US Pat. No. 10,336,284

AIRBAG TETHER RELEASE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

5. An airbag tether anchoring device comprising:a base defining a track extending from a first end to a second end;
a carrier releasably fixed to the base and removable from the base at the second end;
a tether extending from the carrier; and
a spring disposed at the first end and between the carrier and the base.

US Pat. No. 10,336,283

OBLIQUE IMPACT AIRBAG MITTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag cushion assembly, comprising:an airbag cushion configured to deploy so as to extend adjacent to an occupant in a vehicle laterally of the occupant and form a mitt configured to receive at least one of the occupant's head the occupant's thorax during an oblique impact event, wherein the airbag cushion comprises:
a first portion configured to, upon deployment, extend laterally of the occupant towards a front portion of the vehicle; and
a second portion configured to, upon deployment, extend at an angle relative to the first portion so as to form the mitt;
at least one external tether coupled with the airbag cushion; and
a pretensioner coupled with the at least one external tether.

US Pat. No. 10,336,282

SELF-CONFORMING REARSEAT AIR BAG

TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM...

3. An apparatus for helping to protect a rear seat occupant of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising an airbag having a stored condition in a housing mounted to or within a seatback of a vehicle seat positioned in front of the rear seat occupant, the airbag comprising one or more panels of material interconnected to define an inflatable volume and having a substantially U-shaped configuration when viewed from the side, wherein the airbag includes a first portion that forms one leg of the U-shaped airbag, a second portion that forms another leg of the U-shaped airbag, and a third portion that interconnects the first and second portions, the airbag being configured so that when inflated its U-shaped configuration is inverted such that the third portion forms a top portion of the airbag.

US Pat. No. 10,336,281

AIRBAG APPARATUS

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

1. An airbag apparatus to be arranged along an angled portion of a side wall of a vehicle body panel, the angled portion including a lower surface extending in a substantially horizontal direction and facing downward and a side surface extending upward from the lower surface, the side surface having a locking portion capable of a temporary hanging of the airbag apparatus therefrom, the airbag apparatus comprising:an airbag that can be inflated and unfolded;
at least one fixing member that is directly fixed to an edge of the airbag and has a temporary fixing claw having a projecting portion which protrudes downward such that the projecting portion of the temporary fixing claw is capable of engagement with the locking portion of the side surface, thereby hanging the airbag apparatus therefrom; and
a protector that holds the airbag and has a contact portion, an upper edge portion of the contact portion extending in the substantially horizontal direction and being in direct contact with the lower surface of the angled portion of the vehicle body panel along the substantially horizontal direction when the airbag apparatus is hung on the angled portion, wherein
the contact portion includes
a base plate that is provided to extend from a main body of the protector generally in a vehicle width direction, and
a plurality of ribs that extend upward from the base plate, each of the plurality of ribs each having the upper edge portion which is in direct contact with the lower surface of the angled portion of the vehicle body panel when the airbag apparatus is hung on the angled surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,280

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a plurality of pipes each having a distal end, the pipes being inflatable to an inflated position in which the distal ends are positioned in a circular configuration;
a plurality of interconnecting panels in alternating arrangement with the plurality of pipes, each interconnecting panel fixed to adjacent ones of the plurality of pipes; and
an uninflatable panel fixed to the distal ends of the plurality of pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,279

BULKHEAD MOUNTED AIRBAG FOR FRONT SEATS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bulkhead;
an airbag inflatable to an inflated position;
the airbag including a forward-facing panel mounted to the bulkhead and a rearward-facing panel opposite the forward-facing panel;
the airbag in the inflated position having a left extension and a right extension extending from the rearward-facing panel, and an intermediate extension between and abutting the left and right extensions and extending from the rearward-facing panel farther than the left and right extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,278

INFLATABLE AIRBAG HARNESS ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprisinga housing to mounted to a seat of a vehicle;
an inflator assembly; and
an inflatable cushion, independent of a restraining system, that defines a void to receive inflation gas from the inflator assembly to expand the inflatable cushion from a packaged state within the housing to a deployed state, the inflatable cushion comprising:
a first lateral chamber to deploy at a first lateral side and forward of a vehicle seating position; and
a second lateral chamber to deploy at a second lateral side and forward of the vehicle seating position,
wherein the first lateral side is disposed opposite of the second lateral side relative to the vehicle seating position, and wherein the first and second lateral chambers are to be positioned in the deployed state to receive at least a portion of a torso of a vehicle occupant moving from the vehicle seating position in a forward or lateral direction relative to the vehicle during a vehicle impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,336,277

SYSTEMS FOR RIDE VEHICLE RESTRAINT

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a first cummerbund comprising a slot; and
a lap bar configured to couple to first and second pivot points and to rotate in a first circumferential direction about the first and second pivot points; and
wherein the lap bar extends through the slot of the first cummerbund, wherein the first cummerbund is configured to translate in a first lateral direction relative to the lap bar to adjust a position of the lap bar within the slot, and wherein the first lateral direction is oriented substantially tangential to the first circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,276

ENERGY ABSORBER WITH VARYING STIFFNESS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door inner;
a trim panel fixed to the door inner;
an energy absorber having a vehicle-rearward end and a vehicle-forward end, the energy absorber being disposed between the door inner and the trim panel and elongated in a vehicle-forward direction from the vehicle-rearward end to the vehicle-forward end;
the energy absorber having a first energy-absorbing component defining a cavity facing the trim panel, and a second energy-absorbing component disposed in the cavity; and
wherein the energy absorber has a stiffness that decreases in the vehicle-forward direction;
wherein the second energy-absorbing component includes ribs spaced from each other and elongated transversely to the vehicle-forward direction; and
wherein the first energy-absorbing component includes a rear wall and side walls extending from the rear wall to define the cavity, and wherein the side walls and rear wall of the first energy-absorbing component includes an upward extension at the vehicle-rearward end, the cavity extending into the upward extension.

US Pat. No. 10,336,275

VEHICLE PARTITION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor having a front portion, a rear portion, and a middle portion between the front and rear portions;
a partition supported on the floor between the front and middle portions and extending in a cross-vehicle direction;
the partition supporting a first airbag housing having a first airbag inflatable to an inflated position;
the first airbag extending in a vehicle-rearward direction in the inflated position; and
a retaining cover moveable between an open position and a closed position, the retaining cover covering at least a portion of the front portion of the floor in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,274

CONTROL UNIT FOR A RESTRAINT SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device comprising:a control unit; and
an interface connectable, via a go-line and a return line that are external to the device, to a squib of an external ignition circuit for activating a restraint system of a vehicle;
wherein the control unit is configured to:
cyclically perform the following:
perform a measurement to ascertain an instantaneous ohmic loop resistance of the ignition circuit;
determine an instantaneous temperature in an interior of the vehicle close to the time of the measurement;
based on the determined instantaneous temperature of the interior of the vehicle, carry out a temperature compensation of the ascertained instantaneous ohmic loop resistance for the go-line and the return line of the ignition circuit based on which a modified value of the instantaneous ohmic loop resistance is obtained; and
compare the modified value of the instantaneous ohmic loop resistance to at least one stored threshold value; and
control the squib based on a result of the comparisons.

US Pat. No. 10,336,273

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE ADJUSTMENT POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT

POLYRESEARCH AG, Chur (C...

1. A sensor system for detecting the adjustment position of a vehicle seat, by which a relative adjustment of an at least partially ferritic upper rail, moveable lengthwise along a longitudinal extension of an at least partially ferritic stationary lower rail, at least in two adjustment positions, namely a forward adjustment position and a rearward adjustment position, will be detected, the sensor system comprising:a Hall sensor, and a first preloaded magnet, free of flux concentrators and shielding sheets, whereby the Hall sensor and the first preloaded magnet are arranged along a longitudinal extension of the upper rail that is moveable lengthwise in such a way that during an adjustment of the upper rail relative to the stationary lower rail, passage of a free longitudinal end of the lower rail will be monitored and will result in a change of an output signal of the Hall sensor corresponding to a change from the forward adjustment position to the rearward adjustment position of the vehicle seat and vice versa, the sensor system being configured in such a way that in the unmounted state, and output signal corresponding to a reatward adjustment position of the vehicle seat will be generated at the Hall sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,272

CLIP-ON SPACER, FRONT END MODULE AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A clip-on spacer, comprising:a retainer including a receiver and a resilient clip feature; and
a spacer element including a tang and a bolt guide, said tang being engaged in said receiver, wherein said bolt guide extends through said tang, and wherein said receiver is a cylindrical opening having an inner diameter D1 and said tang has an outer diameter D2 where Di

US Pat. No. 10,336,271

BUMPER BEAMS, ROCKER PANELS AND METHODS

AUTOTECH ENGINEERING A.I....

1. A bumper beam, comprising:a substantially eight-shaped closed cross-section, the closed cross-section being formed by a single metal plate,
wherein the metal plate comprises:
a plurality of projections, including first edge projections formed along a first edge of the plate and central projections formed along a first central portion of the plate, and
a plurality of holes, including second edge holes formed along a second edge of the plate opposite to the first edge, and central holes formed along a second central portion of the plate,
wherein the central projections engage with the corresponding second edge holes and the first edge projections engage with the corresponding central holes to retain the closed cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,270

VEHICLE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle, in which positive static charges accumulate on a vehicle body insulated from a road surface during propulsion of the vehicle, comprising:a self-discharge device that is adapted to decrease a positive potential of at least one of specific portions of the vehicle body determined in advance at which positively charged airflow flowing along a vehicle surface of the specific portions of the vehicle body deviates therefrom and control stability of the vehicle can be improved by preventing separation of the positively charged airflow, during propulsion of the vehicle, by discharging static electricity to produce negative ions according to the positive potential of the specific portions of the vehicle body, wherein
the specific portions include a part of a member made of resin material
the self-discharge device includes a potential decreasing member adapted to cause a self-discharge according to energy of positive static electricity on the specific portions and in the vicinity thereof,
the potential decreasing member is attached to the specific portions of the vehicle body at which the positively charged airflow flowing along the vehicle surface deviates therefrom,
the potential decreasing member includes a conductive metal sheet having a sharp edge or a protrusion to cause the self-discharge, and
the potential decreasing member is attached to a backside of an outer surface of the vehicle body to be exposed to the airflow flowing thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,336,269

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle (1) including:a main frame (2b);
a drive source (E) supported by a lower side of the main frame (2b);
an energy storing part (5) supported by an upper side of the main frame (2b);
a front wheel (FW) steerably supported via a front fork (3) mounted on a front side of the main frame (2b);
a rear wheel (RW) supported via a swing arm (8) mounted on a rear side of the main frame (2b) and configured to be driven by the drive source (E);
seat frames (2c) disposed on the rear side of the main frame (2b) to support a riding seat (7),
a braking control device (10) disposed within a lateral width between the seat frames (2c) and configured to control braking of the front wheel (FW) or the rear wheel (RW); and
an inertia measuring device (20) configured to measure inertias in X, Y and Z axes of the vehicle,
wherein a rear fender (42) is supported by the seat frames (2c) and the braking control device (10) is supported by the rear fender via a vibration control member (61), and
wherein the inertia measuring device (20) is supported by the braking control device (10).

US Pat. No. 10,336,268

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner;
selecting, if an error is detected during the fully automated guidance, a safe state from a plurality of safe states as a function of one parameter; and
guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner into the selected safe state, wherein the parameter describes a failure of a rear sensor system of the vehicle, and wherein, in response to the failure of the rear sensor system of the vehicle, the guidance of the vehicle is adapted to a guidance of a vehicle driving in front of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,267

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle control apparatus in which one or more control units, each configured to perform an arithmetic operation process in accordance with a program stored therein in advance to individually control an operating state of an activator mounted in a vehicle, are connected to a network communication path to form a vehicle network, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:an external communication unit connectable to or disconnectable from the network communication path and configured to allow the vehicle to communicate externally; and
a monitoring unit configured to determine whether each of the one or more control units is in a normal state or in a modified state while the external communication unit is disconnected from the network communication path.

US Pat. No. 10,336,266

INTERIOR FLANGE FOR SLIDE-ROOM

Composite Solutions, Inc....

1. An assembly for sealing a space between a secondary structure movable into and out of an opening in a wall of a primary structure between an extended position and a retracted position, comprising:a base member mountable to an outer surface of the secondary structure, the base member including a main portion and an extension portion perpendicular to the main portion, the main portion comprising a lip portion, the extension portion extending downwardly from an edge of the main portion opposite the lip portion such that the base member has an L-shaped cross-section;
a flange member including a main flange portion and a coupling portion extending from the main flange portion, the main flange portion including a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being on the opposite side of the coupling portion from the first portion, the coupling portion being couplable to the base member such that the first portion is adjacent a rear wall of the secondary structure and the second portion extends beyond the outer surface of the secondary structure when the coupling portion is coupled to the base member;
wherein the second portion of the main flange portion is configured to engage an interior surface of the wall of the primary structure when the secondary structure is in the extended position; and
wherein the coupling portion of the flange member includes a hook portion configured to engage the lip portion of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,265

FASTENER CLIP OVER A CARRIER SECURED WITH HOOKS

TERMAX LLC, Lake Zurich,...

1. A fastener clip system comprising:a carrier, wherein the carrier is secured to a housing; and
a fastener clip fitted over and attached to the carrier, wherein the fastener clip comprises:
at least one wing extending down from a top portion of the fastener clip, wherein the at least one wing is configured to engage a slot in a surface;
at least one leg extending down from the top portion of the fastener clip; and
at least one hook extending from a bottom portion of the at least one leg,
wherein the at least one hook secures the fastener clip to the carrier,
wherein an engaging surface of the at least one hook has a substantially upward slope,
wherein the engaging surface of the at least one hook engages a corresponding engaging surface of a corresponding retaining ledge undercut on the carrier,
wherein the corresponding engaging surface of the corresponding retaining ledge has a substantially upward slope matching the engaging surface of the at least one hook,
and wherein the retaining ledge undercut is manufactured on the carrier prior to the fastener clip being fitted and attached to the carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,336,264

IN-VEHICLE CAMERA

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle camera assembly comprising:a bracket adapted to be attached to a windshield of a vehicle;
a camera that is supported by the bracket and having a case; and
a pair of hook portions defined by the bracket, the pair of hook portions supporting the camera, wherein
the bracket includes a leaf spring disposed between the case of the camera and the bracket,
the pair of hook portions are projected from both right and left sides of the bracket and are positioned rearward relative to a front-rear center of the bracket,
the case including bosses which are projected from right and left side surfaces of the case, the bosses come into contact with the respective hook portions when the camera is mounted to the bracket,
the front end portion of the bracket defines an engagement portion,
the engagement portion is engaged with an engagement projection projected from a front portion of the case via a first state in which, the leaf spring is elastically deformed, and
wherein a deformation amount of the leaf spring is relatively decreased after the engagement portion is engaged with the engagement projection.

US Pat. No. 10,336,263

SUN VISOR ASSEMBLY WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECEIVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sun visor assembly, comprising:a visor body; and
an electronic device receiver carried on said visor body, said electronic device receiver including a latching feature and a clamping feature having a slider.

US Pat. No. 10,336,262

UNDER SEAT STORAGE BIN FOR FLIP FORWARD SECOND ROW SEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a lower seating assembly having a lower surface displaced above a floor pan;
a mounting bracket operably coupling a forward edge of the lower seating assembly to the floor pan; and
a storage bin comprising a horizontally disposed substantially rectangular frame member having an upper opening and a lower opening defined by vertically extending sides that have a lower edge that conforms to the floor pan and defines a lower periphery and an upper edge that conforms to the lower surface of the lower seating assembly and defines an upper periphery, wherein the frame member substantially fills a volume between the lower surface of the cushion pan of the lower seating assembly and the floor pan, and is disposed between the lower surface and the floor pan, and wherein the storage bin, the floor pan, and the lower surface of the lower seating assembly define an enclosure below the lower seating assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,261

SHELVING ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cargo area defined by interior sidewalls each defining a mount; and
a shelving arrangement defining a storage receptacle, including
a rigid top panel with extendable wings configured to engage the mounts to support and suspend the arrangement within the cargo area,
a bottom panel; and
collapsible walls attached with the top panel and the bottom panel such that in an expanded position, the storage receptacle is disposed underneath the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,260

DEPLOYABLE RUNNING BOARD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle assembly, comprising:a sensor device that detects a location of a structure outside a vehicle; and
a running board moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, the deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure detected by the sensor, the running board spaced a distance from the structure when in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,259

STEP RAIL FOR VEHICLE WITH APPLIQUE AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

JAC Products, Inc., Sali...

1. An accessory component for a vehicle, comprising:an elongated frame element having an elongated first feature formed there along, the elongated frame element adapted to be fixedly secured to a portion of the vehicle;
a resilient metallic applique having a contour generally in accordance with at least a portion of the elongated frame element;
the applique having a second feature adjacent a first end for engaging with the elongated first feature, and a second end of the applique being shaped to engage with a different portion of the elongated frame element such that the applique is secured to the elongated frame element without adhesives or mechanical fasteners;
the applique having at least one hole;
the elongated frame element further comprises at least one channel formed in an upper surface thereof; and
a pad including at least one depending tab, the hole in the applique enabling the depending tab to pass therethrouqh, and the depending tab configured to engage with the at least one channel in the upper surface of the elongated frame element while sandwiching at least a portion of the applique between the pad and the elongated frame element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,258

ELECTRONIC MIRROR CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An electronic mirror control device comprising:an imager which is installed on a vehicle, and captures a rearward image including a rear side surface of the vehicle during traveling;
a display which displays the rearward image captured by the imager;
a calculator which calculates a position of a vanishing point from the rearward image;
an extractor which extracts, in the rearward image, a rear side surface region where the rear side surface of the vehicle is displayed; and
a display controller which displays a lower region of the rearward image with brightness higher than brightness of a region other than the lower region, the lower region being surrounded by a first straight line, a second straight line, and an outer rim of the display, the first straight line taking the vanishing point as a point of origin, passing through the rear side surface region, and extending below a horizon, the second straight line taking the vanishing point as a point of origin, and extending below the horizon on a side opposite to the first straight line with respect to a vertical line passing through the vanishing point.

