US Pat. No. 10,988,148

UNIVERSAL CHAIN TIE DOWN ASSEMBLY

Ireco, LLC, Elmhurst, IL...

1. A universal chain tie down assembly, comprising:an anchor base;
a turret associated with the anchor base;
a cannon pivotally connected to the turret;
a tensioning rod including
a proximal portion associated with the cannon,
a distal portion, and
a tool attachment portion configured for engagement by a tool for rotation of the tensioning rod;
a hub associated with the distal portion of the tensioning rod;
a constant tensioning device including first and second arms each extending between a proximal end associated with the hub and a distal end spaced distally of the hub; and
a chain associated with a distal end of the constant tensioning device, wherein the tensioning rod is configured to rotate with respect to the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,988,146

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING SPEED THRESHOLDS FOR VEHICLES

SmartDrive Systems, Inc.,...

1. A system configured for managing speed thresholds for a fleet of vehicles, wherein the vehicles include a first vehicle located at a current vehicle location, the system comprising:one or more hardware processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
receive input, wherein the input represents a first association between a first weather-related condition and a first arithmetic operation used to determine a given current speed threshold in case a posted speed limit falls within a first range of speed limits, wherein the given current speed threshold is determined by applying the first arithmetic operation to the posted speed limit,
and wherein the input further represents a second association between the first weather-related condition and a second arithmetic operation used to determine the given current speed threshold in case the posted speed limit falls within a second range of speed limits, wherein the given current speed threshold is determined by applying the second arithmetic operation to the posted speed limit; and
an event detector configured to detect vehicle events, wherein the event detector is carried by the first vehicle, wherein the event detector includes a processor configured by particular machine-readable instructions to:
obtain information that represents the first association and the second association;
obtain weather-related information for at least two different weather-related conditions, wherein the at least two different weather-related conditions include rain, wherein the weather-related information indicates the first weather-related condition is currently present at the current vehicle location;
obtain information regarding a current posted speed limit at the current vehicle location;
determine the current speed threshold based on the current posted speed limit, wherein
(i) responsive to the current posted speed limit falling within the first range of speed limits and further responsive to the first weather-related condition being currently present at the current vehicle location, the current speed threshold is determined by applying the first arithmetic operation to the current posted speed limit, and wherein
(ii) responsive to the current posted speed limit falling within the second range of speed limits and further responsive to the first weather-related condition being currently present at the current vehicle location, the current speed threshold is determined by applying the second arithmetic operation to the current posted speed limit;
obtain a current speed of the vehicle;
detect an occurrence of a vehicle event responsive to the current speed of the vehicle exceeding the current speed threshold;
responsive to detection of the occurrence of the current vehicle event, generate one or more notifications regarding the current vehicle event; and
provide the one or more notifications to one or more of the vehicle operator, a stakeholder of the fleet of vehicles, and/or a remote computing server.

US Pat. No. 10,988,145

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL PROCEDURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising:by a controller, during an automatic parking maneuver and in response to vehicle speed being less than a minimum speed threshold defined by a desired speed for the parking maneuver for a predefined period of time, braking the vehicle to bring the vehicle to a standstill such that the automatic parking maneuver is interrupted or terminated and returning full control of the vehicle to a driver of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,144

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR DISPLAYING AN AUGMENTED REALITY

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a first assistance subsystem configured to capture a first sub-area of an environment of the motor vehicle and a second assistance subsystem configured to capture a second sub-area of the environment, wherein the first assistance subsystem is configured to generate a first image of the first sub-area and the second assistance subsystem is configured to generate a second image of the second sub-area and the driver assistance system has a display device for displaying at least the first image, wherein the display device is configured to display a first augmented reality, wherein the first augmented reality is generated by superimposing the first image with first assistance information of the first assistance subsystem generated on the basis of the first image as first augmented reality content and by superimposing second assistance information of the second assistance subsystem generated on the basis of the second image as second augmented reality content;
wherein the first augmented reality content is constructed as a driving channel and the second augmented reality content is constructed as longitudinal distance information to an object or transverse distance information to an object; and
wherein the driver assistance system is configured to display the first augmented reality content and the second augmented reality content during semi-autonomous or autonomous driving of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,142

DETERMINING FRICTION COEFFICIENT OF A TIRE/SURFACE INTERFACE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle having a set of tires, the method comprising:applying torque to one or more tires from the set of tires to cause the vehicle to move along a surface;
reducing an amount of downward force applied to the surface by a first tire from the set of tires using an active suspension component to define a reduced downward force for the first tire;
while the first tire is at the reduced downward force, controlling a dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface using one or more actuators to vary a magnitude of the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface;
determining, using one or more sensors, and while controlling the dynamic response of the first tire using the one or more actuators, multiple traction force values that each represent traction of the first tire relative to the surface at a different value of the magnitude of the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface;
determining a maximum available traction force based on the multiple traction force values and corresponding values for the magnitude of the dynamic response;
determining a friction parameter for the first tire relative to the surface based on the maximum available traction force and the reduced downward force; and
controlling an operation of the vehicle based on the friction parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,988,141

ENGINE LUBRICATION SYSTEM

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An engine lubrication system comprising:an oil pump configured to be driven by an engine;
an oil jet mechanism configured to inject oil pressure-fed by the oil pump to a piston of the engine; and
circuitry configured to
set a target hydraulic pressure of the oil injected from the oil jet mechanism according to an operation state of the engine;
determine a hydraulic pressure state of the oil injected from the oil jet mechanism; and
change a gear stage of the automatic transmission to a lower gear stage in a case that a predetermined condition is satisfied, wherein the predetermined condition includes the determined hydraulic pressure being below the target hydraulic pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,988,140

OPTIMIZATION OF CONCURRENT OPERATION OF PREDICTIVE CRUISE CONTROL AND IDLE COAST MANAGEMENT CONTROL

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a powertrain including a prime mover and a clutch, the clutch being electronically controllable to selectably couple and decouple the prime mover with one or more ground contacting wheels; and
an electronic control system in operative communication with the prime mover and the clutch, the electronic control system comprising a predictive cruise control (PCC) controller configured to vary a cruise control vehicle speed target from an operator set point subject to a PCC upper speed limit and to couple the prime mover with the one or more ground contacting wheels in response to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded, and an idle coast management (ICM) controller configured to control the clutch to decouple the prime mover from the one or more ground contacting wheels subject to an ICM upper speed limit and to couple the prime mover with the one or more ground contacting wheels in response to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded;
wherein the electronic control system is configured to concurrently operate the PCC controller and the ICM controller and to at least one of:
(a) identify a first operating condition of the vehicle system where a first idle coast operation would end due to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded while the PCC upper speed limit has a greater value than the ICM upper speed limit, in response to identification of the first operating condition increase the ICM upper speed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby continue the first idle coast operation under the first operating condition,
(b) identify a second operating condition of the vehicle system where a second idle coast operation would end due to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded while the ICM upper speed limit has a greater value than the PCC upper speed limit in response to identification of the second operating condition increase the PCC upper seed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby continue the second idle coast operation under the second operating condition,
(c) identify a third operating condition of the vehicle system where initiation of a third idle coast operation would be inhibited due to the ICM upper speed limit being exceeded while the PCC upper speed limit has a greater value than the ICM upper speed limit, in response to identification of the third operating condition increase the ICM upper speed limit, and control the powertrain and thereby initiate the third idle coast operation under the third operating condition, and
(d) identify a fourth operating condition of the vehicle system where initiation of a fourth idle coast operation would be inhibited due to the PCC upper speed limit being exceeded while the ICM upper speed limit has a greater value than the PCC upper speed limit, in response to identification of the fourth operating condition increase the PCC upper speed limit and control the powertrain and thereby initiate the fourth idle coast operation under the fourth operating condition.

US Pat. No. 10,988,139

VEHICLE POSITION CONTROL METHOD AND DEVICE VEHICLE POSITION CONTROL DEVICE FOR CORRECTING POSITION IN DRIVE-ASSISTED VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position control method for correcting a position error of a drive-assisted host vehicle comprising a controller that corrects error arising between a position of the host vehicle and a target route during drive-assisted travel, the vehicle position correction method comprising:detecting a lane boundary of a lane in which the host vehicle travels;
calculating a target value for a lateral correction amount of the target route by comparing positional relationships between lane boundary detection results and the target route on a map;
changing a lateral movement speed of the target route to calculate the target value for the lateral correction amount according to a bearing of the host vehicle in which the bearing being a vehicle attitude angle;
correcting the target route by moving the target route sideways in a lateral direction by an amount equal to the lateral correction amount; and
controlling the host vehicle based on the corrected target route.

US Pat. No. 10,988,137

DRIVEWAY MANEUVERS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method for maneuvering an autonomous vehicle to enter a driveway, comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, an instruction to pickup or drop off a passenger at a location;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the vehicle is arriving in a lane on an opposite side of a street as the location, the lane having a traffic direction opposite to a traffic direction of a lane adjacent to the location;
determining, by the one or more processors, a difficulty score for a maneuver for positioning the vehicle to the lane adjacent to the location, the difficulty score being a value representing difficulty of performing the maneuver;
comparing, by the one or more processors, the difficulty score to a predetermined difficulty threshold;
determining, by the one or more processors based on the comparison, to enter an available driveway on a same side of the street as the location; and
controlling, by the one or more processors based on the determination to enter the available driveway, the vehicle to enter the available driveway.

US Pat. No. 10,988,136

AUTOMATIC PARKING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An automatic parking apparatus, comprising:a camera configured to photograph surroundings of an own vehicle;
a touch screen to receive a first touch input for designating a desired parking area; and
one or more processors configured to:
generate an image of the surroundings of the own vehicle based on image data obtained via the camera,
display the image on the touch screen, based on the first touch input specify a parking area where the own vehicle is to be moved, and determine whether a parking space for the own vehicle is available in the desired parking area,
based on the determining that the parking space for the own vehicle is available in the desired park in area, determine a plurality of moving path candidates for guiding the own vehicle from a current location of the own vehicle to the parking area, wherein the own vehicle is positioned with respect to the parking area such that the own vehicle is drivable to fit in the parking area according to different combinations of driving paths, and each of the plurality of moving path candidates represents one of the different combinations of driving paths,
display a boundary of the parking area, graphical representations of each of the plurality of moving path candidates, respectively, and user interfaces in association with the graphical representations, respectively on the touch screen,
select a moving path among the plurality of moving path candidates based on a second touch input received through one of the user interfaces displayed in association with one of the graphical representations, and
guide and control the own vehicle from the current location to the parking area in accordance with the selected moving path.

US Pat. No. 10,988,135

METHODS TO DETECT LATERAL CONTROL OSCILLATIONS IN VEHICLE BEHAVIOR

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for detecting a lateral oscillation of a vehicle having a vehicle control system, the method comprising:providing the vehicle control system, wherein the vehicle control system includes a first sensor configured to measure a yaw rate of the vehicle, a second sensor configured to measure a lateral acceleration of the vehicle, an actuator configured to control a vehicle operating condition, and a controller electronically connected to the first and second sensors and the actuator;
monitoring, by the controller, yaw rate data received from the first sensor and lateral acceleration data received from the second sensor;
analyzing, by the controller, the yaw rate and lateral acceleration data to generate a yaw rate signal energy distribution and a lateral acceleration signal energy distribution, wherein analyzing the yaw rate and lateral acceleration data comprises applying a Fourier transform to the yaw rate data to generate the yaw rate signal energy distribution, applying a Fourier transform to the lateral acceleration data to generate the lateral acceleration signal energy distribution, and analyzing the yaw rate and lateral acceleration signal energy distributions at a plurality of predetermined frequencies;
determining, by the controller, whether a first condition is satisfied;
if the first condition is satisfied, determining, by the controller, whether a second condition is satisfied;
if both of the first and second conditions are satisfied, determining, by the controller, whether a third condition is satisfied; and
if the third condition is satisfied, automatically controlling, by the controller, the actuator to reduce the lateral oscillation of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,134

METHOD TO CONTROL A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A ROAD VEHICLE

MARELLI EUROPE S.p.A, Co...

1. A method to control a hybrid drive system (4) for a road vehicle (1) comprising at least a pair of drive wheels (3);the hybrid drive system (4) comprises:
an internal combustion heat engine (5), which is designed to transmit the motion to the drive wheels (3) and comprises at least one cylinder (16), an intake manifold (17), which is connected to the cylinder (16) through at least one intake valve, an exhaust manifold (18), which is connected to the cylinder (16) through at least one exhaust valve, an intake pipe (19), which feeds fresh air to the intake manifold (17), a throttle valve (21), which adjusts the flow rate of fresh air fed by the intake pipe (19) to the intake manifold (17), an exhaust pipe (23), which is connected to the exhaust manifold (18), and a turbocharger (25), which is provided with a turbine (26) arranged along the exhaust pipe (23) so as to rotate under the thrust of the exhaust gases expelled by the cylinder (16), and with a compressor (27) arranged along the intake pipe (19) so as to increase the pressure of the air fed by the intake pipe (19);
a first electric machine (8), which is able to transmit the motion to the drive wheels (3) and is controlled by a first electronic control device (13) electrically connected to an electrical energy storage system (14); and
a second electric machine (28), which is mechanically connected to the turbine (26) of the turbocharger (25) and is controlled by a second electronic control device (29) electrically connected to the electrical energy storage system (14);
the control method comprises the steps of:
establishing a target torque (TTE) to be generated by the internal combustion heat engine (5); and
controlling the internal combustion heat engine (5) so as to pursue the target torque (TTE);
wherein, in a first operating mode, the step of controlling the internal combustion heat engine (5) so as to pursue the target torque (TTE) comprises the further steps of:
varying the degree of opening of the throttle valve (21) so as to adjust the flow rate of fresh air fed to the cylinder (16) in order to vary the torque generated by the internal combustion heat engine (5); and
feeding into the cylinder (16) a quantity of fuel that, based on a stoichiometric ratio, depends on the quantity of fresh air entering the cylinder (16);
wherein, in a second operating mode, the step of controlling the internal combustion heat engine (5) so as to pursue the target torque (TTE) comprises the further steps of:
completely opening the throttle valve (21) and always keeping it completely open;
operating the second electric machine (28) as an electric generator so as to absorb torque from the turbine (26);
operating the first electric machine (8) as a motor so as to deliver torque to the drive wheels (3);
varying the electric power generated by the second electric machine (28) so as to adjust the flow rate of fresh air fed to the cylinder (16) in order to vary the torque generated by the internal combustion heat engine (5); and
feeding into the cylinder (16) a quantity of fuel that, based on a stoichiometric ratio, depends on the quantity of fresh air entering the cylinder (16);
wherein, in the second operating mode, the electric power absorbed by the first electric machine (8) is established based on the electric power generated by the second electric machine (28).

US Pat. No. 10,988,133

VEHICLE EXHAUST SOUND CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. A method for controlling a hybrid vehicle exhaust sound comprising:outputting a negative engine torque upon a driveshaft during deceleration to oppose vehicle motion and to increase an audible exhaust system sound; and
in response to the negative engine torque exceeding an engine torque threshold, activating an electric motor to apply positive torque to the driveshaft such that an input torque to a torque converter does not exceed a transmission input torque threshold during deceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,988,132

VEHICLE USER EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising a processor, programmed to:responsive to detecting a predefined event, transition a plurality of vehicle systems from a normal mode of operation to a quiet mode of operation, the transition including to adjust vehicle exhaust setting to a quiet mode, engage active noise cancellation, close vehicle windows, and adjust vehicle suspension to a predefined suspension mode, wherein the predefined event includes a conversation within a vehicle cabin detected via a mobile device wirelessly connected to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,131

VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE STARTUP REFERENCE POWER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) having an engine and a motor, and traveling using a power of the engine and an electric power of the motor, the vehicle comprising:a battery configured to supply a drive energy of the motor;
a battery sensor configured to measure a state of charge (SOC) per cycle of the battery; and
a controller configured to:
estimate an average mileage per cycle established using traveling information of the vehicle,
estimate an average SOC per cycle using the SOC per cycle, and
control a reference power needed for driving the engine according to the average mileage per cycle and the average SOC per cycle,
wherein the controller estimates an All Electric Range (AER) by converting the average SOC per cycle into a mileage value, and
wherein the controller selects one of a plurality of driving modes by comparing the average mileage per cycle with the AER.

US Pat. No. 10,988,128

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a hydraulic brake system, said hydraulic brake system including a hydraulic pump which is driven by an electric motor and generates a fluid volume flow for the hydraulic brake system, and a solenoid valve that controls the fluid volume flow from the hydraulic pump to a wheel brake, the method comprising:actuating the solenoid valve in such a way that a fluid pulsation at the wheel brake is counteracted by:
defining, with a control unit of the hydraulic brake system, the fluid volume flow of the hydraulic pump as a function of a rotational angle of the hydraulic pump or a rotor position of the electric motor;
determining, with the control unit, based on the defined fluid volume flow, a desired pressure difference between the hydraulic pump and the wheel brake that is necessary to smooth the fluid pulsation;
determining, with the control unit, a required control flow through the solenoid valve to achieve the desired pressure difference based on a throttle effect which is caused by a degree of opening of the solenoid valve; and
actuating, with the control unit, the solenoid valve with the degree of opening to achieve the determined required control flow.

US Pat. No. 10,988,127

BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a brake device for a vehicle provided with an electric booster and an electronic parking brake, the brake device comprising a master cylinder configured to receive pedaling force outputted from the electric booster and generate a brake liquid pressure; a liquid pressure supply device configured to generate the brake liquid pressure according to a driver's pedal-operational value detected by a brake pedal sensor and supply the brake liquid pressure to a wheel brake of each wheel; a hydraulic pressure supply line connected from the liquid pressure supply device to the wheel brake of each wheel to enable the brake liquid pressure to be supplied from the liquid pressure supply device to the wheel brake; a backup line connected from the master cylinder to the hydraulic pressure supply line to enable the brake liquid pressure to be supplied from the master cylinder to the hydraulic pressure supply line; a cut valve disposed on the backup line and configured to selectively shut off the brake liquid pressure; and a fallback valve disposed on the hydraulic pressure supply line connected to the wheel brake of the wheel on which the electronic parking brake is installed, the fallback valve being configured to selectively shut off the brake liquid pressure supplied to the wheel brake, the method comprising:diagnosing a state of the brake device including the electric booster by a controller, and allowing the brake device to enter a backup mode by the controller in a case where the brake device is in a malfunction state when a driver operates a brake pedal;
generating the brake liquid pressure in the master cylinder according to the pedaling force as a driver operates a brake pedal;
in the backup mode, controlling, by the controller, the fallback valve disposed on the hydraulic pressure supply line to become in a closed state in a state in which the cut valve disposed on the backup line is opened; and
performing, by the controller, dynamic parking brake control in which braking force for vehicle deceleration is generated by using the electronic parking brake.

US Pat. No. 10,988,126

SOLENOID VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR MOUNTING A SOLENOID VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER...

1. A solenoid valve apparatus for a brake system for a vehicle, comprising:a main valve unit;
a pilot-control valve unit that is fluidically connected to the main valve unit; and
a housing to accommodate at least the main valve unit and the pilot-control valve unit; and
a check valve connected between a control fluid port of the solenoid valve apparatus and the main valve unit, fluidically in parallel with respect to the pilot-control valve unit, and/or is connected between a reservoir fluid port of the solenoid valve apparatus and the pilot-control valve unit, fluidically in parallel with respect to the main valve unit, wherein when a central-pressure-control (CPC) bypass occurs because a driver increases a brake pressure, the pressure flows through the check valve into a control chamber of the main valve unit;
wherein the pilot-control valve unit includes a double solenoid unit and at least one valve device, wherein the double solenoid unit is formed such that it can be populated with at least one valve device, and wherein the double solenoid unit has at least two accommodating portions for accommodating valve devices and at least two solenoid devices for actuating valve devices,
wherein two coils of the double solenoid unit are arranged adjacent to one another and are separated from one another by a thin wall or layer of a common body of the double solenoid unit,
wherein the housing includes a first housing part and a second housing part, which is configured as a housing upper part and which has a geometrical step, wherein at the geometrical step, the double solenoid unit or the valve solenoid is fastened by at least one closing device to the first housing part, which is configured as a housing lower part, and
wherein the main valve unit has a control piston, the control chamber, a working chamber, a sealing sleeve, and a guide sleeve, the guide sleeve being in the form of a double lip seal, and wherein the sealing sleeve is opened or moved when the control piston moves downwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,988,125

FLUID CONTAINER COMPRISING A FLOW-OPTIMISED CONNECTING PIECE

1. A fluid container having at least one internal chamber for receiving a fluid, and having at least one connector for hydraulically connecting the internal chamber to a downstream hydraulic apparatus, wherein the connector at the end thereof toward the internal chamber has a mouth portion, wherein the connector has an opening shape with an escape value of more than 0.82, and the mouth portion in relation to a container wall region that directly surrounds the mouth portion is at least in portions designed so as to be raised in the direction of the internal chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,988,124

BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING TWO PRESSURE-PROVIDING DEVICES AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM

1. A brake installation for a motor vehicle, having four hydraulic wheel brakes which are assigned in each case to one vehicle wheel, comprising:a brake pedal, which is assigned a travel sensor arrangement for identifying a braking demand, and having a first and a second pressure provision device for building up brake pressure in the wheel brakes,
wherein the first pressure provision device is hydraulically connected via a first wheel brake line to a first wheel brake of the four hydraulic wheel brakes assigned to a first brake circuit and is hydraulically connected via a second wheel brake line to a second wheel brake of the four hydraulic wheel brakes assigned to the first brake circuit, and wherein the second pressure provision device is hydraulically connected via a third wheel brake line to a third wheel brake of the four hydraulic wheel brakes assigned to a second brake circuit and is hydraulically connected via a fourth wheel brake line to a fourth wheel brake of the four hydraulic wheel brakes assigned to the second brake circuit, wherein each of the first and second pressure provision devices is respectively activated by a separate respective open-loop and closed-loop control unit,
a first hydraulic connecting line, into which an isolating valve which is open when electrically deenergized is connected, connects one of the first and second wheel brake lines of the first brake circuit to one of the third and fourth wheel brake lines of the second brake circuit, and
a second hydraulic connecting line, into which an isolating valve which is open when electrically deenergized is connected, connects another one of the first and second wheel brake lines of the first brake circuit to another one of the third and fourth wheel brake lines of the second brake circuit,
wherein when each of the isolating valves are closed, each of the first and second pressure provision devices is capable of building up pressure in the wheel brakes of only one brake circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,988,123

SIMULATOR VALVE AND ELECTRONIC BRAKE SYSTEM USING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An electronic brake system comprising:a master cylinder provided with at least one cylinder chamber having a volume changeable according to operation of a pedal;
a pedal simulator connected to the cylinder chamber, configured to provide reaction force corresponding to a pedal effort of the pedal;
a hydraulic-pressure supply device configured to provide hydraulic pressure to at least one wheel cylinder;
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to operate the hydraulic-pressure supply device; and
a simulator valve provided in a flow passage through which the master cylinder is connected to the pedal simulator, and provided with a unidirectional flow passage that allows fluid to flow from the pedal simulator to the cylinder chamber and a bidirectional flow passage configured to be opened or closed,
wherein the simulator valve includes:
a sleeve, an upper part of which is coupled to a magnet core and a lower part of which is coupled to a valve housing provided with an orifice;
an armature configured to move upward and downward in the sleeve;
a first elastic member disposed between the magnet core and the armature to provide elastic force to the armature; and
a lip seal coupled to an outer surface of the valve housing, and provided with an inclined protrusion,
wherein the unidirectional flow passage is opened in response to an inward deformation of the inclined protrusion when pressure of the pedal simulator is higher than pressure of the master cylinder,
wherein the bidirectional flow passage is opened, in response to a movement of the armature by the magnet core receiving a current to open the orifice, and
wherein the sleeve is press-fitted into an inner surface of the valve housing and is coupled to the valve housing by welding.

