US Pat. No. 10,189,585

SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATOR, PLANETARIUM HAVING THE SAME, AND SPACE FLIGHT SIMULATING PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. Pi space flight simulator comprising:a celestial-body-position output unit configured to output three-dimensional positions of extragalactic celestial bodies in space;
an observation-position designation unit configured to allow an operator to designate a three-dimensional position and a posture of an observer in extragalactic space;
a celestial-body-image arrangement unit configured to determine, based on the output from the celestial-body-position output unit, arrangement of an image of each extragalactic celestial body in a star field seen from the designated three-dimensional position and posture of the observer, and generate a star field image;
a cosmic-expansion selection unit configured to allow the operator to perform selection as to whether a cosmic expansion effect is taken into account;
a time designation unit configured to designate an observation time; and
a cosmic-expansion correction unit configured to correct the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body based on the cosmic expansion effect and the designated observation time, wherein
the celestial-body-image arrangement unit is configured to determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body after the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is taken into account, or determine the arrangement of the image of each extragalactic celestial body based on the three-dimensional position of each extragalactic celestial body before the correction by the cosmic-expansion correction unit when the cosmic expansion effect is not taken into account.

US Pat. No. 10,189,584

CONTROLLING A PROPELLANT DISTRIBUTION IN A SPACECRAFT PROPELLANT TANK

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A system for controlling a distribution of propellant in a propellant tank assembly for a spacecraft, the system comprising:a body for containing the propellant;
a plurality of thermal tomography elements, including a plurality of temperature-control elements and a plurality of temperature sensors, disposed around the body for detecting the distribution of the propellant inside the body; and
a tomography element control module arranged to control the plurality of temperature-control elements to redistribute the propellant inside the body by heating and/or cooling the propellant, and arranged to control the plurality of thermal tomography elements to obtain tomography data; and
a tomography data analysis module arranged to receive the tomography data and to determine the distribution of the propellant inside the body based on the tomography data.

US Pat. No. 10,189,583

DEPLOYABLE SHEET MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ANALYTICAL MECHANICS ASSO...

1. A spacecraft system for deploying sheet material comprising:a primary beam member extending from a first end region to a second end region;
a first mast coupled to the primary beam member;
a second mast coupled to the primary beam member opposite the first mast, wherein each of the first and second masts extends from a proximal region coupled to the primary beam member to a distal region, wherein the distal region of the first and second masts is positioned farther from the primary beam member when the system is in a deployed configuration than when the system is in a stowed configuration;
a spoolable apparatus coupled to the primary beam member, wherein the spoolable apparatus comprises:
a first boom member proximate the first end region of the primary beam member,
a second boom member proximate the second end region of the primary beam member, and
a sheet material extending from a proximal sheet region to a distal sheet region and located between the first and second boom members,
wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are in a spooled state when the system is in the stowed configuration, and wherein the first boom member, second boom member, and the sheet material are unspooled into an extended state when the system is in the deployed configuration; and
a plurality of guy wires comprising:
a first guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the first boom member,
a second guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the first mast to the second boom member,
a third guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the first boom member, and
a fourth guy wire extending from at least the distal region of the second mast to the second boom member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,582

ELASTICALLY DEPLOYABLE PANEL STRUCTURE SOLAR ARRAY

DEPLOYABLE SPACE SYSTEMS,...

1. An elastically deployable panel structure for space solar array applications comprising:a unitary, continuous support structure having first and second opposing side edges, a first, stowed configuration and a second, deployed configuration, the stowed configuration having elastic strain energy, said elastic strain energy operable to power deployment of said support structure;
wherein the support structure is configured to be operable as a mounting surface for solar cell arrays,
and further wherein the first and second opposing side edges are curved downward with respect to a bottom surface of said support structure, each of said first and second opposing side edges forming a C-shaped open cylinder, when said support structure is in the deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,580

IMAGE STABILIZATION AND POINTING CONTROL MECHANIZATION FOR AIRCRAFT IMAGING SYSTEMS

Aerobo, Brooklyn, NY (US...

1. An aircraft comprising:a platform;
a camera assembly rotatable relative to the platform and about three camera axes, the camera assembly comprising:
a camera; and
a mirror attached to the camera, wherein the mirror is rotatable relative to the camera and about a mirror axis, different from the three camera axes;
a first inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the camera assembly; and
a second inertial measurement unit configured to measure inertial angles of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,189,578

SELF-BALANCING PRESSURE BULKHEAD

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A pressure bulkhead comprising:a bulkhead wall having a radially inner disk of a first thickness and a radially outer compression ring of a second thickness defining a convex surface as a first side of the bulkhead wall, wherein the radially outer compression ring defines a periphery of the bulkhead wall, and the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
wherein the second thickness of the outer compression ring is effective to provide a strength to oppose meridional and hoop stresses across the surface of the radially inner disk in response to a pressure differential across the bulkhead wall; and the radially inner disk being unitary with the outer compression ring and being made of the same material as the outer compression ring; and
an attachment ring having a concave surface oriented toward a non-pressurized area and attached to the first side and the periphery of the bulkhead wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,577

ELECTRONIC DISPLAY OF COMPASS/MAP INFORMATION FOR ROTORCRAFT PROVIDING IMPROVED DEPICTION OF SURROUNDING OBSTACLES

Astronautics Corporation ...

1. An avionics display for rotorcraft comprising:a graphic display screen;
an electronic processor communicating with the graphic display screen and receiving altitude information and bearing information from the rotorcraft and terrain map data providing three-dimensional representations of terrain, and location and height if about structures on the terrain, the electronic processor executing a stored program to:
(a) at altitudes above a first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint substantially perpendicular to a plane of the terrain; and
(b) at altitudes below the first predetermined altitude, provide an icon for the rotorcraft superimposed over a representation of the data of the terrain map aligned with the location of the rotorcraft from a viewpoint at an acute angle from the plane of the terrain.

US Pat. No. 10,189,576

LIQUID STORAGE TANK

BAE SYSTEMS PLC, London ...

1. An aircraft fuel tank comprising:a tank wall enclosing a liquid storage space, the tank wall comprising two opposing aircraft external skins and an aircraft substructure disposed between the two aircraft external skins; and
a plurality of tensionable tie assemblies located at least partially within the liquid storage space, each tensionable tie assembly comprising:
a first attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a first of the aircraft external skins;
a second attachment device fixed to an inner surface of a second of the aircraft external skins; and
an elongate member fixed between the first and second attachment devices of that tie assembly such that the elongate member of that tie assembly crosses the liquid storage space;
wherein the tensionable tie assemblies are capable of being tightened during installation, configured to exert an inward force on the tank wall, and are more closely spaced together at or proximate to points at which the aircraft external skins are attached to the aircraft substructure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,575

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING REAR ENGINE ATTACHMENTS IN THE FORM OF SHACKLES

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. An aircraft engine assembly comprising:an engine,
a pylon for mounting the engine on a structure of the aircraft,
the pylon comprising a primary structure forming a box formed by lower spar and upper spars joined together by a plurality of transverse stiffening ribs situated inside the box, the box being closed laterally by two side panels,
means for mounting the engine on the primary structure of the mounting pylon, wherein the mounting means include a set of rear engine attachments comprising:
a first shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with one of the two side panels, the first shackle being oriented along a vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along a transverse direction of the engine assembly;
a second shackle hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket made as one piece with the other one of the two side panels, the second shackle being oriented along the vertical direction of the engine assembly and hinged on its associated brackets along hinging axes oriented along the transverse direction of the engine assembly, the first and second shackles being arranged so as to be crossed by a vertical and transverse plane of the engine assembly; and
a third shackle for transverse transmission of the loads, inclined relative to the vertical direction and crossed by the vertical and transverse plane, the third shackle being hinged at one of its ends on a bracket secured to the engine and hinged at the other end on a bracket secured to the primary structure of the pylon.

US Pat. No. 10,189,574

ELECTRIC VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An electric propulsion system for a vehicle, said electric propulsion system comprising:at least one generator;
at least one drive engine coupled to said at least one generator;
at least one electrical device;
at least one battery integrated power converter (BIC), wherein said at least one generator and at least one of said at least one BIC are coupled, and wherein said at least one BIC and said at least one electrical device are coupled;
wherein said at least one BIC comprises:
at least one string comprising a plurality of BIC modules (BICMs) coupled to each other wherein each BICM of said plurality of BICMs comprises:
a first switching device and a second switching device, each of said first switching device and said second switching device comprising an antiparallel diode coupled in parallel thereto;
a first node defined between said first switching device and said second switching device;
a second node coupled to said second switching device;
at least one energy storage device coupled in parallel across said first switching device and said second switching device; and
at least one bypass switch coupled to and between said first node and said second node.

US Pat. No. 10,189,573

OFF-WING SLIDE RAFT

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable evacuation device, comprising:a ramp portion;
a slide portion extending from the ramp portion;
a releasable support strap coupled between the ramp portion and the slide portion; and
a release assembly coupled to the releasable support strap, wherein the releasable support strap is configured to release tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion such that an angle of the slide portion relative to the ramp portion changes in response to the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion, and wherein the ramp portion remains affixed to the slide portion after the release of tension from between the ramp portion and the slide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,572

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING ICE FORMATION ON PORTIONS OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An ice prevention system that is configured to prevent ice from forming with respect to one or more portions of an aircraft, the ice prevention system comprising:a combustor having an air inlet and a gas outlet, wherein the combustor is within the housing of an engine between a fan and an engine core;
a supply air conduit coupled to the air inlet of the combustor, wherein the supply air conduit is configured to channel low pressure air to the combustor, wherein the low pressure air is air that has not been compressed within the engine core; and
one or more delivery conduits coupled to the gas outlet of the combustor, the one or more delivery conduits further coupled to the one or more portions of the aircraft, wherein the combustor is configured to exhaust heated gas to the one or more delivery conduits through the gas outlet to prevent ice from forming or melt ice with respect to the one more portions of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,571

MODULE FOR AN AIRCRAFT CABIN WITH A SEAT FASTENED TO A DOOR

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A module for an aircraft cabin, the module comprising:a door to open the module; and
a seat fastened to the door;
wherein a seat surface of the seat is configured to swivel from an essentially perpendicular stowage position into an essentially horizontal operating position, and
wherein the module comprises a locking mechanism allowing the seat to swivel from the essentially perpendicular stowage position into the essentially horizontal operating position only when the door is locked.

US Pat. No. 10,189,570

SEAT PAN ASSEMBLY WITH ENCASED COMFORT SPRING

1. A seat pan assembly, comprising:spaced seat spreaders;
at least one transverse frame member affixed between the spaced seat spreaders; and
a seat cushion assembly disposed between the spaced seat spreaders and atop and supported on the at least one transverse frame member, the seat cushion assembly comprising:
a spring assembly disposed at depth within a foam assembly and free of attachment to the spaced seat spreaders and the at least one transverse frame member, the spring assembly comprising a frame having a base and sidewalls extending upwardly at an obtuse angle to the base, and a plurality of springs affixed along a top of the sidewalls and extending between the sidewalls elevated above the base;
the foam assembly comprising a first layer of foam disposed within the spring assembly between the plurality of springs and the base;
the foam assembly further comprising a second layer of foam, having a different density than the first layer of foam, encasing at depth the spring assembly within the seat cushion assembly, the second layer of foam continuous along opposing outer sides and a top of the spring assembly; and
a rigid bottom panel pivotally attached at one end to the spaced seat spreaders, the rigid bottom panel disposed atop and supported on the spaced seat spreaders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,569

DRAINING DEVICE FOR DRAINING A FLUID LINE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A draining device for draining a fluid line of a galley unit, the draining device comprising:a first coupling connectable to a second coupling, the second coupling being connected to an end of the fluid line of the galley unit, wherein the first coupling and second coupling are configured to produce a fluid conductive connection between the fluid line and the draining device;
wherein the first and second coupling form a double self-closing coupling between the draining device and the fluid line without producing a direct mechanical fixation between the fluid line and the first coupling; and
a holding device that holds the first coupling stationary relative to the fluid line such that no relative motion between the double self-closing coupling and the fluid line takes place;
wherein the holding device comprises guide rails or holding rails that are designed for engaging with a mount of the galley unit for fixing the draining device relative to the mount;
wherein the guide rails or holding rails extend in a direction parallel to the fluid line; and
wherein the double self-closing coupling is configured to automatically separate and close the first and the second couplings if the first coupling is moved away from the second coupling without releasing a mechanical lock.

US Pat. No. 10,189,568

AGRICULTURAL CROP ANALYSIS DRONE

Topcon Positioning System...

1. A system for agricultural farming, the system comprising:a first agricultural drone flying over a field having a plurality of crops in a position in advance of an agricultural vehicle which is traversing the plurality of crops, collecting information specific to the plurality of crops, and transmitting the collected information in real-time from the first agricultural drone to the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the agricultural vehicle is a boom sprayer which receives the collected information from the first agricultural done in real-time and adjusts at least one operation of the boom sprayer using the received collected information from the first agricultural drone such that the adjustment of the at least one operation includes a leveling of the boom sprayer achieved independent of any information collected by one or more sensors resident on the boom sprayer.

US Pat. No. 10,189,567

IDENTIFYING CAMERA POSITION OF A UAV IN FLIGHT UTILIZING REAL TIME KINEMATIC SATELLITE NAVIGATION

SKYCATCH, INC., San Fran...

1. A method comprising:determining, by at least one processor during a flight mission of a UAV, a position of the UAV at a first time and a position of the UAV at a second time based on a number of wave lengths of a signal transmitted from a satellite to the UAV at the first time, a number of wave lengths of the signal at the second time, RTK correction data at the first time, and RTK correction data at the second time;
identifying, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a time that a camera affixed to the UAV captures a digital aerial image of a site by detecting when a shutter of the camera affixed to the UAV is open;
detecting an attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, wherein the attitude comprises a measurement of pitch, roll, and yaw of the UAV corresponding to the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image; and
determining, by the at least one processor, a position of the camera based on a time of capturing the digital aerial image, the attitude of the UAV at the time that the camera affixed to the UAV captures the digital aerial image, the position of the UAV at the first time, and the position of the UAV at the second time;
determining, by the at least one processor during the flight mission, a quality of a calculation of the position of the UAV at a third time, wherein determining the quality of the calculation comprises determining whether the calculation is fixed or floating; and
modifying flight of the UAV based on the determination of the quality of the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,189,566

3D COVERAGE MAPPING OF WIRELESS NETWORKS WITH UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

ETAK Systems, LLC, Hunte...

8. An Air Traffic Control (ATC) system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) supporting three-dimensional (3D) coverage mapping of a coverage area of a cell site, the ATC system comprising:a network interface and one or more processors communicatively coupled to one another, wherein the network interface is communicatively coupled to a plurality of UAVs via one or more wireless networks; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to provide the coverage area of the cell site to a UAV;
cause the UAV to fly about the coverage area at one or more elevations;
cause the UAV to take measurements of wireless performance during flight about the coverage area;
utilize the measurements to derive a 3D coverage map of the coverage area;
determine poor coverage areas in the 3D coverage map; and
cause performance of one or more remedial actions to address the poor coverage areas, wherein the one or more remedial actions comprise adding additional antennas on a cell tower at the cell site, adjusting antenna patterns of existing antennas on the cell tower, and adding a new cell tower in the coverage area, each of the one or more remedial actions is configured to increase coverage in the coverage area to address the poor coverage areas.

US Pat. No. 10,189,565

MODULAR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM WITH MULTI-MODE PROPULSION

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A modular Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) having a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) configuration and a forward-flight configuration, the UAS comprising:a plurality of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) modules each having:
a main wing coupled to a corresponding fuselage and having a uniform tip chord length across the plurality of UAV modules;
a pair of booms extending orthogonally from the main wing;
a first pair of propellers, each of which is connected to the main wing via a corresponding arm and selectively stowable within a respective one of the booms in the forward-flight configuration, the corresponding arm being configured to pivot with respect to the main wing;
a second pair of propellers, each of which is connected to a respective one of the booms via a corresponding articulating motor mount and tiltable with respect to the booms via operation of the corresponding articulating motor mount, wherein the first and second pairs of propellers rotate in parallel horizontal planes in the VTOL configuration, and the second pair of propellers rotates in a vertical plane in the forward-flight configuration; and
wingtip docking mechanisms;
wherein the UAS is configured to selectively couple the UAV modules to each other, wingtip-to-wingtip, in both the VTOL and forward-flight configurations using the wingtip docking mechanisms, and is further configured to selectively uncouple the UAV modules from each other via the wingtip docking mechanisms in an independent flight configuration of the UAS.

US Pat. No. 10,189,564

NON-LOADED MANUAL BLADE FOLD ASSEMBLY

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A pin configured for use in a rotor blade movable between an aligned position and a folded position and having a rotor blade airfoil contour, comprising:a cylindrical body configured to couple a first section and a second of the rotor blade, when the rotor blade is in the aligned position; and
a handle mounted to an end of the cylindrical body and having an airfoil contour generally complementary to the rotor blade airfoil contour, the handle being movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein when the handle is in the closed position, the handle is flush with an adjacent portion of the rotor blade, and when the handle is in the open position, the handle is accessible to pull the cylindrical body from the first and second sections of the rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,189,563

BEAM FOR A ROTORCRAFT ROTOR AND ROTORCRAFT ROTOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. A beam for attaching a blade to a hub of a rotor for a rotorcraft, the blade having a longitudinal axis extending radially from a rotation axis of the hub, the beam comprising:a hub connection portion for connecting the beam to the hub of the rotor;
a blade connection portion for connecting the beam to the blade of the rotor;
a first flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a first bending axis orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the blade, a first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion being smaller than a bending stiffness of the hub connection portion and smaller than a bending stiffness of the blade connection portion;
a second flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to bend about a second bending axis, wherein the second bending axis is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the blade and non-parallel to the first bending axis, a second bending stiffness of the second flexure portion being smaller than the first bending stiffness of the first flexure portion;
a shear portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and adapted to rotate about a shear axis, wherein the shear axis is orthogonal to the first bending axis and parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the second bending axis of the blade;
at least one slot-shaped groove extending into the shear portion and at least a part of the second flexure portion in a direction parallel to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade, or a plane through the longitudinal axis of the blade and orthogonal to one of the rotation axis of the hub or the first bending axis of the blade;
wherein the slot-shaped groove reduces a shear stiffness of the shear portion to be smaller than a shear stiffness of the hub connection portion and a shear stiffness of the blade connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,561

RESONATOR, AND AN AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH THE RESONATOR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A resonator having a heavy member and a spring blade, the heavy member comprising a casing fastened to the spring blade, the heavy member further comprising a set of masses that is movable in translation inside the casing along a longitudinal direction, the resonator including a wormscrew engaged in a slider nut of the set of masses, the resonator including drive means suitable for driving the wormscrew in rotation so that rotation of the wormscrew drives the movement in translation, wherein the casing presents an inside face defining in part at least two cylindrical spaces each presenting a generator line parallel to the longitudinal direction, the two cylindrical spaces being arranged outside a central space, the wormscrew being arranged in the central space, the set of masses comprising two masses slidable respectively in the two cylindrical spaces, the set of masses including a support carrying the slider nut, each mass comprising at least one heavy element fastened to the support, each mass presenting at least two presser means interposed between the mass and the inside face, each presser means comprising a groove formed in a circumference of a mass and contained in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, each groove describing a closed curve, each presser means comprising at least one resilient member arranged in the groove and a split ring pressed against the inside face by the at least one resilient member of the presser means, the split ring projecting in part from the groove.