US Pat. No. 10,336,257

REAR VISION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for use with a rear vision system for a host vehicle, the rear vision system having a rear facing camera, a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) unit, and an electronic display mirror, and the method comprising the steps of:obtaining video input from the rear facing camera;
obtaining traffic input from the V2V unit, the traffic input pertains to a remote vehicle;
determining if the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view of the rear facing camera;
determining whether the remote vehicle is a participating vehicle or a non-participating vehicle in a race involving the host vehicle based on information received from the remote vehicle;
using the traffic input to determine a performance metric for the remote vehicle; and
when it is determined that the remote vehicle is a participating vehicle in the race involving the host vehicle, displaying an enhanced video output on the electronic display mirror so that performance metrics for only participating vehicles are displayed on the electronic display mirror, wherein the enhanced video output includes the performance metric superimposed on the video input;
wherein when the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near an image of the remote vehicle, and when the remote vehicle is not in the field-of-view the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near an indicator that indicates the unseen location of the remote vehicle; and
wherein when the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view of the rear facing camera, the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near the image of the remote vehicle and with an indicator in the form of an outline around the remote vehicle or a change in color or brightness of the remote vehicle that intuitively signifies that the remote vehicle in the video is the closest trailing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,256

REDUCTION OF LED HEADLIGHT FLICKERING IN ELECTRONIC MIRROR APPLICATIONS

Ambarella, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to generate a first video signal; and
a processor configured to (A) search for a flickering effect in a frame of said first video signal, (B) determine a location and a region of pixels to modify within said frame in response to said flickering effect, (C) determine a modification based on said flickering effect in said frame, (D) perform said modification of said region of pixels in said first video signal by determining average values of pixels based on said location of said region of pixels over consecutive frames of said first video signal and (E) generate a second video signal in response to (i) said modification of said region of pixels and (ii) said first video signal, wherein said second video signal masks said flickering effect by modifying pixels of said region of said second video signal when viewing said second video signal on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,336,255

VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM WITH REAR BACKUP VIDEO DISPLAY

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:a rear backup camera disposed at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said vision system;
said rear backup camera having a field of view exterior and at least rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said rear backup camera is at least 130 degrees;
a display device comprising a video display screen disposed in an interior cabin of the equipped vehicle and viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen having a diagonal dimension of at least 5 inches;
wherein, within two seconds of shifting by the driver of the equipped vehicle of a vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle into reverse gear to commence a backup event, said display device displays on said video display screen rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera can be displayed on said video display screen after the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted out of reverse gear until a threshold condition is met;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the equipped vehicle to change display on said video display screen of rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera to display on said video display screen of other video images;
wherein the other video images are, at least in part, derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein display on said video display screen of the other video images responsive to actuation of said user input by the driver of the equipped vehicle occurs after a delay period has elapsed since the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event; and
wherein, during the delay period and commencing when the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event, only rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera are displayed on said video display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,336,254

CAMERA ASSISTED VEHICLE LAMP DIAGNOSIS VIA VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera;
a first communication module; and
a processor to:
classify a make and model of a target vehicle based on images captured by the camera;
based on the make and model, determine locations of lamps on the target vehicle;
determine when one of the lamps is not functioning properly; and
when one of the lamps is not functioning properly, send, via the first communication module, an alert to the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,253

VEHICLE SIDE OBSTACLE DETECTING AND WARNING METHOD AND DETECTING AND WARNING SYSTEM OF VEHICLE SIDE OBSTACLE

Winwise Tech Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle side obstacle detecting and warning method, which is applied on a vehicle, comprising:providing a measuring step for measuring a dataset of the vehicle, wherein a maximum inner wheel difference area between a front wheel and a rear wheel of the vehicle is obtained according to the dataset, and the maximum inner wheel difference area has an outer boundary;
providing a detector installing step for positioning a plurality of detectors between the front wheel and the rear wheel according to the maximum inner wheel difference area;
providing a detected area adjusting step for adjusting a detecting distance or a positioning angle of at least one of the detectors to form a detected area, wherein the detected area has a detected boundary, and the detected boundary is farther from the vehicle than the outer boundary is; and
providing a detecting and warning step for sending a warning message by a warning module disposed at the vehicle when an obstacle is detected by any one of the detectors within the detected area.

US Pat. No. 10,336,252

LONG TERM DRIVING DANGER PREDICTION SYSTEM

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A guidance system for a vehicle, comprising:a processor executing a code for:
receiving an input from sensors, the input indicating surrounding traffic participants and information regarding a driving situation;
receiving a local map locating the vehicle;
creating a graph representation where traffic participants and static elements are the vertices and the edges are relations between pairs of vertices;
adding attributes to the vertices and edges of the graph based on information obtained on the driving vehicle, the traffic participants and additional information;
creating or obtaining a codebook of dangerous driving situations, each represented as graphs;
performing subgraph matching between the graphs in the codebook and the graph representing a current driving situation to select a set of matching graphs from the codebook;
calculating a distance between each selected codebook graph and the matching subgraph of the current driving situation;
determining potential dangers from codebook graphs with a low distance; and
generating an alert if one or more of the codebook dangers are imminent.

US Pat. No. 10,336,251

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a fuel tank that stores fuel to be supplied to the engine;
a motor;
a battery configured to supply electric power to the motor;
a charger configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source; and
a notification mechanism configured to notify information on a use index to an outside of the vehicle during a trip while the vehicle is moving, the use index being an index for indicating a total time that the charger is connected to the external power source in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,336,250

ORIENTATION FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PASSENGERS ON-BOARD A VEHICLE

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A vehicle guidance system for guiding visually impaired passengers on-board a vehicle, comprising:an interior space on-board the vehicle with at least one lavatory with enclosing cabin walls; and
at least one guiding sanitary-handrail;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is mounted along at least a part of the enclosing cabin walls inside the lavatory;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided as a tactile guide;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided with visually highlighted information related to cabin information;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided with manually touchable information related to cabin information;
wherein a plurality of operating elements for controlling functions of the lavatory is provided inside the lavatory;
wherein all of the plurality of operating elements inside the lavatory are arranged on the guiding sanitary-handrail, wherein the operating elements arranged on the guiding sanitary-handrail are identified by the respective manually touchable information and visually highlighted information related to the respective cabin information;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail provides a handhold for passengers such that the passengers can hold themselves and the guiding sanitary-handrail is configured for supporting at least nearly the complete weight of a passenger, wherein the handhold is a bar or strut such that a user can grasp the handhold with the hand and the handrail is a rail that the user can hold to, and
wherein the plurality of operating elements comprises at least an operating element for operating the toilet flushing and an operating element for operating the faucet.

US Pat. No. 10,336,249

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PEDESTRIAN ALERT

2236008 Ontario Inc., Wa...

1. A method for pedestrian alert comprising:deriving a pedestrian path representing a projected path for a pedestrian;
deriving a vehicle path representing a projected path for a vehicle;
determining an intersection of the pedestrian path and the vehicle path;
determining an environmental noise level detected by an external microphone;
determining an alert characteristic responsive to the determined intersection; and
emitting an alert signal from the vehicle responsive to the determined alert characteristic,
wherein the determined alert characteristic is adjusted responsive to the environmental noise level; and
wherein the emitted alert signal draws the attention of the pedestrian to the presence of the motor vehicle to mitigate a likelihood of a collision between the vehicle and the pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,336,248

ENGINE COVER HAVING EMBEDDED CIRCUIT FOR ILLUMINATED BADGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cover removably attachable to a vehicle engine having a cover attachment element, the cover comprising:an engine cover having a receptacle for releasable attachment to the cover attachment element, said cover being composed of a polymerized foam;
an illuminated feature attached to said cover;
a contact element associated with said receptacle; and
a circuit embedded in said cover having an end connected with said illuminated feature and an end connected with said contact element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,247

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC APPLICATION/DEAPPLICATION OF BRAKE LIGHTS

Deceleration Technologies...

1. A brake light control system comprising:a control module configured to electrically connect to a vehicle communications port, the control module being physically supported by the vehicle communications port, when electrically connected, the control module including:
a microprocessor configured to receive a plurality of series of vehicle speed signals transmitted to the vehicle communications port, wherein the microprocessor is further configured to select one of the received plurality of series of vehicle speed signals, the selected one being used by the deceleration calculator for calculating the deceleration;
a deceleration calculator configured to calculate deceleration based on the selected one of the received plurality of series of vehicle speed signals; and
a threshold comparator configured to compare the calculated deceleration with a predetermined threshold,
wherein the microprocessor is further configured to generate a brake light activation signal based on the comparison of the calculated deceleration and the predetermined threshold,
wherein the generated brake light activation signal is configured to cause an illumination of a standard brake light of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,246

INTEGRALLY LIGHTED TOW BAR

Roadmaster, Inc., Vancou...

1. A tow bar assembly, comprising:an outer tow arm having a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the proximal end of the outer tow arm is configured to attach to a linkage,
wherein the linkage is configured to attach to a towing vehicle;
an inner tow arm having a proximal end of the inner tow arm and a distal end of the inner tow arm,
wherein the proximal end of the inner tow arm is telescopically disposed within the outer tow arm at the distal end of the outer tow arm,
wherein the distal end of the inner tow arm is configured to attach to a load;
an exterior channel spanning a length of the outer tow arm on at least one side; and
a light strip disposed within the exterior channel comprising lighting elements,
wherein the lighting elements illuminate indicative of a mode of operation of the towing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,245

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN EXTERNALLY VISIBLE ILLUMINATION OF A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for operating externally visible lighting of a motorized transportation vehicle, the method comprising sequentially varying a number of luminous regions produced by luminous devices arranged along a longitudinal direction of the motorized transportation vehicle so that a light effect image continuously varies relative to the motorized transportation vehicle at least in the longitudinal direction of the motorized transportation vehicle, wherein the sequential variation of the number of the luminous regions is carried out while the motorized transportation vehicle is driving away so that the light effect image moves with at least one change boundary region relative to the motorized transportation vehicle in a direction opposite to a current direction of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,244

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ASYMMETRICAL, GLARE-FREE HIGH-BEAM

Varroc Lighting Systems, ...

1. An arrangement for generating a glare-free high-beam for vehicle headlights comprising,a plurality of LEDs controllable by an Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) control and regulating unit,
a front camera connected with the ADB control and regulating unit and configured to transmit information about oncoming and/or preceding vehicles to the ADB control and regulating unit,
wherein the vehicle headlights are configured for generating an asymmetric ADB illumination area only for an area of an own lane and wherein for an area of an oncoming lane, the headlights generate only a low-beam area and a high-beam area, and
wherein the number of LEDs in the headlights for the area of the oncoming lane to be illuminated is reduced to one half compared to the number of LEDs for the areas to be illuminated for the own lane.

US Pat. No. 10,336,243

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE LIGHTING IN RESPONSE TO CAMERA SYSTEM

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprising:an image capture portion having a viewable area;
an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and
a control logic, the control logic
determining an image weight factor using a plurality of lighting sources, a first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources being one of an emergency light, a clearance light, a fog light, a work light, a marker light, a turn signal and a backup light;
determining that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewable area to balance the illumination for the image capture portion;
determining the first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor;
transmitting a first lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that the change in illumination is necessary; wherein the first lighting control message directs the first lighting source associated with the vehicle to be adjusted;
determining that the change in illumination affected by the first lighting source is not sufficient to balance the illumination;
determining a second lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor; and
transmitting a second lighting control message at the output to the second lighting source wherein the second lighting control message directs the second lighting source to be adjusted to balance the illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,336,242

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE WITH PRESENTATION OF DRIVING ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A lighting device of a vehicle comprising:at least one lighting means for a road scene in front of the vehicle, arranged to form a first light beam defined by a first lighting, and
a device for generating a second light beam defined by a second lighting configured to superimpose the second beam on the first light beam, in which a sum of the first lighting and of the second lighting is greater than the first lighting and in which the second light beam forms driving assistance information,
wherein the second lighting of the second light beam is greater than the first lighting of the first light beam, and
wherein a contrast between the first and the second light beams lies between zero exclusive and five, the contrast being calculated according to the following equation:
(LMAX?LMIN)/LMIN,LMAX being a luminance resulting from a sum of the first light beam and the second light beam, andLMIN being a luminance of the first light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,241

SCREW-DRIVING BIDIRECTIONAL ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR ADJUSTING RELATIVE POSITION OF HIGH AND LOW BEAM SHAPES OF AUTOMOBILE LAMP

SHANGHAI KOITO AUTOMOTIVE...

1. A screw-driving bidirectional adjustment mechanism for adjusting the relative position of the high and low beam shapes of an automobile lamp, said bidirectional adjustment mechanism comprising:an open box-shaped sliding groove (8) fixedly connected with a low beam assembly unit (9) and a high beam assembly unit (10) which is rotationally fitted with the low beam assembly unit (9), has one end capable of being moved through a shift lever (7), and is connected to a sliding block assembly,
characterized in that,
the open box-shaped sliding groove (8) is internally provided with a sliding block assembly which is capable of respectively sliding in the open box-shaped sliding groove (8) in the directions vertical to each other;
the sliding block assembly comprises:
a sliding block (1) formed with a cavity therein,
and a gear (2) disposed in the cavity;
an upper edge in the inner cavity of the sliding block (1) is formed with a rack structure (1a) meshed with the gear (2);
a through-hole for bearing a shift lever head (7a) of a high beam assembly (10) is formed at the middle portion of the gear (2); the gear (2) is capable of rolling in a length direction of the rack structure (1a), in the cavity of the sliding block (1) along the rack structure (1a);
on the other side, meshed with the rack structure (1a) of the gear (2), the gear (2) is meshed with an adjusting screw (3) which is disposed along the length direction of the rack structure (1a);
the adjusting screw (3) is capable of rotating along the axial direction thereof;
in this way, by such meshing relationship, by rotating the adjusting screw (3) forward or backward, the gear (2) is capable of being driven to roll along the rack structure (1a); meanwhile, when the shift lever head (7a) of a shift lever (7) which is embedded into the through-hole in the middle portion of the gear (2) and connects the high beam assembly (10) is shifted to move along the length direction of the rack structure (1a), the high beam assembly (10) is driven to swing around a pivot point (9a) along the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,240

HEADLIGHT UNIT AND HEADLIGHT

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A headlight unit comprising:a light source that emits a light beam for irradiating a forward area in a traveling direction;
a light guide portion that receives the light beam and forms planar light having a divergence angle;
a projection lens portion that projects the planar light forward; and
a drive unit that changes a position of the projection lens portion,
wherein the drive unit is disposed in a region overlapping with the projection lens portion, as optically viewed from an optical axis direction of the light guide portion or the projection lens portion,
wherein the projection lens portion includes a slide surface, and the drive unit includes a drive member having a contact,
wherein the drive member moves along an axis, and
wherein the slide surface is inclined to the axis so that when the drive member moves in a direction of the axis, the contact moves in the direction of the axis relative to and in contact with the slide surface, thereby moving the slide surface in a direction perpendicular to the axis and changing the position of the projection lens portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,239

VEHICLE LAMP AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a first light source group for forward illumination comprising at least one light emitting element;
a second light source group for road surface drawing comprising at least one light emitting element provided separately from the at least one light emitting element;
a first projection lens through which light emitted from the first light source group is to pass;
a second projection lens through which light emitted from the second light source group is to pass, and
a light shade arranged between the first and second light source groups and the first and second projection lenses so that the light from the first light source group and the light from the second light source group do not intersect with each other before entering the first projection lens and the second projection lens, respectively,
wherein a light distribution control function of the first projection lens and a light distribution control function of the second projection lens are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,336,238

TRUCK BED REAR CARGO TIE DOWN ENGAGEMENT STRUCTURE

1. A load securement apparatus for a vehicle incorporating a cargo bed and a tailgate movable between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration to close and open the cargo bed, the load securement apparatus comprising at least one tie-down engagement structure connected to the vehicle and positioned so as to be engageable with a tie-down member by inserting a portion of the tie-down member into a gap formed between an end of the cargo bed and the tailgate after the tailgate has been lowered to the lowered configuration, the load securement apparatus further comprising a rail structure attached to the vehicle, and wherein the at least one tie-down engagement structure is movably connected to the rail structure so as to be movable to, and securable in, a position of a plurality of positions along the rail structure prior to the tie down member being engaged with the at least one tie-down engagement structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,237

REMOTE CONTROLLED CART

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A remote controlled cart comprising:a body;
an electric battery coupled to the body;
a pair of track assemblies coupled to the body;
an electric motor operatively coupled to the battery, and configured to supply propulsion power to the pair of track assemblies; and
a body cover coupled to a top surface of the body;
wherein a top surface of the body cover includes at least one pair of recesses defined in the top surface of the body cover to receive at least one pair of rails on the top surface of the body cover, the pair of rails adapted to removably couple a task module with the body cover.

US Pat. No. 10,336,236

BOTTOM LOADING VALVES, TANK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS INCORPORATING THE SAME, AND METHODS FOR MANAGING TANKS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A tank management system comprising:a tank surrounding an interior;
a vent valve coupled to the tank that actuates throughout a venting position and a non-venting position, wherein the vent valve communicates a vent position signal indicative of actuation of the vent valve; and
a bottom loading valve coupled to the tank, the bottom loading valve comprising a valve body that defines a fluid passageway and one or more lateral openings and a motor that moves a piston throughout an open position and a closed position, wherein, when the piston is in the closed position, the piston fully obstructs the one or more lateral openings from the fluid passageway; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the vent valve and the bottom loading valve, wherein the controller executes machine readable instructions to:
cause the vent valve to actuate to the venting position;
receive the vent position signal;
respond to the vent position signal by causing the piston of the bottom loading valve to move to the open position if the vent position signal indicates that the vent valve is in the venting position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,235

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOWERING ENTIRE BOAT TRAILER IN SHALLOW WATER TO LAUNCH BOAT OR OTHER WATERCRAFT

1. A trailer for launching a watercraft in shallow water, comprising:the trailer having a front end and a rear end;
a tongue and an extension of tongue located at the front end of the trailer;
the extension of tongue hingedly affixed at one end to the tongue and secured at the other end;
an external front arm attached adjacent to the extension of tongue and providing an open slot;
a first elongated lever fixedly secured to the trailer;
means for securing the first elongated lever to the external front arm;
an actuating tube releaseably affixed to the first elongated lever;
a second elongated lever;
means for releaseably affixing the second elongated lever to the actuating tube;
a tube surrounding a rear axle located at the rear end of the trailer and having an extension at each opposed end, the extension at each opposed end fixedly secured to a wheel hub supporting a wheel;
means for securing the second elongated lever to the tube; and
means for powering the actuating tube.

US Pat. No. 10,336,234

BOAT SUPPORT FRAME LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

Balex Marine Development ...

