in the vehicle vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,864

FUEL TANK SAFETY VALVE

Eaton Corporation, Cleve...

1. A fuel tank system comprising:a fuel tank having a fuel tank outlet;
a purge canister;
a valve assembly that is fluidly coupled between the fuel tank and the purge canister, the valve assembly including:
a main valve configured to move from a closed position to an open position, the main valve having a main valve first port fluidly coupled to the outlet of the fuel tank and a main valve second port fluidly connected to the purge canister; and
a safety check valve that is configured to move from an open position to a closed position upon a pressure drop at the fuel tank outlet exceeding a predetermined threshold, the safety check valve having a safety check valve first port fluidly coupled to the outlet of the fuel tank and a safety check valve second port fluidly coupled to the purge canister, the safety check valve comprising:
a check valve body including the check valve first port, the check valve second port and a check valve seat;
a check ball assembly including a first check ball and a second check ball; and
a check valve biasing member that normally urges the check ball assembly away from the check valve seat, when a predetermined threshold pressure is experienced into the safety valve first port, the check ball assembly is urged toward the check valve seat against the bias of the check valve biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,688,863

PORTABLE AND REMOVABLE AIR-COOLING ACCESSORY FOR ENGINE COOLING IN A PISTON ENGINE AIRCRAFT AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A portable and removable air-cooling accessory device for conveying an ambient airflow to cool an engine of a piston engine aircraft through an engine input port and one or more engine air cooling inlets, the portable and removable air-cooling accessory device comprising:a housing for receiving and channeling the ambient airflow;
a motorized fan assembly coupled to a top portion of the housing, wherein the housing includes a hollow enclosure and two ports, wherein the two ports include an air exhaust port formed at the top portion of the housing and an airflow port opening formed at a bottom portion of the housing, wherein the motorized fan assembly when enabled is configured to force the ambient airflow upward through the engine input port, thereby pulling the ambient air through the one or more engine air cooling inlets, over the engine, resulting in cooling the engine;
a power switch coupled to the motorized fan assembly and the housing; and
a rechargeable battery coupled to the motorized fan assembly, the power switch and the housing, wherein the rechargeable battery provides power to drive the motorized fan assembly when activated by the power switch.

US Pat. No. 10,688,862

AIR GUIDE FOR A VEHICLE FRONT STRUCTURE

1. An air guide for a vehicle front structure, the air guide is mountable on the vehicle front structure and is configured to redirect an incoming air flow towards a cooling device of the vehicle, the air guide comprising:a frame portion comprising a fixation portion having mounting elements for mechanical fixation to a vehicle structure when mounted for use, the frame portion is adapted to reinforce the air guide and define the general shape of the air guide, and
an air guide material, wherein the frame portion is over-molded with the air-guide material to seal open areas in the frame portion, wherein the stiffness of the frame portion is higher than the stiffness of the air guide material.

US Pat. No. 10,688,861

ENGINE AIRFLOW ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An engine airflow adjustment system, comprising:an engine configured to power operation of a vehicle;
a fan configured to drive an airflow over the engine to convectively cool the engine; and
a funnel configured to receive a portion of the airflow from the fan and direct the airflow to a specific location on the engine to blow debris off of the engine, the funnel comprising a front wall configured to direct the airflow from the fan towards the engine, wherein:
the front wall comprises a first front wall portion and a second front wall portion, and wherein the first front wall portion is angled relative to the top wall and the second front wall portion is angled relative to the first front wall portion, and
the front wall defines an aperture, the aperture extends between the first front wall portion and the second front wall portion, and wherein the aperture is configured to redirect debris entering the funnel.

US Pat. No. 10,688,860

VEHICLE WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROLLED BY A POWER FOR SUCH A POWER MODULE

INSTITUT VEDECOM, Versai...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:an electric motor located in a motor compartment of the vehicle, said electric motor being arranged to propel the vehicle;
a passenger compartment of the vehicle separated from the motor compartment by a partition wall;
an energy storage device configured to supply electrical energy to the electric motor;
a power module located between the electric motor and the passenger compartment arranged to shape at least one electrical power signal configured to supply the electric motor;
wherein the vehicle comprises at least one air duct arranged to guide air along a guiding profile between an inlet mouth located on a front portion of said vehicle and an outlet mouth located at the power module.

US Pat. No. 10,688,859

MOTOR INTEGRATION ASSEMBLY

XL Hybrids, Boston, MA (...

1. A motor integration assembly, comprising:a supporting structure configured to receive (i) a first portion of a drivetrain of a four-wheel vehicle having an internal combustion engine, the first portion configured to deliver torque from a transmission of the four-wheel vehicle, and (ii) a second portion of the drivetrain of the four-wheel vehicle, the second portion configured to transfer torque to at least one wheel of the four-wheel vehicle;
an electric machine for providing torque to the second portion of the drivetrain and for converting the four-wheel vehicle into a hybrid-electric four-wheel vehicle;
a torque transfer unit for transferring torque from the electric machine to the second portion of the drivetrain of the four-wheel vehicle;
a housing mounted to the four-wheel vehicle, the housing comprising:
an electrical storage system electrically connectable to the electric machine, the electrical storage system located externally from the electric machine and the torque transfer unit, the electrical storage system mounted aft of the electric machine; and
a control unit, located near the electrical storage system, that controls the torque transferred from the torque transfer unit to the second portion of the drivetrain; and
electrical connections that connect and permit communication between the electric machine and the control unit, the control unit configured to control and condition electric power flow between the electric machine and the electrical storage system,
wherein the torque transferred from the electric machine complements torque delivered from the internal combustion engine to the at least one wheel of the four-wheel vehicle having the motor integration assembly installed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,858

HYBRID VEHICLE TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY AND DRIVE SYSTEM

GKN Automotive Ltd., Red...

1. A system, comprising a transmission arrangement for a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and an electric machine, wherein a first drive torque of the internal combustion engine and a second drive torque of the electric machine are transmissible to at least one drive shaft of the hybrid vehicle by the transmission arrangement, the transmission arrangement comprising:a first planetary transmission having first components that include a first sun gear, first ring gear, and first planet carrier, wherein the internal combustion engine is selectively connectable to one of the first ring gear or the first sun gear and the electric machine is selectively connectable to the other of the first ring gear or the first sun gear;
wherein:
a third drive torque is transmissible to a second planet carrier of a second planetary transmission by means of the first planet carrier;
the second planetary transmission has second components that include a second planet carrier, second sun gear, and third sun gear;
the second sun gear meshes with a first toothing of a second planet gear and the third sun gear meshes with a second toothing of the second planet gear; and
the drive shaft of the hybrid vehicle is driveable by the third sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,688,857

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a battery pack provided below a floor panel;
a floor tunnel provided on the floor panel and protruding upward; and
a reinforcement member fixed to a lower surface of the floor panel below an apex section of the floor tunnel and extending in a vehicle width direction,
wherein a routing member is provided between the reinforcement member and the floor tunnel,
wherein the routing member is constituted by:
a cooling pipeline configured to cool a driving source of a vehicle body rear section; and
an electrical wire configured to supply electric power to the driving source, and
the electrical wire is disposed on a side closer to a central in the vehicle width direction compared to the cooling pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,688,856

VEHICLE FLOOR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle floor structure comprising:a floor panel;
a battery pack disposed under the floor panel;
a floor cross member disposed on the floor panel, wherein:
the floor cross member extends from one end to the other end of the floor panel in a vehicle width direction;
the floor cross member includes a deformation starting portion with a raised base; and
a dimension, in a vehicle height direction, of the deformation starting portion of the floor cross member is shorter than a dimension, in the vehicle height direction, of an area of the floor cross member other than the deformation starting portion in the vehicle width direction; and
a reinforcement member that is disposed so as to be superposed on the deformation starting portion, wherein the floor cross member extends through the reinforcement member to extend from the one end of the floor panel to the other end of the floor panel in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,855

