US Pat. No. 10,766,522

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING STEERING NIBBLE IN POSITION CONTROLLED STEERING SYSTEMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a controller to:
determine actuator angle data based on steering wheel angle data associated with a steering wheel of a position controlled steering system;
determine nibble control angle data by implementing a nibble control process, wherein the controller, in connection with the nibble control process, is to:
determine wheel frequency data based on detected wheel speed data or detected vehicle speed data associated with the position controlled steering system;
determine gain data by applying a gain scheduler to the wheel frequency data; and
apply the gain data to the steering wheel angle data to produce scaled steering wheel angle data, wherein the nibble control angle data is based on the scaled steering wheel angle data;
determine adjusted actuator angle data based on the actuator angle data and the nibble control angle data; and
generate a control signal based on the adjusted actuator angle data to apply a torque via an actuator of the position controlled steering system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,521

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

MTD PRODUCTS INC, Valley...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a steering pinion engaged with a rack, the rack having opposing ends, each opposing end coupled to a gear pair through a rod;
a sector gear that engages the pinion;
a plate that is coaxial with and coupled to the sector gear, the plate having a pair of cams;
two followers, one of which engages one of the cams and the other follower engages the other cam; and
a linkage system coupled to the followers, the linkage system being coupled to a transmission system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,520

STEERING COLUMN

1. A steering column (10), comprising:a base (20);
a lower section (25), hinged to the base (20);
an intermediate section (30), hinged to the lower section (25);
an actuation lever (60) operable between a locked position, in which the actuation lever (60) is in stable equilibrium and constrains the mutual rotation of the lower section (25) relative to the base (20) and the mutual rotation of the intermediate section (30) relative to the lower section (25), and a first unlocked position or a second unlocked position, distinct from each other, in each of which it respectively releases one of the mutual rotation of the lower section (25) relative to the base (20) and the mutual rotation of the intermediate section (30) relative to the lower section (25);wherein, in the first unlocked position and in the second unlocked position, the actuation lever (60) can be positioned in two distinct respective stable equilibrium positions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,518

ROTATION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A STEERING WHEEL AND METHOD

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A rotation control system for a steering system comprising:a steering wheel having a single steering wheel;
a steering shaft operatively coupled to the single steering wheel;
at least one component operatively coupled to the steering shaft, the steering wheel switchable between a rotational condition and a non-rotational condition during operation of the vehicle, the rotational condition occurring during a manual driving mode and the non-rotational condition occurring during an autonomous driving mode; and
a condition switching device for allowing a user to switch between the rotational condition and the non-rotational condition, the condition switching device comprising at least one of a switch, a button, and a voice prompt.

US Pat. No. 10,766,517

STROLLER ASSEMBLY

Strova, Inc., Philadelph...

1. A stroller assembly comprising:a stroller frame comprising a front horizontal bar and a rear horizontal bar, the stroller frame configured to operate between an open position and a collapsed position such that the front horizontal bar moves toward the rear horizontal bar when the stroller frame is operated from the open position to the collapsed position and the front horizontal bar moves away from the rear horizontal bar when the stroller frame is operated from the collapsed position to the open position;
a plurality of wheels connected to the stroller frame, the plurality of wheels comprising one or more front wheels and one or more rear wheels; and
a support connected to the stroller frame, the support comprising a first arm, a second arm, and a support wheel, the first arm connected to the front horizontal bar and the second arm, the second arm connected to the rear horizontal bar and the first arm, wherein the support wheel does not contact the ground when the stroller frame is in the open position, and wherein the support and the one or more rear wheels are configured to support the stroller assembly in a substantially vertical position when the stroller frame is in the collapsed position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,515

MOVABLE VEHICLE CAPABLE OF CARRYING STACKABLE CHAIRS

Dongguan Shichang Metals ...

1. A movable vehicle capable of carrying stackable chairs, comprising:a base frame comprising first and second parts that are connected through at least one horizontal rod having a length that is adjustable;
a roller connected to the base frame for carrying the base frame; and
a supporting frame disposed on the base frame, the supporting frame comprising:
a first V-shape support with an upward opening having an adjustable angle, the first V-shape support comprising a first set of a first supporting arm and a second supporting arm that are hinged to the first part of the base frame; and
a second V-shape support with an upward opening having an adjustable angle, the second V-shape support comprising a second set of a first supporting arm and a second supporting arm that are hinged to the second part of the base frame.

US Pat. No. 10,766,514

AUDIBLE ALERT SYSTEMS FOR LOCOMOTIVES

Cattron North America, In...

1. A system comprising:an audible alert system for a locomotive including a speaker, an audio amplifier, an audio file player, and an enclosure, wherein the audio amplifier and the audio file player are within the enclosure;
an assembly mountable to handrailing of the locomotive and the audible alert system, wherein the speaker of the audible alert system is mountable to the assembly, such that the speaker of the audible alert system is mountable via the assembly to the handrailing of the locomotive; and
a speaker bracket positionable generally between the speaker and a portion of the assembly, and wherein:
the speaker bracket includes fastener holes alignable with corresponding fastener holes of the portion of the assembly, whereby one or more mechanical fasteners are insertable through the aligned fastener holes of the speaker bracket and the portion of the assembly to thereby couple the speaker bracket to the portion of the assembly; and/or
the speaker bracket includes fastener holes alignable with corresponding fastener holes of the speaker, whereby one or more mechanical fasteners are insertable through the aligned fastener holes of the speaker bracket and the speaker to thereby couple the speaker bracket to the speaker.

US Pat. No. 10,766,512

WIRELESS TRAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Arup Ventures Limited, L...

1. A train control system comprising:a train set including at least one railway car;
a track switch controller;
at least one first set of two track points located along a first track switch section;
at least one second set of two track points located along a second track switch section coupled via a track section to the first track switch section;
at least one RFID tag having no preprogrammed data and which is located at each of the at least one first set of two track points configured to store dynamic and static characteristics of the train set as it passes the at least one first set of two track points, wherein the dynamic characteristics stored on the at least on RFID tag are configured to be updated at the at least one first set of two track points, according to characteristics of the train set passing by the at least one first set of two track points;
the at least one RFID tag having no preprogrammed data and which is located at each of the at least one first set of two track points and the at least one second set of two track points, the at least one RFID tag being configured to store dynamic and static characteristics of the train set as it passes the at least one second set of the at least two track switches;
a directional antenna coupled to the at least one railway car of the train set and configured to acquire a unique identifier (UID) of the at least one RFID tag; and
at least one RFID tag reader located on the at least one railway car connected to a network,
wherein the at least one railway car writes data to the at least one RFID tag such that the data is read by the at least one RFID tag reader of a following railway car, and
wherein the data of the at least one RFID tag is overwritten with new data each time at least one railway car passes by the at least one first set of two track points and as it passes by the at least one second set of the two track points.

US Pat. No. 10,766,511

CABLE DRIVEN RAILROAD SWITCH INDICATOR

1. A railroad switch indicator for switchpoints between outer and inner stockrails that operates independently of the mechanism for operating the switch comprisinga signal having first and second visual indicators and an indicator shield that is spring biased in neutral position such that a portion of the first and second indicators are visible;
a switchpoint distance amplifier having an operator connected to the inner stockrails and a linkage including first and second spaced apart linkage arms pivoted to a frame and to a cross member, said cross member adapted to apply a force between a pivoted end and an output end of a lever arm, said operator contacting the first linkage arm when the switchpoints are in switching position and the second linkage arm when the switchpoints are in nonswitching position, said operator contacting neither the first linkage arm nor the linkage second arm in neutral position when the switchpoint are in a mid position; and,
a push and pull cable attached to the output end of the lever arm and to the indicator shield, said cable pushed by the lever arm when rotated in a first direction and pulled by the lever arm when rotated in a second opposite direction, said cable moving the indicator shield over the first visual indicator when the operator pushes on one of said first and second spaced apart linkage arms rotating the lever arm in the first direction signaling that the switchpoints are in switching position and said cable moving the indicator shield over the second visual indicator when the operator pushes on the other of said first and second spaced apart linkage arms rotating the lever arm in the second opposite direction signaling that the switchpoints are in nonswitching position, said linkage defaulting to neutral position by action of the spring biased indicator shield through the cable when the switchpoints are in mid position and the operator is contacting neither the first linkage arm nor the second linkage arm.

US Pat. No. 10,766,510

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING DEFECTS LOCATED IN THE HEAD AREA OF RAIL

1. A system for performing an ultrasonic inspection of railroad rails in order to detect horizontal fractures in a head area of a rail being inspected, which horizontal fractures propagate in a horizontal and longitudinal plane of said rail, said inspection being performed as said inspection system moves along the railroad rails, the system comprising:an independent single sensing wheel arranged to roll along the top of the railroad rails being inspected, and
a plurality of ultrasonic transducers in said sensing wheel,
wherein said sensing wheel is continuously aligned perpendicular to a vertical plane extending from the railroad rails in order for the sensing wheel to detect and size a depth and width of a horizontal defect in said head area of said rail.

US Pat. No. 10,766,507

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A MULTIPLE AXLE RAILCAR HAVING A SPAN BOLSTER

KASGRO RAIL CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a railcar having a span bolster, comprising:fabricating a span bolster having a camber;
creating an attachment point for a railcar body at a raised peak of the camber in the span bolster,
wherein the raised peak is positioned above a horizontal plane of the span bolster to counteract load-induced sag from the weight of the railcar body;
attaching at least two trucks to the span bolster; and
mounting the railcar body to the span bolster.

US Pat. No. 10,766,505

RAILROAD CAR AND END DOOR ASSEMBLY THEREFOR

National Steel Car Limite...

1. A railroad car comprising:a car body mounted on railroad car trucks for rolling motion in a longitudinal direction along railroad tracks;
said car body having first and second sidewalls running length-wise therealong, each of said sidewalls having an upper margin;
said car body having first and second ends;
said car body having a lading receptacle defined between said first and second sidewalls and said first and second ends;
at least said first end including a lading discharge door assembly;
said lading discharge door assembly including a headframe member, and a door mounted below said headframe member, said door being movable between a closed position in which to discourage discharge of lading, and an open position in which to permit discharge of lading;
said headframe member being connected to said upper margins of said first and second sidewalls at motion tolerant connections, said motion tolerant connections having a degree of freedom accommodating lateral angular deflection of said upper margins of said first and second sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,766,504

FLOOR STRUCTURE PROVIDED WITH A FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

HITACHI RAIL S.p.A., Nap...

1. A floor structure for a railway vehicle, the floor structure comprising:an underframe that is elongated along a longitudinal axis, coincident with an advancement axis of the railway vehicle; the underframe comprising a lower surface and a plurality of attachment rails arranged at least on an area of said lower surface; the attachment rails being parallel to said longitudinal axis and projecting downwards from said area, so as to define a plurality of compartments horizontally between said attachment rails;
a fire protection system that covers said area;said fire protection system comprising:a plurality of panels arranged in said plurality of compartments;
a plurality of section bars fixed to said attachment rails; said plurality of section bars being shaped so as to retain said plurality of panels in fixed positions in said compartments and, simultaneously, cover said attachment rails;wherein each of said panels comprises a respective metal container and respective insulating material;wherein said metal containers are closed containers containing the insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,766,503

TRIGGERING SYSTEM FOR SPOTTER CONTROL ON TRAIN

Progress Rail Locomotive ...

1. A triggering system for a train having a spotter control system, the triggering system comprising:a position detection system configured to:
generate a position signal indicative of a position of a rail shop relative to the train; and
a controller configured to:
receive the position signal from the position detection system;
detect that the train is approaching the rail shop based on the position signal;
determine that a current state of charge of a battery of the train satisfies a threshold;
trigger, based on the detection, a shutdown of an engine of the train; and
trigger, based on the detection and based on determining that the current state of charge of the battery satisfies the threshold, an activation of the spotter control system, the spotter control system providing electric drive from power of the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,766,502

AMUSEMENT RIDE WITH BOOSTER DRIVES

VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING ...

1. An amusement ride, comprising:a vehicle track, the vehicle track comprising a vehicle track structure that defines a support surface for supporting a passenger vehicle and being configured for guiding the passenger vehicle along the vehicle track;
at least one passenger vehicle, the passenger vehicle being provided with a longitudinal drive fin for engagement by a booster drive; and
multiple booster drives mounted on the vehicle track to displace the passenger vehicle along the vehicle track, each of the multiple booster drives comprising:
two booster wheels, the two booster wheels being configured for each engaging a side of the longitudinal fin mounted on the passenger vehicle such that the fin is pinched between the booster wheels and the vehicle can be displaced along the vehicle track by driving one or both booster wheels;
at least one booster drive motor, the at least one booster drive motor being configured to drive at least one of the two booster wheels;
a base, the base having a left side and a right side and being is mounted to the vehicle track structure;
a frame, the frame having a left side and a right side and supporting the at least one booster drive motor and the two booster wheels; and
a mobile carrier, the mobile carrier connecting the frame to the base and having at least one left carrier arm connecting the left side of the base to the left side of the frame and at least one right carrier arm connecting the right side of the base to the right side of the frame, the carrier arms being flexible arms or being pivotably connected to the base or the frame, such that in use the carrier arms enable movement of the frame relative to the base in a direction substantially parallel to the support surface defined by the vehicle track while preventing substantial movement in a direction perpendicular to said support surface, wherein the at least one left carrier arm and the at least one right carrier arm each are flexible arms, the flexible arms having their ends fixed to the base and the frame, such that the displacement of the frame relative to the base is achieved by flexing of the arms, wherein the at least one left carrier arm and the at least one right carrier arm are resilient carrier arms, such that the carrier arms, and thus the frame supporting the booster wheels, are resiliently forced towards the predetermined position,
wherein the booster drive is mounted to the vehicle track such that the booster wheels are positioned for pinching the longitudinal drive fin of the passenger vehicle therebetween when the longitudinal drive fin passes the booster drive, and the mobile carrier of the booster drive allows for lateral movement of the longitudinal drive fin relative to the base of the booster drive, while the longitudinal drive fin is pinched between the booster wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,766,500

SENSORY STIMULATION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A sensory stimulation system within an interior of an autonomous vehicle (AV), the sensory stimulation system comprising:a display system;
one or more processors; and
one or more memory resources storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the sensory stimulation system to:
obtain maneuver data representing one or more maneuvers to be performed by the AV;
for each respective maneuver of the one or more maneuvers, determine one or more visual outputs to provide a passenger of the AV with a sensory indication of the respective maneuver; and
output the one or more visual outputs via the display system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,499

VEHICLE SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIBRATION UNITS AND USE OF VIBRATION UNITS OF A VEHICLE SYSTEM

1. A vehicle system, comprising at least one vibration unit, which is configured and disposed to generate perceptible vibrations as a tactile feedback of current driving influences for a passenger of a motor vehicle correlating with real current drive parameters of the motor vehicle,wherein a calculating device, which is configured to calculate a control signal correlating with real current drive parameters of the motor vehicle, and a control unit are provided, which is configured to control the at least one vibration unit based on the control signal correlating with a tactile feedback of different dynamic driving behavior of different vehicle drive trains, and at least by the different behavior during load changes of different drive motor types and/or by the different pitching behavior for different configurations of driven wheels of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,498

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY OF AN AUGMENTED REALITY DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A device for controlling a display of an augmented reality display device for a transportation vehicle, the device comprising:an analysis unit for detecting a driving situation in which a warning is to be displayed to a driver of the transportation vehicle;
a graphics generator for generating virtual objects for display by the augmented reality display device, wherein the virtual objects have moving graphical elements which simulate movement of the virtual objects; and
an output for outputting the virtual objects for display by the augmented reality display device to enable visualization of possible imminent events, actions or hazardous situations via the augmented reality display device,
wherein the virtual objects displayed on the augmented reality display device include representations of actual objects in an environment surrounding the vehicle, virtual objects that indicate an increased risk of objects depicted by the virtual objects actually being present in the environment surrounding the transportation vehicle, and virtual objects providing instruction for the driver to drive the transportation vehicle to position the transportation vehicle relative to locations within the environment surrounding the transportation vehicle so as to assist the driver to follow transportation vehicle navigation instructions issued by a navigation system of the transportation vehicle or parking maneuvering assistance instructions generated by the transportation vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,497

METHOD FOR DEACTIVATING AN AUTOMATED DRIVING FUNCTION OF A VEHICLE AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

Daimler AG, Stuttgart (D...

1. A method, comprising:activating an automated driving function of a vehicle;
determining whether a driver intervention occurs; and
deactivating the automated driving function responsive to the driver intervention exceeding a predetermined deactivation threshold, wherein the deactivation threshold is predetermined depending on an operation length of the automated driving function and on a responsiveness of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,766,494

ROAD SURFACE CHARACTERIZATION BASED UPON FILTER COEFFICIENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A road profile detection system for a vehicle, comprising:a noise cancellation module including a plurality of taps with a plurality of filter coefficients, respectively and configured to adjust values of the plurality of filter coefficients during operation of the vehicle;
a filter coefficient monitoring module configured to sample the plurality of filter coefficients from the noise cancellation module; and
a road surface determination module configured to receive the plurality of filter coefficients and to determine a road surface type based on the plurality of filter coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,766,489

MODEL PREDICTIVE ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL FOR REDUCING REAR-END COLLISION RISK WITH FOLLOWER VEHICLES

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A controller for an adaptive cruise control system of a vehicle, the controller comprising one or more processors and memory in electronic communication with the one or more processors, the memory storing corresponding values for a plurality of constants including a first time gap, a first stopping distance, a second time gap, and a second stopping distance, the memory further storing program instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to:obtain driving condition data generated at least in part by one or more sensors of the vehicle, the driving condition data representing a velocity of the vehicle, a first distance from the vehicle to a leader vehicle in front of the vehicle, and a second distance from the vehicle to a follower vehicle behind the vehicle;
determine, based at least in part on the driving condition data, a first velocity of the leader vehicle and a second velocity of the follower vehicle;
determine, based on the second velocity, the second time gap, and the second stopping distance, a threshold safe distance between the vehicle and the follower vehicle;
determine a difference between the threshold safe distance and the second distance;
determine, based on the difference, whether the second distance to the follower vehicle is less than the threshold safe distance;
responsive to a determination that the second distance is less than the threshold safe distance, determine, based on the speed of the vehicle, the first time gap, the first stopping distance, the difference between the threshold safe distance and the second distance, and a safe-spacing policy implemented in the program instructions, a desired distance from the vehicle to the leader vehicle, the controller in conformance with the safe-spacing policy causing the adaptive cruise control system to both avoid collision of the vehicle with the leader vehicle and reduce risk of collision of the vehicle with the follower vehicle; and
control an acceleration of the vehicle to cause the vehicle to move to the desired distance from the leader vehicle, wherein the program instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, implement a hybrid model predictive control (MPC) used by the controller, the hybrid MPC comprising:
a first MPC disposing the controller in a normal driving mode in which the controller does not use the driving condition data associated with the follower vehicle to determine the desired distance; and
a second MPC disposing the controller in a tailgating follower mode in which the controller uses the driving condition data associated with the follower vehicle to determine the desired distance according to the safe-spacing policy and slow the velocity of the vehicle, the one or more processors executing the program instructions to cause the controller to:
responsive to a determination that the second distance is not less than the threshold safe distance, switch to or remain in the normal driving mode; and
responsive to the determination that the second distance is less than the threshold safe distance, switch to the tailgating follower mode.

US Pat. No. 10,766,488

DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

14. A computer-implemented method for controlling an own vehicle to follow a preceding vehicle, the own vehicle equipped with an object detection sensor that captures front view images including objects in front of the own vehicle, the method comprising:receiving the front view images transmitted from the object detection sensor;
recognizing, extracting and selecting a target object from the front view images;
performing a target-following driving control of the target object;
acquiring an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and the target object;
determining a target acceleration of the own vehicle so as to maintain the inter-vehicle distance within a target inter-vehicle distance during a period of the target-following driving control, and increasing a target deceleration, which is the target acceleration of a negative value, according to increasing of a difference between the target inter-vehicle distance and the inter-vehicle distance; and
increasing the target deceleration prior to deceleration of the own vehicle, in response to:
a period during which the target object is continuously recognized being greater than a predetermined period; and
the inter-vehicle distance being less than a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,766,485

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:at least one processor and memory, wherein
the memory is configured to store static object information acquired in advance and reliability of the static object information in association with each other, and
the memory comprises computer instructions that are configured to, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
detect, based on an output of at least one sensor, an object around a vehicle as a detection result;
acquire calculation load information of the vehicle control device;
decide a reliability threshold to be small with respect to an increase in a calculation load based on the calculation load information;
select the static object information associated with reliability equal to or greater than the reliability threshold decided from the static object information stored in the memory;
decide a tracking target around the vehicle by comparing the detection result and the static object information selected to each other; and
track the tracking target decided as a tracking result; and
perform traveling control based on the tracking result.