US Pat. No. 10,988,122

HYDRAULIC BLOCK FOR A HYDRAULIC ASSEMBLY OF A BRAKE PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM OF A HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic block for a hydraulic assembly of a brake pressure control system of a hydraulic vehicle brake system, comprising:a metal composite part comprising a metal part and a further part, the metal part defining a plurality of brake line ports, a plurality of valve receptacles, a plurality of pump receptacles, and a plurality of connecting lines,
wherein the metal part is embedded in the further part,
wherein the plurality of brake line ports, the plurality of valve receptacles, the plurality of pump receptacles, and the plurality of connecting lines includes all receptacles and elements of the hydraulic block that are configured to be exposed to brake pressure such that the metal part encloses all receptacles and elements of the hydraulic block that are configured to be exposed to brake pressure, and
wherein the plurality of brake line ports, the plurality of valve receptacles, the plurality of pump receptacles, and the plurality of connecting lines all have wall thicknesses that are no thicker than a radius of the plurality of connecting lines.

US Pat. No. 10,988,121

BRAKING CONTROL SYSTEM

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A braking control system for an automotive vehicle having driven rear wheels which are coupled through a coupling arrangement to front wheels of the automotive vehicle so as to switch the automotive vehicle between a two-wheel drive mode and a four-wheel drive mode, the braking control system comprising:an input for receiving a first signal indicative of a nature of a terrain on which the automotive vehicle is parked, wherein the nature of the terrain includes an incline of the terrain and at least one additional indicator of the nature of the terrain;
a processor configured to determine, depending on the first signal, a braking force to be applied to the front wheels of the automotive vehicle to brake the automotive vehicle securely; and
an output for providing an output signal to the coupling arrangement to apply the determined braking force to the front wheels of the automotive vehicle;
wherein the processor is configured to receive a second signal indicative of whether a park brake of the automotive vehicle is applied to the driven rear wheels, and is configured to disable the output in the event that the park brake is not applied.

US Pat. No. 10,988,120

COLLISION AVOIDANCE BRAKING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An automatic braking system for a vehicle having pneumatic brakes, a vehicle brake pedal, a left turn signal, a left turn signal activator, a right turn signal and a right turn signal activator, the system comprising:a) an actuation apparatus comprising at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, wherein each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve comprises a solenoid, wherein each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve opens and remains open when the solenoid is energized, and closes and/or remains closed when the solenoid is not energized;
b) a collision warning device directly or indirectly electrically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, wherein the collision warning device continuously monitors the presence of obstacles in front of the vehicle and continuously calculates a closure time of the vehicle with a detected obstacle, wherein said collision warning device causes the solenoid of each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve to be energized when said closure time is at or below a pre-set time to collision value and causes the solenoid of each of said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve to remain energized until said closure time is above said pre-set time to collision value or until either the left turn signal is activated by the left turn signal activator or the right turn signal is activated by the right turn signal activator;
c) a first air pressure reservoir pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve;
d) front pneumatic brakes pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, said front pneumatic brakes comprising a left front brake assembly and a right front brake assembly; and
e) rear pneumatic brakes pneumatically connected to said at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve, said rear pneumatic brakes comprising a left rear pneumatic brake unit and a right rear pneumatic brake unit, wherein each pneumatic brake unit comprises at least one pneumatic brake assembly;
wherein opening the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve activates automatic braking, wherein when the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve is open, air flows from the first air pressure reservoir through the at least one solenoid operated pneumatic valve and then concurrently flows to all of the front pneumatic brake assemblies and rear pneumatic brake assemblies, thereby concurrently engaging the front pneumatic brake assemblies and engaging pneumatic brake assemblies of the rear pneumatic brake units, and wherein activating either the left turn signal or the right turn signal causes the solenoid of each open solenoid operated pneumatic valve to de-energize, thereby causing all of said open solenoid operated pneumatic valves to close, and thereby deactivating automatic braking.

US Pat. No. 10,988,119

PARKING LOCK DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A parking lock device for a vehicle, comprising:a parking gear provided on a rotating member connected to a drive wheel;
a locking pawl including a locking lug capable of engaging with the parking gear, the locking pawl being configured to be pivotally turned between a locked state in which the locking lug is engaged with the parking gear, and a non-locked state in which the locking lug is disengaged from the parking gear; and
a cam mechanism including a locking cam inserted between a position fixed member and the locking pawl, and configured to pivotally turn the locking pawl by moving the locking cam in parallel with a rotation axis of the parking gear,
wherein the parking gear includes a parking lock gear including a plurality of outer teeth adapted to engage with the locking lug and configured to rotate about the rotation axis, and a parking lock gear base fixed to the rotating member and configured to rotate relative to the parking lock gear about the rotation axis,
wherein a space is provided between the parking lock gear and the parking lock gear base, the space being configured to expand and contract in a circumferential direction in accordance with relative rotation of the parking lock gear and the parking lock gear base, and
wherein an elastic body is provided in the space in a pre-compressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,988,118

OPTICAL SENSOR SUPPORT PLATE, DELIVERY BODY OF A TELESCOPIC CLEANING DEVICE OF THIS OPTICAL SENSOR, AND QUICK FIXING DEVICE BY CLIPPING THOSE COMPONENTS

1. A support plate for an optical sensor of an optical detection system of a motor vehicle, comprising:a first face on the optical sensor side; and
a second face located opposite to the first face and including means for fixing a cleaning and/or drying fluid transporting body of a telescopic cleaning device for the optical sensor,
wherein said support plate is configured to form, with the cleaning and/or drying fluid transporting body, a rapid fixing device for the telescopic cleaning device, and
wherein the second face of the support plate includes a positioning and orientating interface for a first part of the cleaning and/or drying fluid transporting body and a locking interface for a second part of the cleaning and/or drying fluid transporting body.

US Pat. No. 10,988,117

DEVICE FOR HEATING A SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING WINDSCREEN-WASHER LIQUID OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, HYDRAULIC COUPLING INCLUDING SUCH A DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED ASSEMBLY METHOD

1. A heating device for a system for distributing windshield washer fluid of a motor vehicle, said heating device comprising:a sleeve comprising two flow channels for distributing the windshield washer fluid, the two flow channels being parallel to one another;
at least two heating conductors embedded in a mass of the sleeve; and
a current regulator controlling the current flowing in the heating conductors as a function of a temperature of said heating conductors,
wherein the current regulator is coupled to a housing, and
wherein the housing dissipates heat surrounding the current regulator into a hydraulic coupling, the hydraulic coupling comprising the housing inside.

US Pat. No. 10,988,116

ADAPTER FOR A WIPER BLADE

1. An adapter linking a wiper blade to a driving arm of a vehicle wiping system, the adapter comprising:a head; and
a body held together by an attachment device, the head having a U-shaped cross section formed from at least one top wall from which at least two side walls extend, the body having a U-shaped cross section formed from at least one top panel from which at least two side walls extend; and
at least one guide which guides the head in linear translation relative to the body before collaboration of the attachment device,
wherein at least one of the side walls comprises a cavity with a substantially rectangular opening therein and defining a blind hole that is embedded in the at least one side wall such that all but one face of the cavity is surrounded by the at least one side wall, and
wherein the attachment device comprises a locking hole arranged in a side wall of the head that engages with a pin that projects from a surface of one of the at least one side wall of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,988,115

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VEHICLE ACCESS USING BIOMETRIC DATA

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a first biometric input for a user;
converting the first biometric input into a first de-identified biometric representation, wherein the first de-identified biometric representation is created using a de-identification schema;
inserting a randomizing parameter into the de-identification schema;
storing the first biometric input for the user in a database;
receiving a ride reservation from the user, the ride reservation comprising at least a pickup location;
activating a biometric input device associated with a vehicle when the vehicle arrives at the pickup location to obtain a second biometric input for the user;
authenticating the user by comparing the first biometric input with the second biometric input by
converting the second biometric input into a second de-identified biometric representation using the de-identification schema and the randomizing parameter, and
comparing the second de-identified biometric representation to the first de-identified biometric representation; and
granting access to the vehicle when the first biometric input substantially matches the second biometric input.

US Pat. No. 10,988,114

METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AT LEAST ONE FUNCTION OF A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT OF A VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A method for the activation by a user of at least one function of at least one piece of equipment of a motor vehicle by means of a portable device, said vehicle being characterized by a plurality of predefined areas around and/or inside said vehicle and comprising a plurality of pieces of equipment, each capable of implementing at least one function, and a management system capable of controlling said plurality of pieces of equipment, said method comprising:definition of at least one movement of the device by the user,
periodic transmission by the management system, of signals to the device,
performance by the user of the predefined movement of the device in at least one predefined area of the vehicle,
measurement by the device, during the performance of the predefined movement of the device by the user, of the power of each signal transmitted periodically by the management system,
sending, by the device, of the measured values to the management system,
determination, by the management system, of the movement performed by the user with the device, and of the area or areas in which said movement is performed, on the basis of the power measurements received,
association, by the management system, of the movement performed, and of the area or areas in which said movement is performed, with at least one function of at least one piece of equipment of the vehicle, and
activation, by the management system, of the at least one associated function.

US Pat. No. 10,988,113

SEAMLESS CONNECTIVITY FEEDBACK FOR VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a wireless controller, in communication with a plurality of wireless transceivers; and
an authentication controller in communication with the wireless controller, programmed to
provide an initial authentication message to a user interface responsive to initiation of an authentication sequence between the vehicle and a mobile device initiating communication with the wireless transceivers, and
responsive to completion of the authentication sequence, update the authentication message to indicate that the authentication sequence is complete,
wherein the authentication sequence includes a first authentication phase and a second authentication phase, such that in the first authentication phase, the wireless controller operates as a central and the mobile device operates as a peripheral, and in the second authentication phase, the wireless controller operates as the peripheral and the mobile device operates as the central, and the authentication controller is further programmed to, responsive to completion of a first authentication phase of the authentication sequence, perform a role switch between the vehicle and the mobile device in which the vehicle and the mobile device switch roles between central and peripheral and update the authentication message to an intermediate authentication message.

US Pat. No. 10,988,112

DISTRIBUTED VEHICLE AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:store an electronic ledger that specifies an authorized operation for an entity to perform for a vehicle;
receive a request, including an entity identifier for an entity making the request, to perform a requested operation;
query the electronic ledger to determine that the requested operation is the authorized operation; and
actuate the vehicle based on the authorized operation;
wherein the computer is in the vehicle;
wherein the electronic ledger is a distributed electronic ledger shared between at least the computer and an entity computer remote from the vehicle and associated with the entity.

US Pat. No. 10,988,111

USER IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS USING LEVER-TYPE DOOR GRIP PATTERN RECOGNITION

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A user identification method using recognition of a grip pattern of a lever-type door, comprising:sensing, by a controller, a grip pattern using a sensing module;
identifying, by the controller, a user profile that corresponds to the grip pattern;
activating, by the controller, a user-customization module in response to the identified user profile; and
activating, by the controller, the sensing module disposed in a lever of a vehicle door when a smart-key is detected,
wherein the grip pattern includes a grip image pattern,
wherein the lever-type door is a vehicle door and the lever is an exterior handle mounted on the vehicle door, and
wherein the grip image pattern includes a 3-dimensional (3D) image that represents gripping the exterior handle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,110

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES

WAYMO LLC, Mountain View...

1. A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous driving mode, the vehicle comprising: a driving system including a steering subsystem, an acceleration subsystem and a deceleration subsystem to control driving of the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode; a perception system including one or more sensors configured to detect objects in an environment external to the vehicle; a communication system configured to provide wireless connectivity with one or more remote devices; and a control system including one or more processors, the control system operatively coupled to the driving system, the communication system and the perception system, the control system being configured to: receive sensor data from the perception system and obtained by the one or more sensors; evaluate the sensor data to determine whether an aberrant situation exists in the environment external to the vehicle, including to check for one or more signals indicative of an atypical behavior relative to an expected behavior for the external environment; and upon detection of the aberrant situation, take corrective action via the driving system.

US Pat. No. 10,988,109

SOUND OUTPUT APPARATUS, SOUND OUTPUT CONTROL METHOD, VEHICLE, AND LOCKING AND UNLOCKING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An apparatus installed in a vehicle, comprising:circuitry configured to:
identify, when a door of the vehicle is unlocked based on authentication information for unlocking of the door received from a mobile terminal, a delivery company for which the mobile terminal is allocated; and
output a sound corresponding to the identified delivery company, the output sound being selected from a plurality of different sounds that each correspond to one of a plurality of different delivery companies, the output sound providing an indication that the vehicle is unlocked by operation of an authorized person of the delivery company, wherein
the authentication information for unlocking the door of the vehicle includes information indicating that the authentication information is temporary, and
the mobile terminal that provides the authentication information is determined to be a mobile terminal that is not owned by an owner of the vehicle based on the presence of the information indicating that the authentication information is temporary.

US Pat. No. 10,988,108

TERMINAL, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD FOR SWITCHING AN OPERATION MODE OF THE TERMINAL BASED ON DETECTED VIBRATION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A terminal configured to perform communication with an in-vehicle device to control a vehicle, the terminal comprising:a controller configured to switch and set a plurality of operation modes of the terminal; and
a vibration detection unit configured to detect vibration of the terminal, wherein:
the operation modes of the terminal include:
a first mode,
a second mode different from the first mode, and
a third mode where communication with the in-vehicle device is more restricted than in the first mode and the second mode; and
the controller is configured to:
when the first mode is executed, in a case where vibration is not detected in the vibration detection unit for a first time, switch the operation mode of the terminal to the third mode,
when the second mode is executed, in a case where vibration is not detected in the vibration detection unit for a second time which is longer than the first time, switch the operation mode of the terminal to the third mode,
switch the operation mode of the terminal from the first mode to the second mode based on a getting-in determination in the in-vehicle device, indicating that an occupant gets in a vehicle,
switch the operation mode of the terminal from the second mode to the first mode based on a getting-off determination in the in-vehicle device, indicating that an occupant gets off the vehicle, and
perform switching of the operation mode of the terminal between the first mode and the second mode only in a case where predetermined communication using a signal that is generated based on a random number generated by the terminal is successful between the terminal and the in-vehicle device.

US Pat. No. 10,988,107

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING VEHICLE BUCKLE AND VEHICLE SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a buckle switch device configured to turn on or off depending on whether a vehicle seat belt buckle is fastened; and
a buckle detection apparatus configured to:
determine whether the vehicle seat belt buckle is fastened based on a level of voltage applied to the buckle switch device, the level of voltage corresponding to an on or off operation of the buckle switch device, and
diagnose a failure of the buckle detection apparatus based on a change in a current measured at an output terminal of the buckle detection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,988,106

SEAT BELT SAFETY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A seat belt safety apparatus for a vehicle, the seat belt safety apparatus, comprising:a webbing wound into or drawn out of a retractor to hold a passenger in a seat; and
a pretensioner spaced apart from the retractor and including a plurality of guides around which the webbing is wound and an actuator providing actuating force to the guides,
wherein one of the plurality of guides is configured to move away from another of the plurality of guides to apply a holding force to the passenger by pulling the webbing when the actuator is operated and the guides are moved away from each other, and
wherein the retractor and the pretensioner are installed on a seat frame, the retractor is disposed under the pretensioner, and the webbing extends upward diagonally with respect to the seat frame and is wound around the guides without overlapping.

US Pat. No. 10,988,105

VEHICULAR PROTECTION SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicular protection system for protecting a protection target colliding with a vehicle, comprising:a bulkhead having a bulkhead upper which extends in a vehicle widthwise direction and is arranged at an upper portion thereof;
a hood arranged over the bulkhead upper;
a bulkhead pop-up device configured to lift up the bulkhead upper and the hood; and
a hood-moving device configured to be able to move forward the bulkhead upper and the hood, wherein
when the protection target colliding with the vehicle is protected, the bulkhead pop-up device is used to lift up the bulkhead upper and the hood and the hood-moving device is then used to move forward the bulkhead upper and the hood.

US Pat. No. 10,988,104

AIRBAG ASPIRATION MODULES AND RELATED VALVE ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag cushion assembly, comprising:an airbag cushion;
an inflation module comprising an aspiration side and an inflation side, the inflation module comprising:
an inflator;
a plurality of inflation nozzles fluidly coupled with the inflator, wherein the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to deliver inflation gas from the inflator into the airbag cushion from the inflation side of the inflation module, and wherein each of the plurality of inflation nozzles is fluidly coupled with at least one inflation conduit having a cross-sectional diameter that tapers along at least a portion thereof, wherein the at least one inflation conduit comprises a closed terminal end, and wherein each of the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to deliver an at least substantially uniform distribution of gas relative to each other;
a housing coupled to the airbag cushion adjacent to the inflation side of the inflation module, wherein the housing comprises an aspiration inlet defined by a plurality of cross-members, wherein the aspiration inlet is configured to allow for receipt of ambient air into the airbag cushion during inflation of the airbag cushion, and wherein the plurality of inflation nozzles is configured to, upon actuation of the inflator, draw ambient air into the airbag cushion along with the inflation gas from the inflator;
a valve assembly comprising at least one valve flap configured to open upon actuation of the inflator, wherein the at least one valve flap is biased towards a closed position, wherein the at least one valve flap is configured to close during inflation of the airbag cushion to prevent air and inflation gas from exiting through the aspiration inlet, wherein the at least one valve flap is positioned between the aspiration inlet and the plurality of inflation nozzles, wherein the at least one valve flap further comprises at least one groove configured to function as a hinge to facilitate opening and/or closing of the at least one valve flap during inflation, wherein the at least one valve flap is coupled to at least one of the plurality of cross members along an inner surface of the at least one of the plurality of cross members facing towards the plurality of inflation nozzles, and wherein the at least one groove extends at least substantially parallel to at least one of the plurality of cross-members.

US Pat. No. 10,988,103

KNEE AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A knee airbag apparatus for an autonomous vehicle, comprising:an inflator operated by an airbag controller to generate airbag gas;
a first cushion configured to deploy toward knees of a seated passenger by the airbag gas, and including a first vent hole formed on a first surface of the first cushion;
a second cushion disposed between the first surface of the first cushion and the seated passenger and directly connected to the first surface of the first cushion; and
a first active vent arranged on the first vent hole to close the first vent hole and configured to selectively open the first vent hole,
wherein:
when the first cushion is deployed and the first active vent closes the first vent hole, only the first cushion is deployed, and
when the first cushion is deployed and the first active vent opens the first vent hole, the second cushion is deployed such that the first cushion and the second cushion are deployed with a time difference toward the knees of the seated passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,988,102

FRONT AIRBAG FOR VEHICLE OCCUPANTS

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A front airbag for vehicle occupants, comprising a front face (16) facing the vehicle occupant in the inflated state, a rear panel (14) facing the vehicle front end and a chamber defining the interior of the inflated airbag (10), wherein,relating to the front face (16), a central sub-chamber (18) starting from the front face (16) is provided which is defined by a central front panel (20) forming part of the front face (16) and an outward facing peripheral central side panel (22),
wherein the central side panel (22) protrudes into the envelope of the inflated airbag (10), and
in that at least one outer chamber (30) laterally adjacent to the central sub-chamber (18) and surrounding the sub-chamber (30) at least partially on the outside is provided which includes an outer front panel (32) forming part of the front face (16) and an inward facing inner side panel (34) which is separate from and adjacent to the central side panel (22), the inner side panel (34) and central side panel (22) facing one another in the inflated state.

US Pat. No. 10,988,100

SIDE AIRBAG INCLUDING NON-EXPANDABLE REGION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seatback; and
a side airbag supported by the seatback;
the side airbag having a first panel and a second panel, the first panel and the second panel having an expandable region including an inflation chamber, and the first panel and the second panel being connected to each other defining a substantially non-expandable region; and
the first panel and the second panel being connected to each other around an opening, the opening extending through the first panel and the second panel, the opening being between and adjacent to the substantially non-expandable region and the expandable region.