1. A boat support frame loading and unloading apparatus configured to draw a boat on to and off a boat support frame, the apparatus comprising:a boat support frame having a loading end and a terminal end opposite to the loading end; and
at least two roller assemblies mounted opposite one another symmetrically about a midline of the boat support frame adjacent to the loading end of the boat support frame, each roller assembly incorporating:
at least one roller element,
at least one drive mechanism configured to rotate one or more of the at least one roller elements to draw a boat onto and off the boat support frame through the loading end of the boat support frame,
a hull contact surface formed by a flexible belt formed in a loop with a circumference greater than a circumference of the at least one roller element, the flexible belt configured to move over the at least one roller element as the at least one roller element is rotated by the at least one drive mechanism to rotate the flexible belt, and
a tension rotor located distal from the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism and at least one guide roller, the at least one tension rotor and the at least one guide roller configured to tension or shape the flexible belt to define a substantially flat drive plane on a side of the loop to be placed in contact with a hull of the boat, wherein
the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism is vertically offset from the tension rotor and the at least one guide roller such that the at least one drive mechanism and the at least one roller element driven by the at least one drive mechanism are positioned below the substantially flat drive plane.

US Pat. No. 10,336,233

FLOOR MAT WITH BOTH INTERLOCKING AND SNAP FIT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A floor mat, comprising:a first section having a flap;
a second section;
an interlocking feature connecting said flap and said second section wherein said interlocking feature includes a first set of at least one ridge on said flap and a second set of at least one ridge on said second section, said first set of at least one ridge and said second set of at least one ridge fitting together in an interdigitated configuration; and
a snap fit feature connecting said flap and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,232

TRACK ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track adjuster, comprising:a first track;
a second track movably connected to the first track;
a lockset connected to at least one of the first track and the second track, the lockset configured to selectively lock the first track and the second track together; and
an easy adjusting assembly including:
an actuating lever;
a locking lever engaged with the actuating lever;
a lock stop connected to the first track, the lock stop configured to engage the locking lever;
wherein the easy adjusting assembly is configured to restrict locking of the first track and the second track by the lockset.

US Pat. No. 10,336,231

HEAD AND NECK REST

1. A head rest assembly for a vehicle seat, the head rest assembly comprising:a head support portion;
a neck support portion; and
a pair of connection members adapted to connect the head rest assembly to the vehicle seat, wherein at least one of the pair of connection members is adapted for movement relative to the other of the pair of connection members so as to adjust a distance between the pair of connection members, said connection members being associated with one another by a movement mechanism, the movement mechanism further comprising:
a pair of blocks, each block being associated with an upper region of a respective connection member and configured to slide relative to a housing for the movement mechanism to allow relative movement between the blocks;
a pivot pin positioned in between the blocks; and,
a connecting plate rotatable about the pivot pin, with each block being coupled to the connecting plate by a respective movable linkage member;wherein movement of one of the connection members in an inwardly direction towards the other of the connection members results in sliding movement of the block associated with said one of the connection members thereby effecting movement of the connecting plate linked to the block associated with said one of the connection members which produces a corresponding movement of the other block associated with the connection members linked to the plate due to rotation of the plate relative to the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,336,230

FRICTION MODULE, FRICTION HINGE, AND ADJUSTABLE HEADREST INCLUDING THE FRICTION MODULE AND/OR FRICTION HINGE

SOUTHCO, INC., Concordvi...

1. An adjustable headrest comprising:a guide configured to be coupled to a seat;
a head support coupled to the guide and configured to be movable along an adjustment path relative to the seat;
a slider having a surface defining a recess receiving the guide such that the surface of the slider contacts a surface of the guide; and
a retainer positioned to urge the surface of the slider against the surface of the guide, thereby maintaining friction between the surface of the slider and the surface of the guide and resisting unintended movement of the slider with respect to the guide along the adjustment path,
wherein the slider includes two block sections that are separated and spaced apart along the guide and a friction section interposed between the two block sections, wherein each block section is slidably connected to the guide and the friction section includes the retainer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,229

PIVOTABLE SEAT BACK WITH COAXIAL PIVOTABLE ARMREST

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a back portion mounted for rotational movement relative to the seat base about a seat back axis between a first seat position and a second seat position, the back portion including a nest; and
an armrest mounted for rotational movement relative to the back portion about an armrest axis between a stowed position, wherein the armrest is located in the nest so that a passenger may occupy both the seat base and the back portion of the seat assembly, and a use position, wherein the armrest is located adjacent to the seat base;
wherein the seat back axis is coaxial with the armrest axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,228

FOUR-COMPONENT ARMREST ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. An armrest subassembly, comprising:a support substrate including a receiver defined within an upstanding upper lip;
a fabric layer stretching across said receiver; and
a matrix interface connecting said fabric layer to said support substrate, wherein said matrix interface includes a portion of said fabric layer impregnated with resin of said support substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,336,227

VEHICLE SEAT PROTECTOR

1. A seat protector for a seat in a vehicle, the seat having a seat base and a seat back, and contouring on said base defining a seat trough in said seat where said seat base approaches said seat back, said trough being parallel to said seat back, liquid on said seat tending to pool in said trough, the seat protector comprising:a water-resistant material spreadable over said seat;
at least one fixing attachment for fixing the water-resistant material of the seat protector over said seat base and said back across said trough such that the seat protector is in a predetermined orientation with respect to said seat and said seat trough; and
a liquid absorption insert having a length and a breadth, said length being greater than said breadth, and said length being aligned across said seat protector such that said liquid absorption insert length extends at least partly along said trough when said seat protector is in said predetermined orientation, the liquid absorption insert thereby absorbing said liquid tending to pool.

US Pat. No. 10,336,226

TOOL FOR FASTENING A LISTING BEAD TO A FASTENER STRIP

Velcro BVBA, (BE)

1. A method of fastening a listing bead to a fastener strip, the method comprising:grasping a tool having a body and a guide rib extending from the body, the guide rib having a neck and a head connected to the body by the neck, the body defining a guiding recess shaped to receive the listing bead;
inserting the head of the guide rib into a retention channel defined between opposing rows of fastener elements extending from a base of the fastener strip, with the guiding recess defining a listing bead insertion path angled with respect to the retention channel; and
moving the tool along the retention channel, thereby causing the listing bead retained within the guiding recess to be progressively inserted into the retention channel and retained between the rows of fastener elements.

US Pat. No. 10,336,225

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion, and
a seatback,
wherein the seat cushion includes:
a pad having a groove,
a plurality of seat covers for covering the pad surface, and
a suspending member for connecting two of the plurality of seat covers, and fixing the two seat covers to the pad inside the groove formed in the pad,
wherein a plurality of minute holes are formed in the suspending member which is partially exposed to a surface of the pad between a part connected to one of the two seat covers, and a part connected to the other seat cover, the plurality of minute holes extending through the suspending member from an inside to an outside of the groove formed in the pad with respect to the suspending member for ventilation between an inside and an outside of the groove formed in the pad with respect to the suspending member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,224

DEVICE FOR VENTILATING A VEHICLE SEAT AND USE OF SAID DEVICE FOR A PASSENGER VEHICLE SEAT

1. A device for ventilating a vehicle seat having a cushion (12) which is resilient with respect to user contact and which is constructed to form a seat and/or back contact face (24) and which has an air flow channel (16, 17) which forms an air outlet (15) in the direction toward the seat or back contact face,an air-permeable covering unit (18) which is formed in order to at least partially cover the air outlet,
and a ventilator rotor (30) which is associated with the air flow channel and which is driven in an electro-motive manner and a ventilator unit (14) which has a ventilator housing (32) which at least partially radially surrounds the ventilator rotor, wherein
the covering unit and the ventilator unit are fixed on or in the cushion with spacing from each other along the air flow channel and without direct connection of portions of the covering unit and the ventilator unit, and
the ventilator housing has at the peripheral and/or outer side first fixing means (34; 32; 80) which are constructed in order to secure the ventilator unit in the air flow channel by engaging in and/or in order to cooperate with second fixing means (12; 70; 74) which are provided on or in an inner wall portion of the air flow channel, wherein the first fixing means have projection and/or flange portions which are at least partially provided at the outer side and/or which project radially and which are constructed for introduction in a foam material of the cushion forming the second fixing means, and wherein the projection portions of the first fixing means are constructed as needle portions which taper in a radially acute manner and which are arranged so as to be distributed uniformly around an outer periphery of the ventilator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,223

VENTILATION SEAT FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A ventilation seat for a vehicle, the ventilation seat comprising:a seat pad comprising two or more rows of through channels that extend from a front portion of the seat pad to a rear portion of the seat pad and vertically pass through the seat pad;
an insert duct attached to a lower surface of the seat pad, wherein the insert duct distributes air into the through channels;
a cover having an air inlet hole through which air is supplied into the insert duct, wherein the cover is attached to the lower surface of the seat pad while covering the insert duct;
a duct insert depression in the lower surface of the seat pad, wherein the insert duct is inserted and seated in the duct insert depression; and
a movement restriction depression configured to restrict movement of the insert duct, wherein the movement restriction depression is formed in a bottom of the duct insert depression of the seat pad.

US Pat. No. 10,336,222

STOW-IN-FLOOR SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH PITCHED EASY ENTRY POSITION

Magna Seating Inc, Auror...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat cushion;
a seat back;
a recliner assembly pivotally coupling the seat cushion to the seat back, the recliner assembly operatively coupled to a recliner locking mechanism, the recliner locking mechanism selectively operable between a locked condition preventing pivotal movement of the seat back and an unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of the seat back between at least two of a generally upright seating position, a reclined seating position, and a fold flat position;
a riser assembly for supporting the seat assembly above a floor, the riser assembly operatively coupled to a riser locking mechanism, the riser locking mechanism configured for actuation and movement of the riser assembly between a generally upright seating position, a pitched easy entry position tilted forwardly and downwardly towards the floor to allow easier ingress and egress behind the seat assembly, and a stowed position recessed within a compartment below the floor; and
a recliner strap operatively connected to the recliner locking mechanism and to the riser locking mechanism; whereby operation of the recliner strap unlocks the recliner locking mechanism and unlocks the riser locking mechanism, so as to permit the seat to be moved to the pitched easy entry position in which the seat back is in the fold flat position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,221

STOWABLE SEAT WITH BACKREST RELEASE

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A stowable seat, comprising:a backrest support and a seat pan;
a housing configured to substantially house the backrest support and the seat pan when the backrest support and the seat pan are in a vertically flat, stowed configuration, the housing having a first locking post on a first inner surface of the housing and a second locking post on a second inner surface of the housing, wherein the seat pan is configured to rotate about a first pivot joint coupled to the housing, and wherein the backrest support is configured to rotate relative to the seat pan;
a first locking mechanism coupled to an upper end of a first side of the backrest support, the first locking mechanism comprising a first latch;
a second locking mechanism coupled to an upper end of a second side of the backrest support laterally opposite the first side of the backrest support, the second locking mechanism comprising a second latch; and
a releasing member comprising a continuous flexible member having a first longitudinal end connected with the first latch and a second longitudinal end connected with the second latch, wherein the releasing member is configured to rotate the first latch about a second pivot joint coupled to the backrest support and to rotate the second latch about a third pivot joint coupled to the backrest support such that applying a load on a middle of the releasing member rotates the first latch out of engagement with the first locking post and rotates the second latch out of engagement with the second locking post to release the backrest support from locked engagement with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,220

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion that serves as a seating portion which receives a load of an occupant;
an ottoman that is connected to a front portion of the seat cushion;
a base that supports the seat cushion on a vehicle floor in a seating position at which the seat cushion receives the occupant and in a tip-up position at which the seat cushion is tipped up rearward from the seating position; and
a folding mechanism that moves the ottoman between an initial position at which the ottoman is positioned at the front portion of the seat cushion and a folding position at which the ottoman is retracted beneath the seat cushion in accordance with a movement of the seat cushion from the seating position and the tip-up position,
wherein the folding mechanism includes:
a hinge portion that rotatably connects the ottoman to the front portion of the seat cushion;
a lock portion that locks rotation of the ottoman about the hinge portion at the initial position;
an operation link that connects the ottoman and the base and retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position as the seat cushion is tipped up, and
wherein the lock portion includes a cable that connects a portion of the lock portion to the base, such that the lock portion is configured to lock the rotation of the ottoman at the initial position in a state where the seat cushion is at the seating position and to unlock the rotation of the ottoman in a state where the seat cushion is tipped up to a first intermediate position which is set between the initial position and the tip-up position,
wherein the operation link includes an adjustment portion that adjusts a separation movement amount of the ottoman with respect to the base during the movement of the seat cushion between the seating position and a second intermediate position which is set between the first intermediate position and the tip-up position, and
wherein the operation link retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position during the movement of the seat cushion between the second intermediate position and the tip-up position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,219

CHILD SAFETY SEAT AND SUPPORT BASE THEREOF

WONDERLAND NURSERY GOODS ...

1. A support base for a child safety seat, the support base comprising:a shell body configured to support a child seat, the shell body having a first and a second end opposite to each other, an upper surface facing upward, and an end surface extending generally vertical at the first end;
a foot disposed at a bottom of the shell body adjacent to the first end, the foot being movable relative to the shell body to adjust an inclination of the support base; and
a recline actuator connected with the shell body, the recline actuator engaging with the foot to lock the foot in position, the recline actuator having a first actuating portion exposed on the upper surface for operation and a second actuating portion exposed on the end surface for operation, each of the first actuating portion and the second actuating portion being respectively operable to cause an unlocking movement of the recline actuator for disengaging the recline actuator from the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,336,218

HEIGHT ADJUSTING MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, IN PARTICULAR A UTILITY VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT, IN PARTICULAR UTILITY VEHICLE SEAT

1. A height adjusting mechanism for a vehicle seat, wherein the vehicle seat has a scissors frame, the height adjusting mechanism comprising:a gas spring interacting with the scissors frame;
an operator control unit; and
a valve device for ventilating and venting the gas spring, wherein the valve device is arranged on the operator control unit, and the operator control unit has an operator control element actuating the height adjusting mechanism, the valve device being part of the operator control unit, the valve device being arranged within the operator control unit, the valve device comprising two 2/2-way pneumatic valves.

US Pat. No. 10,336,217

SEAT LIFTER AND GEAR MECHANISM

Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd., H...

5. A gear mechanism comprising a first gear and a second gear that mesh with each other in a state in which axial directions thereof are parallel to each other, whereineach tooth of one gear of the first and second gears has such a shape that a tooth thickness and a tooth depth dimension of each of the teeth gradually decreases from one end toward the other end in the axial direction, the tooth depth dimension being a dimension from a tooth root to a tooth tip of the respective tooth in a radial direction of the one gear,
each tooth of the other gear of the first and second gears has a constant thickness over an entirety of the other gear in the axial direction, and
the teeth of the first gear and the teeth of the second gear mesh with each other by approaching each other in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,216

VEHICLE ACCESS SEATING

Autoadapt AB, Stenkullen...

1. A vehicle seating system comprising:a mounting assembly configured to be affixed to a motor vehicle internal seat position adjacent to a motor vehicle door, the mounting assembly comprising:
an adapter plate having a longitudinal axis A and defining a crush zone therein, the crush zone formed by removing material from the adapter plate proximate to a mount; and
a pair of first side edge guides, wherein each first side edge guide is mounted to a lateral side of the adapter plate;
wherein the axis A is static when the mounting assembly is mounted to a to motor vehicle internal seat position;
a first slide assembly coupled to the mounting assembly, wherein the first slide assembly is configured to move linearly relative to the adapter plate and parallel to the axis A, the slide assembly comprising:
an under-plate comprising a pair of first side edges, wherein each first side edge slidably engages one of the first side edge guides;
a rack mounted to the under-plate; and
a first slide assembly drive motor mounted to the under-plate and engaging the adapter plate to selectively move the first slide assembly in a linear motion parallel to the axis A;
a swivel assembly mounted to the first slide assembly, wherein the swivel assembly is configured to swivel relative to the first slide assembly, the swivel assembly comprising:
an over-plate;
a pair of second side edge guides, wherein each second side edge guide is mounted to a lateral side of the over-plate;
a swivel post mounted to the over-plate and rotatably engaging the first slide assembly; and
a swivel motor mounted to the over-plate, wherein the swivel motor comprises a pinion engaging the rack to selectively rotate the swivel assembly relative to the first slide assembly; and
a second slide assembly coupled to the swivel assembly, wherein the second slide assembly is configured to move linearly relative to the over-plate, the second slide assembly comprising:
a user seat unit comprising:
a seat pan having a longitudinal axis S;
a user seat cushion mounted to the seat pan; and
the seat pan comprising a pair of second side edges, wherein each second side edge slidably engages one of the second side edge guides;
wherein the axis S pivots when the swivel assembly rotates relative to the first slide assembly; and
a second slide assembly drive motor mounted to the over-plate and engaging the seat pan to selectively move the second slide assembly in a linear motion parallel to the axis S.

US Pat. No. 10,336,215

MOVABLE VEHICLE SEAT WITH INTEGRATED OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat configured to slidably couple to a rail assembly disposed in a floor of the vehicle, the rail assembly including an inner rail disposed between opposed outer rails, the seat comprising:a seat bottom;
a seat back;
a seat mounting structure configured to support the seat bottom and the seat back, the seat mounting structure including a sled with opposed grooves configured to receive the outer rails to slidably couple to the rail assembly such that a seat load is transferred from the seat to the opposed outer rails; and
an occupant restraint system including a seat belt coupled to a retractor assembly, wherein the retractor assembly is configured to slidably couple to the inner rail such that the retractor assembly moves along the rail assembly as the seat mounting structure is moved along the rail assembly, the occupant restraint system configured to transfer a restraint system load to the rail assembly inner rail disposed in the vehicle floor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,214

CHARGE TRANSFER SYSTEM

Jabil Inc., St. Petersbu...

