US Pat. No. 10,479,459

STABILIZING WATER DIFFUSER SYSTEM FOR WATER SPORTS BOARD, WATER SPORTS BOARD WITH WATER DIFFUSER SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Mink Surf LLC, Waianae, ...

19. A water diffuser for a water sports board comprising:a base, a vertical member, and a front edge;
the base having a front end and back end;
the vertical member extending from the base to a distal end;
the front edge extending from the front end of the base to the distal end of the vertical member;
the front edge comprising a first slope between the front end and the vertical member and a second slope along the vertical member, wherein the second slope is steeper than the first slope so as to define a concave contour,
wherein the water diffuser is configured to modulate a turbulent water flow caused by a fin system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,458

INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD

Twitch LLC, Steamboat Sp...

1. An inflatable paddle board, comprising:an inflatable stand-up board chamber;
stacked sidewalls to form a rail around at least a portion of a side of the inflatable stand-up board chamber; and
a tent covering between the inflatable stand-up board chamber and the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,479,457

SMALL FLAT-BOTTOMED FLOATING CRAFT, PREFERABLY SWIMMING BOARD CONFIGURED TO OBSERVE UNDERWATER SPACE

AUTEX LTD., Moscow (RU)

1. A swimming board comprising a flat surface which faces a user for providing foot support to a user while the user is standing on the flat surface, characterized in that an information display is mounted in a central zone of the flat surface, wherein the central zone is the zone in which the user maintains balance while the swimming board is in motion, the information display enables the user to maintain balance on the swimming board and view the information display while the swimming board is in motion, the swimming board includes a tilt sensor, the flat surface of the swimming board and the surface of the information display are covered with a transparent insulating layer, said information display is configured to display information from an underwater video recorder or video camera attached to the swimming board in order to survey underwater objects and means for transmitting images from the video camera or video recorder to the information display, wherein information from a tilt sensor provided on the swimming board enables images to be stabilized in a horizontal plane so a user may view the flat surface of the swimming board and simultaneously observe underwater objects without shifting sight.

US Pat. No. 10,479,456

DECK STRUCTURE

1. A marine deck structure kit which can be assembled into one or more sections which are adapted to be interconnected, said sections being comprised of a frame and a deck, said kit being comprised of components for assembly into the frame including a first box-channel which is adapted to form a first side of the frame, a second box-channel which is adapted to form a second side of the frame, a first end plate which is adapted to form a first end of the frame, a second end plate which is adapted to form a second end of the frame, a center support plate, a first steel angle which is adapted for attachment to a first side of the center support plate at a point which is midway between the two ends of the center support plate, a second steel angle which is adapted for attachment to an opposing side of the center support plate at a point which is midway between the two ends of the center support plate, and four self-squaring cross braces, wherein the self-squaring cross braces are adapted for attachment to both the first side and the second side of the frame, wherein the four self-squaring cross braces are adapted to provide support for the center support plate and include (1) a first self-squaring cross brace that is adapted to extend from a first end of the first box-channel to the first steel angle; (2) a second self-squaring cross brace that is adapted to extend from a second end of the first box-channel to the first steel angle; (3) a third self-squaring cross brace that is adapted to extend from a first end of the second box-channel to the second steel angle; and (4) a fourth self-squaring cross brace that is adapted to extend from a second end of the second box-channel to the second steel angle, wherein the first box-channel and the second box-channel include cross-brace mounting brackets which are oriented to align the center support plate in a parallel orientation with respect to the first box-channel and the second box-channel, where the first box-channel and the second box-channel are of equal length; and said kit further being comprised of a multitude of planks which are adapted for attachment to the top side of the frame and which extend from the first side of the frame to the second side of the frame to form the deck.

US Pat. No. 10,479,455

PERFORMING GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYS USING UNMANNED TOW VESSELS

PGS Geophysical AS, Oslo...

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of unmanned tow vessels, including:
a first unmanned tow vessel that is configured to tow one or more vibratory source elements but not any streamers; and
a second unmanned tow vessel that is configured to tow one or more vibratory source elements and one or more streamers;
wherein the plurality of unmanned tow vessels are configured to:
traverse a first sail path in a first formation, wherein the first formation includes a first ordering of the plurality of unmanned tow vessels;
while traversing the first sail path in the first formation, actuate at least one vibratory source element within the system and collect first data via at least one streamer within the system;
turn toward a subsequent sail path, wherein both the first and second unmanned tow vessels turn toward the subsequent sail path using substantially similar turning radii;
traverse the subsequent sail path in a second formation, wherein the second formation includes a second, different ordering of the plurality of unmanned tow vessels; and
while traversing the subsequent sail path in the second formation, actuate at least one vibratory source element within the system and collect second data via at least one streamer within the system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,454

FOLDABLE WATERCRAFT CHAIR

1. An attachable watercraft chair, comprising:a frame assembly including a seat frame, a backrest frame and a footrest frame;
wherein the footrest frame is movably connected to the seat frame and the backrest frame is movably connected to the seat frame opposite of the footrest frame;
a covering over the frame assembly adapted to receive the body of a user;
a plurality of fasteners attached to the backrest frame configured to secure the watercraft chair to a side of a watercraft;
wherein the plurality of fasteners comprises at least one fastener configured to be placed underwater and at least one fastener configured to be placed above water;
the plurality of fasteners is attached to the backrest frame by a plurality of adjustable arms comprised of a first arm slidably receivable into a second arm with sufficient frictional resistance to maintain a stable position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,453

RESCUE DEVICE FOR CONTAINERS OF DAMAGED CONTAINER SHIPS

Tractebel Overdick GmbH, ...

1. Rescue device for containers (7) with container corners (9) loaded on a damaged ship (110), comprising:at least two crane rails (20, 21) arranged parallel to one another;
a support (20, 21, 22) comprising:
at least one locking mechanism (204,205);
wherein the support is temporarily fastened in a releasable manner by means of the at least one locking mechanism at the containers corners (9) of at least one of the containers (7) fastened on the deck of the damaged ship;
a crane stand (27) with at least four diagonal supports (26) mounted on the crane stand, the at least four diagonal supports are mounted on at least four crane feet (24), which are arranged on one of the crane rails (20, 21)
a crane (50) arranged on the support (20, 21, 22), the crane (50) comprising:
a front support arm (51);
a load cable guided over the front arm support, the load cable section leading away from the support arm (51) is connected to a container (7) to be unloaded, and the length of which can be changed
wherein the at least one locking mechanism of the support is located opposite the crane;
a bolt (271) located on the crane stand and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the at least two crane rails; and
a fork piece (80) of the crane, fitted onto the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,479,452

TOW BODY ARRANGEMENT FOR A TOWABLE DEVICE IN A SONAR SYSTEM

GEOSPECTRUM TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A towable device for towing behind a watercraft comprising:a bridle having a front for connecting to a first tow cable and back for connecting to a second tow cable;
a tow body rotatably coupled to the bridle at a single pivot connection between the front and back of the bridle, the tow body rotatable about the single pivot point relative to the bridle between a recovery position in line with the front of the bridle and the back of the bridle and an approximately vertical position in use.

US Pat. No. 10,479,451

RETRACTABLE ANCHOR FIXTURES

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A retractable anchor fixture for accessories, the retractable anchor fixture being adapted for being movably disposed in a surface aperture in a surface, the retractable anchor fixture comprising:a fixture body;
a fixture base extending from the fixture body, the fixture base including a stopper portion adapted for abutting an edge of the surface aperture;
a first aperture defined by the fixture body, the first aperture being adapted to receive therethrough a portion of an anchor for anchoring a first accessory to the anchor fixture; and
an anchor chamber defined by the fixture body and communicating with the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,479,449

INFLATABLE WATERCRAFT AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

BOTE, LLC, Fort Walton B...

1. An inflatable watercraft comprising:a first inflatable member having a forward end, an aft end, a bottom surface, a top surface and a peripheral side surface between the bottom and top surfaces; and
a second inflatable member having a forward end, an aft end, a bottom surface, a top surface and a peripheral side surface between the bottom and top surfaces, wherein
the bottom surface of the second inflatable member is positioned in contact with the upper surface of the first inflatable member to define a hull and deck which are rigid when both the first and second inflatable members are inflated,
the second inflatable member includes an open space extending from the aft end towards the forward end, and defining a cockpit area when both the first and second inflatable members are inflated, and
the first inflatable member includes an open space extending from the aft end towards the forward end, and together with a portion of the open space of the second inflatable member defining an engine well.

US Pat. No. 10,479,448

SNOWMOBILE HAVING A SNOW GUARD

BRP FINLAND OY, Rovaniem...

1. A snowmobile comprising:a frame having a tunnel;
at least one ski operatively connected to the frame;
a motor supported by the frame;
an endless drive track disposed at least in part below the tunnel and operatively connected to the motor for propulsion of the snowmobile;
a suspension assembly operatively connected to the frame,
the suspension assembly supporting and tensioning the endless drive track, the suspension assembly having a least one rear idler wheel,
the at least one idler wheel defining an idler wheel rotation axis; and
a snow guard connected to the suspension assembly,
the snow guard having a deflector,
the snow guard having a left arm and a right arm connecting the deflector to the rear suspension assembly,
the deflector having a leading edge and a trailing edge,
the leading edge being rearward and upward of the idler wheel rotation axis, and
the trailing edge being rearward and upward of the idler wheel rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,447

POWERTRAIN FOR A PEDAL VEHICLE

E2 DRIVES SA, Louvain-la...