US Pat. No. 10,988,099

COVER BODY FOR AIR-BAG DEVICE

NIHON PLAST CO., LTD., F...

1. A cover body of an air-bag device for covering an air bag, comprising:a cover body part; and
a decoration member attached to a front side of the cover body part, wherein
the decoration member includes:
a light source;
a decoration body configured to cover the light source, the decoration body having light transmittance; and
a retainer body fixed to the cover body part to retain an outer circumferential part of the decoration body, wherein
the decoration body includes:
a decoration part; and
an engagement part provided on an outer circumferential part of the decoration part and configured to engage with retainer body, and
wherein the engagement part includes a first protruding part and a first groove part respectively provided on a front side of the engagement part,
the retainer body includes a retainer part configured to overlap with the front side of the engagement part, and
the retainer part includes a second groove part configured to be fitting to the first protruding part and a second protruding part configured to be fitting to the first groove part.

US Pat. No. 10,988,096

PROTECTIVE DEVICE FOR A TRIP CIRCUIT FOR A PERSONAL PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE, AND TRIP CIRCUIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A protective device for a trip circuit for a personal protection device for a vehicle, comprising:a high-side interface for contacting the protective device to a high-side terminal of an ignition device and a low-side interface for contacting the protective device to a low-side terminal of the ignition device, the trip circuit having the ignition device, a high-side end stage for connecting the high-side terminal of the ignition device to a first voltage potential and a low-side end stage for connecting the low-side terminal of the ignition device to a second voltage potential;
a suppressor diode connected between the high-side interface and a terminal that, in an operation-ready state of the protective device, conducts the first voltage potential; and
at least one first diode connected between the low-side interface and another terminal that, in an operation-ready state of the protective device, conducts the second voltage potential;
wherein the trip circuit is configured to protect against undesired effects of an injection current that, for a collision of the vehicle and a resulting deformation of the vehicle, can be injected into a conductor segment of the trip circuit,
wherein the high-side end stage has functionalities of a driver, a regulator, and of a device that realizes a logic system via which a switch, which is a transistor of the high-side end stage, is controlled, and
wherein the low-side end stage has functionalities of a driver, a regulator, and of a device that realizes a logic system, via which a switch, which includes a transistor of the low-side end stage, is controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,988,095

ADAPTIVE MULTI-FORCE SAFETY SYSTEM (ADMUS)

1. An on-board vehicle adaptive multi-force safety mixed system, comprising:an electronic computing and control unit connected to vehicle internal sensors and to a vehicle main computer, the vehicle main computer being connected to crash sensing related sensors and vehicle driving sensors;
occupant weighing devices connected to seats of passengers which are operatively connected to inflators through controllers which are connected to the electronic computing and control unit, the occupant weighing devices are configured to weigh an occupant when the occupant provides a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value to a vertical surface of a vehicle and the occupant simultaneously lifts their feet above a floor of the vehicle when the occupant's weight is measured by at least one of the occupant weighing devices, and wherein a restraint power line of an air bag of a child seat is connected to a non-pyrotechnical air bag source configured for use with the child seat, the non-pyrotechnical air bag source is connected to and controlled by the electronic computing and control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,988,094

TEXTURED COHERENT REFLECTION COMPONENT

LACKS ENTERPRISES, INC., ...

1. A trim component comprising:a substrate having a 3-dimensional shape with at least one curved surface, the at least one surface defining a disrupted reflective surface;
a plurality of facets formed over the at least one curved surface;
at least some of the plurality of facets having different characteristics such that the plurality of facets are configured to reflect an incident light beam in a common direction toward a target;
a reflective coating overlying the disrupted reflective surface.

US Pat. No. 10,988,092

VEHICULAR CIRCUIT BODY

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular circuit body comprising:a plurality of control boxes disposed in a distribution manner along a vehicle body and including a first control box, a branch control box and a second control box;
a first trunk line that includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, the first trunk line is routed in the vehicle body to extend in a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle body;
a second trunk line that includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, the second trunk line is routed in a vehicle body to extend in a leftward-and-rightward direction of the vehicle body, and a routing material that constitutes the power source line of the second trunk line includes a first end that terminates at the first control box and a second end that terminates at the second control box, and the routing material of power source line of the second trunk line extends through the branch control box from the first end to the second end in the leftward-and-rightward direction;
a power source;
a main power source cable extending from the power source to one of the control boxes; and
a rising portion extending from the first trunk line to the branch control box, and a routing material constituting the rising portion includes a first end that terminates at the branch control box,
wherein the first trunk line extends from one of the control boxes in the front-and-rear direction, and
wherein the branch control box distributes power from one of the first trunk line and the second trunk line to the other one.

US Pat. No. 10,988,091

ERASE-REPLACE OTA SMART POWER STRATEGY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a power distribution box (PDB) including relays to separately connect or disconnect a vehicle battery to corresponding electronic control units (ECUs) of a vehicle; and
a processor programmed to
instruct the PDB via a control interface to cause one of the relays to power a target ECU and to cause other of the relays to withhold power from other of the ECUs that are operable during keyoff but that are not required to be powered for performance of an install of a software update to the target ECU, thereby removing keyoff load of the other of the ECUs from the vehicle battery,
send a sleep command over a vehicle bus to cause powered ECUs other than the target ECU to sleep, and
install the software update to the target ECU.

US Pat. No. 10,988,090

WIRE HARNESS SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness system comprising:a wire harness including a standard sub-harness configured by standard circuit lines and an optional sub-harness configured by selection circuit lines, and
a connection unit including a circuit network configuring a part of circuit lines for realizing selectively added specification in the wire harness,
wherein a portion of the optional sub-harness is bundled to the standard sub-harness such that the portion of the optional sub-harness extends together with the standard sub-harness to form a trunk line,
the optional sub-harness in the wire harness includes a branched portion that is branched from the trunk line of the wire harness and extends from the trunk line to the connection unit,
the selection circuit lines of the optional sub-harness branched from the trunk line of the wire harness are connected to the circuit network of the connection unit,
the connection unit includes a case that removably contains the circuit network within the case, the case has an outer surface and a groove in the outer surface,
the trunk line extends along the case in the groove such that the trunk line lies outside of the case,
the wire harness is disposed on a body of a vehicle,
the connection unit is stacked on an upper side of the trunk line of the wire harness,
the outer surface contacts and is supported by the body of the vehicle, and
the trunk line is located between the groove, of the outer surface of the case, and the body of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,089

SLIDABLE OPERATOR-DISPLAY SUPPORT

Manitou Equipment America...

1. A mounting arrangement, for slidably mounting a display unit, comprising:a first bracket, having a first face and a second face, and first and second holes extending through the first bracket from the first face to the second face, the first face of the first bracket being attachable to the display unit adjacent to the display unit;
a second bracket having a third face and a fourth face, the second bracket including a slot spanning at least a portion of a width of the second bracket, and extending from the third face to the fourth face,
first and second nylon washers each having a central hole;
third and fourth nylon washers each having a central hole;
first and second resilient washers each having a central hole, the resilient washers having a resiliency greater than a resiliency of each of the first, second, third and fourth nylon washers;
fifth and sixth washers each having a central hole;
at least first and second bolts each having a head and a threaded shaft, the bolts extending through the respective holes in the first bracket, the respective holes of the first and second nylon washers, the slot of the second bracket, the respective holes of the third and fourth nylon washers, the respective holes of the first and second resilient washers and the respective holes of the fifth and sixth washers such that the third face of the second bracket frictionally engages the first and second nylon washers, the fourth face of the second bracket frictionally engages the third and fourth nylon washers, and the first and second resilient washers are each located between the respective third and fourth nylon washers and the fifth and sixth washers; and
first and second nuts engaging the respective threads of the first and second bolts such that the first and second resilient washers are compressed with a respective compressive force between the respective nylon washers to support the first bracket and the second bracket relative to each other and permit the first bracket and the second bracket to slide relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,988,088

VEHICLE BIKE RACK WITH FRONT WHEEL CLAMP

1. A vehicle bike rack comprising:a connection tube provided with at least one mounting hole for fastening to a connection bar of a vehicle by at least one lock pin;
a main support tube having a bottom end thereof connected to a rear end of said connection tube by a mounting bracket; and
a U-shaped frame comprising a first longitudinal rod, a second longitudinal rod, a transverse rod connected between one end of said first longitudinal rod and one end of said second longitudinal rod, a connector connecting said transverse rod to an opposing top end of said main support tube, at least one first bike frame mounting block mounted on said first longitudinal rod, at least one second bike frame mounting block mounted on said second longitudinal rod, and at least one first locking device and at least one second locking device for locking said at least one first bike frame mounting block and said at least one second bike frame mounting block to the bike frame of a bike;
wherein said vehicle bike rack with front wheel clamp further comprises at least one upper mounting block selectively mounted on said first longitudinal rod or said second longitudinal rod of said U-shaped frame, a lower mounting block movably connected to one respective said upper mounting block, a front wheel clamp connected to one respective said lower mounting block and a third locking device for locking one respective said front wheel clamp to the front wheel of said bike, said front wheel clamp comprising a mounting rod connected to one respective said lower mounting block and a U-shaped clamping plate provided at one end of said mounting rod and attached to the front wheel of said bike and locked thereto by one respective said third locking device.

US Pat. No. 10,988,087

MIDSIZE VEHICLE STORAGE SYSTEM

DECKED, LLC, Ketchum, ID...

1. A vehicle storage system, comprising:a deck;
four support feet including two front support feet and two rear support feet, wherein the front support feet are dimensionally smaller than the rear support feet, wherein each front support foot is situated at a respective front corner of the deck and is configured to support the deck, and each rear support foot is situated at a respective rear corner of the deck and is configured to support the deck;
a center support extending in a longitudinal direction of the deck between the support feet and configured to support the deck; and
a front vertical transverse support disposed perpendicularly to the deck, wherein the front vertical transverse support:
is configured to support the deck;
is configured to secure the two front support feet; and
has a profile that tapers from an upper portion of the front vertical transverse support toward a lower portion of the front vertical transverse support, wherein the tapered profile of the front vertical transverse support corresponds to a profile of the front support feet for engagement with the front support feet.

US Pat. No. 10,988,086

HAT HOLDER DEVICE

1. A hat holder device for securing a billed hat to a surface, comprising:an upper wall, attached to a lower wall by a left attachment block and a right attachment block;
wherein the upper wall, the lower wall, the left attachment block, and the right attachment block are sized to form a bill pocket therebetween configured to removably secure a bill of the billed hat therein;
wherein an upper surface of the upper wall is attachable to the surface;
a pair of wings attached to a portion of the hat holder device, wherein each pair of wings is attached to the hat holder device with a flexible wire; and
wherein the pair of wings is configured to flexibly accommodate a curvature of the bill.

US Pat. No. 10,988,084

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE CARGO STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. A cargo storage assembly for a vehicle, comprising:an outer sidewall assembly defining an interior and configured to be disposed on a floor of the vehicle;
an inner sidewall assembly disposed within the interior and comprising at least one height adjusting mechanism configured to adjust the height of the inner sidewall assembly relative to the outer sidewall assembly between a raised position and a lowered position;
a top panel coupled with an upper portion of the inner sidewall assembly and defining a cover;
at least one handle operably coupled with the at least one height adjusting mechanism configured to adjust the cover between the raised position and the lowered position; and
a bezel disposed around an upper portion of the inner sidewall assembly, wherein the at least one handle is provided within the bezel.

US Pat. No. 10,988,083

VISUAL FIELD SUPPORT IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE CONVERSION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An image processing device configured to be mounted on a vehicle, the image processing device comprising:a camera configured to capture a first image of an ambient area of the vehicle; and
an output configured to be connected to a display and to output a second image to the display, wherein
the image processing device converts the first image to the second image with a horizontal compression and with a vertical compression, the horizontal compression having a horizontal center in a horizontal direction, the vertical compression having a vertical center in a vertical direction, both the horizontal center and the vertical center equaling to a depth vanishing point of the first image, a first compression coefficient of the horizontal compression being higher than a second compression coefficient of the vertical compression, and
the output outputs the second image converted from the first image, to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,988,079

VEHICULAR INTERIOR LIGHTING DEVICE AND ROOF MODULE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular interior lighting device comprising:a main body portion fixed to an inside surface, the inside surface being a cabin side surface of a roof of a vehicle;
a light source accommodated in the main body portion;
a light shielding cover portion constituting a housing with the main body portion and covering the light source from below; and
a light guide member having a protruding portion protruding toward a direction along the inside surface from a gap between the main body portion and the cover portion and guiding light emitted from the light source to a cabin, wherein
the light guide member has: a diffusion portion formed on a surface of the protruding portion facing downward and diffusing light, a first light guide portion guiding light emitted from the light source to the protruding portion, and a reflecting portion reflecting light guided by the first light guide portion toward the diffusion portion,
at least a portion of the reflection portion includes an inclined portion being inclined downward away from the light source,
the inclined portion is formed in the protruding portion, and
an outer wall of the main body portion has a reflecting surface reflecting light leaking upward from the inclined portion downward in an interior of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,078

NOTIFYING DEVICE AND NOTIFYING SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A notifying device mounted in a vehicle, the notifying device comprising:a controller that determines, based on a result of detecting a plurality of objects existing in a periphery of the vehicle, a plurality of directions of notification objects from the vehicle as a reference, the notification objects being included in the plurality of objects; and
a single light emitter that emits light in the plurality of directions of the notification objects,
wherein
the controller generates data indicating an irradiation pattern irradiated with light emitted from the single light emitter,
the single light emitter is one of a laser device and a projector,
the single light emitter emitting light to irradiate at least a part of the periphery of the vehicle with the irradiation pattern,
the irradiation pattern includes a plurality of sectorial areas spreading toward the notification objects,
the light emitted by the single light emitter in the plurality of directions of the notification objects is a visible light that indicates, in the plurality of directions of the notification objects, that the vehicle recognizes the notification objects,
the controller discriminates respective types of the notification objects, and
the irradiation pattern includes icons indicating the respective types in the plurality of sectorial areas.

US Pat. No. 10,988,076

STEERING COLUMN CONTROL MODULE

BCS AUTOMOTIVE INTERFACE ...

1. A steering column control module comprising:a stalk assembly pivotably connected to a control module housing;
a printed circuit board;
a carrier member movable by the stalk assembly so as to slide across the printed circuit board;
a plurality of magnets connected to and movable by the stalk assembly, at least one of the magnets being provided on the carrier member;
a plurality of sensors for sensing the positions of the plurality of magnets and sending signals indicating the positions of the magnets; and
a controller for receiving the signals to control vehicle functions.

US Pat. No. 10,988,075

HEADLAMP AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME COMPRISING A POSITION AND ACCELERATION SENSOR AND A CONTROL UNIT ARRANGED IN OR DIRECTLY ON THE HEADLAMP

DAIMLER AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. An illumination device for a vehicle, the illumination device comprising:a headlamp;
a position and/or acceleration sensor configured to record pitching movements of the vehicle;
a control unit configured to change a cut-off line of the headlamp to compensate for the pitching movements recorded by the position and/or acceleration sensor, wherein the control unit stores a table or characteristic curve containing correction parameters and/or items of calibration data, which are selected by the control unit according to the pitching movements recorded by the position and/or acceleration sensor; and
an adjustment device, coupled to the control unit, configured to mechanically adjust the headlamp, at least one light source of the headlamp, a lens of the at least one light source, and/or a reflector of the at least one light source based on the selected correction parameters and/or items of calibration data stored in the control unit,
wherein the position and/or acceleration sensor is integrated in the control unit and the control unit is arranged in the headlamp or directly on the headlamp, and
wherein the position and/or acceleration sensor has a degree of accuracy less than 0.1°.

US Pat. No. 10,988,074

METHOD FOR DETERMINING CONTROL PARAMETERS FOR LIGHT SOURCES OF A VEHICLE HEADLAMP

DAIMLER AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method for adjusting a light distribution of a vehicle headlight having a plurality of light sources, the method comprising:receiving user-specified parameters for an illumination distribution of the light distribution of the headlight, wherein the illumination distribution specifies a desired light intensity for different positions within the light distribution of the headlight; and
adjusting the illuminance distribution within the light distribution based on the user-specified parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,988,073

LIGHTED VEHICLE BEACONING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Lyft, Inc., San Francisc...

1. A micro-mobility fleet vehicle beaconing system comprising:a vehicle light assembly configured to be coupled to a micro-mobility fleet vehicle, wherein the vehicle light assembly comprises a programmable light element configured to receive a lighting control sequence corresponding to a dynamic transportation matching system vehicle status comprising one or more of an availability status, a charge status, and/or a service status of the micro-mobility fleet vehicle and generate a multicolored and/or animated lighting sequence corresponding to the received lighting control sequence; and
a logic device configured to communicate with the programmable light element, wherein the logic device is configured to:
determine the lighting control sequence; and
provide the lighting control sequence to the programmable light element of the vehicle light assembly to cause the vehicle light assembly to generate the multicolored and/or animated lighting sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,988,071

HEAVY DUTY RATCHET

1. A heavy duty ratchet comprising:(a) a pair of frames joined by a connection plate;
(b) a spool rotatably mounted intermediate said pair of frames said spool comprising a singular contiguous body;
(c) a pair of toothed wheels mounted in spaced apart relationship upon and in locking relationship with said spool;
(d) a handle pivotally mounted between said pair of frames, said handle including a pair of protrusions for engaging the teeth of a respective one of said pair of toothed wheels to urge rotation of said spool in one direction upon pivotal movement of said handle in the one direction;
(e) a pair of spring-loaded pawls mounted intermediate said pair of frames for engaging a respective one of said pair of toothed wheels to prevent rotation of said spool in the other direction;
(f) a spring-loaded lever for disengaging said protrusions from said toothed wheels to permit pivotal movement of said handle without corresponding rotation of said spool.

US Pat. No. 10,988,069

VEHICLE INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

15. A delivery vehicle comprising:a first bed of rollers that includes a first section located in an enclosed portion of the delivery vehicle and a second section located in a first alcove that is accessible from outside the delivery vehicle through a first exterior-facing door;
at least one memory that stores computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to access the at least one memory and execute the computer-executable instructions to at least:
identify a location of a first item placed upon the first section of the first bed of rollers; and
activate at least some rollers in the first bed of rollers, to move the first item from the location in the first section to the first alcove in the delivery vehicle, wherein the first section of the first bed of rollers comprises:
a first compartment for storing the first item upon the first bed of rollers;
a second compartment for storing a second item upon the first bed of rollers; and
a repositionable first panel located between the first compartment and the second compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,988,068

SHIELD ASSEMBLY FOR A DUMP BOX

1. A shield assembly, comprising:a first plate mounted to a forward wall of a dump box;
a second plate pivotally connected to the first plate and adapted to selectively move to a lowered position and a raised position;
at least one handle pivotally connected to the second plate and configured to move the second plate to the lowered position and to the raised position using manual force; and
wherein the at least one handle is configured to lock the second plate in the lowered position and the raised position.

US Pat. No. 10,988,067

DUMP TRAILER AND SYSTEM FOR A SEMI-TRAILER TRUCK

Veradyn LLC, Littleton, ...

1. A dump trailer for a semi-trailer truck comprising:a tub, defining an exterior portion, comprising:
a web;
a left wall adjoining the web;
a right wall adjoining the web and symmetrical to the left wall;
a closed end adjoining the web, the left wall, and the right wall;
an open end oppositely disposed from the closed end and adjoining the web, the left wall, and the right wall;
a hinge axis parallel to and offset from the web;
a left hinge formed on the exterior portion of the left wall and coaxial with the hinge axis;
a right hinge formed on the exterior portion of the right wall and coaxial with the hinge axis;
a distal draft arm axis parallel and adjacent to the web, the distal draft arm axis formed on the exterior portion of the web; and
a center hinge formed on the web and coaxial with the distal draft arm axis, the center hinge symmetrically disposed between the left wall and the right wall;
a coupling plate to engage the dump trailer to the semi-trailer truck, comprising:
a hydraulic cylinder axis formed on the coupling plate;
a left hydraulic cylinder hinge formed on the coupling plate and coaxial with the hydraulic cylinder axis;
a right hydraulic cylinder hinge formed on the coupling plate and coaxial with the hydraulic cylinder axis;
a proximal draft arm axis formed on the coupling plate; and
a draft arm hinge formed on the coupling plate and coaxial with the draft arm axis, the draft arm hinge symmetrically disposed between the left hydraulic cylinder hinge and the left hydraulic cylinder hinge;
a draft arm symmetrically disposed between the left wall and the right wall of the tub, the draft arm comprising:
a proximal end attached to the draft arm hinge of the coupling plate and rotationally attached to the coupling plate about the proximal draft arm axis; and
a distal end oppositely disposed from the proximal end, attached to the center hinge of the tub, and rotationally attached to the tub about the distal draft arm axis;
a left hydraulic cylinder defining a left cylinder length, the left hydraulic cylinder comprising:
a proximal end attached to the left hydraulic cylinder hinge;
a distal end oppositely disposed from the proximal end and attached to the left hinge on the tub; and
wherein addition of a first amount of fluid changes the left cylinder length;
a right hydraulic cylinder defining a right cylinder length, the right hydraulic cylinder comprising:
a proximal end attached to the right hydraulic cylinder hinge;
a distal end oppositely disposed from the proximal end and attached to the right hinge on the tub; and
wherein addition of a second amount of fluid changes the right cylinder length;
a rear assembly pivotally attached to the tub at the web adjacent to the open end, the rear assembly comprising:
a first pair of wheels; and
a rear pivot around which the tub rotates;
whereby increase in both the left cylinder length and the right cylinder length cause:
the distal end of the draft arm to move away from earth; and
the tub to rotate about the rear pivot.