MECHANICAL BATTERY

1. An energy storage system comprising:an internal battery configured for:
converting an input electrical energy into a stored chemical energy;
converting the stored chemical energy into an output electrical energy;
a motor electrically coupled to the internal battery, wherein motor is configured to be driven, at least in part, by the output electrical energy from the internal battery, wherein the motor is configured for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy;
an alternator rotatably coupled with the motor, wherein the alternator is configured for generating at least a portion of the input electrical energy;
a primary battery configured for:
converting a primary electrical energy into a primary stored chemical energy;
converting the primary stored chemical energy into a primary output electrical energy, wherein the primary battery is electrically coupled to the alternator;
a voltage sensor electrically coupled to the primary battery, wherein the voltage sensor is configured for sensing a voltage level of the primary battery;
a switching device electrically coupled to each of the internal battery and the motor, wherein the switching device configured for controlling electrical connectivity between the internal battery and the motor based on the voltage level of the primary battery;
an electrical interconnect electrically coupled to at least one of the internal battery, the alternator and the primary battery, wherein the electrical interconnect is configured to electrically interface with an electricity consuming device in order to supply electrical energy to the electricity consuming device; and
wherein the motor comprises a plurality of high-torque winch motors configured to provide continuous rotation of the alternator at a predetermined rotational speed, wherein the energy storage system further comprises a v-belt pulley configured to transmit rotatory motion from the plurality of high-torque winch motors to the alternator.

US Pat. No. 10,688,854

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH INTEGRATED BATTERY AND FLOOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a pair of laterally spaced rockers each having a top, a bottom, and a sidewall extending continuously from the top to the bottom;
an integrated floor and traction battery support assembly including:
a floor panel laterally spanning the rockers and having a lower surface disposed on the tops of the rockers,
cross-members extending laterally across the floor panel and each having an upper portion attached to the lower surface so that an upper surface of the floor panel is free of cross-members to provide an unencumbered upper surface of the floor panel, wherein each of the cross-members has opposing ends, and each of the ends is directly connected to a corresponding one of the sidewalls, and
a battery tray attached to lower portions of the cross-members and to the bottoms of the rockers, the battery tray cooperating with the lower surface to define a battery-pack enclosure;
a battery pack disposed in the enclosure;
seat brackets disposed below the floor panel, each seat bracket being attached to a corresponding one of the cross-members; and
a seat assembly including:
a pair of spaced apart elongate seat rails oriented in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, each of the seat rails being attached to the floor panel by first fasteners extending through the floor panel and threadably engaging corresponding ones of the seat brackets attached to a first one of the cross-members and by second fasteners extending through the floor panel and threadably engaging corresponding ones of the seat brackets attached to a second one of the cross-members, and
a seat connected to the seat rails.

US Pat. No. 10,688,853

SECURE COVER AND STORAGE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Diabolical LLC, Herriman...

1. An enclosure system for vehicles comprising:a top system coupleable with a vehicle, the top system including one or more rigid surfaces forming a top surface extending between one or more sides of the vehicle and a wall system; and
the wall system coupled with the top system and separating an enclosed cavity from a passenger area of the vehicle, the wall system comprising:
a rigid wall extending between the top system and a floor of the vehicle, the top system, the wall system, the one or more sides of the vehicle, and the floor of the vehicle forming an enclosure with an enclosed cavity, the rigid wall including a passage through the rigid wall; and
an access panel positioned at the passage through the rigid wall, the access panel shaped to close the passage when the access panel is in a closed position, the access panel coupled to the rigid wall.

US Pat. No. 10,688,852

QUICK RELEASE CANISTER

RETRAX HOLDINGS, LLC, An...

1. A canister comprising:a. a space configured to receive a tonneau cover so that the tonneau cover is stored within the canister; and
b. one or more track guides that guide the canister relative to a roller track, a bed of a vehicle, a rail extension, a cap, or a combination thereof; and
wherein the one or more track guides assist the canister in being inserted into or removed from the bed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,851

VEHICLE SUN VISOR WITH SLIDE ON ROD FUNCTION

GRUPO ANTOLIN-INGENIERIA,...

1. A vehicle sun visor with slide on rod function comprising:an L-shaped rod rotatably attached to the vehicle, and
a screen rotatably mounted on the rod and slidable on the rod along a sliding direction parallel to a longitudinal axle of the rod,
a detent clip coupled to the rod to establish controlled and stable predefined rotational positions of the screen defining at least a screening position and an inoperative position, and
a carrier rotatably attached to the rod and housed in a guiding profile of the screen, between two run ends, such that the guiding profile guides the sliding movement of the screen between the two run ends, defining a first end position, where the screen is not extended in relation to the rod, and a second end position where the screen is extended, the carrier comprising:
a rotary slider where the detent clip is attached, configured to rotate around the rod but without sliding along the rod,
a floating slider, and
a metal spring elastically coupling the floating slider and the rotary slider such that the floating slider is movable in relation to the rotary slider in a direction orthogonal to the sliding direction;and wherein the carrier comprises first retention means engageable with second retention means provided in the screen at one of the run ends of the screen, wherein the first retention means are mounted in the floating slider such that the first retention means are engageable to the second retention means by a relative movement of the floating slider in relation to the screen, in the direction orthogonal to the sliding direction, against the force exerted by the metal spring.

US Pat. No. 10,688,850

SLIDING VISOR

Irvin Automotive Products...

1. A visor for a vehicle, said visor comprising:a pivot rod;
a carrier arranged on said pivot rod;
a first and second shell being engagable to form a visor body;
a monorail arranged on an inside surface of said first shell; and
said carrier is slidingly engaged with said first shell, said carrier is arranged and slidingly secured within or on said monorail, said carrier contacts a top portion of said monorail and a bottom portion of said monorail, said monorail is arranged exclusively on said first shell, said monorail comprising a generally C-shaped channel having a top portion and bottom portion, said generally C-shaped channel having a generally square or rectangular shaped slot in a top portion thereof, said monorail having a generally C-shaped flange extending from said bottom portion thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,688,849

AUTOMOBILE WINDOW GLASS

AGC INC., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. An automobile window glass, comprising:a glass substrate;
a black ceramic layer formed in a peripheral portion on a vehicle-interior side main surface of the glass substrate; and
a water absorbing antifogging film formed on the vehicle-interior side main surface of the glass substrate, the water absorbing antifogging film being located in an inner peripheral side relative to the peripheral portion,
wherein a space of more than 1 mm and less than 30 mm exists between the black ceramic layer and the water absorbing antifogging film on the vehicle-interior side main surface of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,688,848

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Hanon Systems, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for motor vehicles, which is designed to blow an air toward a glass window at the time of entry into a defrosting mode, comprising:a front seat controller configured to control a temperature and a volume of an air blown toward a front seat region and a rear seat region of a vehicle room;
a rear seat controller configured to independently control a temperature and a volume of an air blown toward a rear seat region of a vehicle room; and
a control unit configured to, at the time of entry into the defrosting mode, stop cooling or heating of the rear seat region and block air toward the rear seat region and cause the rear seat controller to display a specific symbol indicating that the cooling or heating of the rear seat region is stopped due to the entry into the defrosting mode,
and wherein cooling and heating of the rear seat region maintains stop condition even if the rear seat controller is operated during the defrosting mode,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause a display unit of the rear seat controller to display a defrosting mode symbol indicating that the cooling or heating of the rear seat region is stopped due to the entry into the defrosting mode:
wherein the motor vehicle comprises a front seat region, and
wherein the rear seat region has a lower cooling/heating efficiency than a front seat region, and
wherein the air conditioning system is installed in the front seat region.