1. A powertrain for a pedal vehicle, the powertrain comprising a first and a second motor, a planetary gearing having a planet carrier, a ring gear and a sun gear, the first motor being connected to the planetary gearing, the powertrain further comprising a crank axle to which the ring gear is connected to create a first input to the planetary gearing, wherein the second motor is mechanically coupled to the crank axle and the first motor is connected to the sun gear, the planet carrier being connected to an output chainring of the powertrain, said first and second motors each having at least one first sensor or at least one second sensor designed to measure the angular position of a rotor on the motor to which the sensors are assigned, said at least one first sensor and said at least one second sensor being connected to a control unit, said powertrain further comprising measuring elements designed to produce current measurement signals that indicate a torque supplied by the first motor and a torque supplied by the second motor, said control unit being configured and operable to regulate the first motor according to an angular position setpoint, and the second motor according to a current or torque setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,479,446

PROPULSION DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE

Newer Commuter, LLC, Bur...

1. A propulsion device for a bicycle, comprising:a mounting assembly for releasably coupling the propulsion device to the bicycle;
a motor;
a power source operably coupled to and selectively providing power to the motor;
a gear assembly coupled to the motor; and
two frictional drive components coupled to the gear assembly, the two frictional drive components being movable between an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, wherein in the engaged configuration the two frictional drive components are frictionally engaged with a side of a wheel of the bicycle such that the wheel is arranged between the two frictional drive components and in the disengaged configuration the two frictional drive components are disengaged from the wheel,
wherein:
when the power source provides power to the motor, the motor drives the gear assembly: (i) to move the two frictional drive components into the engaged configuration, and (ii) to rotate at least one of the two frictional drive components such that rotation of the at least one frictional drive component rotates the wheel of the bicycle, and
the gear assembly comprises:
a gear housing;
a planetary gear assembly coupled to the gear housing and including a ring gear, a sun gear, and a plurality of planet gears; and
one or more drive gears coupled to the at least one of the two frictional drive components, wherein the one or more drive gears are coupled to the planetary gear assembly through the sun gear.

US Pat. No. 10,479,444

CRANK DRIVE APPARATUS FOR POWER ASSISTED BICYCLE

DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.,...

1. A power transmission apparatus configured to drive a wheel of a vehicle, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a shaft extending along an axial direction;
a propelling plate disposed on and rotating with the shaft, wherein the propelling plate has a first surface and at least one first block, the first block is disposed on the first surface, and the first block has a propelling surface;
a first driven plate disposed on the shaft and capable of moving along the axial direction of the shaft, wherein the first driven plate has:
a second surface opposite to the first surface; and
at least one second block disposed on the second surface, wherein the second block has a driven surface, and the driven surface is at least partially opposite to the propelling surface;
a sensor device disposed outside the shaft and close to the first driven plate, wherein the sensor device detects a distance between the sensor device and the second surface;
a second driven plate disposed on the shaft and at a side of the first driven plate opposite to the propelling plate, wherein the second driven plate is fixed relative to the shaft in the axial direction of the shaft, and coupled to the wheel, when driven by the first driven plate, the second driven plate rotates around the shaft; and
a resilient member disposed between the first driven plate and the second driven plate and being compressed to provide a restoring force to move the first driven plate toward the propelling plate;
wherein when the propelling plate does not rotate around the axial direction of the shaft, the restoring force compels the first driven plate to move toward the propelling plate along the axial direction of the shaft to reveal a first distance between the sensor device and the second surface;
wherein when the propelling plate rotates around the axial direction of the shaft, the propelling surface compels the driven surface to make the first driven plate correspondingly rotate and simultaneously move away from the propelling plate along the axial direction of the shaft to reveal a second distance between the sensor device and the second surface, the first distance is different from the second distance, the second driven plate driven by the first driven plate so that the second driven plate rotates to drive the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,442

VEHICLE HAVING AN ELECTRIC DRIVE, IN PARTICULAR AN ELECTRICAL BICYCLE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle operable using at least one of a muscle force and a pedaling force, comprising:an electric drive;
a control unit for actuating the electric drive;
a crankshaft drive having a first crank and a second crank for driving the vehicle;
a first detection device for detecting a cycle time over a predefined crank angle;
a second detection device for detecting a force applied by a driver; and
a third detection device for detecting a first time, during which the force applied by the driver lies above a threshold value, or a second time, during which the force applied by the driver lies below the threshold value;
wherein the control unit is configured to calculate a quotient of the first time and the cycle time, or a quotient of the second time and the cycle time, or a quotient of the first time and the second time, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the electric drive as a function of the calculated quotient.

US Pat. No. 10,479,441

BICYCLE HUB ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Shimano Inc., Sakai, Osa...

1. A bicycle hub assembly, comprising: a hub shell including a braking surface; a hub driver directly or indirectly coupled to a driving member and rotatable in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, wherein the hub driver is rotated in the first direction when a pedal is rotated in a forward travelling direction, and wherein the hub driver is rotated in the second direction when the pedal is rotated in a direction opposite to the forward travelling direction; a coaster brake shoe accommodated in the hub shell to cooperate with the braking surface to generate braking force; and a transmission device arranged inside the hub shell to convey rotation of the hub driver in the first direction to the hub shell at a selected gear ratio, wherein the transmission device includes a motor accommodated in the hub shell and an epicyclic rotor mechanism directly or indirectly coupled to each of the hub driver, the coaster brake shoe, and the motor; the motor is configured to change a gear ratio of a rotation speed of the hub driver to a rotation speed of the hub shell when driving the motor in accordance with pedaling in the forward travelling direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,439

PUMP-ACTION RIDE-ALONG VEHICLE

1. A pump-action ride-along vehicle comprising:a body providing a frame;
a pumper arm pivotably connected to the frame at a pivot point;
a steering arm having one end thereof connected to the pumper arm through a universal joint and having another end thereof connected to a steering mechanism arranged to control a direction of travel of the ride-along vehicle;
a chain assembly connected to an end of the pumper arm, wherein the chain assembly comprises a chain connected to the pumper arm at one end of the chain and rigidly connected to the frame at an opposite end of the chain wherein the chain assembly further comprises a chain mount for rigidly connecting the chain to the frame, a fulcrum pivotably connected to the frame, a chain guide mounted on the fulcrum, and a spring biasing the fulcrum to provide tension to the chain;
a sprocket arranged on an axle and engaging the chain, wherein said sprocket is configured to cause rotation of the axle in response to actuation of the pumper arm and corresponding movement of the chain; and
one or more wheels arranged on the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,438

BICYCLE BRAKE AND SHIFT OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle brake and shift operating device comprising:a base member including a grip portion and a mounting portion being configured to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar;
a brake lever pivotally connected to the base member at a pivot axis, the brake lever including an inward facing surface and an outward facing surface, the inward facing surface facing toward a center plane which perpendicularly extends from a center portion of the bicycle handlebar with respect to a longitudinal direction of the bicycle handlebar when the base member is mounted on the bicycle handlebar;
a first shift switch including a slot and a first operating portion mounted on the inward facing surface of the brake lever, the first shift switch being arranged to electrically control a shifting device, the first operating portion being adjustably arranged in upward and downward directions transverse to an opening direction of the slot in a state where the bicycle brake and shift operating device is mounted to the bicycle handlebar; and
a second shift switch at least partially disposed on the outward facing surface of the brake lever, the second shift switch arranged to electrically control one of the shifting device and an additional shifting device, the second shift switch includes an operating portion at least partially disposed on an outward facing surface of the brake lever, a switching portion disposed completely within the brake lever and coupled to a rearward side of the brake lever, the operating portion being movably mounted to a housing of the switching portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,436

COLLAPSIBLE VEHICLE

Pride Mobility Products C...

1. A foldable scooter comprising:a foldable main frame assembly including a front frame and a rear frame coupled to the front frame at a pivotal connection such that at least one of the front frame and the rear frame is pivotable relative to the other between (i) an open position and (ii) a folded position whereby bottom surfaces of the front and rear frames are drawn toward each other, wherein a portion of the rear frame and a portion of the front frame connected to the portion of the rear frame at the pivotal connection are mutually substantially parallel to a ground plane and support a deck thereon when the main frame assembly is in the open position;
at least one front wheel operably coupled to the front frame;
a tiller coupled to the front frame; and
a seat frame including at least one rear support member and at least one front support member, wherein the at least one front support member is pivotably coupled to the at least one rear support member at a pivot that is fixed relative to the at least one rear support member,
wherein the at least one rear support member is pivotably coupled to the main frame assembly at a rear support pivot that is spaced apart from and independent from the pivotal connection between the front frame and the rear frame, and the at least one front support member is pivotably coupled to the main frame assembly at a front support pivot that is spaced apart from and independent from the pivotal connection between the front frame and the rear frame, such that actuating the frame assembly from the open position to the folded position draws at least a portion of the at least one front support member toward the rear frame and draws at least a portion of the at least one rear support member toward the rear frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,435

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle body frame structure for a saddle riding vehicle comprising:a head section that rotatably supports a steering shaft; and
a main frame extending from the head section toward a rear side of a vehicle body,
wherein a cross section of the main frame in a direction crossing a vehicle body forward/rearward direction is formed in a substantially rectangular shape having a vertical width larger than a lateral width,
a carbon fiber reinforced resin in which carbon fibers are oriented uniformly in the vehicle body forward/rearward direction is installed on at least one of an upper surface and a lower surface of the main frame, and
the carbon fiber reinforced resin is installed on both of the upper surface and the lower surface of the main frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,433

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

Minjal, Inc., New York, ...