US Pat. No. 10,988,066

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, VEHICLE UNIT, AND SEAT UNIT

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A communication system comprising a seat unit configured to be mounted on a seat of a vehicle and to receive power supply from a battery to operate, and a vehicle unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the seat unit,wherein the vehicle unit comprises a determination section configured to determine whether communication with the seat unit is necessary, and a command transmission section configured to transmit to the seat unit a transmission command requesting the seat unit to transmit information on an electronic device mounted on the seat during a period in which the determination section determines that the communication with the seat unit is necessary, and
wherein the seat unit is configured to transmit the information on the electronic device upon receipt of the transmission command.

US Pat. No. 10,988,065

VEHICLE SEAT

GORDON MURRAY DESIGN LIMI...

1. A vehicle seat base comprising a generally concave seat pan and side plates bonded to the seat pan for mounting the seat pan to the vehicle wherein the seat pan is formed of a composite material and has, relative to the direction of movement of the vehicle, a front face, a rear face, two lateral side faces and a bottom face, and wherein the side plates extend from the front towards the rear of the seat pan and the bond extends along at least part of the length of each of the side plates and wherein the front face, rear face and two lateral side faces all extend generally downwardly towards a bottom face, the front, rear and lateral side faces being at least in part planar and at least in part tapering inwardly and being configured when in use to receive and support together with the bottom face at least a part of the buttocks or the thighs of a person sitting on the seat, the upper edges of the front, rear and lateral side faces together defining a circumferential lip of the seat pan which extends around the circumference of the seat pan.

US Pat. No. 10,988,064

EPIDERMIS MATERIAL FOR VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A cover material for a vehicle seat, comprising:a leather portion made of natural leather or artificial leather; and
a mesh fabric portion located on a back side of the leather portion, wherein:
the mesh fabric portion includes an upper-side layer and a back-side layer, the upper-side layer and the back-side layer being formed by being knitted in a different manner from each other, and a surface of the upper-side layer having a greater degree of unevenness than a surface of the back-side layer,
the surface of the upper-side layer includes first interlaced shape portions and second interlaced shape portions that are alternately arranged with one another, and
the first interlaced shape portions have a first mesh size and the second interlaced shape portions have a second mesh size that is smaller than the first mesh size.

US Pat. No. 10,988,063

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat comprising:a seat back frame configured to support a back of a seated person, the seat back frame including (i) a main frame, (ii) a sub-frame that is disposed in front of the main frame in a front-rear direction of the seat, (iii) a connection tool disposed at a center of the seat back frame with respect to a width direction of the seat, and (iv) support members that are stretched and extend radially from a periphery of the connection tool and that suspend the sub-frame from the main frame, and
a first elastic member and a second elastic member configured to support the sub-frame such that the sub-frame is rotatable in the width direction of the seat, the first elastic member and the second elastic member being mounted between the main frame and upper end portions of the sub-frame on both sides in the width direction of the seat,
wherein each of the first elastic member and the second elastic member has a limit of elongation and has a characteristic in which a load that is applied to the sub-frame in a rear direction of the seat acts as tension to generate a reaction force due to the limit of elongation and does not generate the reaction force in the width direction of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,988,062

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a 3-point seatbelt device that includes webbing for restraining an occupant, with one end of the webbing disposed at one side, in a seat width direction, of a rear portion of a seat cushion frame, and that includes a buckle configured to engage with a tongue plate supported by insertion therethrough of an intermediate portion of the webbing, with the buckle disposed at another side, in the seat width direction, of the rear portion of the seat cushion frame;
a rod-shaped submarining restriction member that spans across a front portion of the seat cushion frame in the seat width direction, that is actuated by a first load imparted to the webbing from a seated occupant at a time of a frontal collision of the vehicle, and that moves toward a vehicle upper side from a pre-actuation normal position toward a post-actuation restriction position; and
a pair of load transmission members both coupled, in a seat front-rear direction, to the submarining restriction member and respectively coupled to one or other of the one end of the webbing or the buckle, wherein:
guide holes, having an elongated shape and being inclined in a seat upward direction on progression along a seat rear direction, are respectively formed at both sides, in the seat width direction, of a front portion, in the seat front-rear direction, of the seat cushion frame;
an anchor portion is provided on both sides, in the seat width direction, of the seat cushion frame and further toward the seat rear than the buckle and the one end of the webbing of the 3-point seatbelt device;
in a pre-actuation state, the submarining restriction member spans from one to another of the guide holes at the normal position, with two seat width direction ends of the submarining restriction member positioned at front ends of the guide holes, and in a post-actuation state, the submarining restriction member has been displaced in the seat rear direction and in the seat upward direction along the guide holes so as to span from one to the other of the guide holes at the restriction position with the two seat width direction ends of the submarining restriction member positioned at rear ends of the guide holes; and
the pair of load transmission members include respective length direction intermediate portions that are folded back on themselves at the anchor portions, and are respectively coupled to one or other of the two seat width direction ends of the submarining restriction member and to the one or the other of the one end of the webbing or the buckle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,061

RESIN TIP-UP SEAT CUSHION FRAMES AND SEAT ASSEMBLIES HAVING RESIN TIP-UP SEAT CUSHION FRAMES

1. A seat cushion for a seat assembly having a seat back, the seat cushion frame comprising:a seat cushion frame formed of a resin material, the seat cushion frame includes a base wall, a pair of side walls, and a front wall, the base wall includes a pair of side edges and a front edge that extends between the pair of side edges, the pair of side walls extend outward from the pair of side edges of the base wall, and the front wall extends outwardly from the front edge of the base wall and from the pair of side edges, the front wall including an outer front wall, an inner front wall, and a top front wall extending between the outer front wall and the inner front wall, the top front wall having an elongated channel recessed with respect to the top front wall, the elongated channel configured to reinforce the front wall, the front wall configured to provide an anti-submarining feature.

US Pat. No. 10,988,060

PNEUMATIC SEAT SUPPORT

Ergoair, Inc., Las Vegas...

1. A pneumatic seat support for use in supporting a seat in a vehicle, comprising:a base securable relative to a floor of the vehicle;
upper and lower compressible gas chambers above the base, at least one of the compressible gas chambers having a variable height with a volume which changes based on elevation of a supported seat in the vehicle;
a single-degree-of-freedom bearing support structure allowing generally vertical motion of the seat, with the vertical motion compressing gas in the upper and lower compressible gas chambers, the bearing support structure comprising:
at least three linear shafts laterally spaced relative to the seat, the linear shafts being received in bushings permitting relative motion between the linear shafts and the bushings in only a generally vertical direction, with the interaction between the linear shafts and the bushings supporting and resisting lateral forces on the seat;
at least one compressible pad within either the upper or lower compressible gas chamber and permitting compressible gas movement through the compressible pad; and
a plate attached on lower ends of the linear shafts, the plate moving vertically with the supported seat and with the linear shafts relative to the bushings.

US Pat. No. 10,988,059

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

15. A seat for a vehicle, the seat comprising:a seat cushion configured to move between a seat position at which an occupant to be seated in the seat cushion and a shelf position moved upward from the seat position substantially in parallel; and
a seatback,
wherein a contact position between the seatback and a top face of the seat cushion when the seat cushion is in the shelf position is located more forward in a vehicle front-rear direction than a contact position between the seatback and the top face of the seat cushion when the seat cushion is in the seat position.

US Pat. No. 10,988,058

SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING AN ANTI-SUBMARINE BRACKET

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat bottom frame having a front cross member disposed at a front side of the seat bottom frame and an anti-submarine tube that is spaced apart from the front cross member; and
a first front mounting bracket assembly that extends from the front cross member and facilitates rotation of the seat bottom frame about a front axis, wherein the first front mounting bracket assembly includes:
a center panel that is spaced apart from the seat bottom frame and that is configured to engage a vehicle;
a first side panel that extends from the center panel toward the front cross member;
a second side panel that extends from the center panel toward the front cross member, wherein the second side panel is disposed opposite and is spaced apart from the first side panel;
a mounting pin that extends from the first side panel to the second side panel and extends along the front axis;
a biasing member that urges the seat bottom frame to rotate about the front axis, wherein the biasing member encircles the mounting pin and is disposed between the first side panel and the second side panel; and
a mounting member that is fixedly disposed on the front cross member and that is rotatably connected to the first side panel and the second side panel by the mounting pin.

US Pat. No. 10,988,057

IMPACT ENERGY ABSORBING DEVICE

Britax Childcare Pty Ltd....

1. A child safety seat comprising:a seat body and first and second side wings depending from the seat body, the first and second side wings each comprising an outwardly facing exterior surface;
an impact energy absorbing device depending from at least a part of the exterior surface of the first and second side wings, the impact energy absorbing device comprising:
a hollow and/or gas, liquid, gel, or foam filled shell of deformable material formed by blow moulding, comprising an outwardly facing surface and an inwardly or occupant facing surface; and
a plurality of energy absorbing elements in the form of recesses extending into the shell from the inwardly facing surface toward the outwardly facing surface;
wherein the impact absorbing system is adapted to absorb impact through a combination of the shell plastically or elastically deforming, cushioning, rupturing, deflating or bursting, and the plurality of energy absorbing elements cooperatively plastically or elastically deforming, cushioning or crushing, as a result of the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,988,056

CHILD RESTRAINT HEADREST WITH SIDE-WING MOVER

DOREL JUVENILE GROUP, INC...

1. A child restraint comprisinga seat bottom and
a seat back including a backrest arranged to extend upwardly from the seat bottom and a head receiver coupled to the backrest and arranged to lie above the seat bottom,
wherein the head receiver comprises an adjustable-width headrest and a headrest-width changer, the adjustable-width headrest includes a center head support associated with the backrest, a first movable head support mounted on one side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and a second movable head support mounted on an opposite side of the center head support for lateral sliding movement relative to the center head support, and the headrest-width changer includes converter means for moving the first and second movable head supports away from one another to provide a large head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports and establish a wide mode of the adjustable-width headrest and toward one another to provide a relatively smaller head-receiving space between the first and second movable head supports in response to movement of one of the movable head supports away from the center head support to establish a narrow mode of the adjustable-width headrest, and
wherein the converter means is a linear motion converter that is arranged to lie above the seat bottom and to interconnect the first and second movable head supports to convert lateral movement of the first movable head support in a first direction relative to the backrest automatically into lateral motion of the second movable head support in an opposite second direction relative to the backrest and the linear motion converter includes a first rack strip coupled to the first movable head support to move therewith, a second rack strip coupled to the second movable head support to move therewith, and a motion-transfer gear arranged to lie between the first and second rack strips and include gear teeth that engage and mesh with rack teeth included in each of the first and second rack strips.

US Pat. No. 10,988,055

PASSENGER SEAT WITH MOVABLE BACKREST PORTION

Safran Seats USA LLC, Ga...

1. A passenger seat backrest, comprising:a passenger seat privacy shell defining a seat portion and a backrest portion, wherein the seat portion and the backrest portion are defined by the privacy shell itself so that in use, a passenger sits on the privacy shell and not a separate metal seat unit contained within a privacy shell;
the back rest portion comprising a movable portion configured to translate with respect to the privacy shell, wherein in a lowered position, the backrest is flush with or lower than the privacy shell and wherein in a raised position, the backrest extends above the privacy shell,
wherein the backrest portion further comprises a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion configured to remain stationary during use such that it does not move for any seat adjustments, and the upper portion configured to translate with respect to the stationary lower portion to create a space there between, wherein the space provides an area for a passenger's arm or elbow to be received between the upper portion and the lower portion, wherein in a lowered position, the upper portion is flush with or lower than the privacy shell and wherein in a raised position, the upper portion extends above the privacy shell.

US Pat. No. 10,988,054

VEHICLE SWIVEL SEAT

Seating Technologies, Inc...

1. A vehicle seat apparatus comprising:a bottom assembly that is attached to a floor of the vehicle;
a top assembly that is for the support of a seat structure;
a turntable that is mounted to the bottom assembly and the top assembly and rotatable to allow rotational motion of the top assembly relative to the bottom assembly, wherein the turntable includes an inner turntable disc and an outer turntable disc, the inner turntable disc having a first inner opening defined by an inner disc inner edge concentric about a centroid of the inner turntable disc, and the outer turntable disc having a second inner opening defined by an outer disc inner edge concentric about a centroid of the outer turntable disc, wherein the inner turntable disc and the outer turntable disc are rotatably and coaxially secured together for relative rotation about their centroids, and wherein a first set of screws secures one of the turntable discs to the top assembly and a second set of screws secures the other of the turntable discs to the bottom assembly, each of said first and second sets of screws extending through a respective one of the turntable discs and a respective one of the assemblies;
a lever mechanism secured to the top assembly and pivotal relative to the bottom assembly in order to pivot the top assembly and the seat structure from a more forward position to a more sideways position so as to provide enhanced access to the seat structure;
a pivot member that functions as a pivot axis of the top assembly and the one of the turntable discs relative to the bottom assembly and the other of the turntable discs; and
a cylindrical bushing fixed to one of the assemblies and positioned within the first inner opening on the centroid of the inner turntable disc, spaced from the inner turntable disc, and between the pivot member and the inner turntable disc, wherein the bushing is positioned within the second inner opening on the centroid of the outer turntable disc, spaced from the outer turntable disc, and between the pivot member and the outer turntable disc to allow for rotational motion of the inner turntable disc relative to the outer turntable disc, wherein the cylindrical bushing is in direct contact with the pivot member within the first inner opening and the second inner opening.

US Pat. No. 10,988,053

SWIVEL ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A swivel assembly for a vehicle seating assembly comprising:a fixed plate defining a first opening;
a rotating plate defining a second opening, wherein the rotating plate is positioned substantially parallel to the fixed plate;
a gear ring positioned about a periphery of the first opening;
an inner retaining bracket received by the first and second openings, the inner retaining bracket coupled with the gear ring;
an outer retaining bracket coupled with the rotating plate and defining a channel, wherein the fixed plate is at least partially received by the channel;
a washer positioned between the fixed plate and the rotating plate; and
a bearing member including first and second legs, wherein the first leg is positioned between the rotating plate and the fixed plate, and further wherein the second leg is positioned between the fixed plate and the inner retaining bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,988,052

SEAT FOR VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a seat assembly that is mounted on the vehicle and includes a seatback and a seat cushion;
a footrest that is provided in front of the seat assembly and on which an occupant can put a foot; and
a drive mechanism configured to control at least a position of the seatback and the seat cushion, in response to the foot of the occupant being put on the footrest, to position an upper end of the seat assembly upward on a rearward side of the upper end, wherein a line of sight of the occupant remains substantially similar before and after the drive mechanism controls the position of the seatback and the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,051

SEAT SUPPORT MECHANISM

KOITO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES...

1. A seat support mechanism for turning a seat of a vehicle, comprising:a leg pedestal attached to a floor of the vehicle near a wall face of the vehicle, said leg pedestal including two side parts extending in a direction orthogonal to the wall face, said leg pedestal further including a top face part covering the two side parts;
a moving pedestal supported on the two side parts to be movable under the top face part of the leg pedestal in the direction orthogonal to the wall face;
an underframe to be attached to the seat and disposed above the top face part, said underframe being turnably supported by a turning shaft;
a turning locking mechanism disposed on the leg pedestal and the underframe to lock the underframe; and
an interlocking mechanism disposed on the moving pedestal and the underframe to move the moving pedestal through the turning shaft in the direction orthogonal to the wall face when the underframe is turned,
wherein said leg pedestal includes an avoidance part formed in the top face part so that the turning shaft moves through the avoidance part, and
said turning locking mechanism comprises:
a first locking hole formed in the underframe, and
a first locking pin disposed on the top face part of the leg pedestal to be protruded upward or retracted downward so that the first locking pin engages with or disengages from the first locking hole.

US Pat. No. 10,988,050

SECTION INSULATING DEVICE AND USE OF SAME

1. A section disconnect device for a contact line assigned to railborne vehicles as overhead line and carrying high voltage, comprising:a line section arrangement (10) with multi-section extending, said line section arrangement being configured to be tensioned between two contact-wire connecting heads (12, 14) and provided with insulator means (36, 38),
said line section arrangement being constructed being mountable by means of respective accommodating sections (66) of the contact-wire connecting heads in an electrically and mechanically contacting manner between free ends (16, 18) of the contact line,
wherein, at least one of the contact-wire connecting heads (12, 14) has adjustable level equalization means (66, 68, 70) for interacting with a head-side end (20, 24) of the line section arrangement (10), which are constructed in such a manner that, with respect to a current-collector-contact side of the contact line and/or a current-collector-contact plane, the free end of the contact line is configured to be brought into a common plane with the end of the line section arrangement and/or seamlessly aligned with the same, wherein the end of the line section arrangement is constructed as a continuous, diverted line section (20, 24), which is guided around a roller (66) or a circular section and/or ring section of the level equalization means for forming a spread, and
wherein the roller or the circular section or ring section is configured to be adjusted along an adjustment axle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,049

POWER MANAGEMENT OF HIGH-CURRENT FAST-CHARGING BATTERY

GM Global Technology Oper...

9. A powertrain system comprising:a multi-pack rechargeable energy storage system (RESS) having:
a parallel-connected first battery pack and second battery pack; and
a first pack sensor and a second pack sensor connected to the respective first and second battery packs, each of the first pack sensor and the second pack sensor being configured to measure a corresponding pack current, voltage, and temperature of the first battery pack and the second battery pack;
a power inverter module (PIM) connected to the multi-pack RESS;
a rotary electric machine connected to the PIM and having an output member coupled to a load; and
a controller in communication with the first pack sensor and the second pack sensor, and operable for managing powerflow of the multi-pack RESS using the measured pack current, voltage, and temperature, wherein the controller is programmed with a corresponding maximum current limit of the first battery pack and the second battery pack, and is configured to:
predict a first terminal voltage and a second terminal voltage for the first battery pack and the second battery pack, respectively, using the corresponding maximum current limit;
receive a requested operating mode of the multi-pack RESS, wherein the requested operating mode is either a charging mode or a discharging mode of the multi-pack RESS;
select the first terminal voltage or the second terminal voltage as a selected voltage based on the requested operating mode, the selected voltage including a maximum of the first terminal voltage or the second terminal voltage when the requested operating mode is the discharging mode and a minimum of the first terminal voltage or the second terminal voltage when the requested operating mode is the charging mode;
predict a pack current flowing through each of the first battery pack and the second battery pack using the selected voltage and corresponding battery state space models;
predict a total power capability of the multi-pack RESS over a predetermined prediction horizon using the pack current of the first battery pack and the second battery pack to thereby generate a plurality of predicted power capability values; and
control the requested operating mode over the predetermined prediction horizon using the plurality of predicted power capability values.

US Pat. No. 10,988,047

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CAPACITY OF A BATTERY CELL, EVALUATION DEVICE, MONITORING APPARATUS, HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

10. An evaluation apparatus for a monitoring device for monitoring a high-voltage battery of a motor vehicle, which evaluation apparatus is configured to:receive at least three open circuit voltage values, measured at different measurement times, of the battery cell;
determine state of charge values of the battery cell from the at least three open circuit voltage values on the basis of a predetermined open circuit voltage curve that describes a relationship between the open circuit voltage and the state of charge of the battery cell;
form at least two pairs of values of the open circuit voltage or of the state of charge by combining in each case two of the at least three open circuit voltage values or state of charge values, wherein a binomial coefficient is determined on the basis of a number of the received open circuit voltage values and a number, corresponding to the binomial coefficient, of pairs of values is determined;
determine respective charge throughput values, specific to the pairs of values, of the battery cell by integrating a measured current of the battery cell over a time interval between the two measurement times of the associated open circuit voltage values;
determine respective capacity raw values specific to the pairs of values based on the associated charge throughput value specific to the pairs of values and the associated state of charge values specific to the pairs of values; and
determine the capacity of the battery cell based on the at least two capacity raw values specific to the pairs of values.

US Pat. No. 10,988,046

METHOD FOR SETTING ELECTRIC VEHICLE ON/OFF LINE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for setting an electric vehicle (EV) on/off line of a hybrid vehicle comprising:performing, by a controller, an operation of setting a region according to a state of charge (SOC);
performing, by the controller, an EV online setting operation based on a climbing angle of the vehicle; and
performing, by the controller, an EV offline setting operation based on creep power of the vehicle,
wherein the EV online setting operation turns on an engine of the vehicle when driving power exceeding an EV online is required while the hybrid vehicle drives in an EV driving mode and the EV offline setting operation turns off the engine when the driving power that is equal to or less than an EV offline is required while the hybrid vehicle drives in an HEV driving mode,
wherein the EV offline setting operation sequentially performs a creep-power determination operation, a critical low EV offline determination operation, and an operation of determining an EV offline for an SOC region determined according to the predetermined factor based on the critical low EV offline, and
wherein the critical low EV offline determination operation determines a critical low EV offline a value obtained by adding margin to the creep power determined at the creep-power determination operation.

US Pat. No. 10,988,045

METHOD FOR DETECTING PROFILES OF CHARGING CURRENTS

innogy SE, Essen (DE)

1. A method for capturing charging current curves for electric vehicles at charging stations comprising:capturing of a charging current curve at a charging station by the charging station,
storing of the charging current curve together with a vehicle identification of the charging vehicle in a memory of the charging station,
wherein
for each vehicle identification a charging current curve at a plurality of charging stations is stored, and
for the respective vehicle identification, the charging station compares a present charging current curve with the stored charging current curves at the plurality of charging stations and in case of a deviation of the present charging current curve from the stored charging current curves at the plurality of charging stations which is greater than a threshold, the charging station outputs a signal.