US Pat. No. 10,688,847

HEAT PUMP SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heat pump system of a vehicle, comprising:a first cooling apparatus including a first radiator, an electric product including at least one motor, and at least one first water pump which are connected with a first coolant line, the first cooling apparatus configured to circulate a coolant through the first coolant line;
a second cooling apparatus including a second radiator and a second water pump which are connected with a second coolant line, the second cooling apparatus configured to circulate a coolant through the second coolant line;
a battery module provided at a battery coolant line selectively connected with the second coolant line;
a cooling device connected with the battery coolant line through a second valve so as to configure a first connection line for cooling an inside of the vehicle by selectively forming an independent closed circuit, and including a third water pump and a cooler provided at the first connection line;
a heating device connected with the battery coolant line through a third valve so as to configure a second connection line for heating the inside of the vehicle by selectively forming the independent closed circuit, and including a fourth water pump and a heater provided at the second connection line; and
a centralized energy (CE) module connected with the second coolant line and the first and second connection lines in order to supply a coolant of a low temperature to the cooling device, and to supply a coolant of a high temperature to the heating device, and to selectively heat-exchange heat energy generated upon condensing and evaporation of a refrigerant circulating inside the coolant.

US Pat. No. 10,688,846

HEAT EXCHANGER AND VEHICLE HEATING DEVICE COMPRISING A HEAT EXCHANGER

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A heat exchanger having a temperature sensor for a vehicle heating device, wherein the heat exchanger comprisesthe temperature sensor,
a heat input surface,
an electrical heating element controlled by a control device and arranged on the heat input surface,
wherein the control device is arranged on a heat exchanger side facing away from and opposite to the electrical heating element,
a heat output surface, and
wherein the temperature sensor is arranged in a depression on the heat output surface, wherein the depression is formed in a direction of thickness of the heat exchanger perpendicular to the heat input surface.

US Pat. No. 10,688,845

COOLING PACKAGE FOR A MACHINE

Caterpillar Paving Produc...

1. A mounting assembly to mount a cooling fan assembly within a cooling package of a machine, the cooling package including an inlet header, an outlet header, and a cooling core having a first side and a second side extending between the inlet header and the outlet header, the mounting assembly comprising:a first mounting plate coupled at the first side of the cooling core;
a second mounting plate coupled at the second side of the cooling core; and
a mounting bracket coupled to the first and second mounting plates, wherein the mounting bracket includes a mounting member for releasably coupling the cooling fan assembly within the cooling package.

US Pat. No. 10,688,844

ENGINE HEAT RETENTION STRUCTURE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine bay having an upper wall, side walls, a front wall, and a rear wall;
an engine disposed inside the engine bay;
a dedicated heat retention member provided inside the engine bay, the dedicated heat retention member comprising an upper lid covering the engine from above to be openable and closable, and side-wall parts covering a side of the engine,
wherein a portion of the side-wall parts is comprised of an engine mount bracket configured to support a mount of the engine, instead of the dedicated heat retention member;
wherein the upper lid has no openings;
wherein the engine mount bracket includes a vertical wall extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle to be positioned adjacent to the side-wall parts of the dedicated heat retention member; and
wherein a lower portion of the vertical wall is attached to a frame of the vehicle, and an upper portion of the engine mount bracket is attached to the upper lid; and
wherein the side-wall parts are positioned between the upper lid and the frame of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,843

VEHICLE TORSION BEAM SUSPENSION AND VEHICLE TORSION BEAM

Y-TEC CORPORATION, Hiros...

1. A vehicle torsion beam suspension comprising:a pair of trailing arms each supporting a wheel to a vehicle body and a torsion beam having a closed cross section, the torsion beam connecting the trailing arms together, wherein
each trailing arm includes a pivot support portion at an end in a longitudinal direction of the trailing arm to pivotally support the trailing arm relative to the vehicle body, and a wheel mounting portion at another end in the longitudinal direction of the trailing arm, the wheel mounting portion being a portion to which the wheel is mounted,
the torsion beam has beam ends at opposite ends in a longitudinal direction of the torsion beam, the beam ends each being bonded to a middle portion between the pivot support portion and the wheel mounting portion of the trailing arm,
the torsion beam includes a beam center portion having a substantially v-shaped cross section at a center in the longitudinal direction of the torsion beam, the substantially v-shaped cross section being defined by walls facing in pivot directions of the trailing arms, the walls protruding in one of the pivot directions,
the torsion beam includes circumference increasing portions at opposite sides of the beam center portion, each circumference increasing portion having a circumferential length that is an entire length in a circumferential direction of the beam longer than a circumferential length of the beam center portion, the circumferential length of the circumference increasing portion increasing toward the beam end,
and
the circumference increasing portion has a beam width that is a dimension corresponding to the longitudinal direction of the trailing arm, the beam width gradually increasing toward the beam end and increasing at a higher rate as a position of the beam width is closer to the beam end.

US Pat. No. 10,688,842

LEVELING VALVE FOR DISCHARGING AND SUPPLYING FLUID

WABCO Europe BVBA, Bruss...

1. A leveling valve (101) for discharging and supplying air from and to a plurality of utilization elements (205a, b), the leveling valve (101) comprising:a valve arrangement (103) for directing air between a source (207) of pressurized air, an exhaust port (3) and the utilization elements;
a supply port (1) connecting the valve arrangement (103) to the source (207) of pressurized air; and
a check valve (5) mounted upstream of the valve arrangement (103), the check valve (5) being configured to allow fluid flow from the supply port (1) towards the valve arrangement (103) and to block fluid flow from the valve arrangement (103) through the supply port (1), the check valve comprising a base body (15) having
an inlet side (4),
an outlet side (6),
an outer periphery (20),
a flow path (8) extending through the base body (15) from the inlet side (4) to the outlet side (6); and
a lip seal (7) with a sealing lip (17) configured to abut against a wall (13) of the supply port (1) when mounted, to flex away from the wall (13) in response to air flowing from the inlet side (4) towards the sealing lip (17), and to sealingly lie against the wall (13) in response to air flowing from the outlet side (6) towards the sealing lip (17).

US Pat. No. 10,688,841

EXPANDING SENSOR DOMAIN COVERAGE USING DIFFERENTIAL ACTIVE SUSPENSION

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a controller, sensor data from one or more sensors on a vehicle, the vehicle having a first vehicle pose;
receiving, at the controller, perception data indicating that the sensor data contains a first portion of an object of interest, the object of interest being at least partially outside a field of view of a sensor of the one or more sensors on the vehicle, the sensor having a fixed field of view relative to the vehicle;
determining, with the controller, a second vehicle pose, such that in the second vehicle pose a second portion of the object of interest is within the field of view of the sensor, the second portion being different than the first portion;
receiving additional perception data comprising an object classification of an interior object;
determining, based at least in part on the object classification, one or more of a maximum tilt angle or maximum tilt rate of the vehicle; and
sending, from the controller, a signal to a suspension controller to cause the vehicle to assume the second vehicle pose, wherein the signal comprises one or more instructions to constrain the second vehicle pose based at least in part on the maximum tilt angle or instructions to constrain motion of a suspension based at least in part on a maximum tilt rate.

US Pat. No. 10,688,840

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLABLE AIR SPRING SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE AND AN ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLABLE AIR SPRING SYSTEM

WABCO GMBH, Hannover (DE...