1. A toy vehicle apparatus, comprising:a vehicle body, comprising:
an upper surface molded in a shape of a seat comprising a saddle having a laterally widened rear end portion and a narrow front end portion, the upper surface of the body configured to vertically receive a detachable handle projecting upwardly from the upper surface of the body when mounted in the upper surface of the body and configured to form a grip for a rider; and
a bottom surface having four corners and defining a hole at each of the four corners of the bottom surface; and
four wheel assemblies, each of the four wheel assemblies inserted in a respective one of the holes defined by the bottom surface at each of the four corners of the bottom surface, each of the four wheel assemblies comprising:
a rotatable wheel wholly covered by a core circumferentially;
two discs each covering a complete inner radius of the wheel of each side of the wheel;
a cover to receive the rotatable wheel while radially covering half of the wheel;
a bush assembly to receive the cover of the wheel;
the cover comprising of a member protruding upwardly from the cover, the member receiving an upper part of the bush assembly placed on upper portion of the wheel, the bush assembly including two mounts to enable the wheel assembly to be rotatably fitted in one of the holes at the four corners of the bottom surface of the toy vehicle;
a circumference of a first cylindrical end of a first mounting means having an identical circumference of the cover;
a second cylindrical end of the first mounting means circumferentially receiving the first cylindrical end of a second mounting means;
one second cylindrical end of the second mounting means being covered with a circular cap after the wheel assembly is received at corner of the bottom surface of the toy vehicle; and
a means to independently fasten each wheel assembly on the four corners of the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,431

ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT SEAT POST

CRANK BROTHERS, INC., La...

1. An adjustable height seat post for being used in a bicycle comprising a frame including a saddle tube, a handlebar and a saddle including rails, said adjustable height seat post comprising:supporting means connectable to the bicycle frame,
a quill associated with said supporting means and having a head suitable to clamp the rails of the saddle of a bicycle, in the desired position,
hydraulic adjusting means, associated with said supporting means, for lifting or lowering said quill in a desired position selected by the user,
said hydraulic adjusting means comprising a cylindrical chamber inside which a piston assembly is foreseen, and
valve means, suitable to selectively open or close a hydraulic path through said piston assembly for selectively lock or unlock the position of said piston assembly relative to said cylindrical chamber,
said valve means comprising at least a valve body, associated with said piston assembly, which is selectively rotatable from an open position, in which the hydraulic path through said piston assembly is open, to a closed position in which the hydraulic path through said piston assembly is closed,
said hydraulic adjusting means comprising a valve cartridge assembly comprising a piston shaft connected to said piston assembly which, in use, is installed facing downwards and rigidly connected to said supporting means,
said seat post further comprising valve actuation means associated with said supporting means and suitable to selectively rotate said valve body between said open position and said closed position, and
wherein said valve actuation means comprise an actuation rod passing through an axial cavity of said piston shaft, and suitable to selectively rotate said valve body between said open position and said closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,429

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING BUMPER REINFORCEMENT

TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LT...

1. A process for manufacturing a bumper reinforcement having a length, wherein the bumper reinforcement is disposed in front or rear of an automobile body with the length directed in transverse direction of the automobile body, the process comprising:joining a central part and lateral parts of unequal thicknesses to form a planar tailored blank; and
press forming the tailored blank by hot pressing to produce a bumper reinforcement having a length and an M-shaped open cross section,
the bumper reinforcement being curved at end portions of the length toward the open side of the cross section relative to a central portion,
the bumper reinforcement comprising a central narrower section, end wider sections having a larger width than the central narrower section, and intermediate widening sections gradually widening from the central narrower section to the end wider sections, such that after the hot pressing the joints of unequal thicknesses between the central part and the lateral parts are located within the intermediate widening section.

US Pat. No. 10,479,427

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MODULAR COMPONENTS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Rivian IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A modular system for an automotive vehicle configured to permit removal of a removable structural module from and reattachment to an automotive vehicle, the modular system comprising:a vehicle body configured as a unitary body from the most forward end of the body to the most rearward end of the body;
a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels connected to the vehicle body;
a removable structural module; and
a support structure configured to receive and support the removable structural module and to permit the removable structural module to be releasably attached to an automotive vehicle;
a sensing arrangement configured to permit confirmation of secure attachment of the removable structural module to the vehicle and configured to permit identification of a predetermined type of the removable structural module; and
a computer configured to identify the predetermined type of the removable structural module from among multiple possible predetermined types of removable structural modules;
wherein the removable structural module comprises multiple connecting structures that permit the removable structural module to be releasably secured to the automotive vehicle,
wherein the computer is configured to automatically set at the automotive vehicle a predetermined first feature set from among a plurality of predetermined feature sets corresponding to the multiple possible predetermined types of removable structural modules based on the identification of the predetermined type of the removable structural module,
the first predetermined feature set including one or more features selected from a limitation on a maximum permissible acceleration, a firmness of ride of the vehicle, braking sensitivity, a suspension height of a variable suspension, and sport handling.

US Pat. No. 10,479,424

TOOL STORAGE DEVICE USED IN A VEHICLE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A tool storage device configured for use with a vehicle floor of a vehicle comprising:a first member configured to store tools and made of a first material; and
a second member receiving the first member to be arranged below the vehicle floor and having a plate shape configured to extend along a floor surface of the vehicle floor, the second member made of a second material different from the first material, wherein
when a spare tire is disposed below the vehicle floor within an opening of a storage recess of the vehicle, the second member is configured to be opposite to a tire main body of the spare tire.

US Pat. No. 10,479,421

PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A protection system for a work vehicle, comprising:a rear portion non-rotatably coupled to a chassis of the work vehicle;
a top portion coupled to a cab of the work vehicle such that at least part of the top portion is positioned above the cab of the work vehicle relative to a ground surface,
wherein a first height of a maximum vertical extent of the top portion relative to the ground surface is substantially equal to a second height of a maximum vertical extent of the rear portion relative to the ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,420

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MOVABLE WINDOW IN A VEHICLE

INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC, Tr...

1. A body frame of a vehicle, comprising:a rear wall extending between a pair of pillars of the body frame;
a reinforcement beam that is spaced from the rear wall to define a gap, the reinforcement beam having an inner reinforcement and an outer reinforcement secured to each other, wherein the reinforcement beam extends between the pair of pillars of the body frame;
a rear window opening partially defined by the rear wall and the reinforcement beam; and
wherein the body frame is configured for use with either a fixed window or a moving window, wherein the fixed window when secured to the body frame is fixedly secured to the reinforcement beam and the rear wall and the fixed window has an overmolding located about a periphery of the fixed window and a bottom portion of the overmolding traverses the gap and wherein the moving window when secured to the body frame moves in the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,479,418

CARGO SYSTEMS FOR USE WITH VEHICLES, SUCH AS AUTONOMOUS DELIVERY VEHICLES

UDELV INC., Burlingame, ...

1. A cargo pod for use with an autonomous vehicle, the cargo pod comprising:a framework at least partially defining a cargo space;
first and second horizontal doors operably coupled to the framework, wherein each of the horizontal doors are individually movable relative to the cargo space along a first axis; and
first and second vertical doors operably coupled to the framework, wherein each of the vertical doors are individually movable relative to the cargo space along a second axis, different than the first axis, and wherein—
the first and second vertical doors and the first and second horizontal doors together define an aperture that provides access to the cargo space, and
the first and second vertical doors and the first and second horizontal doors are movable to vary the position and size of the aperture relative to the cargo space.

US Pat. No. 10,479,415

VEHICULAR PANEL STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular panel structure comprising:an inner panel disposed on an inner side of a vehicle;
an outer panel disposed on an outer side of the inner panel, having a linear expansion coefficient different from a linear expansion coefficient of the inner panel, and having an adhesive surface joined by an adhesive to an adhesive surface of the inner panel; and
an affixed member affixed to a part of the adhesive surface of the inner panel or the adhesive surface of the outer panel, the affixed member being configured to adhere less to the adhesive than to the adhesive surface of the inner panel or the adhesive surface of the outer panel to which the affixed member is affixed, wherein:
the inner panel and the outer panel constitute a door of the vehicle; and
the affixed member is disposed in a lower end portion of the door in an up-down direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,414