US Pat. No. 10,766,483

ACTIVE VEHICLE VIRTUAL REALITY PREVENTION OF PREDICTIVE MOTION SICKNESS

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:before navigating in an autonomous vehicle by a specific passenger, training a prediction motion system to predict reactions of the specific passenger, comprising:
simulating, by a virtual reality system coupled to the prediction motion system, various driving conditions while the specific passenger resides in a seat of the autonomous vehicle;
measuring, by the prediction motion system, a set of reactions from the specific passenger to the simulated driving conditions; and
storing, by the prediction motion system, the simulated driving conditions and the set of reactions in a passenger profile associated with the specific passenger in a passenger profile database;
after training of the prediction motion system, receiving, by the prediction motion system from an autonomous navigation system of the autonomous vehicle, upcoming driving conditions for a ride, wherein the specific passenger is to be in the seat of the autonomous vehicle during the ride;
retrieving, by the prediction motion system, the passenger profile associated with the specific passenger from the passenger profile database;
inputting into a cognitive model, by the prediction motion system, the upcoming driving conditions, the simulated driving conditions in the passenger profile, and the set of reactions in the passenger profile;
obtaining, from the cognitive model by the prediction motion system, a prediction of a cognitive state that the specific passenger will have during navigation of the upcoming driving conditions;
in response to the prediction of the cognitive state, determining, by the prediction motion system, a first set of commands for a set of actuators coupled to the seat and a second set of commands for the virtual reality system that match the predicted cognitive state of the specific passenger; and
during the ride, executing the first set of commands by the set of actuators and executing the second set of commands by the virtual reality system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,481

YEILDING ACTION ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A yielding action assistance system that assists a vehicle to yield to a passing emergency vehicle, comprising:a detector that detects a proximity of the emergency vehicle to the vehicle;
an information collector that collects information about a road on which the vehicle travels, positional information about the emergency vehicle, and positional information about one or more other vehicles travelling on the same road with the vehicle;
a target zone determiner that sets a target zone to pull over the vehicle to clear the way for the emergency vehicle based on the positional information about the other vehicle and the information about the road, and that updates the target zone continuously based at least on the positional information about the other vehicle; and
a notifier that informs a driver about the target zone.

US Pat. No. 10,766,480

HYBRID CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A hybrid construction machine comprising:a lower running body;
an upper turning body mounted on the lower running body through a turning device;
a motor generator system connected to an internal combustion engine and performing a motor generator operation, the motor generator system including a first inverter and a motor generator, the first inverter controlling an operation of the motor generator, the motor generator being driven by an alternating current output by the first inverter to operate as a motor and being driven by a drive power of the internal combustion engine to operate as a generator;
a load drive system driven electrically, the load drive system including a second inverter and a turning electric motor, the second inverter controlling an operation of the turning electric motor, the turning electric motor being contained in the turning device and driven by an alternating current output by the second inverter to drive the turning device;
an electric power accumulation system connected to the first inverter of the motor generator system and the second inverter of the load drive system, the electric power accumulation system including an electric power accumulator that accumulates DC electric power and a DC bus;
an abnormality detection part operatively connected to the motor generator system, the electric power accumulation system and the load drive system, the abnormality detection part detecting an abnormality in the motor generator system, the electric power accumulation system, and the load drive system; and
a main control part that determines an occurrence of the abnormality based on a detection value of the abnormality detection part,
wherein the main control part stops driving the motor generator system in response to the abnormality detection part detecting the abnormality in the electric power accumulation system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,479

SOUND AND VIBRATION ENHANCEMENT IN HYBRID VEHICLES

1. A computer-implemented method for operating a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and electric motor, the method comprising:during operation of a hybrid vehicle, obtaining engine revolutions per minute (“RPM”) and vehicle speed data using a hybrid control unit;
determining an engine RPM threshold has been met based on the obtained RPM or vehicle speed data;
receiving a signal indicating a vehicle speed increase after the engine RPM threshold has been met, the increase in the vehicle speed being caused by the electric motor; and
in response to the increase in vehicle speed beyond the engine RPM threshold, performing at least one of the following operations:
introducing engine noise into a passenger compartment of the vehicle through an acoustic tube which acoustically couples the engine to the passenger compartment; or
introducing vibration into the passenger compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,766,478

TRACTOR UNIT WITH ON-BOARD REGENERATIVE BRAKING ENERGY STORAGE FOR STOPOVER HVAC OPERATION WITHOUT ENGINE IDLE

HYLIION INC., Pittsburgh...

1. A tractor for use in a tractor-trailer vehicle configuration, the tractor comprising:at least one electrically-powered drive axle coupled to a frame of the tractor and configured to supply supplemental torque to one or more wheels of the tractor, while the tractor-trailer vehicle travels over a roadway and in at least some modes of operation;
a battery on the tractor, the battery configured to:
supply, in a first mode of operation, electrical power to the electrically-powered drive axle, and
receive, in a second mode of operation, energy recovered from the electrically-powered drive axle using regenerative braking;
a controller in communication with the at least one electrically-powered drive axle, the controller to:
receive sensor inputs from a plurality of different types of sensors,
compare the plurality of sensor inputs to predetermined, corresponding threshold values, and
control the at least one electrically-powered drive axle to select one of the first mode of operation, the second mode of operation, or a third mode of operation based on the sensor inputs; and
a heating, ventilation or cooling (HVC) system on the tractor-trailer vehicle, the HVC system coupled to receive electrical power from the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,766,477

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
a first rotary machine configured to output a driving torque;
a battery configured to be charged by a motive power of the engine and supply an electric power to the first rotary machine; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
selectively perform: a first operation control of causing the vehicle to run based on a driver's driving operation; and a second operation control of automatically setting a target running state based on at least one of map information and road information and automatically carrying out acceleration or deceleration based on the target running state,
while the engine is stopped, start the engine when the engine is stopped and a value representing a state of charge of the battery falls below an engine start threshold; and
set the engine start threshold during the second operation control to be smaller than the engine start threshold during the first operation control.

US Pat. No. 10,766,476

EMERGENCY STOP SYSTEM AND EMERGENCY STOP METHOD

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

1. An emergency stop system comprising:an automatic stop controller that performs automatic stop control to cause a vehicle to automatically stop when a predetermined condition is met;
an acceleration operation detector that detects an acceleration operation of the vehicle; and
a hazard light controller that brings hazard lights of the vehicle into a flashing state upon start of the automatic stop control,
wherein the automatic stop controller is configured to interrupt the automatic stop control in a case where the acceleration operation is detected by the acceleration operation detector during execution of the automatic stop control,
wherein the automatic stop controller is configured to
terminate the automatic stop control in a case where the acceleration operation is continuously detected by the acceleration operation detector for a predetermined fourth period or longer after interruption of the automatic stop control, and
resume the automatic stop control in a case where a duration over which the acceleration operation is detected by the acceleration operation detector after interruption of the automatic stop control is less than the fourth period, and
wherein the hazard light controller is configured to turn off the hazard lights in response to interruption of the automatic stop control, and to cause the hazard lights to flash in response to resumption of the automatic stop control.

US Pat. No. 10,766,475

DEVICE FOR PREVENTING DILUTION OF ENGINE OIL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A device for preventing dilution of engine oil, the device comprising:an oil pan in which oil for engine lubrication is recovered along with fuel;
an exhaust purifier provided on a rear end of the engine;
a gas passage located to guide flow of exhaust gas passing through the exhaust purifier to the oil pan;
a gas valve for configured to control a flow rate of exhaust gas flowing in the gas passage; and
a controller configured to control an opening ratio of the gas valve depending on a temperature of oil in the oil pan to maintain the temperature of the oil equal to or higher than a temperature at which the fuel in the oil pan is vaporized.

US Pat. No. 10,766,474

VALIDATING OPERATION OF A SECONDARY BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Veoneer-Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A method for validating operation of a secondary braking system (SBS) of a vehicle having a plurality of brakes, the method comprising:generating a predetermined braking pressure for at least one brake of the plurality of brakes;
calculating, via an electronic control unit (ECU), an estimate of a pump output pressure based upon a counter electromagnetic force generated by a motor within the SBS;
comparing an expected pump output pressure to the estimate, wherein the expected pump output pressure corresponds to the predetermined braking pressure; and
determining whether the SBS is operating properly based upon the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,766,473

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE CONDITION OF A SERVICE BRAKE, AS WELL AS BRAKE AND BRAKE SYSTEM

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A method for monitoring a condition of a service brake for a vehicle having at least one linear path detection apparatus, comprising the acts of:reading a position signal using the at least one linear path detection apparatus, the position signal representing a position of a component of the service brake detected by the linear path detection apparatus over time or a time profile;
reading at least one of a pressure signal, a control signal and a brake lining wear signal during the act of reading the position signal;
determining by evaluation by a controller at least one condition parameter of the service brake based on at least one of the read pressure signal, the control signal, and the brake lining wear signal; and
altering a subsequent service brake application based on the at least one of the at least one condition parameter and a controlled variable determined based on the at least one condition parameter,
wherein
the act of altering a subsequent service brake application based on the presented at least one condition parameter includes:
determining a brake actuation signal based on a brake request signal and the at least one of the at least one condition parameter and the controlled variable, the brake actuation signal corresponding to a predetermined desired readiness for braking condition of the service brake, and
placing the service brake into the predetermined desired readiness for braking condition,
the service brake includes a plurality of service brake units at a plurality of vehicle wheels, and
the placing of the service brake into the predetermined desired readiness for braking condition includes adjusting the actuators of the plurality of service brake units to decrease brake pad wear differences between the plurality of service brake units.

US Pat. No. 10,766,472

ABS STRATEGY FOR HYBRID BRAKE ACTUATORS

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of managing a braking force on a wheel w of a vehicle v equipped with at least a pair of hybrid brake actuators and at least a control unit, each brake actuator comprising a first brake actuator and a second brake actuator, said method comprising the steps of:determining, by the at least a control unit, a targeted braking force;
applying a main braking force to the wheel w by the first brake actuator;
applying a complementary braking force to the wheel w by a second brake actuator in such a way that the targeted braking force is actually delivered;
monitoring an actual braking force delivered to the wheel w; and
modulating one or more of the main braking force and the complementary braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,766,470

BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A brake control device for a vehicle comprising:an operation amount sensor that detects an operation amount of a brake operating member of a vehicle;
a front-wheel actuator that presses a friction member against a front-wheel rotary member integrally rotating with a front wheel of the vehicle and thereby generates a front-wheel braking force in said front wheel;
a rear-wheel actuator that presses a friction member against a rear-wheel rotary member integrally rotating with a rear wheel of the vehicle and thereby generates a rear-wheel braking force in said rear wheel;
a front-wheel sensor that detects front-wheel output of the front-wheel actuator;
a rear-wheel sensor that detects rear-wheel output of the rear-wheel actuator; and
a controller that controls the front-wheel actuator and the rear-wheel actuator on the basis of the operation amount, the front-wheel output, and the rear-wheel output, wherein
the controller is configured to
determine whether a long-term low-load state where the friction member is continuously pressed against the rear-wheel rotary member over a long period of time in a state within a specified range is established on the basis of the operation amount and/or the rear-wheel output, and
in the case where it is determined that the long-term low-load state is established, decrease a distribution ratio of the rear-wheel braking force to a total braking force applied to the vehicle in comparison with the case where it is not determined that the long-term low-load state is established.

US Pat. No. 10,766,468

ASCERTAINING AN OFFSET OF AN INERTIAL SENSOR

1. A method for measuring an additive displacement of a longitudinal acceleration signal of a traveling motor vehicle with an inertial sensor comprising:detecting at least the longitudinal acceleration signal, a brake signal and a drive signal;
analyzing a balance of forces of longitudinal dynamics of the motor vehicle;
detecting the signals for at least one acceleration process and for at least one braking process, wherein the signals for acceleration processes are detected separately from the signals for braking processes;
determining the additive displacement from a comparison of
the signals detected during acceleration processes or values calculated from the signals detected during acceleration process,
with the signals detected during braking processes or values calculated from the signals detected during braking processes, wherein analysis of the balance of forces of longitudinal dynamics includes a determination of a longitudinal force acting on the vehicle using at least one of the drive and brake signal;
determining a first longitudinal acceleration aacc during an acceleration process using the longitudinal acceleration signal;
determining a first longitudinal force Facc at least using the drive signal;
determining a second longitudinal acceleration adec during a braking process using the longitudinal acceleration signal;
determining a second longitudinal force Fdec at least using the brake signal; and
determining an additive displacement axdrift of the longitudinal acceleration according to:

US Pat. No. 10,766,467

COLLISION PREVENTION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A collision prevention apparatus comprising:at least one in-vehicle sensor configured to sense state information of a vehicle; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the at least one in-vehicle sensor and configured to:
determine a collision risk of the vehicle;
determine driving intervention of a driver based on the sensed state information of the vehicle;
control a collision risk alert according to a result of determination on the collision risk of the vehicle and adjust a braking time point of the vehicle according to a result of determination on driving intervention of the driver;
perform comparison of at least one of speed values, including speed values of forward vehicles and a predetermined reference speed value, or acceleration values, including acceleration values of the forward vehicles and a predetermined reference acceleration value;
determine the collision risk of the vehicle according to a comparison result; and
adjust at least one of the predetermined reference speed value or the predetermined reference acceleration value according to a vehicle driving time of the driver,
wherein the controller maintains the braking time point of the vehicle if the driver is intervened in driving, and advances the braking time point of the vehicle if the driver is not intervened in driving, and
wherein, if the forward vehicles, detected by a radar sensor mounted to be oriented downwards from horizontal on the front of the vehicle, comprise a first forward vehicle located in front of the vehicle, a second forward vehicle located in front of the first forward vehicle, and a third forward vehicle located in front of the second forward vehicle, the controller determines that there is the collision risk of the vehicle in at least one of a case where a speed value of the first forward vehicle is smaller than the predetermined reference speed value, a case where a speed value of the second forward vehicle is smaller than the predetermined reference speed value, a case where a speed value of the third forward vehicle is smaller than the predetermined reference speed value, a case where an acceleration value of the first forward vehicle is smaller than a predetermined acceleration value, a case where an acceleration value of the second forward vehicle is smaller than the predetermined acceleration value, or a case where an acceleration value of the third forward vehicle is smaller than the predetermined acceleration value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,466

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATED HAND BRAKE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating an automated hand brake having at least one first actuator and at least one second actuator for a motor vehicle, the method comprising:activating each of the at least one first actuator and the at least one second actuator using a defined amperage during a braking process;
in a first phase of the braking process, operating the at least one first actuator and the at least one second actuator essentially synchronously until a defined first amperage is reached; and
in a subsequent phase of the braking process after the first phase, operating the at least one first actuator and the at least one second actuator sequentially until a defined second amperage is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,766,465

WHEEL AND LUG NUT CLEANING DEVICE

Black Tie Brands, LLC, M...

1. A wheel and lug nut cleaning device comprising:a static central spine having a distal end, a proximal end opposing the distal end, defining a front portion including the distal end of the static central spine, and defining a rear portion including the proximal end;
a shape-retaining core encircling the front and rear portions of the static central spine and of a non-water absorbent material; and
a sheath removably coupled to and encircling the core spanning from the rear portion of the static central spine to the distal end of the static central spine, the sheath having a plurality of spaced-part microfiber flanges continuously spanning from the rear portion of the static central spine to the distal end of the static central spine and each extending in a direction outwardly away from an outer surface of the sheath and the core and having a rounded external end, wherein the spine, core and sheath are operably configured to bend in a position to dispose and orient the front portion in a shape-retaining angle relative to the rear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,464

SENSOR CLEANING AND THERMAL CONTROL

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a housing defining a chamber;
a sensor in the chamber and defining a field of view;
a diverter valve having an input port for receiving air, a first output port, and a second output port;
a fluid nozzle in fluid communication with the first output port and facing the field of view outside the chamber; and
a cooler in fluid communication with the second output port, the cooler including a cold air exhaust in fluid communication with the chamber and a hot air exhaust free from being in fluid communication with the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,463

CONTROL FOR PASSIVE WIPER SYSTEM

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A system for controlling movement of a wiper blade assembly, the system comprising:a wiper blade assembly including at least one wiper blade and a pivoting connector; and
one or more processors configured to:
receive a signal indicating that optical deterrents are present on a surface of a dome;
in response to receiving the signal, cause the wiper blade assembly to move in a first direction around the dome by rotating a ring in a first direction around the dome so as to cause an actuator to move the at least one wiper blade from a stowed condition to a deployed condition, wherein the ring extends around the dome; and
cause the wiper blade assembly to move in a second direction around the dome by rotating the ring in the second direction so as to cause the actuator to move the at least one wiper blade from the deployed condition to the stowed condition,
wherein the second direction is opposite of the first direction,
wherein the pivoting connector includes a post portion and the ring includes a ramp, and
wherein the post portion is configured to interact with the ramp to move the at least one wiper blade from the deployed condition to the stowed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,766,461

VARIABLE SWEEP ANGLE MOTOR DRIVE

ROSEMOUNT AEROSPACE INC.,...

10. A method of operating an aircraft windshield wiper system, the method comprising:determining whether first, second or third flight conditions are in effect;
continuously inputting first directional rotation to a wrap spring and crank rocker mechanism (WSCRM) during the first flight conditions to drive wiper blade oscillation through a first sweep angle;
non-continuously inputting the first directional rotation to the WSCRM during the second flight conditions to cause wiper blade parking along the first sweep angle; and
continuously inputting second directional rotation to the WSCRM during the third flight conditions to drive wiper blade oscillation through a second sweep angle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,460

OPERATION OF VEHICLE WINDOW WIPERS BASED ON PERCEIVED VEHICLE STOPS TO DROP OFF PASSENGERS

TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE...

1. A vehicle configured to control wiper devices, comprising of:one or more wiper devices configured to remove fluid and/or debris from viewing portals;
one or more passenger sensors configured to generate output signals conveying passenger sensor information related to passenger actions;
one or more vehicle sensors configured to generate output signals conveying vehicle sensor information related to vehicle operations;
an exit; and
a processor configured by machine-readable instructions to:
determine, based on the output signal, the passenger sensor information;
determine, based on the output signal, the vehicle sensor information;
assess, based on the passenger sensor information and/or the vehicle sensor information, readiness of a passenger to depart the vehicle via the exit; and
control, based on the readiness of the passenger to depart the vehicle via the exit, the one or more wiper devices.

US Pat. No. 10,766,459

DE-ICING WINDSHIELD WIPERS

1. A method for directing air flow in a vehicle, wherein the vehicle has a dashboard with a forward edge, a windshield having an inner surface and an outer surface and extending upward from the forward edge of the dashboard, a windshield wiper at the base of the outer surface of the windshield adjacent the forward edge of the dashboard, and a defrost vent in the dashboard near the forward edge of the dashboard and near the bottom edge of the inside surface of the windshield, wherein the windshield wiper is movable between a resting position and wiping positions, the method comprising:providing an apparatus for directing some of the air flow from the defrost vent at the windshield wiper, wherein the apparatus comprises:
a jointed arm comprising first and second links, wherein each of the first and second links has a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end of the first link is movably connected to the first end of the second link;
a deflector plate movably connected to the second end of the second link;
a windshield fastener having first and second ends, wherein the first end is configured for attachment to the inner surface of the windshield of the vehicle and wherein the second end of the windshield fastener is attached to the second end of the first link of the jointed arm;
attaching the windshield fastener to the inner surface of windshield of the vehicle an operative distance above the defrost vent;
positioning the deflector plate horizontally over the defrost vent by adjusting the angle between the first and second links and the angle between the plate and the second link to direct air flow from the defrost vent toward the windshield wiper when the windshield wiper is in the resting position to de-ice the windshield wiper; and
operating the vehicle's defroster system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,457

VEHICLE INHIBITOR WITH OVERRIDE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system for inhibiting operation of a vehicle, the vehicle including a vehicle battery, a vehicle accessory, and a vehicle accessory control, the system comprising:a vehicle power interface configured to electrically couple to the vehicle battery;
a vehicle inhibitor electrically coupled to the vehicle power interface and communicably coupled to at least one of the vehicle accessory and the vehicle accessory control, the vehicle inhibitor including
a user interface configured receive an enable-communication from the user when in the vehicle, and
a controller module configured to inhibit an operation of the vehicle upon the occurrence of a predetermined event, and to resume operation of the inhibited operation of the vehicle upon receiving the enable-communication from the user and alternately to preempt inhibition of operation of the vehicle upon receiving the enable-communication from the user prior to the occurrence of a predetermined event;
a vehicle signaling interface configured to communicably couple to the vehicle and to receive an override-communication sent by the user via the vehicle accessory control; and
an override module configured to issue an override command to the controller module in response to the override-communication received by the vehicle signaling interface; and
wherein the controller module is further configured to resume operation of the inhibited operation of the vehicle upon receiving the override command.