1. A method for operating an electronically controllable air spring system having air springs, the air spring system being in a vehicle and being configured to perform a level control procedure, wherein when the level control procedure is activated, an actual height value that is allocated to the respective air spring is adjusted in the direction of a desired height value by aerating or venting a bellows of the respective air spring, and wherein the actual height value characterizes a height of a chassis of the vehicle with respect to a vehicle axle of the vehicle, the method comprising:ascertaining a vehicle velocity of the vehicle;
performing a procedure of monitoring a loading procedure and/or a procedure of monitoring an unloading procedure if the vehicle velocity indicates that the vehicle is at a standstill, wherein for this purpose:
a loading criterion and/or an unloading criterion is verified, which each indicate whether the actual height value deviates from the desired height value for at least one of the air springs,
a pressure difference that is allocated to the air springs is ascertained if the loading criterion or the unloading criterion is fulfilled, wherein the pressure difference indicates a deviation of an actual air spring pressure, which is prevailing in one or multiple air springs, from a reference pressure, and
the ascertained pressure difference when the loading criterion is met is compared with a loading pressure limit difference that is allocated to the respective air spring or the respective air springs or when the unloading criterion is met said pressure difference is compared with an unloading pressure limit difference that is allocated to the respective air spring or the respective air springs; and
suppressing a level control procedure via the air spring system for a determined time period if at least one pressure difference that is allocated to the air springs exceeds the respective loading pressure limit difference or undercuts the unloading pressure difference and/or the loading criterion or the unloading criterion are met.

US Pat. No. 10,688,839

NOSE BOX INSERT FOR MONITORING AND FAULT DETECTION IN A TRUCK TRAILER

Grote Industries, Inc., ...

1. A mount for a trailer nose box, comprising:a baseplate defining at least four plate mounting holes corresponding to at least four trailer mounting holes on the trailer nose box;
a circuit housing coupled to the baseplate, the circuit housing including:
at least seven nose box terminals extending from the housing, the seven nose box terminals including a ground cable terminal and six separate power cable terminals;
at least two trailer terminals extending from the circuit housing, the trailer terminals including a trailer ground terminal and at least one trailer power terminal; and
a control circuit within the circuit housing, the control circuit having a communication circuit configured to establish at least one communication link with a remote device;
a location finding circuit configured to determine a geographic location of the nose box mount on the earth, wherein the location finding circuit is configured to triangulate the geographic location using signals from at least one transmitter sending signals received by the location finding circuit;
wherein the control circuit is configured to send the geographic location to the remote device using the at least one communication link,
wherein the control circuit is configured to electrically connect the nose box terminals to the trailer terminals,
wherein the control circuit is configured to determine a status of one or more trailer components electrically connected to the at least two trailer terminals,
wherein the control circuit is configured to use the communication link to send data defining the status of the one or more trailer components, and
wherein the communication link is separate from the ground cable and the six separate power cables.

US Pat. No. 10,688,838

ELECTRONIC MODULE HOUSING AND ELECTRONIC UNIT FOR MEASURING OPERATING PARAMETERS OF A VEHICLE WHEEL

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A housing for an electronic module for an electronic unit for measuring operating parameters of the wheel of a vehicle which is able to collaborate with a “snap-in” type inflation valve, comprising:a valve body made of an elastomer material, provided with a longitudinal axial bore to extend through an orifice made in a rim, said valve body being made up of an elastically deformable trunk and of an abutment head for butting against the rim, which head is separated from the trunk by a neck adapted to become positioned in an airtight manner in the orifice made in said rim, and
a hollow tubular core made of a rigid material, housing a shut-off mechanism and of dimensions suited to being housed in the bore of the valve body and extending on each side in the continuation of said valve body, said tubular core being made up of two longitudinal portions arranged with respect to one another and relative to the valve body in such a way as to allow the trunk elastic deformation suited to allowing the inflation valve to be mounted through the orifice in the rim,a front face of the electronic module housing being connected to the inflation valve using connecting means, wherein the electronic module comprises means configured to prevent the electronic module from pivoting about an axis defined by said housing connecting means.

US Pat. No. 10,688,837

TIRE-MOUNTED SENSOR AND SENSOR DEVICE USED FOR SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tire-mounted sensor configured to be fixed to an inner wall of a tire, the tire-mounted sensor comprising:a sensor holding member that includes
a sensor that is configured as a built-in sensor to detect a physical amount applied to the tire, and that has a sensor terminal being exposed, and
a base portion that has an attachment surface to be attached to the tire; and
a sensor device that is configured to be detachable from the sensor holding member, and that includes
a controller that is configured to receive an input of a detection result of the sensor and to carry out signal processing,
a transmitter that is configured to transmit information according to the detection result of the sensor which is acquired by the signal processing carried out at the controller, and
a terminal, which is configured to input the detection result of the sensor to the controller, that is exposed to have an electrical connection to the sensor terminal included in the sensor holding member when the sensor device is attached to the sensor holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,688,836

TIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

AKTV8 LLC, Brighton, MI ...

1. A system for managing pressure in a vehicle having a compressed air source, an exhaust port, a manifold fluidly connected to the compressed air source and the exhaust port, an electronic control unit, and a tire, comprising:a normally-closed intake valve operated by the electronic control unit, wherein the intake valve is located upstream of the tire and coupled to the manifold and to the compressed air source, wherein the intake valve operates in a pulsing configuration when the tire pressure falls below a first target pressure by a predetermined amount;
an exhaust valve operated by the electronic control unit, wherein the exhaust valve is located downstream of the manifold and coupled to the manifold and to the exhaust port, the exhaust valve operable between:
an open configuration when the vehicle is in a key-off state;
a pulsing configuration when the tire pressure rises above a second target pressure by a predetermined amount; and
a check valve located between the tire and the manifold, wherein the check valve is configured to seal in a first direction when the tire pressure rises above an upstream pressure by a threshold amount and in a second direction when the tire pressure falls below an upstream pressure by a second threshold amount, wherein the first direction is opposite the second direction and toward the tire.

US Pat. No. 10,688,835

RUN-FLAT TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

19. A run-flat tire comprisinga tread portion,
a pair of sidewall portions,
a pair of bead portions,
a carcass ply extending between the bead portions through the tread portion and the sidewall portions,
a sidewall rubber disposed in each of the sidewall portions so as to form an outer surface of the tire in the sidewall portion,
a sidewall reinforcing rubber layer disposed in each of the sidewall portions and having a crescent-shaped cross sectional shape, the sidewall reinforcing rubber layer disposed on the axially inside of the carcass ply,
an inner liner extending along the inner surface of the tire,
an axially inside core and an axially outside core, which are disposed in each of the bead portions, and between which each radially inner edge portion of the carcass ply is secured,
an axially inside bead apex rubber disposed in each of the bead portions, and extending radially outwardly from the axially inside core,
an axially outside bead apex rubber disposed in each of the bead portions, and extending radially outwardly from the axially outside core, and
a bead clinch rubber disposed in each of the bead portions so as to form an axially outer surface of the bead portion, the bead clinch rubber extending along said axially outer surface, a bottom surface and an axially inner surface of the bead portion while abutting on the entire axially outer surface of the axially outside bead apex rubber and a radially inner end portion of the axially inner surface of the axially inside bead apex rubber so as to cover a radially inner end portion of the inner liner,whereineach of the sidewall portions is provided in the axially outer surface thereof with a rim protector which projects axially outward most on the radially outside of the radially inner edge of the sidewall reinforcing rubber layer,
said rim protector is made up of a radially inner part of the sidewall rubber and a radially outer part of the bead clinch rubber, wherein said radially inner part of the sidewall rubber extends radially inwardly beyond the apex of the rim protector and then tapers up to its radially inner edge, and the thickness of said radially outer part of the bead clinch rubber is gradually decreased toward the radially inside and outside of the tire from the apex of the rim protector,
when measured along a first normal line drawn normally to the carcass ply from an apex of the rim protector, the thickness from the carcass ply to the inner surface of the tire equals to the sum of:
the thickness of the sidewall reinforcing rubber layer which is in a range of from 29% to 35% of a tire thickness from the outer surface to the inner surface of the tire; and
the thickness of the inner liner,
when measured along the first normal line, the thickness from the carcass ply to the outer surface of the tire equals to the sum of:
the thickness of the sidewall rubber;
the thickness of the bead clinch rubber which is from 35% to 42% of said tire thickness; and
the thickness of the axially outside bead apex rubber which is from 5% to 12% of said tire thickness,
when measured along a second normal line drawn normally to the carcass ply from a maximum tire section width point, the thickness of the sidewall reinforcing rubber layer is in a range of from 54% to 62% of said tire thickness, and
in each bead portion, the inner liner extends radially inward beyond the radially inner edge of the sidewall reinforcing rubber layer, and the radially inner end portion of the inner liner is secured between the axially inside bead apex rubber and the bead clinch rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,688,834