US Pat. No. 10,189,560

LANDING GEAR PLATFORM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A landing gear platform comprising:a chock that is configured to fit and engage between a rearward tire of an aircraft landing gear and a forward tire of the aircraft landing gear, the chock having a top surface; and,
a panel having a top surface and opposite bottom surface, the bottom surface of the panel being configured to be positioned over the top surface of the chock when the chock is fit and engaged between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear whereby the chock supports the top surface of the panel between the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear where the top surface of the panel is accessible to an individual and is configured to support the individual above the rearward tire of the aircraft landing gear and the forward tire of the aircraft landing gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,559

ROTOR SPEED CONTROL USING A FEED-FORWARD ROTOR SPEED COMMAND

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A computer-implemented method for feed-forward rotor speed control, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a first flight command indicative of a flight characteristic change of an aircraft comprising a rotor;
generating, by the processing device, a load factor change based on the flight command;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed change based on the load factor change;
generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed command based on the rotor speed change to a flight controller to cause the aircraft to change a rotor speed of the rotor; and
changing, by the processing device, the rotor speed of the rotor responsive to the rotor speed command,
wherein the first flight command is responsive to a first pilot command from a pilot of the aircraft, and the second flight command is responsive to a second pilot command from the pilot of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,189,557

PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WITH A DOWNWARDLY FOLDABLE WING TIP DEVICE

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A passenger aircraft comprising a wing, the wing having a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is moveable between:i. a flight configuration for use during flight, and
ii. a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is folded downwardly from the flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft is reduced, and
wherein the wing tip device is connected to the wing along a hinge defining a hinge line, the hinge being arranged to allow the wing tip device to rotate about the hinge line between the flight configuration and the ground configuration, but to prevent the wing tip device rotating upwardly beyond the flight configuration;
wherein the hinge line is orientated at an angle to a flight direction such that the wing tip device presents a larger frontal area when in the ground configuration than when in the flight configuration, and such that during forward motion of the aircraft, aerodynamic forces act on the wing tip device to allow the wing tip device to rotate away from the ground configuration and towards the flight configuration under the action of the aerodynamic forces, and
wherein the aircraft further comprises an actuator for moving the wing tip device from the ground configuration to the flight configuration, the actuator having a capacity of less than that required for moving the wing tip device in the absence of the aerodynamic forces.

US Pat. No. 10,189,555

ROTARY BALL LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

Northrop Grumman Systems ...

1. A latching mechanism for engaging an aircraft surface panel to a support member comprising:an aircraft surface panel defining an upper surface, a lower surface, and a post extending from the lower surface, the post defining a circumferential recess formed thereabout;
a panel support member extending substantially parallel to the aircraft surface panel, the panel support member defining a post receiving aperture formed therethrough;
a post engagement mechanism disposed adjacent the support panel lower surface, the post engagement mechanism defining a central aperture in substantial vertical alignment with the post receiving aperture, for receiving and engaging the post;
the post engagement mechanism further defining a rotatable sleeve, the rotatable sleeve being rotatable to enable locking and unlocking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism; and
a post engagement mechanism actuator, connectable to a power source, in operative engagement with the rotatable sleeve for rotation thereof;
wherein the aircraft surface panel and the panel support member are translatable into and out of abutting engagement independent of any contact with the aircraft surface panel upper surface; and
wherein locking engagement between the post and the post engagement mechanism continues when power to the actuator is terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,554

ENCLOSURE COOLING FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A housing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:a metallic porous material comprising a first porous portion and a second porous portion, the metallic porous material configured to enclose one or more components of the UAV; and
a phase change material (PCM), wherein pores of the first porous portion are free of the PCM and pores of the second porous portion are filled with the PCM,
wherein the metallic porous material and the PCM are configured to passively cool the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,189,553

WATER INTAKE SYSTEM AND FLOATING VESSEL EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A SYSTEM

SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS INC....

1. A water intake system for a floating vessel in a body of water, the water intake system comprising within the hull of the vessel:an intake compartment for taking in water from the body of water and a distribution compartment for distributing and supplying the water to one or more consumer units within the floating vessel;
the intake compartment being arranged below a lowest operational draught of the vessel and having an inlet in a bottom region of the intake compartment, the intake compartment being in fluid communication with the distribution compartment for allowing water to flow into the distribution compartment;
the water intake system further comprising a water lift hose that is connected to the inlet and is extendible below the hull of the vessel,
wherein the water lift hose is suspended from a higher level of the vessel above the intake compartment through an internal opening in a top region of the intake compartment,
wherein the water lift hose comprises an open pipe section located in between the inlet and the internal opening of the intake compartment, and
wherein the open pipe section comprises an upper connector part for connection to a portion of the water lift hose above the intake compartment and a lower connector part for connection to a part of the water lift hose extending below the intake compartment, and the inlet is arranged with a seal for sealing the water lift hose at the lower connector part of the open pipe section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,552

SHIP PROPULSION METHOD AND SHIP PROPULSION DEVICE

NIIGATA POWER SYSTEMS CO....

14. A ship propulsion device that propels a ship by rotating a propeller, the ship propulsion device comprising:a sub-motor that transmits rotation to the propeller when a rotating speed of the propeller is less than a predetermined rotating speed;
an inverter that controls a rotating speed of the sub-motor;
an electric power generating engine that generates electric power with a commercial frequency and supplies the generated electric power with the commercial frequency directly to a main motor;
the main motor being rotated by the electric power from the electric power generating engine and transmitting rotation to the propeller when the rotating speed of the propeller is equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed;
a slip clutch that controls a rotating speed of the propeller between a high rotating speed and a low rotating speed in transmitting the rotating speed to the propeller from the main motor; and
a switching control member that switches a driving source for the propeller from the sub-motor to the main motor when the rotating speed of the propeller becomes equal to or more than the predetermined rotating speed, wherein the main motor is an induction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,551

DISPLAY CONTROLLER

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A display controller comprising:a controller providing multidimensional code to a display device,
wherein the controller switchably displays the multidimensional codes representing identical information by a plurality of display patterns where ease of reading is mutually different,
wherein the multidimensional code represents information regarding an outboard motor mounted to a boat, or information regarding a vehicle, and
wherein the plurality of display patterns are switchable between a display pattern that represents information desired to be converted into the multidimensional code by a predetermined count of the multidimensional codes and a display pattern that reduces an information volume represented by each of the multidimensional codes and represents the information by the multidimensional codes larger in count than the predetermined count of multidimensional codes.

US Pat. No. 10,189,550

COMPACT, PEDAL-PROPELLED BOATS

1. A compact, pedal-propelled boat comprising:a gearbox (1) made from a tube (2) and a cylindrical housing (3) allowing a pinion having a shaft (4) being supported by two bearings housed inside the cylindrical housing (3) and a gear having a shaft (6) being supported by one of the two bearings housed in a right bushing (5) and the other of the two bearings housed in a left bushing (7) allowing that two retaining rings (27) installed on the gear shaft (6), one on a right and other on a left side, restrict relative axial movement between the gear shaft (6) and the gearbox (1) so that the gear remains engaged to the pinion; and the right bushing (5) and the left bushing (7) each have a shoulder on an outside thereof;
an outer tube (11) being made from two tubes, a long tube (12) and a short tube (13) which are joined at an angle around 120 degrees allowing an assembly to be inserted inside, wherein the assembly comprises
a torque tube (14) having a first end fixed to an end of the pinion shaft (4) and a second end fixed to an intermediate shaft (15) and the intermediate shaft (15) is supported by a bearing housed within an intermediate bushing (16);
the intermediate shaft (15) is fixed to a double universal joint (17);
a second end of the double universal joint (17) is fixed to a propeller shaft (18);
wherein the assembly can be inserted into the outer tube (11) until the moment when an end of the outer tube (11) is fitted on the outside of the cylindrical housing (3) of the gearbox (1) and the propeller shaft (18) is positioned inside the short tube (13) allowing a propeller bushing (19) to be inserted inside the short tube (13);
the propeller shaft (18) is supported by two bearings housed in the propeller bushing (19) allowing an elastic ring to be installed on the propeller shaft (18), which together with the end of the double universal joint (17) restrict axial movement of the propeller shaft (18) relative to the propeller bushing (19) and the propeller bushing (19) can be fixed in the short tube (13), transferring to the short tube (13) stress caused by a propeller (21) installed on the propeller shaft (18);
cranks and pedals are installed at ends of the gear shaft (6) which, when operating the pedals, the gear shaft (6) drives the pinion shaft (4) which, in turn, transmits the movement through the torque tube (14) to the double universal joint (17), which allows for a homokinetic transmission of movement to the propeller shaft (18).

US Pat. No. 10,189,549

RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION FARM FOR FISHING WORK

1. A renewable power generation farm for fishing work floating on a sea surface, the farm comprising:a plurality of floating ships, wherein each ship is configured to generate an energy using solar and wind power, wherein each ship comprises:
a main elongate floating structure having a top face;
a wind-based energy generation device secured to the main elongate floating structure via a vertical support pillar fixed to a first point of the top face of the main elongate floating structure;
a transverse beam extending perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending beyond lateral edges of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
a longitudinal beam extending in a parallel manner to the longitudinal direction of the main elongate floating structure and extending within the longitudinal length of the main elongate floating structure while passing through the first point of the top face;
connection beams connecting both opposing first and second ends of the transverse beam and both opposing first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
auxiliary pillars vertically extending through the first and second ends of the transverse beam and the first and second ends of the longitudinal beam respectively;
solar-based energy generation devices disposed at top ends of the auxiliary pillars respectively;
auxiliary elongate floating structures disposed at bottom ends of the auxiliary pillars passing through the first and second ends of the transverse beam;
connectors coupled to rear and front ends of the main elongate floating structure respectively,
a cover surrounding the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the cover has a heated space defined therein;
an air outlet tube and an air inlet tube air-communicated with the heated space;
an air discharge block connected to the air outlet tube and configured to discharge air using a pressure pump into an evaporation region defined in water, wherein the evaporation region is defined by a jacket, wherein the pressure pump is configured to blow air from the air discharge block at a high pressure;
a salt-free air supply device including: the evaporation region defined above the air discharge block; and a filtering unit disposed above the evaporation region, wherein the salt-free air supply device is configured to supply the salt-free air to the heated space through the air inlet tube connected to the filtering unit;
a detection device provided at the upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to detect an illegally infiltrated ship and/or a position of the sun; and
a rotator disposed on an upper end of each of the auxiliary pillars to rotate the solar-based energy generation device, wherein the orientation of the solar-based energy generation device is adjusted through the rotator based on the position of the detected sun,
wherein the plurality of the floating ships are connected in series to each other via the connectors to allow the renewable power generation farm for fishing work to act as a defense floating barrier to protect the sea surface from illegal invasion, and
wherein each of the auxiliary elongate floating structures includes a floating force generation body to act as a floating-force generation structure, wherein the floating-force generation structure has a receiving space for accommodating a battery defined therein.

US Pat. No. 10,189,548

LADDER WITH WATER SENSING LIGHTS

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A ladder for a boat, the ladder comprising:a rail configured to be coupled to the boat;
a rung supported by the rail;
a light source coupled to at least one of the rung and the rail;
a power source configured to provide electrical power to the light source; and
a water sensor configured to control provision of the electrical power to the light source;
wherein the electrical power is provided to the light source and the light source is illuminated in response to the water sensor sensing water;
further comprising a switching element that turns ON in response to the water sensor sensing water and thereby completes an electrical circuit with the power source and the light source; and
further comprising a printed circuit board (PCB) that supports the light source, the switching element, and the electrical circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,547

HYBRID CARGO HANDLING METHOD OF OIL TANKER AND CARGO PUMP PRIME MOVER SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD

1. A hybrid cargo handling method for an oil tanker or ore/oil carrier comprising:segregating and carrying at least three kinds of grade cargo oil; and
using plural sets of cargo oil pump systems,
wherein a cargo oil pump of one set of the systems is driven by an electric motor system of which a speed is controlled with a frequency conversion control device, and
wherein a cargo oil pump of a remaining set of the systems is driven by a steam turbine drive system,
further comprising the following steps of:
(i) operating the cargo oil pump driven by a mover of a steam turbine and discharging an exhaust gas from an auxiliary boiler supplying steam to the steam turbine; and
(ii) charging an inert gas purified from the exhaust gas into a void space of a cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the cargo oil pump driven by the mover of the steam turbine,
while operating the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system when exceeding a minimum demand threshold value of the inert gas
to control a speed with a frequency conversion control device so that the cargo oil pump driven by the electric motor system does not exceed a load equivalent to consuming surplus of residual inert gas balance allocated to the void space of the cargo oil sorting tank being in gas-communication with the mover of the steam turbine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,546

EMERGENCY SHIP ARREST SYSTEM AND METHOD

ALASKA MARITIME PREVENTIO...

1. An emergency ship arrest system comprising:a vessel attachment system configured to operatively connect to a disabled vessel at sea, the vessel attachment system including a bridle system and a hawser assembly having a hawser line, wherein a proximal end of the hawser line is operatively connected to the bridle system, and wherein the bridle system is configured to engage at least four fittings on a foredeck of the disabled vessel to distribute a load applied to the hawser line over the at least four fittings on the foredeck;
a retrieving system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in a setup position, the retrieving system including a retrieving line, wherein a proximal end of the retrieving line is detachably connected to a distal end of the hawser line in the setup position; and
a para sea anchor system detachably connected to the vessel attachment system in an anchor position, the para sea anchor system including a main rode and a para sea anchor having a canopy and a plurality of shrouds, wherein a proximal end of the main rode is detachably connected to the distal end of the hawser line in the anchor position, wherein each of the plurality of shrouds of the para sea anchor interconnects a distal end of the main rode and a perimeter of the canopy.

US Pat. No. 10,189,545

CLEAT AND CLEAT FAIRING FOR A BOAT

1. A cleat for a boat, comprising:a cam mounted to a surface of the boat and having a rotatable toothed surface for pressing against a line;
a guide mounted to the surface of the boat adjacent said cam, said guide having a bottom portion, a top portion, and a slide surface that extends from the bottom portion to the top portion, the slide surface is sloped relative to the bottom portion to direct the line from the surface of the boat to a point above a top of said cam; and
a slot formed in the slide surface of said guide, wherein said slot is configured to permit the line to be moved into opposition with the rotatable toothed surface of said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,189,544

STEPPED CAMBERED PLANING HULL

Massachusetts Institute o...

16. A planing hull for a boat, comprising:a fore-body portion;
a swept back cambered portion, wherein the swept back cambered portion extends from the fore-body portion;
a step; and
an after-body portion, and
a transom;
wherein the step vertically offsets the after-body portion from the swept back cambered portion towards an interior of the planing hull, and
wherein an external bottom surface of the swept back cambered portion has a non-linear distribution of camber; and
wherein an external bottom surface of the transom has a W-shaped cross sectional profile.

US Pat. No. 10,189,543

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE WITH IMPROVED MOTOR PERFORMANCE

5. An electric motorcycle, comprising a power transmission system, said power transmission system comprising an electric motor, a motor controller adapted for controlling the operation of said electric motor, a gearbox, and a main drive shaft coupled between said electric motor and said gearbox, wherein said main drive shaft has one end thereof fixedly mounted with a belt gear and coupled to said electric motor through a transmission belt, and an opposite end thereof fixedly mounted with a main drive gear; said gearbox comprising a power input gear located at a power input end thereof and meshed with said main drive gear, a speed change gear set, said speed change gear set comprising a tachometer output sprocket located at an opposing output end thereof for driving a rear wheel of the electric motorcycle to rotate; the power transmission system further comprises a motor speed sensor mounted on said main drive gear of said main drive shaft and adapted for obtaining the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor, a vehicle speed sensor disposed at one side of one gear of said speed change gear set that is synchronized with said tachometer output sprocket and adapted for obtaining the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle, a pitch shifting pedal for controlling the desired gear shift position, a control unit, said control unit comprising a MCU electrically coupled with said motor speed sensor and said vehicle speed sensor and adapted for converting the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle and driving a speedometer and a tachometer to display the converted data, and a gear shift position sensor adapted for detecting the position of a gear shift position dial switch of a fork shaft to obtain the data of the gear shift position, the data of the gear shift position detected by said gear shift position sensor, the data of the turning degree of a speed twist grip of the electric motorcycle, the data of the rotating speed of said electric motor detected by said motor speed sensor and the data of the traveling speed of said electric motorcycle detected by said vehicle speed sensor being provided to said MCU of said control unit for computing so that said MCU provides a control signal to said motor controller for regulating the rotating speed of said electric motor to rotate said gearbox synchronously.

US Pat. No. 10,189,542

BICYCLE REAR DERAILLEUR

LEE CHI ENTERPRISES COMPA...

1. A bicycle rear derailleur, which is adapted to be mounted on a bicycle frame, comprising:a parallel linkage mechanism, which comprises a base, a linkage assembly, and a movable member, wherein the base is adapted to be mounted on the bicycle frame; the linkage assembly is pivotally connected to and between the base and the movable member in a way that the movable member is movable relative to the base; the movable member has a chamber;
a pivot shaft provided within the chamber, wherein the pivot shaft is pivotally rotatable relative to the movable member;
a chain guide fixed around the pivot shaft;
a restriction assembly comprising a first ratchet gear, a second ratchet gear, and an elastic member, wherein the first ratchet gear fits around the pivot shaft, and is not rotatable relative to the pivot shaft; the second ratchet gear rotatably fits around the pivot shaft, and teeth thereof match teeth of the first ratchet gear; the elastic member is provided within the chamber with an end thereof abutting against either the first ratchet gear or the second ratchet gear to keep the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear contacting with each other; and
a friction assembly provided within the chamber to provide a rotational friction on the second ratchet gear;
whereby, when the chain guide swings toward a first direction by a force, the pivot shaft and the first ratchet gear are driven to rotate toward the first direction, and the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet gear are disengaged from each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are relatively rotatable; when the chain guide swings toward a second direction which is opposite to the first direction by another force, the teeth of the first ratchet gear and the teeth of the second ratchet restrict each other, so that the first ratchet gear and the second ratchet gear are not relatively rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,189,541

ELECTRICALLY ASSISTED BICYCLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. An electrically assisted bicycle comprising:an electric motor that applies a walk-push assisting torque to a wheel of the bicycle when a rider pushes the bicycle;
a controller configured or programmed to execute a first mode in which the electric motor applies no torque to the wheel, a second mode in which the electric motor applies a stay assisting torque to the wheel which allows the electrically assisted bicycle to stay in a position, and a third mode in which the electric motor applies the walk-push assisting torque to the wheel; and
an operator operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode; wherein
the operator includes a first operator and a second operator which differs from the first operator, the first operator and the second operator are operable by the rider to select the first mode, the second mode, or the third mode by switching on/off the first operator and the second operator, or
the operator is a single operator, and the controller executes shifting of the modes in an order of the first mode, the second mode, and the third mode or in an order of the first mode, the third mode, and the second mode in response to reception of an ON signal from the single operator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,540

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operating device comprising:a base member including a cylinder bore and a reservoir tank, the cylinder bore having a cylinder axis;
an operating member being a lever having a first end pivotally mounted to the base member to pivot about a pivot axis located on a first side of the cylinder axis, the operating member having a second end that is a free end located on a second side of the cylinder axis;
a piston movably disposed in the cylinder bore of the base member along the cylinder axis of the cylinder bore; and
a connecting rod operatively coupling the operating member to the piston,
the reservoir tank being arranged to overlap the connecting rod as viewed in a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the operating member, and the reservoir tank being axially offset from the piston along the cylinder axis as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the cylinder axis.