1. A charge transfer system, comprising:a plug-in power supply electrically connected between at least one of a first plurality of switch legs of a first inverter and at least one of a second plurality of switch legs of a second inverter, the plug-in power supply including a charge port; and
a controller operatively coupled to the first inverter and the second inverter, wherein the controller selectively modulates at least one of the first plurality of switch legs of the first inverter or at least one of the second plurality of switch legs of the second inverter such that electric current flows from an on-board vehicle power supply through at least one of a first plurality of stator windings of a first motor or at least one of a second plurality of stator windings of a second motor to the plug-in power supply for output at the charge port, and wherein the controller further selectively modulates the plurality of switch legs of the first inverter that are not directly connected to the plug-in power supply and the plurality of switch legs of the second inverter that are not directly connected to the plug-in power supply to reduce common mode noise between the plug-in supply and the on-board vehicle power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,336,213

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED OR ALSO ELECTRICALLY OPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating an electrically operated or an electrically operable motor vehicle provided with a rechargeable electric energy storage device associated with an electric drive motor, wherein a target state is determined for the energy storage device for a calculated, entered or predicted route for the next trip and an operating strategy is determined for the vehicle, and a minimum specifiable amount of recuperative deceleration is enabled for deceleration processes occurring along this route, comprising:a) determining a target state for the energy storage device for stationary charging or discharging state of the energy storage device taking place just prior to the start of the next trip, while taking into account a calculated, entered or predicted route to be traveled as the next route, as well as the total mass of the motor vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value given at the start of the next journey, including a trailer optionally connected to the motor vehicle and deviating from the normal value of the air resistance coefficient, which deviates from a predetermined normal value in such a way that electric energy can be absorbed with a minimum amount of recuperative deceleration fully or to the greatest possible extent for each of the deceleration processes occurring along this route by the energy storage device, and so that charging or discharging of the energy storage device can be carried out during the stationary charging or discharging until the determined target charging state is reached;
b) determining an operating strategy for a calculated, entered or predicted route as the route to be traveled during the next trip, while taking into account the route that was determined at the start of the next trip, the total mass of the vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value, including a trailer optionally connected to the motor vehicle and the air resistance value of the motor vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value, as well as the charged state of the energy storage device at the start of the trip in such a way that each specifiable minimum amount is enabled by recuperative deceleration for each deceleration process occurring along this route,
wherein the operating strategy for this purpose comprises at least one of the following steps:
b1) consuming electric energy by at least one electric consumer solely for the purpose of using electric energy in an anticipatory manner or during at least one deceleration phase during the next trip;
b2) carrying out in an anticipatory manner at least during one drive phase of the next trip at least one efficiency level worsening measure relating to the drivetrain, in particular to the traction motor, so that in comparison to a state without the at least one efficiency level worsening measure, an increased level of electric energy is required during at least one drive phase; and
b3) carrying out during at least one deceleration process during the next trip at least one efficiency level worsening measure relating to the drive train, in particular to the traction motor in its capacity as a generator, so that in comparison to a state without the at least one efficiency level worsening measure, a smaller amount of electric energy that can be obtained with recuperative deceleration is created with each minimum amount at least during one deceleration process, and
wherein in a trailer provided with a brake, which is connected to the motor vehicle, during at least one deceleration phase of the motor vehicle during the next trip:
c1) the braking force component of the trailer is increased in favor of a lower trailer-based energy recovery; and
c2) the braking force component of the trailer is decreased in favor of a higher trailer-based energy recovery.

US Pat. No. 10,336,212

TORQUE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a vehicle using an estimated torque of an electric machine, the estimated torque based on one or more parameters associated with the electric machine that are independent from measured current feedback, wherein the one or more parameters include measured voltages of the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,336,211

BATTERY PACK

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

1. A battery pack, comprising:an upper case and a lower case jointly defining a battery chamber for containing a battery therein;
an upper case-side flange extending outward from an outer periphery of the upper case over an entire circumference of the outer periphery;
a lower case-side flange extending outward from an outer periphery of the lower case over an entire circumference of the outer periphery so as to oppose the upper case-side flange;
a seal member interposed between the upper case-side flange and the lower case-side flange;
a plurality of threaded bolts each passing through the upper case-side flange and the lower case-side flange;
a plurality of nuts threadably engaged with the threaded bolts, respectively, to join the upper case and the lower case to each other,
an upper case-side depending wall that depends from an outer edge of the upper case-side flange over an entire circumference thereof beyond the lower case-side flange, the upper case-side depending wall being spaced from an outer edge the lower case-side flange; and
a lower case-side depending wall that depends from the outer edge of the lower case-side flange over an entire circumference thereof,
wherein the upper case-side flange includes a rib constituted of a ridge extending at a position closer to the outer edge thereof than the seal member over an entire circumference thereof and contacting the lower case-side flange,
the upper case-side flange is provided with bolt through-holes through which the threaded bolts are passed, respectively, and the nuts are engaged with the threaded bolts passed through the bolt through-holes,
the upper case-side flange is provided with a plurality of annular bosses on a bottom surface thereof, each boss protruding downward from the bottom surface and surrounding a corresponding one of the bolt through holes, and circumferentially adjoining bosses being connected by the rib, and
the rib and the bosses are pressed against an upper surface of the lower case-side flange with the nuts being engaged with the threaded bolts passed through the bolt through-holes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,210

SELECTION OF RANGE FOR AN ELECTRIC DEVICE HAVING A RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORAGE UNIT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system of selecting range for an electric device having a rechargeable energy storage unit, the system comprising:a controller operatively connected to the rechargeable energy storage unit and including a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method;
an operator interface in communication with the controller and accessible to an operator;
a charging unit selectively connectable to and configured to charge the rechargeable energy storage unit at one or more charging strengths, including a predefined first charging strength;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
request an operator to enter a selected range for the electric device on the operator interface;
determine if the selected range is less than a predetermined maximum range;
if the selected range is less than the predetermined maximum range, then convert the selected range to a selected energy consumption based on a driving model of the operator;
determine a target voltage based at least partially on the selected energy consumption and predetermined parameters of the charging unit; and
charge the rechargeable energy storage unit to the target voltage at the predefined first charging strength, via the charging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,209

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BATTERY, IN PARTICULAR A LITHIUM ION BATTERY, IN A CONSUMER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery in a consumer, the method comprising:determining (S10) at least one operating parameter which describes the state of the battery or the consumer;
comparing (S20) the at least one determined operating parameter with one reference value in each case in order to recognize whether a predefined state exists;
determining a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit), the specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) being an upper charge state limit below which a thermal runaway of the battery does not occur; and
discharging (S32) the battery until a charge state of the battery is below a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) of the battery if the predefined state exists, wherein by discharging the battery, an energy store is charged by a discharge flow from the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,336,208

SWITCHED BATTERY AND CAPACITOR ARRANGEMENT AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An electrical system for a vehicle, the electrical system comprising:a capacitive element;
a switching arrangement coupled to the capacitive element, the switching arrangement being configured to be coupled between a first rail of a bus and an energy storage element; and
a control module coupled to the switching arrangement and the energy storage element, wherein:
the control module is configured to:
operate the switching arrangement such that a voltage of the energy storage element is substantially equal to a voltage of the first rail of the bus when a state of charge of the energy storage element is greater than a lower threshold value and less than an upper threshold value;
operate the switching arrangement to add a voltage of the capacitive element to the voltage of the energy storage element when the state of charge of the energy storage element is greater than the upper threshold value; and
operate the switching arrangement to subtract the voltage of the capacitive element from the voltage of the energy storage element when the state of charge of the energy storage element is less than the lower threshold value; and
the switching arrangement comprises:
a first switching element coupled between a first capacitor terminal and the first rail, the first switching element being configured to allow current from the first capacitor terminal to the first rail when closed;
a second switching element coupled between a second capacitor terminal and the first rail, the second switching element being configured to allow current from the first rail to the second capacitor terminal when closed;
a third switching element coupled between the first capacitor terminal and a first terminal of the energy storage element, the third switching element being configured to allow current from the first capacitor terminal to the energy storage element when closed; and
a fourth switching element coupled between the second capacitor terminal and the first terminal of the energy storage element, the fourth switching element being configured to allow current from the first terminal of the energy storage element to the second capacitor terminal when closed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,207

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE ALLOWING USER TO SET BATTERY CHARGING PROFILE IN-VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electrified vehicle, comprising:a battery pack, a human-machine interface configured to receive inputs setting a charging profile, and a controller; and
a battery system configured to selectively charge the battery pack in response to an instruction from the controller, the controller configured to instruct the battery system to charge the battery pack consistent with the charging profile, wherein:
the human-machine interface is configured to receive inputs setting the charging profile based on both an electricity cost preference and a charging time preference,
wherein the human-machine interface includes at least one set of charging windows having a plurality of cells arranged in columns and rows, the columns corresponding to one of charging times and electricity cost, and the rows corresponding to the other of charging times and electricity cost, and
the inputs setting the charging profile include a selection of at least one cell corresponding to a desired charging time and electricity cost.

US Pat. No. 10,336,206

IDENTIFYING A USER OF A CHARGING STATION

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

1. A system, comprising:a communication logic which aggregates transaction data associated with a chargeable vehicle, and sends the aggregated transaction data to an authorizing entity, wherein the authorizing entity identifies a user associated with the chargeable vehicle by comparing the aggregated transaction data with previously stored authorizing data;
an extrapolation logic which receives a list of possible charging stations based on proximity to the chargeable vehicle and identifies a charging station that supplied or is supplying the chargeable vehicle with a charge based, at least in part, on the aggregated transaction data and by a comparison of a received amount of charge by the chargeable vehicle to a dispensed amount of charge from each of the possible charging stations on the list, without receiving specific identification information from the identified charging station interacting with the chargeable vehicle; and
an authorization logic which receives an authorization request from the authorizing entity to authorize a transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station based on the aggregated transaction data and the previously stored authorizing data, and receives a confirmation via the user that the user has authority to affirm the transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station; and in response to the confirmation by the user, sending a response to the authorization request,
wherein the communication logic further confirms the charge from the identified charging station based, at least in part, on the response to the authorization request.

US Pat. No. 10,336,205

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHARGING A VEHICLE USING A DYNAMIC POWER GRID, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION IN THE VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for charging a vehicle, comprising:a processing device which is communicatively coupled to a plurality of vehicles and maintains a forward model for modeling vehicle charging data for the plurality of vehicles, the processing device using data from the plurality of vehicles to determine an optimal location to exchange charge, the processing device comprising a server which is communicatively coupled to the plurality of vehicles;
a computing device which, based on the forward model, maintains a charge exchange market which directs a formation of a flash charge mob of vehicles from the plurality of vehicles at the optimal location to exchange charge, the flash charge mob comprising a dynamic power grid; and
a power transmitting device for transmitting power from a second vehicle of the plurality of vehicles to a first vehicle of the plurality of vehicles according to an agreement, the charge exchange market being communicatively coupled to the power transmitting device, and controlling the voltage and capacity of the dynamic power grid via the power transmitting device, and the power transmitting device comprising:
an input port for connecting the dynamic power grid; and
a communication device for communicating with the server and the plurality of vehicles,
wherein the plurality of vehicles comprise a plurality of communication devices, respectively, and a user of the first vehicle communicates with a user of the second vehicle which is in the flash charge mob via the plurality of communication devices to facilitate the agreement between the user of the first vehicle and the user of the second vehicle for transmitting power to the first vehicle,
wherein the processing device uses data from the plurality of vehicles and data from an external database to parameterize a constrained optimization within the forward model, and
wherein the optimization minimizes a stop time for the first and second vehicles, minimizes deviation from a planned route, and minimizes a probability of running out of charge over all expected vehicle actions until a future expected charging of the first vehicle from an electric power grid.

US Pat. No. 10,336,204

AUTOMATIC LATERAL ALIGNMENT FOR WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEMS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for automatic wireless charging alignment comprising:calculating a wireless power transfer efficiency during a wireless charging session involving a wireless charging assembly having a transmitting coil and an electronic device having a receiving coil mounted to a linear actuator mechanism;
controlling the linear actuator mechanism to move the receiving coil in a lateral direction such that the wireless power transfer efficiency increases;
determining whether to move the receiving coil in a first lateral direction or a second lateral direction opposite the first lateral direction; and
controlling the linear actuator mechanism to move the receiving coil in a lateral direction determined in the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,336,203

CHARGING/DISCHARGING STATION, IN PARTICULAR FOR A BATTERY-OPERATED VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A charging/discharging station (2) for charging or discharging an at least partially battery-operated vehicle (14) via an inductively coupled pair of coils, the charging/discharging station (2) comprisingat least one parking space (4) with a primary coil (6), the primary coil (6) being able to form the inductively coupled pair of coils together with a secondary coil (18) of a vehicle (14) to be discharged and/or charged,
a first communication unit (8) which is set up to communicate with a second communication unit (16) of the vehicle (14),
at least one camera device (10) which is connected to a computer device (12) for processing recorded image data, the computer device (12) storing spatial coordinates of the at least one parking space (4), and the computer device (12) having means for navigating the vehicle (14) to the at least one parking space (4) on the basis of image data relating to the vehicle (14) which are recorded by the camera device (10) and the spatial coordinates of the at least one parking space (4) by means of the first and second communication units (8, 16), wherein the camera device flies autonomously above the parking spaces.

US Pat. No. 10,336,202

DRONE ASSISTANCE APPARATUS WITH CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A drone receiving apparatus comprising:a landing area on which a drone is receivable, the landing area comprising a platform, a lighting system, and/or a surface;
a charging plate for providing electrical power to the drone received by the landing area;
a communication system;
a signal communicable by the communication system to exchange data with the drone that is within a communicable proximity to the communication system;
wherein the drone is communicable with additional drones to exchange the data at least partially relating to status to coordinate operation of the drone; and
wherein the data comprises diagnostic information and/or charging information relating to the drone.

US Pat. No. 10,336,201

CONTACTLESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A contactless power transmission system comprising:a power reception apparatus; and
a power transmission apparatus that transmits power contactlessly to the power reception apparatus,
wherein the power transmission apparatus includes: a high-frequency power source device that outputs a constant amplitude high-frequency current; and a plurality of power transmission units that are connected to each other in series and each include a power transmission coil and a resonance capacitor connected in series to the power transmission coil,
the power reception apparatus includes a plurality of power reception units respectively associated with the plurality of power transmission units, wherein outputs of the plurality of power reception units are connected in parallel and are output to a single load, and the plurality of power reception units each include: a power reception coil magnetically coupled to the power transmission coil of a corresponding power transmission unit; and a resonance capacitor connected to the power reception coil, and
the resonance capacitors of the power transmission units are connected to each other in series, and one of the resonance capacitors of the power transmission units is electrically disposed between two of the transmission coils of the power transmission units,
wherein the power transmission apparatus includes:
switches that are respectively connected in parallel with the power transmission units between input terminals; and
a control unit configured to switch the switches between an open state and a conduction state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,200

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND POWER RECEIVER

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A wireless power supply system comprising:a power transmitter; and
a power receiver,
the power transmitter comprising a power-transmitting coil to which AC power of a frequency is input from a power source, and
the power receiver comprising a power-receiving coil magnetically coupled to the power-transmitting coil at a coupling coefficient, and a first power-receiving-side series element coupled in series to the power-receiving coil and having imaginary impedance jZS2i,
wherein the frequency and the imaginary impedance satisfy Formula (1) so that an impedance of a power-receiving-side seen from the power source and the coupling coefficient are independent when the coupling coefficient changes,
where the Formula (1) is:

where L1 is self-inductance of the power-transmitting coil, L2 is self-inductance of the power-receiving coil, I1 is a current flowing through the power-transmitting coil, and I2 is a current flowing through the power-receiving coil.

US Pat. No. 10,336,199

ARRANGEMENT OF AN INDUCTION COIL ON AN UNDERBODY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle underbody arrangement, comprising:an induction coil configured to inductively charge an energy accumulator, the induction coil being arranged on an underbody of a motor vehicle;
a covering element configured to at least partially cover the induction coil on a downward side in a vertical direction of the motor vehicle; and
an underbody protection element adjoining the induction coil, the underbody protection element being configured to protect at least one component other than the induction coil of the motor vehicle,
wherein at least a portion of the induction coil is disposed between the underbody protection element and the covering element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,198

CHARGE CABLE LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A charge cable lock device for use with an inlet that includes an inlet housing, wherein a charge cable including a rocking arm with a hooking portion is connected in a removable manner to the inlet, the charge cable lock device comprising:a lock member movable to a lock position and an unlock position, wherein the lock member is configured to contact the rocking arm to restrict disengagement of the hooking portion of the rocking arm from the inlet when the lock member is located at the lock position;
a lock housing that supports the lock member; and
a fixing pin configured to be inserted into the lock housing and the inlet housing and fix the lock housing to the inlet traversing the lock housing and the inlet housing,
wherein the fixing pin includes a metal one-piece component including
distal linear portions that are parallel to each other, and
a bridge that connects the distal linear portions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,197

POWER TRANSMITTER, POWER RECEIVER, AND WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A power transmitter comprising:a high-frequency power source device generating high-frequency power;
a power transmitting unit including a power-transmitting coil, the power transmitting unit wirelessly transmitting the high-frequency power received from the high-frequency power source device to a power receiver mounted on an electric vehicle; and
a transmitter-side controller that calculates a transmitter usage rate, the transmitter-side controller causing the power transmitting unit to stop power transmission in response to the transmitter usage rate exceeding a predetermined threshold, the transmitter usage rate indicating a rate of time during which the power transmitting unit transmits power to the power receiver per unit time.

US Pat. No. 10,336,196

ELECTRIC STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. A power control method of an electric storage apparatus that includes an output terminal, an electric storage device connected to the output terminal via a power supply route in the electric storage apparatus, and a monitoring apparatus including a detector, a communication unit, and a controller, the method comprising:detecting a variation value corresponding to an amount of charge of the electric storage device;
shutting down the power supply route in the electric storage apparatus, which connects the electric storage device to the output terminal; and
causing the communication unit to receives an input signal from outside.

US Pat. No. 10,336,195

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle including an electric motor configured to provide a regenerative braking force to left and right drive wheels that are one of front wheels and rear wheels, and a friction braking device configured to provide a friction braking force to left and right trailer wheels that are the other of the front wheels and the rear wheels, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a yaw rate sensor configured to determine a yaw rate generated by the vehicle;
a steering angle sensor configured to determine a steering angle; and
at least one controller configured to
calculate an expected value of a lateral acceleration to be generated by the vehicle, based on the steering angle and a speed of the vehicle;
determine a reduced braking force in accordance with an excessive allocation permission rate, which is a rate at which the braking force allocated to a trailer wheel side is reduced with respect to a drive wheel braking force, according to a desired allocation of the braking force between the front wheels and the rear wheels, and cause the reduced braking force to be allocated to a drive wheel side;
reduce the regenerative braking force and increase the friction braking force provided by the friction braking device by an amount corresponding to a reduced amount of the regenerative braking force, when the regenerative braking force is generated and the expected value is equal to or larger than a predetermined value representing an intention of a driver to turn the vehicle;
estimate an understeer tendency when the vehicle is turned;
calculate the speed of the vehicle or at least one wheel of the vehicle;
estimate the yaw rate based on the determined steering angle and the speed;
perform a first control of reducing the regenerative braking force by a first amount and increasing the friction braking force provided by the friction braking device by the first amount when the understeer tendency is estimated when the vehicle is turned with the regenerative braking force being generated; and
perform a second control of estimating a lateral acceleration that can be generated by the vehicle, based on at least a vehicle state, and reducing the regenerative braking force by a second amount according to the estimated lateral acceleration,
wherein the electric motor is configured to generate the regenerative braking force on the left and right wheels that are the front wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,336,193

WASTE HEAT UTILIZATION SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Mahle International GmbH,...