US Pat. No. 10,988,044

AUTOMATIC PLUG-AND-PAY WITH MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION FOR FUELING VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A charging station comprising:a user interface device;
a wireless transceiver; and
a processor programmed to
responsive to wirelessly receiving a unique vehicle identifier identifying a vehicle from a key fob associated with a vehicle, output a plurality of vehicle options via the user interface device, and connect to a mobile device via the wireless transceiver, the mobile device being wirelessly associated with the vehicle, wherein the plurality of vehicle options represent a plurality of vehicles detected by the charging station via the wireless transceiver,
responsive to receiving a user input selecting the vehicle from the plurality of vehicle options, associate the charging station with the vehicle,
send a request for payment authentication to the mobile device,
receive a payment authentication, indicative of an approval by a user associated with the vehicle, from the mobile device via the wireless transceiver,
electronically identify information of an account associated with the user associated with the vehicle using the vehicle identifier and the payment authentication,
verify payment rights confirming a right to use the account to pay, and
responsive to successful verification, start to provide electricity to the vehicle and to process payment from the account.

US Pat. No. 10,988,042

VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle charging system comprising:a system controller;
a charging inductive coil;
a receiving inductive coil connected to an electric vehicle; and
a vehicle controller arranged on the electric vehicle;
wherein the system controller is configured to self-initiate a charging session between the charging inductive coil and the receiving inductive coil without human input;
wherein the system controller is arranged in a base unit that is not arranged on a vehicle;
wherein the system controller is configured to determine one or more physical characteristics of the electric vehicle based on communication with the vehicle controller;
wherein the one or more physical characteristics comprise an undercarriage height of the electric vehicle from a ground surface and/or a receiving inductive coil height from the ground surface; and
wherein the system controller is configured to optimize the location of the charging inductive coil relative to the receiving inductive coil and/or to optimize the location of the receiving inductive coil relative to the charging inductive coil based on the one or more physical characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,988,041

CABLE HEAT EXCHANGER FOR A POWER CONNECTOR

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. A power connector comprising:a housing extending between a front and a rear, the housing having a chamber at the rear, the housing having a terminal channel between the front and the rear;
a terminal coupled to the housing, the terminal including a mating pin at a front of the terminal and a cable connector at a rear of the terminal, the mating pin positioned in the terminal channel for mating with a charging connector, the cable connector positioned in the chamber at the rear of the housing;
a power cable terminated to the cable connector at the rear of the terminal, the power cable including a conductor; and
a cable heat exchanger positioned in the chamber, the cable heat exchanger being thermally coupled to the conductor of the power cable, the cable heat exchanger including a coolant channel for coolant flow through the cable heat exchanger for actively cooling the conductor of the power cable.

US Pat. No. 10,988,040

CHARGING GUN WITH GOOD HEAT CONDUCTION AND HEAT DISSIPATION PERFORMANCE

ROCKING ENERGY INTELLIGEN...

1. A charging gun with good heat conduction and heat dissipation performance, wherein the charging gun with good heat conduction and heat dissipation performance includes a gun body, terminals, insulating sleeves, and a metal heat dissipation member suitable for dissipating heat to outside air; there are a plurality of terminals and a plurality of sleeves; rear end portions of the plurality of terminals respectively pass through the plurality of sleeves which are independent of each other, the metal heat dissipation member is provided with a plurality of mounting holes, the plurality of sleeves pass through the plurality of mounting holes and are fixed to the mounting holes, respectively, and the metal heat dissipation member is fixed to the gun body.

US Pat. No. 10,988,039

POWER TRANSFER DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A power transfer device, comprising:a power transfer coil;
a case that has a surface extending along a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the power transfer coil and stores the power transfer coil;
a rotating shaft rotatable about the shaft that extends in the axial direction of the power transfer coil at a central portion in a radial direction of the power transfer coil and has an end penetrating the surface and protruding outward through the surface;
a foreign object remover that projects outwardly from the end of the rotating shaft in a radial direction of the rotating shaft and moves on the surface;
a driving source that provides the rotating shaft with power;
a processor that determines whether or not a vehicle is present;
a foreign object detector that detects a foreign object
wherein
the driving source is driven if the processor determines that the vehicle is present,
the driving source is driven if the processor determines that the vehicle is present and a foreign object is detected by the foreign object detector,
the driving source includes a motor,
the processor determines whether or not a foreign object is detected by the foreign object detector after rotation of the motor;
the processor changes a rotation speed of the motor to a rotation speed higher than a current rotation speed or a driving duration of the motor to a driving duration longer than a current driving duration if the processor determines that a foreign object is detected, and
the motor is driven based on a rotation speed or a driving duration changed by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,988,038

DYNAMIC WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK WITH A PLURALITY OF AERIAL DRONES

T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bell...

1. A cellular tower, comprising:a processor;
a network interface coupled to the processor configured to enable communications via a dynamic wireless communication network;
a storage device for content and programming;
a program stored in the storage device, wherein execution of the program by the processor configures the cellular tower to perform acts comprising:
receiving a request, from a mobile device, to setup a wireless hotspot within the dynamic wireless communication network;
determining a distance between a geographic area associated with the mobile device and the cellular tower;
determining a number of autonomous aerial vehicles to dynamically create a data pipeline to the geographic area, based at least in part on the distance;
deploying the number of autonomous aerial vehicles between the geographic area and the cellular tower;
creating the data pipeline with the deployed autonomous aerial vehicles;
determining whether creating the wireless hotspot is feasible;
upon determining that creating the wireless hotspot is feasible, deploying additional autonomous aerial vehicles between the data pipeline and the mobile device;
creating the wireless hotspot with the deployed additional autonomous aerial vehicles; and
communicatively linking the wireless hotspot to the data pipeline.

US Pat. No. 10,988,037

VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:a solar charging panel mounted to the vehicle and configured to acquire solar energy for charging a battery of the vehicle;
a communication module configured to collect weather information and date-and-time information at a plurality of positions along a traveling path from an origin to a destination;
a storage configured to store road information; and
a controller configured to calculate a solar charging energy of the traveling path by predicting a maximum solar charging energy to be charged through the solar charging panel based on the weather information collected at the plurality of positions along the traveling path, and to calculate a solar charging prediction amount based on the date-and-time information collected at the plurality of positions along the traveling path, an amount by which to reduce the solar charging energy determined according to the stored road information relating to the traveling path, and the predicted maximum solar charging energy.

US Pat. No. 10,988,036

PROTECTIVE APPARATUS FOR HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A protective apparatus for a high voltage battery of a vehicle, wherein the apparatus for protecting the high voltage battery mounted on a position below a center floor of the vehicle comprises:a sliding prevention structure located in front of the high voltage battery, the sliding prevention structure configured to come into contact with a rear roll mounting bracket disposed on a subframe of the vehicle in case of a collision accident, and to restrain the subframe from sliding backwards when coming into contact with the rear roll mounting bracket,
a vehicle body cross member to which the sliding prevention structure is coupled; and
a tunnel reinforcing panel connected to the vehicle body cross member, extending backwards, and coupled with the center floor,
wherein the vehicle body cross member is coupled with a front floor of the vehicle, with left and right ends thereof connected to front side members of the vehicle, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,988,034

ANTENNA FOR AN IMPLANTABLE DEVICE

IP2IPO INNOVATIONS LIMITE...

1. An implantable device for deployment inside a human or animal body, the device comprising:at least one sensing component arranged to respond to an electrical signal having a known frequency band;
a housing arranged to house the at least one sensing component;
at least one antenna, the at least one antenna comprising at least one antenna pole connected to the at least one sensing component, the antenna pole comprising at least one helical coil and a connecting stem;
wherein the at least one sensing component comprises a first sensing component and a second sensing component and the at least one antenna is arranged to be in electrical communication with the first sensing component and the second sensing component; and
the known frequency band comprises a first known frequency band and a second known frequency band different to the first known frequency band;
wherein the first sensing component is arranged to respond to the electrical signal having the first known frequency band and the second sensing component is arranged to respond to the electrical signal having the second known frequency band; and
wherein the helical coil and the stem are arranged so that the bandwidth of the at least one antenna encompasses the known frequency band;
the at least one antenna being external to the housing and having a stem for securing to the housing the at least one antenna comprising an antenna insulating layer insulating it from a fluid of the body; and
an anchor for securing the device within a vascular lumen of a human or animal body, the anchor including at least one strut for securing in a channel within the housing, the anchor comprising an anchor insulating layer insulating it from the fluid of the body;
wherein the at least one antenna and the at least one strut of the anchor are arranged to reduce signal losses in the at least one antenna due to the at least one strut of the anchor;
wherein the anchor is a ground structure for the at least one antenna; and
wherein the at least one strut of the anchor is arranged to diverge or deflect at an angle of at least about 15 degrees relative to the at least one antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,988,033

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

PROTEAN ELECTRIC LIMITED,...

1. A control system for a vehicle having a first wheel arranged to be driven by a first drive source and a second wheel arranged to be driven by a second drive source, wherein the first wheel and the second wheel are transversely located on the vehicle relative to each other, the control system comprising:a controller; and
a monitoring device,
wherein:
the monitoring device is arranged to monitor the power differential between the power being applied to the first wheel by the first drive source and the power being applied to the second wheel by the second drive source, and
upon a determination that the power differential between the power being applied to the first wheel and the second wheel is greater than a predetermined value, the controller is arranged to reduce the power differential.

US Pat. No. 10,988,032

SELF-PROPELLED PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION DEVICE

Walnut Technology Limited...

1. An apparatus for transportation, comprising:a surface to receive a plurality of forces at a plurality of locations on the surface;
a plurality of force sensors, attached to the surface, to provide information related to the plurality of forces on the surface;
a plurality of wheels beneath the surface, wherein each of the plurality of wheels are coupled with a motor; and
a controller configured to:
enter an initialization state in which the apparatus is in a stationary state;
determine, based on the information provided by the plurality of force sensors, a first plurality of forces at the plurality of locations;
determine, based on the first plurality of forces, a reference distribution of forces associated with the plurality of locations in the initialization state;
enter a motion state;
determine, based on the information provided by the plurality of force sensors, a second plurality of forces at the plurality of locations;
determine, based on the second plurality of forces, an updated distribution of forces associated with the plurality of locations in the motion state;
determine a relationship between the reference distribution of forces and the updated distribution of forces;
determine a target speed of the apparatus based on the relationship; and
provide one or more first signals to the motors to cause the apparatus to move at the target speed, wherein
the apparatus further comprises a rolling angle measurement device configured to measure a rolling angle of the surface with respect to a horizontal surface; wherein the controller is further configured to determine a differential rotational speed between at least two of the plurality of wheels based on the rolling angle, wherein the rolling angle is determined as the difference between the rolling angle measured by the rolling angle measurement device and the reference rolling angle determined at the initialization state.

US Pat. No. 10,988,031

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING A TORQUE OF A DRIVEN WHEEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle including an electric machine configured to be operatively connected to at least one driven wheel of the motor vehicle, and a safety device assigned to a driven wheel, is independent of the electric machine, and is configured to apply a torque to the driven wheel, the method comprising:operating the electric machine by an inverter;
monitoring a plurality of currently present control times of a plurality of switching elements of the inverter;
comparing each of the plurality of currently present control times being monitored to each of a plurality of setpoint control times;
determining an incorrectly set torque based on the comparison; and
actuating the safety device according to a direction or a magnitude of the incorrectly set torque prior to the incorrectly set torque being applied to the driven wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,988,030

ELECTRIC MOTOR, GENERATOR AND BATTERY COMBINATION

1. A stator magnetic circuit comprising:at least two power groups, wherein each power group separately comprises a controller electrically connected directly to (a) a stator pole and coil and (b) a chemical cell; and
a central controller electrically connected directly to the controller of each power group;
wherein neither the stator pole and coil nor the chemical cell of one power group is electrically connected directly to either the stator pole and coil or the chemical cell of another power group;
wherein the central controller individually directs the controller of each power group to alternate between (a) transferring electricity from the chemical cell to the stator pole and coil of each power group and (b) transferring electricity from the stator pole and coil to the chemical cell of each power group; and
wherein the central controller simultaneously directs (a) a first power group to transfer electricity from the chemical cell of the first power group to the stator pole and coil of the first power group, and (b) a second power group to transfer electricity from the stator pole and coil of the second power group to the chemical cell of the second power group.

US Pat. No. 10,988,029

HAZARDOUS VOLTAGE INTERLOCK LOOP SYSTEM

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A hazardous voltage interlock loop, HVIL, system, comprising:a first HVIL circuit;
a second HVIL circuit;
characterized in that
the first HVIL circuit being associated with a first high voltage bus;
the second HVIL circuit being associated with a second high voltage bus;
the first and second high voltage buses being separated and not electrically connected to each other, wherein the system further comprises
a galvanically isolated relay connected to the first and second HVIL circuits, wherein the galvanically isolated relay is configured to open the first HVIL circuit when no electrical current is flowing in at least a portion of the second HVIL circuit comprising the galvanically isolated relay.

US Pat. No. 10,988,028

DC-TO-DC VOLTAGE CONVERTER, VOLTAGE SUPPLY DEVICE, AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR A DC-TO-DC VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A diagnostic method for a bidirectional DC-to-DC voltage converter that comprises a first capacitor (C1) and a first full bridge (1) at a first DC voltage terminal (10) and that comprises a second full bridge (2) at a second DC voltage terminal (20), wherein the first full bridge (1) comprises two half bridges (11, 12) each having a first switching element (M1, M2) and a second switching element (M3, M4), comprising the steps of:providing (S1) a first DC voltage at the second DC voltage terminal (20) of the bidirectional DC-to-DC voltage converter;
opening (S2) the first switching elements (M1, M2) and the second switching elements (M3, M4) of the first full bridge (1);
charging (S3) the first capacitor (C1) to a predetermined first test voltage by driving the second full bridge (2);
closing (S4) one of the first switching elements (M1, M2) of the first full bridge (1);
detecting (S5) a faulty second switching element (M3, M4) if the electric voltage across the first capacitor (C1) drops by more than a predefined first voltage value within a predetermined first time interval following the closure of the first switching element (M1, M2);
opening (S6) the closed first switching element (M1, M2) of the first full bridge (1);
closing (S7) one of the second switching elements (M3, M4) of the first full bridge (1); and
detecting (S8) a faulty first switching element (M1, M2) if the electric voltage across the first capacitor (C1) drops by more than a predefined second voltage value within a predetermined second time interval following the closure of the second switching element (M3, M4).

US Pat. No. 10,988,027

WHEEL WELL HEATING METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

2. A wheel well heating method, comprising:generating thermal energy to heat a wheel well area of a vehicle; and
adjusting the generating of the thermal energy in response to a state of charge of a power supply of the vehicle, wherein the power supply is a traction battery of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,988,026

VEHICLE ELECTRICAL LOAD SHED

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:an engine;
an interface;
an outlet; and
a converter configured to,
responsive to user input to the interface enabling shed mode and the engine being in engine idle, interrupt flow of battery current to internal vehicle loads such that power available at the outlet exceeds a predetermined threshold regardless of whether an external load is plugged into or removed from the outlet, and
otherwise, maintain the flow of battery current to internal vehicle loads regardless of whether an external load is plugged into the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,988,024

DISPLAY DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A display device comprising:a display unit that displays an image;
a storage unit configured to store therein an indicator needle image representing an indicator needle, and an indicator-needle motion-blurred image representing an afterimage that the indicator needle makes when rotating; and
a controller configured to control the display unit in a manner such that, when the indicator needle is displayed as rotating with a relatively small rotation amount per unit time, the indicator needle image is displayed while being rotated, and when the indicator needle is displayed as rotating with a relatively large rotation amount per unit time, the indicator-needle motion-blurred image that corresponds to a rotation range per unit time of the indicator needle is displayed, wherein
the indicator needle image has a shape tapering toward a center of rotation thereof, and
an indicator-needle inner end angle formed by two sides of the indicator needle image that form an end thereof that faces the center of the rotation is equal to a minimum motion-blurred inner end angle formed by two sides of the indicator-needle motion-blurred image that has the smallest rotation amount per unit time while the indicator needle is displayed as rotating, the two sides forming an end of the indicator-needle motion-blurred image that faces the center of the rotation, and
with the indicator needle image being displayed, if a rotation amount per unit time of the indicator needle being displayed as rotating has increased to the indicator-needle inner end angle or more, the controller controls the display unit so that the indicator needle image is hidden and displayed images thereon are switched from the indicator needle image to the indicator-needle motion-blurred images, including the indicator-needle motion-blurred image,
wherein a triangular shape of an end of the indicator needle image is removed from the indicator-needle motion blurred image,
wherein the indicator-needle motion blurred image comprises a sectorial shape that increases and decreases sequentially based on a rotation amount per unit time changing between from the relatively small rotation amount per unit time to the relatively large rotation amount per unit time, and
wherein the sectorial shape comprises at least an entire sector of circular portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,988,023

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING MONITORING DEVICE, ROAD MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING INFORMATION GATHERING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An autonomous driving assistance system comprising:a road management device to generate location information indicating locations of vehicles on a managed road to be managed by using data detected by a monitoring camera to detect the vehicles moving on the managed road, and transmit the generated location information;
an autonomous driving monitoring device to receive the location information, determine whether or not at least an event of either congestion or an accident has occurred on the managed road on the basis of the location information, and transmit a manual driving instruction signal instructing manual driving that is manual driving by a driver independent of autonomous driving if the event is determined to have occurred; and
an autonomous driving information gathering device to transmit three-dimensional road alignment data indicating a zone in which autonomous driving is prohibited when the manual driving instruction signal is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 10,988,022

ELECTRO-MECHANICAL ON DEMAND (EMOD) TRANSFER CASE—DUAL DRIVE GEAR AND SHIFT FORK CONSOLIDATION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A transfer case comprising:a support including a base configured to be fixed to a housing of the transfer case and a hollow cylindrical body projecting from the base in a first axial direction, the hollow cylindrical body defining a pair of axial slots that extend in the first axial direction;
a shift fork including an arc-shaped body and a pair of protrusions projecting radially outward in opposite directions from the arc-shaped body, the protrusions being configured to extend through the axial slots in the hollow cylindrical body of the support;
a reduction hub including a pair of flanges defining an annular groove configured to receive the arc-shaped body of the shift fork, internal splines configured to engage a first output shaft, and external splines configured to engage one of an input shaft and a carrier gear coupled to the input shaft through a planetary gear;
a shift collar including an annular body having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface defining a pair of internal threads configured to receive distal ends of the protrusions on the shift fork;
a dual drive gear including an annular disk having a plurality of teeth disposed along an outer periphery thereof and configured to engage a reduction gear driven by a shift motor; and
a dual drive gear hub including an annular wall disposed around an inner periphery of the annular disk and a pair of curved walls projecting from the annular wall in the first axial direction and configured to actuate a mode clutch actuator of the transfer case to engage or disengage a second output shaft;
wherein each of the distal ends of the protrusions on the shift fork have a pair of opposing chamfered edges configured to engages a pair of opposing ramped surfaces of one of the internal threads on the shift collar.

US Pat. No. 10,988,019

EXHAUST STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. An exhaust structure of a vehicle comprising:an engine disposed in an engine bay formed in a front part of the vehicle;
an exhaust silencer that reduces noise of exhaust gas from the engine and discharges the exhaust gas outside;
an exhaust pipe that couples the engine and the exhaust silencer; and
a mounted component disposed behind the engine and below a floor panel, wherein the exhaust silencer is disposed between the engine and the mounted component,
a drive motor that drives wheels and a generator driven by the engine are provided in the engine bay,
the wheels are driven only by the drive motor, and
the mounted component is a battery that can store power supplied from the generator and supply the stored power to the drive motor.

US Pat. No. 10,988,017

TRANSMISSION MOUNT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A transmission mount for a vehicle, comprising:a housing that is configured to be inserted and mounted in a mounting hole formed in a side member of a vehicle body;
an insulator that has a plurality of support blades formed integrally on an outer surface thereof to be inserted and mounted in the housing;
a metal core that is inserted into the insulator; and
an outer bracket that is inserted into the housing together with the insulator in a state of being in contact with a surface of each of the plurality of support blades to be fastened to the housing,
wherein the housing is provided with a pair of fitting holes at regular intervals along a circumferential direction, and fastening pins that are inserted into the fitting holes and fastened are integrally formed on an outer surface of the outer bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,988,016

HYDRAULIC BEARING

VIBRACOUSTIC GMBH, Darms...

1. A hydraulic mount for mounting a motor vehicle engine, the hydraulic mount comprising:a mount core,
a supporting spring comprising an elastomer material, a working chamber delimited by the supporting spring, and
a compensation chamber separated from the working chamber by an intermediate plate, wherein the working chamber and the compensation chamber are filled with hydraulic fluid and connected to each other by a flow transfer duct,
wherein the mount core has a first mount core part and a second mount core part; wherein the second mount core part has a passage into which the first mount core part protrudes;
wherein the first mount core part has a pin member connected thereto and protruding into the passage of the second mount core part; wherein the second mount core part is conical;
wherein the first mount core part and the second mount core part are connected to each other by an elastomer body for high-frequency vibration decoupling;
wherein the elastomer body has a first elastomer body portion configured to absorb at least a static mount load acting on the mount core, and a second elastomer body portion configured to absorb at least a transverse force acting on the mount core;
wherein the first elastomer body portion is disposed between the first mount core part and the second mount core part, and the second elastomer body portion is disposed between the pin member and the second mount core part;
wherein the pin member is connected to the first mount core part via at least one fastening ring;
wherein the at least one fastening ring rests on the first elastomer body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,014

FRAME SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly, comprising:a first frame rail and a second frame rail elongated along a longitudinal axis and spaced from each other along a lateral axis;
a battery supported between the first frame rail and the second frame rail;
a crossbeam extending along the lateral axis and fixed under the first frame rail and the second frame rail;
a first support member extending transversely from the crossbeam away from the battery to a first end fixed to the first frame rail; and
a second support member extending transversely from the crossbeam away from the battery to a second end fixed to the second frame rail.

US Pat. No. 10,988,013

ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE USING SAME

NIO (ANHUI) HOLDING CO., ...