US Pat. No. 10,189,539

MASTER CYLINDER DEVICE FOR A HYDRAULIC DISK BRAKE

1. A master cylinder for a hydraulic brake, which comprises:a compensating chamber;
a cylinder in which a piston is disposed so as to be movable, the piston having a rest position;
a pressure chamber that is disposed in the cylinder and is connected to the compensating chamber via at least one connecting opening;
a pressure point adjusting device designed and disposed such that the connection between the compensating chamber and the pressure chamber can be interrupted in the rest position of the piston; and
a gasket for interrupting the connection between the pressure chamber and the compensating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,189,538

BICYCLE HYDRAULIC OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle hydraulic operation device comprising:a bracket configured to be attached to a bicycle part, wherein the bracket includes a grip portion configured to be gripped by a rider;
a grip cover attached to the bracket to at least partially cover the bracket, wherein the grip cover is made of elastic material;
a hydraulic cylinder provided in the bracket, wherein the hydraulic cylinder has a cylinder axis and a cylinder wall;
a port located on the cylinder wall;
a piston located within the hydraulic cylinder, wherein the piston is movable in an axial direction of the hydraulic cylinder; and
an attachment bore provided on the bracket, wherein
the attachment bore is connected with the hydraulic cylinder by a passage having no turns so that fluid flows through the attachment bore in response to movement of the piston, wherein the passage intersects the cylinder wall through a connection at the port,
the attachment bore includes a step,
at least part of the attachment bore is arranged in an area that radially surrounds the hydraulic cylinder, and
a part of the grip cover directly contacts a hose extending from the attachment bore,
wherein the bracket includes a proximal end portion, which is configured to be attached to the bicycle part, and a distal end portion, which is opposite to the proximal end portion, wherein the grip portion extends between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, and the attachment bore is closer to the distal end portion than the proximal end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,537

BRAKE FOR BICYCLE

1. A brake configured for being mounted to a bicycle, including:a base, including a rigid main body configured for being rigidly fixed to a frame of the bicycle, including a channeled portion fixedly connected with the rigid main body and having a through hole configured for a brake line to be slidably disposed therethrough, and the channeled portion being at a fixed position relative the rigid main body when the brake line is operated;
a first arm assembly, pivoted to the base and rotatable about a first axis, having a first end portion, a second end portion and a first abutting portion, the first end portion being for connection of the brake line which is disposed through the through hole of channeled portion, the second end portion being swingable toward a first brake side of a wheel rim to frictionally contact the first brake side;
a second arm assembly, pivoted to the base and corresponding to the first arm assembly, being rotatable about a second axis, having a third end portion, a fourth end portion and a second abutting portion arranged on the third end portion, the second abutting portion located correspondingly above the first abutting portion and interferable with the first abutting portion in a pivoting direction of the first abutting portion, the fourth end portion being swingable toward a second brake side of the wheel rim to frictionally contact the second brake side of the wheel rim;
wherein the rigid main body has an opening configured for a fastener to be disposed therethrough to rigidly fix the base to the frame of the bicycle, the opening extends in a direction parallel to the first axis and the second axis, the base further includes a projection integrally extending from the rigid main body and being outwardly protrusive beyond the first arm assembly and the second arm assembly, the channeled portion is disposed on the projection, and the through hole extends in a direction transverse to the first axis and the second axis and is directed toward the first end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,536

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake caliper comprising:a caliper body including:
a first body portion;
a second body portion coupled to the first body portion so as to provide a slot therebetween;
a mounting surface configured to face a pipe portion of a bicycle body in a mounted state where the bicycle disc brake caliper is mounted to the bicycle body;
a first receiving hole provided on the mounting surface, the first receiving hole being configured to be threadedly engaged with a fastener to mount the bicycle disc brake caliper to the bicycle body;
a first cylinder bore provided on the first body portion; and
a second cylinder bore provided on the first body portion, wherein
the first receiving hole has a first center axis,
the first cylinder bore has a first cylinder center axis non-parallel to the first center axis, and
the first center axis extends through the first cylinder bore.

US Pat. No. 10,189,535

MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY UNIT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An after-market air pressure and display assembly controlling air pressure to a rear wheel motorcycle air shock, the assembly for mounting onto an existing control panel that is attached to a handle bar on a motorcycle, comprising:a housing having a main chassis and a rear cover, with a sealing gasket therebetween;
a display on top of the main chassis for displaying pressure level in the rear motorcycle air shock;
push button switches on the main chassis for increasing and decreasing air pressure levels to the rear motorcycle air shock; and
a mount consisting of a single eyelet extending from a corner adjacent to the housing, wherein one existing fastener which is attaching a strap from the existing control panel to the handle bar on the motorcycle is removed and a single fastener is reattached through the single eyelet on the generally rectangular housing and into the existing strap on the existing control panel, is used for attaching the assembly to the handlebar on the motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,534

SUSPENSION CONTROL FOR A HUMAN-POWERED TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE AND METHOD

DT Swiss Inc., Grand Jun...

1. A chassis controller for an at least partially human-powered two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a control device and at least one memory device connected to said control device;
at least one controllable shock absorber having two connecting units disposed to move relative to one another;
at least one sensor device for acquiring measurement data sets relating to a relative movement of said connecting units with respect to one another;
a filter device connected to said at least one sensor device and configured for pre-processing the measurement data sets;
wherein at least one data set, derived from a measurement data set acquired with said sensor device during the relative movement of said connecting units is stored in said memory device;
an analysis device connected to said memory device and configured to analyze at least one stored data set and to determine a filter parameter set based on an analysis result and to derive a control data set from the measurement data set with a filter parameter set; and
wherein said control device controls said shock absorber with the control data set.

US Pat. No. 10,189,533

ELECTRIC SCOOTER

Bravo Sports, Santa Fe S...

1. A scooter comprising:a front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a steering assembly comprising a steering tube and a handlebar;
a rear foot brake, the rear foot brake configured to apply a braking force to at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a deck configured to support the weight of a person; and
a frame configured to support the deck, wherein the frame comprises a front portion and a rear portion;
wherein the front portion defines a pair of vertical planes that diverge in a forward to rearward direction, and wherein the rear portion defines a pair of vertical planes that converge in a forward to rearward direction; and
wherein each portion of the frame that defines a plane comprises a first member, a second member, a third member and a fourth member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,532

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member;
an operating unit including a rotatable member rotatable relative to the base member about a first rotational axis to control a bicycle component, the operating unit having a first operating unit end supported by the base member and a second operating unit end opposite to the first operating unit end along the first rotational axis; and
a support shaft extending in a direction non-parallel to the first rotational axis and coupling the second operating unit end to the base member, the support shaft having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end, the first end and the second end being supported by the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,531

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a hydraulic cylinder including a cylinder bore;
a piston provided in the cylinder bore and movable relative to the hydraulic cylinder, the piston being configured to receive a pulling force to generate a hydraulic pressure to a bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating unit configured to actuate at least one bicycle component different from the bicycle hydraulic component;
an operating member operatively connected to the piston to move the piston in a movement direction;
a piston rod configured to couple the operating member to the piston; and
a support member configured to pivotally support the operating member such that the operating member downwardly extends from the support member in a state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar, wherein
the operating member is configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis, and
the pivot axis of the operating member is disposed below the piston rod in the state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to a handlebar.

US Pat. No. 10,189,530

BICYCLE HANDLEBAR AND GRIP ASSEMBLY

Trek Bicycle Corporation,...

1. A method of isolating a bicycle rider from handlebar vibration comprising:forming a handlebar that is securable to a bicycle and shaped to be gripped by a user for steering the bicycle;
forming a detent in the handlebar proximate at least one area of interaction with a hand of a user of a bicycle, wherein the detent is only formed in a portion of the circumference of the handlebar and not the entirety of the circumference of the handlebar, and along a length of the at least one area of interaction with a hand, wherein the length of the at least one area of interaction with the hand is located on a top side of the handlebar;
populating the detent with a dampener that is formed of material that is more pliable than a material of the handlebar, wherein the dampener is supported from at least the bottom by the detent;
securing a nipple of the dampener to an opening of the detent; and
wrapping an outward-facing portion of the dampener and a portion of the handlebar not having the detent with a handlebar wrap thereby capturing the dampener in the detent.

US Pat. No. 10,189,529

TRICYCLE FOR PLAYING GOLF

G-TRIKE L.L.C., Northbro...

1. A tricycle for playing golf, the tricycle comprising:a foldable front half comprising:
a pair of steerable front wheels;
a front frame supported between the pair of steerable front wheels, the front frame comprising
a pair of handlebar post tubes operatively coupled to the pair of steerable front wheels,
a front cross bar extending between the pair of handlebar post tubes, and
a pair of front bars extending from the front cross bar;
a pair of handlebar posts coupled to the pair of handlebar post tubes; and
a golf bag support assembly arranged on the front frame; and
a foldable rear half releasably coupled to the foldable front half, the foldable rear half comprising
a drivable rear wheel;
a rear frame comprising
a down tube releasably coupled to the front cross bar at a first end of the down tube and
a down tube fork at a second end of the down tube for supporting the drivable rear wheel, and
a rear tube releasably coupled to top of the pair of front bars at a first end of the rear tube and a rear tube fork at a second end of the rear tube for supporting the drivable rear wheel;
a chainwheel drive arranged on the down tube and operatively coupled to the drivable rear wheel; and
a seat assembly arranged on the rear tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,528

SELF-BALANCING DOUBLE-WHEELED ELECTRICAL SCOOTER

CHANGZHOU AIRWHEEL, Jian...

1. An assembly for turning on and turning off operation of a self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter, characterized in that, the assembly is a gravity sensing assembly controlled by a foot of a rider, which comprises a signal sensing device, a resilient unit and a signal blocking unit, the signal sensing device is set in a chassis of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter under a foot pedal, the resilient unit is arranged above the signal sensing device and directly facing the signal sensing device, the signal blocking unit is fixedly connected to the resilient unit and is arranged under the resilient unit and perpendicularly corresponding to a signal transmission path of the signal sensing device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,527

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

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

1. A fuel supply device for a motorcycle, comprising:a single main frame extending from a head pipe, said single main frame including a first side and a second side, the main frame having a first section extending rearwardly from the head pipe and a second section extending downwardly from the first section;
a fuel tank supported on the main frame;
a fuel injection device operatively connected to an internal combustion engine;
a fuel supply portion having a fuel pump wherein fuel in the fuel tank is supplied to the fuel injection device via a fuel pipe;
an exhaust pipe operatively connected to an exhaust port of the internal combustion engine, said exhaust pipe being positioned on the first side of the main frame and extending upwardly from the exhaust port to a position above the internal combustion engine;
wherein the fuel pump is provided on an outside of the fuel tank and attached to the second side of the main frame,
wherein an axial line in a direction in which to connect the fuel pipe is aligned along the main frame with the fuel pump being positioned on the first section of the main frame and above the engine; and
an ignition coil for a sparking plug being positioned on the first side of the main frame, said ignition coil being positioned above the engine and the exhaust pipe,
wherein vaporization and separation of fuel due to a heat effect from the exhaust pipe is suppressed by positioning the fuel pump and the fuel pipe on the second side of the main frame displaced relative to the exhaust pipe positioned on the first side of the main frame, and
wherein the fuel pump is disposed so as to be overlapped on the main frame when viewed sideways of a vehicle, with the exhaust pipe being disposed inside the engine in a vehicle width direction, and the exhaust pipe is disposed at an upper side of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,189,526

STRUCTURE FOR FRONT PART OF SADDLED VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A front structure for a saddle-riding vehicle, which comprises:a meter unit;
a meter covering for covering at least an area forwardly of the meter unit; and
a windshield disposed forwardly of the meter covering, wherein
the windshield is disposed in a fashion inclined upwardly rearwardly when viewed from lateral side,
the windshield has a rear surface bulged forwardly from opposite side portions thereof towards an intermediate portion thereof in a lateral direction while depicting a curved shape,
the meter covering includes a front wall shaped to represent a forwardly bulged to thereby allow the sunlight, coming from rear, to divert from the focal point of light reflected upon the windshield, the front wall having a forwardly bulged protruding shape forwardly bulged from opposite side end portions towards a lateral intermediate portion in the lateral direction,
the front wall includes: a lower half portion ranging from a lower end portion to a vertical intermediate portion in a vertical direction; and an upper half portion ranging from the vertical intermediate portion to an upper end portion,
the lower half portion extends substantially parallel to a rear surface of the windshield in a direction diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? relative to a horizontal plane, whereas the upper half portion extends inclined diagonally upwardly and rearwardly at an angle of inclination ? so as to diverge from the windshield, and
the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 65° to 75°, and the angle of inclination ? is so set as to be within the range of 25° to 35°.

US Pat. No. 10,189,525

HANDLEBAR ACCESSORY MOUNT

1. A cam lever operated accessory gripping mechanism to secure an accessory to a handlebar, comprising:a cam lever;
a threaded stud;
a dowel to which a first end of the threaded stud is fixed;
a first main body section;
a second main body section; and
at least one biasing spring extending between the first main body section and the second main body section,
wherein the first main body section is arranged to be clamped to the handlebar and includes an opening for slidably receiving the threaded stud; a first clamping jaw for engaging a first side of the accessory, and an opening shaped to slidably receive a second main body section,
wherein the second main body section includes a bore for slidably receiving a second end of the threaded stud and a second clamping jaw for engaging a second side of the accessory, and is arranged to support a fastening member into which the second end of the threaded stud is threaded,
wherein the dowel is inserted into openings in the cam lever the cam lever having at least one overcenter camming surface that engages a cam-engaging surface of the first main body section, such that pivoting of the camming lever about the dowel in a first direction causes the dowel holding section of the camming level to move in an axial direction of the threaded stud, pulling the second main body section in a direction that causes the second clamping jaw to move towards the first clamping jaw and thereby grip the accessory,
wherein the at least one overcenter camming surface of the cam lever and/or the cam-engaging surface of the first main body section are shaped such that continued turning after a maximum clamping force has been achieved provides an overcenter latching effect that permits a slight movement of the threaded stud in a direction opposite the clamping direction to prevent release of the camming lever and thereby secure the clamping jaws in the gripping position,
wherein adjustment of the gripping mechanism to fit different accessories is accomplished by turning the camming lever about an axis of the threaded stud, to cause rotation of the threaded stud with respect to the fastening member and axial movement of the second main body section in a desired direction to adjust the initial spacing of the first and second clamping jaws, and
wherein the accessory is released by pivoting the camming lever in a releasing direction opposite the first direction past the point of maximum clamping force to cause the clamping jaws to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,189,524

TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

1. A two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a frame comprising a main frame portion having an internal generally closed volume, and having an air intake adjacent a front end of the main frame portion and an air outlet rearward of the air intake, the air intake and the air outlet communicating through the internal generally closed volume, wherein the main frame portion includes a steering head tube at a front end thereof, and the air intake is positioned below the head tube;
a plurality of ground-engaging members for supporting the frame;
an engine having at least a first cylinder including a first intake port and a first exhaust port;
a transmission operably coupled to the engine; and
an engine intake assembly positioned laterally outward of the engine and coupled between the air outlet and the engine, the engine intake assembly including a duct coupled to an air cleaner and a throttle coupled to the first intake port.

US Pat. No. 10,189,523

HANDLEBAR MOUNTABLE LIGHT PIPE APPARATUS FOR A BICYCLE

Karbon Kinetics Limited, ...

1. A bicycle light for mounting to a bicycle handlebar, comprising:an elongate light pipe (18);
mounting means (20, 21) for mounting the light pipe generally parallel to the bicycle handlebar, with a reflective rear face (27) of the light pipe adjacent to the handlebar so that light reflected from the reflective rear face exits the light pipe in a direction away from the handlebar;
an LED (26) mounted to emit light into an end of the light pipe (18); and
a heat sink (24) in thermal contact with the LED (26) and arranged such that, when the bicycle light is mounted to a bicycle handlebar by the mounting means (20, 21), the heat sink (24) is in thermal contact with the handlebar and can transfer heat from the LED into the bicycle handlebar by conduction.

US Pat. No. 10,189,522

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPPORTING TELESCOPING ELEMENTS

Nine Point Eight Inc., A...

1. A telescoping arrangement comprising:an outer tube;
a support post disposed within the outer tube and fixedly coupled thereto;
an inner tube telescopically received in the outer tube between the outer tube and the support post;
a brake carried by the support post for releasably supporting the inner tube on the support post to longitudinally fix the inner tube in a desired telescopic position relative to the outer tube;
the brake comprising at least one braking element movable between:
a braking configuration in which at least one friction surface of the at least one braking element is driven outwardly against an inner surface of the inner tube to frictionally engage the inner surface of the inner tube and resist sliding thereof along the at least one friction surface; and
a telescoping configuration in which the at least one friction surface of the at least one braking element is withdrawn, relative to the braking configuration, so as to permit sliding of the inner surface of the inner tube past the at least one friction surface; and
an actuator coupled to the at least one braking element for moving the at least one braking element between the braking configuration and the telescoping configuration;
wherein, when the at least one braking element is in the braking configuration, the at least one braking element acts between the inner tube and the support post to support the inner tube on the support post in a fixed telescopic position relative to the outer tube; and
wherein, when the at least one braking element is in the telescoping configuration, the inner tube can telescope relative to the outer tube;
wherein:
the braking element comprises a resiliently deformable annular sleeve;
the annular sleeve has an external surface forming the at least one friction surface;
in the braking configuration, the annular sleeve is pressed outwardly against the inner surface of the inner tube; and
in the telescoping configuration the annular sleeve is retracted inwardly, relative to the braking configuration;
wherein the brake comprises:
an annular brake support fitting fixedly carried by the support post
the annular sleeve surrounding and being sealed to the brake support fitting;
an annular channel being formed in an inner surface of the annular sleeve;
the annular channel cooperating with the brake support fitting to form a pressure chamber;
a piston slidably and sealingly received in a bore of the brake support fitting and movable between a braking position and a telescoping position;
a fluid reservoir being defined between the piston and the brake support fitting; and
the fluid reservoir being in fluid communication with the pressure chamber;
whereby:
moving the piston from the telescoping position to the braking position increases pressure in the fluid reservoir, with the increased pressure being transferred fluidically into the pressure chamber to press the external surface of the annular sleeve outwardly against the inner surface of the inner tube; and
moving the piston from the braking position to the telescoping position decreases pressure in the fluid reservoir, with the decreased pressure being transferred fluidically out of the pressure chamber to reduce outward pressure applied by the annular sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,189,521

ASSEMBLY PLATFORM

KUKA Systems GmbH, Augsb...

1. A flow production system for use in an assembly line or production line, the flow production system comprising:a conveyor for conveying a workpiece along a conveying direction of the flow production system; and
a platform configured to be moved into and out of the flow production system substantially as a whole, the platform comprising:
a guiding device configured to guide the conveyed workpiece along the platform and to discontinue the guidance at any time, and
a processing device configured to process the conveyed workpiece while the conveyed workpiece is being guided by the guiding device;
wherein the guiding device comprises at least two guide rails, the at least two guide rails configured to be movable between a first position and a second position; and
wherein, in the first position, the guide rails effect a guiding of the conveyed workpiece along the platform and, in the second position, the guide rails prompt a discontinuation of the guidance.