1. A waste heat utilization system for an electric vehicle having an electric motor for driving the electric vehicle and a battery for supplying the electric motor with electric energy, comprising:an air conditioning circuit for air conditioning a vehicle interior of the electric vehicle, wherein, during operation of the waste heat utilization system, a working medium circulates in the air conditioning circuit, which has arranged therein:
a compressor for compressing the working medium;
a condenser for condensing the working medium;
an evaporator for evaporating the working medium;
a cooling circuit for cooling at least one of the electric motor and the battery, wherein, during the operation of the waste heat utilization system, a coolant circulates in the cooling circuit, which has arranged therein:
the electric motor and the battery, wherein the electric motor is arranged in a first branch of the cooling circuit, and the battery is arranged in a second branch of the cooling circuit, the second branch being fluidically connected in parallel with the first branch;
a first heat exchanger for discharging heat from the coolant into surroundings of the waste heat utilization system;
a coolant driver;
a first chiller via which heat is transferrable from the first branch of the cooling circuit into the air conditioning circuit;
a second chiller via which heat is transferrable from the second branch of the cooling circuit into the air conditioning circuit;
a heating circuit, in which a heating medium circulates, and in which a heating medium driver and a second heat exchanger for giving off heat from the heating medium into the vehicle interior are arranged;
wherein the condenser is an indirect heat exchanger via which heat is transferrable from the air conditioning circuit into the heating circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,192

PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATION ASSISTANCE METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A projection type display device comprising:a first optical modulation unit that spatially modulates light emitted from a first light source unit in accordance with image information;
a first transmitter that inputs the image information into the first optical modulation unit;
a first projection unit that projects the light spatially modulated by the first optical modulation unit to a projection surface disposed on a windshield of a vehicle;
a first processor configured to perform as:
a first image information generation unit that generates the image information; and
a first abnormality sensing unit that senses abnormality in the first optical modulation unit, wherein the abnormality in the first optical modulation unit is determined when a degree of match between a calculated projected image information of the first optical modulation unit and the imaqe information generated from the first image information generation unit is less than or equal to a threshold; and
a first control unit that
stops at least one of the first optical modulation unit or the first light source unit when the first abnormality sensing unit senses abnormality in the first optical modulation unit,
determines whether or not the image information generated by the first image information generation unit includes image information which calls attention of an operator of the vehicle to a field of view in a travelling direction of the vehicle, wherein the image information which calls attention of the operator of the vehicle to the field of view in the travelling direction of the vehicle is generated due to at least one of an obstacle and a dangerous object in the travelling direction of the vehicle,
produces a first output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information includes the image information calling attention, and
produces no first output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information does not include the image information calling attention,
wherein the first control unit displays, on a display device mounted in the vehicle, an icon calling attention and a message calling attention as part of the first output for calling attention,
wherein the display device is a projection type display device comprising: a second optical modulation unit that spatially modulates light emitted from a second light source unit in accordance with image information; a second transmitter that inputs the image information into the second optical modulation unit; a second projection unit that projects the light spatially modulated by the second optical modulation unit to the projection surface disposed on the windshield of the vehicle; a second processor configured to perform as: a second image information generation unit that generates the image information; and a second abnormality sensing unit that senses abnormality in at least one of the second optical modulation unit or the second transmitter; and a second control unit that stops at least one of the second optical modulation unit or the second light source unit when the second abnormality sensing unit senses abnormality in at least one of the second optical modulation unit or second the transmitter, determines whether or not the image information generated by the second image information generation unit includes image information which calls attention of the operator of the vehicle to the field of view in a travelling direction of the vehicle, produces a second output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information includes the image information calling attention, and produces no second output for calling attention of the operator to the field of view when the image information does not include the image information calling attention.

US Pat. No. 10,336,191

VEHICLE TACHOMETER DISPLAY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising, by a controller of a vehicle including an engine:detecting that a downshift of a manual transmission of the vehicle is likely; and
displaying, on a tachometer—
a first indicator of a current angular velocity of the engine;
a second indicator of a desired angular velocity;
a filled region having a fill corresponding to a difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity; and
determining a color for the filled region according to the difference between the current angular velocity and the desired angular velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,336,190

ROAD SIGN INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD IN VEHICLE

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

1. A road sign information display system in a vehicle comprising:a front surround view camera installed in a host vehicle and configured to obtain an image of surroundings in front of the host vehicle;
a sign recognition device that recognizes a road sign from the image to provide first sign information representing the recognized road sign, the road sign being a stop sign or a do-not-enter sign;
a sign information display device that displays the first sign information to a driver in the host vehicle;
a display control device that controls the sign information display device; and
a front vehicle recognition device that recognizes a front vehicle running ahead of the host vehicle in a driving lane in which the host vehicle is running or in an adjacent driving lane so as to provide information relating to movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is configured to determine whether or not the sign information display device is allowed to display the first sign information, on the basis of the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle,
wherein the information relating to the movement of the front vehicle comprises at least a velocity of the front vehicle,
wherein the display control device is further configured to
detect the velocity of the front vehicle and a velocity of the host vehicle,
obtain a predetermined threshold velocity by multiplying the velocity of the host vehicle by 0.6 to 0.9, and
compare the velocity of the front vehicle and the predetermined threshold velocity, and
wherein the display control device does not allow the sign information display device to display the first sign information when the velocity of the front vehicle is higher than the predetermined threshold velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,336,189

POLARIZER PLATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel that includes a display region;
a polarizer plate positioned on an upper portion of the display panel;
a case positioned below the display panel to accommodate the display panel; and
a groove line in at least one surface of the base film opposite from a side wall of the display panel,
wherein the polarizer plate includes a base film, an adhesive layer disposed on the base film, a polarizer protection film disposed on a surface of the adhesive layer opposite from the base film, and a polarizer disposed on a surface of the polarizer protection film opposite from the adhesive layer, wherein the base film includes projection regions that extend out from a region covered by the polarizer,
wherein the projection regions of the base film are bent around the groove line as a boundary toward the case, and
wherein the projection regions cover side portions of the polarizer protection film and the polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,188

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

12. A vehicle display system comprising:a display device configured to display an image on a window of a vehicle; and
circuitry configured to
determine whether a driver of a vehicle is in a normal state;
provide for display, on the display device, a first image for inside the vehicle based on determining that the driver is in the normal state;
provide for display, on the display device, a second image for a target outside the vehicle based on determining that 1) the driver is in the normal state and 2) the driver is aware of a presence of the target outside the vehicle;
provide for display, on the display device, a third image for outside the vehicle based on determining that the driver is not in the normal state;
provide for display, on the display device concurrently with the third image, a fourth image for an occupant present inside the vehicle based on determining that the occupant other than the driver is present inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,187

PLANETARY POWER TAKE OFF DEVICE

Parker-Hannifin Corporati...

1. A power take off device comprising:a housing, the housing having an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface defining a central cavity, and a plurality of openings extending from the outer surface to the inner surface to provide access to the central cavity;
an input gear, the input gear being disposed in one of the plurality of openings, at least a portion of the input gear being disposed within the central cavity, and at least another portion of the input gear being disposed outside the central cavity outwardly of the outer surface;
an output device, the output device being disposed in another one of the plurality of openings, and at least a portion of the output device being disposed outside the central cavity outwardly of the outer surface;
an intermediate gear set disposed entirely within the central cavity and mechanically connecting the input gear and the output device, the intermediate gear set including a planetary gear set;
the planetary gear set including a sun gear, a plurality of planet gears carried by a planet carrier, and a ring gear; and
a clutch for connecting the ring gear with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,186

PUSHBUTTON VEHICLE SHIFTER INTERFACE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle pushbutton shifter interface comprising:a support assembly located proximate a panel in a vehicle generally forward of a driver seat; and
a plurality of pushbutton keys arranged horizontally on the support assembly and mechanically actuatable downward by force applied by a user to input vehicle operating modes including vehicle transmission positions, wherein the plurality of pushbutton keys pivot about a horizontal pivot rod to actuate a switch.

US Pat. No. 10,336,185

FINAL DRIVE FOR A ROAD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A final drive for a road vehicle, comprising a pinion gear on a pinion axle journaled in a housing, the pinion gear being in gear engagement with a crown gear journaled for rotation transversely to the pinion axle, the final drive comprisingan all wheel drive (AWD) coupling, comprising a disc package axially controlled by a hydraulic piston for optionally transmitting torque from an ingoing axle to the pinion axle and a means for rotatably connecting the disc package to the pinion axle,
the ingoing axle of the AWD coupling being radially journaled only by the pinion axle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,184

FUEL STORAGE ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A fuel storage assembly comprising:a power source;
a first tank;
a first fuel pump adapted to remove fuel from the first tank;
an electric relay electrically connected between the power source and the first fuel pump for terminating electric power to the first fuel pump;
a second tank adapted to receive the fuel removed from the first tank;
a second fuel pump adapted to remove fuel from the second tank;
a fuel level sensor configured to measure fuel level within the second tank; and
a shut-off device located in the second tank and electrically wired to the electric relay and configured to detect a shut-off level of fuel in the second tank, wherein upon detection of the shut-off level the shut-off device effects shut-down of the first fuel pump via the electric relay, wherein the shut-off device effects shut-down of the first fuel pump module upon detection of a deactivate transfer level that is lower than the shut-off level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,183

FUEL DOOR ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A fuel door arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a filler neck compartment;
a fuel door; and
a pivot arm supporting the fuel door and pivotally coupled to the filler neck compartment such that the fuel door is positionable about a pivoting axis between a closed position for at least sectionally closing the filler neck compartment, and an open position for revealing the filler neck compartment to enable refueling of the motor vehicle;
wherein the fuel door is displaceably supported on the pivot arm for relative radial movement with respect to the pivoting axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,182

VEHICLE CANISTER MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

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

1. A vehicle canister mounting arrangement comprising:a vehicle frame comprising:
a plurality of base members for supporting at least one seat in an occupant area;
a pair of front upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a forward portion of the occupant area;
a pair of rear upright members extending in an upward direction with respect to the base members and positioned at a rearward portion of the occupant area;
a fuel tank; and
a canister for receiving vapor from the fuel tank, the canister mounted in a location above the base members, behind the front upright members and in front of the rear upright members;
wherein the at least one seat comprises a pair of seats arranged side-by-side in the occupant area, and a tubular frame member extends in a longitudinal direction between and in front of the pair of seats, and wherein the canister is attached to the tubular frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,181

GRILLE SHUTTER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A grille shutter device comprising a fin unit including slat members inside an opening provided at a part of a decorative side of a vehicle front, the fin unit being configured to selectively assume a closed state and an open state, the closed state being a state where the slat members are each disposed so as to close the opening in a vehicle front view, the open state being a state where the slat members have been moved from respective positions in the closed state to a vehicle rear side of the opening and arrayed in a row substantially along a vehicle front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,180

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE COOLING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a vehicle, comprising:estimating a powertrain component cooling demand based on operating conditions;
responsive to the powertrain component cooling demand, concurrently adjusting each of a radiator fan speed, a coolant system pump output, a vehicle grille shutter opening, and a vent opening of vents coupled to an engine insulating enclosure, wherein the concurrently adjusting includes selecting between a first mode of operation including a first setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening, and a second mode of operation including a second, different setting of each of the radiator fan speed, the coolant system pump output, the vehicle grille shutter opening, and the vent opening based on energy loss in the first mode relative to energy loss in the second mode, wherein each of the first mode and the second mode meets the powertrain component cooling demand.

US Pat. No. 10,336,179

HYDRAULIC MOTOR FOR VEHICLE WHEEL

1. An apparatus comprising a hydraulic motor for a vehicle wheel, said hydraulic motor comprising a hydrodynamic element, a reaction element, a front bearing, a rear bearing, a support, an oil distributor, and a brake, wherein said hydrodynamic element comprises cells, pistons mounted so as each to slide in a respective cell, thereby defining a variable-volume chamber therein, and ducts that lead into said cells in order to communicate with said chambers, wherein said reaction element comprises an annular cam on which an active face of each piston acts, wherein said front and rear bearings at least indirectly enable said reaction element and said hydrodynamic element to rotate with respect to each other about an axis of rotation, wherein said support is rotationally linked to one of said elements, said vehicle wheel being rotationally linked to the other of said elements when in use, wherein said oil distributor rotates as one with said reaction element and brings said ducts selectively into communication with an oil supply line and a return line depending on an angular position thereof relative to said hydrodynamic element, and wherein said brake is mounted functionally between said two elements in order to selectively prevent rotational movement, said brake having at least one first braking surface rotationally coupled to said hydrodynamic element, and a second braking surface rotationally coupled to said reaction element, wherein each piston is mounted radially with respect to the axis of rotation, and wherein said hydrodynamic element is secured to a collar that surrounds said oil distributor and that bears, on a radially outer face thereof, means for rotationally coupling to said at least one first braking surface, said brake thus being disposed around said distributor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,178

FINAL DRIVE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND FINAL DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A final drive for a motor vehicle, comprising: a drive assembly having a drive shaft, wherein the drive shaft is coupled via a gear stage to an output shaft of a the final drive, wherein the drive shaft is coupled to the gear stage via an intermediate shaft that is arranged offset with respect to the drive shaft, wherein the intermediate shaft lies on a first side of a conceptual plane incorporating an axis of rotation of the drive shaft, and wherein a power electronics unit is electrically connected to the drive assembly via connection terminals arranged at the front end thereof on a second side, which lies opposite to the first side so that the power electronics unit and the gear stage are arranged in a single housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,177

DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device, comprising:a first drive unit;
a second drive unit;
a transmission unit including a primary shaft for connection to the first drive unit, a secondary shaft, and at least one gear pair via which the primary and secondary shafts are operatively connectable to one another;
a driving gear mounted in coaxial relationship to the secondary shaft and operatively connected to the second drive unit;
an output gear mounted in coaxial relationship to the primary shaft and meshing with the driving gear;
a secondary-shaft coupling device configured to couple only the driving gear directly with the secondary shaft; and
a primary-shaft coupling device configured to couple only the output gear directly with the primary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,176

VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first transmission route configured to transmit power produced by the internal combustion engine to a wheel;
a first switching device arranged on the first transmission route, and configured to be switched between a connecting state which connects the internal combustion engine and the wheel and a disconnecting state which disconnects the internal combustion engine and the wheel;
a first rotating electrical machine;
a second transmission route connecting a first junction and the first rotating electrical machine, the first junction located on the first transmission route and closer to the internal combustion engine than the first switching device is;
a second switching device arranged on the second transmission route, and configured to be switched between a connecting state which connects the first transmission route and the first rotating electrical machine and a disconnecting state which disconnects the first transmission route and the first rotating electrical machine; and
a control circuit configured to control the first switching device and the second switching device, wherein
while the power is being transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the wheel with the first switching device in the connecting state, if a vehicle speed of the vehicle becomes greater than a first vehicle speed threshold value, the control circuit performs control to switch the second switching device to the disconnecting state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,175

ENGINE MOUNT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An engine mount for a vehicle, comprising:a rubber module which includes a rubber having a core therein, and a case that surrounds an exterior circumference of the rubber;
a fluid module with a module case coupled to the rubber module to define an upper chamber and a lower chamber and having a straight flow path and a bypass flow path, a closure configured to open or close the straight flow path, and a diaphragm installed on the module case to close the lower chamber; and
a coil module which has a coil embedded in the fluid module and configured to open and close the closure when a power source is turned on or off,
wherein the module case has a circular plate shape of a predetermined thickness, and the straight flow path that vertically penetrates the circular plate shape is formed in a central region of the module case such that a liquid flows directly between the upper chamber and the lower chamber through the straight flow path, and
wherein the closure includes:
a circular plate portion in which a permanent magnet is embedded and configured to open or close the straight flow path; and
a connecting rod that is integrally formed with the circular plate portion and vertically extends from the circular plate portion and a lower end portion of the connecting rod is connected to a central portion of the diaphragm after passing through the straight flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,336,174

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC ENGINE MOUNT

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

1. A mount system for mounting a first component of a vehicle to a second component of the vehicle, the mount system comprising:a tube portion, including a first component mount, that is provided about a centerline, the tube portion including:
a first outer magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an inwardly facing magnet that is parallel to the centerline; and
a second outer magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an inwardly facing magnet set that includes:
a first inwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline, and
a second inwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline; and
a shaft portion, including a second component mount, that is provided about the centerline, the shaft portion including:
a first inner magnet support portion, oriented about the centerline, provided with an outwardly facing magnet that is parallel to the centerline; and
a second inner magnet support portion oriented about the centerline, and including an outwardly facing magnet set that includes:
a first outwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline, and
a second outwardly facing damper magnet that is oblique to the centerline; and
the inwardly facing magnet interacts with the outwardly facing magnet to repel, with a first air gap provided therebetween;
the first inwardly facing damper magnet interacts with the first outwardly facing damper magnet to attract, with a second air gap provided therebetween; and
the second inwardly facing damper magnet interacts with the second outwardly facing damper magnet to repel, with a third air gap provided therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,336,173

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR POWER UNIT OF UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A mounting structure for a power unit of a utility vehicle, the mounting structure comprising:a left front support portion supporting a left front end of the power unit;
a right front support portion supporting a right front end of the power unit; and
a rear support portion supporting a rear end of the power unit,
wherein the left front support portion, the right front support portion, and the rear support portion are disposed such that a centroid of a triangle connecting the left front support portion, the right front support portion, and the rear support portion coincides with a centroid of the power unit in a plan view of the power unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,172

ENDLESS TRACK ENCLOSURE FOR TRACKED VEHICLES

1. A bag assembly for covering an endless track of a heavy equipment vehicle during transport of the vehicle upon a flatbed trailer, said bag assembly comprising:a flexible outer bag portion for surrounding and covering a portion of the endless track that extends laterally beyond a side edge of the flatbed trailer;
a flexible inner bag portion joined to said outer bag portion for partially covering a portion of the endless track disposed laterally inwardly of the side edge of the trailer bed, said inner and outer portions including forward and rearward lobes for respectively covering forward and rearward end portions of the endless track, said inner bag portion including a recess for accommodating a bottom section of the endless track such that said bottom section of said endless track engages the trailer bed directly through said recess, said inner bag portion further including an inwardly facing inner edge segment that wraps around and vertically covers and obscures an inwardly facing interior edge of the endless track for the entire portion of the endless track that does not directly touch the trailer; and
a tension strap assembly interconnected and extending longitudinally between opposing locations of said inwardly facing inner edge segment on respective said lobes, said tension strap assembly pulling respective portions of said inwardly facing inner edge segment together to hold the bag in snug interengagement with a covered track such that debris dislodged from the inwardly facing interior edge of the track during transport is retained within the bag, said tension strap assembly including a medial connecting strap that extends between said forward and rearward lobes inwardly of the inwardly facing interior edge segment of the endless track, said tension strap assembly further including a plurality of diverging straps, each interconnected between said medial strap and a respective strap connector carried by said inwardly facing inner edge segment of said bag.