VEHICLE FRAME BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD AND VEHICLE FRAME STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle frame structure comprising:a frame member being a single member and having an elongated shape and a chamber structure, the frame member being formed with a bend section and having a bent axis; and
a reinforcing member placed at a portion of the frame member, the portion being in a length direction of the frame member and within the frame member;
the frame member including:
a first wall that extends along the length direction of the frame member and that forms a bent face outer circumference of the bend section, and
a second wall that extends along the length direction of the frame member and that forms a bent face inner circumference of the bend section; and the reinforcing member including:
a first reinforcing portion that is placed along an inside face of the first wall and that includes a first pressure joined portion pressure joined to the inside face of the first wall at a location forming the bend section,
a second reinforcing portion that is placed along an inside face of the second wall and that includes a second pressure joined portion pressure joined to the inside face of the second wall at a location forming the bend section, and
a linking portion that links the first reinforcing portion and the second reinforcing portion together, wherein:
the first wall and the second wall are disposed at a top and a bottom of the frame member;
the frame member further includes:
an outer wall that links a vehicle outer end of the first wall and a vehicle outer end of the second wall together in a vehicle vertical direction,
an inner wall that links a vehicle inner end of the first wall and a vehicle inner end of the second wall together in the vehicle vertical direction,
a first step portion that is formed at an inner wall side of the first wall and that faces a vehicle outer side, and
a second step portion that is formed at an inner wall side of the second wall and that faces the vehicle outer side; and
a vehicle inner end of the first reinforcing portion is abutted by the first step portion, a vehicle inner end of the second reinforcing portion is abutted by the second step portion, and the linking portion links a vehicle outer end of the first reinforcing portion and a vehicle outer end of the second reinforcing portion together in the vehicle vertical direction and is placed along an inside face of the outer wall of the frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,413

VEHICLE FLOOR AND SUBASSEMBLIES THEREOF

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A sill assembly for a vehicle comprising:an energy-absorbing region that is elongated in a fore-aft direction and includes an inboard subregion and an outboard subregion, wherein the outboard subregion is arranged outboard of and proximate to the inboard subregion; and
a force-spreading region that is elongated in the fore-aft direction and is arranged outboard of and proximate to the energy-absorbing region and spreads force from outboard loading to the energy-absorbing region,
wherein in along the fore-aft direction, the force-spreading region has greater inboard compressive strength than the outboard subregion, and the outboard subregion has greater inboard compressive strength than the inboard subregion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,410

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:a power train disposed in a front portion of a vehicle and including an engine and a continuously variable transmission arranged in parallel in a vehicle width direction;
a side member disposed on an outer side of the power train in the vehicle width direction and extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a suspension member disposed below the side member; and
a load transmission member attached to at least one of the side member and the suspension member;
the continuously variable transmission being disposed on a load transmission member side of the power train,
the continuously variable transmission includes a transmission pulley,
the load transmission member comprising a load-receiving portion that projects farther on the outer side in the vehicle width direction than a side surface of the side member or the suspension member on the outer side in the vehicle width direction, and the load-receiving portion that receives a load towards a rear of the vehicle, and a load transmission portion that is joined to the load-receiving portion and that transmits the load received by the load-receiving portion to the transmission pulley of the continuously variable transmission, and
the transmission pulley overlapping with the load transmission portion in the vehicle width direction as viewed from in front of the vehicle, and being arranged in a position overlapping in a height direction with the load transmission member as viewed from a side of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,407

METAL PIPE AND STRUCTURAL MEMBER USING METAL PIPE FOR VEHICLE

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A metal pipe comprising a quadrangular cross section and further comprising:a pair of side walls facing each other;
a top portion connected to an upper edge of each of the pair of side walls; and
a bottom portion connected to a lower edge of each of the pair of side walls,
the metal pipe having a dimension six times a height H of a higher one of the pair of side walls or more as measured in a longitudinal direction of the metal pipe,
each of the pair of side walls including:
a high-strength portion having a dimension not less than ?H and not more than 3H as measured in the longitudinal direction of the metal pipe, the high-strength portions forming opposite portions of the pair of side walls, each high-strength portion having a yield strength not less than 500 MPa, and
a pair of low-strength portions sandwiching each of the high-strength portions as determined along the longitudinal direction of the metal pipe, each of the pair of low-strength portions having a yield strength of 60 to 85% of that of the high-strength portion, wherein a dimension of each of the low-strength portions as measured in the longitudinal direction of the metal pipe is 3/5H or more.

US Pat. No. 10,479,405

MOUNTING BRACKET FOR A COMPOSITE TRUCK BODY FLOOR

WABASH NATIONAL, L.P., L...

1. A cargo vehicle comprising:a chassis having at least one longitudinal rail coupled to a motorized truck;
a cargo body coupled to the chassis and including a floor for supporting cargo, the floor of the cargo body having at least one longitudinal composite support beam that extends from a lower surface of the floor; and
at least one mounting apparatus coupling the longitudinal rail of the chassis to the longitudinal composite support beam of the floor of the cargo body, the mounting apparatus comprising:
a support beam coupler adhesively bonded to the longitudinal composite support beam;
at least one connector comprising a plurality of legs and coupled to the support beam coupler, at least a portion of the connector being positioned between a bottom surface of the longitudinal composite support beam and an inner surface of the support beam coupler; and
a chassis rail bracket coupled to the at least one connector beneath the longitudinal rail of the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,403

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle driving assistance system for assisting a driver in driving a vehicle, comprising:a sensor positioned to acquire forward information for an own vehicle;
a turning intention receiver comprising one of a turn signal lever, a switch, or a voice recognition device to receive an intention of the driver to turn the own vehicle to the right or the left;
a steering-force motor coupled to a steering shaft of the vehicle to apply a steering force to a wheel of the vehicle; and
an assistance processing executing device comprising a computer programmed to function as:
a traveling track identifying portion that identifies a traveling track of a preceding vehicle that travels ahead of the own vehicle, based on the forward information acquired by the sensor;
a preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the preceding vehicle to the right or the left;
an own vehicle turning recognizing portion that recognizes turning of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the own vehicle, based on the intention of the driver received by the turning intention receiver; and
a steering-force control portion that executes a steering-force control in turning in which the steering-force motor applies, to the wheel, the steering force for assisting the turning of the own vehicle along the traveling track of the preceding vehicle identified by the traveling track identifying portion, when the turning of the preceding vehicle recognized by the preceding vehicle turning recognizing portion is turning at an intersection that is present on a traveling path of the own vehicle and a direction of the turning of the preceding vehicle at the intersection coincides with the direction of the turning of the own vehicle recognized by the own vehicle turning recognizing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,402

METHOD FOR SUPPLYING AN INDUCTIVE LOAD

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A method for supplying power to an inductive load comprising:an H-bridge switching structure coupled to a positive power supply and to an electrical ground and including a first, a second, a third and a fourth switch that are distributed over two branches of the H-bridge, said four switches being positioned with respect to said inductive load such that closing a first pair of switches formed by the first and third switches allows a current to flow through the inductive load in a forward direction, and that closing a second pair of switches, comprising the second and fourth switches, allows a current to flow through the inductive load in a reverse direction,
current measurement means designed to measure a current through each switch,the power supply method comprising:a) supplying power to the inductive load for a first given duration by way of the first pair of switches or of the second pair of switches,
b) reducing an accumulated current in the inductive load after the step of supplying power to the inductive load, for a second given duration, by closing a third pair of switches formed by the second and third switches, or by closing a fourth pair of switches, formed by the first and fourth switches,the method further comprising upon detection of an anomaly by way of the current measurement means during step a) or step b):c) identifying the switch out of the four switches that caused the circuit break,
d) identifying whether the anomaly was detected during step a) or step b),
if the anomaly is detected in step a):
h) performing step b) with another pair of switches for a third duration,
i) identifying the origin of the anomaly,
if the anomaly is detected in step b):
j) identifying the origin of the anomaly.

US Pat. No. 10,479,401

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FRICTION IN A POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A steering system comprising:a steering gear;
a sensor operative to measure acceleration of the steering gear during a change in the steering angle and to generate a sensor signal representing structure-borne noise associated with said steering gear; and
a control unit operative to compare the sensor signal with a threshold value and to detect a fault state if the sensor signal is larger than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,479,400

USE OF THE POWER STEERING TO COMPENSATE FOR THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS INTRODUCED BY A LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A power steering system comprising:a first wheel and a second wheel coupled to each other;
a limited slip differential coupling the first wheel and the second wheel, the limited slip differential being configured to transmit a driving torque to the first wheel and to the second wheel, the limited slip differential being configured to automatically activate a blocking mode in response to (i) a loss of synchronism between the first wheel and the second wheel or (ii) a loss of adhesion of either the first wheel or the second wheel, the blocking mode being a mode of the limited slip differential that transfers a majority of the driving torque to a slowest spinning wheel of the first wheel and the second wheel;
a steering mechanism configured to manipulate the first wheel and the second wheel such that a steering angle of each of the first wheel and the second wheel is changed;
an assist motor in communication with the steering mechanism; and
a processor controlling the assist motor, the processor being configured to:
determine an assist setpoint based on forces induced on the steering mechanism by the blocking mode of the limited slip differential,
apply the determined assist setpoint to the assist motor such that the assist motor counteracts the forces induced on the steering mechanism,
generate corrective anti-feedbacks that oppose disturbing force components caused by changes in the transfer of the majority of the driving torque between the first wheel and the second wheel, the generated corrective anti-feedbacks including a derivative component calculated by multiplying a value of a time derivative of a steering wheel torque exerted on the steering mechanism at a steering wheel by a derivative gain,
generate return corrective components that, when the steering wheel is rotated so as to form a non-zero steering wheel angle relative to a central position corresponding to a straight-line trajectory, forces a return of the steering wheel to the central position, the generated return corrective components counteracting the disturbing force components, which reduce a self-aligning torque of the first and second wheels,
determine and set a return setpoint by multiplying an angular deviation by an open-loop return gain, the angular deviation being defined as a difference between an instantaneous angular position of the steering wheel and a central angular position of the steering wheel, and
define a return angular speed setpoint of the steering wheel, and adapt, in real time, the determined assist setpoint applied to the assist motor so that an actual return angular speed of the steering wheel follows the return angular speed setpoint of the steering wheel, wherein the return speed setpoint increases, in absolute value, with an angular deviation defined as the difference between the instantaneous angular position of the steering wheel and the central angular position of the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,399