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having an outboard tread edge to be positioned away from the center of a vehicle body and an inboard tread edge to be positioned close to the center of the vehicle body, the tread portion provided with main grooves extending continuously in the tire circumferential direction so as to be axially divided into land regions,
the main grooves including an inboard shoulder main groove, an outboard shoulder main groove and a crown main groove therebetween,
the land regions including an inboard shoulder land region defined between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard tread edge, an inboard middle land region defined between the inboard shoulder main groove and the crown main groove, an outboard middle land region defined between the crown main groove and the outboard shoulder main groove, and an outboard shoulder land region defined between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard tread edge,whereininboard shoulder sipes are disposed in only the inboard shoulder land region,
outboard shoulder sipes are disposed in only the outboard shoulder land region, and
inboard middle sipes are disposed in only the inboard middle land region,
the inboard shoulder sipes and the inboard middle sipes are inclined in the same direction with respect to the tire axial direction,
each of the inboard shoulder sipes has axially inner and outer ends both terminated within the inboard shoulder land region,
each of the outboard shoulder sipes comprises
a deep bottom part having a depth from the radially outer surface of the outboard shoulder land region and having axially inner and outer ends within the outboard shoulder land region, and
a shallow bottom part having a depth from the radially outer surface of the outboard shoulder land region which is less than the depth of the deep bottom part and extending from the axially inner end of the deep bottom part to the outboard shoulder main groove,
the shallow bottom part being composed of
an axially outer part extending at an angle ?1 with respect to the tire axial direction from the axially inner end of the deep bottom part toward the tire equator,
an axially inner part extending at an angle ?2 with respect to the tire axial direction from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard tread edge, and
a middle part extending at an angle ?3 with respect to the tire axial direction between the axially outer part and the axially inner part, and
the angle ?1 of the axially outer part, the angle ?2 of the axially inner part and the angle ?3 of the middle part are different from each other,
the inboard shoulder lateral grooves are disposed in only the inboard shoulder land region, and each extend axially inwardly from the inboard tread edge and each have an axially inner end within the inboard shoulder land region,
second inboard shoulder Sipes are disposed in only the inboard shoulder land region, and respectively extend from the axially inner ends of the inboard shoulder lateral grooves to the inboard shoulder main groove, and
outboard shoulder lug grooves are disposed in only the outboard shoulder land region, and each extend axially inwardly from the outboard tread edge and each terminate within the outboard shoulder land region.

US Pat. No. 10,688,833

TYRE TREAD

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tyre tread, having:two shoulder land portions, each one of said two shoulder land portions being positioned at a respective outermost side of a tread width direction orthogonal to a tread circumferential extension;
four circumferential grooves, each of the four circumferential grooves extending longitudinally along the tread between said two shoulder land portions; and
an intermediate circumferential land region, extending between said two shoulder land portions, and comprising at least a first circumferential land portion having a plurality of first see-through sipes,
wherein each of said first see-through sipes extends across the first circumferential land portion from side to side,
wherein each first see-through sipe extends upon a tread surface according to a substantially straight line,
wherein each first see-through sipe has a low inclination angle with respect to said tread width direction, comprised in a range of about 25-30 deg,
wherein each first see-through sipe is surrounded by a first chamfered area,
wherein said first chamfered area has a first part, arranged at a first longitudinal side of said each first see-through sipe and defined between a wall edge of said each first see-through sipe and a first end profile extending substantially, or mainly, parallel to the straight line extension of said each first see-through sipe,
and wherein said first chamfered area has a second part, arranged at a second longitudinal side of said each first see-through sipe and defined between a wall edge of said first sipe and a second end profile extending substantially according to a broken zig-zag line,
wherein said intermediate circumferential land region comprises said first circumferential land portion as a first lateral land portion, a second lateral circumferential land portion and a third central circumferential land portion arranged between the first and second lateral land portions, one of said grooves being interposed between each couple of adjacent shoulder/land or land/land portions,
wherein said second lateral land portion and/or said third central land portion has a plurality of respective second or third see-through sipes, wherein each of said second or third see-through sipes extends across second lateral land portion or third central land portion from side to side,
wherein each of said second and/or third see-through sipes is surrounded by a respective second and/or third chamfered area, and
wherein each chamfered area has a depth equal to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,832

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire having in a tread surface at least one circumferential groove extending in the tire circumferential direction and plural lateral grooves, the lateral grooves each opening to the corresponding circumferential groove and having a narrower groove width than the circumferential groove in a portion opening to the circumferential groove and a wider groove width than the circumferential groove in the remaining portion thereof, comprising:a plurality of recessed portions formed in a groove wall of each circumferential groove, each of the recessed portions facing the corresponding lateral groove; and
at least one projecting portion formed at a groove bottom of each circumferential groove between the recessed portions adjacent to each other in the tire circumferential direction,
wherein, provided that angle ?1 and angle ?2 are formed by one groove wall face (61) and another groove wall face (62) constituting a recessed portion (6) of the plurality of recessed portions, respectively, with respect to an imaginary extension of a groove wall (21) extending in the tire circumferential direction, of each circumferential groove (2), in a plan view of the tread,
provided that each recessed portion (6) is connected with the corresponding circumferential groove (2) at one connection point (6a) and the other connection point (6b) and that “point A” and “point B” represent intersections of imaginary extension lines of respective groove walls of each lateral groove (3) corresponding to the recessed portion, with the groove wall (21)/the imaginary extension of the groove wall (21) of the circumferential groove (2), respectively, at least one of the one connection point (6a) and the other connection point (6b) is formed beyond the point A/the point B and a region between the point A and the point B,
wherein:
the at least one projecting portion is inclined with respect to the direction orthogonal to the corresponding circumferential groove in the plan view of the tread,
the groove wall face, forming the angle ?2, of each recessed portion is inclined in the same direction with respect to the corresponding circumferential groove as the at least one projecting portion corresponding to the circumferential groove is inclined with respect to the circumferential groove,
each circumferential groove extends straight in the tire circumferential direction, and
the pneumatic tire has in the tread surface at least two circumferential grooves each extending in the tire circumferential direction and plural lateral grooves each opening to the corresponding circumferential groove, and in an unworn state of the tire, each recessed portion of one circumferential groove has no groove connecting said recessed portion with the recessed portion of another adjacent circumferential groove,
at least one of the imaginary extension lines of respective groove walls of each lateral groove (3) intersects the another groove wall face (62) of the corresponding recessed portion (6), and
each of the at least one projecting portion is formed only at a position in the corresponding circumferential groove (2) between the groove wall face (62) forming the angle ?2 of one of the recessed portions adjacent to each other in the tire circumferential direction and a halfway position between the other connection point (6b) of the one of the recessed portions adjacent to each other in the tire circumferential direction and the other connection point (6b) of the other of the recessed portions adjacent to each other in the tire circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,831