US Pat. No. 10,766,456

POWERED MOBILITY VEHICLE

1. An electrically powered mobility vehicle including a keyless activation system, wherein mobility vehicle includes an electrical power source and an electric motor which drives at least one wheel of the vehicle, the electric motor being controlled by a motor controller; the keyless activation system includes a control module carried by the vehicle and a remote operation transmitter, wherein the control module includes an electrical input which is electrically connected to the electrical power source of the vehicle, an electrical output electrically connected to the motor controller of the vehicle, a signal-operated switch electrically connected between the electrical input and the electrical output, and a signal receiver electrically connected to the switch, wherein the switch has an active configuration in which electrical power is supplied to the electrical output from the electrical input via the switch and an inactive configuration in which the switch electrically isolates the electrical output from the electrical input; and the configuration of the switch is controlled by signals from the signal receiver; and wherein the transmitter communicates wirelessly with the signal receiver; and wherein the transmitter includes a radio transponder which is paired with the signal receiver and which transmits an activation signal in response to a pairing signal emitted by the signal receiver such that when the transmitter is less than a pre-defined distance from the signal receiver, the signal receiver detects the activation signal transmitted by the transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,766,454

TWO STEP SMART KEY START SYSTEM

Engle Grange, LLC, Wichi...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a processor configured to authenticate a code; and
a vehicle movement activator,
wherein the processor is configured to perform a first code authentication before the vehicle is started and a second code authentication before movement of the vehicle movement activator from a park position,
wherein the processor is configured to enable operation of the vehicle movement activator following the secondary authentication of the key code.

US Pat. No. 10,766,452

SELF-LOCKING BELT RETRACTOR

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A self-locking seat belt retractor comprising:a rotatable seat belt winding shaft; and
a blocking system for stopping rotation of the seat belt winding shaft in response to an event of triggering, the blocking system including a control disk mounted for rotation with the seat belt winding shaft, a sensor mass, and a locking lever with an engagement tip, the locking lever movable by the sensor mass into a trigger position in which the engagement tip is in engagement with a toothing of the control disk to activate the blocking system and stop rotation of the seat belt winding shaft,
wherein the sensor mass is situated in a support part, sensor mass is movable in response to vehicle acceleration by inertial control from a neutral position into the trigger position,
wherein the support part together with the sensor mass situated therein is situated in a housing that includes the control disk,
wherein the housing with the support part and the sensor mass situated therein is fixable on the seat belt retractor in various rotational angle positions with respect to the control disk and
wherein the housing has first toothing, and a fastening ring fastened to the seal belt retractor is provided with second toothing, and the housing, via the engagement of the first toothing with the second toothing of the fastening ring, is fastenable to the seat belt retractor in the particular rotational angular position with respect to the control disk.

US Pat. No. 10,766,451

BUFFER DEVICE

1. A buffer device comprising:a plate having
a front side;
an insertion hole formed through the plate;
a connecting portion formed on the plate and above the insertion hole of the plate; and
a retaining hole formed on the plate and above the insertion hole of the plate;
a moveable ring moveably mounted out of the front side of the plate, and having a slot formed through the moveable ring and a top section;
an elastic member connected with the connecting portion of the plate and the moveable ring, being an annular elastic webbing, and having
a top section wound on the connecting portion of the plate; and
a bottom section wound on the top section of the moveable ring and passing through the slot of the moveable ring;
wherein the buffer device is applied to a seat belt mechanism in a vehicle for connecting a webbing to provide a cushion effect, the webbing is inserted through the insertion hole of the plate and the slot of the moveable ring, and the moveable ring of the buffer device is pulled by a pulling force of the webbing and moves relative to the plate by the tensile deformation of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,450

SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A side impact airbag device for installation in a seat back of a vehicle seat and adapted to deploy in response to an output signal from a sensor in the event of a side impact comprising:an airbag;
an inflator provided in the airbag so as to supply an inflation gas to the airbag in a folded state, thereby deploying the airbag to a deployed state; and
an inner tube formed of a fabric and having an end provided to cover discharge holes of the inflator in order to change a direction of a flow of the gas discharged from the inflator, wherein
a first end of the inner tube is closed and protrudes toward a center of the airbag in the deployed state, and upper and lower ends defining second ends are open and separated in a vehicle height direction of the airbag in the deployed state,
the inner tube is folded back at a folded-back portion inside the airbag when the airbag is in the folded state, and is unfolded when the airbag is in the deployed state,
the inner tube is folded back together with a portion of two base fabrics of the airbag such that the portion of one of the two base fabrics is positioned between the folded-back portion and an unfolded portion of the inner tube in the folded state,
the airbag includes two different portions defining a protruding portion, in which the inflator is disposed, and a body portion, in which the folded-back portion and the second ends of the inner tube are positioned,
the first end and the second ends of the inner tube extend into the body portion beyond a front-most surface line of the seat back in a vehicle length direction, and
only the inner tube in the body portion adjacent to the protruding portion of the airbag faces the inflator when the airbag is folded.

US Pat. No. 10,766,449

AIRBAG MODULE ASSEMBLY

Key Safety Systems, Inc.,...

1. An airbag module assembly comprising:an airbag cushion with at least one vent;
a housing structure for receiving the airbag cushion;
a housing cover for attachment to the housing structure;
a vent connector connected to the vent;
a pin puller mechanism with a retractable pin;
a flexible conduit extending from the airbag cushion adjacent the vent to the pin puller mechanism; and
wherein the vent connector extends inside the conduit to a looped end for attachment to the retractable pin.

US Pat. No. 10,766,448

SIDE AIRBAG ASSEMBLY

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An inflatable airbag assembly comprising:a housing to be mounted to a seatback of a seat of a vehicle;
a first inflator; and
an inflatable airbag cushion to receive inflation gas from the inflator, and to deploy from a packaged state within the housing to a deployed state extending forward from a side of the seatback,
wherein the inflatable airbag cushion in the deployed state is to be positioned laterally adjacent to a vehicle seating position, the inflatable airbag cushion comprising:
a first chamber to be inflated by the inflation gas to a first pressure and to be positioned to receive a torso of an occupant moving in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and
a second chamber to be inflated by the inflation gas to a second pressure greater than the first pressure and to be positioned to receive one or more of a shoulder and a pelvis of an occupant moving in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle,
wherein the second chamber is disposed within the first chamber, and is coextensive with a rearward portion, an upward portion, and a lower portion of the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,766,447

AIRBAG FOR TABLE OF VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An airbag system for a vehicle table, comprising: a table to be disposed in front of a passenger; an airbag cushion disposed inside the table, expands while being deployed in a state in which a first end portion of the airbag cushion is fixed to an internal portion of an edge of the table to allow a second end portion of the airbag cushion to protrude above the table and to cover an upper surface of the table, and includes a bottom surface portion facing the table, which is positioned at an interval from the upper surface of the table while the airbag cushion is deployed; and an inflator configured to supply gas to the airbag cushion, wherein the first end portion of the airbag cushion is fixed to a second edge of the table and the second end portion of the airbag cushion expands up and over the table and beyond a first edge of the table.

US Pat. No. 10,766,446

EXTERNAL VEHICLE COMPONENT CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. A method comprising:receiving impact sensor data specifying a force of a plurality of impacts to a vehicle body panel, the plurality of impacts defining a pattern;
determining that the force is below a collision force threshold;
determining a user device status as not detected; and
upon determining the user device status as not detected and that the force is below the collision force threshold, navigating the vehicle to a location.

US Pat. No. 10,766,445

VEHICLE AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:an instrument panel elongated along an axis;
an airbag supported by the instrument panel;
a sheet including a first end fixed relative to the instrument panel and a second end free from the instrument panel; and
a reinforcement on the sheet;
the reinforcement being substantially parellel to the first end;
the reinforcement being spaced from the first end and the second end, and the reinforcement being closer to the second end than to the first end;
the sheet being deployable below the airbag with the second end free from the airbag and the reinforcement elongated along the axis;
the reinforcement including a pleat on the sheet;
the pleat defining a pocket and a spine in the pocket;
the spine being rigid relative to the sheet; and
the spine being polymeric.

US Pat. No. 10,766,444

BUMPER BEAM

Nippon Steel Corporation,...

1. A bumper beam comprising:a closing plate; and
a hat member curved along a longitudinal direction to protrude in a direction of the closing plate,
wherein the hat member includes:
a top plate;
two first ridges each positioned on a respective one of both ends of the top plate;
two flanges joined to the closing plate;
two second ridges each positioned at an inner end of a respective one of the flanges; and
two walls each positioned between a respective one of the first ridges and a respective one of the second ridges,
wherein the hat member includes:
a high-strength portion including a longitudinally middle portion of each of the two walls,
the high-strength portion extending a length of at least 250 mm and having a tensile strength not lower than 1.5 GPa; and
a low-strength portion provided in the hat member curved along the longitudinal direction to protrude in the direction of the closing plate,
the low-strength portion located outward of the high-strength portion in the longitudinal direction,
the low-strength portion extending a length not smaller than a height of the walls as determined along the longitudinal direction,
the low-strength portion extending from one of the two second ridges through the two walls and the top plate to the other one of the two second ridges, and
the low-strength portion having a tensile strength lower than a tensile strength of the longitudinally middle portions of the two walls.

US Pat. No. 10,766,443

COVERED BUMPER PANEL

1. A method of displaying a design comprising:a) providing a rigid panel portion comprising:
i) a rigid panel having a first bumper side and a second bumper side, opposite the first bumper side;
ii) a top;
iii) a first mount fixture and a second mount fixture configured on the top;
iv) a bottom;
b) providing a first resilient material coupled to the first bumper side and a second resilient material coupled to the second bumper side;
c) providing a design cover comprising:
i) a first display side comprising a first design;
ii) a second display side comprising a second design;
iii) a top;
iv) an open bottom;
v) a first mount aperture and a second mount aperture;
d) configuring the open bottom of the design cover over the top of the rigid panel portion and sliding the design cover over the rigid panel portion to produce a covered bumper panel;
e) orienting the first mount aperture around the first mount fixture to expose the first mount fixture through the first mount aperture in the design cover, and orienting the second mount aperture and around the second mount fixture to expose the second mount fixture through the second mount aperture in the design cover; and
f) supporting the covered bumper panel in a position with the top being up in order to display the first design on the first bumper side and the second design on the second bumper side; and
wherein the first mount fixture and the second mount fixture are loop fixtures for suspending the covered bumper panel.

US Pat. No. 10,766,442

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TO ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A power control system of an electronic control unit of a vehicle, the power control system comprising:the electronic control unit including a plurality of devices configured to enable autonomous running of the vehicle and a control module for controlling the plurality of devices;
a main battery and an auxiliary battery configured to supply power to the electronic control unit;
a main electronic fuse configured to be connected to a main circuit, which is connected to the main battery and the electronic control unit, and configured to detect at least one of a temperature and current flowing in the main circuit to determine whether a failure occurs in the main circuit;
an auxiliary electronic fuse configured to be connected to an auxiliary circuit, which is connected to the auxiliary battery and to the electronic control unit, and configured to detect at least one of a temperature and current flowing in the auxiliary circuit to determine whether a failure occurs in the auxiliary circuit; and
a power control unit configured to be connected to the main electronic fuse and to the auxiliary electronic fuse, and configured to control an ON/OFF operation of the main electronic fuse and the auxiliary electronic fuse according to whether a failure occurs in the main electronic fuse and the auxiliary electronic fuse in order to control power to be supplied to the electronic control unit,
wherein the power control unit controls power to be selectively supplied to a plurality of electric loads in the vehicle through the auxiliary battery when the failure occurs in the main circuit,
wherein the power control unit controls the power to he selectively supplied to the plurality of electric loads in the vehicle according to a state of charge (SOC) of the auxiliary battery when the power is selectively supplied to the plurality of electric loads in the vehicle through the auxiliary battery, and
wherein the plurality of electric loads, to which the power is selectively supplied, include motor-driven power steering (MDPS) associated with the steering for allowing autonomous running of the vehicle and an electronic stability control (ESC) associated with the braking of the vehicle, and further includes a traction control system (TCS), an anti-lock braking system (ABS), and a limited-slip-differential (LSD).

US Pat. No. 10,766,441

CHARGING RATE MONITORING APPARATUS FOR IN-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY, AND IN-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A charging rate monitoring apparatus for in-vehicle power supply configured to monitor charging rates of both a first power storage device and a second power storage device that supply power to a load via a power line, the apparatus comprising:a first switch connected between the power line and the first power storage device;
a second switch connected between the power line and the second power storage device;
a first monitoring circuit configured to output on/off signals to the first switch; and
a second monitoring circuit configured to output on/off signals to the second switch,
wherein the first monitoring circuit is configured to execute:
a first process in which a terminal voltage of the first power storage device when the first switch is off is detected as a first open-circuit voltage, and a first charging rate is obtained based on the detected first open-circuit voltage and a relationship between the first open-circuit voltage and the first charging rate of the first power storage device, and
a second process in which a first current flowing through the first power storage device is detected when the first switch is on, and the first charging rate is updated based on the first current,
wherein the second monitoring circuit is configured to execute:
a third process in which a terminal voltage of the second power storage device when the second switch is off is detected as a second open-circuit voltage, and a second charging rate is obtained based on the detected second open-circuit voltage and a relationship between the second open-circuit voltage and the second charging rate of the second power storage device, and
a fourth process in which a second current flowing through the second power storage device is detected when the second switch is on, and the second charging rate is updated based on the second current.

US Pat. No. 10,766,440

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING ANTENNA USING CONDUCTIVE MEMBER INCLUDED IN HOUSING

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic vehicular key device comprising:a housing surrounding the electronic device;
a physical key retractable from the housing and electrically connected with an antenna element;
the antenna element extending along a front surface of the housing and comprising a first point located at the antenna element;
a switch selectively connecting a second point of the antenna element with a ground; and
a wireless communication circuit positioned in the housing and electrically connected with the antenna element at the first point of the antenna element, wherein the wireless communication circuit is configured to:
operate in a first state when the physical key is disposed in the housing, and
operate in a second state when the physical key is exposed out of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,439

CONTEXT-AWARE FIREWALL FOR IN-VEHICLE CYBER SECURITY

Argus Cyber Security Ltd....

1. A module for providing security to a vehicle comprising an in-vehicle communication network having a bus and at least one node connected to the bus, the module comprising: a memory having software comprising data characterizing messages that the at least one node transmits and receives via the bus during normal operation of the node; a communication port via which the module receives and transmits messages, the port being configured to be connected to a portion of the in-vehicle network; and a processor that processes, responsive to the software in the memory, messages received via the port from the portion of the in-vehicle network to: 1) accumulate data from the messages received via the port, the data being useable to determine an operating context of the vehicle; 2) determine a vehicle context based on the accumulated data, the vehicle context comprising an operating state of the vehicle that is common to each of a plurality of vehicles substantially at a same time; 3) based on the determined vehicle context determine if a received message is anomalous; and 4) if the received message is determined to be anomalous operate to log data relevant to the message into a memory and/or prevent the message from affecting a node of the at least one node.

US Pat. No. 10,766,438

WIRE HARNESS

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A wire harness comprising:an exterior member formed in a sheet shape;
a wire having a first connector and a second connector, wherein each of the wire, the first connector and the second connector is disposed overlapping the exterior member in at least a partial region extending along an extension direction of the wire; and
a fixation member that fixes the wire to an attachment target and welded to the exterior member,
wherein at least a part of a portion where an insulating covering of the wire, and each of the first and second connectors, and the exterior member overlap are ultrasonically welded,
wherein a partial region of the exterior member that extends along the extension direction of the wire is in a flat condition, and at least another partial region of the exterior member that extends along the extension direction of the wire is rolled up in a direction intersecting the extension direction of the wire, and
wherein the exterior member comprises a horn mark at each location of each ultrasonic weld.

US Pat. No. 10,766,437

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHODS

Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg...

1. An electrical vehicle for operation on roadways, the vehicle comprising:a vehicle base including a chassis,
a drive train coupled to the chassis to drive the chassis along roadways, and
an electric power control means connected to the drive train to control provision of motive power, configured to receive insertion of safety enhancement fluid arranged to provide electrical connection shorting across electrical terminals of a vehicle power pack,
wherein the electric power control means includes a tray defining a cavity, the power pack arranged within the cavity and having a pair of main terminals of opposite polarity,
wherein the vehicle power pack includes at least two power cells electrically connected in series and each having a plurality of auxiliary terminals arranged in fluid communication with each other to achieve electrical connection for shorting in response to at least partial filling of the tray with safety enhancement substance,
wherein the tray includes an inlet for receiving safety enhancement substance into the cavity,
further comprising a flow control system including a flow controller for governing the flow of safety enhancement substance through the tray,
wherein the flow control system includes at least one outlet for discharging safety enhancement substance from the cavity and the at least one outlet is configured to discharge safety enhancement fluid from the cavity such that at a first inlet rate of safety enhancement substance the cavity maintains a cooling level of safety enhancement substance to electrically connect the auxiliary terminals without shorting the main terminals and at a second inlet rate of safety enhancement substance, greater than the first inlet rate, the cavity maintains a flooding level of safety enhancement fluid which shorts the main terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,766,436

DEVICE TO ELIMINATE PHYSICAL AND/OR VERBAL EXCHANGES DURING A TRAFFIC STOP

1. An apparatus comprising:a plate having a top, a bottom, a front face, a hole and a back face;
a securing mechanism connected to said top of said plate, said securing mechanism configured to attach to a glass window of a vehicle; and
a plurality of pouches connected to said front face;
wherein
(i) said pouches are configured to hold physical identification documents,
(ii) said plate is configured to rest flush with said glass window when said glass window is rolled up,
(iii) said apparatus allows said physical identification documents to be presented during a traffic stop without the need to verbally and physically interact with a police officer
(iv) said hole is configured to allow a camera to capture video images, and
(v) said camera is mounted on said back face of said plate.

US Pat. No. 10,766,435

SEALING CLIP

Newfrey LLC, New Britain...

1. A clip comprising:a base;
a post connected to the base at a proximal end and extending away therefrom;
a first finger connected to the post and extending away from the post toward the base and in a longitudinal direction;
a second finger connected to the post opposite the first finger and extending away from the post toward the base and in the longitudinal direction;
an elongated foot connected to the base on a side opposite the post, the elongated foot having an overall shape that is elongated in the longitudinal direction;
an umbrella seal connected to the base that includes a sealing lip around a periphery of the base that extends away from the base; and
a first anti-rocking pad extending from the base adjacent the proximal end of the post and disposed in a transverse direction from the post that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,434

SIDE COWL TOP COVER

MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPA...

1. A side cowl top cover that is placed between a front fender that comprises an end flange bent downwardly, and a windshield that comprises an end portion along the front fender, the side cowl top cover comprising:a cover body; and
a hook formed at an upper portion of the cover body so as to expand in order to be engaged with the end flange,
wherein the cover body comprises:
a vertical wall that extends upwardly from a lower side of the windshield; and
an extended portion extended from an upper end of the vertical wall toward the front fender,
wherein the hook comprises:
a holder placed at a predetermined gap relative to an end face of the extended portion and extended substantially in parallel with the end face of the extended portion; and
a vertical rib extended in a direction intersecting with the direction in which the holder extends, and interconnecting a bottom surface of the extended portion and a bottom surface of the holder;
wherein the vertical rib comprises a notch formed at an upper portion of the vertical rib to hold a lower portion of the end flange.