US Pat. No. 10,189,520

MODULAR SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A modular system for a vehicle comprising:a selected instrument panel that extends over a width of an interior of the motor vehicle from a driver side of the vehicle to a passenger side of the vehicle;
at least one selected door that is arranged on a side of the vehicle in a pivotal manner in order to close or open a vehicle door opening adjoining the selected instrument panel;
wherein the modular system has at least two different instrument panels and/or at least two different doors for selection, wherein each instrument panel has a first joint region and each door has a second joint region,
wherein the second joint region is pivoted away from the first joint region when the at least one selected door is pivoted into an open position and the second joint region is pivoted towards the first joint region so as to adjoin the first joint region and form a unitary joint when the at least one selected door is pivoted into a closed position, and
wherein the second joint region corresponds to the first joint region such that each first joint region and each second joint region, when adjoined in the closed position of the door, always form the unitary joint with a same joint gap width therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,189,519

LEG CONFIGURATION FOR SPRING-MASS LEGGED LOCOMOTION

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A robot for legged locomotion, comprising:a body;
a leg having first, second, and third links, with the first and second links pivotally mounted to one another and with the second and third links pivotally mounted to one another, the first link having opposing first and second ends with the first end pivotally mounted to the body;
a first actuator mounted at the body and configured to rotate the first link about the first end of the first link;
a second actuator mounted at the first link and configured to rotate the second link relative to the first link, wherein the first and second actuators are operable to swing the leg and extend/retract the leg along a leg length direction; and
a first leg spring disposed in series between the first link and the third link, and a second leg spring operably connected in series between the second actuator and the second link, the leg springs configured to store energy therein during a first portion of a stance and configured to recover the stored energy during a second portion of the stance to provide passive dynamics for locomotion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,518

TRACK NUT WITH INCREASED BEARING AREA

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A track nut comprising:a main body defining a central aperture with threads disposed in the central aperture, the aperture defining a cylindrical axis and a radial direction;
a first end and a second end disposed along the cylindrical axis; and
wherein the second end defines a generally polygonal perimeter with a plurality of corners, the polygonal perimeter including a variable blend portion between each of the plurality of corners that defines a radius of curvature that decreases between each of the plurality of corners.

US Pat. No. 10,189,517

DEPLOYABLE AERODYNAMIC SIDE PANEL SYSTEM

Magna Exteriors, Inc., C...

1. A deployable side panel assembly for a vehicle, comprising:at least one deployable panel located between the front and rear wheel wells of the vehicle and having a predetermined profile, wherein said deployable panel selectively deploys and retracts between a deployed position and a stowed position, wherein the deployment of the deployable panel improves aerodynamics; and
at least one actuator operably coupled to the at least one deployable panel, wherein the actuator has object detection that senses current spike for circuit override, and is in communication with the vehicle for automatically deploying of the deployable panel under predetermined conditions;
wherein the deployable panel is operably hinged to the rocker panel assembly for flipping downward/upward between the stowed position substantially horizontal underneath the vehicle and the deployed position substantially vertical below the rocker panel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,516

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC ASSEMBLIES FOR PROVIDING PASSIVE WATER MANAGEMENT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle aerodynamic assembly, comprising:a first end plate;
an airfoil including an outboard edge portion contiguous with the first end plate, wherein a first portion of the first end plate extends above the airfoil and a second portion of the first end plate extends below the airfoil;
a second end plate connected to an opposing outboard edge portion of the airfoil; and
a first drainage channel extending through at least one of the first end plate and the outboard edge portion of the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,189,515

AERODYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. An aerodynamic control system comprising:one or more flexible sheets configured to be coupled with a first vehicle in a vehicle system formed from the first vehicle and at least a second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets configured to extend from the first vehicle and be coupled with the second vehicle to at least partially enclose an air volume in a gap between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the one or more flexible sheets reducing aerodynamic drag exerted on the vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system relative to the vehicle system moving without the one or more flexible sheets extending from the first vehicle to the second vehicle; and
a frame configured to extend across the gap between the first and second vehicles, the frame configured to be coupled with the one or more flexible sheets to support the one or more flexible sheets in the gap between the first and second vehicles, wherein the frame includes two or more elongated telescoping members configured to support the one or more flexible sheets and configured to telescope into each other as a size of the gap between the first and second vehicles changes during the movement of the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,514

AERODYNAMIC TRUCKING SYSTEMS

Strehl, LLC, Scottsdale,...

1. An aerodynamic fairing assembly for attachment to a trailer of a tractor-trailer comprising a top, bottom, front, rear, a pair of sides, wheels having tires and brakes, and a trailer frame comprising transverse structural support members extending between sides of the trailer, and having at least one rear wheel assembly situated below the trailer frame, the aerodynamic fairing assembly comprising:a side skirt fairing comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
a transition located aft of the side skirt fairing;
a vented skirt fairing located aft of the transition comprising at least one longitudinal vent configured to allow air to flow therethrough, wherein the vented skirt fairing extends outwardly of a side of a trailer envelope to accommodate the wheels; and
one or more mounting brackets configured to couple the side skirt fairing, the transition, and the vented skirt fairing to one or more or of the transverse structural support members.

US Pat. No. 10,189,513

SENSOR BASED CLOSED LOOP CONTROL OF ACTIVE AERODYNAMIC ELEMENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

9. A vehicle, comprising:an active aerodynamic element disposed on an underside of the vehicle and movable between a plurality of positions relative to the vehicle;
an actuator configured to position the active aerodynamic element at the plurality of positions;
a pressure sensing array adjacent the active aerodynamic element, and configured to determine a dynamic pressure;
an aero controller in communication with the pressure sensing array and the actuator, and configured to instruct the actuator by:
receiving a target aerodynamic force provided to the aero controller based on dynamic conditions of the vehicle;
determining a target position for the active aerodynamic element from the target aerodynamic force;
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the target position;
determining a dynamic pressure from the pressure sensor array;
calculating an underbody air speed from the dynamic pressure;
determining an overbody air speed of the vehicle;
calculating an estimated applied aerodynamic force from the differential between underbody air speed and the overbody air speed;
comparing the estimated applied aerodynamic force to the target aerodynamic force;
determining a force error from the comparison of the estimated applied aerodynamic force and the target aerodynamic force;
determining a modified position for the active aerodynamic element from the force error and the target aerodynamic force; and
controlling the actuator to place the active aerodynamic element into the modified position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,511

VEHICLE BODY BARRIER

Nissan North America, Inc...

15. A vehicle body barrier comprising:a vertical support configured to be received in a vehicle body;
a first non-movable board fixedly attached to the vertical support, the first non-movable board having a pocket; and
a movable board movably connected to the non-movable board between a primarily offset position and a primarily overlapping position, the pocket being sized and dimensioned to receive the movable board so that the movable board is disposed substantially inside the pocket in the primarily overlapping position and is disposed substantially outside the pocket in the primarily offset position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,510

STAKE POCKET INSERT

1. A stake pocket insert structured to be positionable in a stake pocket of a vehicle cargo bed side wall, the stake pocket insert comprising:a stake receptacle defining a stake-receiving cavity,
a mounting member secured to the stake receptacle and structured to define an opening leading from an exterior of the stake pocket insert into the stake-receiving cavity; and
a stake securement mechanism mounted along a first portion of the stake pocket insert, wherein the stake securement mechanism is structured to be operable to press against a stake positioned in the stake-receiving cavity so as to bias the stake against a bearing surface, so as to secure the stake within the stake receptacle between the stake securement mechanism and the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,509

VEHICULAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular structure comprising:a vehicular panel member configured by resin including reinforcing fibers; and
a joined portion of a vehicle body that supports, all the way around, a peripheral portion of a predetermined area of the panel member and to which the peripheral portion of the predetermined area is joined,
wherein the panel member has a bulging shape where both front and back surfaces of the panel member bulge out such that the thickness of the panel member gradually becomes thicker from a peripheral end portion to a central portion within the predetermined area supported all the way around by the joined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,508

TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A two-track vehicle comprising:a body-floor assembly;
a component sensitive to scraping a road surface arranged on a lower face of the body-floor assembly, wherein an outer contour of the component protrudes downwardly from the lower face of the body-floor assembly in the direction of the road surface by an offset distance,
wherein the component is covered by a base portion of a cover element on a floor side of the component to protect the component from scraping the road surface,
wherein the base portion of the cover element is laterally extended in a vehicle transverse direction by at least one edge portion which forms a scraper stop,
wherein the scraper stop protrudes downwardly from the cover element base portion in the direction of the road surface by a vertical offset distance such that, when the lower face of the vehicle scrapes the road surface, the cover element base portion remains substantially out of contact with an interference contour on the road surface side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,507

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure in which a pair of front side frames are provided on left and right sides of the vehicle, an upper member is provided on an upper outer side of each front side frame, and a front bulkhead is connected to the pair of front side frames and a pair of upper members,wherein the front bulkhead comprises:
a side stay made of a resin and connected to a front end of the front side frame;
an upper side beam made of a metal, extending from the side stay to the upper member, and having a rear end connected to the upper member;
an upper beam made of a metal and detachably connected to the side stay in a state in which an end is overlaid on a front end of the front side frame above the side stay; and
a hood lock device provided on the upper beam and configured to lock a striker of a hood,
wherein on the upper beam,
the upper member extends from an upper side of the front side frame to a front side of a vehicle body so as to be curved downward, and a front end of the hood is arranged above the front bulkhead,
wherein the vehicle body front structure further comprises:
a headlight provided under the hood and on the front side of the front bulkhead in the vehicle body; and
a fender with a front end provided under a rear end of the headlight,
wherein a positioning bracket is provided on a convex curved portion extending to be curved downward of the upper beam,
wherein the positioning bracket comprises:
a reference surface arranged substantially horizontally above the curved portion and including a front bulkhead attachment reference hole, a headlight attachment reference hole, a hood attachment reference hole, and a fender attachment reference hole;
a front leg portion extending from a front end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion and joined to the curved portion; and
a rear leg portion formed to be shorter than a leg length of the front leg portion and joined to the curved portion in a state in which the rear leg portion extends from a rear end of the reference surface downward to the curved portion, and
wherein the reference surface is supported above the curved portion by the front leg portion and the rear leg portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,506

ROOF SENSOR HOUSING ASSEMBLIES THAT CONCEAL ONE OR MORE SENSORS AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a roof assembly comprising a roof outer panel having an outer facing surface and a sensor housing recess having a floor portion located below the outer facing surface, the sensor housing recess extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction between a front windshield and a rear windshield;
a roof sensor housing assembly mounted to the roof outer panel and extending along a length of the sensor housing recess, the roof sensor housing assembly comprising:
a sensor housing structure mounted to outer roof panel forming a sensor housing volume therebetween, wherein the sensor housing structure extends at least partially above the outer facing surface of the outer roof panel, the sensor housing structure including a transmission region having increased transmittance therethrough compared to surrounding regions of the sensor housing structure; and
a vehicle sensor located within the sensor housing volume that receives electromagnetic energy through the transmission region and provides a signal that is indicative of an environmental characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,189,505

SIDE BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A side body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a hinge pillar having a hinge pillar member forming, in a side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in vertical directions of the vehicle;
a side sill having a side sill member forming, on a rear side of the hinge pillar in the side part of the vehicle, a closed section space extending continuously in longitudinal directions of the vehicle; and
a closed section space component forming, in a connecting part between a lower end part of the hinge pillar and a front end part of the side sill, a closed section space extending continuously in the longitudinal directions and connecting to the closed section space of the side sill on the rear side, the closed section space of the closed section space component having a vertical dimension that increased toward a front side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,504

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar upper portion that extends along a vehicle height direction on a vehicle width direction outer side, and is made of a transparent resin; and
a pillar lower portion that is disposed on a vehicle height direction lower side of the pillar upper portion, is made of metal, and is joined to the pillar upper portion at a joint portion,
wherein the joint portion between the pillar upper portion and the pillar lower portion includes
an outer joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and a vehicle forward-rearward direction on the vehicle width direction outer side, and
an inner joint portion positioned along both the vehicle height direction and the vehicle forward-rearward direction on a vehicle width direction inner side, and
wherein a height of the outer joint portion is less than a height of the inner joint portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,503

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front side member having a front end and a front-section extending rearward from the front end, the front side member defining a hollow interior and extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction, the front side member having an outboard wall and an inboard wall with an outboard forward opening extending through the outboard wall to the hollow interior;
a body attachment structure attached to the outboard wall of the front side member along the front-section rearward of the outboard forward opening; and
an off center impact structure having a first end portion, a second end portion and a main section extending from the first end portion to the second end portion, the first end portion extending through the outboard forward opening and into the hollow interior of the front side member and being rigidly connected to the front side member forward of the body attachment structure, the second end portion being attached to the front side member at a location rearward of the body attachment structure and the main section extending around and outboard of the body attachment structure.

US Pat. No. 10,189,502

WHEEL BEAM TYPE AXLELESS VEHICLE FRAME

SHANGHAI LUNLIANG MECHANI...

1. A wheel beam type axleless vehicle frame, comprising:five sections in sequence from front to back, including a front hanging rack, a front wheel carrier, an intermediate coupling rack, a rear wheel carrier, and a rear hanging rack,
wherein every two adjacent sections amongst the front hanging rack, the front wheel carrier, the intermediate coupling rack, the rear wheel carrier and the rear hanging rack are connected in a unified and standardized connection mode;
wherein the vehicle frame is configured to be a modular combination structure;
wherein the front hanging rack, the front wheel carrier, the intermediate coupling rack, the rear wheel carrier and the rear hanging rack are independent, respectively, and are configured to be assembleable, adjustable, and interchangeable;
wherein the front wheel carrier and the rear wheel carrier are the same structure, each of which comprises two bridges, two bridge auxiliary racks, two H-shaped wheel beams, two H-shaped wheel beam bases, two H-shaped wheel beam auxiliary racks, two M-shaped wheel beams, and four M-shaped wheel beam auxiliary racks;
wherein parts for each of the front wheel carrier and the rear wheel carrier are connected integrally;
wherein a distance between bottom ends of the two bridges is greater than a distance between top ends of the two bridges, and the two bridges are formed into a trapezoidal shape;
wherein the two bridges are connected with the H-shaped wheel beams into a grid-shaped structure, thereby forming a stable integrated wheel carrier used for the installation of a wheel assembly and for supporting a vehicle body; and
wherein each side structure of the grid-shaped structure is combined with an upper portion of the M-shaped wheel beams to form a multi-point space connection that is adaptable to multiple wheel combination types and multiple vehicle models.

US Pat. No. 10,189,501

PARKING ASSIST APPARATUS AND PARKING ASSIST METHOD

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. A parking assist apparatus that assists parking of a vehicle, the parking assist apparatus comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a vehicle capture image captured by a camera mounted on the vehicle;
a viewpoint-converted image generation unit configured to generate a viewpoint-converted image, as viewed from a virtual viewpoint above the vehicle, by subjecting the vehicle capture image acquired by the image acquisition unit to viewpoint conversion;
a vehicle-surroundings image generation unit configured to generate a vehicle-surroundings image of surroundings of the vehicle, as viewed from an upper virtual viewpoint, from the viewpoint-converted image generated by the viewpoint-converted image generation unit, and an image of the vehicle stored in a storage unit in advance;
a parking range identification unit configured to identify a current parking range by using a parking frame detected from a past vehicle capture image or a past viewpoint-converted image, and vehicle speed information and steering angle information acquired from a sensor on the vehicle during movement of the vehicle;
a display control unit configured to cause an image indicating the current parking range identified by the parking range identification unit to be displayed in such a manner as to be superimposed on the vehicle-surroundings image;
an estimated movement range calculation unit configured to calculate, when no vehicle speed information can be acquired in a process of a gradual reduction in speed of the vehicle, an estimated movement range of the vehicle after a time when no vehicle speed information can be acquired, by using deceleration of the vehicle based on vehicle speed information acquired before the time when no vehicle speed information can be acquired, and the steering angle information; and
an estimated movement range display unit configured to display, around the image indicating the current parking range, an image indicating the estimated movement range calculated by the estimated movement range calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,500

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assistance apparatus comprising:an occupant information processing unit configured to process information on an occupant of a vehicle to generate occupant information;
a peripheral information processing unit configured to process information on a periphery of the vehicle to generate peripheral information including information on an object in the periphery of the vehicle; and
a parking setting unit configured to detect a parkable area which is an area in which the vehicle is parkable based on the peripheral information, and set a parking target position that is a target of parking of the vehicle in the parkable area based on the occupant information, and further comprising:
a storage unit configured to store door information including information on opening/closing of a door of the vehicle,
wherein the parking setting unit sets the parking target position in the parkable area based on the door information.

US Pat. No. 10,189,499

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A steering control apparatus comprising:a sensing unit configured to sense a vehicle speed, a steering angle, first lateral acceleration, and a steering angle speed;
an estimation unit configured to estimate second lateral acceleration on the basis of the vehicle speed and the steering angle;
a controller configured to
control a steering device to thereby increase a steering torque on the basis of a slip gradient which indicates a difference between the first lateral acceleration and the second lateral acceleration, and
release the controlling of the steering device when the steering angle speed is inverted, and
a dead zone setting unit configured to set a dead zone in which the slip gradient is set to have a value from 0 to a predetermined value,
wherein the controller controls the steering device so that the steering torque increases only when the slip gradient corresponds to a zone other than the dead zone.

US Pat. No. 10,189,498

POWER STEERING TANK BAFFLE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A power steering tank baffle, comprising:a filter member including an inflow portion and an outflow portion, the inflow portion including a first plurality of openings having a first flow path and a second plurality of openings;
a hood member disposed over the inflow portion to cover the first or second plurality of openings and defining an open area having a second flow path transverse to the first flow path; and
a rib member connecting the filter member and the hood member, the rib member extending along the inflow portion adjacent at least two openings of the first plurality of openings and separating the first plurality of openings and the second plurality of openings,
the first plurality of openings and the hood member being disposed such that power steering fluid is capable of passing through the first plurality of openings along the first flow path, and then contact the hood member so as to be directed through the open area along the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,189,497

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

TRW Limited, Solihull, W...

1. An adjustable steering column assembly comprising:a steering column shroud which supports a steering shaft for a steering wheel, a support bracket which is fixed in position relative to a part of a vehicle, and a clamp mechanism, in which the support bracket comprises two arms having a portion of the column shroud located therebetween, and in which the clamp mechanism comprises a pin or bolt that passes through slots in the arms and carries a fixed cam portion and moving cam portion, relative rotation of the fixed cam portion and moving cam portion causing the clamp mechanism to move between a locked position in which the clamp mechanism fixes the shroud in position relative to the support bracket arms and an unlocked position in which the clamp mechanism permits movement of the pin or bolt along the slot thereby to enable movement of the shroud relative to the support bracket arms, in which the fixed cam portion has an anti-rotation feature that sits at least partially within one of the slots in one of the arms and which co-operates with side walls of the slot to substantially prevent unwanted rotation of the fixed portion of the clamp mechanism,wherein the anti-rotation feature carries at least one contact portion that in use contacts the side walls of the slot as the steering column shroud is adjusted to help guide the anti-rotation feature along the slot, and in that the contact portion and side walls are configured such that in use the anti-rotation feature does not cause any significant permanent deformation of the side walls due to preferential deformation of the contact portion, in which the part of the contact portion that engages the side walls is biased towards the side walls by a spring means, the spring means permitting at least part of the preferential deformation of the contact portion, in which the spring means and part of the contact portion that contacts the side walls are integrally formed as two-shot moulding, and in which the anti-rotation feature comprises a block that fits within the slot in the arm and the spring means comprises a resilient spacer that is held captive in a pocket formed in the block.

US Pat. No. 10,189,496

STEERING ASSEMBLY HAVING A TELESCOPE DRIVE LOCK ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within a lower jacket assembly, and
a telescope drive assembly, comprising:
a telescope actuator disposed on the lower jacket assembly, and
an extension member operatively connected to the telescope actuator and the lower jacket assembly, the telescope actuator and the extension member arranged to move the upper jacket assembly between an extended position and a retracted position, and
a telescope drive lock assembly operatively connected to the extension member, the telescope drive lock assembly being configured to facilitate movement of the upper jacket assembly away from the retracted position while the upper jacket assembly is in the retracted position, the telescope drive lock assembly, comprising:
a mounting bracket;
a first split nut assembly and a second split nut assembly disposed at least partially about the extension member, the first split nut assembly having a first split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket and the second split nut assembly having a second split nut pivotally connected to the mounting bracket;
an engagement member operatively connected to the mounting bracket and the first split nut assembly and the second split nut assembly; and
a split nut actuator operatively connected to the lower jacket assembly, the split nut actuator having a plunger extending towards the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,495

FOLDING BABY STROLLER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Baby Jogger, LLC, Richmo...