TIRE TREAD WITH SIPE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A tire tread comprising:a thickness bounded by a tire-operating side and a width bounded by a pair of lateral side edges, the tire-operating side configured to engage a tire operating surface during tire operation and including a plurality of tread elements configured to engage the tire operating surface to provide traction;
the plurality of tread elements including a plurality of shoulder elements arranged along a first lateral side edge of the pair of lateral side edges, one shoulder element of the plurality of shoulder elements having a recessed terminal side spaced apart from the first lateral side edge, where the recessed terminal side is offset in a direction of the tread width towards the second lateral side edge from a pair of adjacent terminal sides of adjacent shoulder elements of the plurality of shoulder elements, the recessed terminal side being arranged adjacent to and between the pair of adjacent terminal sides;
a sipe arranged in connection with a submerged void within the tread thickness, the submerged void being offset from the tire operating side and the sipe extending from the void in a direction of the tire operating side, where the sipe and submerged void are arranged between the pair of adjacent terminal sides and extend in a direction of the tread width towards the second lateral side edge from the recessed terminal side such that the sipe and submerged void are recessed from the pair of adjacent terminal sides, where each adjacent terminal side of the pair of adjacent terminal sides is free of any sipe arranged in connection with any submerged void and where a sipe is arranged between the recessed terminal side and each adjacent terminal side of the pair of adjacent terminal sides, and where each adjacent terminal side of the pair of adjacent terminal sides extends from the recessed terminal side to another recessed terminal side of another shoulder element of the plurality of shoulder elements.

US Pat. No. 10,688,830

PNEUMATIC TIRE

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A pneumatic tire having a tread part partitioned by four main grooves extending in a tire circumferential direction, the tire comprising:a center land part;
an outer intermediate land part adjoining an installation outer side of the center land part;
an inner intermediate land part adjoining an installation inner side of the center land part;
an outer shoulder land part adjoining an installation outer side of the outer intermediate land part; and
an inner shoulder land part adjoining an installation inner side of the inner intermediate land part, wherein
a center lug groove having a smaller width on an installation outer side than on an installation inner side is formed in the center land part,
the outer intermediate land part has a width larger than a width of the inner intermediate land part,
the outer shoulder land part has a width larger than a width of the inner shoulder land part,
the outer intermediate land part has
an outer intermediate first lug groove having both ends in a tire transversal direction communicating with main grooves, and
an outer intermediate second lug groove having one end on a tire transversal outer side communicating with a main groove and the other end on a tire transversal inner side terminating in the outer intermediate land part,
the outer intermediate first lug groove and the outer intermediate second lug groove are arranged alternately in a tire circumferential direction,
the inner intermediate land part has
an inner intermediate first lug groove having both ends in a tire transversal direction communicating with main grooves, and
an inner intermediate second lug groove having one end on a tire transversal inner side communicating with a main groove and the other end on a tire transversal outer side terminating in the inner intermediate land part, and
the inner intermediate first lug groove and the inner intermediate second lug groove are arranged alternately in a tire circumferential direction,.
wherein an outer circumferential sipe extending in a tire circumferential direction is formed in the outer shoulder land part, and
an inner circumferential narrow groove extending in a tire circumferential direction and having a width larger than a width of the outer circumferential sipe is formed in the inner shoulder land part,
wherein the outer shoulder land part is partitioned by the outer circumferential sipe.

US Pat. No. 10,688,828

HYBRID REINFORCING ELEMENT WITH DIFFERENTIAL TWIST

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A reinforcing element comprising:a single strand of high-modulus textile monofilaments; and
a single strand of low-modulus textile monofilaments,
wherein the strand of high-modulus textile monofilaments and the strand of low-modulus textile monofilaments are wound around each other in a direction D3 with a twist R3,
wherein the strand of high-modulus textile monofilaments has a residual twist R1 in a direction D1,
wherein the strand of low-modulus textile monofilaments has a residual twist R2 in a direction D2,
wherein the residual twists R1 and R2 have a relationship such that: when R2 is substantially non-zero, R1>R2, and when R2 is substantially zero, R1 is substantially non-zero, and
wherein the directions D1, D2, and D3 are identical when R2 is substantially non-zero, and the directions D1 and D3 are identical when R2 is substantially zero.

US Pat. No. 10,688,827

PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire comprising:a cap rubber which is formed of a nonconductive rubber and forms a ground surface;
a conductive portion which is provided in at least one side end portion of a pair of side end portions in both ends in a tire width direction of the cap rubber, and
a strip rubber which covers a side surface of the cap rubber,
wherein the conductive portion is formed of a conductive rubber, and reaches a side surface of the cap rubber from the ground surface through an inner portion of the cap rubber,
the conductive portion is relatively small in a thickness in the ground surface and a side surface of the cap rubber, is relatively large in the maximum thickness of an intermediate portion between the ground surface and the side surface of the cap rubber, and is formed into a crescent shape which is curved into an outer side in a tire width direction and an outer side in a radial direction, in a tire meridian cross section,
the strip rubber is formed by a conductive rubber which has a lower rubber hardness than the cap rubber, and does not form any ground surface, and
the conductive portion enters into an inner portion of the strip rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,688,826

ADJUSTABLE CASTER ASSEMBLY

DoRodo, LLC, Wayland, MI...

1. An adjustable caster assembly comprising:a body having a top surface and a base, and including an opening at the base;
a wheel connected to the body wherein the wheel is configured to extend beyond the base of the body and engage a supporting surface;
a foot positioned within the opening in the base, wherein the foot is configured to move between an expanded position and a contracted position;
an adjustment shaft connected to the foot, wherein the adjustment shaft is configured to drive the foot between an expanded and contracted position;
an actuation shaft configured to drive the adjustment shaft wherein the actuation shaft is configured to move between a disengaged position and an engaged position and is biased towards disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,825

WHEEL RETENTION SYSTEM

Consolidated Metco, Inc.,...

9. A wheel retention assembly comprising:a wheel hub having a flange with a plurality of openings and a bolt stop raised section adjacent each opening, each opening having a circumference thereof;
the bolt stop raised section of the wheel hub flange extending for less than the entire circumference of the adjacent opening;
a plurality of threaded connectors each configured to be received in one of the wheel flange openings,
each threaded connector having a head with a flattened portion configured to contact the bolt stop raised section of each wheel hub flange and limit turning of the threaded connector.

US Pat. No. 10,688,824

COMPOUND SINUSOIDAL WHEEL APPLICABLE TO MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT

Shark Wheel, Inc., Lake ...

1. A materials handling equipment comprising:a lifting apparatus engaged with a fork having a linearly extensive blade;
a blade wheel engaged with said blade, wherein said blade wheel has a plurality of circular tires arranged side-by-side in an axial direction, wherein the plurality of circular tires is integrally formed so as to form a monolithic blade wheel made of a common material;
wherein the blade wheel includes a first outer circumference and a second outer circumference, the first outer circumference being larger than the second outer circumference, the first outer circumference including a sinusoidally
varying peripheral surface;
wherein the first outer circumference defines the outer most circumference of each tire of the blade wheel and the second outer circumference defines a space in between each tire of the blade wheel; and
wherein a substantially vertically extending end face of the wheel exhibits a sinusoidally varying surface.