US Pat. No. 10,766,433

VEHICLE DOOR GLASS RUN AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING THE SAME

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle door glass run, which is mounted on a window frame extending in a manner defining a window opening of a vehicle door from an exterior of a cabin, and seals between the window frame and a window glass, the vehicle door glass run comprising:a glass run body having an insertion groove into which a glass run mount extending outward from an upper part of the window frame is inserted; and a trim strip assembled on an exterior part of the glass run body and extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle, wherein
upper and lower parts of the trim strip are respectively provided with upper and lower trim-strip-side mating portions extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and configured to mate with the exterior part of the glass run body,
the exterior part of the glass run body is provided with body-side mating portions and an upper contacting portion, the body-side mating portions extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle and being configured to mate with the upper and lower trim-strip-side mating portions, the upper contacting portion being formed of an elastic material and being configured to contact the upper trim-strip-side mating portion of the trim strip, and
the upper contacting portion has a portion contacting the trim strip and provided with a coating, and the coating has a kinetic friction coefficient, to the trim strip, lower than an elastic material forming a covered portion of the upper contacting portion by the coating.

US Pat. No. 10,766,432

DOOR TRIM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A door trim comprising:a door trim base that has a fitting hole; and
an ornament that has a fitting lug, the ornament being configured to be attached to the door trim base with the fitting lug fitted into the fitting hole, wherein:
the ornament includes an ornament base in which the fitting lug is provided and a high-brittleness portion that is fixed to the ornament base and of which at least a portion is more brittle than the ornament base; and
the door trim base and the ornament are connected to each other by a strap that has an excess length when the fitting lug is fitted into the fitting hole.

US Pat. No. 10,766,431

IMAGING APPARATUS AND VEHICLE

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging optical system;
an image sensor;
a plurality of circuit boards including a first circuit board the image sensor and a first electronic component are mounted thereon;
a housing including an opening that exposes the imaging optical system to a subject, the housing that supports the imaging optical system, the image sensor, and the plurality of circuit boards;
signal terminals that transmit an image signal of the subject image captured by the image sensor to an outside of the housing;
a heat transfer unit located in an interior of the housing having insulating properties and directly connected to the signal terminals, the heat transfer unit that transfers heat generated from at least one of the image sensor and the first electronic component to the signal terminals, and
a heat transfer member comprising a heat transfer plate, a first planar heat transfer sheet and a second planar heat transfer sheet, the first and second planar heat transfer sheets being disposed directly on opposite main surfaces of the heat transfer plate, wherein
the heat transfer plate is in contact with the heat transfer unit,
the first planar heat transfer sheet is in contact with the first electronic component,
the second planar heat transfer sheet is in contact with a second electronic component included on a second circuit board other than the first circuit board including the first electronic component, and
a surface where the second electronic component is mounted faces a surface where the first electronic component is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,766,430

AUTONOMOUS REAR VIEWING SENSOR MOUNT

1. An autonomous rear-viewing sensor mount for a vehicle comprising:a bracket configured to fit the vehicle at an existing rear body structure of the vehicle, the bracket including mounts for sensors including at least one of a lidar and radar;
the bracket further including reinforcement plate connections with extendable arms, the reinforcement plate connections including an s-shaped bend;
wherein the mounts place the sensors in a rear-facing direction of the vehicle, and
wherein the s-shaped bend determines a pitch angle of the sensors when the sensors are mounted on the mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,766,429

OUTDOOR STORAGE BAG

LOAD LUGGER, LLC, Fenton...

1. A selectively openable and closable, outdoor storage bag that is at least water-resistant, comprising:a waterproof body portion made of a flexible, waterproof, bag material, the bag material comprising a plurality of waterproof welded seams that define a predetermined shape of the body portion and an opening, the body portion defining an interior space within the body portion, the predetermined shape and interior space configured to receive, enclose, and store a payload;
a closure mechanism joined to the body portion by a welded seam proximate a periphery of the opening, the closure mechanism configured to selectively open and close the opening and provide a seal that is at least water-resistant when the opening is closed;
a flap of the bag material that extends from the body portion and covers the closure mechanism; and
a plurality of anchor points each comprising a flexible, waterproof patch having an inner surface disposed toward the body portion and a loop of a tear-resistant material attached to an inner surface of the patch, the inner surface of the patch attached by a welded seam to an exterior surface of the body portion, wherein the body portion of the bag is waterproof and the seal is at least water-resistant.

US Pat. No. 10,766,428

RAIL SYSTEM FOR ROOF RACK FASTENING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A fastening rail for a vehicle roof that serves for assembly of a roof rack, comprising:an assembly region for assembly of a roof rack;
fastening regions for fastening the fastening rail to a vehicle roof, wherein the fastening regions include a rear connector configured integrally with the fastening rail and adapted to secure the fastening rail to the vehicle roof by means of a bayonet-type displacement movement, said rear connector including a support leg connected to the fastening rail and a retaining leg depending from the support leg and oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the fastening rail;
a roof plate; and
a lock engaging the retaining leg and the roof plate captured between the retaining leg and the fastening rail.

US Pat. No. 10,766,427

VEHICLE LADDER RACK ASSEMBLY

Adrian Steel Company, Ad...

1. A ladder rack assembly, comprising:a base member having an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end portion, a second end portion, a first side, and a second side;
a sliding member having an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end, a second end, a first end portion, a second end portion, a first side portion; and a second side portion;
wherein said sliding member is linearly slidable relative to said base member;
a ladder mounting member having an inner surface, an outer surface, a first end portion, a second end portion, a first side portion, and a second side portion;
wherein said ladder mounting member is axially and radially movable relative to said base member;
one or more first shafts;
one or more first drive members having a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion interposed between said first and second end portions;
wherein at least a portion of said first end portion of said one or more first drive members are drivingly connected to at least a portion of said one or more first shafts;
wherein at least a portion of said second end portion of said one or more first drive members are pivotably connected to at least a portion of said first end portion of said first side portion of said ladder mounting member;
one or more first linkage members;
wherein at least a portion of a first end portion of said one or more first linkage members are pivotably connected to at least a portion of said intermediate portion of said one or more first drive members; and
wherein at least a portion of a second end portion of said one or more first linkage members are pivotably connected to at least a portion of said first end portion of said sliding member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,426

MODULAR ROOF RAIL COVER

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. A roof rail connectable to a roof of a vehicle, the roof rail comprising:a substrate connected to the roof of the vehicle; and
a modular cover having a first cover connected to the substrate and a second cover connected to the substrate, wherein the modular cover covers the substrate and wherein the first cover and the second cover define a window area, and the roof rail further comprises a decorative strip positioned behind the window area, wherein the decorative strip is connected to the modular cover.

US Pat. No. 10,766,425

BUMPER PROTECTION DEVICE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A bumper protection device for a motor vehicle, comprising:a protective strip moveable along a linear path between a retracted position and an extended position;
a spring biasing the protective strip to the extended position; and
a closure arranged such that movement of the closure to a closed position urges the protective strip to the retracted position, and such that movement of the closure to an open position permits movement of the protective strip to the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,424

RADIO FREQUENCY CONTROL SYSTEM FOR POWER RUNNING BOARDS

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A control system for a power running board assembly for vehicles, comprising:at least one door transceiver operable to monitor a respective vehicle door status switch and transmit a signal when door status changes;
at least one battery powering said at least one door transceiver;
at least one receiver operable to receive said signal and send an acknowledgement to said at least one door transceiver that said signal is received, wherein a redundant transmission of vehicle door status is not sent after said acknowledgement is received by said at least one door transceiver; and
wherein another signal is transmitted by said at least one door transceiver when vehicle door status changes to save battery power.

US Pat. No. 10,766,423

LIGHT EMITTING MIRROR BEZEL

MOTHERSON INNOVATIONS COM...

1. A multi-function rearview device for use with a vehicle, comprising:a housing configured to be attached to the vehicle and to be moveable relative to the vehicle;
a rearview element comprising at least one of a reflective element, a camera and a display element;
a bezel formed at an outer portion of the multi-function rearview device surrounding the rearview element, with the rearview element being attached to at least one of the bezel and the housing;
an interior space being formed within the bezel; and
at least one of one or more light assemblies and one or more electronic means being positioned at least partly within the interior space of the bezel,
wherein the multi-function device is functionally connected to an actuator, and the actuator is positioned outside the housing and moves the multi-function device entirely including the housing, and not only the rearview element, and
wherein the bezel is made of a plastic substrate which is at least one of colored, surface finished, transparent and coated, with the bezel being transparent and including a chromium-based coating, making the one or more light assemblies beneath the bezel hidden until lit.

US Pat. No. 10,766,422

IR TRANSMITTING COATING FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC ELEMENT

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:a first substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface;
a second substrate comprising a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein the first substrate and the second substrate form a cavity between the second surface and the third surface;
an electrochromic medium contained in the cavity; and
a transflective dielectric coating disposed on the fourth surface, wherein a near infrared transmittance through the electrochromic element exceeds a visible transmittance through the electrochromic element, wherein the near infrared transmittance corresponds to wavelengths between 800 nm and 940 nm and the visible transmittance comprises a visible color range comprising wavelengths of light from 400 nm to 700 nm, wherein an average of the visible transmittance through the electrochromic element is at least 20% and the electrochromic element is configured to transmit image data depicted on a display through the electrochromic element.

US Pat. No. 10,766,421

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

1. An electro-optic mirror reflective element for a rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said electro-optic mirror reflective element operable to exhibit electrically variable reflectivity between a high reflectance state and a dimmed reflectance state when an electrical voltage is applied thereto, said electro-optic mirror reflective element comprising:a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface;
a rear substrate having a third surface and a fourth surface;
wherein said second surface of said front substrate and said third surface of said rear substrate oppose each other and are spaced apart by a perimeter seal, and wherein an electro-optic medium is disposed between said second surface of said front substrate and said third surface of said rear substrate and is bounded by said perimeter seal;
wherein no part of said rear substrate extends beyond said front substrate;
a transparent electrically conductive coating established at said second surface of said front substrate;
a specularly reflective mirror reflector established at said third surface of said rear substrate;
wherein said specularly reflective mirror reflector comprises a stack of thin film layers;
wherein said stack of thin film layers comprises (i) an environmentally stable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer, (ii) an environmentally vulnerable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer and (iii) a transparent electrically conductive thin film layer;
wherein said environmentally stable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer comprises a layer of chromium;
wherein said environmentally vulnerable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer comprises a layer of a metallic material selected from the group consisting of (i) silver, (ii) silver alloy, (iii) aluminum and (iv) aluminum alloy;
wherein said transparent electrically conductive thin film layer comprises a layer of aluminum doped zinc oxide;
wherein said environmentally stable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer is closer to said third surface of said rear substrate than is said environmentally vulnerable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer;
wherein said environmentally vulnerable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer is closer to said third surface of said rear substrate than is said transparent electrically conductive thin film layer; and
wherein said environmentally stable electrically conductive metallic reflecting thin film layer extends outward beyond said perimeter seal at a perimeter region of said rear substrate toward a perimeter edge of said rear substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,766,420

FOLDING JOINT FOR REAR VIEW DISPLAY DEVICE

1. A folding joint for attaching a rear view display device to a vehicle, comprising:a first hinge section;
a second hinge section, the first and second hinge sections being adapted to rotate relative to each other around an axis of rotation;
at least one detent or recessed surface comprising at least two depressions or recesses corresponding to locking positions for adjustably locking a rotational movement of the first and second hinge sections relative to each other;
a spring biased cam section which is adapted to interact with the at least one detent or recessed surface for adjustably locking the rotational movement of the first and second hinge sections relative to each other;
a hinge pin at least in part coinciding with the axis of rotation, the hinge pin being adapted to rotatably connect the first and second hinge sections, and comprising a guide pin extending essentially perpendicularly from the hinge pin; and
a spring biased clamping bolt arranged on the guide pin.

US Pat. No. 10,766,419

FASTENING CONSTRUCTION, IN PARTICULAR FOR AN EXTERIOR VISION UNIT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

MCi (Mirror Controls Inte...

1. A fastening construction comprising:a base part configured to be connected with a vehicle; and
a rotation part, couplable with the base part and which in a coupled condition forms a central shaft, wherein
the base part and the rotation part are provided with at least one cam and groove pair cooperating as a bayonet catch, such that in a first angular position of the rotation part with respect to the base part, the rotation part for the purpose of coupling can be displaced along a geometric axis to the base part to align the cam and groove pair for cooperation,
the rotation part is pivotable about the geometric axis from the first angular position to a second angular position in which through cooperation of the cam and groove pair, the rotation part is locked with respect to the base part axially along the geometric axis, characterized in that the cam and groove pair is provided with surfaces cooperating under wedging action, and
the rotation part further cooperates with a tightening part in a manner rotation-coupled via a breakable coupling, so that the tightening part, with the breakable coupling breaking, can rotate relative to the base part and a remaining portion of the rotation part from the second angular position about the geometric axis to a third angular position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,418

ELECTRIC RETRACTABLE VIEW DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

MURAKAMI CORPORATION, Sh...

1. An electric retractable view device for a vehicle, the view device comprising:a shaft provided upright on a vehicle body side;
a rotating body supported by the shaft so as to be rotatable in a direction around an axis of the shaft;
a motor mounted with a motor shaft facing downward, at a position lateral to the shaft in the rotating body;
a power transmission mechanism that transmits a driving force of the motor to the shaft to rotate the rotating body in the direction around the axis of the shaft; and
a circuit board including a circuit that supplies electric drive power to the motor, the circuit board being mounted in the rotating body, wherein
the circuit board is disposed vertically between the shaft and the motor in such a manner that front and back surfaces of the circuit board face the shaft and the motor, respectively, with reference to a posture of the view device as mounted in a vehicle,
the circuit board includes a motor connection terminal to be connected to a motor terminal of the motor and a connector connection terminal to which a power supply connector of an external electric power supply wiring is to be connected,
a space provided below the motor connection terminal and defined between the circuit board and the motor, and,
in a state in which the motor connection terminal is connected to the motor terminal, the connector connection terminal is disposed within the space,
wherein the power supply connector is configured to be inserted into the space and connected to the connector connection terminal,
wherein the connector connection terminal is oriented such that a direction of connection of the connector connection terminal to the power supply connector is oriented generally parallel to a plane in which the circuit board is oriented, and
wherein the power supply connector is configured so as to be capable of being connected to and detached from the connector connection terminal after the motor connection terminal of the circuit board is connected to the motor terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,766,417

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. An imaging system for a vehicle, said imaging system comprising:a rear backup camera, wherein said rear backup camera comprises a two-dimensional array of light sensing photosensor elements, and wherein said rear backup camera has a rearward field of view when mounted at a vehicle equipped with said imaging system;
a display device comprising a video display screen for displaying video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein said imaging system generates a backup overlay that is electronically superimposed on the displayed video images to assist a driver of the equipped vehicle when executing a backup maneuver;
wherein said backup overlay comprises a pair of side overlays, and wherein said side overlays of said backup overlay are superimposed on the displayed video images so as to extend rearward from respective sides of the rear of the equipped vehicle displayed in the displayed video images;
wherein said imaging system generates an alignment overlay that is electronically superimposed on the displayed video images to assist the driver of the equipped vehicle when backing the equipped vehicle towards a trailer hitch of a trailer, and wherein said alignment overlay is superimposed on the displayed video images between said side overlays, and wherein said alignment overlay extends longitudinally along and centrally between said side overlays and is separate and spaced from said side overlays;
wherein said alignment overlay is adjusted responsive to a steering angle of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said video display screen displays the video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera responsive to the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear;
wherein said backup overlay is generated and electronically superimposed on the displayed video images responsive to the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear; and
wherein said alignment overlay is generated and electronically superimposed on the displayed video images responsive to actuation of an input by the driver of the vehicle to aid back up of the vehicle to the trailer, and wherein the input comprises an actuatable input other than the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear.

US Pat. No. 10,766,416

ALARM SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An alarm system for a vehicle, comprising:an alarm line setting part that sets an alarm line that extends forward from the vehicle;
an object detection part that detects an object on a side of the vehicle;
a collision determination part that determines whether or not the object crosses the alarm line within a predetermined time;
an alarm unit control part that activates an alarm unit when the collision determination part determines that the object crosses the alarm line within the predetermined time; and
a left/right-turn determination part that determines that the vehicle is to turn left or right at an intersection,
wherein, provided that, when the vehicle enters the intersection, of a plurality of lanes at the intersection that intersect with a lane in which the vehicle is running, a lane closer to the vehicle is defined as a first lane, and an opposing lane to the first lane that is further from the vehicle is defined as a second lane;
the alarm line setting part sets a length of the alarm line at a first length when the vehicle is running in a straight line;
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the alarm line at a length different from the first length when the vehicle is to turn left or right at the intersection to enter the first lane or the second lane;
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the alarm line at a second length shorter than the first length when the vehicle is to turn left or right at the intersection to enter the first lane;
the alarm line setting part sets, as the alarm line, a right alarm line for an object on a right side and a left alarm line that is set for an object on a left side independently from the right alarm line;
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the right alarm line at the second length when the vehicle is to turn right at the intersection to enter the first lane;
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the left alarm line at the second length when the vehicle is to turn left at the intersection to enter the first lane;
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the left alarm line in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at a third length longer than the first length when the vehicle is to turn right at the intersection to enter the first lane; and
the alarm line setting part sets the length of the right alarm line in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the third length when the vehicle is to turn left at the intersection to enter the first lane.

US Pat. No. 10,766,415

VEHICLE WHEEL TORQUE ADJUSTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A computer in a vehicle comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor such that the processor is programmed to:upon detecting an occupant alertness level below a first threshold, apply a first periodic component to a first torque applied to one or more first-end wheels on the vehicle and a second periodic component to a second torque applied to one or more second-end wheels on the vehicle; and
establish a first magnitude of the first periodic component and a second magnitude of the second periodic component based on at least one of a coefficient of static friction of a road on which the vehicle is travelling or a change in torque that causes one of the wheels of the vehicle to slip.

US Pat. No. 10,766,414

MOTOR-VEHICLE OPTICAL SYSTEM

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. An optical system for lighting a zone of a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle comprising:two optical modules, each optical module comprising:
at least one light source,
a first optical element configured to form an elementary beam dependent on the rays emitted by the one or more light sources, and
a second optical element for projecting the elementary beam,
wherein the first optical elements of the optical modules form one and the same part, and the first optical elements of the optical modules respectively have an optical axis and are arranged so that their optical axes are not parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,766,413

VEHICLE LIGHTING SYSTEM, LIGHT GUIDE, AND METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A light guide for a vehicle, comprising:a core portion having a light transmissive body;
a reflective portion disposed about the core portion along a length of the body;
an absorptive portion disposed about the reflective portion along a length of the reflective portion; and
an attachment feature extending outwardly from the absorptive portion and configured to be engaged with a corresponding receiving feature of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,412

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOTIFYING OTHER ROAD USERS OF A CHANGE IN VEHICLE SPEED

1. A system for notifying other road users of a change in speed of a vehicle, the system comprising:one or more sensors to output sensor data;
a signaling subsystem;
one or more processors; and
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
a detection module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
detect, from the sensor data, one or more other road users; and
measure, from the sensor data, a gaze pattern of at least one of the one or more other road users;
a perception module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to determine, based at least in part on the measured gaze pattern, a lag time between a commencement of the change in speed of the vehicle and an estimated moment at which the at least one of the one or more other road users perceives the change in speed of the vehicle; and
a signaling module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to output a signal from the signaling subsystem at a time that, relative to the commencement of the change in speed of the vehicle, is delayed by the lag time to notify the at least one of the one or more other road users of the change in speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,411

COLLISION AVOIDANCE ACTIVATION LIGHTS

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at an electronic control unit (ECU), a command associated with a vehicle;
actuating, by the ECU, one or more lights on the vehicle in a first mode based on receiving the command;
transmitting, by the ECU and while actuating the one or more lights in the first mode, the command to a vehicle controller associated with the vehicle; and
actuating, by the ECU, the one or more lights in a second mode based on receiving an acknowledgement of the command from the vehicle controller.