REDUNDANT GEAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE STEERING COLUMN AND METHOD

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A redundant gear assembly for a steering column comprising:a gear operatively coupled to a steering column component;
a first set of gear teeth on the gear;
a second set of gear teeth on the gear;
a first motor driving a first gear input component, the first gear input component in meshed engagement with the first set of gear teeth to provide a first steering assist torque that is representative of a desired steering assist torque in a primary operating mode of the redundant gear assembly; and
a second motor driving a second gear input component, the second gear input component in meshed engagement with the second set of gear teeth to provide a second steering assist torque in a redundant operating mode of the redundant gear assembly, the second motor not driving the second gear input component in the primary operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,479,398

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An integrated electric power steering apparatus having an electric motor that generates assist torque corresponding to steering torque produced by a vehicle driver and a control unit that controls the electric motor, the electric motor and the control unit being integrally fixed to each other,wherein the control unit is configured as a module comprising:
an inverter circuit including two or more switching devices that each supply an electric current to the electric motor;
a CPU that outputs command signals to the inverter circuit;
a wiring board on which at least the inverter circuit and the CPU are directly mounted;
a housing that contains the wiring board; and
respective connectors that are provided on the housing and connect a power source apparatus and a sensor for detecting the operation state of the vehicle, which are provided outside the control unit, with the control unit,
wherein the control unit configured as the module is integrally fixed to the electric motor in the axel direction of the electric motor,
wherein the wiring board is contained in the housing in such a way that the surface thereof is perpendicular to the axel direction,
wherein the housing has wiring members to be connected with respective winding terminals of the electric motor,
wherein each of the wiring members is disposed inside the housing in such a way as to extend in the axel direction,
wherein the wiring members penetrates the wiring board comprising respective wiring strip conductors and are welded to the respective winding terminals, and
wherein the winding terminal of the electric motor extends to the outside of the housing and is connected with the wiring member at the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,396

STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering system comprising:an upper jacket movable in an axial direction, the upper jacket including a first axial end and a second axial end, the first axial end being connected with a steering member;
a lower jacket fitted to the second axial end of the upper jacket;
a first toothed member secured to the upper jacket, the first toothed member being configured to move together with the upper jacket, the first toothed member including first teeth arranged in the axial direction;
a second toothed member including second teeth configured to mesh with the first teeth, the second toothed member being configured to change its position between a meshing position where the first teeth mesh with the second teeth and a meshing releasing position where the first teeth do not mesh with the second teeth;
a facing member configured to move together with the upper jacket, the facing member facing, from the first axial end, the second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position;
a rupturable member supported by the lower jacket, the rupturable member being disposed through the second toothed member, the rupturable member being rupturable by an impact received by the second toothed member from the first toothed member or the facing member and transmitted to the rupturable member; and
an impact absorbing member configured to deform so as to absorb an impact received by the second toothed member, wherein
the second toothed member located at the meshing position receives an impact from the first toothed member so as to collide against the impact absorbing member after rupture of the rupturable member and deform the impact absorbing member, and
the second toothed member located at the meshing releasing position receives an impact from the facing member so as to cause rupture of the rupturable member and deformation of the impact absorbing member to occur concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,479,395

STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering system, comprising:an upper jacket to which a steering member is connected at one end in a column axis direction;
a lower jacket externally fitted to the other end of the upper jacket in the column axis direction in a slidable manner;
a support member including a fixed portion that is fixed to a vehicle body, and configured to support the lower jacket; and
a shock absorbing mechanism configured to absorb a shock of a secondary collision, the shock absorbing mechanism including a slide member configured to move together with the upper jacket, and to frictionally slide relative to the support member upon the secondary collision, wherein
the slide member includes:
a sandwiched portion that is sandwiched between the support member and the lower jacket; and
a transmitting portion that is formed integrally with the sandwiched portion, and is brought into contact with both of the lower jacket and the support member at a position closer to the fixed portion than the sandwiched portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,394

STEERING DEVICE OF VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A steering device of a vehicle, the steering device comprising:a column housing supported on a vehicle body;
a column tube supported to be movable in an axial direction with respect to the column housing and configured to accommodate a steering shaft; and
a telescopic mechanism configured to drive the column tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction,
wherein the column tube includes
an outer tube configured to accommodate the steering shaft and support the steering shaft to be rotatable around an axis of the steering shaft, and
an inner tube accommodated in the outer tube and configured to hold the outer tube at a predetermined position in a normal state, and
the column tube is configured to allow a relative movement of the outer tube with respect to the inner tube in the axial direction when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is applied to the steering shaft, and
the telescopic mechanism includes
a holding member supported by the inner tube, and
a driving mechanism connected to the holding member and supported by the column housing to drive the holding member in the axial direction, and
the telescopic mechanism is configured to drive the inner tube and the outer tube with respect to the column housing in the axial direction by the driving mechanism,
the outer tube has an opening that allows the holding member to move in the axial direction, and the holding member is inserted through the opening to be connected to the driving mechanism, and
the holding member is inserted through one side of the inner tube and is supported by another side of the inner tube to be connected to the driving mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,479,392

VEHICLE LOWER PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle lower portion structure comprising:a suspension member including a pair of left and right under front side members that extend in a vehicle front-rear direction, a cross member that extends in a vehicle transverse direction and connects the under front side members, and a steering gear box that extends in the vehicle transverse direction and is formed integrally with the cross member; and
an under front bumper reinforcement that extends in the vehicle transverse direction and is installed between front end portions of the pair of left and right under front side members,
wherein the under front bumper is installed between the front end portions of the pair of left and right under front side members via crash boxes.

US Pat. No. 10,479,389

COLLAPSIBLE SEAT ASSEMBLY AND A STROLLER WITH THE SAME

WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG...

1. A collapsible seat assembly mounted on a frame of a stroller which is operable between folded and unfolded states, comprising:a joint member;
a backrest support member having a backrest pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member;
a leg support member having a leg pivot portion which is pivotably mounted on said joint member such that said collapsible seat assembly is operable between a folded position, where said backrest support member is proximate to said leg support member, and an unfolded position, where said backrest support member is distal from said leg support member;
a locking mechanism disposed between said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion, and operable between a locking position, where said backrest pivot portion is retained to said leg pivot portion so as to hold said collapsible seat assembly in the unfolded position, and an unlocking position, where said backrest pivot portion is movable relative to said leg pivot portion so as to permit movement of said collapsible seat assembly to the unfolded position, said locking mechanism being actuated to move from the locking position to the unlocking position by changing the frame of the stroller from the unfolded state to the folded state, said locking mechanism including a first locking member which is slidable relative to said joint member and which is disposed to retainingly engage both said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the locking position, and to be disengaged from one of said backrest pivot portion and said leg pivot portion in the unlocking position, said locking mechanism further including a second locking member which is disposed to be slidable relative to said backrest pivot portion, said second locking member having a plurality of retaining grooves which are angularly displaced from each other about a central axis; and
an angle adjusting mechanism which includes a retaining member that is disposed to be engaged in a selected one of said retaining grooves so as to retain an angular position of said backrest support member relative to said second locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,387

TRANSPORTING DEVICE THAT CAN BE MOVED BY HAND

1. A transporting device that can be moved by hand and stacked in stacks of identical devices, comprising a first carrying device and comprising a second carrying device arranged above the first carrying device, wherein the first carrying device has two side walls and a pivotable rear wall and the second carrying device has two side walls and a pivotable rear wall and wherein the first carrying device is wider than the second carrying device, wherein the first carrying device has two first fixing means emerging from its side walls, on which a respective handle device is fixed, and the second carrying device has two second fixing means, which connect the second carrying device to the first carrying device, in that between the two handle devices there is formed a gap which is used by the second carrying device of a rear transporting device when the latter is pushed into a transporting device located in front, and in that in the stacked condition of two transporting devices their first carrying devices on the one hand and their second carrying devices on the other hand are partly pushed into each other, wherein the second carrying device is connected with the aid of its second fixing means to the two handle devices,wherein the handle devices are positioned between the side walls of the first carrying device.

US Pat. No. 10,479,385

MOTORIZED HANDLING TRUCK

R.S.A. Concept, Brussels...