US Pat. No. 10,688,823

REINFORCED COMPOSITE VEHICLE WHEEL AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION THEREOF

Lacks Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A composite wheel assembly, comprising:a wheel having an inwardly facing surface and an outwardly facing surface, a plurality of apertures formed about a central hub aperture, a plurality of wheel spokes extending radially outwardly from the central hub aperture, and a plurality of turbine openings formed between the plurality of spokes; and
at least one wheel cladding fixedly bonded to at least the outwardly facing surface of the wheel; and
at least one stiffening member secured to the wheel, wherein at least a portion of the at least one stiffening member overlies a portion of an outer or inner face of one of the plurality of spokes and covers a recess extending into the spoke from the outer or inner face, wherein an opening of the recess is greater than a base surface of the recess;
wherein the wheel cladding and the at least one stiffening member enhance the stiffness and/or strength of the wheel between about 2-16% or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,688,822

EMBEDDING 3D INFORMATION IN DOCUMENTS

MorphoTrust USA, LLC, Bi...

1. A method of making an identification document with embedded 3D information, the method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors, information to be embedded within an identification document;
modifying, by the one or more processors, the information to add depth when viewed through a 3D viewing device, thereby yielding modified information;
embedding, by the one or more processors, the modified information in a target image to yield a modified target image such that the modified information is not perceivable without the 3D viewing device and the modified information is visible with added depth when viewed through the 3D viewing device, wherein embedding the modified information in the target image comprises modifying pixels of the target image with pixels of the modified information; and
causing, by the one or more processors, the modified target image to be disposed on an identification document to yield embedded 3D information.

US Pat. No. 10,688,821

INSERT FOR PASSPORT BOOKLET DATA SHEET

SMART PACKAGING SOLUTION ...

1. An insert for a passport booklet data page, formed by a multilayer complex including a pair of outer layers and an inner layer disposed between said pair of outer layers and including a hinge having a folding zone where the insert is intended to be sewn or stapled into a passport booklet, said inner layer including a combination of at least one layer made of plastic and at least one metal reinforcing layer together forming an extension that extends a certain distance beyond said folding zone of the hinge so as to improve the pull-out and tear resistance of said data page in relation to the passport booklet, wherein said layer made of plastic extends to the outer perimeter of the entire surface area of the insert, wherein said layer made of plastic and said metal reinforcing layer extend beyond side edges of the pair of outer layers, and wherein said metal reinforcing layer has a thickness of between 10 and 30 micrometers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,820

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an ink ejecting device configured to eject a plurality of inks having different functions onto any one of a plurality of types of printing medium, thereby printing the printing medium, the plurality of inks including a first ink containing a coloring material, and a second ink containing a polymer emulsion and substantially no coloring material, and the plurality of types of printing medium including a first printing medium and a second printing medium less permeable to liquid than the first printing medium;
an ink supplying device configured to supply the inks to the ink ejecting device; and
an information receiver configured to receive information on whether a printing medium to be printed is one of the first printing medium and the second printing medium,
wherein when the received information designates the first printing medium as the printing medium to be printed, the first ink is used without using the second ink during the printing of the first medium, and
wherein when the received information designates the second printing medium as the printing medium to be printed, both the first and the second ink are used during the printing of the second medium.

US Pat. No. 10,688,819

METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR SETTING A PROPERTY AND/OR A QUANTITY OF A COATING SUBSTANCE FOR A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Production Printing...

1. A method for setting a property and/or quantity of a coating substance applied onto a recording medium during a printing process in preparation for the printing of a print image, the method comprising:determining spatially resolved temperature data corresponding to a temperature of the recording medium; and
setting the property and/or the quantity of the coating substance applied onto the recording medium based on the temperature data.

US Pat. No. 10,688,818

PRINTER

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A printer, comprising:a housing configured to accommodate a recording sheet and a printing portion;
an attachment member, which is removably mounted to the housing, and has a hook hole for a strap;
a battery accommodation portion formed in the housing; and
a battery, which is to be removably mounted to the battery accommodation portion,
wherein a portion of the housing, to which the attachment member is mounted, and the attachment member form a rotation regulating portion configured to regulate rotation of the attachment member,
wherein the housing includes a connecting recessed portion having an opening portion formed in a side wall of the battery accommodation portion,
wherein the attachment member includes a connecting projecting portion that is removably fitted to the connecting recessed portion through the opening portion,
wherein, under a state in which the connecting projecting portion is fitted to the connecting recessed portion, when the battery is mounted to the battery accommodation portion, the attachment member is mounted to the housing, and
wherein the rotation regulating portion is formed by the connecting projecting portion and the connecting recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,817

PRINTER CONFIGURATION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method, comprising:printing, using a printer, a first portion of a first test patch and a first portion of a second test patch in a first pass of a printhead in a first print direction;
printing a second portion of the first test patch and a second portion of the second test patch in a second pass of the printhead in a second print direction, the second portion of the first test patch printed at a first alignment offset from the first portion of the first test patch and the second portion of the first test patch at a second alignment offset from the first portion of the second test patch; and
configuring the printer to print in the second print direction using one of the first alignment offset and the second alignment offset based on a selection between the first test patch and the second test patch.

US Pat. No. 10,688,816

HEATED ROLLER, IN PARTICULAR FOR A TEXTILE PRINTER, AND TEXTILE PRINTER COMPRISING THIS ROLLER

ATPCOLOR S.R.L., Senago ...

1. A heated roller for a textile printer, comprising:a pair of stationary supports;
an elongated tubular element located between said stationary supports and rotatably carried by said stationary supports about a longitudinal axis;
a stationary infrared lamp extending inside said tubular element and having opposite ends supported by said stationary supports;
a lamp support device extending between said stationary supports inside said tubular element and supporting the infrared lamp between said stationary supports; and
an elastic device which applies an elastic tension to said lamp support device between said stationary supports in the direction of said longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,815

PRINTER INCLUDING A CUTTER HAVING MOVABLE BLADE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer for performing printing on a medium, the printer comprising:a casing defining an opening in a portion thereof, the opening communicating with an area outside the casing;
a cutter disposed within the casing and configured to cut at least a portion of the medium, wherein the cutter includes a movable blade;
a moving mechanism configured to move the movable blade; and
a processor; and
one or more non-transitory computer readable storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the printer to:
control the moving mechanism to move the movable blade to a first position, a second position, and a third position, and to stop the movable blade at the second position,
wherein the second position is between the first position and the third position, and
wherein, at the second position, a portion of the movable blade is exposed through the opening to the area outside the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,688,814

MEDIA TRANSPORT MECHANISM FOR PRINTER HAVING MULTIPLE PRINTHEADS

Memjet Technology Limited...

1. A printer comprising:a first fixed printhead having a respective first print zone;
a second fixed printhead positioned downstream of the first printhead relative to a media feed direction, the second printhead having a respective second print zone;
at least one platen for supporting print media in the first and second print zones;
an input media transport mechanism positioned upstream of the first printhead, the input media transport mechanism exerting a gripping force N1 on print media;
an output media transport mechanism positioned downstream of the second printhead, the output media transport mechanism exerting a gripping force N2 on print media; and
an intermediary media transport mechanism positioned between the first and second printheads, the intermediary media transport mechanism exerting a gripping force N3 on print media,
wherein N1>N2>N3.

US Pat. No. 10,688,813

PRINTING APPARATUS

FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED...