US Pat. No. 10,766,410

DEPLOYABLE ALARMING AND SAFETY ZONE FOR USE WITH A TANKER DELIVERY

Mac LTT, Inc., Alliance,...

1. A tank vehicle comprising:a tank;
a nozzle assembly coupled to the tank;
an arm coupled to the tank above the nozzle assembly; and
a light source coupled to the arm and adapted to illuminate the nozzle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,409

VEHICLE LIGHT ASSEMBLY HAVING STROBE LIGHT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle taillight assembly comprising:a housing having a light transmissive lens, wherein the housing is configured to be assembled on a left or right side rear panel of a vehicle;
a brake light located in the housing;
a strobe light located in the housing;
a reverse light located in the housing,
a turn signal light located in the housing; and
a controller activating the strobe light to strobe when the brake light is activated, the controller activating the strobe light to strobe when the reverse light is activated, and the controller activating the strobe light to strobe when the turn signal light is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,766,408

SAFETY BRAKE LIGHT MODULE AND METHOD OF ENGAGING A SAFETY BRAKE LIGHT

Safely Brake, Inc., Fort...

1. A safety brake light module configured to energize a safety brake light of a vehicle, the safety brake light module comprising:a voltage regulation circuit including a voltage regulator;
a controller powered by the voltage regulation circuit;
a power circuit including a power switch communicatively coupled to the controller, the power circuit having an output node adapted to be electrically coupled to the safety brake light;
the controller comprising processing instructions configured to generate a safety brake light signal at the output node of the power circuit, the safety brake light signal configured to cause the safety brake light to illuminate in an illumination pattern based thereon, wherein:
during a first braking event resulting from actuation of a vehicle brake actuator by a user of the vehicle the illumination pattern comprises a first portion consisting of a pulsing portion, a second portion consisting of a constant portion following the pulsing portion, and a third portion following the second portion, the third portion being different from the first portion and the second portion, and
during a second braking event the illumination pattern comprises the pulsing portion and the constant portion following the pulsing portion when a time duration between the first braking event and the second braking event exceeds a first predetermined time period, and the illumination pattern comprises only the constant portion when the time duration between the first braking event and the second braking event does not exceed the first predetermined time period,
wherein the third portion is programmable by the user via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,766,407

VEHICLE WITH CONTROLLABLE BRAKE LIGHT AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL METHOD OF THE BRAKE LIGHT

1. A motorcycle, comprising:a motorcycle body having a front part, a tail part and a central part between the front part and the tail part;
at least two wheels, constrained to the motorcycle body, comprising a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a traction engine, constrained to the motorcycle body and operatively connected to at least one of the wheels;
a braking system;
at least one front headlight fixed to the front part and at least one rear tail light fixed to the tail part;
a brake light fixed to the tail part;
an electronic control unit of the brake light operatively connected to the brake light adapted and configured to turn on the brake light upon the activation of the braking system;
a start-stop system of the traction engine;
wherein the electronic control unit is adapted and configured to detect whether the speed of the motorcycle is lower than or equal to a first threshold speed;
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to detect whether the start-stop system is in an activated state or in a deactivated state; and
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to turn on the brake light intermittently if the speed of the motorcycle is either lower than or equal to the first threshold speed and if the start-stop system is in the activated state.

US Pat. No. 10,766,406

REGULATION OF SEQUENTIALLY OPERATING LIGHT SOURCE AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

HELLA SATURNUS SLOVENIJA ...

1. A method for sequentially operating a lighting system for signalizing a change of driving direction of a motor vehicle, the lighting system comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) connected in series, said LEDs being configured to be activated in a pre-determined sequence within a required time frame, the method comprising the following steps:a) when a timer and shift element of the motor vehicle and all LEDs of the plurality of LEDs are operational, activating within the required time frame a sequential operation of the plurality of LEDs, wherein the operation of a first LED in the plurality of LEDs and operation of a last LED in the plurality of LEDs is carried out within an actual time frame of operation;
b) when the timer and shift element fail after the first LED is activated, and after lapse of a safety time frame, simultaneously activating all remaining LEDs of the plurality of LEDs by means of a reserve security element; and
c) when at least one LED of the plurality of LEDs fails, alerting a driver of the motor vehicle about said failure using a diagnostic system in the motor vehicle,
wherein said safety time frame is equal to or smaller than the required time frame, but larger than the actual time frame of the activation of all LEDs of the plurality of LEDs.

US Pat. No. 10,766,405

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MESSAGE IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A semiconductor device which outputs a message image signal being a signal of a message image to be projected onto a periphery of a mobile, the semiconductor device comprising:a first area decision part which decides based on movement information of the mobile, a first area being an area onto which the message image is projected at a first time being a schedule time when the message image is to be projected;
a delay period calculation part which calculates a delay period being a period from the first time when the message image is projected onto the first area to a second time when the message image is projectable;
a second area decision part which adjusts the first area on the basis of the movement information and the delay period to decide a second area; and
an image signal conversion part which converts the message image signal according to the second area.

US Pat. No. 10,766,404

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, the lighting device comprising:a housing;
a hologram light fixture arranged in the housing, the hologram light fixture having a light source unit and an optical unit with a hologram element for generating a predetermined lighting function; and
an auxiliary element associated with the light source unit, wherein via the auxiliary element, light that is emitted by the light source unit is adapted to be deflected and oriented in a direction of the hologram element to generate a virtual light source and to reconstruct a hologram,
wherein the light source unit and/or the auxiliary element is arranged in a region of a side of the hologram element or in a region of a lateral extension of an edge of the hologram element extending in a direction of a central axis of the hologram element, and
wherein with respect to a lateral direction that runs parallel to a primary direction of emission of the hologram element, the auxiliary element is arranged to be offset from the light source unit such that, in the lateral direction, a distance between the hologram element and the light source unit is smaller than a distance between the hologram element and the auxiliary element.

US Pat. No. 10,766,403

VEHICLE HEADLAMP LIGHTING STRATEGY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of operating a headlamp assembly arranged on a first motor vehicle, the method comprising:generating, via the headlamp assembly, a first beam pattern;
detecting, via a camera, an object in the first beam pattern;
receiving, via an electronic controller, a signal from the camera indicative of the detected object and identifying the detected object as a second motor vehicle;
determining, via the electronic controller, a distance between the headlamp assembly and the second motor vehicle using the signal from the camera;
determining, via the electronic controller, a first amount of glare the first beam pattern generates to the second motor vehicle at the determined distance, and identifying when the first amount of glare exceeds a target glare;
identifying, via the electronic controller, a second beam pattern corresponding to a second amount of glare that is below the target glare; and
regulating the headlamp assembly, via the electronic controller, to switch from generating the first beam pattern to generating the second beam pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,766,402

LIGHTING MODULE HAVING LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENTS WITH GRADUAL CUTOFF

Valeo Vision, Bobigny (F...

1. A light-emitting module of a lighting/signalling device for a motor vehicle, the light-emitting module comprising:at least one light source comprising a set of submillimetre-sized light-emitting elements;
the light-emitting elements being distributed in a first zone and in a second zone such that the first zone emits a first luminous intensity and that the second zone provides a transition between the first luminous intensity in proximity to the first zone and a second luminous intensity that is lower than the first luminous intensity,
wherein the second zone comprises at least a first sub-zone and a second sub-zone that are distinct from one another, a first density of light-emitting elements in the first sub-zone being higher than a second density of light-emitting elements in the second sub-zone.

US Pat. No. 10,766,401

AUTOMOBILE LIGHT DEVICE WITH TELEMETRY COMPONENT

Valeo North America, Inc....

1. A light device for a vehicle, comprising:an enclosure;
a vehicle light source configured to provide vehicle light within said enclosure;
an optical element coupled to said enclosure and provided along a first optical path of said vehicle light, said optical element being configured to optically affect said vehicle light to facilitate at least one of a lighting and signaling function for the vehicle; and
a telemetry component provided within said enclosure and optically associated with telemetry light that provides a telemetry function for the vehicle, said telemetry light having a second optical path that extends to said optical element such that the optical element is configured to optically couple said vehicle light and said telemetry light.

US Pat. No. 10,766,400

VEHICLE LAMP AND LIGHTING CIRCUIT OF LIGHT SOURCE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A lighting circuit configured to drive a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements connected in series, the lighting circuit comprising:a plurality of bypass switches respectively connected in parallel to the light emitting elements;
a switching converter; and
a converter controller configured to (i) stabilize a lamp current generated by the switching converter to a first target amount in a lighting-on state where at least one of the plurality of light emitting elements is turned on, and to (ii) stabilize the lamp current to a second target amount smaller than the first target amount in a complete lighting-off state where all of the plurality of light emitting elements are turned off,
wherein the converter controller includes:
a first controller configured to generate a first control pulse by a control method with a relatively high precision in the lighting-on state;
a second controller configured to generate a second control pulse by a control method with a relatively low precision in the complete lighting-off state; and
a driver circuit configured to drive the switching converter according to the first control pulse and the second control pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,766,399

HEADLIGHT SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

LUMILEDS LLC, San Jose, ...

1. A front-lighting system for a vehicle, comprising:a first light source, a second light source, a transparent shutter, and a secondary optics,
a first primary optics arranged to receive light from the first light source and project it onto the transparent shutter and the secondary optics, the secondary optics arranged to receive light from the first primary optics and the transparent shutter and project it onto a road in front of the vehicle, and
a second primary optics arranged to receive light from the second light source and project it onto the transparent shutter, the transparent shutter arranged to receive light from the first light source via the first primary optics and prevent a lower part of it from entering the secondary optics, the transparent shutter further arranged to receive light from the second light source via the second primary optics and project it onto the secondary optics, the transparent shutter comprising:
a flat or freeform light out-coupling surface, and
one surface that comprises micro-optical structures, borders the light out-coupling surface, and is arranged to refract towards the secondary optics at least part of the light received by the transparent shutter from one or both of the first light source and the second light source which part of the light otherwise without the micro-optical structures would be totally internally reflected by a corresponding flat surface bordering the light out-coupling surface and would not reach the secondary optics.

US Pat. No. 10,766,398

TIE DOWN WITH AUTOMATIC STRAP TENSION ADJUSTMENT

1. A method of providing strap tension adjustment for a tie down apparatus comprising:providing a rotatable drum surface configured to wind up a tie down strap and having a slot therein configured to receive the tie down strap;
providing a ratchet wheel comprising a plurality of ratchet teeth and having an interior opening with at least one inwardly protruding nub positioned thereon;
mounting a spiral load spring having an outer tab and an inner leg adjacent the ratchet wheel;
causing the inner leg of the spiral load spring to rotate in unison with said rotatable drum surface;
causing the outer tab of said spiral load spring to rotate in unison with said ratchet wheel so as to load said spiral load spring;
causing a nub engaging surface to rotate in unison with said rotatable drum surface within said interior opening of said ratchet wheel so as to come into engagement with said inwardly protruding nub as said ratchet wheel rotates such that the engagement between the inwardly protruding nub and the nub engaging surface terminates loading of said spiral load spring.

US Pat. No. 10,766,397

MOTORHOME

1. A motorhome comprising a vehicle longitudinal axis and a superstructure that is arranged on the vehicle chassis and extends in the vehicle longitudinal axis, wherein the superstructure has at least one space expansion module that is displaceably attached to it transverse to the vehicle longitudinal axis and extends at least approximately along the entire length and height of a longitudinal side of the superstructure, whereinat least four drives for moving the at least one space expansion module transverse to the vehicle longitudinal axis are arranged with a drive of the at least four drives being disposed at each of the at least four respective corners on the superstructure or on a space expansion module and that at least one driver is configured as a spindle drive, wherein the at least one space expansion module is displaceably connected to the superstructure via at least four guiding elements each and a guiding element each has a guide rail with at least one slide moveably attached thereto and a holding blade attached to the slide and the slide and the holding blade are connected by interposing one adjusting means.

US Pat. No. 10,766,396

INSULATED TRANSPORTATION TRAILER

Wabash National, L.P., L...

1. A transportation trailer comprising:a cargo tank having a substantially cylindrical shell;
the substantially cylindrical shell including:
a rigid outer wall;
an inner wall formed from metal; and
an insulating core disposed between the rigid outer wall and the inner wall, the insulating core providing structural support to the substantially cylindrical shell,
wherein the cargo tank does not include structural rings connected to the inner wall;
wherein the cargo tank does not include a frame extending from a front end of the substantially cylindrical shell to a rear end of the substantially cylindrical shell.

US Pat. No. 10,766,395

BOAT GUIDE

BREHMER MANUFACTURING, IN...

6. A guide system for a boat support, having a support frame, the guide system comprising:a float assembly having a forward end portion and a rearward end portion;
a first linkage having a first end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the support frame and a second end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the forward end portion of the float assembly, such that the first linkage may articulate between lower and upper positions;
a second linkage having a first end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the support frame and a second end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the rearward end of the float assembly, such that the second linkage may articulate between lower and upper positions;
wherein the forward end portion and rearward end portion of the float assembly are positioned adjacent the support frame when the first linkage and second linkage are in the lower position and the forward end portion and rearward end portion of the float assembly are positioned above and spaced apart from the support frame when the first linkage and second linkage are in the upper position; and
a second float assembly having a forward end portion and a rearward end portion;
a first linkage having a first end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the support frame and a second end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the forward end portion of the second float assembly, such that the first linkage may articulate between lower and upper positions;
a second linkage having a first end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the support frame and a second end portion operatively, pivotably coupled with the rearward end of the second float assembly, such that the second linkage may articulate between lower and upper positions;
wherein the forward end portion and rearward end portion of the second float assembly are positioned adjacent the support frame when the first linkage and second linkage are in the lower position and the forward end portion and rearward end portion of the second float assembly are positioned above and spaced apart from the support frame when the first linkage and second linkage are in the upper position;
the float assembly and second float assembly being laterally spaced from one another across a width of the support frame;
the second linkage of the float assembly and second float assembly each includes an upper arm and lower arm that are coupled with one another at an articulating joint intermediate the first and second end portions of the second linkages that allows a distance between the first and second end portions to change as the upper and lower arms pivot with respect to one another at the articulating joint;
the second linkage of the float assembly and second float assembly is longer than the first linkage of the float assembly and second float assembly, such that the rearward ends of the float assembly and second float assembly are spaced further away from the boat support than the forward ends of the float assembly and second float assembly when the first linkages and second linkages are in the upper position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,394

VEHICLE FOR RECEIVING AND DELIVERING AGRICULTURAL SEEDS AND OTHER GRANULAR MATERIAL

1. A vehicle for receiving and discharging granular material comprising:a frame supporting a container having walls including opposite side walls defining an open top chamber for receiving the material, the container also having a bottom outlet for discharging the material,
an elongated conveyor having a conveyor housing enclosing a moveable conveying member, the conveyor having a material receiving end portion at one end and a discharge outlet at the opposite end,
a support system for the conveyor and including a base support member,
a first support arm including an upper elongated arm member and a lower elongated arm member in spaced relation from one another along an entire length of the first support arm, with each arm member having opposite end portions pivotally connected to opposite end members for pivotal movement of each arm member relative to each end member such that the upper and lower elongated arm members define a set of pivot joints spaced apart from one another on each of the opposite end members,
one of the end members of first support arm pivotally connected to the base support member and supporting one end portion of the first support arm for pivotal movement, and
an elongated second support arm having one end portion pivotally connected to an opposite end member of the first support arm for pivotal movement relative to the first support arm,
the second support arm having an opposite end portion coupled to an intermediate portion of the conveyor housing in suspended relation to provide for pivotal and tilting movement of the conveyor in vertical and horizontal directions.

US Pat. No. 10,766,393

NET STYLE CUP HOLDER ASSEMBLIES FOR SEAT ASSEMBLIES

1. A cup holder assembly for seat assembly of a vehicle, the seat assembly including a seat cushion and a seat back, the cup holder assembly comprising:a side shield configured to be coupled to the seat cushion, the side shield includes an inner surface, an outer surface, a curved indentation wall extending from the outer surface, and a bottom wall; and
a net having an upper edge, a lower edge, and a pair of side edges, the lower edge having a length less than a length of the upper edge, the lower edge and the pair of side edges of the net engage with the outer surface of the side shield to bound at least a portion of the curved indentation wall, and the net includes an apex that extends outwardly beyond the outer surface such that the net is configured to retain an object within the cup holder assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,766,392

SEAT INCLUDING DEPLOYABLE PLATE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seat comprising:a seat back frame;
a mounting plate fixed to the seat back frame;
a deployable plate movably engaged with the mounting plate and moveable away from the seat back frame from an undeployed position to a deployed position;
a cushion fixed to the deployable plate;
a pyrotechnic actuator coupled to the deployable plate;
a bolster and a backrest adjacent to the bolster, the deployable plate being in the bolster and having an inner surface facing the mounting plate and an outer surface facing the backrest; and
wherein the cushion is fixed to the outer face of the deployable plate.

US Pat. No. 10,766,391

PNEUMATIC DEVICE

Conti Temic Microelectron...

1. A pneumatic device for variation of a contour of a seat bearing surface of a vehicle seat, comprising:a first foil portion;
a second foil portion connected to the first foil portion along at least one connecting seam such that a bladder for the variation of the contour of the seat bearing surface, having a bladder chamber configured to be filled with pressure medium and having an inflow opening for inflow of the pressure medium into the bladder chamber, is formed; and
a throttle element arranged in an interior of the bladder chamber and designed to throttle, within the bladder chamber, a pressure medium flow flowing in through the inflow opening.

US Pat. No. 10,766,390

ARMREST BOX STRUCTURE AND VEHICLES HAVING THE SAME

ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GR...

1. An armrest box structure, comprising an armrest and an armrest box, the armrest being arranged on the armrest box, wherein the armrest can slide backward relative to the armrest box, an armrest storage box is disposed at a backend of an upper portion of the armrest, and an armrest cover, which can be open and closed, is set above the armrest storage box, when the armrest cover is open, an article area is formed on the armrest between the armrest storage box and the armrest cover for containing articles therein.

US Pat. No. 10,766,389

VEHICLE SEAT

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., A...

1. A vehicle seat which includes a seat cushion part and a seat back part, the seat cushion part comprising:a cushion frame including a front edge frame and a rear edge frame which are arranged a predetermined interval apart from each other in a front-rear direction and a pair of side frames each disposed between opposed longitudinal-direction end portions of the front edge frame and the rear edge frame;
a base fabric extending between and looped around the front edge frame and the rear edge frame, and having an upper layer part and a lower layer part which are provided apart from each other in an up-down direction;
wire members of metal extending in the front-rear direction respectively on side edge portions of the lower layer part of the base fabric; and
spring members extending between the front edge frame and front end portions of the wire members and between the rear edge frame and rear end portions of the wire members.

US Pat. No. 10,766,388

SEAT STRUCTURE MADE OF BIO FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a back panel including a first polymeric matrix and a first plurality of bio fibers disposed therein; and
a load carrier component attached to the back panel, the load carrier component including a second polymer matrix and a second plurality of bio fibers disposed therein, wherein the load carrier component includes a pair of curved or sigmoidal-shaped braided bio fiber tubes with bio fibers in each braided bio fiber tube being angled with respect to a longitudinal tube axis of the pair of curved or sigmoidal-shaped braided bio fiber tubes or wherein the load carrier component includes an open bio fiber shell embedded in the second polymer matrix, the open bio fiber shell including continuous biofibers that are substantially parallel to each other and to a longitudinal axis of the open bio fiber shell.

US Pat. No. 10,766,387

CONVEYANCE SEAT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND CONVEYANCE SEAT

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

2. A conveyance seat comprising:a cushion material divided into a first cushion material piece having a support portion supporting a seated person's buttocks and a second cushion material piece having an intersecting portion intersecting with the support portion at a position next to the support portion, a recessed portion being formed at a boundary position between the support portion and the intersecting portion in the cushion material; and
a skin material having an overlapping part configured by two skin material fragments overlapping each other, wherein
the cushion material is covered by the skin material in a state where the overlapping part is inserted into the recessed portion,
the overlapping part inserted into the recessed portion is formed such that each of the two skin material fragments constituting the overlapping part has a first part and a second part, the first parts satisfying the following condition (1) and the second parts satisfying the following condition (2):
(1) the respective first parts of the two skin material fragments being in contact with each other on a back side of the recessed portion behind an opening of the recessed portion and parts of the respective first parts of the two skin material fragments being crushed,
(2) the respective second parts in the two skin material fragments being adjacent to the first parts at positions closer to the opening of the recessed portion than the first parts and the second parts being separated from each other such that a gap between the second parts decreases as the first part is approached,
the overlapping part inserted into the recessed portion extends along a width direction of the conveyance seat,
a linear member for hanging the overlapping part is attached to the overlapping part inserted into the recessed portion,
the overlapping part inserted into the recessed portion is wrapped in a tarpaulin, the tarpaulin having the same length as the overlapping part inserted into the recessed portion in the width direction and comprising a hole for passing the linear member,
the linear member has an annular shape, and
an end of the linear member on a seating surface side of the conveyance seat is wrapped in the tarpaulin.