US Pat. No. 10,336,171

RETRACTABLE VEHICLE COVER AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

1. A retractable car cover, comprising:a housing mountable to a vehicle roof;
a front roller rotatably residing in the housing;
a rear roller rotatably residing in the housing behind the front roller;
a front cover portion rollable onto the front roller to reside in the housing in a front stowed position, and deployable from the housing; and
a rear cover portion rollable onto the rear roller to reside in the housing in a rear stowed position and deployable from the housing;
spiral springs residing inside the housing and attached to the front and rear rollers and configured to resist withdrawal of the front cover and the rear cover from the housing and to draw the front cover and the rear cover into the housing; and
locking mechanisms configured to retain the front cover and the rear cover when deployed, and to release the front cover and the rear cover to return the front cover and the rear cover into the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,170

VARIABLE BELT MOLDING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE DOOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A variable belt molding structure for a vehicle door, the variable belt molding structure comprising:a skin disposed in a fixed quarter window and a rear door window formed in a rear door of a vehicle to have a width that is varied in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a carrier portion internally coupled to the skin to maintain air-tightness by being in contact with a window glass of the rear door window;
a clip mounted to be internally coupled to the carrier portion and mounted in a door panel of the rear door; and
a first mounting clip coupled to a fixed quarter window bracket attached to the fixed quarter window,
wherein the skin includes:
a first skin extension configured to extend downward in a height direction of the vehicle; and
a second skin extension integrally formed with the first skin extension to extend in a horizontal direction thereof or a horizontal and upward direction thereof, and
wherein a first flange is formed in the second skin extension of the skin to protrude downward in the height direction of the vehicle, and the first mounting clip is disposed in the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,336,169

DOOR WEATHER STRIP

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A door weather strip configured to seal a gap between an outer periphery of a door that selectively opens and closes an opening of a vehicle body and a peripheral edge of the opening, the door weather strip comprising:a molded portion formed by molding using a mold, wherein the molded portion is arranged in a corner of the door corresponding to a joint portion between a roof and a pillar of the vehicle body in the peripheral edge of the opening; and
an insert member that is embedded in the molded portion, wherein
the molded portion includes
an attachment base that is attached to an inner periphery of the corner,
an extension that extends from the attachment base to an outer peripheral side of the corner, and
a sealing portion that is formed in the extension,
the sealing portion includes
a sealing lip that extends in a circumferential direction, and
a molded hollow sealing portion that has a hollow portion and extends in the circumferential direction on an inner side of the extension and on an inner peripheral side of the sealing lip,
a slit through which an inner core for forming the hollow portion is removed is formed in a connecting portion of the molded hollow sealing portion that is connected to the extension,
the extension is divided by the slit into an inner peripheral portion on the inner peripheral side of the slit and an outer peripheral portion on the outer peripheral side of the slit,
the insert member includes
a base that extends in the circumferential direction in the attachment base,
an intermediate section that is continuous with the base and extends in the circumferential direction in the inner peripheral portion, and
a stay portion that is continuous with the intermediate section and extends to the outer peripheral side in the outer peripheral portion, and
a width in the circumferential direction of at least a section of the stay portion that crosses the molded hollow sealing portion is set smaller than widths in the circumferential direction of the base and the intermediate section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,168

APPARATUS FOR COVERING A CONTAINER LOAD

TY-CROP MANUFACTURING LTD...

1. An apparatus for covering an open top of a transportation trailer container, the apparatus comprising:an arm pivotable between a closed position and an open position, the arm holding a rotatable roller for dispensing and receiving a flexible cover, the flexible cover being wrapped around the roller when the arm is in the open position, the flexible cover being unrolled from the roller to cover the open top due to motion of the arm from the open position to the closed position, the arm pivotably mounted to an arm pivot;
a recessed region comprising the arm pivot; and
a secondary cover movable between a cover closed position and a cover open position, the secondary cover covering a top of the recessed region when in the cover closed position, the secondary cover biased toward the cover closed position, the secondary cover being overtop of the arm when the arm is in the closed position and the secondary cover is in the cover closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,167

APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING INFLOW OF DUST IN REAR RAIL OF SUNROOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for preventing an inflow of dust in a rear rail of a sunroof, the apparatus comprising:the rear rail of the sunroof which is disposed in a longitudinal direction thereof;
a tilt lever which has a first end portion coupled to a moving glass and a second end portion disposed on the rear rail, and slides along a trajectory of the rear rail;
a tilt lever shoe which is disposed at the second end portion of the tilt lever, and configured to be fastened by being fitted with the rear rail; and
at least one guide rail which is disposed to protrude from the rear rail in a width direction of a vehicle,
wherein an internal surface of the tilt lever shoe is disposed to contact with at least one of upper and lower surfaces of the at least one guide rail,
wherein at least two layers of the at least one guide rail are surrounded by the tilt lever shoe so as to prevent a dust from flowing into the rear rail, and
wherein the at least two layers include:
an upper layer, wherein at least a surface of the upper layer is spaced with a gap from an inner upper of the tilt lever shoe; and
a lower layer, wherein upper, lower and left and right surfaces of the lower layer are in contact with the internal surface of the tilt lever shoe.

US Pat. No. 10,336,166

DOOR IMPACT BEAM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of manufacturing a door impact beam that is disposed on a door frame of a vehicle, the method comprising:preparing a raw pipe having a circular cross-section with first and second end portions open;
forming a secondary pipe having a larger diameter at first and second end portions than at a center portion by expanding the first and second end portions of the raw pipe by inserting a punch into the first and second end portions of the raw pipe; and
pressing the secondary pipe to make the first and second end portions of the secondary pipe flat and make the center portion of the secondary pipe concaved in a predetermine direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,165

SPRING-ACTIVATED EXTENDABLE SUN VISOR BLADE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A carrier assembly for translating a vehicle extendable sun visor between a stowed configuration and a deployed configuration, comprising:a track element defining a channel;
a compression spring disposed within the channel; and
a carrier slidably received within the channel, the carrier including a spring plate detent, wherein the track element includes a detent aperture configured to releasably engage the spring plate detent to retain the vehicle extendable sun visor in the stowed configuration and to disengage the spring plate detent such that the compression spring is released to automatically bias the vehicle extendable sun visor into the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,336,164

SUN VISOR ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sun visor assembly, comprising:a support rod displaceable between a first position, extending along a windshield, and a second position extending along a side window;
a visor body carried on said support rod; and
a cam configured to displace said visor body along said support rod from a home position to an extended position as said support rod is displaced toward said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,163

WINDSHIELD

NIPPON SHEET GLASS COMPAN...

1. A windshield to which an information acquisition device can be attached that emits and/or receives light to acquire image information from outside of a vehicle that includes the windshield, the windshield comprising:a glass sheet;
a mask layer that is formed on the glass sheet and blocks a visual field and visible light from the outside of the vehicle, at least one opening being formed in the mask layer,
wherein the glass sheet and the mask layer have different heat shrinkage percentages and are molded together by being heated, and
the information acquisition device is configured such that the image information can be used such that an influence of distortion is reduced, the distortion occurring in a predetermined range from an inner peripheral edge of the opening toward a center of the opening due to the molding.

US Pat. No. 10,336,162

HVAC SYSTEM WITH ODOR ABSORBENT REGENERATION

Ford Global Technologies ...

10. A method of regenerating an odor absorbent in an HVAC system of a motor vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by temperature monitoring device, a coolant temperature of said motor vehicle; and
heating and regenerating, by a controller, said odor absorbent using heat from a heater core of said HVAC system when said coolant temperature exceeds a predetermined coolant temperature required for odor absorbent regeneration.

US Pat. No. 10,336,161

METHOD FOR FREEZE PROTECTION

THERMO KING CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for freeze protection for a temperature control system, the temperature control system for controlling the temperature of a temperature-controlled space at a user-selected set point temperature, the method comprising:setting a return air target temperature to equal the user-selected set point temperature;
controlling the return air temperature to be approximately equal to the return air target temperature, wherein controlling the return air temperature includes the temperature control system cooling the temperature-controlled space while in a cool mode and heating the temperature-controlled space while in a heat mode;
adjusting the return air target temperature based on a monitored return air temperature when a monitored discharge air temperature drops to one of at or below freezing; and
controlling the temperature control system in one of the cool mode and the heat mode so that the return air temperature is approximately equal to the adjusted return air target temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,336,160

VEHICULAR COOLING SYSTEM

1. A vehicular cooling system comprising:a vehicle having a roof wherein said roof has seven holes, said holes include no more than two air holes, one harness hole, and four installation holes, and where said air holes have an area of 50 in2 or less, said harness hole has an area of 20 in2 or less, and each of said installation holes are circular and have a diameter of ¾ inch or less;
a water tank affixed to said vehicle;
a cooling unit mounted upon said roof with four bolts that pass through said four installation holes, said cooling unit including;
a housing have a top, a bottom, a central cavity and one or more sidewalls circumferentially enveloping said cavity, said housing having inlet formed through said one or more sidewalls which permits the passage of air, said housing having outlet formed through said housing's bottom which permits the passage of air;
an evaporative media positioned within said housing's cavity, said evaporative media in the shape of a closed loop having a center hole adjacent to said housing's outlet, said evaporative media having a top that engages said housing's top and said evaporative media having a bottom which engages said housing's bottom; and
an air pump for pumping air positioned within said housing's cavity and within said evaporative media's center hole, said air pump connected to said housing's outlet for receiving air from said housing's inlet and said evaporative media, for being pumped and expelled air through said housing's outlet to said roof's air holes;
a closed loop conduit assembly which passes through said harness hole, said conduit assembly including a first conduit connecting said water tank to said cooling unit for transporting water within said water tank to said cooling unit for distribution upon said evaporative media, and a second conduit connecting said cooling unit to said water tank for transporting water within said cooling unit to said water tank; and
at least one water pump connected to said closed loop conduit assembly for pumping water through said first and second conduits between said water and cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,159

REFRIGERATION

DEARMAN ENGINE COMPANY LT...

1. A system comprising:a cryogenic engine system comprising:
an output shaft;
a first expander utilizing a working fluid and heat exchange fluid within the first expander;
a circuit comprising an introducer, the introducer providing said heat exchange fluid into the first expander and wherein the first expander is configured to cause expansion of said working fluid within the first expander such as to produce shaft power;
a refrigeration system, including a heat exchange system wherein:
the cryogenic engine system and the refrigeration system are thermally coupled with each other via the heat exchange system such that the working fluid or heat exchange fluid in the cryogenic engine system acts as a heat sink for removing heat from the refrigeration system and heat generated by the refrigeration system is used to expand the working fluid in the cryogenic engine system;
a refrigeration compartment thermally connected to the heat exchange system;
wherein the cryogenic engine system is a direct and an indirect heat sink for removing heat from the refrigeration compartment; and
wherein the heat exchange system comprises:
a first heat transfer member in direct thermal contact with the working fluid from the cryogenic engine system and in direct thermal contact with the refrigeration compartment;
a second heat transfer member in direct thermal contact with expanded working fluid and the heat exchange fluid of the cryogenic engine system;
a third heat transfer member in direct thermal contact with an interior of the refrigeration compartment; and
an intermediate heat transfer fluid circulation system in thermal contact with both the second heat transfer member and the third heat transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,158

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HEATING A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for heating a vehicle, comprising:increasing a temperature of a coolant flowing through a heat exchanger directly coupled to an engine coolant loop by transferring electrical current to a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater from an energy storage device in response to a temperature of an engine being less than a first threshold temperature, where the engine coolant loop includes a heater core, where the PTC heater is included in the heat exchanger, and where the heat exchanger is directly coupled to a heat pump;
flowing the coolant with the increased temperature from the heat exchanger with the PTC heater to the heater core via a coolant conduit;
while the coolant with the increased temperature is flowed from the heat exchanger to the heater core, flowing heated coolant in the engine coolant loop from the engine to the heater core in response to the engine temperature being greater than a second threshold temperature; and
while the temperature of the coolant traveling through the heat exchanger is heated via the PTC heater, increasing the temperature of the coolant in the engine coolant loop via heat transferred from the heat pump through the heat exchanger and then to the engine coolant loop in response to an ambient temperature being greater than a threshold ambient temperature and without mixing or exchanging the coolant in the engine coolant loop with a refrigerant in the heat pump.

US Pat. No. 10,336,157

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle climate control system, comprising:transferring thermal energy from a heat pump to a high temperature coolant loop in a first climate control mode; and
transferring thermal energy from the heat pump to a low temperature coolant loop in a passenger cabin cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,156

PLUMBING LINE HANGERS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body;
an HVAC system having an HVAC suction line and an HVAC liquid line; and
a hanger configured to couple the HVAC suction and liquid lines to the body, the hanger comprising:
a rigid wire having a first end and a second end, the first end formed to define a first aperture, and the second end formed to define a second aperture;
a first isolator disposed within the first aperture and configured to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness between the body and the rigid wire;
a fastener extending through the first isolator and first aperture to couple the rigid wire first end to the body; and
a second isolator disposed within the second aperture and defining a third aperture and a fourth aperture;
wherein the HVAC suction line extends through the third aperture and the HVAC liquid line extends through the fourth aperture such that the second end supports the HVAC suction and liquid lines in a desired orientation;
wherein the second isolator completely surrounds each of the HVAC suction and liquid lines to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness between the rigid wire and each of the HVAC suction and liquid lines; and
wherein the hanger includes an absence of any sheet metal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,155

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLES

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a heater core configured to receive engine cooling water from an engine and heat an air blown into a vehicle room;
an electric water pump configured to pump the engine cooling water and to forcibly circulate the engine cooling water through the heater core when the vehicle is switched from an engine drive mode to a motor drive mode;
a discharged air temperature sensing unit configured to sense a discharged air temperature as a temperature of an air discharged into the vehicle room; and
a control unit configured to, when the vehicle is switched from the engine drive mode to the motor drive mode, differentially control a rotational speed of the electric water pump depending on a temperature difference between the discharged air temperature inputted from the discharged air temperature sensing unit and a target discharge temperature calculated in advance based on internal/external temperature conditions and a user set temperature, so that an amount of the engine cooling water supplied to the heater core is differentially controlled depending on the temperature difference, wherein the discharged air temperature sensing unit includes a center vent temperature sensor installed in a center vent existing in a central area of the vehicle room and a floor vent temperature sensor installed in a floor vent existing in a floor surface area of the vehicle room, and wherein the control unit includes an operation unit configured to use one of a discharged air temperature sensed by the center vent temperature sensor or a discharged air temperature sensed by the floor vent temperature sensor, depending on an air discharge mode available at a time of switching the vehicle to the motor drive mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,154

STABILIZER LINK FOR AUTOMOBILE SUSPENSIONS

ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENTS ...

1. Stabilizer link for automobile suspensions, characterized in that it comprises:a tubular body (1) having ends, having at one of its ends a pair of first flattened areas (2, 2?) configuring a leak-tight closure of a first inner cavity (9) of the tubular body (1) located between both flattened areas (2, 2?);
a first covering (4) made of polymeric material coupled, during a forming process thereof, on one of the ends of the tubular body (1) such that it surrounds the pair of first flattened areas (2, 2?) and wherein said covering (4) comprises a first articulation (6).

US Pat. No. 10,336,153

ACTIVE ROLL CONTROL APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An active roll control apparatus in which a stabilizer bar installed between left and right wheels of a vehicle and extending in a first direction and a stabilizer link connected to the stabilizer bar are moved to adjust a stiffness value of the stabilizer bar, the active roll control apparatus comprising:a sliding part having one side connected to the stabilizer bar and the other side connected to the stabilizer link to slide the stabilizer link in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
a movement restricting part installed at the sliding part to restrict movement when the sliding part slides,
wherein the sliding part includes:
a joint shaft having one side coupled to one end of the stabilizer bar; and
a fastening member having one side coupled to the end of the stabilizer link and having the joint shaft inserted thereinto to slide in the second direction along an outer surface of the joint shaft,
wherein the movement restricting part includes:
a first protrusion protruding outward in a radial direction of the joint shaft from one surface inside the guide groove of the joint shaft; and
a locking member formed at an inner surface of the fastening member to correspond to the first protrusion to restrict sliding movement of the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,152

CONTROLLABLE LOAD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

1. A weight distribution system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a plurality of axles, each axle having a pair of suspension air bags thereon for supporting the weight of the truck onto the axle, the vehicle also having a control system area network that is connected to a set of components of the vehicle, the weight distribution system comprising:a manifold adapted to be in fluid flow communication with a source of pressurized air, the manifold also in fluid flow communication, independently, to each of the plurality of air bags such that the manifold can add air or remove air from each of the air bags independently;
a plurality of pressure sensors, each pressure sensor connected to a respective one of the air bags for measuring a pressure of the respective air bag and issuing a reading based on the measurement; and
a control system in signal communication with each of the pressure sensors and to the manifold for controlling operation of the manifold based on a calculation of a data set such that each reading is a part of the data set.

US Pat. No. 10,336,151

SUSPENSION WITH HYDRAULIC PRELOAD ADJUST

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A shock absorber comprising:a damper with a cylinder, said cylinder having a piston and rod therein;
a first spring mounted around said damper, said first spring disposed to become compressed during a compression stroke of said damper;
a second spring mounted around said damper, said second spring disposed to become compressed during a compression stroke of said damper;
a preload piston coupled to at least one of said first spring and said second spring, said preload piston disposed to cause said at least one of said first spring and said second spring to become more compressed or less compressed as said preload piston moves relative to said damper;
a remotely controllable preload adjuster coupled to at least one of said first spring and said second spring, said remotely controllable preload adjuster configured to partially compress or expand said at least one of said first spring and said second spring independently of said compression stroke; and
a logic unit coupled to said shock absorber, said logic unit configured to send a signal to said remotely controllable preload adjuster, said signal to cause said remotely controllable preload adjuster to partially compress or expand said at least one of said first spring and said second spring.