1. An electric drive system for vehicle, comprising:an inverter unit for converting DC power supplied from outside into AC power;
an electric motor unit for converting the AC power from the inverter unit into a mechanical rotation and outputting the mechanical rotation from an output shaft; and
a gearbox unit for decelerating the rotation transmitted from an input shaft and then outputting a decelerated rotation;
wherein the electric motor unit, the gearbox unit and the inverter unit have independent enclosures respectively, and are fixedly connected to each other in a detachable manner in such a way that the gearbox unit is sandwiched by the electric motor unit and the inverter unit in an axial direction of the input shaft of the gearbox unit, and the electric motor unit, the gearbox unit, and the inverter unit are transversely arranged in a straight line in the direction of the input shaft of the gearbox unit;
the enclosure of the inverter unit has a minimum thickness in the axial direction relative to length and width directions of the enclosure;
the inverter unit includes one or more layers of inverter circuit boards, and the inverter circuit boards are arranged with their circuit board surfaces substantially perpendicular to the axial direction;
a partition plate is provided in the gearbox unit for partitioning the interior of the gearbox unit into a gear transmission cavity and a dry cavity for insertion of electric connection lines of the electric motor unit and the inverter unit; and
the dry cavity includes a docking area for docking of the electric connection lines of the electric motor unit and the inverter unit.

US Pat. No. 10,988,012

AUTOMOBILE DOOR SEALING STRUCTURE

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. An automobile door sealing structure comprising:a glass run mounted to a window frame defining a window opening of an automobile door to provide a seal between the window frame and a window glass; and
a weather strip mounted to the window frame and located closer to a cabin than the glass run is, wherein
the glass run includes an upper glass run portion extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle along an upper frame portion of the window frame,
the upper glass run portion includes a glass run body having an insertion groove into which a glass run mount of the upper frame portion is inserted,
the glass run body includes an upper plate portion extending along an upper surface of the glass run mount, a lower plate portion extending along a lower surface of the glass run mount, and an exterior plate portion extending from an exterior end of the upper plate portion to an exterior end of the lower plate portion,
the glass run body has a door panel sealing lip protruding downward from an interior end of the upper plate portion to contact the upper frame portion, the door panel sealing lip extending in the front-rear direction,
the weather strip includes an upper weather strip extending in the front-rear direction along the upper frame portion, and mounted to a lower portion of a step part in the upper frame portion, the step part being located closer to the cabin than the glass run mount is, and having an exterior upper portion away from the cabin and an interior lower portion closer to the cabin,
the upper weather strip includes a hollow seal part configured to elastically deform upon compression by a vehicle body and an outer sealing lip protruding upward from an exterior part of the hollow seal part to contact an interior end surface of the upper plate portion and an interior part of the door panel sealing lip of the glass run body,
a center portion of the upper weather strip and a center portion of the upper glass run portion in the front-rear direction extend generally parallel to each other in the front-rear direction, and the upper weather strip extends downwardly apart from the upper glass run portion toward an end in the front-rear direction,
the door panel sealing lip has a cut or a notch formed upward from a lower end of the door panel sealing lip for enabling deformation of the door panel sealing lip, the cut or the notch being formed at a position immediately before where the upper weather strip extends downwardly apart from the upper glass run portion,
the door panel sealing lip has a portion located closer to the center portion of the of the upper glass run portion in the front-rear direction than the cut or the notch is, contacting the upper surface of the glass run mount of the upper frame portion and bent outward away from the cabin, and the door panel sealing lip has another portion located closer to an end in the front-rear direction than the cut or the notch is, extending downward, and contacting an interior part of a vertical surface of the step part in the upper frame portion.

US Pat. No. 10,988,011

PROFILED REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT

1. A profiled reinforcement element to be embedded in an elastomer strip, wherein the profiled reinforcement element is formed by a metal strip that is extended by expanding incisions located at a regular distance from each other and is shaped by profiled sections and beads, wherein the expanded incisions form openings, the openings including openings with a closed edge, the openings with a closed edge being completely surrounded by beads, wherein each of the completely closed openings is formed only in a respective base leg of U-shaped sections of the profiled reinforcement element, which are separated from each other by expanded edge incisions.

US Pat. No. 10,988,010

WEATHER STRIP FOR AUTOMOBILE

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A weather strip for an automobile, the weather strip comprising:an installation base member operably couplable to a flange formed along a circumferential edge of a door opening of an automobile body, the installation base member having a substantially U-shaped cross section including an outer-cabin side wall, an inner-cabin side wall, and a connecting wall which connects the side walls; and
a hollow seal member which projects outwardly toward an exterior of the automobile and is configured to make elastic contact with a door of the automobile,
the hollow seal member in cross section including:
a first wall having a first base root forming a part of the first wall, the first base root being on the outer-cabin side wall of the installation base member close to a top end of the flange, the first wall extending from the first base root toward the top end of the flange and outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to a first bent point which is an end of a part extending from the first base root, turning toward a base root of the flange on the first bent point, and protruding and curving outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to a part of the hollow seal member closest to the exterior of the automobile; and
a second wall having a second base root forming a part of the second wall, the second base root being on the outer-cabin side wall of the installation base member close to the base root of the flange, the second wall extending from the second base root toward the base root of the flange and outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to the second bent point which is an end of a part extending from the second base root, turning toward the top end of the flange on the second bent point, and protruding and curving outwardly toward the exterior of the automobile to the part of the hollow seal member closest to the exterior of the automobile,
wherein substantially an entirety of an inside surface of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and the second bent point comprises a foamed material, and substantially an entirety of an outside surface of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and the second bent point is a film which comprises a non-foamed material, and
wherein an interval of the hollow seal member between the first bent point and a reference point comprises only the non-foamed material, the reference point being closer to the exterior of the automobile than the first bent point, and a part of the hollow seal member adjacent to the reference point is continuous with the film.

US Pat. No. 10,988,009

LIMITING STRUCTURE AND REAR COMPARTMENT COVER SYSTEM FOR PICKUP TRUCK

NINGBO DIROAN AUTO ACCESS...

1. A limiting structure, comprising:a mounting base;
two limiting blocks separately arranged on two sides of the mounting base and movably connected to the mounting base;
a pulling member driving the two limiting blocks to retract toward the mounting base; and
a springback member driving the two limiting blocks to extend in a direction away from the mounting base,
wherein:
the pulling member comprises a handle rotatably mounted on the mounting base and a pull rope connected to the handle,
two ends of the pull rope are respectively connected to the two limiting blocks,
the handle comprises a rotating block and a grip connected to a side wall of the rotating block and overhanging outward,
the rotating block is rotatably mounted inside the mounting base,
the rotating block is provided with a pull rope limiting channel that penetrates the rotating block along a length direction of the pull rope,
the pull rope partially passes through the pull rope limiting channel,
the mounting base comprises two limiting bases and a rotating base located between the two limiting bases,
each of the two limiting bases is provided with a limiting cavity that penetrates two sides and is used to mount each of the two limiting blocks,
the rotating base is provided with a rotating cavity that penetrates two sides and is used to mount the rotating block,
the rotating cavity and two limiting cavities are arranged coaxially,
a bottom cavity wall of the rotating cavity is vertically provided with a connecting shaft,
the rotating block of the handle is rotatably connected to the connecting shaft to make the rotating block rotate around the connecting shaft, and
a side cavity wall of the rotating base that is axially parallel to the connecting shaft is provided with a side hole from which the grip of the handle extends out.

US Pat. No. 10,988,008

FOLDING TOP FOR A VEHICLE

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

1. A folding top for a vehicle comprising:a folding top fabric for at least partially concealing a vehicle interior in a closed position and opening up the vehicle interior in an open position,
a forward portion of the folding top fabric defining a front edge of the folding top that is positionable against an A-pillar of a vehicle,
a rear portion of the folding top fabric defining a rear edge of the folding top and positioned rearward of the forward portion in the closed position of the folding top,
a central portion of the folding top fabric, which is disposed between the forward portion and the rear portion in the closed position of the folding top,
a tensioning cable that extends from the forward portion via the central portion into the rear portion of the folding top fabric in order to tension the folding top fabric in the closed position,
a fabric pocket formed by folded fabric material, in which the tensioning cable extends, that is formed in all of the portions of the folding top fabric, and
a folding fabric sheet arranged within the fabric pocket in the closed position and configured to release additional folding top fabric during folding of the fabric top into the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,988,007

HANGER AND ASSOCIATED HANGER-BASED MOUNTING PACKAGE FOR A SUNROOF ASSEMBLY AND A ROOF CROSSBEAM

Aisin Technical Center of...

1. A mounting package, comprising:a sunroof assembly, the sunroof assembly including a guiderail;
a roof crossbeam; and
a hanger hanging the roof crossbeam underneath the sunroof assembly, the hanger including a lower hook hooked with the roof crossbeam, and an upper hook hooked with the guiderail, the hanger configured to flexibly accommodate multidirectional movement of the roof crossbeam relative to the guiderail, the multidirectional movement including lifting movement of the roof crossbeam relative to the guiderail.

US Pat. No. 10,988,006

DOOR FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A door of a vehicle, the door comprising:a door internal panel;
a door external panel mounted outside a passenger compartment with respect to the door internal panel, detachably coupled to the door internal panel, and made of a material weighing less than a material of the door internal panel; and
a reinforcement member mounted between the door external panel and the door internal panel and fastened to the door external panel and the door internal panel to increase rigidity of the door,
wherein the reinforcement member is formed in a shape that corresponds to a profile of an external rim of the door external panel.

US Pat. No. 10,988,005

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A vehicle door structure comprising:an outer panel that includes a door beltline and is configured to form an exterior panel of a door;
an inner panel that is configured to form an interior panel of the door;
an outer reinforcement that extends along the door beltline of the outer panel and includes a front end and a rear end, the rear end being joined to the inner panel;
a mirror retainer that includes a main body, an upper leg, and a lower leg, wherein
the main body is joined to the front end of the outer reinforcement with a part of the main body overlapping with the front end of the outer reinforcement,
the main body includes an upper edge and a lower edge in a door up-down direction,
the upper leg is located at the upper edge of the main body and joined to the inner panel,
the lower leg is located at the lower edge of the main body and joined to the inner panel,
the main body includes a main body inner surface on which the upper leg and the lower leg are located,
the upper leg includes a first facing surface facing the lower leg, and
the lower leg includes a second facing surface facing the upper leg; and
a reinforcing member that is connected to the first facing surface and at least one of the main body inner surface and the second facing surface so as to reinforce the mirror retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,988,004

PRESS FORMING APPARATUS AND OUTER PANEL

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A press forming apparatus configured to produce a character line in a design surface of an outer panel by press forming, comprising:an upper die that has a die surface that is configured to form the design surface of the outer panel; and
a lower die that has a die surface corresponding to the die surface of the upper die, wherein
the die surface of the lower die has, in a formation area of the character line, a curved convex portion that protrudes upwardly above a reference line that is complementary to a contour of the die surface of the upper die and curved concave portions continuous with the curved convex portion, each of the curved concave portions being on a corresponding one of both sides of the curved convex portion and being recessed downwardly below the reference line.

US Pat. No. 10,988,003

VEHICLE VISOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a support structure;
a headliner disposed proximate the support structure and including a substrate and a cover stock disposed over the substrate, wherein the substrate defines an elongated recess;
a visor assembly including a visor coupled to the headliner via a shaft on a first side of the visor, wherein the visor includes a coupling member on a second opposing side of the visor; and
a check assembly coupled to the headliner within the elongated recess and selectively engaging the coupling member of the visor, wherein the check assembly includes an upper check member and a lower check member configured to at least partially separate from the upper check member and translate along the elongated recess in response to a predetermined force acting on the lower check member.

US Pat. No. 10,988,002

VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD TO REDUCE BUFFETING AND GENERATE DOWNFORCE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle flow influencing assembly, comprising:a downforce generator that extends laterally outward from an area of a vehicle, and that extends longitudinally from a leading edge portion to a trailing edge portion, the trailing edge portion aligned along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle with a side mirror of the vehicle, the downforce generator configured to influence flow to reduce buffeting.

US Pat. No. 10,988,001

AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MARELLI CABIN COMFORT JAP...

1. An air conditioning device for a vehicle comprising:a first flow path through which air subject to dehumidification flows;
a second flow path through which air for recovery flows;
a desiccant part fluidly communicated with both the first flow path and the second flow path, and configured to adsorb moisture contained in the air subject to dehumidification to dehumidify the air subject to dehumidification, and to discharge the moisture to the air for recovery; and
a controller configured to control an air volume of the air subject to dehumidification in the first flow path and an air volume of the air for recovery in the second flow path to change correlation between the air volume of the air subject to dehumidification and the air volume of the air for recovery between before and after the air volume of the air for recovery reaches a prescribed air volume for achieving a target dehumidification amount of the air subject to dehumidification so that the air volume of the air for recovery after reaching the prescribed air volume is less than the air volume of the air for recovery corresponding to the air volume of the air subject to dehumidification before achieving the target dehumidification amount.

US Pat. No. 10,987,999

CONTROLLABLE AIR OUTLET NOZZLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An air outlet nozzle for a motor vehicle, comprising:a tubular nozzle body;
a first air guiding element arranged in the tubular nozzle body, said first air guiding element being in contact with the tubular nozzle body and forming a screw shape;
a second air guiding element arranged in the tubular nozzle body, said second air guiding element being in contact with the tubular nozzle body and forming a screw shape;
wherein the first air guiding element and the second air guiding element are arranged in the tubular nozzle body in a coaxial manner offset from one another, such that a first air path and second air path having different cross-sectional areas are formed in the tubular nozzle body; and
a movable setting element which closes the first air path in a first position and opens the first air path in a second position, such that the first air path and the second air path are connectable to one another;
wherein the first and second air guiding elements are connected at a common origin surface with a branching point upstream of the movable setting element, from which the first and second air guiding elements branch in a direction of air flow such that air from the second air path is directed into the first air path when the movable setting element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,998

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A thermal management system for a vehicle, the thermal management system comprising:a cooling apparatus including a radiator, a first water pump, a first valve, and a reservoir tank which are connected through a coolant line, to circulate a coolant in the coolant line to cool at least one electrical component mounted in the coolant line;
a battery cooling apparatus including a battery coolant line connected to the reservoir tank through a second valve, and a second water pump and a battery module which are connected through the battery coolant line to circulate the coolant in the battery module;
a chiller mounted in a branch line which is connected to the battery coolant line through the second valve and connected to a refrigerant line of an air conditioner through a refrigerant connection line, to adjust a temperature of the coolant by performing heat exchange between a coolant which is selectively supplied to the branch line and a refrigerant which is selectively supplied from the air conditioner; and
a heating circuit including a heater which is connected to the coolant line and the branch line through first and second connection lines to receive a coolant having a temperature which is increased while passing through the at least one electrical component,
wherein a first end portion of the first connection line is connected to the coolant line through the first valve and a second end portion of the first connection line is connected to the heater,
wherein a first end portion of the second connection line is connected to the branch line between the second valve and the chiller and a second end portion of the second connection line is connected to the heater, and
wherein the heater is mounted inside a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module of the air conditioner.

US Pat. No. 10,987,997

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A climate control system of a motor vehicle comprising:a refrigeration circuit; and
a coolant circuit, the refrigeration circuit further comprising:
a compressor;
a refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger operable as a condenser/gas cooler for heat exchange between a refrigerant and a coolant of the coolant circuit; and
a first refrigerant-air heat exchanger for conditioning an intake air for a passenger compartment having a first expansion element arranged upstream in a flow direction of the refrigerant,
the coolant circuit further comprising:
a first conveyor device; and
at least one first coolant-air heat exchanger for heating the intake air for the passenger compartment and the first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger, wherein the refrigeration circuit is formed having a supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit for exchanging heat between the refrigerant and ambient air, wherein the supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit is arranged downstream of the first refrigerant-coolant heat exchanger in the flow direction of the refrigerant and an expansion element is upstream of the supplemental refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit in the flow direction of the refrigerant, wherein the refrigeration circuit is formed having a second refrigerant-air heat exchanger for conditioning the intake air for the passenger compartment, wherein a second expansion element is upstream of the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger in the flow direction of the refrigerant, and the coolant circuit is formed having a second coolant-air heat exchanger for heating the intake air for the passenger compartment, wherein the first refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the first coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit are arranged inside a first component of an air conditioner and so the intake air for the passenger compartment can be applied to the first refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the first coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit in succession in a flow direction of the intake air, and wherein the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger of the refrigeration circuit and the second coolant-air heat exchanger of the coolant circuit are arranged inside a second component of the air conditioner, wherein the second component comprises an opening formed in a wall of a housing for discharging air into surroundings and an air guiding unit for opening and closing the opening, and wherein the opening is formed arranged downstream of the second refrigerant-air heat exchanger in the flow direction of the air.

US Pat. No. 10,987,996

BABY COMFORT MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERI...

1. A baby comfort monitoring system in a vehicle, comprising:one or more sensors operable to obtain information indicating a physical state of a baby, the information obtained including a temperature of the baby, a facial characteristic of the baby, and a heart rate of the baby;
a controller in communication with the one or more sensors, wherein the controller is operable to:
determine the physical state of the baby utilizing the information obtained from the one or more sensors;
activate one or more vehicle systems in response to the physical state of the baby;
activate a display allowing a user to interact and deter the baby from falling asleep; and
output on the display a notification to the user indicative of the physical state of the baby.

US Pat. No. 10,987,995

VEHICULAR AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular air conditioning device that includes: an air conditioning case having a communicating path through which air flows; and a first and a second door that are provided on an inside of the air conditioning case and that, as well as opening/closing the communicating path, operate in a linked manner, the vehicular air conditioning device comprising:a driving source;
a first shaft to which a driving force of the driving source is transmitted and that drives the first door;
a second shaft to which the driving force of the driving source is transmitted and that drives the second door;
a linear driving force transmission section that connects the first shaft and the second shaft in a linked manner, and that performs transmission in such a manner that an output change will be linear with respect to an input change from the driving source; and
a nonlinear driving force transmission section that connects the driving source and the linear driving force transmission section, and that performs transmission in such a manner that an output change will be nonlinear with respect to an input change from the driving source,
the driving force of the driving source being transmitted to the linear driving force transmission section via the nonlinear driving force transmission section.

US Pat. No. 10,987,994

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND CLIMATE CONTROL METHOD FOR A FUEL CELL VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of climate control for a fuel cell vehicle, comprising the steps of:circulating a first heat exchange fluid through a first radiator and a first heat exchange conduit, a second heat exchange fluid through a second heat exchange conduit, a vessel, and a core, and a third heat exchange fluid from a fuel cell stack to a second radiator in a first mode of operation such that a temperature of the third heat exchange fluid is decreased at the second radiator;
circulating the first heat exchange fluid through the first radiator and the second heat exchange conduit, the second heat exchange fluid through the vessel and the core, and at least a portion of the third heat exchange fluid from a fuel cell stack to a vacuum enclosure in a second mode of operation, where the vacuum enclosure contains an adsorber in thermal communication with the first heat exchange conduit, an evaporator/condenser assembly in thermal communication with the second heat exchange conduit, and a refrigerant; and
circulating the third heat exchange fluid through a heater in the first mode of operation and the second mode of operation, wherein the heater is positioned upstream of the fuel cell stack, and wherein the heater is selectively activated to heat the third heat exchange fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,987,993

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle thermal management system comprising:an engine and a vehicle cabin;
a transmission thermal loop including a transmission assembly and a transmission oil heat exchanger (TOHEX) in fluid communication with the transmission assembly and a shut-off valve, the transmission thermal loop in operational communication with both the engine and a cabin thermal loop;
a coolant heater of the engine thermal loop in selective fluid communication with the transmission thermal loop and the cabin thermal loop; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to detection of an engine off condition, output to the shut-off valve an open command such that heat from the transmission thermal loop transfers to the cabin thermal loop to warm the vehicle cabin, and responsive to detection of a cabin heater core having a temperature above a predetermined threshold, output a command to the coolant heater to direct warm or cold fluid to the transmission assembly based on a detected transmission thermal loop temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,987,992

REAR PARTITION MOUNTED COOLING SYSTEM

TRINITY INNOVATIVE SOLUTI...

1. An environmental control unit for use in a vehicle said environmental control unit comprising:at least one fan having a fan enclosure for each of the at least one fan, and configured to couple by at least one fastener;
a mount for mounting each of the fan enclosure to a partition in a predefined location between a passenger area and a cargo area of the vehicle so that the at least one fan can circulate air between the passenger area to the cargo area from below the partition, wherein the mount has an upper surface with at least one cover bracket coupled to it to keep a cover above any materials along the partition, and a lower surface with the fan enclosure coupled to the lower surface;
a controller module for engaging the at least one fan; and
a directional manifold coupled to the fan enclosure for directing air from the passenger area to a specified portion of the cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,987,991

AIR CONDITIONING UNIT FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioning unit for a vehicle, comprising:an air conditioning case;
a blower disposed in the air conditioning case and configured to draw air from an opening provided on one end side of the blower in a rotation axis of the blower and blow the air radially outward from the rotation axis;
a cooler disposed upstream of the blower in an air flow direction and configured to cool the air flowing in the air conditioning case; and
a heater disposed downstream of the blower in the air flow direction and configured to heat the air which has been cooled in the cooler,
wherein:
the air conditioning case includes an upper bypass passage through which the air blown out of the blower bypasses the heater on an upper side of the heater, a lower bypass passage through which the air bypasses the heater on a lower side of the heater, a first opening provided downstream of the upper bypass passage in the air flow direction, and a second opening provided downstream of the lower bypass passage in the air flow direction;
the opening of the blower faces an air outflow face of the cooler; and
the heater is disposed in the air conditioning case such that a passage area of the upper bypass passage is larger than a passage area of the lower bypass passage.