US Pat. No. 10,766,386

FOLDABLE INTEGRATED CHILD CAR SEAT APPARATUS

1. A foldable integrated child car seat apparatus comprising:a main seat base, the main seat base having a platform and a bottom cushion coupled to the platform, the platform being configured to be installed in a vehicle;
a main seat back coupled to the main seat base, the main seat back having a back cushion and a headrest coupled to a top side of the back cushion, a front side of the back cushion having a storage cavity extending towards a back side of the back cushion from a bottom edge of the back cushion to proximal the top side and from proximal a left edge to proximal a right edge of the back cushion;
a child seat back coupled to the main seat back, the child seat back being slidingly coupled to each of a right face and a left face of the storage cavity to slide between a forward position proximal the front side of the back cushion and an alternate stored position adjacent a back face of the storage cavity, the child seat back having a pair of perpendicular pins coupled to a right side and a left side, the pair of pins being slidingly coupled within a pair of fore and aft elongate channels within the right face and the left face, respectively, of the storage cavity;
a child seat bottom coupled to the child seat back, the child seat bottom being pivotably coupled to a bottom side of the child seat back to move between an open position and an alternate folded position adjacent the child seat back;
a seat belt coupled to the child seat back;
a belt receptacle coupled to the child seat bottom, the belt receptacle selectively receiving the seat belt; and
a cover plate coupled to the child seat bottom, an inner side of the cover plate being coupled to an underside of the child seat bottom and conforming to a profile of the storage cavity such that with the child seat back in the stored position and the child seat bottom in the folded position the cover plate covers the storage cavity and an outer side is flush with the front side of the back cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,385

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A child safety seat comprising:a seat shell having a seat region for receiving a child;
two extension parts respectively disposed at a left and a right side of the seat region and connected with the seat shell, the two extension parts being coupled to each other via a linking assembly, the two extension parts being movable together relative to the seat shell to protrude forward from a front of the seat shell or retract toward the seat shell, the two extension parts being disconnected from each other at the front of the seat shell; and
a locking mechanism operable to lock the two extension parts in position relative to the seat shell;
wherein the linking assembly includes two gears rotationally coupled to each other that are pivotally connected with the seat shell, and the two extension parts respectively have two toothed portions inside the seat shell, the two gears respectively meshing with the two toothed portions of the two extension parts.

US Pat. No. 10,766,384

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

1. A child safety seat comprising:a base,
a shell comprising a guiding element mounted on an upper portion of the shell, wherein the shell is configured to be coupled to and reclinable relative to the base, and
a top tether,
wherein the guiding element is configured to guide and slidably support the top tether when the top tether is secured between a first anchoring point of a vehicle and a second anchoring point,
wherein the second anchoring point is stationary relative to the vehicle while the shell is being reclined relative to the base, and
wherein tension of the top tether does not substantially change in response to the shell being reclined relative to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,766,383

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion; and
a lifter device that moves the seat cushion up/down,
wherein the lifter device includes:
a side frame fixed to the seat cushion,
a riser for mounting the seat cushion,
a link member that couples the side frame and the riser to each other, and
a clinching pin that couples the riser and the link member to each other,
the link member includes a hole and is provided with a metal bush that covers an inner wall portion of the hole and portion of both faces of the link member,
the clinching pin includes:
a first portion located on an opposite side of the link member from the riser;
a second portion located in a position corresponding to the hole of the link member;
a third portion located in a position corresponding to a hole of the riser; and
a fourth portion located on an opposite side of the riser from the link member,
the first portion has a diameter greater than a diameter of the second portion and greater than an internal diameter of the metal bush,
the second portion has a diameter greater than a diameter of the third portion and smaller than the internal diameter of the metal bush,
the third portion has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the hole of the riser,
the fourth portion has a diameter greater than the diameter of the third portion and greater than the diameter of the hole of the riser, and
the second portion has an axial end surface facing the riser and adjacent to the third portion, the axial and surface being located away from a surface of the riser facing the second portion so as to define an interstice between the axial end surface and the surface of the riser.

US Pat. No. 10,766,382

TRACK ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track assembly, comprising;a track;
a support member configured for selective connection with the track;
a lever connected to the support member;
a slider connected to the support member;
an anchor; and
a track locking component;
wherein the lever is configured to limit movement of the slider and to limit movement of the support member; and
the slider is configured to actuate the anchor and the track locking component.

US Pat. No. 10,766,381

SYSTEM TO MONITOR PRESENCE OF A BODY IN AN AUTOMOBILE SEAT

1. A method comprising:after an automobile engine has stopped operating, implementing, by processing circuitry, an operation to determine a presence of a body in a seat of the automobile;
in response to implementing the operation, determining the presence of the body in the seat of the automobile;
in response to determining the presence of the body in the seat of the automobile:
providing, by the processing circuitry, a notification indicating the presence of the body in the seat;
capturing an image of a seat of the automobile using a camera;
transmitting the image to a mobile device over a data transmission network;
executing, on the mobile device, a computer software application configured to provide an alert wherein the mobile device is connected to the automobile over the data transmission network;
executing, on the mobile device, the computer software application to display the image in a user interface of the mobile device;
transmitting a control signal from the computer software application on the mobile device to the automobile to cause one or more automobile functions to be performed, wherein the one or more functions comprises restarting a temperature control system of the automobile;
executing, by the processing circuitry, a timer for a duration after determining the presence of the body in the seat of the automobile; and
after the expiration of the duration, ceasing, by the processing circuitry, to provide the notification and the control signal, wherein the one or more automobile functions cease to be performed in response to ceasing to provide the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,766,380

AUTOMOTIVE WINDOW OPENING FOR BATTERY COOLING

1. A battery management system for controlling a temperature of a battery of a vehicle, comprising:a battery for storing and providing an electrical charge;
a sensor for measuring or detecting the temperature of the battery;
a plurality of temperature control devices that are configured to be controlled or adjusted to control the temperature of the battery; and
an electronic control unit coupled to the battery, the sensor and the plurality of temperature control devices and configured to:
obtain the temperature of the battery,
determine whether the temperature of the battery exceeds an optimal temperature range,
select a temperature control device from among the plurality of temperature control devices to control or adjust the temperature of the battery to be within the optimal temperature range based on a comparison between the temperature of the battery and an outside ambient temperature, and
control the selected temperature control device when the temperature of the battery exceeds the optimal temperature range to adjust the temperature of the battery to be within the optimal temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,766,379

CHARGING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A charging apparatus for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a housing accommodating a charging portion;
a case mounted to the housing;
a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) disposed inside the case and having a light source;
a light guide plate guiding a light emitted from the light source;
a reflection plate reflecting the light through the light guide plate;
a lens coupled to the case, the lens and case forming a region for accommodating the light guide plate and the reflection plate in the lens and case; and
a cover hinged to the housing to open or close the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,378

ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrically powered vehicle comprising:a motor configured to generate vehicle driving power;
a secondary battery configured to supply electric power to the motor;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the secondary battery; and
a controller configured to control an output of the secondary battery, wherein
the controller is configured to perform output restriction control to restrict the output of the secondary battery if a first condition and a second condition are satisfied when the temperature of the secondary battery is more than a threshold temperature, the threshold temperature being determined based on a thermal destruction temperature of a sealing member configured to seal a space between a case of the secondary battery and an electrode terminal,
the controller is configured not to perform the output restriction control if at least one of the first condition and the second condition is not satisfied even when the temperature of the secondary battery is more than the threshold temperature,
the first condition is satisfied when an acceleration time period indicating a time period of continuous acceleration of the electrically powered vehicle is more than a predetermined time period, and
the second condition is satisfied when a temperature increase ratio of the secondary battery is more than a predetermined restriction value.

US Pat. No. 10,766,377

CHARGING DEVICE, CHARGING MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND CHARGING METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A charging device comprising:a charging connector connectable to a vehicle;
a power connector connectable to a power source;
a communication module configured to receive beacon signals from a plurality of beacons and send identification (ID) information and received signal strength indication (RSSI) information included in the received beacon signals to a charging management server; and
a controller configured to, upon reception of a charging authorization signal from the charging management server, charge the vehicle connected to the charging connector and control the communication module to send information related to an amount of power used for charging the vehicle to the charging management server,
wherein the charging authorization signal is a signal received from the charging management server when it is determined by the charging management server that a location of the charging device is within a predetermined radius from the power source, and
wherein the location of the charging device is obtained by the identification (ID) information and the received signal strength indication (RSSI) information included in the received beacon signals.

US Pat. No. 10,766,376

POWER FEEDING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, TRANSACTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CHARGING EQUIPMENT AND PROGRAM

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

1. A power feeding management apparatus that manages a power feeding from a power feeding side to a power receiving side, comprising:a power feeding side identification information acquiring unit that acquires power feeding side identification information for identifying the power feeding side from a device in the power feeding side or a user's communication terminal in the power feeding side;
a power receiving side identification information acquiring unit that acquires power receiving side identification information for identifying the power receiving side from a device in the power receiving side or a user's communication terminal in the power receiving side;
a power feeding information acquiring unit that acquires power feeding information about a power amount fed from the device in the power feeding side or a power amount fed to the device in the power receiving side;
a transmission unit that associates with one another: the power feeding side identification information acquired by the power feeding side identification information acquiring unit; the power receiving side identification information acquired by the power receiving side identification information acquiring unit; and the power feeding information acquired by the power feeding information acquiring unit, and transmits them to a transaction management apparatus that manages the power feeding side identification information, the power receiving side identification information and the power feeding information;
at least one of (i) a power feeding side connector, which includes an AC input unit and a DC input unit, electrically coupled to the device in the power feeding side, and (ii) a power receiving side connector, which includes an AC output unit and a DC output unit, electrically coupled to the device in the power receiving side;
a switching unit that switches a connection relation between: the AC input unit and the DC input unit; and the AC output unit and the DC output unit, and electrically couples one of the AC input unit and the DC input unit with one of the AC output unit and the DC output unit;
a voltage conversion circuit, which includes a DC-DC converter, an AC-DC converter, and a DC-AC inverter, that converts a power input from the power feeding side and outputs to the power receiving side;
a communication monitoring unit that monitors communication situations of a near field communication or a wired communication between: (a) the power feeding management apparatus; and (b) (i) the device in the power feeding side or the user's communication terminal in the power feeding side and (ii) the device in the power receiving side or the user's communication terminal in the power receiving side; and
a restriction unit that electrically restricts the power feeding from the power feeding side to the power receiving side, if the communication monitoring unit detects that a connection between (a) the power feeding management apparatus and (b) at least one of (i) the device in the power feeding side or the user's communication terminal in the power feeding side and (ii) the device in the power receiving side or the user's communication terminal in the power receiving side is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,766,375

POSITION-DETERMINING SYSTEM

Siemens Mobility GmbH, M...

1. A charging station for an at least partly electrically driven vehicle having a contact interface, the charging station comprising:a position-determining system having a camera and an analysis unit configured to determine a position of the contact interface using images from said camera;
a charging interface; and
an infrared illumination unit for illuminating a region with infrared light, wherein the region containing at least one position tolerance region in which the contact interface must be disposed so as to be contactable by means of the charging interface.

US Pat. No. 10,766,374

MOTOR VEHICLE CHARGING CABLE

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

1. A motor vehicle charging cable (10) for direct current charging of an electric energy storage device of a vehicle, said charging cable comprising:a cable jacket (13),
a first electric conductor (11) for a first direct current phase; and
a second electric conductor (12) for a second direct current phase,
wherein an outside of both the first and second electric conductors (11, 12) is surrounded by the cable jacket (13),
wherein the first and second electric conductors (11, 12) each have a conductor sheath (19) comprising an outer sheathing layer (19a) and an inner sheathing layer (19b),
wherein the first and second electric conductors (11, 12) each have conductor cores (21) extending within the conductor sheath (19) and forming a conductor core strand (20),
wherein the first and second electric conductors (11, 12) each have a first coolant-carrying duct (22) for cooling the respective conductor core strand (20) from an inside of the respective conductor core strand, which first coolant-carrying duct is surrounded by the respective conductor cores (21),
wherein the first and second electric conductors (11, 12) furthermore each have a second coolant-carrying duct (23) for cooling the respective conductor core strand (20) from outside of the respective conductor core strand, said second coolant-carrying duct (23) enclosing the respective conductor cores (21),
wherein the second coolant-carrying duct (23) comprises tubular coolant-carrying spacers (24) that are positioned between the conductor cores (21) of the conductor core strand (20) of the respective electric conductor (11, 12) and the inner sheathing layer (19b) of the conductor sheath (19) of the respective electric conductor (11, 12),
wherein the tubular coolant-carrying spacers (24) divide the respective second coolant duct (23), through and around which coolant flows, rest against one another and rest against the inner sheathing layer (19b) of the conductor sheath (19) of the respective electric conductor (11, 12) and also rest directly against the conductor cores (21) for cooling the conductor cores (21).

US Pat. No. 10,766,373

POWER-FEEDING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply coil that supplies power to a power receiving coil of a power receiving section in a wireless manner using an electromagnetic force;
a controller that controls an amount of power supply that changes a magnetic coupling between the power supply coil and the power receiving coil based on an amount of displacement of a positional change of the power supply coil with respect to the power receiving coil when power is supplied from the power supply coil; and
a detection section that detects the displacement of the positional change of the power supply coil,
wherein the controller calculates the amount of displacement from an accumulation of the displacement of the positional change of the power supply coil detected by the detection section for a predetermined time, and when the amount of displacement during power supplying from the power supply coil is equal to or greater than a threshold, the controller reduces the amount of power supply to a lower amount than a case where the amount of displacement during power supplying from the power supply coil is lower than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,766,372

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING MULTIPLE ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An energy storage and management system (ESMS) for a vehicle propulsion system, the ESMS comprising:an energy storage device;
a first voltage conversion device coupleable to an internal charging source for charging the energy storage device;
a second voltage conversion device coupleable to an external charging source for charging the energy storage device;
a plurality of switching devices for coupling the energy storage device to at least one of the first and second voltage conversion devices, the plurality of switching devices including a first switching device and a second switching device coupled to a common junction that has a common path to the energy storage device:
the first switching device being coupled between the common junction and the external charging source via a first path that does not include the second switching device; and
the second switching device being coupled between the common junction and the internal charging source via a second path that does not include the first switching device; and
a control system configured to:
selectively control operation of the first voltage conversion device and at least one switching device when charging the energy storage device from the internal charging source; and
selectively control operation of the second voltage conversion device and at least one switching device when charging the energy storage device from the external charging source.

US Pat. No. 10,766,371

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IMPROVE RANGE AND FUEL ECONOMY OF ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES USING LIFE BALANCING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising;a traction battery comprised of cells;
power converters, each electrically coupled between a corresponding group of cells and an electrical bus; and
a controller programmed to
allocate current demand to the power converters,
responsive to currents allocated to a subset of the power converters having magnitudes less than a threshold, redistribute a sum of the currents to power converters not in the subset and operate the subset to provide no current, and
increase current magnitude of each of the power converters not in the subset by a factor that is a ratio of the current demand to a total current already allocated to each of the power converters not in the subset.

US Pat. No. 10,766,370

MANAGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE LOADS ON AN ELECTRIC GRID

RECARGO, INC., El Segund...

1. A system for managing loads applied to an electric grid by electric vehicles, the system comprising:an information module that accesses information identifying states of charging events for a fleet of electric vehicles at multiple charging stations, the multiple charging stations coupled to an electric grid and providing charge to the fleet of electric vehicles,
wherein the information identifying states of charging events for a fleet of electric vehicles at multiple charging stations includes information identify states of current charging events and information identifying states of future charging events;
a grid condition module that determines the information identifying the states of the charging events for the fleet of electric vehicles at the multiple charging stations coupled to the electric grid indicates a load condition predicted to be applied to the electric grid is above a predetermined threshold condition of the electric grid,
wherein the predetermined threshold condition is a peak load condition for the electric grid; and
an action module that performs an action in response to determining the condition of the electric grid is above the predetermined threshold condition of the electric grid,
wherein the performed action includes modifying multiple charging events for multiple electric vehicles of the fleet of electric vehicles in order to shape the load condition predicted to be applied to the electric grid.

US Pat. No. 10,766,369

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING, STORING, AND USING ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM THE EARTH MAGNETIC FIELD

1. A system for using the Earth's magnetic field to provide supplemental power to a machine having a motor, the system comprising:a computer;
a plurality of wires at least partially contained within a cylinder; and
a plurality of energy storing devices;
the computer being electrically connected to the plurality of energy storing devices via the plurality of wires, and the computer being programmed to control the plurality of energy storing devices via the plurality of wires;
wherein the plurality of wires can collect electrical energy from the Earth's magnetic field while the machine is put in motion by a power source powering the motor;
wherein the collected electrical energy is stored in the plurality of energy storing devices or used to provide the supplemental power to the motor; and
wherein each wire from the plurality of wires is folded and placed radially in the cylinder, such that to extend across a diameter of the cylinder, such that to achieve a maximum length for each of the plurality of wires, a maximum total length of the plurality of wires, and such that at least a wire of the plurality of wires has a correct position relative to the Earth's magnetic field lines of flux at any given time.

US Pat. No. 10,766,368

DUAL FUNCTION BATTERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

CPS TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS L...

1. A battery module comprising:a first terminal pair configured to electrically couple the battery module to a first voltage domain;
a second terminal pair configured to electrically couple the battery module to a second voltage domain;
a plurality of battery cells electrically coupled in series between a first terminal of the first terminal pair and a second terminal of the first terminal pair;
a plurality of switches comprising:
a first switch electrically coupled between a first battery cell of the plurality of battery cells and a third terminal of the second terminal pair;
a second switch electrically coupled between the first battery cell of the plurality of battery cells and a fourth terminal of the second terminal pair;
a third switch electrically coupled between a second battery cell of the plurality of battery cells and the third terminal of the second terminal pair; and
a fourth switch electrically coupled between the second battery cell of the plurality of battery cells and the fourth terminal of the second terminal pair;
a plurality of sensing units configured to measure operational parameters of the plurality of battery cells; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of switches and the plurality of sensing units, the controller being configured to:
determine a first state of charge of the first battery cell of the plurality of battery cells based at least in part on the operational parameters measured by the plurality of sensing units; and
when the first state of charge of the first battery cell is less than a state of charge threshold:
instruct the first switch and the second switch of the plurality of switches to open to electrically disconnect the first battery cell from the second terminal pair;
determine a second state of charge of the second battery cell of the plurality of battery cells based at least in part on the operational parameters measured by the plurality of sensing units;
instruct the third switch and the fourth switch of the plurality of switches to close to electrically connect the second battery cell to the second terminal pair when the second state of charge of the second battery cell is not less than the state of charge threshold to enable the battery module to supply electrical power in the second voltage domain to an electrical load;
receive a requested state of charge associated with a device electrically coupled to the second terminal pair; and
set the state of charge threshold based at least in part on the requested state of charge.