1. Truck-type handling truck with a chassis and a back, and a low section, a nose plate attachment and two wheels, characterized in that it includes:a motor unit (60) mounted to the chassis (10) and having an electric motor (61) connected to a differential transmission (62) with two lateral output shafts (621),
two track modules (50), each connected to a shaft (521) of the motor unit (60) and mounted to swivel about this shaft independently, between a position aligned on the chassis and a deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,383

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LEVEL CROSSING

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A system for controlling a level crossing between a railway track and a road, the system comprising:at least one first couple of transmitter devices and at least one second couple of transmitter devices located in proximity of a level crossing area on a first side of the railway track;
at least one first couple of receiver devices and at least one second couple of receiver devices located in proximity of the level crossing area on a second side of the railway track opposite to the first side where the transmitter devices are located,
the first couple of transmitter devices and receiver devices being located on a first side of the road and the second couple of transmitter devices and receiver devices being located on a second side of the road opposite to the first side where the first couples of transmitter devices and receiver devices are located, and
a control unit arranged to send and receive signals from said couples of transmitter device and receiver devices so as to detect the presence of a train in correspondence of the level crossing area,
wherein
each couple of transmitter devices is arranged to transmit towards the couples of receiver devices a first beam going from a first transmitter device towards a corresponding first receiver device of the couple of receiver devices located on the same side of the road where the couple of transmitter devices is located, and a second beam going respectively from a second transmitter device towards an opposite second receiver device of the couple of receiver devices located on the side of the road opposite to the side where the couple of transmitter devices is located, and
the control unit is arranged to activate the sending of at least one second beam and to send a warning message and/or close bars of the level crossing upon interruption of at least one first beam due to the presence of the train on the railway track,
wherein for each couple of transmitter devices:
the control unit is arranged to send to the first transmitter device a first activation signal so that said first transmitter device start sending the first beam;
the associated first receiver device is arranged to send to the control unit a first alarm signal upon interruption of the corresponding first beam, so that the control unit sends to at least one second transmitter device a second activation signal and sends a warning message and/or closes bars of the level crossing;
the second transmitter device is arranged to send the second beam towards the associated second receiver device upon reception of said second activation signal;
the second receiver device is arranged to send to the control unit a second alarm signal upon interruption of the corresponding second beam, so that the control unit is informed of a further approach of the train into the level crossing area.

US Pat. No. 10,479,382

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A COMMUNICATION STATUS OF LOCOMOTIVES IN A DISTRIBUTED POWER SYSTEM

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining a communication status in a train consist operating in a distributed power system, the train consist comprising a lead locomotive and a plurality of remote locomotives, the method comprising:(a) transmitting a command message from the lead locomotive to the plurality of remote locomotives, wherein each remote locomotive of the plurality of remote locomotives comprises a message source indicator and a message source counter;
(b) for each remote locomotive of the plurality of remote locomotives that receives the command message directly from the lead locomotive:
(i) setting the message source indicator of the remote locomotive to a first state representative of a direct receipt of the command message;
(ii) incrementing the message source counter for each response message received by the remote locomotive at different times from other remote locomotives in which the respective message source indicator is set to the first state;
(iii) generating a response message comprising a value of the message source indicator and a value of the message source counter; and
(iv) transmitting the response message;
(c) for each remote locomotive of the plurality of remote locomotives that receives the command message transmitted from at least one other remote locomotive but does not receive the command message directly from the lead locomotive:
(i) setting the message source indicator of the remote locomotive to a second state representative of an indirect receipt of the command message;
(ii) incrementing the message source counter for each response message received by the remote locomotive from other remote locomotives in which the respective message source indicator is set to the first state;
(iii) generating a response message comprising a value of the message source indicator and a value of the message source counter; and
(iv) transmitting the response message; and
(d) determining, on the lead locomotive, a train-wide communication status based at least partially on each response message received by the lead locomotive.

US Pat. No. 10,479,378

ABERRANT DRIVER CLASSIFICATION AND REPORTING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by one or more processors from one or more sensors of a first vehicle, information of a second vehicle obtained by the one or more sensors;
determining, by the one or more processors, that an instance of aberrant driving of the second vehicle has occurred using one or more classifiers; and
generating, by the one or more processors, a warning message that identifies the second vehicle based on the information received from the one or more sensors,
wherein the determining that the instance has occurred using the one or more classifiers comprises:
determining a risk parameter using the one or more classifiers, the risk parameter indicating a possibility that the instance of aberrant driving occurs within a predetermined window of time;
determining that the instance occurs in an event that the risk parameter is greater than a predetermined value; and
incrementally decreasing a value of the risk parameter over a period of time such that, after passage of a predetermined amount of time, the value of the risk parameter is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,479,377

DRIVE ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND CENTER

DENSON CORPORATION, Kari...

1. A drive assistance system comprising:an onboard device that is mounted on a vehicle performing automatic driving based on sensing information detected by a sensor of the vehicle, wherein each of a plurality of vehicles performing automatic driving includes the onboard device and the sensor; and
a center that communicates with the onboard device,
wherein:
the onboard device includes a sensing information acquisition portion that acquires the sensing information detected by the sensor;
either the onboard device or the center includes an evaluation portion that evaluates a detection performance of the sensor based on the sensing information acquired by the sensing information acquisition portion;
the center includes a region specification portion that specifies a decrease region where the detection performance of the sensor decreases based on the detection performance of the sensors and positions at which the sensing information has been detected by each of the sensors; and
the onboard device stops the automatic driving when the vehicle is located in the decrease region specified by the region specification portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,376

DYNAMIC SENSOR SELECTION FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A self-driving vehicle (SDV) comprising:a plurality of sensors generating sensor data indicative one or more views of a surrounding area of the SDV; and
a control system to execute instructions that cause the control system to:
detect one or more conditions relating to an operation of the SDV;
select a set of sensors from the plurality of sensors based on performance characteristics of each of the plurality of sensors associated with the detected one or more conditions; and
prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control one or more aspects relating to the operation of the SDV based on the performance characteristics of each of the plurality of sensors in the detected one or more conditions relating to the operation of the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,479,375

AUTONOMOUSLY PERFORMING DEFAULT OPERATIONS BASED ON CURRENT OPERATING CONTEXTS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of autonomous operation of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by the vehicle currently operating autonomously, a current context in which the vehicle is operating autonomously;
determining, by the vehicle currently operating autonomously and based on the current context, one of a plurality of operations to perform when the vehicle is unable to continue to operate autonomously and unable to transfer control of the vehicle to an occupant, wherein the determined one of the plurality of operations includes selecting, from a plurality of companion vehicles, and based at least in part on a safety profile associated with each of the plurality of companion vehicles, a companion vehicle traveling along with the vehicle that is available to take control of the vehicle and transferring control to the companion vehicle; and
performing, by the vehicle, the determined one of the plurality of operations to select the companion vehicle and transfer control to the companion vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,372

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive a current yaw rate value, a current steering angle value, and a current lateral acceleration value detected by a detection device;
an estimator configured to obtain an estimated lateral acceleration value of lateral acceleration estimation model information on the basis of the received current yaw rate value and current steering angle value;
a determiner configured to determine that the current lateral acceleration value is abnormal when the received current lateral acceleration value is not equal to the estimated lateral acceleration value of the lateral acceleration estimation model information; and
a controller configured to receive the current yaw rate value, the current steering angle value, and the current lateral acceleration value, deliver an estimation command to the estimator, and deliver a determination command to the determiner.

US Pat. No. 10,479,371

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING DRIVER DISTRACTION BASED ON JERK AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for determining driver distraction based on a jerk, the apparatus comprising:a jerk calculating processor configured to calculate a lateral jerk of a vehicle based on driving information collected when the vehicle is traveling;
an exception event detecting processor configured to detect an exception event defining a situation where the lateral jerk occurs during normal driving, based on the collected driving information; and
a determining processor configured to detect oversteering of the vehicle by comparing the calculated lateral jerk with a reference value and to determine a driver distraction based on the detected oversteering and exception event,
wherein the driving information comprises a lateral acceleration, and the jerk calculation processor is configured to:
calculate a difference value between a first low frequency signal of the lateral acceleration at a first predetermined time and a second low frequency signal of the lateral acceleration at a second predetermined time,
divide the difference value by a sampling time, and
calculate the lateral jerk therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,479,370

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTHORIZING A USER TO OPERATE A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A system for authorizing a user to operate a vehicle, comprising:a first image capturing device disposed outside the vehicle to capture a first image of the user;
a second image capturing device disposed inside the vehicle to capture a second image of the user;
an identification device to compare the first image with a first stored user image in a database, generate a first output, and upload the first image to the database as a second stored user image if a matching degree of the first image with the first stored user image is greater than a first threshold, compare the second image with the second stored user image, and generate a second output if a matching degree of the second image and the second stored user image is larger than a second threshold; and
a first operation execution device to perform a first vehicle operation upon the first output and a second operation execution device to perform a second vehicle operation upon the second output.

US Pat. No. 10,479,369

ENHANCED DRIVER ATTENTION MODULE FOR DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, K...

1. Method for use in a driving assistance system (100) of a motor vehicle, the method comprising:receiving (S210), by a driver attention module of the driving assistance system (100), information from at least one input source, the information comprising at least one indicator indicating a current attention of a driver of the motor vehicle, the at least one input source comprising an electronic device, and wherein information about a current use, by the driver, of the electronic device is transmitted to the driver attention module (110), the information about the current use of the electronic device comprising frequency of use and duration of use, and wherein the current use reduces a degree of attention;
deciding (S220), based on the current attention, whether the driving assistance system is to interfere in a current driving operation of the motor vehicle; and
triggering (S230) a signal, by the driver attention module (110), based on the decision.