US Pat. No. 10,987,990

SEMI-ACTIVE ANTI-ROLL STABILIZER BAR

DAEWON KANG UP CO., LTD.,...

1. A semi-active anti-roll stabilizer bar comprising:an outer housing having a hollow cylindrical accommodation space therein;
an inner housing disposed in the accommodation space;
at least one elastic element, which is elastically deformed when the outer housing and the inner housing are rotated relative to each other;
a rotational bearing disposed between the outer housing and the inner housing;
a first step bar, which is connected at one end thereof to one wheel of a vehicle and is connected at the other end thereof to the outer housing; and
a second step bar, which is connected at one end thereof to the other opposite wheel of the vehicle and is connected at the other end thereof to the inner housing,
wherein one of the outer housing and the inner housing includes at least one elastic element receptor adapted to receive the elastic element and a remaining one of the outer housing and the inner housing includes a support,
wherein, when the elastic element is elastically deformed between the outer housing and the inner housing, one end of the elastic element is supported by the support and the other end of the elastic element is supported by the elastic element receptor,
wherein the elastic element receptor includes a first elastic element receptor disposed in a counterclockwise direction from the support and a second elastic element receptor disposed in a clockwise direction from the support, wherein the elastic element includes a first elastic element, which is disposed in the first elastic element receptor and which is compressed by the support thereby applying elastic force in the clockwise direction when the outer housing is rotated in the counterclockwise direction, and a second elastic element, which is disposed in the second elastic element receptor and which is compressed by the support thereby exerting elastic force in the counterclockwise direction when the outer housing is rotated in the clockwise direction,
wherein each of the first and second elastic elements includes a plurality of elastic elements arranged in a longitudinal direction of the inner housing,
wherein ends of the plurality of first elastic elements that face the support are spaced apart from the support at different angles or distances, and
wherein ends of the plurality of second elastic elements that face the support are spaced apart from the support at different angles or distances.

US Pat. No. 10,987,989

ADJUSTABLE VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of controlling a damping characteristic of an adjustable shock absorber of a vehicle being operated by a driver, the driver steering the vehicle by actuating a steering device with the hands of the driver and the driver braking the vehicle by actuating a driver actuatable brake input, the method comprising the steps of:(a) electronically controlling with at least one controller the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber based on a plurality of inputs from a plurality of sensors supported by the vehicle at a first time;
(b) receiving at a second time subsequent to the first time a driver initiated request to alter an operation of the vehicle through a driver actuatable device, the driver actuatable device being a dual purpose device capable of receiving a first input indicative of a first driver initiated request type and a second input indicative of a second driver initiated request type, the first driver initiated request type being to alter the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber;
(c) altering with the at least one controller, at a third time subsequent to the second time, the damping characteristic of the adjustable shock absorber based on the received driver initiated request by deviating a stiffness of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber relative to the stiffness of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber at the first time, wherein (i) when the received driver initiated request has a first characteristic indicative of the received driver initiated request being of the first driver initiated request type the stiffness deviation is a first stiffness deviation and (ii) when the received driver initiated request has a second characteristic indicative of the received driver initiated request being of the second driver initiated request type the stiffness deviation is a second stiffness deviation, the second stiffness deviation being different from the first stiffness deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,988

DAMPER WITH VOLUME REDUCING INSERT

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A shock absorber comprising:a pressure tube extending about a longitudinal axis and defining an inner volume;
a piston assembly attached to a piston rod and slidably disposed within the pressure tube, the piston assembly dividing the inner volume of the pressure tube into a first working chamber and a second working chamber;
a bi-directional primary fluid flow path extending through the piston to fluidly interconnect the first working chamber and the second working chamber;
a fluid transfer tube extending about the pressure tube such that an intermediate chamber is defined between the pressure tube and the fluid transfer tube, the intermediate chamber disposed in fluid communication with the first working chamber;
a valve assembly disposed in fluid communication with and controlling fluid flow between the intermediate chamber and the second working chamber, wherein at least part of the intermediate chamber is formed by a fluid transfer channel that extends longitudinally within the fluid transfer tube to provide a secondary fluid flow path extending between the first working chamber and the valve assembly, wherein the primary fluid flow path extends in parallel with the secondary fluid flow path;
a reserve tube extending about the fluid transfer tube such that a reservoir chamber is defined between the fluid transfer tube and the reserve tube, wherein the pressure tube includes at least one outlet providing fluid communication between the first working chamber and the intermediate chamber, and wherein the valve assembly includes a reservoir valve disposed in fluid communication between the intermediate chamber and the reservoir chamber and a base valve disposed in fluid communication between the reservoir chamber and the second working chamber, the reservoir valve being positioned outside of the fluid transfer tube; and
an insert positioned in the intermediate chamber that reduces the volume of the intermediate chamber and defines the fluid transfer channel,
wherein the insert is shaped as a fixed, rigid split tube having first and second longitudinal edges that are spaced apart by a separation, the fluid transfer channel formed by the separation in the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,987,987

VEHICLE HAVING ADJUSTABLE COMPRESSION AND REBOUND DAMPING

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A recreational vehicle comprising:a plurality of ground engaging members;
a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members;
a plurality of suspensions, wherein each of the plurality of suspensions couples a ground engaging member, from the plurality of ground engaging members, to the frame, wherein the plurality of suspensions includes a plurality of adjustable shock absorbers;
at least one sensor positioned on the recreational vehicle and configured to provide airborne information and landing information to a controller; and
the controller operatively coupled to the at least one sensor and the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive, from the at least one sensor, the airborne information;
determine, based on the airborne information, an airborne event indicating the recreational vehicle is airborne;
provide, based on the airborne event, one or more first commands to result in decreasing a rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from a pre-takeoff rebound value to a free-fall rebound value;
receive, from the at least one sensor, landing information;
determine, based on the landing information, a landing event indicating the recreational vehicle has landed subsequent to the airborne event;
determine, based on the airborne event and the landing event, a time duration that the recreational vehicle is airborne;
provide, based on the landing event and the time duration the recreational vehicle is airborne, one or more second commands to result in increasing the rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from the free-fall rebound value to a post-landing rebound value to prevent a landing hop; and
provide one or more third commands to result in decreasing the rebound damping characteristic for the plurality of adjustable shock absorbers from the post-landing rebound value to the pre-takeoff rebound value.

US Pat. No. 10,987,984

AUTOMATED TRAILER HITCHING USING IMAGE COORDINATES

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A method of maneuvering a tow vehicle in reverse for attachment to a trailer, the method comprising:detecting, by a neural network of the tow vehicle, one or more trailers within one or more images;
detecting, by the neural network, a trailer hitch receiver in the image;
determining, at a computing device in communication with the neural network, a pixel angular difference in the image between a tow vehicle fore-aft axis in the image and a trailer fore-aft axis in the image;
determining, at the computing device, a pixel distance in the image between a first image coordinate of a location of a tow vehicle hitch and a second image coordinate of a location of a hitch receiver;
determining, at the computing device, a vehicle path based on the pixel angular difference and the pixel distance from an initial position to a final position adjacent the trailer, the vehicle path comprising maneuvers configured to move the tow vehicle along the vehicle path from the initial position to the final position; and
autonomously following, at a drive system in communication with the computing device, the vehicle path from the initial position to the final position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,982

ABOVE-BED GOOSE NECK TOWING APPARATUS

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A gooseneck hitch assembly comprising:a pair of intersecting cross members formed into an X shape;
a receptacle formed at a central intersection of the pair of cross members;
a first attachment point formed on a top-facing side of one of the pair of cross members and a second attachment point formed on a top-facing side of an other of the pair of cross members;
mounting points provided at opposing ends of each of the pair of cross members, the mounting points configured to attach to a frame of a vehicle via an underbed attachment system; and
a cover plate having a skirt attached to the top-facing of the first and second cross members, said cover plate having a through-opening aligned with the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,987,981

TIRE DEMOUNTING MEASUREMENT TOOL

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. An apparatus for use in measuring a parameter, comprising:a pry end;
a handle;
a sensor that detects a parameter imparted onto the apparatus when the handle is grasped and the pry end is between a tire and a wheel; and
an output member that outputs the parameter received from the sensor;
wherein the parameter is detected when the handle is grasped and force is applied to demount the tire from the wheel, wherein the handle is hand held such that the apparatus is hand held.

US Pat. No. 10,987,980

TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Huf Baolong Electronics B...

1. A tire pressure monitoring system for a vehicle for ascertaining tire-specific parameters, the tire pressure monitoring system including a valve body, at least one fastening element, and a tire inflation pressure sensor having a housing in which is accommodated a sensor for determining at least one tire-specific parameter and for wirelessly transmitting the at least one tire-specific parameter to a control unit on the vehicle,wherein the housing has a fastening region, and the valve body includes a fastening section,
wherein the fastening section of the valve body is detachably engaged with the fastening region of the housing with the aid of a fastening element,
wherein the fastening element and the housing of the tire inflation pressure sensor are integrally formed from a thermoplastic plastic, and
wherein the fastening section of the valve body includes a ramp-like inclined surface that is molded on a circumferential surface of the valve body and over which an elastically supported fastening element can be pushed during installation of the valve body on the tire inflation pressure sensor in order to bring the fastening section of the valve body into engagement with the fastening element of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,979

PROCESSING OF AUTOMOBILE DATA ON A SMARTPHONE

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

1. A device for determining a pressure of each tire of a motor vehicle from vehicle CAN network data including a parameter directly measured on said vehicle and available on a CAN network of the vehicle, the device comprising:a computer for mathematical processing of the vehicle data to indirectly determine the pressure of each tire of the vehicle, wherein the computer is hosted by a smartphone;
a specific software application for data processing by the computer being implemented in the smartphone, and including a model of a mathematical relationship between the parameter and said tire pressure, for indirectly determining said tire pressure;
a wired or wireless link implemented by the smartphone and configured to retrieve the vehicle CAN network data by the smartphone from the CAN network via the wired or wireless link; and
a display implemented on the smartphone which displays, via a graphical interface thereof, the pressure of each tire indirectly determined by the computer based on said model.

US Pat. No. 10,987,978

SELECTABLE TIRE PRESSURE SYSTEM IN-WHEEL

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An in-wheel tire pressure system for use with a rim of a wheel of a vehicle, the system comprising:a fluid storage area integrated into the wheel for holding a quantity of compressible fluid suitable for inflating a tire mounted on the rim;
a micro-compressor mounted on the wheel for pressurizing the fluid storage area with the compressible fluid;
a liquid separator positioned upstream of the micro-compressor and located on the wheel;
a fluid pressure release valve for releasing fluid contained in the tire to atmosphere;
a wireless electrical charging subsystem including a first component associated with the wheel and rotatable with the wheel, and a second component fixedly mounted to a portion of the vehicle located adjacent to the first component, for providing electrical power to the micro-compressor; and
a control for enabling user control over the micro-compressor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,977

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING TIRE WEAR USING EMBEDDED IMAGE SENSORS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERIC...

1. A tire wear tracking system comprising:network interface hardware configured to communicatively couple a vehicle with a remote server;
a processor; and
a memory module that stores one or more processor-readable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the tire wear tracking system to:
receive image data of one or more tires of a vehicle from one or more image sensors;
determine tire information associated with the one or more tires;
detect tire condition data of the one or more tires, wherein the tire condition data comprises at least one of a location of the vehicle or a driver profile;
retrieve reference image data based on the determined tire information;
filter the retrieved reference image data based on the tire condition data;
generate a current conditions factor;
compare the received image data with the retrieved and filtered reference image data;
apply the current conditions factor to the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data; and
generate an alert based on the comparison between the received image data and the retrieved and filtered reference image data with the current conditions factor applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,987,975

MOTORCYCLE TIRE

Sumitomo Rubber Industrie...

1. A motorcycle tire comprising:a tread portion curved convexly and having a first tread edge and a second tread edge,
the tread portion provided with first inclined main grooves and second inclined main grooves which are arranged alternately in the tire circumferential direction while inclining in opposite directions to each other, wherein
the first inclined main grooves extend from the first tread edge toward the second tread edge across the tire equator to the respective second inclined main grooves which extend from the second tread edge toward the first tread edge across the tire equator to the respective first inclined main grooves which are respectively next to the above-said first inclined main grooves,
the tread portion is provided with a first region delimited by the first tread edge, two of the first inclined main grooves and one of the second inclined main grooves,
all blocks disposed in the first region respectively have ground contacting top surfaces each of which has vertices each having an angle of not less than 45 degrees in a block top view,
each of the first inclined main grooves and the second inclined main grooves comprises a main portion and an axially outer portion,
the main portion extends across the tire equator and is inclined at an angle ?2 with respect to the tire axial direction,
the axially outer portion extends axially outwardly from the main portion to the adjacent first or second tread edge while inclining at an angle ?3 with respect to the tire axial direction which is smaller than the angle ?2,
the first region is provided with inclined sub-grooves each extending from the first tread edge to said one of the second inclined main grooves delimiting the first region, while inclining in the same direction as said two of the first inclined main grooves delimiting the first region,
the inclined sub-grooves include:
a first inclined sub-groove which is continuous with the second inclined main groove at a position on the first tread edge side of the tire equator, and
a second inclined sub-groove which is continuous with the second inclined main groove at a position on the second tread edge side of the tire equator,
each of the first inclined sub-groove and the second inclined sub-groove is composed of:
an axially outer gently inclined portion extending axially inwardly from the first tread edge while including at a smaller angle with respect to the tire axial direction, and
an axially inner steeply inclined portion extending from the gently inclined portion toward the tire equator while including at a larger angle than the smaller angle of the gently inclined portion with respect to the tire axial direction,
the first region is provided with a first inclined auxiliary groove, a second inclined auxiliary groove, a third inclined auxiliary groove, and a fourth inclined auxiliary groove,
the first inclined auxiliary groove extends from the axially outer portion of one of the two first inclined main grooves to the gently inclined portion of the first inclined sub-groove,
the second inclined auxiliary groove extends from a junction of the steeply inclined portion and the gently inclined portion of the first inclined sub-groove to the steeply inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove,
the third inclined auxiliary groove extends from the main portion of the other of the two first inclined main grooves to the gently inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove, and
the fourth inclined auxiliary groove extends from the main portion of the other of the two first inclined main grooves to the steeply inclined portion of the second inclined sub-groove.

US Pat. No. 10,987,974

NON-PNEUMATIC TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A non-pneumatic tire comprising a support structure for supporting a load from a vehicle,wherein the support structure includes an inner annular portion, an outer annular portion concentrically provided on an outer side of the inner annular portion, and a plurality of connecting portions which connect the inner annular portion and the outer annular portion to each other and are provided in a tire circumferential direction independently of one another,
the plurality of connecting portions are configured such that elongated plate-like first connecting portions and elongated plate-like second connecting portions are arrayed along the tire circumferential direction, the first connecting portions being extended from one side in a tire width direction of the inner annular portion to other side in a tire width direction of the outer annular portion, and the second connecting portions being extended from the other side in the tire width direction of the inner annular portion to the one side in the tire width direction of the outer annular portion, and
in each of the first connecting portions and the second connecting portions, a plate thickness is smaller than a plate width, a plate thickness direction is oriented to the tire circumferential direction, and a plate thickness at a tire radial direction inner end coupled to the inner annular portion is larger than a plate thickness at a tire radial direction center portion,
wherein each of the first connecting portions and the second connecting portions include; a thick portion having a plate thickness which is constant from the tire radial direction inner end toward the tire radial direction center portion, the plate thickness of the thick portion is larger than the plate thickness at the tire radial direction center portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,973

SAFETY RESTRAINT FOR BREAK-AWAY WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

1. A wheel restraint system comprising:a first attachment device for affixing to a first hub cap of a first end of an axle and a first wheel assembly;
a second attachment device for affixing to a second hub cap of a second end of the axle and a second wheel assembly;
at least one inline swivel, having an exterior dimension less than an interior dimension of a hollow core of the axle;
a first section of flexible retainer extending from the first attachment device to a first end of the inline swivel, for reception into the hollow core of the axle; and
a second section of flexible retainer extending from the second attachment device to a second end of the inline swivel, for reception into the hollow core of the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,987,972

WHEEL APPARATUS FOR SELF-PROPELLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM

1. A wheel apparatus for an irrigation system, comprising:a center portion configured to couple with a hub on an axle of the irrigation system, said center portion having an axis of rotation;
a rim assembly comprising a plurality of rigid members that are spaced apart from each other, said plurality of rigid members having longitudinal axes that are parallel with each other and that are equidistant from said axis of rotation, and said plurality of rigid members having first and second ends and a mounting portion between said first and second ends; and
a support structure disposed between the center portion and the rim assembly configured to support the plurality of rigid members in a fixed position relative to said center portion, said mounting portion of said plurality of rigid members being connected to said support structure;
said plurality of rigid members each have outer surfaces arranged to contact a ground surface to support the irrigation system above the ground surface with spaces between said plurality of rigid members allowing mud and debris to pass freely between the plurality of rigid members during operation to enhance traction while minimizing mud from being forced out of a wheel track with the irrigation system supported by contact between the outer surfaces of the plurality of rigid members and the ground surface;
wherein said center portion and said support structure are integral with each other and constructed of a rigid metal plate, said plurality of rigid members are fixed to an outer periphery of said rigid metal plate and extend generally perpendicular to a plane of said rigid metal plate, said plurality of rigid members each comprises a length of pipe, said outer surfaces of said plurality of rigid members are cylindrical outer surfaces, said first and second ends of said plurality of rigid members are free of any structural elements extending between adjacent rigid members, and wherein spaces between said plurality of rigid members, with the exception of a width of the rigid metal plate, are open and unobstructed to allow mud and debris to pass between and around said plurality of rigid members.

US Pat. No. 10,987,971

WHEEL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING OUTER RIM COUPLED RING DEFINING A MECHANICAL STOP AND RELATED METHODS

GACW INCORPORATED, Chand...

1. A wheel assembly to be coupled to a hub of a vehicle, the wheel assembly comprising:an inner rim to be coupled to the hub of the vehicle;
an outer rim surrounding the hub;
a plurality of gas springs operatively coupled between said inner rim and said outer rim to provide a gas suspension for relative movement between said inner rim and said outer rim; and
an outer ring coupled to said outer rim and defining a closeable gap with adjacent interior portions of said inner rim to define a mechanical stop to limit relative movement between said inner rim and outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,987,970

WHEEL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING INNER AND OUTER RIM COUPLED RINGS DEFINING A MECHANICAL STOP AND RELATED METHODS

GACW INCORPORATED, Chand...

1. A wheel assembly to be coupled to a hub of a vehicle, the wheel assembly comprising:an inner rim to be coupled to the hub of the vehicle;
an outer rim surrounding the hub;
a plurality of gas springs operatively coupled between said inner rim and said outer rim to provide a gas suspension for relative movement between said inner rim and said outer rim;
an outer ring coupled to said outer rim; and
an inner ring coupled to said inner rim and defining a closeable gap with adjacent portions of said outer ring to define a mechanical stop to limit relative movement between said inner rim and outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,987,969

WHEEL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING LATERAL STOPS AND RELATED METHODS

GACW INCORPORATED, Chand...

1. A wheel assembly to be coupled to a hub of a vehicle, the wheel assembly comprising:an inner rim to be coupled to the hub of the vehicle;
an outer rim surrounding the hub;
a plurality of gas springs operatively coupled between said inner rim and said outer rim to provide a gas suspension for relative movement between said inner rim and said outer rim;
a disk coupled to said inner rim; and
a plurality of inboard lateral stops carried by an inboard interior surface of said outer rim, and a plurality of outboard lateral stops carried by an outboard interior surface of said outer rim so that said plurality of inboard lateral stops and plurality of outboard lateral stops cooperate to limit relative lateral movement between said disk and said outer rim.

US Pat. No. 10,987,968

NON-PNEUMATIC SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A method for non-pneumatically supporting a mobile vehicle comprising the steps of:rotating an inner central rim about a horizontal axis;
mounting the inner central rim on to a flexible ring;
forming the flexible ring from a uniform rubber material;
extending a spoke structure axially and radially between the inner central rim and the flexible ring;
defining a plurality of axially extending cavities and alternating radially extending openings concentrically about the inner central rim;
defining a plurality of triangular openings disposed at the flexible ring and between the cavities and the alternating radially extending openings;
vertically loading the flexible ring such that the flexible ring and a part of the spoke structure adjacent to the flexible ring both deflect vertically; and
interlacing a reinforcing layer circumferentially and radially about the plurality of cavities and the plurality of alternating openings for further tuning the flexibility/stiffness of the flexible ring.

US Pat. No. 10,987,967

MICRO-OPTIC DEVICE WITH DOUBLE SIDED OPTICAL EFFECT

CCL Secure Pty Ltd, Crai...

1. A micro-optic device, including:a transparent substrate;
first revealing elements on a first side of the substrate that reveal first image elements on a second side of the substrate; and
second revealing elements on the second side of the substrate that reveal second image elements on the first side of the substrate,
wherein the second image elements are incorporated into a first physical structure of the first revealing elements and the first image elements are incorporated into a second physical structure of the second revealing elements.

US Pat. No. 10,987,966

APPRECIATION CARD WITH HIDDEN GIFT CARD SLOT

The Hershey Company, Her...

1. An appreciation card comprising:a front panel having a front face and a back face opposite the front face, the front panel including a window defined by a window border; and
a gift card panel disposed on the back face of the front panel below the window border, the gift card panel including a first end connected to the window border, a second end opposite the first end that is attached to the back face of the front panel, and a middle section extending between the first end and the second end that is free from the back face of the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,987,965

CONCEALMENT DEVICE

NNA Services, LLC, Chats...