US Pat. No. 10,766,367

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control device comprising:a train position detector that detects a traveling position of a train;
a storage configured to store therein a traveling position of the train when a loss of contact of a current collector occurs, as a loss-of-contact position;
an in-vehicle controller that causes, when the train travels in a predetermined section including the loss-of-contact position with reference to the traveling position of the train and the storage, the train to perform coasting traveling in the predetermined section; and
a driving/braking controller that performs a driving and braking control of the train, and detects the loss of contact of the current collector, wherein
the in-vehicle controller calculates a traveling plan to output a control command for controlling the driving/braking controller based on the traveling plan, and causes the storage to store therein the loss-of-contact position when the loss of contact of the current collector is detected by the driving/braking controller,
the driving/braking controller includes an interruption detection unit that detects, via the current collector, an interruption of electric power supply from an overhead contact line, and
the in-vehicle controller:
makes a traveling plan for the train to accelerate or decelerate within an allowable capacity of a drive motor supplied with electric power from a current collector located at a contact position, with reference to the storage; and
gives a coasting command to the chive motor supplied with electric power from the current collector located at the loss-of-contact position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,366

OPERATING METHOD FOR AN OPERATING AND DISPLAY DEVICE IN A VEHICLE AND OPERATING AND DISPLAY DEVICE IN A VEHICLE

Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg...

1. An operator control method for operating a display panel of a transportation vehicle, the method comprising:using the display panel arranged in the transportation vehicle to display a menu for an operator control structure, wherein the operator control structure comprises a main menu and a multiplicity of further menus, wherein upon initiation of the operator control structure the main menu is initially displayed,
capturing inputs via interaction with the display panel, wherein captured inputs bring about alteration of the displayed menu and actuate switching elements of the further menus, including capturing an initial actuation of one of the switching elements and responsively presenting animated movement of the main menu to reveal one of the further menus associated with the actuated switching element,
displaying a special switching element at an edge of the display panel for at least a plurality of menus from the multiplicity of further menus of the operator control structure, wherein the special switching element is actuated in response to a captured input as a swipe gesture capturing the special switching element, and
in response to actuation of the special switching element by the capture input, moving the main menu onto the display panel by transitioning from the edge at which the special switching element is displayed within a first interval of time so that the main menu takes up an increasing area of the display panel as time progresses and at the same time the previously displayed menu disappears as time progresses, wherein responsive to expiration of the first interval of time, the display panel presents only the main menu thereby indicating the change of the display panel to provide simple access to the main menu from any of the plurality of menus of the multiplicity of menus without negotiating a menu hierarchy.

US Pat. No. 10,766,365

TRIM ELEMENT COMPRISING A SCREEN WITH TWO CONFIGURATIONS AND ASSOCIATED VEHICLE

FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUST...

1. A vehicle trim element including a body defining the shape of an outer surface and an information display system, the trim element being able to be positioned in a first configuration and in a second configuration,wherein, when the display system is moved along a first direction between the first configuration and the second configuration, the shape of the outer surface changes between the first configuration and the second configuration, and
wherein the outer surface has a basin shape having a bottom, a dimension of the bottom along the first direction increasing between the first configuration and the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,766,364

VEHICLE DASHBOARD STRUCTURE

KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD...

1. A vehicle dashboard structure, wherein a steering unit of a vehicle is provided with a screen-included dashboard; the screen-included dashboard comprises at least one screen-based display zone; the at least one screen-based display zone is operable to display different message modes; the steering unit comprises a steering grip; the steering grip is provided with a control operator seat; the control operator seat is provided with a control operator module that is operable to control the screen-based display zone to switch between different message displaying modes, wherein the control operator module is electrically connected with the screen-included dashboard, and the control operator module comprises a mode switch operator, a display content selection operator, and a confirmation operator.

US Pat. No. 10,766,363

SURFACE PANEL, DISPLAY UNIT, ON-VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND INSTRUMENT PANEL

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A surface panel which is installed so as to cover a display surface of a display portion or portions provided in an instrument panel of a vehicle, wherein:plural small apertures are formed through the surface panel and are open to both an outside of the surface panel and an inside of the surface panel;
wherein axial lines of the small apertures are inclined at acute angles through a thickness of the surface panel so as to be directed to the driver or passenger seat side,
wherein at least a first one of the plural small apertures is arranged at a first one of the acute angles through the thickness of the surface panel,
wherein at least a second one of the plural small apertures is arranged at a second one of the acute angles through the thickness of the surface panel, and
wherein the first one of the acute angles is different than a second one of the acute angles.

US Pat. No. 10,766,362

LOCKING TRANSFER CASE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A transfer case comprising:a primary output shaft;
a secondary output shaft; and
a clutch for selectively transferring torque between the primary shaft and the secondary output shaft, the clutch comprising:
an apply plate coupled to the primary output shaft to rotate therewith;
a housing coupled to the secondary shaft to rotate therewith; and
interleaved plates that are alternatingly coupled to the primary shaft and the housing to rotate therewith;
wherein the apply plate selectively positively couples to the housing to form a positive coupling between the primary output shaft and the secondary output shaft to transfer torque therebetween, and the apply plate selectively compresses the interleaved plates to form a friction coupling between the primary output shaft and the secondary output shaft to transfer torque therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,766,361

WHEEL DRIVE TRANSMISSION

Auburn Gear, Inc., Aubur...

1. A speed-reducing transmission unit comprising:a spindle defining a longitudinal spindle axis, said spindle configured to affix to a frame at an input side of the transmission unit, and having a terminal output-side axial end;
a hub defining a longitudinal hub axis, said hub rotatable with respect to said spindle about said longitudinal hub axis and configured to affix to a driven structure at an output side of the transmission unit;
a planetary reduction assembly comprising:
a primary planetary stage functionally interposed between said spindle and said hub, said primary planetary stage comprising a plurality of primary components including a primary sun gear, a primary planet gear carrier, a primary planet gear in splined engagement with the primary sun gear and rotatably attached to the primary planet gear carrier, and a primary ring gear in splined engagement with the primary planet gear;
a secondary planetary stage functionally interposed between said spindle and said hub, said secondary planetary stage comprising a plurality of secondary components including a secondary sun gear, a secondary planet gear carrier, a secondary planet gear in splined engagement with the secondary sun gear and rotatably attached to the secondary planet gear carrier, and a secondary ring gear in splined engagement with the secondary planet gear,
one of the plurality of primary components comprising a primary input and another of the plurality of primary components comprising a primary output, and one of the plurality of secondary components comprising a secondary input and another of the plurality of secondary components comprising a secondary output, the primary output operably coupled to the secondary input such that the primary planetary stage and the secondary planetary stage cooperate to produce a final speed reduction between the spindle and the hub; and
a combination component comprising one of the plurality of primary components and one of the plurality of secondary components integrally formed as a part thereof,
the combination component further comprising a terminal input-side axial end selectively rotatably fixable to the terminal output-side axial end of the spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,360

CLOSURE SYSTEM FOR A PRESSURIZED CONTAINER SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A closure system for a pressurized container system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a fuel filler flap; and
a refueling connection, wherein the refueling connection has a non-return valve and a protective cap and wherein the protective cap is pluggable onto the refueling connection;
wherein the fuel filler flap covers a refueling compartment which is set back from an outer skin of a vehicle body of the motor vehicle;
wherein the fuel filler flap, on a side facing the refueling compartment, has a contour such that the fuel filler flap can be closed only if the protective cap is plugged onto the refueling connection;
wherein, in a closed state of the fuel filler flap, the contour projects into the refueling compartment to an extent such that, in the closed state of the fuel filler flap, no free space for the protective cap and/or for a loss-preventing device of the protective cap is available in the refueling compartment, into which free space the protective cap and/or the loss-preventing device is/are disposable in a destruction-free manner, unless the protective ca is mounted onto the refueling connection.

US Pat. No. 10,766,359

HOUSING CONNECTION FOR FUEL FILLER PORT DEVICE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A fuel filler port device, which is attached to a filler pipe, and opened and closed by a fuel filler nozzle, comprising:a cover member having an introduction opening for the fuel filler nozzle, a window hole, and a closing member that opens the introduction opening by insertion of the fuel filler nozzle,
a holder member including
an engagement portion formed at a filler pipe side, and including two engagement projection portions spaced from each other in a circumferential direction of the filler pipe and accommodated together in the window hole to be engaged with the cover member at the filler pipe side, the engagement projection portions protruding from an outer surface portion of the holder member,
an insertion portion arranged between the engagement projection portions, and recessed inwardly from the outer surface portion of the holder member, and
an engagement hole in the outer surface portion of the holder member,
a guide member for the fuel filler nozzle at a deeper side of the closing member, and
a seal member including a deeper side closing member opened and closed by the fuel filler nozzle, at a deeper side of the guide member,
wherein the guide member includes an engaged portion having a recess portion recessed inwardly from an outer surface portion of the guide member and an engagement step protruding outwardly from a lower end of the recess portion,
the seal member includes a protruding portion protruding outwardly from an outer surface portion of the seal member and engaged in the engagement hole, and an elastic engagement piece protruding inwardly from an inner surface portion of the seal member and engaged with the engagement step,
engagement of the cover member and the engagement portion is adapted to be releasable by deformation or destruction of a part of the cover member between the window hole and a lower end of the cover member by insertion of a part of a tool to the insertion portion,
the guide member is detached after releasing engagement of the cover member and the engagement portion and detaching the cover member from the engagement portion, and
the seal member is detached after detaching the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,358

TANK REINFORCEMENT WITH INTEGRATED BAFFLE

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. Reinforcement structure made of plastic material for a plastic vehicle tank, said reinforcement structure comprising: a first portion comprising at least one weak section and at least one strong section, which are designed so that said weak section breaks before said strong section when said first portion is under mechanical stress; and at least one second portion designed to reduce the slosh noise, said second portion extends from said strong section, wherein the first portion and the second portion are made in one piece, wherein the reinforcement structure is designed to be welded to an upper base and a lower base of the plastic vehicle tank.

US Pat. No. 10,766,357

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A fuel supply device configured to supply fuel, which is present in a fuel tank of a vehicle, to an outside of the fuel tank, the fuel supply device comprising:a sub-tank that stores the fuel;
a suction filter that is placed along a bottom portion of the sub-tank and filters the fuel;
a fuel pump that suctions the fuel, which is filtered through the suction filter;
a fuel supply pipe that is located at an outside of the sub-tank and supplies the fuel, which is discharged from the fuel pump, to the outside of the fuel tank; and
a fuel recovery passage portion that recovers excess fuel, which is discharged from the fuel pump but is not supplied to the outside of the fuel tank, to the sub-tank, wherein:
the sub-tank has an opening that opens to the outside of the sub-tank at a location that is higher than the suction filter;
due to a state where the fuel recovery passage portion is downwardly inserted in a vertical direction from the outside of the sub-tank into an inside of the sub-tank while a gap is interposed between the fuel recovery passage portion and the opening, the fuel recovery passage portion has an excess fuel outlet that discharges the excess fuel at a location that is on an inner side of the opening where the inside of the sub-tank is place; and
the gap is formed between an outer peripheral wall of the fuel recovery passage portion and an inner peripheral wall of the opening and is configured to release vapor, which is contained in the excess fuel discharged from the excess fuel outlet, to the outside of the sub-tank through the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,766,356

ACTIVE GRILLE, SCALABLE DESIGN

MAGNA EXTERIOR INC.

1. An active grille shutter arrangement having an assembled modular frame comprising:a plurality of primary frame pieces, formed by extrusion with each one of the plurality of primary frame pieces having a first end, a second end, a hollow bore extending through the each one of the plurality of primary frame pieces forming an aperture at the first end of the hollow bore and an aperture at the second end of the hollow bore;
an upper frame portion of the assembled modular frame formed from at least one of the plurality of primary frame pieces;
a lower frame portion of the assembled modular frame formed from at least one of the plurality of primary frame pieces;
a plurality of secondary frame pieces each having an upper nose portion and a lower nose portion, wherein the plurality of secondary frame pieces include a first end cap connected to the upper frame portion at the upper nose portion and the first end cap connected to the lower frame portion at the lower nose portion, a second end cap of the plurality of secondary frame pieces connected to the upper frame portion at the upper nose portion and the second end cap connected to the lower frame portion at the lower nose portion, wherein when the first end cap and the second end cap are connected to the upper frame portion and the lower frame portion, one or more apertures of the assembled modular frame are defined by the first end cap, the second end cap, the upper frame portion and the lower frame portion, and
a plurality of vanes formed by extrusion, rotatably positioned within the one or more apertures for controlling the amount of air flowing through the one or more apertures, wherein a first end of each of the plurality of vanes is rotatably connected to at least one of the first end cap and second end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,766,355

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH AIR-DIRECTING COMPONENT

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

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a rear region;
a covering;
a drive system arranged in the rear region; and
an air-directing component arranged above the drive system, the air-directing component being configured to direct an air flow along a first side of the air-directing component,
wherein the drive system is arranged below the covering,
wherein at least one recess is arranged on a second side of the air-directing component, the at least one recess being configured to provide an air flow under the covering in the direction of the drive system.

US Pat. No. 10,766,354

VEHICLE HAVING COOLING ARRANGEMENT DISPOSED BELOW FLOOR SURFACE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a motor configured to drive a vehicle wheel;
a battery configured to supply electric power to the motor; and
a radiator configured to exchange heat between a coolant for cooling the motor and outside air,
wherein the radiator is disposed below a floor surface of the vehicle and in a gap between the motor and the battery in a front-rear direction of the vehicle in a state of being inclined downward from the front to the rear of the vehicle, and is covered with an undercover from below, and
wherein the undercover includes an opening portion for supplying the outside air to the radiator in front of the radiator with respect to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,766,353

VEHICLE FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle front portion structure, comprising:a sub-frame that structures a portion of a suspension, and that is disposed at a vehicle vertical direction lower side of front side members that extend in a vehicle longitudinal direction at both vehicle transverse direction outer sides of a vehicle front portion;
lower members that extend toward a vehicle front side from a front end portion of the sub-frame;
a radiator support that is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction inner side of the front side members, and that is formed in a shape of a rectangular frame in a vehicle front view; and
connecting members that each have a front side connecting portion that is disposed at a vehicle longitudinal direction front side and at which a first joined portion that is joined to the radiator support and a second joined portion that is joined to the lower member are formed, a rear side connecting portion that is disposed at a vehicle longitudinal direction rear side and at which the first joined portion and the second joined portion are formed, and an outer side cut-out portion that is cut out from a vehicle transverse direction outer side and that is formed at a position that, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, is between the second joined portions of both the front side connecting portion and the rear side connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,352

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A power transmission apparatus for a vehicle having an engine and a motor/generator, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a first input shaft selectively connected with the motor/generator;
a second input shaft formed as a hollow shaft, disposed coaxially with and external to the first input shaft without rotational interference, and selectively connected with the motor/generator;
a third input shaft formed as a hollow shaft, disposed coaxially with and external to the second input shaft without rotational interference, and selectively connected with the motor/generator;
a torque mediating shaft formed as a hollow shaft disposed coaxially with and external to the first input shaft without rotational interference;
a first intermediate shaft disposed in parallel with the first input shaft;
a second intermediate shaft disposed in parallel with the first input shaft, and selectively connected with a transmission housing;
a first shifting section including a first gear set, a second gear set, a third gear set, a fourth gear set, and a fifth gear set, each of which is disposed on at least one corresponding shaft among the first input shaft, the third input shaft, the first intermediate shaft, the second intermediate shaft, and the torque mediating shaft, where the first shifting section is configured to selectively receive a first torque through the first and third input shafts and to provide a plurality of intermediate shift-stages shifted from the received first torque;
a second shifting section including a planetary gear set having a sun gear fixedly connected with the torque mediating shaft, forming an output torque by combination of a second torque selectively transmitted from the first shifting section and a third torque selectively input through the second input shaft, the second shifting section configured to output the output torque to an output shaft through one gear set selected among the first, second, third, fourth and fifth gear sets of the first shifting section; and
wherein the output shaft is disposed coaxially with and selectively connected with the second intermediate shaft and outputs a fourth torque received from the first and second shifting sections.

US Pat. No. 10,766,351

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING REVERSE DRIVING OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling reverse driving of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:determining, by a transmission controller, when a gear stage enters a reverse gear stage by an operation of a driver;
detecting, by the transmission controller, whether an engine clutch has a failure or the engine clutch is in a normal operation state;
in response to detecting that the engine clutch is in the normal operation state, releasing, by an engine clutch controller, the engine clutch;
detecting a state of charge (SOC) of a high-voltage battery via a battery management system; and
in response to detecting that the SOC of the high-voltage battery is in a normal level in which the SOC is equal to or greater than a threshold value, operating, by a motor controller, a motor to be driven in a reverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,350

TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission (G) for a motor vehicle, comprising:an input shaft (GW1);
an output shaft (GW2);
a plurality of planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3);
a plurality of shift elements (A, B, C, D, E); and
an electric machine (EM) arranged axially parallel to the input shaft (GW1) and operatively connected to the input shaft (GW1) with a constant transmission ratio via a spur gear drive (STG) or a flexible traction drive mechanism,
wherein various gear ratios are formable between the input shaft (GW1) and the output shaft (GW2) through the planetary gear sets (P1, P2, P3) by selectively engaging shift elements of the plurality of shift elements (A, B, C, D, E),
wherein an actuating element (BK) of one of the plurality of shift elements (B) is arranged, at least partially, radially within an element (STG1) of the spur gear drive (STG) or the flexible traction drive mechanism arranged coaxially to the input shaft (GW1), and together with the spur gear drive (STG) or the flexible traction drive mechanism in a plane (E1) is oriented at a right angle with respect to an axis of rotation of the input shaft (GW1).

US Pat. No. 10,766,349

HYBRID TRANSFER CASE

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A transfer case comprising:a primary output shaft that receives torque from a drive source external to the transfer case, the primary output shaft providing a primary torque output of the transfer case;
an electric motor having a rotor and a stator that are internal to the transfer case;
a planetary gear set having a sun gear rotatably fixed to the rotor, a ring gear, planet gears arranged radially between and engaging the sun gear and the ring gear, and a planet carrier coupled to the planet gears and rotatably fixed to the primary output shaft, wherein the ring gear is selectively groundable for selectively transferring torque between the electric motor and the primary output shaft;
a housing and a locking ring, wherein the ring gear is selectively grounded to the housing with the locking ring;
wherein the locking ring is movable axially between a first position in which the locking ring grounds the ring gear to the housing and a second position in which the locking ring allows the ring gear to rotate freely of the housing; and
an actuator system having the locking ring, a barrel cam, and a fork assembly extending between the locking ring and the barrel cam, wherein rotation of the barrel cam moves the locking ring with the fork assembly between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,348

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle rear structure comprising:rear side members configured to secure a battery pack by suspension, the rear side members each including a rear end portion, a horizontal portion horizontally extending rearward in a vehicle from a suspending portion toward the rear end portion, and a less-strengthened portion disposed in the horizontal portion, the suspending portion is on the rear side member and configured to secure a rear end of the battery pack by suspension, wherein
the less-strengthened portion causes the rear side member to bend and deform when a collision load is applied from rearward of the vehicle to the rear side member, and
when the collision load is applied from rearward of the vehicle to the rear side member, the rear side member deforms such that the less-strengthened portion is located further upward in the vehicle than the suspending portion and the rear end portion of the rear side member.

US Pat. No. 10,766,347

VEHICLE BATTERY MOUNTING STRUCTURE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle battery mounting structure for mounting a plurality of batteries under a floor panel of a vehicle, comprising:at least one battery unit comprising a first battery unit which comprises a plurality of the batteries; and
a connection control device which controls electrical connection relating to the first battery unit;
wherein the first battery unit comprises two groups of the batteries disposed to have a space there-between, the connection control device is disposed in the space, and each of the batteries comprises a terminal projecting from a surface of the battery facing the space toward the space,
wherein the vehicle comprises a passenger compartment and the connection control device comprises an operation member which is exposed to the passenger compartment and operated manually therefrom,
wherein the passenger compartment comprises a right front seat and a left front seat, and the operation member is disposed in a transversely centermost space in front of a rear seat of the vehicle including a space between the right front seat and the left front seat, and
wherein the floor panel covers the operation member from above so as to operate the operation member from within the passenger compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,766,346

LIQUID-COOLED ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A liquid-cooled electric drive system for a motor vehicle, comprising:at least two drive units, each drive unit having components including an electric machine and associated power electronics which are connected to a coolant circuit of the motor vehicle, and
a drive control unit which is set up to distribute the drive power produced by the drive system between the drive units depending on the temperature of the components of the drive units, wherein the drive control unit is adapted to reduce the drive power provided to the drive unit whose components have the higher temperature and to increase the drive power provided to the drive unit whose components have the lower temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,766,345

HAIL-RESISTANT VEHICLE COVER

MALLEE CORP., New York, ...