US Pat. No. 10,479,365

AUTOMOBILE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AUTOMOBILE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An automobile, comprising:a motor;
a transmission including an input shaft connected to the motor and an output shaft coupled to driving wheels, the transmission being configured to transmit power, and the transmission being configured to change shift gears between the input shaft and the output shaft; and
an electronic control unit being configured to control the motor and the transmission,
the electronic control unit being configured to control the motor such that a torque applied to the input shaft does not exceed an upper limit torque,
the electronic control unit being configured to set so as to restrict the upper limit torque from a first torque to a second torque smaller than the first torque, and
the electronic control unit being configured to set so as to return the upper limit torque from the second torque to the first torque at a relatively slower rate of increase of the upper limit torque when a first condition is met before the upper limit torque is returned to the first torque as compared to a relatively higher rate of increase of the upper limit torque when the first condition is not met before the upper limit torque is returned to the first torque, the first condition being a condition that a driver is assumed to have felt a decrease in driving force output to the driving wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,479,364

ENGINE POWER SUPPRESSING DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An engine power suppressing device comprising:a controller which controls an operation of a power changing element which changes engine power for driving a vehicle; and
an environment sensor which detects an environment parameter indicating an environment in which the vehicle is used,
wherein the controller determines whether or not a power suppressing condition, in which a vehicle state of the vehicle is a state in which a driving power transmitted to a drive wheel is excessively large and the engine power is to be suppressed, is met,
wherein in a case where the controller determines that the power suppressing condition is met,
the controller sets a suppressing value for the power changing element to suppress the engine power, and compensates the suppressing value based on the environment parameter detected by the environment sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,363

DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving assist apparatus comprising:a lane recognition section which obtains an own lane width which is a length in a lateral direction of an own lane which is a lane in which an own vehicle is traveling, and an own lane deviation which is a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said own lane;
a target detection section which detects targets present around said own vehicle and obtains a target lateral position which is a position of each of said targets in the lateral direction in relation to said own vehicle; and
a control execution section which executes a lane change assist control for assisting, by controlling a turn angle of turnable wheels of said own vehicle, a lane change from an original lane which is said own lane at a point when said lane change is started to a target lane which is a lane adjacent to said original lane, said control execution section executing said lane change assist control when said control execution section determines that said lane change does not cause a collision with a target lane other vehicle which is another vehicle travelling in said target lane, said target lane other vehicle being extracted from among said detected targets on the basis of said target lateral position and said own lane deviation, wherein
during execution of said lane change assist control, said control execution section executes at least one of a first extraction process of extracting said target lane other vehicle on the basis of said target lateral position and a value obtained by subtracting said own lane width from said own lane deviation and a second extraction process of extracting said target lane other vehicle on the basis of said target lateral position and a value obtained by adding said own lane width to said own lane deviation, said control execution section executing said first extraction process when said own lane deviation increases by said own lane width due to occurrence of own lane switching in which said own lane deviation obtained by said lane recognition section switches from a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said original lane to a separation amount of said own vehicle from a lateral center of said target lane, and said control execution section executing said second extraction process when said own lane deviation decreases by said own lane width due to occurrence of said own lane switching.

US Pat. No. 10,479,362

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM, AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. An autonomous driving assistance system, comprising:a processor programmed to:
obtain lane information of a road on which a vehicle is traveling;
set a planned target section for which a lane change plan of the vehicle is to be created;
obtain, for each lane, a plurality of obstructive factors that are present on the road on which the vehicle is traveling and that obstruct continuation of autonomous driving assistance executed on the vehicle;
set, for each obtained obstructive factor, an avoidance route that passes through a lane avoiding the obstructive factor;
set, for each obtained obstructive factor, a level of influence defining a degree to which the obstructive factor affects continuation of the autonomous driving assistance;
create a lane change route that defines the lane change plan of the vehicle in the planned target section based on the level of influence set for the obtained obstructive factor and that is set so as to preferentially pass through the avoidance route set for each obtained obstructive factor; and
execute the autonomous driving assistance of the vehicle based on the lane change route.

US Pat. No. 10,479,361

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BRAKING OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling braking of a vehicle, comprising:determining, by a first controller, a required deceleration based on a running state of other vehicle ahead;
determining, by the first controller, a maximum value of a maximum creep torque of a motor and a maximum creep torque of a battery as an amount of available creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a smaller value of a required deceleration and the amount of available creep torque as the creep torque;
determining, by the first controller, a motor torque based on the creep torque;
performing, by a second controller, regenerative braking by controlling the motor so as to follow the determined motor torque;
calculating, by the first controller, a deceleration torque based on the creep torque and calculating an amount of hydraulic braking based on the deceleration torque; and
performing, by a third controller, hydraulic braking according to the calculated hydraulic braking amount.

US Pat. No. 10,479,358

IN-LANE DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-lane driving assist apparatus for a vehicle, the in-lane driving assist apparatus comprising a processor configured to:perform a lane keep assist control including controlling a steering assist torque of a steering mechanism in order to maintain a traveling position of a vehicle near a target traveling line;
perform a lane departure suppression control including controlling the steering assist torque of the steering mechanism in order to avoid the vehicle departing out of a traveling lane, the steering assist torque including a torque component that orients the vehicle in a direction parallel to the traveling lane;
when an angle between a vehicle direction and the direction parallel to the traveling lane is above a predetermined angle value during the lane keep assist control, perform the lane departure suppression control instead of performing the lane keep assist control; and
when the angle between the vehicle direction and the direction parallel to the traveling lane is the predetermined angle value or less, perform the lane keep assist control instead of performing the lane departure suppression control.

US Pat. No. 10,479,356

ROAD SEGMENT SIMILARITY DETERMINATION

Lyft, Inc., San Francisc...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:determining, by a computing system, a road segment;
determining, by the computing system, a set of features associated with the road segment based at least in part on data captured by one or more sensors of a vehicle;
determining, by the computing system, a level of similarity between the road segment and each of a set of road segment types by comparing the set of features to features associated with each of the set of road segment types;
classifying, by the computing system, the road segment as a road segment type based on the level of similarity;
determining, by the computing system, scenario information associated with the road segment based on the road segment type;
logging, by the computing system, the road segment type and the scenario information as being associated with the road segment in a scenario information database; and
generating, by the computing system, an instruction associated with operation of the vehicle based at least in part on the road segment type of the road segment and the scenario information.

US Pat. No. 10,479,355

DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving control system for a vehicle, the vehicle including a steering device configured to change a turning angle of turning wheels based on a steering operation of a driver, a steering operation amount sensor configured to detect a steering operation amount of the driver, and an abnormality determining device configured to determine whether the driver is in an abnormal state, the driving control system comprising:an actuator configured to adjust a turning state quantity of the vehicle without depending on a driving operation of the driver; and
an electronic control unit configured to control the actuator,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to:
calculate a target turning state quantity of the vehicle based on the steering operation amount; and
when a magnitude of the target turning state quantity exceeds a predetermined allowable range,
calculate a corrected target turning state quantity equal to one of (i) an upper limit of the predetermined allowable range and (ii) a lower limit of the predetermined allowable range, and
control the actuator based on the corrected target turning state quantity when the abnormality determining device determines that the driver is in the abnormal state.

US Pat. No. 10,479,352

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENGINE CLUTCH

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling an engine clutch, comprising:determining, by a controller, whether an engine start condition is satisfied when an engine is stopped;
performing, by the controller, an engine cranking operation by operating a hybrid starter & generator (HSG) when the engine start condition is satisfied;
determining, by the controller, whether an engine speed is greater than or equal to a first reference speed;
reducing, by the controller, the HSG torque when the engine speed is greater than or equal to the first reference speed;
determining, by the controller, whether the engine speed is greater than or equal to a second reference speed;
calculating, by the controller, a target speed of the engine when the engine speed is greater than or equal to the second reference speed;
performing, by the controller, speed control of the engine using the target speed of the engine;
determining, by the controller, whether an engine clutch engagement condition is satisfied while performing the speed control; and
engaging, by the controller, an engine clutch when the engine clutch engagement condition is satisfied,
wherein the calculating the target speed of the engine includes:
calculating, by the controller, initial offset based on the second reference speed and a motor speed when the engine speed reaches the second reference speed;
dividing, by the controller, the initial offset to generate an offset input; and
interpolating, by the controller, the offset input to generate an interpolated offset input.

US Pat. No. 10,479,349

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR LAUNCHING A HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle operating method, comprising:adjusting speed of a torque converter impeller from a first speed to a second predetermined speed in response to contemporaneously applying a brake pedal and an accelerator pedal, where the second predetermined speed is a speed where an engine and an electric machine have capacity to provide a combined first torque, the combined first torque greater than combined maximum torque output capacity of the engine and the electric machine operating at any speed other than the second predetermined speed.

US Pat. No. 10,479,348

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF REDUCING ENGINE LUGGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric machine;
an engine;
an engine mount securing the engine to the vehicle; and
a controller configured to, in response to compression of the engine mount, increase an engine speed to a value that is greater than a base engine speed corresponding to electric machine speed and engine power demand to reduce engine lugging.

US Pat. No. 10,479,346

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:a battery configured to store electrical energy;
a motor configured to rotate using the electrical energy;
a transmission including a first clutch and a second clutch that are connectable to the motor; and
a controller configured to control rotation of the motor to cool the transmission when the transmission is determined to be in an overheated state,
wherein the overheated state of the transmission includes a state in which the first clutch and the second clutch are open.