1. A combination comprising:a) a notary book having a plurality of notary pages, each notary page comprising a plurality of columns and rows, the book having two facing pages in an open position for entering information into the notary book; and
b) a concealment device laid on the two facing pages in the open position of the notary book, the concealment device comprising an opaque, removable, reusable single sheet of static cling material sized to cover all of the rows or all of the rows except a bottom row of the two pages of the notary book, the sheet having an upper surface and a lower surface on the two facing pages of the notary book and clings to the two facing pages by static cling, wherein the concealment device is not a sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,987,964

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A post-processing apparatus comprising:a first binding unit that binds sheets and moves while rotating a first gear;
a second binding unit that binds sheets and moves while rotating a second gear;
a common groove that is a groove along which the first binding unit and the second binding unit move;
a first rack gear that is provided along an exterior periphery of the common groove and meshes with the first gear outside of the common groove in a plan view so as to guide the first binding unit; and
a second rack gear that is provided along an exterior periphery of the common groove at a side opposite to the first rack gear with the common groove interposed between the second rack gear and the first rack gear, and meshes with the second gear outside of the common groove in the plan view so as to guide the second binding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,987,963

PRINTING PLATE CELL PATTERNING

SANDON GLOBAL ENGRAVING T...

1. A printing plate comprising:a plurality of relief areas which stand proud of a floor of the plate, each of said relief areas having an uppermost surface to which, in use, is applied a liquid which is borne by said uppermost surface and subsequently contactingly transferred to a substrate material, the uppermost surface of one or more of said relief areas being pitted in that substantially the entire uppermost surface of said relief area is provided with a predetermined pattern of depressions which define a corresponding pattern of islands within said uppermost surface,
wherein the predetermined pattern of depressions within the uppermost surface comprise at least primary depressions of a first size and geometric first cross-sectional shape, and secondary depressions, being of smaller cross-sectional area than said primary depressions and having a second cross-sectional shape which is distinctly more elongate than said geometric first cross-sectional shape, and
wherein the primary depressions are arranged diagonally with respect to one another and in continuous rows having a lateral separation which is at least three times a lateral dimension of the geometric first cross-sectional shape, said secondary depressions also being arranged diagonally with respect to one another and in rows, but the rows of the secondary depressions are orientated at a different diagonal angle to those of the primary depressions and are discrete in that their terminal depressions lie within consecutive rows of the primary depressions so as to define a corresponding pattern of islands of different sizes and diagonal orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,987,962

PRODUCTION OF POLYMERIC PARTICLES AND ROUGH COATINGS BY INK JET PRINTING

ACTEGA Schmid Rhyner AG, ...

1. A method for producing rough polymeric coatings, which comprises:providing a fluid preparation comprising at least one member selected from the group consisting of: a prepolymer, an oligomer, a monomer, and a reactive diluent, or a mixture thereof, and further comprising at least one photoinitiator, wherein the at least one member comprises at least a first polymerizable group that is radically polymerizable;
ejecting a droplet of the fluid preparation from a nozzle of an ink jet print head in response to an electrical signal;
irradiating the droplet in flight with a radiation source;
at least partially polymerizing the fluid preparation to form polymer particles before impact or collection; and
producing a coating comprising two partial layers, wherein the polymer particles form a second rough partial layer partially sunk into a previously applied first partial layer;
wherein the fluid preparation comprises a first polymerizable group and a second polymerizable group,
wherein the fluid preparation comprises the monomer, the prepolymer, and/or the oligomer and the monomer, the prepolymer and/or the oligomer comprise the first polymerizable group and the second polymerizable group
wherein the second polymerizable group is inert with respect to polymerization conditions of the first polymerizable group; and,
wherein the first polymerizable group is polymerized in flight and the second polymerizable group is polymerized subsequently after polymerization of the first polymerizable group.

US Pat. No. 10,987,961

LIGHT-EMITTING MEDIUM, FORGERY PREVENTION MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AUTHENTICITY OF SAME

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A light-emitting medium comprising a substrate, a first light-emitting region, and a second light-emitting region,wherein the first light-emitting region is disposed on a first side of the substrate and the second light-emitting region is disposed on a second side of the substrate,
wherein the substrate includes a selective transmission layer through which non-visible light in a first wavelength region is transmitted, non-visible light in a second wavelength region different from the first wavelength region is not substantially transmitted, and visible light emitted from a fluorescent substance is transmitted, and
the first light-emitting region and the second light-emitting region contain the fluorescent substance that emits visible light when being irradiated with non-visible light in the first wavelength region and also emits visible light when being irradiated with non-visible light in the second wavelength region.

US Pat. No. 10,987,956

TRAY, ADAPTER, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tray to hold a printing medium and that is to be used in a printing apparatus, wherein the printing apparatus includes a conveying unit configured to convey the tray holding the printing medium, and includes a printing unit configured to perform printing onto a print surface of the printing medium held by the tray, the tray comprising:a placement surface capable of receiving an adapter configured to hold the printing medium to be placed thereon;
a pressing member disposed on an upstream side in an inserting direction of the tray with respect to the printing apparatus and configured to press the adapter placed on the placement surface toward a downstream side in the tray inserting direction;
a regulating portion configured to regulate a movement of the adapter placed on the placement surface by abutting an abutting surface of the adapter pressed by the pressing member; and
an engaging portion capable of receiving a protrusion of the adapter in a case where the protrusion is inserted into the engaging portion along the tray inserting direction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,954

LOAD STOPS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A device, comprising:a stop paddle;
a paddle link to be a load stop and to move the stop paddle from a locked position, to a gathering position, and to a stowed position;
a swingarm engaged with a motive element; and
a cam gear to engage the swingarm with the paddle link, the swingarm to transfer the motion of the motive element to the cam gear such that the cam gear is to move in a first direction, the cam gear to drive the paddle link to move the stop paddle from the locked position, to the gathering position, and to the stowed position when the motive element moves in a first drive direction, and the swingarm moves the cam gear in the first direction, and wherein the swingarm is to pivot to a second position to engage a lower drive wheel with the cam gear to further move the cam gear in the first direction when the motive element moves in a second drive direction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,953

RE-FEED PREVENTION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus to use in a media feeder, comprising:a platen including an input to receive a medium and an output to eject the medium; and
a re-feed prevention device comprising a body including;
a ramp, disposed above a media transport path at the output of the platen where the medium is ejected from the platen, to deflect a leading edge of the medium that has exited the output of the platen and subsequent portions of the medium downward and away from the input of the platen,
a hooked end to catch an edge of the medium when curled as the medium exits the output of the platen, and
a recess between the hooked end and the ramp in which to receive the edge of the medium which is curling upwards after being directed downward by the ramp; and
a tray attached to the platen, wherein the body of the re-feed prevention device is coupled to the tray to translate therein between an extended position to deflect and catch the medium as the medium exits the output of the platen and a retracted position, and wherein the body of the re-feed prevention device includes a first arm and a second arm, and further wherein the tray includes a first track in which the first arm is disposed and a second track in which the second arm is disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,987,950

CURL STRAIGHTENING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A curl straightening device that straightens curl of a sheet to be conveyed, the curl straightening device comprising:supporting rollers disposed rotatably about shafts extending in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the sheet;
an endless belt that is stretched across the supporting rollers and circulates in the conveying direction;
a curl straightening roller that makes pressure contact with an outer peripheral surface of the endless belt between the supporting rollers so as to form a nip portion, and straightens curl of the sheet which passes through the nip portion, the nip portion being shaped so that the endless belt curves along a peripheral surface of the curl straightening roller; and
a contact member that is disposed to oppose a center portion of the curl straightening roller in an axial direction and makes contact with the curl straightening roller so as to prevent deformation of the curl straightening roller, wherein
the contact member includes a first rotary member and a second rotary member that make contact with the curl straightening roller and thus are driven to rotate, and
the first rotary member and the second rotary member are disposed with clearances therebetween in peripheral and axial directions of the curl straightening roller, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,987,949

DE-CURLING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

2. A de-curling device that de-curls a sheet on which an image is formed, the device comprising:a pair of supporting rollers provided to rotate about a shaft;
an endless belt having an inner circumferential surface that is looped around the pair of supporting rollers and circulates, the endless belt further having an outer circumferential surface along which the sheet is conveyed;
a de-curling roller provided between the pair of supporting rollers and having an outer circumferential de-curling roller surface that is pressed against the outer circumferential surface of the endless belt to form a nip portion at which the endless belt curves along the outer circumferential surface of the de-curling roller, the de-curling roller being configured to de-curl the sheet passing through the nip portion;
a nip width adjusting mechanism that adjusts a nip width of the nip portion by moving the de-curling roller in a direction intersecting the outer circumferential surface of the endless belt;
a belt tension adjusting mechanism that includes a tension roller provided on an inner circumferential surface side of the endless belt, movably supported in a direction intersecting the inner circumferential surface of the endless belt, and configured to apply a tension to the endless belt by moving in a direction intersecting the inner circumferential surface of the endless belt and adjusts a tension of the endless belt according to the nip width adjusted by the nip width adjusting mechanism to maintain a specified conveyance force applied to the sheet passing through the nip portion;
a first roller supporting holder to which the de-curling roller is mounted, the first roller supporting holder being mounted pivotally about a shaft spaced from the de-curling roller; and
a nip width adjusting cam mounted rotatably relative to the first roller supporting holder and configured such that rotation of the nip width adjusting cam pivots the first roller supporting holder about the shaft and moves the de-curling roller toward or away from the endless belt and thereby adjusts the nip width.

US Pat. No. 10,987,947

METAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATE WITH CARRIER AND METHOD OF USE

1. A printing template for use during an aqueous inkjet printing process in which ink is transferred onto a metal substrate, comprising:a generally flat metal plate having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, and a shaped perimeter, the first side defining a printable surface; and
a carrier sized and configured to encompass the shaped perimeter of the metal plate, the carrier comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, and a plate attachment element configured to securely engage the metal plate on the first side of the carrier, the first side including a surface treatment causing the entire surface of first side of the carrier to resemble the printable surface of the metal plate;
wherein the metal plate is securely associated with the carrier during the printing process by engagement with the attachment element, and is thereafter removable from the carrier after completion of the printing process.

US Pat. No. 10,987,946

INK EJECTING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An ink ejecting device installed on a conveyance line for a recording medium in a conveying device that conveys the recording medium, the ink ejecting device being installed together with a printing device that performs printing on the recording medium using a printing plate, the ink ejecting device comprising:a head that performs printing on the recording medium by ejecting ink onto the recording medium from a plurality of nozzles arranged along a Y-axis direction parallel to a direction in which the recording medium is conveyed;
an X-axis moving mechanism that moves the head in an X-axis direction orthogonal to the Y-axis direction on a horizontal plane;
a control unit that controls the X-axis moving mechanism to perform scanning in which the head is moved in the X-axis direction, and causes the head to eject ink during the scanning;
a Z-axis moving mechanism that is controlled by the control unit to move the head in a Z-axis direction orthogonal to the Y-axis and X-axis directions;
a maintenance device that is provided in a movable range of the head in the X-axis direction and outside a range defined between both ends of the conveying device in the X-axis direction, wherein:
the maintenance device is provided at a position lower than positions of ends in the Z-axis direction of edge members respectively provided at the both ends of the conveying device;
the positions of the ends of the edge members are higher than an upper surface of a conveyor belt of the conveying device, which is in contact with the recording medium;
when printing is performed, the nozzles are maintained at a position lower than the positions of the ends of the edge members; and
when performing a conditioning process to keep the nozzles in a normal condition using the maintenance device, the control unit moves the nozzles of the head from a position lower than the positions of the ends of the edge members, which is a position of the nozzles when printing is performed, to a position higher than the positions of the ends of the edge members and causes the nozzles to pass in the X-axis direction at a position higher than the positions of the ends of the edge members to reach an area in which the maintenance device is provided at a position lower than the positions of the ends of the edge members.

US Pat. No. 10,987,945

THERMOFORMED CUSTOMIZED OBJECT HOLDER FOR DIRECT TO OBJECT PRINTERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method for printing on a multi-dimensional object, the method comprising, creating a customized object holder for holding the multi-dimensional object during printing by:heating a thermoforming sheet to a thermoforming temperature;
molding the heated thermoforming sheet around at least a portion of a multi-dimensional object to form a holding portion for the multi-dimensional object;
creating one or more printable areas on the molded thermoforming sheet by removing a art of the thermoforming sheet that forms the holding portion;
applying one or more datum points on the molded thermoformed sheet, wherein the one or more datum points are configured to provide information relating to position of the one or more printable areas to a print system.

US Pat. No. 10,987,944

TRAY AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tray configured for use in a printing apparatus that includes a conveying unit configured to convey the tray when the tray holds an optical disc, and includes a printing unit configured to perform printing onto a print surface of the optical disc held by the tray, the tray comprising:a placement surface configured to receive the optical disc;
a pressing member configured to press the optical disc received on the placement surface towards a downstream side in an inserting direction of the tray with respect to the printing apparatus; and
a regulating portion configured to regulate a movement of the optical disc received on the placement surface by abutting the optical disc pressed by the pressing member,
wherein the regulating portion includes a cover surface configured to cover a part of the print surface of the optical disc.

US Pat. No. 10,987,943

EXPANSION DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, THERMALLY-EXPANDABLE SHEET, THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT SHAPING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An expansion device comprising:a thermal distension unit configured to thermally distend a thermally-expandable sheet by irradiating the thermally-expandable sheet with predetermined energy;
a moving unit comprising a motor that is configured to relatively move the thermally-expandable sheet and the thermal distension unit with respect to one another so as to change a positional relationship between the thermally-expandable sheet and the thermal distension unit;
a reading unit configured to read identifiers provided at predetermined positions of the thermally-expandable sheet;
a setting unit configured to set an amount of energy per unit area to be emitted on the thermally-expandable sheet by the thermal distension unit depending on whether (i) a second identifier as well as a first identifier has been read, or (ii) whether a predetermined part of the first identifier has been read but another part has not been read, as a result of reading the identifiers by the reading unit; and
a reflector that is arranged in the expansion device to face a first surface side of the thermally-expandable sheet in a state in which the thermally-expandable sheet is placed in the expansion device,
wherein the reading unit comprises a sensor which is arranged in the expansion device to face a second surface side of the thermally-expandable sheet opposite the first surface side in the state in which the thermally-expandable sheet is placed in the expansion device, wherein the moving unit is configured to relatively move the sensor and the reflector with respect to one another so as to change a positional relationship between the sensor and the reflector, wherein the sensor and the reflector are arranged to be relatively movable by the moving unit such that the sensor and the reflector are relatively movable between (i) a first position at which the sensor is positioned to directly read the second surface side of the thermally-expandable sheet and (ii) a second position at which the sensor is positioned to indirectly read the first surface side of the thermally-expandable sheet via the reflector, in the state in which the thermally-expandable sheet is placed in the expansion device,
wherein the identifiers are provided on at least one of the first surface side and the second surface side of the thermally-expandable sheet, and
wherein the sensor is attached to the thermal distension unit so as to be relatively movable therewith with respect to the reflector and the thermally-expandable sheet by the same motor of the moving unit, whereby when the positional relationship between the thermal distension unit and the thermally-expandable sheet is changed by the motor of the moving unit, the positional relationship between the sensor and the reflector is correspondingly changed.

US Pat. No. 10,987,942

PRINTING APPARATUS

FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer function part configured to print received information on a recording sheet;
a power supply including a rechargeable battery;
a charger, coupled to the power supply, and configured to charge the rechargeable battery; and
an input part, coupled to the printer function part, and configured to input information to the printer function part when operated by an operator,
wherein the printing apparatus has a columnar shape having a first end, and a second end opposite to the first end, along a longitudinal direction thereof, and
wherein the printer function part, the input part, the power supply, and the charger are arranged from the first end towards the second end of the columnar shape, in an order of the printer function part, the input part, the power supply, and the charger.

US Pat. No. 10,987,941

DIRECT WRITE THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING OF ALIGNED COMPOSITE MATERIALS

Northeastern University, ...

1. An apparatus for producing a composite part, comprising:a print head comprising a support block, a dispensing tip having an outlet, the dispensing tip supported on the support block with the outlet of dispensing tip disposed to dispense material to a print location below the support block, and a magnetic assembly supported on the support block, the magnetic assembly controllable to apply a magnetic field in a desired magnetic field direction and having a desired magnetic field strength at the print location adjacent to and directly below the outlet of the dispensing tip;
a pump in fluid communication with the dispensing tip to provide a magnetically responsive precursor material to the dispensing tip;
a bed disposed below the outlet of the dispensing tip to receive the magnetically responsive precursor material at the print location, the print head and the bed movable in three dimensions relative to each other; and
one or more processors and memory, and machine-readable instructions stored in the memory that, upon execution by the one or more processors, cause the apparatus to carry out operations comprising controlling the magnetic assembly to apply the magnetic field in the desired direction and with the desired strength at the print location.

US Pat. No. 10,987,940

THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTERS FOR DEPOSITION OF THIN INK LAYERS INCLUDING A CARRIER BELT AND RIGID BLADE

Dover Europe Sarl, Verni...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a band capable of holding hot melt ink thereon;
rollers configured and arranged to hold and transport the band with respect to a substrate;
a printhead configured to thermally transfer a portion of hot melt ink from the band to the substrate to print on the substrate;
an ink feed device configured to add hot melt ink to the band and to heat the hot melt ink on the band; and
a rigid blade configured and arranged to cause hot melt ink to pass between a blade edge of the rigid blade and the band, wherein the rigid blade is shaped to minimize a contact area between the rigid blade and the band while controlling ink thickness of the hot melt ink on the band.

US Pat. No. 10,987,939

COLOR CONVERSION PROFILE CREATION DEVICE, COLOR CONVERSION PROFILE CREATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A color conversion profile creation device which is a device for creating a color conversion profile, in which the color conversion profile defines a correspondence relationship between a first color space corresponding to a first color system representing an image to be input and a second color space defined by a use amount of each of a plurality of kinds of inks corresponding to a second color system, and the plurality of kinds of inks include a plurality of shading inks having the same system color and different densities, the color conversion profile creation device comprising:a shading setting unit that sets a shading relationship between the plurality of shading inks;
a provisional color separation unit that performs provisional color separation processing to decide a color space value in a virtual color space in the second color system for every lattice point that defines a correspondence relationship between the first and second color spaces for inks including at least the shading inks among the plurality of kinds of inks;
a light ink setting unit that performs first processing of setting a position of the lattice point where a generation amount of the first ink at the lattice point can be maximized and an ink amount at the lattice point for a first ink which is one of light inks other than the highest density ink among the plurality of shading inks from a result of the provisional color separation processing; and
an ink amount setting unit that performs second processing of setting an ink amount of the first ink and an ink amount of a second ink which is an ink other than the first ink among the shading inks by giving priority to a use of the first ink while maintaining a virtual color space value of the provisional color separation processing result for the first ink.

US Pat. No. 10,987,938

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE GENERATING PRINT DATA FOR PRINTER PROVIDED WITH PRINT HEAD HAVING A PLURALITY OF NOZZLES

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing device communicable with a printer, the printer including: a print head having a plurality of nozzles including a first nozzle and a second nozzle disposed apart from the first nozzle in a main scanning direction, the first nozzle being configured to eject a droplet of a first type of ink, the second nozzle being configured to eject a droplet of a second type of ink; a first scanner configured to perform a main scan moving the print head relative to a printing medium in the main scanning direction; and a second scanner configured to perform a sub scan intermittently moving the printing medium relative to the print head in a sub scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction, the printer being configured to repeatedly and alternately execute a partial print and the sub scan to form an image represented by image data on the printing medium, the image comprising a plurality of partial images arranged in the sub scanning direction, the partial print forming a target partial image on the printing medium while performing the main scan, the plurality of partial images being represented by respective ones of plurality of sets of partial image data, the image processing device comprising a controller configured to perform:(a) selecting a single partial image one by one from the plurality of partial images as the target partial image, the target partial image being represented by target partial image data, the target partial image data corresponding to one of the plurality of sets of partial image data;
(b) setting a printing direction for the partial print to one of a first direction and a second direction, the first direction and the second direction being parallel to the main scanning direction and being opposite to each other, the partial print being executed to form the target partial image while performing the main scan in which the print head is moved in the printing direction;
(c) generating partial print data for the partial print by executing an image process on the target partial image data, the partial print data being used for forming the target partial image by the printer, the image process including a color conversion process using a color conversion profile, the color conversion profile being selected from a first profile and a second profile, the first profile being selected for the partial print for which the first direction is set as the printing direction, the second profile being selected for the partial print for which the second direction is set as the printing direction; and
(d) outputting the partial print data generated for the partial print and direction information specifying the printing direction set for the partial print.

US Pat. No. 10,987,937

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a head which discharges an ink so as to perform printing;
a tank which stores the ink;
a syringe which injects or sucks the ink;
a dumper which supplies the ink to the head and into which the ink is injected with the syringe;
a first duct which is a flow path for connecting the tank and the syringe together so as to exchange the ink;
a second duct which is a flow path for connecting the syringe and the dumper together so as to exchange the ink;
a third duct which is a flow path for connecting the dumper and the tank together so as to exchange the ink;
a liquid level sensor which detects whether or not a position of a liquid level of the ink within the tank is equal to or greater than a specified position; and
a controller to which an output of the liquid level sensor is input,
wherein in a mode for determining a deformation restoration time which is a time until the swollen dumper is returned to an original shape, the controller
performs deformation processing, syringe filling processing and time measurement processing in this order,
closes, in the deformation processing, the first duct and the third duct, and thereafter makes the syringe inject a first ink amount of the ink into the dumper so as to deform the dumper,
closes the second duct after the deformation processing,
opens, in the syringe filling processing, the first duct such that the position of the liquid level is less than the specified position, and makes the syringe suck a second ink amount of the ink from the tank,
opens, in the time measurement processing after the syringe filling processing, the third duct, and measures a liquid level recovery time which is a time until the output of the liquid level sensor is changed after the opening of the third duct and
determines the deformation restoration time based on the liquid level recovery time.