1. A folding assembly for use with a foldable stroller comprising:a first pivot member comprising a first notch;
a second pivot member comprising a second notch;
a mounting member, wherein the first pivot member, second pivot member, and mounting member each include a through-aperture defining an axis of rotation about which the first pivot member and second pivot member rotate about with respect to the mounting member, the mounting member further comprising:
a pivot end;
a support end; and
a locking mechanism configured to engage with the first notch and the second notch in a direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation when the first notch aligns with the second notch to selectively lock the first pivot member, second pivot member, and mounting member in a fixed position, preventing rotation there between; and
a support member;wherein the first pivot member and the second pivot member are rotatably mounted to the pivot end of the mounting member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,494

CART MONITORING SYSTEM WITH WHEEL ASSEMBLY CAPABLE OF VISUALLY SIGNALING CART STATUS

Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.,...

1. A shopping cart monitoring system, comprising:a plurality of wheel assemblies configured to attach to respective shopping cart frames, each wheel assembly comprising a wheel, a wireless transceiver, a light-emitting diode (LED) that is visible from a position external to the respective wheel assembly, and a controller that controls the wireless transceiver and the LED; and
a plurality of wireless access points configured to be mounted in a cart monitoring area, each wireless access point comprising a controller and a wireless transceiver, the wireless access points configured to communicate bi-directionally with the wheel assemblies on a wireless network, and to send commands on the wireless network to the wheel assemblies, including commands that affect states of the wheel assemblies;
wherein the controller of each wheel assembly is configured to visually indicate to store personnel a state of the respective wheel assembly by controlling illumination of the LED of the respective wheel assembly; and
wherein the wheel assemblies are configured to generate received signal strength measurements based on transmissions received from the wireless access points, and to compare the received signal strength measurements to thresholds to determine whether to respond to commands included in the transmissions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,493

CARRYING ARRANGEMENT FOR CARRYING A MEDICAL APPARATUS

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A carrying arrangement for carrying an apparatus, the carrying arrangement comprising:a base carrier;
at least three roller elements arranged on said base carrier so as to enable the carrying arrangement to move with respect to a floor surface;
said at least three roller elements each being configured to be rotatable about respective axes of rotation (D);
at least one of said at least three roller elements being configured to be pivotable about a pivot axis (S) with respect to said base carrier;
said axes of rotation (D) and said pivot axis (S) extending in different directions;
at least one supporting element arranged at least indirectly on said base carrier;
the carrying arrangement defining a first position and a second position with respect to the floor surface;
said supporting element being configured to not contact the floor surface in said first position of the carrying arrangement;
said supporting element being configured to contact the floor surface in said second position of the carrying arrangement;
said second position being pivoted with respect to said first position;
the carrying arrangement being configured to have medical apparatuses fixed in position thereto;
said supporting element having an outer surface; and,
said outer surface extending in an inclined manner so as to enable at least one of a cable and a tube to be pushed upwards by said outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,492

RUNNING GEAR

Jung Hebe- und Transportt...

1. A running gear for transporting a load, having a carrier plate, which extends in a plane of extent, wherein the running gear comprises:a first roller, which can rotate about a first rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on an underside of the carrier plate;
a second roller, which is at a distance from the first roller and can rotate about a second rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on the underside;
a third roller, which is at a distance from the first roller and the second roller and can rotate about a third rolling axis running parallel to the plane of extent, on the underside;
a shaft holder having two opposing walls and a bottom wall therebetween;
wherein the shaft holder has at least one connecting opening, each of the at least one connecting opening being positioned on one of the two opposing walls;
wherein the first roller can rotate about a first rotation axis running perpendicularly to the plane of extent on the carrier plate;
wherein the second roller can rotate about a second rotation axis running perpendicularly to the plane of extent on the carrier plate; and
wherein the third roller is arranged on the carrier plate in a rotationally fixed manner in relation to axes running perpendicularly to the plane of extent.

US Pat. No. 10,189,491

SLAB TRANSPORTATION CART

1. A slab cart comprising:a frame including:
wheels mounted to an underside of said frame;
a primary upright member emanating upward from a topside of a cross bar of said frame;
two or more secondary upright members emanating upward from each end of said frame wherein said primary upright member and said secondary upright members being substantially linear to one another;
a pivoting member engaged to said primary upright in ember and said secondary upright members;
a platform frame engaged to said pivoting member and said primary and secondary upright members wherein said platform frame may pivot from a substantially vertical orientation to a substantially horizontal orientation;
wherein said platform frame includes a pair of outer rails secured to each end of said pivoting member, each said outer rail having a stile secured to each end forming a rectangular platform frame; and
a pair of inner rails, each telescopically engaged to said pair of outer rails at one end and haying a support member engaged to the opposite end;
a pair of locking pins secured to said outer rails and inner rails, wherein said locking pins may he engaged to secure the location of the inner rail relative to said outer rail or disengaged to allow the telescopic movement of said inner rail relative to said outer rail;
a support member secured to said platform frame which is used to aid in the retention of slabs; and
a lift mechanism operationally associated with said frame, said upright members and said platform frame wherein said lift mechanism may raise or lower said platform frame relative to said frame and said secondary upright members stabilize said slab as it is raised and lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,189,490

POOL CLEANER CADDY WITH REMOVABLE WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A pool cleaner caddy, comprising:a base having a first outer mounting boss and a second outer mounting boss, the first outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel and the second outer mounting boss having at least one angled channel;
a first wheel assembly including a first wheel, a first axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a first axle receiver, and a first screw; and
a second wheel assembly including a second wheel, a second axle having at least one left-handed angled thread, a second axle receiver, and a second screw;
wherein the first axle extends through the first outer mounting boss and the first wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the first outer mounting boss, the first axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the first axle, and the first screw secures the first axle receiver to the first axle,
wherein the second axle extends through the second outer mounting boss and the second wheel with the at least one left-handed angled thread engaged with the at least one angled channel of the second outer mounting boss, the second axle receiver is secured to the base and at least partially receives the second axle, and the second screw secures the second axle receiver to the second axle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,489

OFFLINE VARIABLE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MPUS OF AN EMU TRAIN

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG ROLLI...

1. An offline variable monitoring system for central control units of an electric multiple unit train, comprising a main control unit, a serial port unit, an Ethernet interface, a TF card interface and a status indicator, wherein the serial port unit, the Ethernet interface, the TF card interface and the status indicator are all electrically connected to the main control unit; the serial port unit comprises four serial ports which are separately connected to four central control units of the electric multiple unit train; the main control unit is connected to a PC via the Ethernet interface, and a configuration software corresponding to the monitoring system is provided inside the PC; and the main control unit is connected to a TF expansion card via the TF card interface, an MAP file and a configuration file are stored in the TF expansion card, and the main control unit records monitored offline variable values into the TF expansion card; wherein the offline variable values are real-time logic control variables, and are able to be recorded into the TF expansion card for downloading and storing.

US Pat. No. 10,189,488

RAILWAY FREIGHT CAR DRAFT GEAR ASSEMBLY

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A draft gear assembly for use with railway freight cars, the draft gear assembly having a front end and a back end and comprising:a draft sill;
a yoke having a rear wall and being shiftable relative to the draft sill between a buff position, a neutral position, and a draft position,
a front draft gear adjacent a butt end of a coupler shank, the front draft gear including a front follower, a back follower, and a front resilient member therebetween;
a back draft gear adjacent the rear wall of the yoke, the back draft gear including a front follower, a back follower, and a back resilient member therebetween,
an intermediate stop member between the front draft gear and the back draft gear,
a yoke intermediate stop of the yoke between the front draft gear and the back draft gear, the yoke intermediate stop being shiftable relative to the intermediate stop member with shifting of the yoke between the buff position, neutral position, and draft position;
the front resilient member and the back resilient member being compressible,
the draft sill having front stops, the front draft gear including a front stop surface for contact with the draft sill front stops,
the draft sill having rear stops, the back draft gear including a back stop surface for contact with the draft sill rear stops,
the front draft gear including a back stop surface contacting the yoke intermediate stop with the yoke in the neutral position, and
the back draft gear including a front stop surface contacting the yoke intermediate stop with the yoke in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,487

RAILWAY TRUCK BOLSTER WEAR LINER

AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC....

1. A railway car truck interface assembly comprising:a railway car truck bolster, the bolster including a center bowl of circular shape with a raised wall and a centrally located opening,
a horizontal wear liner received in the bolster center bowl,
a center plate having an upper section comprised of four sides and a lower section, the lower section having an outer circular edge extending downwardly from the upper section, the center plate including a centrally located opening,
the lower section of the center plate received in the bolster center bowl, with a pin extending into the centrally located opening in the bolster center bowl and into the centrally located opening in the center plate,
an annular edge wear liner between the center bowl raised wall and the outer circular edge of the lower section of the center plate, the edge wear liner including a metallic spring material; and
an undulating wall of the edge wear liner intermediate the center bowl raised wall and the outer circular edge of the lower section of the center plate;wherein the edge wear liner has a split-ring configuration that allows the edge wear liner to be elastically compressed when the center plate is placed in the bolster center bowl.

US Pat. No. 10,189,485

EQUIPMENT ENVELOPE FOR HOPPER WAGON

Drax Power Limited, Selb...

1. An equipment envelope for a hopper wagon, the equipment envelope comprising a housing comprising a first end wall, a second end wall, a first sidewall, and a second side wall, incorporated in a bulk commodities storage chamber of the wagon and defining a substantially enclosed cavity storage space in the chamber in which hopper wagon control means and/or other component parts can be accommodated, wherein the equipment envelope is arranged in the chamber at a location above a hopper wagon bogie, wherein the equipment envelope is configured to be arranged in the chamber of the hopper wagon body between a first closable outlet and a second closable outlet, and wherein the first end wall is configured to extend at a first incline angle towards the first closable outlet and the second end wall is configured to extend at a second inclined angle towards the second closable outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,189,484

SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A transportation system, comprising:a first support tower;
a second support tower;
a suspension cable extending between the first and second support towers;
a first tube defining a first interior channel extending between the first and second support towers, wherein a vehicle is configured to travel through the first interior channel; and
a tension support member having a first end coupled to the suspension cable and a second end coupled to the first tube through an actuator, wherein the tension support member exerts tension force to urge the first tube towards the suspension cable, and wherein the transportation system is configured to control the actuator to adjust the tension force upon detecting the vehicle traveling through the first interior channel under the tension support member to reduce deflection of the first tube.

US Pat. No. 10,189,483

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING FUNCTIONS ACCORDING TO LOCATION

1. A vehicle comprising: a display screen; a receiver which receives location information; and a controller configured to: determine the location of the vehicle using the location information, render, on the display screen, a plurality of mode selection options including a valet mode selection option to select a valet mode, determine whether the valet mode selection option is selected, activate the valet mode when the valet mode selection option is selected, and render on the display a menu including a plurality of valet mode settings associated with the valet mode.

US Pat. No. 10,189,482

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONALIZED SETTINGS FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A system for controlling operation of a vehicle, comprising:a processor;
a driver assistance system, operatively coupled to the processor, wherein the driver assistance system is configured to control one or more functions on the vehicle using driver assistance system data, at least some of which is associated with a first driver profile data; and
a storage for storing a second driver profile data, wherein the second driver profile data comprises training data relating to another driver's usage characteristics for at least one feature of a vehicle type,
wherein the processor is configured to process the second driver profile data with the driver assistance system data to determine if at least portions of the second driver profile data conform to a tolerance parameter of the driver assistance system data,
and wherein the processor is configured to overwrite the portions of the first driver profile data with the second driver profile data conforming to the tolerance parameters, and save the overwritten driver assistance system data as a new driver profile data file that is configured to control one or more functions on the vehicle using the driver assistance system.

US Pat. No. 10,189,481

SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE (SNS) SERVER FOR PROVIDING PROFILE INFORMATION OF MOBILE DEVICE USER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A social network service (SNS) server connectable to a first mobile device of a first user and a second mobile device of a second user through a communication network, the SNS server storing a first profile information of the first user and providing the first profile information to the second mobile device upon request, the SNS server comprising:a communication device configured to receive a driving state of the first user and receive a profile information change request from the first mobile device when the first mobile device is connected to a vehicle device in a vehicle; and
a processor configured to:
search a content which represents the driving state of the first user in response to receiving the profile information change request from the first mobile device, the content including at least one of an image, a picture, a message, music, and a moving image;
store the searched content in a storage as a second profile information of the first user; and
provide the stored content to the second mobile device through the communication device upon request from the second mobile device, such that the second user determines a response state of the first user to a phone call or a message without the first user changing a profile information while driving,
wherein the processor is further configured to recover the second profile information back to the first profile information which is an original profile information of the first user, in response to receiving a profile information recovery request from the first mobile device through the communication device when the first mobile device is disconnected from the vehicle device.

US Pat. No. 10,189,480

APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING DISTRACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH VEHICLE DRIVING ROUTES

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A device for determining distractions associated with corresponding geographic locations along vehicle driving routes, the device comprising:a vehicle interior data receiving module stored on a memory that, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle interior data from at least one vehicle interior sensor, wherein the vehicle interior data is representative of distractions of at least one vehicle occupant;
a vehicle location data receiving module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to receive vehicle GPS (Global Positioning System) location data from at least one vehicle location sensor, wherein the vehicle GPS location data is representative of a vehicle GPS location;
a determined distraction/vehicle location correlation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to correlate an image or an extracted image feature (i) from the vehicle interior data, and (ii) that has been determined to be representative of a vehicle occupant distraction, with the vehicle GPS location derived from the vehicle GPS location data;
and
a risk report generation module stored on the memory that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to generate a risk report based upon the vehicle occupant distraction and the vehicle GPS location.

US Pat. No. 10,189,479

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE OPERATION ANALYSIS

1. A method to monitor, evaluate and quantify vehicle behavior, the method comprising:processing, using a mobile device including a processor, image data obtained by a camera showing an environment including a) at least a portion of a vehicle and b) objects external to and in proximity to the vehicle, wherein the objects comprise a traffic sign, and wherein processing the image data comprises using a component analysis of the image data to isolate features in the image data to identify the objects in relation to the vehicle and to identify the traffic sign among the objects based on at least one of a shape, color, or content of the traffic sign;
identifying, using the mobile device, a driver event using a pattern of objects including the traffic sign and the vehicle in the image data, the driver event involving the traffic sign and associated with a driver event rule specifying a reference vehicle operating behavior for the driver event, the driver event rule including observance of the traffic sign;
measuring, using the mobile device, a geographic location of the vehicle using a received signal indicating the geographic location of the vehicle;
determining, using the mobile device, an operating state of the vehicle using a received indication of vehicle motion;
evaluating, using the mobile device, compliance with the driver event rule for the driver event by at least:
a) calculating a proximity of the traffic sign to the vehicle based on a distance between the vehicle and the traffic sign and ii) the operating state of the vehicle, the distance determined using the geographic location of the vehicle and a geometry between the vehicle and the traffic sign extracted from the image data; and
b) comparing the proximity of the traffic sign and the operating state of the vehicle to determine an actual vehicle operating behavior; and
c) generating a score associated with operation of the vehicle by comparing the actual vehicle operating behavior with the reference vehicle operating behavior; and
outputting, using the mobile device, a profile of the actual vehicle operating behavior including the score to quantify an evaluation of the actual vehicle operating behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,189,478

METHOD FOR FAST CHANGE OF GEARS IN A VEHICLE COMPRISING A HYBRID DRIVELINE

SCANIA CV AB, (SE)

1. A method for shifting in a vehicle with a hybrid powertrain,the vehicle comprising:
a combustion engine and an electric machine both configured and operable to drive the vehicle;
a gearbox having an input shaft and a main shaft, wherein the combustion engine and the electric machine are connected to the input shaft; and
a lay shaft which is connected via gear sets to the input shaft and to the main shaft, to form a split gear unit and a main gear unit, the split gear unit having a synchronizer;
the method comprising the following steps:
a) bringing the main gear unit into a substantially zero torque state;
b) initiating, at a first point in time t1, synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft, and synchronization of speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the main shaft;
c) engaging the gear in the split gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the input shaft at a second point in time t2; and
d) engaging the gear in the main gear unit when the speed of the lay shaft has been synchronized with the speed of the main shaft at a third point in time t3;
performing the synchronization of the speed of the lay shaft with the speed of the input shaft in step b) with the synchronizer arranged at the split gear unit, wherein the synchronizer comprises synchronization rings.

US Pat. No. 10,189,477

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric motor configured to give braking force to the vehicle;
a battery configured to exchange electric power with the electric motor;
a hydraulic brake configured to give braking force to the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to execute regeneration cooperative control such that braking force is given from the engine, the electric motor, or the hydraulic brake to the vehicle based on a driver's brake-on operation, the electronic control unit being configured to limit the regeneration cooperative control when an open end voltage of the battery is equal to or greater than a first predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,189,476

BRAKE FORCE DISTRIBUTION

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A vehicle operable to travel in at least a first direction, the vehicle comprising:two or more wheel assemblies;
a power system operable to provide power to enable the vehicle to accelerate;
a brake system operable to cause, responsive to a braking action, a first negative force to be distributed between the two or more wheel assemblies to cause the vehicle to decelerate; and
a control system comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more instructions executable by the one or more processors to send a command, responsive to the braking action, to at least one of the power system or the brake system to:
cause the power system to affect a second negative force on a first wheel assembly of the two or more wheel assemblies at a first time; and
cause the power system to affect a positive force on a second wheel assembly of the two or more wheel assemblies at a second time that is substantially a same time as the first time,
wherein an application of the second negative force and the positive force generates a brake force distribution such that a first total amount of braking force applied at the first wheel assembly is greater than a second total amount of braking force applied at the second wheel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,475

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A control apparatus of a vehicle including an engine, and an automatic transmission provided in a power transmission path between the engine and wheels, comprising:one or more processors configured to execute:
a transmission mode switching control program for controlling the automatic transmission to switch between an automatic transmission mode in which a gear ratio of the automatic transmission is changed automatically according to a traveling state of the vehicle and a manual transmission mode in which the gear ratio is changed manually by an operation of an operator of the vehicle;
a coast idle stop control program for performing a coast idle stop control in which the engine is stopped automatically and the automatic transmission is changed into a neutral position while the vehicle is traveling;
a coast idle control program for performing a coast idle control in which the engine is made running idle and the automatic transmission is changed into the neutral position while the vehicle is traveling; and
a coast traveling control program for causing the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control or causing the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control when a given coast traveling condition is satisfied, the given coast traveling condition being a condition in which a vehicle speed is faster than a given speed, a stepping-on amount of an accelerator pedal by the operator is less than a first given amount, and a stepping-on amount of a brake pedal by the operator is less than a second given amount,
wherein, after the given coast traveling condition is satisfied, when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the automatic transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle stop control program to perform the coast idle stop control, and when the transmission mode switching control program controls the automatic transmission in the manual transmission mode, the coast traveling control program causes the coast idle control program to perform the coast idle control.

US Pat. No. 10,189,474

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method for driving control of a given vehicle in motion, comprising:driving an object detecting transducer that is fixed to the given vehicle in order to detect an object in a detection area at a detection distance away from the given vehicle; and
communicating a notification message from the given vehicle to the object in the detection area, the notification message being sent when the object is detected at a too close distance; and
wherein the object detecting transducer includes an image analysis detection system including plural image detection transducer elements.