US Pat. No. 10,336,150

DETERMINING PAYLOAD PROPERTIES USING ACTUATOR PARAMETER DATA

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:instructing a motion controller of a mobile drive unit to move a payload utilizing an actuator;
measuring an operational parameter of the actuator during movement of the payload;
determining a mass of the payload based at least in part on a magnitude of the measurement of the operational parameter, the payload comprises a plurality of items, individual items of the plurality of items having substantially equal mass;
counting the plurality of items based at least in part on the determined mass of the payload; and
instructing the motion controller to optimize a motion of the mobile drive unit while transporting the payload based at least in part on the determined mass of the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,336,149

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon, computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling vehicle motion of a vehicle, said method comprising:accessing a set of control signals, wherein at least a first control signal of said set of control signals comprises a set of values associated with a pressure applied to an area of a vehicle component inside a cabin of said vehicle, wherein said vehicle component and at least one vehicle suspension damper is coupled to a frame of said vehicle; accessing a set of predetermined vehicle component base-level pressure values associated with said vehicle component;
comparing said set of values associated with a pressure applied to said vehicle component with said set of predetermined vehicle component base-level pressure values;
based on said comparing, calculating an approximate shift in a center of gravity of said vehicle having occurred;
monitoring a state of at least one valve within said at least one vehicle suspension damper, wherein said state controls a damping force within said at least one vehicle suspension damper;
based on said calculating and said monitoring, determining a control mode for said at least one vehicle suspension damper that, when actuated, would compensate said vehicle for said shift in said center of gravity; and
according to said control mode, regulating damping forces within said at least one vehicle suspension damper by actuating said at least one valve to adjust to a desired state, such that said base-level center of gravity is approximately restored.

US Pat. No. 10,336,148

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE DAMPER

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon, computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method for controlling vehicle motion of a vehicle, said method comprising:accessing a set of control signals, wherein at least a first control signal of said set of control signals comprises a set of values associated with at least one user-induced input, wherein at least one vehicle suspension damper is coupled to a frame of said vehicle;
accessing a set of release thresholds associated with a brake position and a brake velocity of said at least one user-induced input;
comparing said set of values associated with said at least one user-induced input with a predetermined user-induced input threshold value, to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status;
monitoring a state of at least one valve within said at least one vehicle suspension damper, wherein said state controls a damping force within said at least one vehicle suspension damper;
based on said user-induced input threshold value approach status and said set of release thresholds, determining a control mode for said at least one vehicle suspension damper; and
according to said control mode and based on said monitoring, regulating damping forces within said at least one vehicle suspension damper by actuating said at least one valve to adjust to a desired state, such that a tilt of said frame is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,336,147

SPRING GUIDE AND SUSPENSION DEVICE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A spring guide that supports a coil spring via a rubber sheet, the coil spring elastically supporting a vehicle body, the rubber sheet being formed into an arc shape, the spring guide comprising:a mounting portion which is depressed, the rubber sheet being fitted to the mounting portion; and
a plurality of lock pieces standing at an outer periphery of the mounting portion, wherein
the mounting portion has an arc groove to which the rubber sheet is fitted,
the arc groove has a depth which deepens toward a center portion of the arc groove in a circumferential direction of the arc groove,
at least one of the plurality of the lock pieces is formed at an outer peripheral side of an end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, the depth of the arc groove at the end portion being shallower than at the center portion, and
a height of the lock piece, which is disposed at the end portion of the arc groove in the circumferential direction, from a bottom surface of the arc groove is higher than a height of a sidewall of the arc groove from the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,146

REMOVABLE SECURING CHAIN ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A securing member comprising:a securing body capable of securing an accessory;
an insert body extending from the securing body and capable of being inserted into a receiver of an under bed hitch mounting device;
a locking member positioned in the insert body;
a camming mechanism extending above the insert body, the camming mechanism in operative communication with the locking member, wherein actuation of the camming mechanism positions the locking member from an unlocked position to a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,145

MULTIPLE BALL SIZE/CLEVIS HITCH

The Delta Company, LLC, ...

1. A multiple hitch member assembly for connecting a trailer to a tow vehicle where the tow vehicle has a hitch receiver secured to the tow vehicle, said multiple hitch assembly comprising:a. a main hitch shaft;
b. an outer hitch tube receiving said hitch shaft wherein said shaft has an end retaining plate secured to its distal end;
c. said main hitch shaft having a length and shape configured to extend through said outer hitch tube and configured to be received in said hitch receiver, said outer hitch tube having a plurality of hitch members secured thereto at different angular positions thereon; and
d. said hitch shaft further having a first retainer pin receiving hole therethrough proximate its proximal end configured for receiving a first pin for coupling said hitch shaft to said hitch receiver, and a second retainer pin receiving hole more proximate its outer end for receiving a second pin for coupling said hitch member shaft to said outer hitch tube, configured with said first pin in place for securing said hitch member shaft to said hitch receiver, and with said second pin removed configured for said outer hitch tube to be rotated on said hitch shaft to allow a desired hitch member to be rotatably positioned in a desired position, and configured for said end retaining plate to prevent the removal of said hitch shaft and the hitch from said hitch receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,336,144

TIRE ELECTRONICS SECURING STRUCTURES

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. An electronics package securing structure comprising:an annular hoop configured to abut an inner surface of a tire, wherein the annular hoop consists essentially of open-cell reticulated foam having a modulus between about 20-50 kPa, wherein the annular hoop includes an inflation chamber, wherein the annular hoop is flexible and extensible, wherein the annular hoop has a cross sectional area between about 0.4 and 47.0 cm2, wherein the annular hoop has a top surface defined by an outer diameter and a bottom surface defined by an inner diameter, wherein the top surface of the annular hoop includes a divot configured to receive an electronics package, and wherein the top surface of the annular hoop is configured to abut the inner surface of the tire across 30-90% of a tread width.

US Pat. No. 10,336,143

TYRE DEFLECTION MONITORING

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A system for monitoring deflection of a tire, the system comprising:a first sensor configured to sense load data indicative of a load on an axle and to transmit the load data, and
a second sensor configured to sense first pressure data indicative of pressure in a first tire mounted to a first wheel on the axle, and to transmit the first pressure data;
a third sensor configured to sense second pressure data indicative of pressure in a second tire mounted to a second wheel on the axle, and to transmit the second pressure data;
a non-transitory memory, storing tire behavior information which relates tire deflection to tire load and tire pressure; and
a controller in communication with the memory, the controller being configured to:
receive the load data and calculate a load on the axle using the load data;
receive the first pressure data and calculate a pressure in the first tire;
receive the second pressure data and calculate a pressure in the second tire;
calculate a load on the first tire based on the calculated load on the axle, the calculated pressure in the first tire, and the calculated pressure in the second tire;
determine a deflection of the first tire based on the calculated load on the first tire, the calculated pressure in the first tire, and the stored tire behavior information, and
output a signal indicating the determined deflection.

US Pat. No. 10,336,142

DEVICE FOR DETECTING LOW-PRESSURE STATE OF TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A detection system for detecting a low-pressure state of at least one predetermined tire out of a plurality of tires attached to a vehicle, comprising:a wheel speed sensor attached to each of the plurality of tires and configured to detect wheel speed information from each of the plurality of tires, wherein the plurality of tires include at least a front tire and a rear tire;
a warning indicator; and
a detection device including an I/O interface and a CPU, each wheel speed sensor being connected to the detection device via a communication line and the I/O interface, the wheel information detected by each wheel speed sensor being transmitted to the detection device in real time, the CPU of the detection device being configured to:
retrieve wheel speed information of the front tire and the rear tire out of the plurality of tires from the wheel speed sensor;
calculate a low-pressure index value DEL2 from wheel speed information of the front tire and the rear tire out of the plurality of tires, the low-pressure index value DEL2 being a comparison value obtained by comparing a rotation speed of the front tire and a rotation speed of the rear tire, and the low-pressure index value DEL2 being an index value that increases as the rotation speed of the front tire increases and decreases as the rotation speed of the rear tire increases, or an index value that increases as the rotation speed of the rear tire increases and decreases as the rotation speed of the front tire increases;
perform a frequency analysis on a waveform signals of wheel speed information of at least one tire out of the plurality of tires to calculate a resonance frequency RF of said at least one tire;
calculate a corrected value DEL2? based on the following formula:
DEL2?=DEL2-A*(RF?RF0),
wherein A is a predetermined parameter, being a value corresponding to an inclination of a regression line between the resonance frequency RF and the low-pressure index value DEL2 under the same low-pressure condition, and RF0 is a predetermined reference resonance frequency, being a value of the resonance frequency RF under a reference low-pressure condition and a reference imposed load condition;
determine the low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire by comparing the corrected value DEL2? and a predetermined threshold value; and
control the warning indicator to issue a warning representing occurrence of a pressure decrease when the low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire is determined, wherein the determined low-pressure state of said at least one predetermined tire eliminates an influence of an imposed load on the vehicle, thereby avoiding misdetection and improving accuracy of the low-pressure determination.

US Pat. No. 10,336,141

TIRE HAVING STATIC CHARGE DISSIPATION ELEMENT

BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE...

1. A tire tread, comprising:a road-contacting surface;
an inner component-contacting surface;
a splice surface comprising a radially outer edge and a radially inner edge;
at least one conductive element;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially outer edge;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends from the splice surface to or past the radially inner edge;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented in contact with the splice surface;
wherein each of the at least one conductive element is oriented substantially parallel to the splice surface;
wherein the at least one conductive element comprises a circumferential thickness of between about 0.015 mm and about 6.000 mm;
wherein the at least one conductive element extends along at least a portion of at least one of the road-contacting surface and the inner component-contacting surface; and
wherein the at least one conductive element covers an entire surface of the splice surface.

US Pat. No. 10,336,140

PROJECTING FEATURES MOLDED WITHIN SUBMERGED TREAD VOIDS

Compagnie Generale des Et...

5. A method of forming a tire tread comprising: providing a mold comprising:at least a first mold portion and a second mold portion operatively positionable together to form a tread-forming cavity there between corresponding to a tire tread;
the first mold portion including a top interior side corresponding to a top side of a tread thickness configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation;
the second mold portion including a bottom interior side corresponding to a bottom side of the tread thickness configured to attach to a tire carcass and a submerged void-forming element projecting outwardly from the bottom interior side and into the tread-forming cavity to a terminal end recessed below the top interior side to form a corresponding submerged void within the tread thickness, the submerged void-forming element having a plurality of projecting feature-forming cavities extending at least partially into a width of the submerged void-forming element for forming a plurality of corresponding projecting features extending at least partially within a width of the submerged void formed within the tread thickness;
molding tread material arranged within the tread-forming cavity of the mold to form a molded tread, the tread having:
a tread thickness bounded depthwise by a top side configured to engage a ground surface during tire operation and a bottom side configured to attach to a tire carcass, the thickness extending laterally between a first side edge and a second side edge and longitudinally in a lengthwise direction of the tread,
a submerged void extending into the tread thickness from the bottom side of the tread to a terminal location spaced below the top side, the submerged void forming a groove, wherein the submerged void has a width that, when exposed and in contact with the ground surface, the submerged void remains open in a footprint of the tire, and
a plurality of projecting features arranged within the submerged void below the terminal location of the submerged void, the plurality of projecting features being further arranged in a spaced arrangement along a length of the submerged void, each of the plurality of projecting features extending at least partially across the width of the submerged void and comprising either a wear indicator, a stone ejector, or a noise suppressor,
where each of the plurality of projecting feature-forming cavities extend through the submerged void-forming element such that each of the projecting features formed within the molded tread in the step of molding form a continuous projecting feature extending fully across the width of the submerged void; and
removing the molded tread from the mold whereby the submerged void-forming element is pulled through each of the plurality of projecting features to form a discontinuity comprising a fracture, crack, or tear without a gap extending across a cross-section of each projecting feature at a location along a length of the projecting feature.

US Pat. No. 10,336,139

BODY PLY SHAPE FOR A TIRE

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire defining a radial direction, an axial direction, and a tire centerline, the tire comprising:a pair of opposing bead portions;
a pair of opposing sidewall portions connected with the opposing bead portions;
a crown portion connecting the opposing sidewall portions;
a body ply extending between the bead portions and through the sidewall and crown portions, the body ply having a curve along a meridian plane, wherein s is the length in mm along the curve from centerline of the tire; and
one or more belt plies positioned in the crown portion, wherein sM is one-half of the maximum curvilinear width, along the axial direction, of the widest belt of the one or more belt plies; and
where within a cross-section along the meridian plane; the body ply is located radially inward of a basis curve along at least one side of the tire centerline by a deviation D(s), with ?7.5 mm?D(s)??3 mm at a point sb+54 mm along the curve of the body ply, where
sb is equal to sM?60 mm,
D(s) is deviation from the basis curve, with the basis curve defined from a shape the body ply has in the meridian plane when the tire is mounted on an application rim at a reference inflation pressure of 0.5 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,336,137

ELECTRORHEOLOGICAL FLUIDS INCORPORATED INTO POLYMERIC ARTICLES AND TIRES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of altering the elastic modulus of a polymeric article comprising:electrospinning a hollow non-woven fabric containing electrorheological fluid therein,
incorporating the electrospun, electrorheological-fluid-containing non-woven fabric into a polymer matrix to thereby form a polymeric article, and
subjecting the electrorheological fluid to an electric field thereby changing the elastic modulus of the electrorheological fluid and the overall elastic modulus of the polymeric article.

US Pat. No. 10,336,136

WHEEL CARRIER ASSEMBLY WITH DISK BRAKE

SAME DEUTZ-FAHR ITALIA S....

1. Wheel carrier assembly of a vehicle for agricultural use, wherein the vehicle has a drive comprising a transmission and a steering axle connectable to the drive, wherein the wheel carrier assembly is connectable to the axle to support and control in movement a wheel assembly attached thereto on a wheel flange, wherein the wheel carrier assembly comprises:a constant-velocity joint connected, upstream, to the transmission, and comprising, downstream, a rotation shaft for rotation of the wheel assembly;
a disc brake device to brake the wheel assembly; a gear reducer, connected to the wheel assembly and to the rotation shaft, to vary rotation speed of the rotation shaft;
wherein the disc brake device comprises at least one brake disc and at least one brake caliper wherein the brake disc is operatively connected to the rotation shaft, upstream of the gear reducer, wherein braking action is applied directly to said shaft;
wherein the rotation shaft and the brake disc are constrained in rotation to each other by a lock;
wherein the lock comprises a shaft toothing and a brake toothing respectively made on the rotation shaft and on the brake disc respectively complementary to each other, for threading of the brake disc onto the rotation shaft in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,135

WHEEL ADAPTER FOR A CARGO CONTAINER

SELECTRAILERS LLC, Engle...

1. A wheel adapter for lifting a cargo container and providing rolling mobility to the cargo container, the wheel adapter comprising:an adapter body;
a container connector, wherein a front end of the container connector extends outward and frontward from the adapter body, wherein the container connector further comprises a container coupling bolt configured for connection to an ISO connector of a cargo container, and a rear end of the container connector is pivotably connected to the adapter body;
a container elevation bolt threadably engaging the adapter body and comprising a bolt head for the application of a torque on the bolt head to rotate the container elevation bolt, wherein the container elevation bolt abuts against the container connector causing the container connector to pivot relative to the adapter body;
a wheel support, carried by the adapter body; and
at least one wheel, coupled to the wheel support and rotatable relative to the adapter body; wherein
the container connector is pivotable relative to the adapter body about a pivot axis located longitudinally between the container elevation bolt and the wheel support; and further wherein
the wheel adapter is configured to selectively and reversibly adopt the following positions by applying a torque on the bolt head:
a first position, in which the container elevation bolt is threaded away from the container connector, and the wheel support is at a first vertical position relative to the container connector, and
a second position, in which the container elevation bolt is threaded towards the container connector and pushes the container connector downward, and the wheel support is at a second vertical position relative to the container connector which is lower than the first vertical position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,134

FLEXIBLE WHEEL RIM WITH FLOATING HOOKS

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A vehicle wheel, with symmetry of revolution, adapted for the mounting of a tire, comprising:an axially central part comprising a disc;
a first lateral part and a second lateral part, at least the first lateral part being separate from the axially central part, each of the first lateral part and the second lateral part being provided with a rim seat configured to receive a bead of a tire, the axially central part, the first lateral part, and the second lateral part being made from a rigid matrix;
a first intermediate part between the axially central part and the first lateral part, the first intermediate part forming the only mechanical link between the axially central part and the first lateral part, the first intermediate part comprising a flexible matrix, the Young's modulus of uniaxial extension of the flexible matrix being greater than or equal to 50 MPa and less than or equal to 400 MPa;
wherein the Young's modulus of uniaxial extension of the rigid matrix is greater than or equal to 5 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,336,133

MAGNETIC WHEEL

TAS GLOBAL CO., LTD., Bu...

1. A magnetic wheel comprising:a balance block;
a magnetic body which is provided in the balance block and attaches the balance block to an attachment object with a magnetic force; and
a magnetic shielding block which is provided in the balance block and guides a magnetic field generated in the magnetic body toward the attachment object,
wherein the balance block comprises:
a circular block body; and
a frame portion which is provided at an edge of the block body and has a larger diameter than the block body.

US Pat. No. 10,336,132

WHEEL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A SPOKE AREA COVER

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A wheel of a motor vehicle, comprising:a hub portion;
spokes extending radially outward from the hub portion;
a rim supported on the spokes;
an interior-side spoke area cover facing an interior side of the spokes;
an exterior-side spoke area cover delimited by the rim facing an exterior side of the spokes; and
at least one over pressure-controlled and/or under pressure-controlled ventilation opening, the at least one ventilation opening being arranged to automatically ventilate a spoke area between the interior and exterior-side covers that is closed from the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,336,131

CANVAS WITH SUPPORT

1. A framed canvas, the framed canvas comprising:a frame comprising at least two sides, each of the at least two sides comprising a front surface and a rear surface, wherein one of the at least two sides comprises a round cavity in the rear surface and another of the at least two sides comprises two rectangular cavities in the rear surface;
a canvas sheet contacting each of the at least two sides; and
at least one support, the at least one support comprising a first end and a second end, wherein one of the at least one supports has a round cross-section and two other of the at least one supports have rectangular cross sections, wherein a first end of the at least one support having the round cross section is configured to extend into the round cavity and a first end of the two at least one supports having the rectangular cross-sections are configured to extend into the two rectangular cavities, wherein a second end of the at least one support having the round cross section is configured to extend into a void in a second end of each of the two at least one support having the rectangular cross-sections.

US Pat. No. 10,336,130

DRY-ERASE BOARD WITH INSERTS

Chameleon Corporation, In...