1. A printing apparatus having a pillar shape, the printing apparatus comprising:a printing mechanism including
a print head configured to perform printing on a recording sheet;
a feed roller configured to convey the recording sheet toward the print head; and
a platen roller configured to convey the recording sheet fed by the feed roller;
a motor; and
a gear box configured to transmit a rotation of the motor to the feed roller and the platen roller, the gear box including
an output gear configured to output the rotation of the motor;
a platen gear attached to the platen roller and meshing with the output gear to transmit the rotation of the motor output by the output gear to the platen roller;
a drive gear connected to the feed roller and configured to rotate the feed roller; and
a one-way gear meshing with the output gear and the drive gear to transmit the rotation of the motor output by the output gear to the drive gear,
wherein the printing mechanism, the gear box, and the motor are arranged in order from a first side of the printing apparatus toward a second side of the printing apparatus in a longitudinal direction of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,688,812

CURING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method of curing a print substrate while printing on the substrate, the method comprising:operating a curing unit that comprises a lamp partially surrounded by a reflector to direct radiation from a radiation source of the lamp toward the substrate;
providing radiation from the lamp to a radiation curing area to cure a marking agent on the substrate; and
moving the curing unit at a first rate at a central region of a substrate and moving the curing unit at a second rate at an edge region of the substrate, the second rate being slower than the first rate,
wherein operating the curing unit further comprises reciprocating the curing unit within a substrate width of the print substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,688,811

AIR BLOWER, DRYING DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND TREATMENT-LIQUID APPLICATION DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A gas blower comprising:a supply port;
a chamber to which a gas is fed from the supply port;
a nozzle communicating with an interior of the chamber to discharge the gas from the nozzle;
a partition member disposed in the chamber to partition the interior of the chamber into a first space including the supply port and a second space not including the supply port, the partition member including at least one first opening through which the gas communicates between the first space and the second space; and
an air flow guide including a plurality of second openings, disposed in the chamber between the second space and the nozzle,
the supply port being disposed on one end in a longitudinal direction of the chamber,
an opening ratio of the first opening of the partition member at a central portion in a longitudinal direction of the partition member being larger than an opening ratio of the first opening of the partition member at both end portions in the longitudinal direction of the partition member.

US Pat. No. 10,688,810

ADAPTATIVE CURING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A curing device comprising:a fluid flow generator to cause a heating fluid to flow towards a curing zone divisible into first and second curing sub-zones in each of which curing occurs via the heating fluid; and
an impingement device arranged between the fluid flow generator and the curing zone,
wherein the impingement device comprises:
first and second chambers respectively corresponding to the first and second curing sub-zones;
a heating fluid restrictor that is actuatable between an open position and a closed position,
and wherein in the closed position the heating fluid restrictor restricts heating fluid flow at the second curing sub-zone, causing the heating fluid to have a lower flow rate at the second curing sub-zone in which the curing occurs than at the first curing sub-zone at which the curing occurs.

US Pat. No. 10,688,809

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DEFECTIVE ULTRAVIOLET RADIATING LIGHT EMITTING DIODES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printing system comprising:a plurality of printheads fixedly positioned opposite a path of object movement past the plurality of printheads in a process direction, each printhead in the plurality of printheads being configured to eject marking material toward the object as the object passes the printheads in the process direction;
an ultraviolet (UV) curing device having a plurality of UV light emitting diodes (LEDs), each UV LED in the UV curing device being configured to emit UV light, the UV curing device being fixedly positioned in the process direction at a location where the UV curing device cures UV marking material ejected onto the object after at least one of the printheads has ejected UV marking material onto a surface of the object and the object continues in the process direction past the plurality of printheads to a position opposite the UV curing device;
an UV detector having a plurality of UV sensors, each UV sensor being configured to receive UV light from one of the UV LEDs in the UV curing device and generate an electrical signal corresponding to an intensity of the UV light received by the UV sensor;
a first actuator operatively connected to the UV curing device; and
a controller operatively connected to the plurality of printheads, the UV curing device, the first actuator, and the UV detector, the controller being configured to operate the UV curing device to direct UV light into the UV detector, to receive the electrical signals generated by the UV sensors in the UV detector, to identify any UV LED in the UV curing device that is not emitting UV light at a predetermined intensity or greater, to operate the first actuator to reposition the UV curing device in a cross-process direction by a width of UV light emitted by a single UV LED in the UV curing device and then operate another actuator to pass the object through the UV light emitted by the repositioned UV curing device so an operational UV LED in the UV curing device emits UV light onto an area of the object that was opposite a UV LED identified as not emitting UV light at the predetermined intensity or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,688,808

SYSTEM FOR THREAD PRINTING USING IMAGE-BASED FEEDBACK

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A system for treatment of thread, comprising:a thread printer comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a printhead configured to apply colored coatings to a thread as the thread passes between the inlet and the outlet;
a processor; and
a computer-readable memory containing programming instructions that are configured to cause the processor to:
instruct the thread printer to selectively apply the colored coatings to the thread according to a pattern to yield a treated thread that includes multiple segments of different colors,
after a first portion of the treated thread has passed through the outlet, receive an image that includes the treated thread and process the image to identify an actual location of a selected segment of the treated thread,
determine whether the actual location of the selected segment corresponds to an expected location,
if the actual location of the selected segment corresponds to the expected location, continue instructing the thread printer to selectively apply the colored coatings to the thread according to the pattern, and
if the actual location of the selected segment does not correspond to the expected location, instruct the thread printer to:
modify the pattern to increase or decrease a size of one or more of the segments; and
selectively apply the colored coatings to the thread according to the modified pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,688,807

THERMAL PRINT HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

Toshiba Hokuto Electronic...

1. A thermal print head comprising:a heat sink;
a head substrate having a support substrate placed on the heat sink, a glaze layer laminated on the support substrate, and a plurality of heat generating elements provided on the glaze layer and disposed in a primary scanning direction;
a circuit board placed on the heat sink so as to be adjacent to the head substrate in an auxiliary scanning direction and provided with a connection circuit; and
a control element placed on an upper surface of the head substrate close to the circuit board or on an upper surface of the circuit board close to the head substrate, electrically connected to the heat generating element via a plurality of first bonding wires, and electrically connected to the connection circuit via a plurality of second bonding wires,
wherein the plurality of first bonding wires is disposed in parallel in the primary scanning direction, and among the plurality of first bonding wires, each first bonding wire has a length of at least 2 mm or more and is a metal wire having a Young's modulus greater than that of gold.

US Pat. No. 10,688,806

THERMAL HEAD AND THERMAL PRINTER

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A thermal head comprising:a substrate comprising a surface;
a glaze layer on the surface, comprising
a first glaze elongated in a first direction, and
a second glaze separated from the first glaze in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
a first conductive layer on the surface, comprising a lateral side part which extends from the first glaze to the second glaze and which is partially located on the second glaze, wherein
the second glaze comprises:
a side edge part on a first glaze side; and
a cutout portion which is located on the side edge part, and which is opened toward the first glaze in the second direction, and
a portion of the lateral side part is arranged inside the cutout portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,805

3D COLORED DOT PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLOR CODING

1. A method of depositing colored thermoset resin dots on a metal surface for color coding, comprising:1) combining a liquid one component thermoset resin with a colored pigment to form a 1% to 3% concentration of the colored pigment in the liquid one component thermoset resin, w/w, w/v, v/v to form a colored liquid thermoset resin;
2) treating the metal surface with a surface activating agent;
3) evaporating the surface activating agent on the metal surface to form an activated metal surface;
4) depositing the mixture of colored liquid thermoset resin on the activated metal surface; and
5) curing the colored liquid thermoset resin on the activated metal surface by heating the colored liquid thermoset resin,
wherein the surface activating agent is gamma-glycidopropyl-trimethoxysilane.

US Pat. No. 10,688,804

PRINTING APPARATUSES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method, comprising:preconditioning a printing apparatus, comprising:
increasing a temperature of an inkjet printhead in a print zone in the printing apparatus to a first temperature higher than a steady state printhead temperature; and
increasing a temperature of the print zone such that a portion of a print medium disposed over a portion of a platen in the print zone is at a second temperature higher than about a steady state print zone temperature; and
disposing, using the printhead, an ink at the steady state printhead temperature onto the portion of the print medium to form an image thereon.