US Pat. No. 10,189,473

DRIVE TORQUE CONTROL METHOD AND DRIVE TORQUE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Rober Bosch GmbH, Stuttg...

1. A drive torque control method for a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting or computing a wheelie amount of the vehicle;
performing drive torque control to gradually reduce drive torque that is applied to a rear wheel when the wheelie amount increases;
determining whether a front wheel of the vehicle is being lowered; and
maintaining or increasing the drive torque when the front wheel of the vehicle is being lowered, wherein an increasing or reducing amount of the drive torque is corrected by using at least one selected from a group consisting of a pitch angular speed, a pitch angle, an acceleration in an X-direction, an acceleration in a Z-direction, the drive torque, a road surface condition, a wheel speed of the front wheel or the rear wheel, the wheel acceleration of the front wheel or the rear wheel, a bank angular speed, a bank angle, a transmission gear position, a stroke amount of a suspension, and information by a ground sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,472

SMART TRAILER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:during vehicle driving, over a road segment, inferring characteristics of a trailer attached to a vehicle based on a real-time road gradient relative to an expected road gradient for the road segment; and
adjusting vehicle operations based on the inferred characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,189,471

SHOVEL AND SHOVEL CONTROL METHOD

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A shovel comprising:a lower running body;
an upper turning body pivotally mounted on the lower running body;
an engine mounted on the upper turning body;
a motor generator driven by the engine;
a power storage device for storing electric power generated by the motor generator;
an electric motor for supplying regenerative electric power to the power storage device;
a selective reduction catalyst system for purifying exhaust gas by injecting a reducing agent stored in a reducing agent storage tank into an exhaust pipe of the engine;
an abnormality detection unit for detecting an abnormality of the selective reduction catalyst system; and
a control device that performs abnormality determination on the selective reduction catalyst system based on a comparison of a detection result of the abnormality detection unit against one or more predetermined threshold values;
wherein the control device continues to control the electric motor before and after the abnormality determination.

US Pat. No. 10,189,470

HYBRID VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of operating a vehicle propulsion system for a vehicle having a controller, the method comprising:selectively operating an engine and a first electric machine each configured to provide torque to propel the vehicle;
coupling a second electric machine to the engine to provide torque to start the engine from an inactive state;
powering both of the first electric machine and the second electric machine with a high-voltage power source over a high-voltage bus;
positioning a plurality of torque disconnect clutches along a torque flow path to selectively decouple at least one of the engine and the first electric machine according to a vehicle drive mode;
operating a turbocharging system, including a turbine and a compressor driven by an engine exhaust;
powering a third electric machine with the high-voltage power source and coupling the third electric machine to at least one of the compressor and the turbine to drive the turbocharging system in advance of a flow of the engine exhaust being at a full capacity;
selecting a first drive mode causing a decoupling of the engine in response to the vehicle being driven at a steady-state speed for a predetermined duration of time;
deactivating the engine and propelling the vehicle using the first electric machine; and
restarting the engine using the second electric machine powered by the high-voltage power source, via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,469

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling a powertrain of a vehicle, the powertrain including an internal combustion engine, a motor-generator coupled to the engine and having at least one actuator for connecting the motor-generator with the engine, a starter mechanism coupled to a crankshaft of the engine and having at least one actuator for engaging the starter mechanism with the crankshaft, at least one energy storage device, and at least one switch for connecting the at least one energy storage device to the motor-generator or the starter mechanism, the method comprising:sensing a plurality of operating conditions of the vehicle with a vehicle controller;
sensing an operating mode of a transmission with the vehicle controller to determine if the transmission is currently disposed in one of either a reverse drive mode or a forward drive mode, or if the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode;
selecting a desired control mode from a plurality of available control modes based on the current operating conditions of the vehicle, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is currently disposed in one of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode;
controlling a position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, to configure the powertrain in the desired control mode;
sensing movement of the vehicle and a fueling state of the engine, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode, to determine if the vehicle is executing an autostop in which the vehicle is not moving and the engine is not being fueled and is not running, or if the vehicle is not currently executing the autostop;
controlling the position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, when the transmission is not currently disposed in one of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode and the vehicle is executing the autostop, to configure the powertrain in an autostop control mode; and
controlling the position of the at least one switch, engagement of the at least one actuator of the starter mechanism, and engagement of the at least one actuator of the motor-generator, with the vehicle controller, to configure the powertrain in a discharge control mode to off-load the motor-generator when the transmission is not currently disposed in either of the reverse drive mode or the forward drive mode, and when the vehicle is not currently executing the autostop.

US Pat. No. 10,189,468

PADDLE SHIFTER CONTROL OF HYBRID POWERTRAIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to change a gear of a transmission in a hybrid powertrain in response to receiving a request from a paddle shifter and, in response to the hybrid powertrain operating in an economy mode and receiving the request in a presence of a brake demand signal indicative of a demand for braking, maintain the gear in an automatically selected gear.

US Pat. No. 10,189,467

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle in which an engine, a first rotary electric machine, and a second rotary electric machine are connected to each other through a transmission mechanism including a gear train, the control apparatus configured to:determine whether or not a drive condition of the hybrid vehicle satisfies an abnormal sound generation condition of the gear train; and
execute a pressing process to apply a pressing torque for reducing rattling from the first rotary electric machine to the gear train of the transmission mechanism when the abnormal sound generation condition is satisfied and to not apply the pressing torque when the abnormal sound generation condition is not satisfied, wherein
the pressing torque applied by the first rotary electric machine is a torque in a direction to suppress an engine cam torque which rotates an engine output shaft during a period in which the engine is stopped,
a relationship between a crank angle of the engine and a direction of the engine cam torque is determined and stored in advance,
a pressing torque in a direction to rotate the engine output shaft in a negative rotation direction is applied when the crank angle during the period in which the engine is stopped is in an angle range where the engine output shaft is rotated in a positive rotation direction by the engine cam torque, and
a pressing torque in a direction to rotate the engine output shaft in the positive rotation direction is applied when the crank angle during the period in which the engine is stopped is in an angle range where the engine output shaft is rotated in the negative rotation direction by the engine cam torque.

US Pat. No. 10,189,466

IDENTIFYING IN-RANGE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR ERROR

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of operating an engine fuel system, comprising:during pulsed operation of a lift pump, turning the lift pump OFF when a sensed delivery pressure increases to a desired peak pressure, turning the lift pump OFF when an ON time of the lift pump reaches a calibrated maximum, turning the lift pump ON when the sensed delivery pressure decreases to a desired trough pressure, and turning the lift pump ON when a volume of fuel ingested by an engine reaches a predetermined volume.

US Pat. No. 10,189,465

CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A control method for a vehicle, in which an engine and first and second motor generators are connected to a planetary gear set to continuously change a gear ratio, the method comprising:a shifting request check step of checking whether there is a request for shifting in the vehicle based on an acceleration pedal depression extent and a vehicle speed by a shifting control device;
a target engine speed determination step of determining a target engine speed based on the vehicle speed and a gear ratio of a pseudo target gear stage by a target engine speed determiner when the request for shifting is found to have been received as a result of the shifting request check step; and
an engine speed control step of controlling an engine speed to follow the target engine speed by determining an engine speed control torque based on a difference between the target engine speed and a current engine speed and by applying the determined engine speed control torque to the first motor generator, after the target engine speed determination step,
wherein the pseudo target gear stage is achieved by changing torque from the first and second motor generators after the engine speed control step;
a required torque determination step of determining driver-requested torque based on the acceleration pedal depression extent and a brake pedal depression extent by a driver-requested torque determiner in the shifting request check step;
an engine torque determination step of determining a target engine torque based on the target engine speed and a high-voltage battery SOC by an engine operation point determiner after the target engine speed determination step; and
an engine torque control step of operating the engine with the target engine torque determined by the engine operation point determiner after the engine torque determination step,
wherein the engine speed control step is performed after the engine torque control step.

US Pat. No. 10,189,464

BATTERY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A battery system installed in a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a motor-generator; and
an internal combustion engine, the vehicle being configured to switch between electric travel in which the vehicle uses power from the motor-generator but not the internal combustion engine and hybrid travel in which the vehicle uses power from both the internal combustion engine and the motor-generator during the hybrid travel,
the battery system comprising:
an electricity storage device comprising a plurality of battery units connected in series, the electricity storage device being configured to receive power from the motor-generator and to supply power to the motor-generator; and
an electronic control unit (ECU), the ECU being configured to:
calculate a vehicle state of charge (SOC) and an average SOC, the vehicle SOC being a ratio of a remaining amount of power of the electricity storage device to a total amount of power that can be charged to the electricity storage device, and the average SOC being an average of a maximum unit SOC and a minimum unit SOC among a plurality of unit SOCs corresponding respectively to each battery unit of the plurality of battery units,
switch a travel mode of the vehicle between a charge depleting (CD) mode and a charge sustaining (CS) mode, the CD mode being a travel mode in which electric travel is performed, and the CS mode being a travel mode in which an amount of power stored in the electricity storage device is maintained within a predetermined range by switching between electric travel and hybrid travel,
cause the vehicle to travel in the CD mode when the vehicle SOC is higher than a predetermined value, and switch from the CD mode to the CS mode and cause the vehicle to travel in the CS mode when the vehicle SOC falls below the predetermined value, and
calculate the vehicle SOC at a higher value than the average SOC when the average SOC is higher than a threshold value, and calculate the vehicle SOC at a lower value than the average SOC when the average SOC is lower than the threshold value, and the threshold value being set at a lower value than a center value between an upper limit value and a lower limit value of the vehicle SOC.

US Pat. No. 10,189,463

FUEL CELL RANGE EXTENDER

1. A method for operating a fuel cell of a hybrid vehicle having an electric drive having a power accumulator configured to charge the fuel cell, the method comprising:activating and deactivating the fuel cell as a function of a first characteristic map having a first input variable representing a present power demand of the hybrid vehicle which exists over a first defined observation time range, a second input variable of representing a present charge state of the power accumulator, and a third input variable representing a present vehicle velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,189,462

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a generator;
an electric motor;
a drive shaft that is configured to transmit a driving force to a wheel;
a stepped transmission that is interposed between the electric motor and the drive shaft;
a power split mechanism that is configured to (i) mechanically couple three elements to one another, the three elements being a rotary shaft of the electric motor, an output shaft of the engine and a rotary shaft of the generator, and (ii) use one of the three elements as a reaction element to transmit a power between the other two elements; and
an electronic control unit that is configured to control driving of the engine, the generator, the electric motor and the stepped transmission,
wherein the electronic control unit stores a first shift map including a first down line that indicates a relationship between a vehicle speed and an accelerator opening degree, and a second shift map including a second down line that indicates a relationship between a vehicle speed and an accelerator opening degree,
wherein, as compared with the accelerator opening degree of the first down line and the accelerator opening degree of the second down line when the vehicle speeds are the same, the accelerator opening degree of the first down line is smaller than the accelerator opening degree of the second down line,
wherein the electronic control unit controls the driving of the stepped transmission based on the first shift map when a prescribed generator condition is fulfilled, and controls the driving of the stepped transmission based on the second shift map when the prescribed generator condition is not fulfilled, and
wherein the prescribed generator condition includes a condition that a temperature of the generator is equal to or higher than a prescribed first reference temperature and a condition that an absolute value of a rotational speed of the generator decreases by making the downshift.

US Pat. No. 10,189,461

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electronic control unit for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric motor being enabled to function as a power source for propulsion;
a main battery being electrically connected to the electric motor;
a fuel heating device being enabled to heat fuel to be used for the internal combustion engine; and
an auxiliary battery being enable to be charged by the main battery and supply electric power to the fuel heating device, wherein
the electronic control unit is programmed to:
execute fuel heating processing where the fuel is heated with the fuel heating device;
execute charge processing where the auxiliary battery is charged with the main battery; and
determine whether a voltage of the auxiliary battery is less than a predetermined value;
determine whether a start-up condition has been established;
wherein in response to a determination that the voltage of the auxiliary battery is not less than the predetermined value and a determination that the start-up condition has been established, the electronic control unit executes the fuel heating processing and then starts up the internal combustion engine in sequence; and
wherein in response to a determination that the voltage of the auxiliary battery is less than the predetermined value and a determination that the start-up condition has been established, the electronic control unit executes the charge processing, executes the fuel heating processing, and then starts up the internal combustion engine in sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,189,460

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:in response to a battery state of charge lower than a threshold charge, operating a driveline in a first mode in which a motor in the driveline coupled between an engine and an impeller of a torque converter is operated at a first desired motor torque determined as a function of a desired torque converter impeller speed, and the engine is operated at a first desired engine torque determined as a function of a driver demand torque; and
in response to the battery state of charge higher than the threshold charge, operating the driveline in a second mode in which the engine in the driveline is operated at a second desired engine torque determined as a function of the desired torque converter impeller speed.

US Pat. No. 10,189,459

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

1. A method for operating a vehicle, said vehicle having at least one torque transmission device which when rotating splashes in a fluid, at least two axles each having at least two wheels and at least one controllable coupling device adapted for selectively coupling or decoupling the torque transmission device with at least one of the wheels, said method comprising:in an operating state in which no torque is requested by a driver of the vehicle, decoupling the torque transmission device and the at least one wheel when a driving speed of the vehicle is greater than or equal to a predetermined speed threshold value and coupling with the control device the torque transmission device and the at least one wheel for torque transmission when the driving speed is smaller than the predetermined speed threshold value and a temperature of the fluid is smaller than a predetermined temperature threshold value,
wherein the coupling device has an automated change speed transmission and the at least one torque transmission device is assigned to the automated change speed transmission for coupling the change speed transmission with a drive unit of the vehicle for torque transmission,
wherein the torque transmission device is configured for selectively coupling and decoupling the change speed transmission with the drive unit, and
further comprising in the operating state in which no torque request by the driver is present, controlling the at least one controllable clutch so that the change speed transmission and the drive unit are decoupled.

US Pat. No. 10,189,458

THIOL BASED RESIN SYSTEM FOR REMOVAL OF COPPER IONS FROM HYDRAULIC FLUID

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for removing copper species from a hydraulic fluid, the system comprising:a filter comprising a thiol resin,
wherein the thiol resin comprises 2-mercaptoethyl ethyl sulfide silica beads, and
wherein the filter is configured to be in fluid communication with the hydraulic fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,189,457

DRAIN VALVE

Kongsberg Automotive AS, ...

1. A drain valve for a compressed air brake system of a vehicle, the drain valve comprising:a valve housing (2) defining a valve chamber open at one end and having a drain aperture (6) at the opposite end of the valve housing,
a poppet (12) having a poppet body at least partially received in the valve chamber and being provided with a seal (20), the poppet being slidable between a closed position in which the seal contacts the inner wall of the valve housing around the drain aperture (6) thereby closing the drain aperture, and an open position moved away from the drain aperture, and
a spring (28) acting between the valve housing and the poppet urging the poppet to the closed position,
the poppet (12) and the seal (20) being incorporated in a single multi-component injection molded plastic part comprising at least two components,
the poppet body being formed of a first plastic component and the seal formed of a second plastic component partially embedded in the first plastic component, in that the poppet (12) comprises a disc (18) disposed in the valve chamber and a stem (16) extending from the disc and through the drain aperture (6),
the first plastic component of the single multi-component injection molded plastic part forming the disc (18) and the stem (16),
the disc comprising an annular groove coaxial with the stem and extending partly through the disc, the second plastic component filling the annular groove and projects beyond the disc surface to form an annular sealing ring embedded in the first plastic component of the disc of the poppet body, and in that the stem comprises an end region remote from the disc with the end region defining a through hole (14) for receiving a ring, wherein a slot (15) of smaller width than the diameter of the through hole connects the hole to the exterior surface of the stem such that a ring can be pressed into the slot and can, under elastic deformation of the stem around the slot, be pushed through the slot and into the hole such that the stem snaps into place once the ring reached the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,189,456

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle brake system comprising:a master cylinder;
a first plurality of brake cylinders provided at a first vehicle axle;
a second plurality of brake cylinders provided at a second vehicle axle;
an electronically-controlled pressure generating unit distinct from the master cylinder;
a first hydraulic circuit in selective fluid communication with the master cylinder and the first plurality of brake cylinders;
a second hydraulic circuit in selective fluid communication with the master cylinder and the second plurality of brake cylinders;
a first isolation valve in the first hydraulic circuit;
a second isolation valve in the second hydraulic circuit; and
a controller operable to receive an input;
wherein, in a first mode, the controller is operable to actuate the electronically-controlled pressure generating unit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the first hydraulic circuit and separately to the second hydraulic circuit proportional to the input,
wherein, in a second mode, the controller is operable to actuate the electronically-controlled pressure generating unit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the first hydraulic circuit and the first plurality of brake cylinders and the master cylinder is in communication with the second hydraulic circuit to deliver hydraulic fluid pressure to the second plurality of brake cylinders,
wherein, in the second mode, the second isolation valve is open to provide a fluid path between the master cylinder and the second plurality of brake cylinders and the first isolation valve is closed to block a fluid path between the master cylinder and the first plurality of brake cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,189,455

METHOD FOR PERFORMING A BRAKING MANEUVER USING A VEHICLE BRAKING ASSISTANT

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method of performing a braking maneuver using a braking assistant in a motor vehicle, wherein:the braking assistant initiates an automatic braking maneuver when a distance between the motor vehicle and an object located ahead of the motor vehicle is less than a predetermined minimum distance,
an acceleration of the motor vehicle during the automatic braking maneuver is ascertained, wherein the acceleration is defined as positive for an increasing speed in a forward travel direction of the motor vehicle and for a decreasing speed in a backward travel direction of the motor vehicle,
a current change in speed of the motor vehicle is ascertained by integration of the acceleration using an acceleration integrator,
excluding determining a direction of travel of the motor vehicle other than as indicated indirectly by the ascertained acceleration being positive or negative, and
when the ascertained acceleration is positive, in response thereto the automatic braking maneuver is automatically interrupted.

US Pat. No. 10,189,454

BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake system mounted on a vehicle having a front wheel and a rear wheel each as a wheel, comprising:a brake operation member to be operated by a driver;
a hydraulic brake device configured to give a hydraulic braking force in accordance with an operation of the brake operation member to one of the front wheel and the rear wheel, the hydraulic braking force being a braking force generated by a pressure of a working fluid;
an electric brake device configured to give an electric braking force which is a braking force generated by an electric actuator to the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a regenerative brake device configured to give a regenerative braking force which is a braking force utilizing electric power generation by rotation of the wheel to the front wheel or the rear wheel, and
a controller configured to determine, based on the operation of the brake operation member, an insufficient braking force obtained by excluding the hydraulic braking force given by the hydraulic brake device from a required overall braking force that is a braking force required for the vehicle as a whole and to control the electric brake device and the regenerative brake device so as to control, based on the insufficient braking force, the electric braking force given by the electric brake device and the regenerative braking force given by the regenerative brake device,
wherein the brake system is configured such that the hydraulic brake device gives the hydraulic braking force when the required overall braking force exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,189,453

COASTING GUIDANCE TIMING AND DRIVE FORCE ADJUSTMENT

1. A coasting guidance system for controlling a coasting deceleration drive force that affects a deceleration of a vehicle when the vehicle coasts, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
determine a location of a stop event,
determine a braking location and a target speed where when a brake is depressed an applied braking power is less than or equal to a regenerative power limit and the brake stops the vehicle at the location of the stop event,
determine an ideal coasting location based on the braking location,
determine an actual coasting location where the vehicle begins coasting, and
determine the coasting deceleration drive force that affects the deceleration of the vehicle based on the braking location, the target speed, the actual coasting location, and the ideal coasting location; and
a transmission configured to decelerate the vehicle to the target speed at the braking location using the coasting deceleration force.