1. A dry-erase board comprising:a rigid base member, the rigid base member having a periphery;
a frame attached to at least a portion of the rigid base member, at least a portion of the frame being rotatable relative to the rigid base member; and
a cover disposed between the rigid base member and the frame, the cover movable relative to the rigid base member and having an erasable surface suitable for use with a writing instrument, and wherein the frame covers at least a portion of the periphery of rigid base member and at least a portion of a periphery of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,336,129

WRITING IMPLEMENT

MITSUBISHI PENCIL COMPANY...

1. A writing implement comprising:a shaft;
an ink supply core that is housed inside the shaft, and that is capable of guiding ink by capillary force;
a collector core in contact with a proximal end of the ink supply core;
a core surrounding member that covers an outer periphery of the ink supply core such that a portion of the ink supply core and a portion of the core surrounding member are exposed at a leading end of the shaft; and
a joint that is capable of changing a relative positional relationship between the ink supply core and the core surrounding member in an axial direction,
wherein the ink supply core is moved by elastic deformation of the joint, thereby causing the ink supply core to move relatively rearward with respect to the core surrounding member so as to enable a tip of the ink supply core and a tip of the core surrounding member to contact a writing surface at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,336,128

LEFT HANDED FOUNTAIN PEN

1. A pen, comprising:a shank;
an ink tube;
a connector connected to the ink tube and the shank;
a feeder connected to the connector; and
a nib connected to the feeder,
wherein a writing tip of the nib extends through a hole in the feeder, and
the writing tip is resiliently biased against the feeder and is selectively moveable between a first position in which ink flow between the writing tip and the feeder is prevented and a second position in which ink flow between the writing tip and the feeder is permitted.

US Pat. No. 10,336,127

EZ SPEEDY DUAL CLIP

1. A hands-free, self-supporting, reversible clipboard, comprising a rigid, rectangular display surface having a front face and a back face, the front face further comprising:a top edge, two spaced-apart top bend lines parallel to the top edge, wherein the top bend line further from the top edge is bent away from the front face at an obtuse angle, forming a display angle, and the top bend line nearer to the top edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a mount angle, and;
a bottom edge, two spaced-apart bottom bend lines parallel to the bottom edge, wherein the bottom bend line further from the bottom edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a first hook angle, and the bottom bend line nearer to the bottom edge is bent toward the front face at a right angle, forming a second hook angle;
a front clip mounted to the front face below the display angle and opening toward the bottom of the front face;
a back clip mounted to the back face above the first hook angle and opening toward the top of the front face.

US Pat. No. 10,336,126

METHODS FOR PLACING AN EMV CHIP ONTO A METAL CARD

1. A method of removing an EMV chip from a plastic credit card or debit card and placing the removed EMV chip onto a metal card, comprising:heating the plastic credit or debit card containing the EMV chip to loosen the EMV chip, the EM V chip being substantially square and planar, the EMV chip having an upward top face, a downward bottom face, and four sides;
removing the loosened EMV chip from the plastic credit or debit card;
bending the four sides of the EMV chip towards the downward bottom face of the EMV chip;
applying an adhesive coating to the bottom face and the bended four sides of the EMV chip; and
placing the adhesive coated bottom face and bended four sides of the EMV chip into a holding cavity of the metal card.

US Pat. No. 10,336,125

COMPOSITE LAMINATE ASSEMBLY USED TO FORM PLURAL INDIVIDUAL CARDS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A laminated core stock sheet for use in a composite laminate assembly for being separated into plural individual cards, the laminated core stock sheet comprising:a core substrate layer; and
an intermediate filmic layer coupled to the core substrate layer, the intermediate filmic layer including plural conductive bodies arranged in a repeating pattern and that provide at least one of a security feature, a decorative feature, or other functional feature of the individual cards, wherein the plural conductive bodies are spaced apart from each other within the intermediate filmic layer such that the plural conductive bodies prevent conduction of electrostatic discharge through the intermediate filmic layer and outside of the individual cards.

US Pat. No. 10,336,124

SECURITY ELEMENT COMPRISING AN INTERFERENCE PIGMENT AND A NANOMETRIC FILLER

OBERTHUR FIDUCIAIRE SAS, ...

1. A security element for a secured document, comprising:a security structure comprising an opaque layer and at least one opening in this opaque layer; and
a masking structure superposed at least partially on the security structure, for decreasing visibility of the security element in reflected light, the security element being present within the secured document or on a surface of the secured document, the masking structure comprising a nanoscale filler and a multilayer interferential pigment, the security element being visible under transmitted light through the masking structure.

US Pat. No. 10,336,123

MULTILAYER SECURITY ELEMENT

1. A multi-layer security element comprising:an opaque functional layer arranged between a first build-up layer and a second build-up layer, the first build-up layer and the second build-up layer being formed of a transmissive material,
wherein the opaque functional layer, the first build-up layer, and the second build-up layer are connected by lamination to form an areal body with planar surfaces,
wherein the opaque functional layer has at least one cutout and the at least one cutout is filled with the transmissive material of the first build-up layer and/or the second build-up layer,
wherein on one of the first build-up layer or the second build-up layer there is further arranged a feature carrier layer, the feature carrier layer including an opaque material, and
wherein, in the feature carrier layer and/or between the feature carrier layer and the opaque functional layer, one or more security features are formed which extend at least partially into the area of the at least one cutout.

US Pat. No. 10,336,122

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING ANIMATED PAPERS USING DIGITAL PRINTING

1. A method for displaying graphics (600), comprises:providing a permanent base (610), a first inner sliding member (620), and a second inner sliding member (630);
wherein said first inner sliding member (620) is designed as a rectangular panel with a plurality of vertical cuts (622) in its center; wherein said first inner sliding member (620) includes an upper flange (621) with a horizontal cut (6210); wherein said first inner sliding member (620) includes graphics;
wherein said second inner sliding member (630) is designed as a rectangular panel with an upper side protrusion (631); wherein said second inner sliding member (630) includes graphics;
wherein said permanent base (610) includes a plurality of vertical flanges (611), back side (612) and a front window frame (613); wherein the number of said vertical flanges (611) corresponds with the number of said vertical cutes (622); wherein said vertical flanges (611) include graphics;
the method for displaying graphics comprising assembling said permanent base (610), said first inner sliding member (620), and said second inner sliding member (630) together according to the following steps:
(a) folding said upper flange (621) along a folding line (623) of said first inner sliding member (620) and inserting into said horizontal cut (6210) said upper side protrusion (631) of said second inner sliding member (630);
whereby said second inner sliding member (630) is attached and parallel to said first inner sliding member (620) and can move relatively to it;
(b) whereby when said second inner sliding member (630) is in a closed position said upper side protrusion (631) is stopped at a left edge of said horizontal cut (6210) and when said second inner sliding member (630) is in an opened position said upper side protrusion (631) is stopped at the right edge of said horizontal cut (6210);
(c) folding said vertical flanges (611) along a folding line (614) of said permanent base (610);
(d) combining said first inner sliding members (620) and said second sliding member (630) in said permanent base (610) by positioning said first inner sliding member (620) between said vertical flanges (611) and between said back side (612), and positioning said second inner sliding member (630) on said vertical flanges (611); wherein inserting said vertical flanges (611) in order inside said vertical cutes (622);
(e) folding said front window frame (613) along a folding line 615 (615) in a way that it is attached and parallel to said vertical flanges (611) and to said first inner sliding member (620) and covers them; whereby said graphics on said first inner sliding member (620), on said second inner sliding member (630) and on said vertical flanges (611) can be are visible through a window (6131) on said front window frame (613) (6513);
(f) folding a closing flange (617) along a folding line (616) in a way that it is attached onto the rear side of said back side (612).

US Pat. No. 10,336,121

LENTICULAR PRINTED MATERIAL

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A lenticular printed material comprising:a lenticular lens in which a plurality of convex lenses each respectively having a semicylindrical surface are arranged in parallel;
a lenticular image which is disposed on a side opposite to the semicylindrical surface of the convex lens and includes character information to be displayed in a plurality of languages independently from each other; and
a white ink layer which is disposed on the lenticular image,
wherein the languages for displaying the character information are switched between one another according to an observation angle in a case where the lenticular image is observed through the lenticular lens.

US Pat. No. 10,336,120

RIGID PROTECTION COVER AND CLOSURE

1. A protective cover, comprising:an edge frame comprising a pull bar and a plurality of connector arms; and
a spine insert;
wherein each of said plurality of connector arms comprise a connector end;
wherein each connector end defines an extended aperture;
wherein each connector end comprises a pivot tab, a slide peg, a spring housing, and a spring band;
wherein said pivot tab is attached to said slide peg;
wherein said slide peg is inserted within said extended aperture;
wherein said spring housing is attached to one of said connector ends;
wherein said pivot tab is fastened to said spine insert.

US Pat. No. 10,336,119

APPARATUS FOR BINDING STACKS OF FLAT PARTS

1. An apparatus for binding stacks of flat parts comprisinga plurality of flat parts, each flat part having opposing faces and a plurality of edges,
a fixing unit for fixing a stack, the fixed stack comprising the plurality of flat parts arranged in face to face orientation with edges aligned to provide the stack with opposing faces and a plurality of stack edges extending between the faces, one of the stack edges being an unbound spine edge,
a binder application device for heating a hot melt adhesive to a liquid state and applying the liquid hot melt adhesive along the unbound spine edge, the adhesive comprising photoinitiators which are activatable by exposure to radiation in a wavelength range of 320 nm to 410 nm to cure the adhesive along the unbound spine edge,
an irradiating unit for curing the adhesive by irradiating the adhesive on the unbound spine edge, the irradiating unit comprising a plurality of semiconductor light-emitting diode units, wherein
the light-emitting diode units exclusively emit radiation with a wavelength in a wavelength range of 320 nm to 410 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,118

INKJET PRINTERS

8. A method of printing, comprising:inkjet printing an image on a print medium;
reducing or removing moisture from the image;
dispensing post-printing treatment fluid on the print medium after reducing or removing the moisture, the post-printing treatment fluid comprising water and a flatness control agent which includes an organic solvent with three or more hydroxyl groups, and a vapor pressure less than 2×10?4 mmHg; and
calendering the print medium while the print medium is still moistened with the post-printing treatment fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,336,117

IMAGE ERASING APPARATUS AND IMAGE ERASING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image erasing apparatus, comprising:a sheet supply portion configured to supply a sheet;
an ejector from which the sheet is ejected;
a first conveying path from the sheet supply portion toward the ejector;
a reader arranged on the first conveying path and configured to read an image on the sheet;
a second conveying path that branches from the first conveying path at a downstream side of the reader and merges with the first conveying path at an upstream side of the reader;
an erasing unit arranged on the second conveying path and configured to erase the image on the sheet;
a switching portion arranged at the downstream side of the reader and configured to switch a conveyance path of the sheet toward the ejector or toward the erasing unit; and
a controller configured to control the switching portion to switch the conveying paths of the sheet and determine whether or not the sheet read by the reader is reusable.

US Pat. No. 10,336,116

FUSER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING HAVING RESISTIVE TRACE WITH GAP

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A heater element useable in a fuser roll, the fuser roll configured to form a nip between the fuser roll and a pressure roll through which a sheet is conveyed to permanently fuse an image onto the sheet, the heater element comprising a resistive trace, a common trace tapped to a first side of the resistive trace continuous across the resistive trace, and first and second conductive traces tapped to ends of the resistive trace at a second side of the resistive trace opposite the first side, the first and second conductive traces conductively segmented by a conductive gap between the conductive traces, the resistive trace including a separation gap extending through the resistive trace from the second side of the resistive trace at the conductive gap towards the first side of the resistive trace to prevent current flow between the segmented conductive traces.

US Pat. No. 10,336,115

TRANSFER SHEET

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A transfer sheet comprising a substrate, and a releasing layer and a hot melt colored layer in this order on the substrate:the hot melt colored layer comprising, as a binder resin, a (meth)acrylic resin having a glass transition temperature of not less than 75° C., and a colorant,
wherein the releasing layer comprises a vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate resin, and
wherein the content of the vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate resin in the releasing layer is not less than 80% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,336,114

METHOD OF FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING OVER A TEXTURED SURFACE

STEELSCAPE, LLC, Kalama,...

1. A method for flexographically printing over a textured surface, the method comprising:feeding a substrate into a coating line with at least one coating system, the coating system further comprising at least one each of i) a coating pan, ii) a pick-up roll, iii) a metering roll, iv) an applicator roll, v) a print sleeve circumscribing the applicator roll, and vi) a backup drum, wherein the substrate traverses between the print sleeve and the backup drum;
degreasing the substrate at a degreasing station;
rinsing the substrate at a rinsing station;
applying a pretreatment coat to the substrate with the at least one coating system;
heating the pretreatment coated substrate;
applying to the substrate a primer coat, having a viscosity as determined by an efflux time of about 22 seconds while utilizing a number 4 Zahn cup, with the at least one coating system;
heating the primed substrate to a temperature in the range of from about 430° to 440° F.;
quenching the primed substrate;
applying to the primed substrate a finish coat, having a viscosity as determined by an efflux time of about 22 seconds while utilizing a number 4 Zahn cup, with the at least one coating system;
heating the primed and finish coated substrate to a temperature in the range of from about 445° to 455° F.;
quenching the primed and finish coated substrate;
returning the primed and finish coated substrate to a coil form on a coil car;
refeeding the primed and finish coated substrate into the coating line from the coil car;
applying a second primer coat to the primed and finish coated substrate;
heating the twice primed and finish coated substrate to a temperature in the range of from about 445° to 455° F.;
quenching the twice primed and finish coated substrate;
applying a second finish coat to the twice primed and once finish coated substrate;
heating the twice primed and twice finish coated substrate to a temperature in the range of from about 445° to 455° F.;
quenching the twice primed and twice finish coated substrate; and
returning the twice primed and twice finish coated substrate to a coil form on a coil car.

US Pat. No. 10,336,113

THERMAL PRINTER, AND THERMAL PRINTER CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A thermal printer, comprising:a communication section configured to receive print data;
a thermal line head configured to include a plurality of resistors and print an image based on the received print data on thermosensitive paper, the plurality of resistors being divided into at least a first unit and a second unit, each being able to be energized concurrently; and
an inspection section configured to perform inspection, with the plurality of resistors divided into the first and second units, to acquire a resistance value of each resistor belonging to the same unit on a unit-by-unit basis,
wherein, when the image is not being printed by the thermal line head, the inspection section inspects the resistors in the respective one of the first and second units,
wherein the inspection of the resistors is suspended on a basis of when the print data is received after the first unit has been inspected and before the second unit has not yet been inspected; and
wherein, after completion of the printing of the image by the thermal line head, the suspended inspection is resumed on the unit-by-unit basis from where suspended.

US Pat. No. 10,336,112

SEGMENTED ENCLOSURE

1. A printer, comprising:a housing having a fixed structure and a movable cover, the movable cover configured to be movable with respect to the fixed structure, and the fixed structure comprising a front portion of the housing, a back portion of the housing, and a left-side portion of the housing; and
a printing mechanism disposed inside the housing, the printing mechanism configured to print an image on a medium;
wherein the movable cover is movably attached to the fixed structure via a first pivoting mechanism that defines a first pivoting axis, the movable cover configured to be pivoted about the first pivoting axis of the first pivoting mechanism;
wherein the movable cover comprises a plurality of linked slats, each pair of adjacent linked slats being linked together by a second pivoting mechanism; and
wherein the movable cover is configured to stay in a fully opened position or fully closed position by magnets deployed on the plurality of linked slats, the front portion, the back portion, and the left-side portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,111

OPENING/CLOSING STRUCTURE OF OPENING/CLOSING COVER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An opening/closing structure of a cover, comprising:a casing having an opening; and
a cover configured to be rotatable with respect to the casing to open/close the opening,
wherein one of the casing and the cover is provided with a shaft part having a shaft, and the other of the casing and the cover is provided with a receiving part having an insertion opening in which the shaft is inserted,
wherein one of the shaft part and the receiving part is provided with a protrusion on a part of an end surface in an axial direction, and the other of the shaft part and the receiving part is provided with a contact portion on a part of a facing surface which faces the end surface,
wherein the protrusion circumvents contacting the contact portion when the cover is in a closed state in which the cover closes the opening,
wherein, when the cover is in an open state in which the cover is opened, from the closed state, by a particular angle, the protrusion contacts the contact portion so as to be applied with a resistant force against rotation of the cover, and
wherein the protrusion protrudes in the axial direction and extends along a rotation direction of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,336,110

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, assuming that three orthogonal directions thereof are an X direction, a Y direction, and a Z direction, and a positive Y direction and a negative Y direction respectively are a +Y direction and a ?Y direction, and a positive Z direction and a negative Z direction respectively are a +Z direction a ?Z direction, the apparatus comprising:a liquid ejection head having a nozzle group for ejecting liquid onto a medium;
a carriage that has a bottom formed parallel to the X direction and the Y direction and moves in the X direction;
a supply roller that is provided at a position closer to a side of the carriage in the ?Y direction than to a side thereof in the +Y direction, and conveys the medium in the +Y direction; and
a discharge roller that is provided at a position closer to the side of the carriage in the +Y direction than to the side thereof in the ?Y direction, and conveys the medium in the +Y direction,
wherein a plurality of cartridge slots configured to receive a corresponding number of cartridges, including at least three or more cartridges each having different ink types, are provided in the bottom of the carriage on a side in the +Z direction,
each of the plurality of cartridge slots are arranged relative to each other in the Y direction, and
the liquid ejection head is provided in the bottom of the carriage on a side in the ?Z direction, at a position between the supply roller and the discharge roller, the position being closer to the supply roller than to the discharge roller.

US Pat. No. 10,336,109

MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING PRINTING STATIONS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. An apparatus comprising a measurement system for making measurements at a printing station that includes a print head that is adjustably held at a position at said printing station, said measurement system comprising a measurement device, a calculation unit, and an interface, wherein said measurement device is configured to detect measurement information relating to a position-modifiable component of said printing station during movement thereof, wherein said calculation unit is configured to receive said measurement information from said measurement device, wherein said calculation unit is further configured to determine actual-position data of said position-modifiable component from said measurement information received and to compare said actual-position data with predetermined reference-position data, and to determine calibration information based on said actual-position data and said reference-position data, and wherein said interface permits transfer of said calibration information.

US Pat. No. 10,336,108

CREDENTIAL PRODUCTION DEVICE HAVING A MOVABLE PROCESSING ASSEMBLY

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A credential production device comprising:processing path;
a transport mechanism configured to feed individual substrates along the processing path;
a processing assembly comprising:
a supply spool support;
a take-up spool support;
a plurality of ribbon supports that define a ribbon path; and
one of a print head and a transfer roller; and
at least one assembly guide configured to guide linear movement of the processing assembly substantially perpendicularly to the processing path between an operating position and a loading position relative to the processing path.