1. A hail resistant vehicle cover for a vehicle having a surface, the vehicle cover comprising:a plurality of interconnected panels, each one of the plurality of interconnected panels including:
an upper surface formed of a first material,
a lower surface formed of a second material that does not scratch the surface of the vehicle and adapted to lay against the surface of the vehicle,
at least one hollow concave cavity formed in the lower surface,
a front edge,
a rear edge,
a left side edge,
a right side edge,
a flexible and detachable joint disposed at the rear edge for joining an associated one of the plurality of interconnected panels on the rear edge thereof to the front edge of an adjacent one of the plurality of interconnected panels, and
left and right side curtains connected to and extending from the left side edge and the right side edge, respectively, and fabricated from the second material and adapted to extend downward along sides of the vehicle;
wherein at least two of the plurality of interconnected panels each have a securing device interfaced thereto for securing associated ones of the plurality of interconnected panels to the vehicle; and
wherein, when the plurality of interconnected panels is joined at respective front and rear edges, the plurality of interconnected panels can be folded in an accordion configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,766,344

TOP OF A CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE COMPRISING PANEL BOWS

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A top of a convertible vehicle, comprising a top cover and a top linkage which can be displaced between a closed position, in which a vehicle interior is covered, and a storage position, in which the vehicle interior is open toward the top, and which has a linkage arrangement on both sides with respect to a vertical longitudinal center plane of the top, each linkage arrangement comprising two main links, which are pivotably mounted on a main bearing fixed to the vehicle and one of which is driven by means of a main drive, panel bows extending between the bilaterally arranged linkage arrangements, a first one of said panel bows being a front bow, a second one being a front center bow, a third one being a rear center bow and a fourth one being a rear window bow, wherein a tension bow is arranged between the bilaterally arranged linkage arrangements, which limits the top cover at the rear in the closed position and is displaceable between a lowered position and a lifted position by means of a tension rod arrangement, and in that the tension rod arrangement is connected to an actuating link, which can be driven by a drive means and via which a drive lever is connected to a rear window link arrangement, and in that, by means of the actuating link, the rear window bow undergoes a displacing motion in the direction of the tension bow via the drive lever when the top is being displaced from the closed position into the storage position,wherein the tension bow is articulated to a steering link on both sides, each steering link being connected to a drive lever which is driven by the drive means for the actuating link, and,
wherein a roof rear link is articulated to the tension bow and to the steering link, said roof rear link being connected via a hinge point to a coupling rod for actuating the front bow.

US Pat. No. 10,766,343

DOOR ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A door assembly for a vehicle, the door assembly comprising:a door body; and
a hinge connected to the door body, the hinge is rotatable about an axis thereof, the hinge configured to axially expand along the axis from a contracted position to an expanded position when rotated in a first direction, and the hinge configured to axially contract along the axis from the expanded position to the contracted position when rotated in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction;
wherein in the contracted position the door body is in a closed position and in the expanded position the door body is in an open position; and
wherein in the open position mass of the door body is centered over the axis of the hinge to retain the door body in the open position, which is a raised position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,342

SHADING DEVICE

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A shading device comprising:a shading member formed using a dimming glass plate capable of changing light transmittance, the shading member having a plate shape;
a display apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels and being capable of transmitting light and disposed on a surface of the shading member, the surface being to face an operator during use of the shading member, in such a manner that a display portion faces the operator;
an image pickup device to pick up, as an image, a region which an opposite surface of the surface faces, and generate image pickup data;
a data processing circuit to generate display image data to be displayed on the display portion during use of the shading member, based on the image pickup data generated by the image pickup device;
a switch to change light transmittance of the dimming glass plate; and
a first detector that detects a position of an eye of an operator of the shading member; wherein
the data processing circuit further comprises:
an angle identification circuit to identify an angle of a line of vision of the operator facing the shading member relative to the surface, based on a result of detection of the first detector; and
a data correction circuit to correct the image pickup data based on a difference of an angle of the line of vision relative to a given reference angle,
the data processing circuit generates the display image data based on image pickup data corrected by the data correction circuit to display, on the display apparatus, a display image corrected for the difference of the angle of the line of vision relative to the given reference angle,
the display apparatus displays an image that is composed of the plurality of pixels based on the display image data and is showing a view of the region which the opposite surface of the surface faces,
the data processing circuit further comprises a display target data selection circuit to determine a blind spot portion obstructed by the shading member in a field of vision of an operator of the shading member, and select display target data among the image pickup data, the display target data corresponding to the blind spot portion,
the image pickup device picks up a region wider than a region obstructed by the shading member in the field of vision,
the data processing circuit generates the display image data based on the display target data to cause the display apparatus to display a view of the blind spot portion, and
the display apparatus displays, based on the display target data, the view of the blind spot portion determined by the display target data selection circuit over an entirety of the display portion.

US Pat. No. 10,766,341

VENTILATING DUCT FOR A VENTILATION DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche A...

1. A ventilating duct for a ventilation device of a motor vehicle, comprising: a housing including a first housing portion and a second housing portion, the housing providing a main duct that extends, in a longitudinal direction, through the first housing portion and the second housing portion and that defines a flow cross-section, the first housing portion being configured to receive an air flow from an air conditioning system, and the second housing portion being configured to face a passenger cell of the motor vehicle and provide the air flow to the passenger cell; a disk configured to rotate about an axis of rotation that extends in the longitudinal direction and to direct an air flow from the first housing portion to the second housing portion; and a partition disposed in the second housing portion and arranged downstream of the disk, the partition dividing the main duct into at least two sub-ducts in the second housing portion, wherein the first housing portion and the second housing portion each includes a flange, and wherein the partition in its direction of extent along a longitudinal axis of the ventilating duct is formed transversely relative to the disk, wherein the flange of the first housing portion is connected to the flange of the second housing portion so as to form a widened region of the housing, wherein the disk is accommodated in the widened region of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,340

AIR CONDITIONER SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioner system for a vehicle which includes: a compressor for compressing refrigerant; a water-cooled condenser which exchanges heat between coolant and the refrigerant flowing after being discharged from the compressor to condense the refrigerant; an expansion valve adapted for expanding the refrigerant flowing after being discharged from the water-cooled condenser; an evaporator for evaporating the refrigerant flowing after being discharged from the expansion valve; and a refrigerant circulation line which connects the compressor, the water-cooled condenser, the expansion valve and the evaporator with one another in order, the air conditioner system comprising:two air-cooled condensers which are connected on the refrigerant circulation line between the water-cooled condenser and the expansion valve in order to further cool the refrigerant by exchanging heat between the refrigerant and air; and
a blower fan installed between the two air-cooled condensers and configured to blow air in a first an air flow direction,
wherein the two air-cooled condensers and the blower fan are arranged in a row along a common axis in the air flow direction, with the blower fan located between the two air-cooled condensers in the air flow direction, and wherein the two air-cooled condensers and the blower fan are aligned with, and arranged within a width of the water-cooled condenser in the air flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,766,339

VEHICLE STRUCTURAL AIR DUCT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:spaced apart roof rails;
a structural air duct including
at least two bows connecting between the roof rails and defining first and second channels,
an interconnecting member connected between the bows and defining a third channel connecting the first and second channels in fluid communication with each other, wherein at least one of the bows defines an outlet port configured to supply air to a cabin, and
a cap attached to the bows and the interconnecting member to define a plenum; and
a roof connected between the roof rails and extending over the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,766,338

HVAC SYSTEM OF VEHICLE WITH BATTERY HEATING AND COOLING

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system of a vehicle, comprising:a battery line thermally interconnecting a first radiator and a battery core, the battery line having a first pump connected such that a coolant flows in the battery line;
a refrigerant line having a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the refrigerant line having refrigerant flowing therein;
an indoor cooling line thermally interconnecting an indoor HVAC cooling core and the evaporator, the indoor cooling line having a second pump connected such that the coolant flows in the indoor cooling line;
an indoor heating line thermally interconnecting an indoor HVAC heating core and the condenser, the indoor heating line having a third pump connected therethrough such that the coolant flows in the indoor heating line;
battery cooling lines branching from opposite side points of the battery core in the battery line, respectively, and connected to the indoor cooling line such that the coolant, which exchanges heat with the evaporator, flows to the battery core;
battery heating lines branching from the opposite side points of the battery core in the battery line, respectively, and connected to the indoor heating line such that coolant, which exchanges heat with the condenser, flows to the battery core; and
a first valve disposed at one of the opposite branching points in the battery line and configured to control flow of the coolant in the battery line, the indoor cooling line, and the indoor heating line.

US Pat. No. 10,766,337

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A control system for a heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning installation of a motor vehicle, said control system comprising:a first camera sensitive to wavelengths situated in a mid-infrared spectrum; and
a device for processing and analyzing images of the first camera, the device capable of carrying out temperature measurements on the images of the first camera and of computing, on the basis of the temperature measurements, at least one thermal comfort coefficient of at least one occupant of the motor vehicle,
wherein the at least one thermal comfort coefficient is used for regulating air temperature, air flow rate and air distribution within the heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning installation; and
a second camera sensitive to wavelengths situated in a visible spectrum and/or in a near-infrared spectrum,
wherein the device is capable of spotting features of the at least one occupant on images of the second camera, and of transferring said features onto the images of the first camera, the temperature measurements being carried out on the features.

US Pat. No. 10,766,336

AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioning device for a vehicle, comprising:a seat air conditioning unit provided in a seat which is disposed in a vehicle interior space, the seat air conditioning unit being configured to blow out air from a front side of the seat;
an interior air conditioning unit that includes a cooling heat exchanger which cools air and a heating heat exchanger which heats air having passed through the cooling heat exchanger, the interior air conditioning unit being configured to blow out air whose temperature has been adjusted by the cooling heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger into the vehicle interior space;
a first duct member that guides air flowing between the cooling heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger in the interior air conditioning unit to the seat air conditioning unit; and
a second duct member that guides air higher in temperature than the air flowing between the cooling heat exchanger and the heating heat exchanger to the seat air conditioning unit, wherein
the seat air conditioning unit includes
a first air flow duct that forms an air flow passage which guides the air supplied through the first duct member to the front side of the seat, and
a second air flow duct that forms an air flow passage which guides the air supplied through the second duct member to the front side of the seat, and
the first air flow duct and the second air flow duct are configured to be independent from each other to prevent the air flowing through the first air flow duct and the second air flow duct from mixing with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,766,335

WORK VEHICLE WITH ACCOMMODATION FOR AIR CONDITIONER IN REAR BEAM OF CABIN FRAME

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a cabin configured to cover an operator's seat on a traveling body,
a cabin frame that constitutes a framework of the cabin comprises:
a pair of left and right front pillars,
a pair of left and right rear pillars,
a front beam that couples upper end portions of the front pillars to each other,
a rear beam that couples upper end portions of the rear pillars to each other, and
side beams each of which couples to each upper end portions of each of the front pillars and each of the rear pillars, and
a roof body coupled to the side beams and the rear beam, the roof body having a first side that defines a ceiling of the cabin, and a second side that defines an exterior surface of the cabin frame;
an air conditioner comprising an outer surface and at least one of a compressor, a capacitor, and an evaporator;
wherein the rear beam protrudes rearward from the rear pillars and comprises:
a sidewall that extends from the left rear pillar to the right rear pillar;
a bottom surface of the rear beam extending from the sidewall; and
a top surface of the rear beam extending from the sidewall;
wherein the sidewall, the bottom surface and the top surface define a channel having a U-shaped cross-section such that at least a portion of the outer surface of the air conditioner is disposed within the channel of the rear beam between the bottom surface and the top surface; and
wherein the air conditioner is disposed between the sidewall of the rear beam and the front pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,766,334

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MULTI-CHANNEL DEVICE AND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A device for operating a multi-channel device, the device comprising:at least two parameter adjusters including at least one first parameter adjuster for at least one first zone, and at least one second parameter adjuster for at least one second zone; and
at least one display unit for display of the adjusted parameter values,
wherein the at least two different zones are controlled in common in a first operating mode of the multi-channel device, wherein the first parameter adjuster acts as the main adjuster and the parameter selection thereof is used for the control of the parameter in the at least two zones,wherein following actuation of the second parameter adjuster the first operating mode is exited and the at least two different zones are controlled separately in a second operating mode, wherein the parameter selection of the second parameter adjuster is used for the control of the parameter in the second zone,wherein, on further actuating the second parameter adjuster so the selected parameter is brought into agreement with the parameter value that is selected by the first parameter adjuster, the second operating mode is exited and the at least two different zones are again controlled in common in the first operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,766,333

INTERCHANGEABLE OPERABLE DUCT WITH BLOCKING COMPONENT FOR A DRIVER-ONLY FUNCTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle air-handling system comprising:a heat exchanger disposed within a housing;
a blower in communication with the heat exchanger and the housing;
an operable duct attached to an outer surface of the housing, wherein the operable duct includes separate driver and passenger portions that are each in communication with the heat exchanger and the blower; and
a planar blocking member that slidably operates within the operable duct to define open and closed positions of the passenger portion, the open position defined by the planar blocking member being positioned entirely outside of the driver and passenger portions; wherein
when the blower is activated, the planar blocking member operates such that the driver portion of the operable duct continuously delivers blower air to a driver-side air conduit and the passenger portion of the operable duct selectively delivers blower air, to a passenger-side air conduit; and
the operable duct is an adapter that is positioned between the housing and the driver-side and passenger-side air conduits and attaches the driver-side and passenger-side air conduits to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,766,332

“AFW-5” SUSPENSION FOR A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION

1. A vehicle suspension comprising a quadrangular rigid frame (1) with longitudinal arms (2) rotatably attached to a right and to a left side thereof, wherein ends of said longitudinal arms are designed to connect to a respective hub of a corresponding wheel (4), the suspension further comprising two transverse arms (3) rotatably fixed at a front and at a rear of the frame, characterized in that the transverse arms (3) are located above the longitudinal (2) arms and in sliding contact with the longitudinal arms, wherein vertical movement of the end of one arm results in the movement of all the other arms, the arms at the point of sliding contact (6) with each other have cylindrical surfaces to ensure contact in the entire range of movements, and configured to redistribute a weight of the frame (1) through the longitudinal arms (2) and the wheel hubs (4) directly and through the transverse arms (3) to the longitudinal arms (2) and the wheel hubs.

US Pat. No. 10,766,331

INDEPENDENT AIR SUSPENSION

1. An air suspension comprising:a mounting bracket configured to couple to a vehicle;
a pivot bracket comprising a top and a bottom, wherein the top is pivotably coupled to a frontward portion of the mounting bracket;
an air shock absorber comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is pivotably coupled to the bottom of the pivot bracket and the second end is pivotably coupled to a rearward portion of the mounting bracket;
an axle arm comprising a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion of the axle arm is fixedly coupled to the frontward portion of the mounting bracket; and
a spindle comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the spindle is fixedly coupled to the second portion of the axle arm, and the second end is configured to be coupled to a hub assembly of a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,766,330

AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An air suspension system in which air compressed by a compressor is supplied to a plurality of air chambers provided between a vehicle body side and a wheel side and configured to perform vehicle height adjustment in accordance with supply and discharge of air, the air suspension system comprising:a discharge port connected to a first discharge port side of the compressor, and including a discharge path which is capable of discharging compressed air on the discharge port side: and
a discharge path opening/closing valve allowing execution of setting to a closed position in which circulation of air in the discharge path is cut off, and an open position in which the air in the discharge path can flow,
wherein the compressor comprises:
a rod connected to a piston and extending in a moving direction of the piston, a side of the rod not connected to the piston is connected to a connection portion,
a needle connected to the connection portion extending in the moving direction of the piston,
an armature reciprocating the needle in the moving direction of the piston, and
a spring,
wherein the discharge path opening/closing valve remains in a closed position from a time the compressor is stopped to a restart time of the compressor, and
when the piston is subjected to a force on one side of the direction of travel by a force due to pneumatic pressure, the spring exerts force on the piston on a side opposite to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,766,329

VEHICLE WITH CHASSIS HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT HAVING FLOATING STRUT RODS

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A suspension module for supporting a vehicle chassis on a wheel of the vehicle, the suspension module comprising:a module frame pivotably connected to an axle on the vehicle chassis;
a wheelbox mounted to the wheel and slidingly mounted to the module frame by first and second strut rods, the wheelbox and module frame being configured to pivot in unison with respect to the vehicle chassis, wherein the module frame is configured to move between a first operating position and a second operating position relative to the wheelbox; and
an adjustment actuator coupled with the module frame and configured to shift the module frame between the first operating position and the second operating position, wherein the first and second strut rods move from a first position in which bottom ends of the first and second strut rods are below the wheelbox when the module frame is in the first operating position to a second position in which the bottom ends are in a higher position relative to the first position when the module frame is in the second operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,766,328

SPRING STRUT SUPPORT MOUNT

ContiTech Vibration Contr...

1. A spring strut support mount including a housing having first and second housing members that can be screwed together in an axial direction to form a threaded connection, the spring strut support mount further comprising:a detent arrangement permitting a screwing action in said axial direction and preventing a loosening of said threaded connection in a second direction of rotation opposite said axial direction of rotation;
said first and second housing members conjointly defining an interface;
said detent arrangement being disposed at said interface and being a two-part detent arrangement including a first part on one of said first and second housing members and a second part on an other one of said first and second housing members;
said first part including a first periphery at said interface and a lug having a predetermined peripheral shape and said lug being disposed on said first periphery directed toward said second part;
said second part including a second periphery at said interface and having first and second grooves formed in said second periphery arranged one behind an other along said second periphery with said first and second grooves being acted upon by said lug in response to a rotation of said housing members relative to each other;
said first groove being defined by a first flank having a first slope and a second flank having a second slope opposite to said first slope;
said second groove being a detent groove defining a shape corresponding at least in part to said peripheral shape of said lug;
said first and second parts of said two-part detent arrangement being matched to each other so as to cause said lug to successively contact and engage said first and second flanks and then slip into said detent groove as said first and second housing members are rotated relative to each other in said axial direction of rotation when assembling the spring strut support mount; and,
said detent groove and said lug conjointly defining a steep slope interface so as to permanently prevent the rotation of said first and second housing members relative to each other in said second direction of rotation thereby preventing a loosening of the threaded connection.

US Pat. No. 10,766,327

MULTI-PLATE SPRING SUSPENSION OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A multi-plate spring suspension of composite material for a vehicle, the spring suspension comprising:a first bracket unit mounted to a rubber spring;
a second bracket unit mounted to a trunnion base; and
a plurality of composite springs coupled to the first bracket unit and the second bracket unit at opposite ends thereof, respectively, the composite springs being vertically spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,766,326

LOWER ARM SUPPORTING BRACKET AND LOWER ARM SUPPORTING MECHANISM INCLUDING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lower arm supporting bracket fixed to a front suspension member, and supporting a lower arm of a front suspension mechanism, the lower arm supporting bracket comprisinga front wall part and a rear wall part that face each other in a vehicle longitudinal direction, wherein
respective insertion holes, through which a supporting shaft member pivotably supporting the lower arm is inserted, are formed in the front wall part and the rear wall part so as to face each other, and
the front wall part includes a fracture starting point formed in a region on an outside, in a vehicle width direction, from a center position of the insertion hole of the front wall part, wherein
the fracture starting point includes a cutout formed in a lower end of the front wall part on the outside, in the vehicle width direction, from the center position of the insertion hole of the front wall part, and
a through hole is formed on the outside, in the vehicle width direction, of the front wall part from the center position of the insertion hole above the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,766,325

VEHICLE SUSPENSION

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A bolster spring for vehicle suspension comprising:a flat base plate;
a top plate;
an intermediate plate positioned between the top plate and the flat base plate;
elastomeric material positioned between the flat base plate and a bottom surface of the intermediate plate, and another elastomeric material positioned between a top surface of the intermediate plate and the top plate;
a first flange comprising a pair of ears having a bottom mounting surface upwardly extending from a first end of the flat base plate at an angle ½?; and
one or more mounting holes positioned in the pair of ears in the first flange adapted for attachment to a pair of ears on an upwardly extending flange on a second bolster spring;
wherein the one or more mounting holes on the pair of ears on the first flange have a gap positioned therebetween; and
wherein the one or more mounting holes on the pair of ears are spaced apart, and wherein a distance between one or more mounting holes on the pair of ears is greater than a width of the flat base plate.