US Pat. No. 10,189,452

SENSOR-TRIGGERING OF FRICTION AND REGENERATIVE BRAKING

1. A method for automatically activating simultaneously a friction braking system and a regenerative braking system of a vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first sensor on a vehicle to detect a position and movement of one or more objects in surroundings of the vehicle;
providing a second sensor on the vehicle to detect operation of a brake pedal of the vehicle;
providing a regenerative braking system of the vehicle;
providing a friction braking system of the vehicle;
detecting, via the first sensor, the position and movement of the one or more objects;
detecting, via the second sensor, an operation of the brake pedal of the vehicle;
calculating a risk of collision of the vehicle with the one or more objects based upon the position and movement of the one or more objects, the calculated risk of collision representing a probability determination that a collision of the vehicle with the one or more objects is unavoidable without an immediate and simultaneous activation of both the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system; and
in response to the calculated risk of collision exceeding a predetermined risk of collision level, automatically activating simultaneously the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,451

RETURN-TO-PARK SPRING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A transmission comprising:a housing;
a valve assembly and a stop block each disposed on the housing;
a park brake lever in the housing, rotatable about an axis, and having first, second, and third legs extending away from the axis wherein the first leg is disposed between the valve assembly and the stop block;
a pawl coupled to the second leg for engaging a parking brake gear; and
a spring having a closed-ended first end coupled to the third leg, and an open-ended second end coupled to the housing to bias the first leg towards the valve assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,450

SENSOR CLEANING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A sensor cleaning device, comprising:a first valve to move fluid from a first end to a second end of the first valve;
a second valve to control airflow from an air compressor;
a set of fluid nozzles to eject the fluid onto a lens of a sensor; and
a housing structure coupled to the first valve, the second valve, and the set of fluid nozzles, the housing structure comprising: (i) a first channel to channel the fluid from the second end of the first valve to the set of fluid nozzles, (ii) a cavity, (iii) a second channel to channel air from the second valve to the cavity, and (iv) a slit opening to eject air from the cavity to the lens of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,189,449

VEHICLE CLEANING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instruction, the processor programmed to:upon determining that obstruction of a window exceeds a first threshold and a reservoir fluid level is above both of two level sensors vertically spaced in the reservoir, wash the window using fluid from the reservoir; and
upon determining that obstruction of an external sensor exceeds a second threshold and the fluid level is above at least one of the level sensors, wash the external sensor using fluid from the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,189,448

WIPER BLADE ADAPTER SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade adapter system comprising a wiper blade adapter unit (10) having a coupling unit (18) and at least two separate connection units (12, 14, 16) that have different overall forms and are each configured to couple to a different type of wiper arm adapter and to the coupling unit (18), wherein the at least two connection units each include a projecting plug element (24), wherein the coupling unit (18) includes a lateral plug-in unit (20) configured for coupling to the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16) in an assembly step, wherein the lateral plug-in unit (20) includes a receiving element (22) configured for receiving the plug element (24) of each one of the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16), wherein the receiving element (22) includes a mounting channel (26) defined by a closed cross-sectional circumference, wherein the receiving channel extends at least substantially parallel to a wiping direction (54) and is open at one end along the wiping direction such that during the assembly step the projecting plug element (24) of one of the connection units (12, 14, 16) is pushed along the wiping direction (54) and into the mounting channel (26), wherein at least one connection unit (12, 14, 16) of the at least two connection units (12, 14, 16) includes an intermediate element (30, 32, 34) which is configured for coupling to a connection element (64, 66, 68) of the at least one connection unit (12, 14, 16).

US Pat. No. 10,189,447

END-PIECE INTENDED TO BE MOUNTED ON A FLEXIBLE SUPPORT AND WIPER INCLUDING THE END-PIECE AND THE FLEXIBLE SUPPORT

1. An end-piece for a motor vehicle glass wiper, comprising:a housing adapted to receive an end portion of a flexible support, the housing comprising a first longitudinal wall extending in a direction parallel to the flexible support;
a first lateral wall protruding from the first longitudinal wall;
a second longitudinal wall protruding from the first longitudinal wall; and
a locking means for locking the end portion of the flexible support in an engaged position inside the housing, the locking means comprising at least one tongue,
wherein the locking means comprises at least one cavity that is delimited by:
the first longitudinal wall,
the first lateral wall,
a second lateral wall, and
the at least one tongue,
wherein the at least one cavity is in a receptacle containing gluing means placed inside the cavity to immobilize the at least one tongue in the locking position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,446

END PIECE FOR A WIPER AND CORRESPONDING WIPING ASSEMBLY

1. An end piece for a wiper provided with a rigidifying element which extends substantially according to a longitudinal axis of extension, the end piece comprising:a channel for receipt of the rigidifying element, which opens at a first longitudinal end of the end piece;
first positioning stops;
a first means for locking the rigidifying element in the interior of the receipt channel; and
at least one second positioning stop to cooperate equally well with a first or second type of rigidifying element with dimensions different from one another,
the first positioning stops being operational when the first type of rigidifying element is inserted in the receipt channel, and
the at least one second positioning stop being operational when the second type of rigidifying element is inserted in the channel for receipt of the end piece,
wherein the first positioning stops and the at least one second positioning stop are separate from the first means for locking the rigidifying element, and project from at least one lateral wall of the end piece, and
wherein a free end of the at least one second positioning stop is disposed further than a free end of the first positioning stops from the at least one lateral wall.

US Pat. No. 10,189,445

WIPER BLADE

1. A wiper blade comprising:a wiper strip,
a primary frame, having a top side oriented away from the wiper strip, and opposite ends, a connection device capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm disposed on the top side of the primary frame, and a connection structure disposed on each of the opposite ends of the primary frame;
a pair of secondary frames, each having a top surface oriented away from the wiper strip and a bottom surface oriented towards the wiper strip, each having a pivot connection portion and two leg portions, wherein each leg portion is straight and extends from the pivot connection portion at an oblique angle of descent relative to the pivot connection portion, a pivot structure disposed on the central pivot connection portion of the secondary frames, wherein each leg portion is thin and has a cross-section with a substantially rectangular shape having the thickness of the pivot connection portion, wherein the cross-section is made by a vertical plane;
wherein the pivot structures disposed on the secondary frames are connected to the connection structures on the ends of the primary frame.

US Pat. No. 10,189,444

WINDSCREEN WIPER ARM

Federal-Mogul S.A., Arlo...

1. A windscreen wiper arm, comprising:a mounting head mountable on a drive shaft and an arm member pivotally connected to the mounting head by means of a pivot pin, wherein the arm member has a substantially shaped cross-section near said pivot pin and has two side walls,
wherein a part of the mounting head extends between the side walls of the arm member and beyond said pivot pin,
wherein said mounting head has at least one groove with groove side walls,
wherein said arm member has at least one protrusion which cooperates with said at least one groove,
wherein said at least one protrusion is movable in said at least one groove along a path between a first position corresponding with a wiping position of the arm member and a second position corresponding with a mounting position of the arm member,
wherein said part is provided with opposite abutting surfaces for abutting against the side walls of the arm member and wherein said at least one groove is provided on one of said abutting surfaces,
wherein said at least one protrusion extends laterally inwardly from one of the side walls of said arm member into said groove, and
wherein said groove side walls are spaced apart from one another in a direction that is transverse to the path by a width which is larger than a width of said protrusion such that said protrusion is movable along the path in said groove for the entire length between said first and second positions without making contact with said groove side walls.

US Pat. No. 10,189,443

VIRTUAL KEY FOR VEHICLE SERVICING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A computer-implemented method for unlocking a vehicle for servicing the vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by a telematics module, a sensor measurement of the vehicle from a diagnostic sensor of the vehicle;
determining, by a vehicle diagnostic module, a servicing request for the vehicle based on the sensor measurement;
generating, by a virtual key generator, a virtual key for servicing the vehicle, the virtual key including a time duration, a geographic location for servicing the vehicle, and an identifier of a specific virtual key device to be used to unlock the vehicle, wherein generating the virtual key comprises:
sending, by a service provider server, a servicing authorization request to a user device;
receiving, by the service provider server, from the user device, a selection of a service provider to service the vehicle and a selection of the geographic location at which to service the vehicle, wherein the service provider has the specific virtual key device;
sending, by the service provider server, a first authorization request to the user device, the first authorization request includes a time range for accessing the vehicle at the geographic location by the service provider;
receiving, by the virtual key generator, from the user device, a selection of the time duration at which to service the vehicle at the geographic location, the selection of the time duration made from within the time range;
generating, by the virtual key generator, the virtual key using the geographic location, the time duration, and the identifier of the specific virtual key device; and
sending, by the virtual key generator, the virtual key to the specific virtual key device; and
unlocking, by a virtual key module, the vehicle to allow access for servicing the vehicle based on the specific virtual key device when the specific virtual key device associated with the identifier has the virtual key stored therein, and is brought within a predetermined vicinity of the vehicle at the geographic location and during the time duration.

US Pat. No. 10,189,442

REMOTE VEHICLE STARTER AND APPLIANCE ACTIVATION SYSTEM

1. A remote vehicle starter and appliance activation system comprising:a base unit including at least one base unit transmitter, and at least one power outlet, said base unit transmitter being configured to transmit at least one signal at a predetermined time and to provide power to an appliance plugged into said power outlet at said predetermined time; and
a remote unit including at least one remote unit receiver, and at least one remote unit transmitter, said remote unit receiver being configured to receive said signal from said base unit transmitter, said remote unit transmitter being configured to transmit a vehicle start signal to a vehicle starting unit;
wherein said vehicle starting unit having a configuration capable of starting an engine of a vehicle associated with said vehicle starting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,189,441

TWO STEP SMART KEY START SYSTEM

1. A system for operating a vehicle comprising:a key comprising at least one electronic code; and
a processor configured to authenticate and detect the key,
wherein the vehicle comprises:
a vehicle movement selector; and
a brake system,
wherein the processor is configured to perform a primary authentication of the at least one electronic code and detection of the key within the vehicle at the time a vehicle starter activation is attempted and again upon activation of the brake system after the vehicle is started and a secondary authentication of the at least one electronic code at the time the vehicle starter is activation is attempted and again upon activation of the brake system after the vehicle is started, and
wherein the processor is configured to enable use of the vehicle movement selector following the primary or secondary authentication of the at least one electronic code.

US Pat. No. 10,189,440

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool that takes up a webbing worn by an occupant, and that is rotated in a pull-out direction due to the webbing being pulled out;
a lock section that is configured to rotate integrally with the spool, and that is restricted from rotating in the pull-out direction in a vehicle emergency so as to limit rotation of the spool in the pull-out direction, with respect to the lock section;
a pawl that is rotated together with the spool and that, by being displaced to an engaged position, engages with a rotation force transmitting member so as to transmit rotation force of the spool to the rotation force transmitting member; and
a pawl displacement member that is configured to be displaced in a rotation circumferential direction of the spool, with respect to the spool, and that includes a pawl-abut portion, the pawl-abut portion abutting the pawl and displacing the pawl to the engaged position in a case in which the spool is rotated in the pull-out direction, with respect to the lock section,
wherein the pawl displacement member is configured including a stop portion that restricts displacement of the pawl displacement member in the rotation circumferential direction of the spool, with respect to the lock section, by being stopped at a stopping portion formed at the lock section.

US Pat. No. 10,189,439

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT DEVICE

JOYSOFT SAFETY SYSTEMS JA...

1. A seat belt retractor provided with a spool configured to perform winding of a webbing for restraining an occupant, a shaft inserted through an axial center of the spool, and a locking base connected to the shaft and capable of switching between a rotating state and a non-rotating state, the seat belt retractor comprising:a load adjustment member disposed between the shaft and the locking base and configured to block or reduce load transmission in a case where a load equal to or greater than a threshold is applied to the shaft; and
an energy absorption device disposed between the spool and the locking base and capable of changing an energy absorption amount according to a relative rotation speed between the spool and the locking base, wherein the energy absorption device is connected in parallel with the load adjustment member, and wherein the energy absorption device includes a housing coaxially disposed on a spool side, a clutch plate coaxially disposed on a locking base side, and a drag generation member housed inside the housing and configured to generate drag according to a relative rotation speed between the housing and the clutch plate, and
wherein
the housing has a pair of facing planes facing a front surface and a back surface of the clutch plate, wherein annular corrugated grooves are formed on the pair of facing planes such that projections and recesses thereof are synchronous with each other,
the drag generation member includes a plurality of driving pins having both ends thereof inserted into the corrugated grooves, and
the clutch plate has a plurality of openings through which the plurality of driving pins is inserted so as to be capable of moving along the corrugated grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,189,438

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT

6. An attachment device for connecting a seat belt buckle connector and a strap with a seat belt tongue, said attachment device comprising:an integral body having a buckle component comprising a tongue fastening mechanism configured to connect with the seat belt tongue, an attachment tongue extending from the buckle component configured to connect with the seat belt connector, and two rigid bars extending outwardly from the buckle component, each bar respectively extending from each side of the buckle component whereby when the seat belt buckle connector and the seat belt tongue are connected to the tongue fastening mechanism and the attachment tongue, the attachment device is located between said seat belt buckle connector and said seat belt tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,189,437

SEATBELT ASSIST DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A seatbelt assist device configured to attach to a seat back that is a backrest of a vehicle seat, and configured to move at least a portion of a seatbelt placed on the seat back to a position reachable by a seated passenger, comprising:a rotary member that is attached to the seat back via a rotary shaft, and is configured to move between a housing position at which the rotary member is housed in the seat back and a protruding position at which the rotary member protrudes forward of the seat back to push out the portion of the seatbelt;
wherein the rotary member is disposed forward of a belt guide provided at an upper end of the seat back or at a periphery of the upper end of the seat back, and
wherein an outer surface of the rotary member is disposed substantially integrally and continuously with an outer surface of the seat back when the rotary member is located at the housing position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,435

VEHICULAR RESTRAINT DEVICE FOR ANIMALS

1. An animal restraint device for restraining an animal relative to a vehicle seat having two lower anchors laterally spaced apart at a rear bottom of the seat and an auxiliary anchor separate from the lower anchors, and a retractable tether assembly having a retraction mechanism operable to vary an overall length of the tether assembly between opposing first and second ends of the tether assembly in which the second end is secured to the auxiliary anchor of the vehicle, the device comprising:a harness extending longitudinally between a front end and a rear end for being secured about a torso of the animal such that the front end is proximate a neck of the animal and the rear end is nearer to a rear of the animal than the front end;
the harness including a chest panel for extending along a chest of the animal and a back portion for extending along a back of the animal opposite the chest panel;
a lower connector on the back portion of the harness;
a common latch which selectively mates in connection with the lower connector on the back portion of the harness;
two lower tethers, each extending between an inner end and an outer end having a lower latch thereon for securement to a respective one of the lower anchors;
the inner ends of the two lower tethers being mounted onto a common mounting ring together with the common latch such that the two lower tethers are selectively secured to the harness by the mating connection of the common latch with the lower connector on the harness; and
an upper connector on the harness which is longitudinally spaced from the lower connector for connection to the first end of the retractable tether assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,189,434

AUGMENTED SAFETY RESTRAINT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An augmented safety restraint system, comprising:a first seat;
a first restraint operable to secure a first passenger to the first seat, the first restraint having an exposed surface facing away from a body of the first passenger; and
a gesture-sensing device integrated into a material of the first restraint and operable to receive an input from the first passenger on the exposed surface of the first restraint facing away from the body of the first passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,189,433

EXTRUDED 3D RAMP/PACKAGING DEVICE FOR TIGHT PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

1. An air curtain delivery assembly, comprising:an arcuate extruded unitary channel defining a cross-section width that is greater than a cross-section depth; and
an inflatable air curtain;
the channel having a longitudinal length defining an arc substantially matching a vehicle fore-aft curvature of a vehicle roof panel and having an open mouth defining a mouth width to provide a ramp for directing deployment of the inflatable air curtain from an interior of the channel and inboard of a vehicle side structure;
wherein the mouth width is less than the cross-section width.

US Pat. No. 10,189,432

VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

7. An occupant restraining device configured to restrain an occupant sitting in a vehicle seat, comprising:a seatbelt fixed at left and right sides of a seat cushion of the seat to restrain the hip of the occupant;
left and right airbags stored inside a seat back of the seat on left and right sides respectively thereof and inflated and deployed on left and right sides of the occupant; and
a tensile fabric connected to each of the left and right airbags and the seat cushion and placed under tension when the left and right airbags are inflated and deployed, the tensile fabric extending between the left and right airbags when inflated and deployed on both side surfaces of the seat cushion, the tensile fabric is a fabric member connected to each of the left and right airbags through an inside part or a lower part of the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,431

VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle occupant protection device comprising:an airbag structured as a single bag that is configured to cover a head area of a vehicle occupant, the airbag being stowed at a headrest or seatback of a vehicle seat, the airbag receiving a gas supply and inflating and expanding toward a seat front side, and the airbag including
a front inflation portion that is configured to be inflated at the seat front relative to the head area, and
a left and right pair of side inflation portions that are connected to the front inflation portion and configured to be inflated at seat sides relative to the head area; and
an opening portion that is provided at the airbag, is configured to cover the head area from the seat front side or a seat side, and is openable after the inflation and expansion of the airbag, wherein
the opening portion includes a plurality of opening hooks at a periphery edge portion thereof, and
the airbag includes opening engaging portions with which the plurality of opening hooks are respectively detachably engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,189,430

VEHICLE SEAT

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat back; and
an airbag that deploys in the seat back,
wherein the airbag deploys in the seat back in such a way that, after having deployed, the airbag elastically supports an upper body of an occupant and elastically receives an impact force applied to a back surface of the seat back, and
wherein, after having deployed, the airbag has such a shape that a deployment amount, in a front-back direction, of the airbag near a side of the seat back is greater than that near a center of the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,189,429

VEHICLE SENSOR CLEANING BASED ON A VEHICLE OCCUPANCY STATUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer comprising a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, the processor programmed to:upon determining that a vehicle is unoccupied, instruct a compressor to pressurize an accumulator of the vehicle; and
upon determining that the vehicle is occupied and that the accumulator is below a threshold pressure, instruct the compressor to pressurize the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,189,428

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A BUMPER ASSEMBLY AND A RADIATOR ASSEMBLY TO A VEHICLE, A VEHICLE FRAME, AND A VEHICLE

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

1. A mounting assembly for connecting each of a bumper assembly and a radiator assembly to a vehicle, the bumper assembly including a connector member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the mounting assembly comprising:a first frame member extending along a vertical direction of the vehicle;
a transverse frame member extending in a transverse direction of the vehicle and connected to the first frame member; and
a bumper bracket configured to connect the connector member of the bumper assembly to each of the first frame member and the transverse frame member, the bumper bracket including a flange extending in the transverse direction of the vehicle, and the flange being configured to engage the radiator assembly mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,189,425

USING DATA COLLECTED BY A PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE TO IDENTIFY A VEHICLE

Agero, Inc., Medford, MA...

1. A method, comprising acts of:(A) receiving data captured by a personal electronic device residing within a vehicle having a motor, the data captured by the personal electronic device relating to a physical phenomenon occurring as a result of operation of the vehicle motor, the personal electronic device being associated with a user;
(B) determining whether the vehicle was idling when the data was captured; and
(C) if it is determined in the act (B) that the vehicle was idling when the data was captured, determining, using the data received in the act (A), whether the vehicle is insured by at least one of the user, a person with whom the user is associated, and an organization with which the user is associated.

US Pat. No. 10,189,424

STRUCTURE FOR CONNECTING ELECTRIC WIRES AND WIRE HARNESS

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A structure for connecting electric wires, comprising:a single-core conductor made of a single metal rod includes a single-core wire and an insulating coating wrapped around the single-core wire, the insulating coating is stripped from one end of the single-core wire so as to expose a terminal portion;
a flexible conductor made of a plurality of elemental metal wires includes a stranded wire and an insulating coating wrapped around the stranded wire, the insulating coating is stripped from one end of the stranded wire so as to expose a terminal portion, and the flexible conductor has a higher flexibility than the single-core conductor,
wherein a clamping portion is integrally formed at the one end of the single-core conductor so that it is made from the same single metal rod, the flexible conductor is inserted into the clamping portion and is clamped on two sides thereof in a direction transverse to a direction in which the electric wires extend so that the flexible conductor and the single-core conductor are connected together.

US Pat. No. 10,189,423

WIRE HARNESS ROUTING AID

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A wire harness routing aid for a vehicle comprising:an extruded core made of a thermosetting polymer, wherein the extruded core is cured into a shape to fit within a close packaging envelope of the vehicle;
a plurality of wires positioned around an exterior of the extruded core; and
a fastening layer to affix the plurality of wires to the extruded core.

US Pat. No. 10,189,422

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness which electrically connects high-voltage devices comprising:a conductive path that is used as a trunk cable;
a branch cable that branches from the trunk cable; and
a branch connecting portion which connects the trunk cable with the branch cable,
wherein the trunk cable has a trunk cable-side conductor exposed portion where a cover of the trunk cable lying in a predetermined position of the trunk cable is removed,
the branch cable has a branch cable-side conductor exposed portion where a cover of the branch cable lying a predetermined position of the branch cable is removed,
the trunk cable-side conductor exposed portion is connected with the branch cable-side conductor exposed portion at the branch connecting portion, and
the branch connecting portion has an insulating and waterproofing portion which functions as an insulating portion and a waterproofing portion,
wherein the insulating and waterproofing portion is configured to fill spaces around circumferences of the branch connecting portion with resin in a watertight fashion and setting the resin such that the branch connecting portion is embedded in set resin molds forming the insulating and waterproofing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,421

CAMERA UNIT, VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CAMERA UNIT

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

1. A camera unit comprising:a camera casing,
a lens, and
an image sensor that is disposed in interior of the camera casing,
wherein:
a recess is formed in the camera casing on a side that is closer to a subject than is the lens;
at least a portion of the recess is formed by a first wall portion, which is exposed on an exterior side of the camera casing and faces toward an optical axis;
the first wall portion extends in parallel with the optical axis or is inclined so as to space away from the optical axis as the first wall portion extends from the lens toward the subject; and
a plurality of projections are arranged on the first wall portion alongside one another in a direction of the optical axis, each of the plurality of projections comprising:
a first surface, which is a flat or curved surface, one side of the first surface close to the lens being closer to the optical axis than another side of the first surface facing toward the subject;
a second surface which is a flat or curved surface, and which extends substantially perpendicular to the optical axis,
wherein the first surface and the second surface of each of the plurality of projections are arranged such that an imaginary line extending perpendicularly to the second surface from an apex of the projection toward the lens intersects the first surface facing toward the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,189,420

VEHICULAR ROOF RACK MOUNTING BRACKET

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A bracket assembly for securing a bicycle anchor of a bicycle carrier to an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack, the bracket comprising:a pair of elongate clamps configured to be coupled to a bicycle anchor of a bicycle carrier, each clamp having a first end, a second end, and a bar engagement portion configured to abut an exterior of an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack in a secured configuration in which each clamp is fastened to the support bar,
wherein each clamp has a lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis and each longitudinal axis is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis of the bicycle carrier, such that a distance between the first ends is greater than a distance between the second ends.

US Pat. No. 10,189,419

CARGO CARRIER AND METHOD OF USING SAME

1. A cargo carrier attachable to a trailer hitch receiver and having a weight, the cargo carrier comprising:a hitch adapter mountable to the trailer hitch receiver;
a mount; and
a cargo receptacle secured to the mount;
wherein the mount includes a carriage and an actuator, the carriage being removably mountable to the hitch adapter, the carriage being selectively movable relative to the cargo receptacle between lower and upper positions, the actuator being operatively coupled to the carriage for moving the carriage between the lower and upper positions;
wherein the hitch adapter defines an adapter protruding portion and the carriage defines a cavity configured and sized for receiving at least partially the adapter protruding portion thereinto;
wherein the carriage defines a lower aperture leading into the cavity from below, the adapter protruding portion being inserted in the cavity through the lower aperture, the carriage abutting vertically against the hitch adapter when the carriage is operatively mounted to the hitch adapter so that the weight of the cargo carrier is supported by the hitch adapter through vertical abutment of the carriage against the hitch adapter;
whereby, with the carriage mounted to the hitch adapter, moving the carriage between the upper and lower positions raises and lowers the cargo receptacle relative to the hitch adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,189,418

ADJUSTABLE AND SLIDING LADDER RACK APPARATUS

Adrian Steel Company, Ad...

1. A vehicle equipment rack, comprising:a first cross member;
a second cross member;
a first roller coupled with an outboard end of said first cross member;
a second roller coupled with an outboard end of said second cross member;
a first arm in rolling engagement with said first roller;
a second arm in rolling engagement with said second roller;
a drive tube rotatably coupled with said first and second cross members;
a first pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said first pivot arm rotatably coupled with said first arm;
a second pivot arm coupled with said drive tube, said second pivot arm rotatably coupled with said second arm;
said first arm comprising:
a base member in rolling engagement with said first roller;
said base member having an aperture disposed through a surface thereof;
a first linear actuator disposed in said base member, wherein a portion of said first linear actuator is disposed through said base member aperture;
a first bracket disposed on a surface of said base member;
said first bracket coupled with said first linear actuator;
a sliding member slideably coupled with said base member;
a second bracket coupled with said sliding member;
said second arm comprising:
a third bracket disposed on a surface of said second arm; and
a fourth bracket coupled with said second arm.

US Pat. No. 10,189,417

SLIDING AUTOMOBILE ROOF RACK

1. A sliding roof rack comprising:a base;
a rack slidably engaging a top of said base comprising:
a rack first rail;
a rack second rail;
a rack first crossmember disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail;
a rack second crossmember disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail;
a plurality of luggage rack luggage rails, each disposed between said rack first rail and said rack second rail; and,
a pair of sliders secured beneath said rack adjacent each corner of said rack first crossmember and said rack second crossmember;
wherein said pair of sliders each slidably interact with portions of said base; and,
wherein said supporting assembly slidably interacts with either said rack first rail or said rack second rail; and,
a supporting assembly pivotally attached to and capable of lengthwise movement along a portion of said rack;
wherein said base is adapted to be removably secured to a roof of an automobile;
wherein said rack is slidingly and movably secured to said base;
wherein a user can adaptably manipulate said rack from a stored position upon said base to a downward angular position adjacent a side of said automobile;
wherein a user can adaptably manipulate said supporting assembly to support a load on said rack; and,
wherein said supporting assembly further comprises:
a first movable hinge slidably interacting with a respective rack rail;
a support plate having a first end attached to said first movable hinge and a slot located at a second end;
a second movable hinge attached to an intermediate location on a first side of said support plate;
a third movable hinge slidably interacting with a respective rack rail;
a support brace, having a first end pivotally attached to said second movable hinge and a second end attached to said third movable hinge; and,
a locking knob attached to said third movable hinge and capable of securing a relative position of said third movable hinge relative to said respective rack rail;
wherein said locking knob is capable of securing said support plate second end to said respective rail when passing through said slot.

US Pat. No. 10,189,416

STORAGE COMPARTMENT FOR A VEHICLE INTERIOR TRIM

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A storage compartment for an interior trim of a vehicle, the storage compartment comprising:a storage-compartment bottom that transitions at an inner corner region into a side wall that is raised from the storage-compartment bottom; and
an insertion mat lining the storage-compartment bottom, the insertion mat forming a support surface for at least one small object, the insertion mat at least partially bounds at least one free deformation chamber, and when manual pressure via a fingertip is applied to the support surface, the insertion mat curves into the deformation chamber by arching such that between the deformed support surface and the object, an undercut for grasping under the object is accessible to the fingertips.

US Pat. No. 10,189,415

STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage assembly, comprising:a first portion including a shaft, the shaft having a stop portion protruded radially; and
a second portion including a shaft hole receiving the shaft to rotate therein; wherein
the first portion is rotatably connected to the second portion via the shaft to rotate from a first rest position to a second rest position through an intermediate position, the shaft hole is configured to contact the stop portion in the first rest position and the second rest position and to space apart radially from the stop portion in the intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,414

VEHICLE STORAGE ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage assembly for a vehicle comprising:a console housing defined by a plurality of surfaces;
a member extending along at least one of the plurality of surfaces and movable along the console housing between a closed position and an open position, wherein the member defines a storage compartment in the open position; and
a substrate defining a bottom surface of the storage compartment and wound about a spool, the spool disposed within the storage compartment, the substrate expandable as the member is moved between the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,189,413

ADJUSTABLE TAMBOUR CARGO DECK FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle having a cargo area, comprising:interior panels positioned within the cargo area, the interior panels including a track system having a first track portion defining a first cargo floor position, a second track portion defining a second cargo floor position and a third track portion defining a third cargo floor position; and
a tambour cargo deck supported by the track system, and slidably movable from the first or second cargo floor position to the third cargo floor position, and slidably movable from the third argo floor position to the first or second cargo floor position.

US Pat. No. 10,189,411

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR WITH GDO MODULE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mirror head comprising a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element;
a mirror mounting structure configured to adjustably mount said mirror head at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;
a receiving portion of said mirror head for receiving a portable self-contained garage door opening module;
wherein said receiving portion is disposed at a lower region of said mirror casing when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the equipped vehicle, and wherein said receiving portion comprises an opening established through a wall of said mirror casing;
wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module comprises a user input and a housing that houses (i) garage door opener circuitry operable under rolling code, (ii) a radio frequency transmitter and (iii) a battery for electrically powering said circuitry, and wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is operable to wirelessly transmit a radio frequency signal responsive to actuation of said user input of said portable self-contained garage door opening module;
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module received at said receiving portion of said interior rearview mirror assembly, said user input is accessible by a driver of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is configured to cooperate with said receiving portion to releasably secure said portable self-contained garage door opening module at said interior rearview mirror assembly, and wherein said portable self-contained garage door opening module is releasable and removable from said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module received at said mirror head, said portable self-contained garage door opening module, responsive to actuation of said user input, wirelessly transmits a radio frequency signal to open a garage door; and
wherein, with said portable self-contained garage door opening module removed from said mirror head, said portable self-contained garage door opening module, responsive to actuation of said user input, wirelessly transmits the radio frequency signal to open the garage door.

US Pat. No. 10,189,410

VEHICULAR VISUAL RECOGNITION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A vehicular visual recognition device, comprising:a support body that is provided on a vehicle body side;
a visual recognition means that is supported by the support body so as to be configured to swing, and that assists visual recognition by a vehicle occupant;
an engagement portion that is provided on a support body side;
a swinging portion that is provided on a visual recognition means side;
a biasing means that is provided with a gap, that uses biasing force to cause the engagement portion to engage with the swinging portion to restrict swinging of the visual recognition means, and that permits the visual recognition means to be swung and stowed by disengaging the engagement portion from the swinging portion against the biasing force; and
a damping member that is attached to the biasing means, and that is provided between a portion of the biasing means on one side of the gap and a portion of the biasing means on another side of the gap, and that dampens sound produced when the biasing means uses the biasing force to cause the swinging portion to engage with the engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 10,189,409

VEHICLE INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ACTUATOR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mounting structure configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;
wherein the interior portion of the vehicle is at an interior surface of a windshield of the vehicle;
a housing;
a frameless reflective element disposed at said housing;
wherein, with said mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing and the frameless reflective element are tandemly and pivotally adjustable about said mounting structure via a single ball joint to provide a desired rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle;
wherein said single ball joint allows for manual adjustment of said housing and the frameless reflective element in tandem about said mounting structure;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the vehicle when said mounting structure is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle;
a motorized actuator operable responsive to actuation of said user input;
wherein said motorized actuator is operable to tilt the frameless reflective element and said housing in tandem about a horizontal axis; and
wherein, responsive to actuation of said motorized actuator responsive to said user input, said motorized actuator tandemly tilts the frameless reflective element and said housing about the horizontal axis to orientate an outermost front surface of the frameless reflective element more towards the driver or more away from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,189,408

DISPLAY MIRROR ASSEMBLY INCORPORATING HEATSINK

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A display mirror assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a display device defining a display surface having a display perimeter elongated along a length;
a primary PCB in communication with the display device, the primary PCB comprising a first side and an opposing second side, wherein the first side is directed toward the display device;
a heat sink in connection with the second side of the primary PCB and extending substantially coextensive with the length display perimeter; and
a lighting module extending along the length of the display device, wherein the lighting module extends substantially perpendicular to the first side of the primary PCB and is configured to direct edge lighting substantially parallel to the first side of the primary PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,189,407

METHOD OF MAKING A MIRROR SUBSTRATE FOR AN INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A method of making a mirror substrate for an interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a glass substrate having a generally planar front surface, a generally planar rear surface and a circumferential perimeter edge about a periphery of the glass substrate and extending between the front and rear surfaces, wherein the front surface and the perimeter edge meet at a front perimeter portion of the glass substrate that circumscribes the glass substrate;
fixturing the glass substrate at a fixture to support the glass substrate;
providing a rotatable grinding wheel, said grinding wheel comprising a grit level between 150 and 200;
providing a rotatable polishing wheel, said polishing wheel comprising a grit level between 200 and 500;
presenting said grinding wheel to the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate;
grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate via rotating said grinding wheel when said grinding wheel is at the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish a ground rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during grinding, said grinding wheel rotates at between 4,000 RPM and 6,000 RPM;
after grinding the front perimeter portion of the glass substrate to establish the ground rounded surface, presenting said polishing wheel to the ground rounded surface and polishing the ground rounded surface via rotating said polishing wheel when said polishing wheel is at the ground rounded surface to establish a polished rounded surface about and around the periphery of the glass substrate, wherein, during polishing, said polishing wheel rotates at between 3,000 RPM and 4,000 RPM; and
wherein the polished rounded surface provides a smooth transition between the generally planar front surface of the glass substrate and a rear portion of the circumferential perimeter edge of the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,189,406

OVERHEAD STORAGE BIN UTILIZATION DETECTION AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

1. A storage bin space utilization detection and display system for use with a storage bin for storing one or more objects, comprising:a plurality of sensors disposed within an interior portion of the storage bin, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is associated with one of a plurality of regions defined within the interior portion of the storage bin, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is operable for detecting a presence/absence of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin, and wherein each of the plurality of sensors is operable for determining one or more of a relative size of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin and an amount of space remaining within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin; and
a visual indicator device operable for indicating the detected presence/absence of the one or more objects within the associated region defined within the interior portion of the storage bin to an individual outside of the storage bin.

US Pat. No. 10,189,405

VEHICULAR MULTI-PURPOSE WARNING HEAD-UP DISPLAY

Yazaki North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle head-up display device, comprising:a detecting module configured to receive, from a sensor device and/or a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device, detected signals related to objects appearing outside of a vehicle having the head-up display device;
an information module configured to obtain vehicle information from a plurality of sensors and controllers;
a display control module receiving signals from a plurality of sources comprising the detecting module and the information module, and determining one or more warnings and a severity of the one or more warnings based on the signals, wherein the warnings include at least one of a lane departure warning, a blind spot warning, a following distance indicator, a front distance indicator, a backup distance indicator, a head-on threat warning, or a lateral threat warning corresponding to the detected signals; and
a display module structured to selectively project, based on the severity of the one or more warnings, a plurality of light patterns, in the form of information dots, from a plurality of point light sources, onto a plurality of locations corresponding to detected locations of the objects on a windshield of the vehicle such that the plurality of light patterns are superimposed on the objects to indicate the warnings and the severity of the warnings,
wherein the display module is configured to selectively illuminate the plurality of point light sources in a first mode, a second mode, a third mode, a fourth mode, a fifth mode, and a sixth mode,
wherein the first mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the lane departure warning, the second mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the blind spot warning, the third mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the following distance indicator, the front distance indicator, and/or the backup distance indicator, the fourth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the head-on threat warning, the fifth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to the lateral threat warning, and the sixth mode illuminates the plurality of light patterns corresponding to a plurality of the first through fifth modes,
wherein the display module is capable of displaying the first through fifth modes and indicate the severity of the corresponding warnings simultaneously, and
wherein the display module determines which of the plurality of point light sources to illuminate based on one or more of the warnings delivered from the display control module.

US Pat. No. 10,189,404

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A vehicle lighting device, comprising:a light arranged in a vehicle interior;
a detector including a touch panel, the detector detecting a detection object by contact with the detection object on the touch panel; and
a controller controlling a lighting position of the light and a light intensity of the light by detecting the detection object,
wherein the detector includes a first portion for displacing, when a position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, an emission direction of the light toward a position in the vehicle corresponding to the position of the detection object via the controller, and a second portion for controlling, when the position of the detection object on the touch panel is detected, the light intensity of the light via the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,189,403

VEHICLE INTERIOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle interior illumination device for controlling illumination in a vehicle interior, the vehicle interior illumination device comprising:an operation input portion configured to receive an instruction operation of either lighting or light adjustment by a user;
a first state detection portion configured to detect a first state representative of a getting-off preparation of the user;
a second state detection portion configured to detect a second state representative of a getting-off completion of the user; and
a light adjustment degree setting portion configured to shift the illumination to a preset light adjustment degree including off when the first state and the second state are detected,
wherein the second state is detected by the second state detection portion monitoring and detecting operation of the at least one of a switch and a function that is different from the operation input portion and either lighting or light adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,189,402

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle, the illumination apparatus comprising:a projector configured to project an image of visible light; and
a processing apparatus configured to predict a travel area of the vehicle after a predetermined time or a predetermined distance of travel, and project an image in the predicted travel area with the projector for illumination of the travel area, the image being indicative of a travel state of the vehicle or a control state of the vehicle, wherein the processing apparatus projects the image indicative of the control state of the intervention control with the projector, wherein the intervention control includes an autonomous vehicle speed control, and the processing apparatus projects, in an acceleration control state, the image such that only a front end portion of the image is flashed, and projects, in a deceleration control state, the image such that only a rear end portion of the image is flashed, and wherein front and rear directions of the image are defined with respect to the image on a road surface viewed from the vehicle side.

US Pat. No. 10,189,401

VEHICLE LIGHT STRIP WITH OPTICAL ELEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle light strip comprising:a housing member;
a light assembly inside the housing member and having a light source and a photoluminescent structure that is configured to luminesce in response to light excitation by the light source; and
an optical element having a cross-section with an inverted triangular shape, a first surface of the optical element defining a hypotenuse having a random non-planar arrangement configured to transmit a portion of luminescent light toward a front wall of the housing member and direct another portion of luminescent light toward at least one side wall of the housing member.

US Pat. No. 10,189,400

MOBILE DEVICE TRACKING FOR CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUBSYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:light panels attached to the vehicle;
wireless nodes; and
an auxiliary body control module to:
when a speed of the vehicle is less than a threshold speed, monitor, via the wireless nodes, a distance between a tracking tag and the vehicle, the tracking tag configured to attach to an article of clothing that includes an LED pixel; and
in response to the distance satisfying a range threshold, activate the light panels and the LED pixel of the tracking tag.