US Pat. No. 10,479,345

METHOD OF DECOUPLING INPUT AND OUTPUT TORQUE FOR ENGINE SPEED CONTROL AND HYBRID POWERTRAIN UTILIZING SAME

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of decoupling output torque from input torque during engine speed control of a hybrid powertrain for a vehicle, the method comprising:determining via a controller a virtual output torque required on an output member of a multi-mode transmission given a virtual input torque for engine speed control commanded on an input member of the multi-mode transmission in a selected mode of the multi-mode transmission such that rotational speed of the output member is unchanged to prevent undesired torque variation at the output member; and
wherein the determining of the virtual output torque is via a first stored transfer function relating virtual output torque to virtual input torque, and the first stored transfer function is based on modeled physical dynamics of a driveline of the vehicle for the selected mode of the multi-mode transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,479,344

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE DRIVE TRAIN

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for operating a vehicle drivetrain (1), the vehicle drivetrain (1) having a drive machine (2), an output (3) and a gearbox (4), the gearbox (4) arranged in power flow between the drive machine (2) and the output (3), the gearbox (4) having at least with one positively engaging shift element (A, F) and a plurality of frictionally engaging shift elements (B, C, D, E), the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F) and the plurality of frictionally engaging shift elements (B, C, D, E) selectively closable in order to realize different transmission ratios (“1” to “R”) of the gearbox (4), only some of the transmission ratios (“1” to “R”) realizable with the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F), the vehicle drivetrain (1) configured such that, in the presence of a demand for activation of an engine start-stop function of the vehicle drivetrain (1), the drive machine (2) is decoupled from the output (3), the drive machine (2) is shut down, and the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F) is transferred into or kept in a closed operating state of the at least one positively engaging shift element (A, F), the method comprising:opening, in the presence of a demand for activation of a sailing operating function of the vehicle drivetrain (1) and a simultaneously activated engine start-stop function, the closed positively engaging shift element (F) while the drive machine (2) is left both decoupled from the output (3) and shut down.

US Pat. No. 10,479,343

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ENGINE-OFF DISENGAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE PARK STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A system, comprising:an engine;
a dual clutch transmission coupled to the engine, the dual clutch transmission including a parking pawl and a hydraulic pump in fluidic communication with the parking pawl;
an electric machine coupled to, and positioned downstream of, the dual clutch transmission; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory to disengage the parking pawl via supplying hydraulic fluid to the parking pawl via the hydraulic pump in response to a request to propel a vehicle via power supplied solely from the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,342

ELECTRICALLY POWERED BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a friction member;
a friction member operator configured to bring the friction member into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor configured to drive the friction member operator;
a rotation angle estimator configured to estimate a motor rotation angle of the electric motor;
a braking force estimator configured to estimate a braking force; and
a control device configured to control the braking force by use of the electric motor so as to achieve a target braking force,
wherein the braking force estimator includes:
a direct estimator configured to convert, into an estimated braking force, output of a braking force sensor which detects a load or displacement corresponding amount acting on one of the friction member, the friction member operator, and a member supporting the friction member or the friction member operator; and
an indirect estimator configured to estimate the braking force on the basis of information other than the output of the braking force sensor, and
wherein a range below a predetermined threshold value in which the braking force is only estimated by the direct estimator is a specified low-braking-force range, and in a specified high-braking-force range above the predetermined threshold value and beyond the specified low-braking-force range, estimation of the braking force is only performed by the indirect estimator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,339

FLARE-TYPE BRAKE LINE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of sealing a flare-type brake line assembly including (a) a brake tube having a flare with a first sealing surface, (b) a brake component having a port with a second sealing surface and (c) a tube nut, comprising:treating at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to provide a first coefficient of friction between said brake tube and said brake component greater than a second coefficient of friction between said tube nut and said brake tube by (a) applying a material selected from a group of materials consisting of a paint, an adhesive, or a glue, to said at least one sealing surface or (b) roughening at least one sealing surface of said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface to increase said first coefficient of friction above said second coefficient of friction while maintaining sufficient sealing robustness between said brake tube and said brake component to prevent high pressure brake fluid from leaking between said first sealing surface and said second sealing surface when the first sealing surface is against the second sealing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,338

HYDRAULIC UNIT FOR A SLIP CONTROLLER OF A HYDRAULIC VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A hydraulic unit for a slip controller of a hydraulic vehicle brake system, comprising:a hydraulic block;
a hydraulic pump positioned in the hydraulic block;
an electric motor configured to drive the hydraulic pump and positioned on a first side of the hydraulic block;
a plurality of solenoid valves for a slip controller positioned on a second side of the hydraulic block, each solenoid valve having a respective electromagnet that protrudes from the second side of the hydraulic block;
an electronic control unit configured to regulate the plurality of solenoid valves and the electric motor, and including a rotation angle sensor configured to sense a rotation angle of the electric motor; and
a further plurality of solenoid valves on a third side of the hydraulic block that is opposite the second side, wherein:
the electronic control unit further includes a circuit board having control electronics, the circuit board being positioned beyond a side of the electromagnets that faces away from the second side of the hydraulic block;
the circuit board intersects a first side plane defined by the first side of the hydraulic block in such a way that a portion of the circuit board protrudes beyond the first side plane; and the rotation angle sensor is positioned on the portion of the circuit board that protrudes beyond the first side plane.

US Pat. No. 10,479,336

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Volvo Construction Equipt...

1. A vehicle brake system comprisinga brake assembly providing a service brake and a parking brake having a brake disc assembly in common,
a service brake circuit,
a parking brake circuit, and
a brake control arrangement adapted to control the service brake by selectively providing a fluid communication between a pressurising arrangement and the service brake via the service brake circuit, the brake control arrangement further being adapted to control the parking brake by selectively providing a fluid communication between the pressurising arrangement and the parking brake via the parking brake circuit, and by selectively draining the parking brake circuit,
wherein the vehicle brake system comprises a draining circuit adapted to drain the service brake circuit to avoid overload of the brake disc assembly, and wherein the draining circuit is adapted to drain the service brake circuit while the parking brake circuit is drained.

US Pat. No. 10,479,333

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATION ACCOMMODATING TRAIN CROSSINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
access a train schedule to determine active train crossings along an original route, based on a predicted vehicle-arrival time at a given crossing;
determine that a driver identity has an avoidance parameter associated therewith;
determine a new route avoiding active train crossings, if possible, responsive to the avoidance parameter and determination of at least one active train crossing along the original route; and
engage active train-crossing safety controls when a vehicle approaches within a threshold distance of an active train crossing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,332

VEHICLE PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for assisting in parking a vehicle, comprising the steps of:initiating a parking sequence having a reference velocity;
altering a velocity of the vehicle to about the reference velocity by generating a brake torque during a first mode of operation of a controller;
outputting the brake torque to a disturbance estimator;
storing the brake torque within the disturbance estimator; and
utilizing the brake torque from the disturbance estimator in a second mode of operation of the controller to stop the vehicle at a target location.

US Pat. No. 10,479,328

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING THE INTERIOR OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a plurality of sensors each sensing a different property of an interior of the vehicle, the plurality of sensors including all of a visible light camera, an infrared (IR) camera, and an electrochemical sensor;
a controller coupled to the plurality of interior sensors and programmed to—
receive a first output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
receive a second output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors after receiving the first output for each sensor of the plurality of sensors;
for each sensor of the plurality of sensors—
calculate a change value that is a change between the first output and the second output for the each sensor; and
when the change value meets a threshold condition corresponding to the each sensor, invoke cleaning of the interior;
calculate an aggregate change as one of a sum and a weighted sum of the change values for the plurality of sensors;
compare the aggregate change to an aggregate threshold condition; and
when the aggregate change between the first outputs and the second outputs exceeds the aggregate threshold condition and the change value for each of the sensors of the plurality of sensors does not meet the threshold corresponding to the each sensor, invoke cleaning of the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,479,326

MOTORIZED WINDSHIELD SCOURER

1. An apparatus comprisinga first windshield scouring device;
wherein the first windshield scouring device includes
a first appendage;
a first scouring attachment; and
a first rod;
wherein the first rod is configured to exert a varying amount of pressure on the first scouring attachment when the first scouring attachment is pressing against a windshield;
wherein the first appendage is configured to cause rotation of the first scouring attachment in response to a motor, when the first scouring attachment is pressed against the windshield;
wherein the first rod has a bottom, and wherein the first rod exerts the varying amount of pressure on the first scouring attachment by the bottom of the first rod indirectly pressing on the first scouring attachment; and
wherein the first scouring attachment includes
a flexible backing;
a nylon material attached to a foam mat material attached to the flexible backing;
and a sponge like material covered by a vinyl coated mesh material.

US Pat. No. 10,479,323

VEHICLE WIPER DEVICE AND VEHICLE WIPER DEVICE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle wiper device comprising:a first motor that includes a first output shaft, that rotates the first output shaft to rotate a wiper arm back and forth about a pivot point of the wiper arm, and that causes a wiper blade coupled to a leading end portion of the wiper arm to perform a back and forth wiping operation between two return positions provided at different positions to each other on a windshield;
a second motor that includes a second output shaft and that rotates the second output shaft to change a position of a wiping range of the windshield by the wiper blade; and
a controller that controls rotation of the second motor when a command to operate the second motor has been input during the wiping operation of the wiper blade so as to start operation of the second motor when the wiper blade performing the wiping operation is positioned within a predetermined range in the vicinity of one of the two return positions.

US Pat. No. 10,479,320

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO AT LEAST ONE FUNCTION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A method for controlling access to at least one function of a motor vehicle, comprising:detecting, by an electronic control unit on board the motor vehicle, an interaction of a user with the motor vehicle;
verifying, by the electronic control unit, that the user is authorized to access said function; and
when the interaction is detected by the electronic control unit and the electronic control unit has verified that the user is authorized to access said function, authorizing, by the electronic control unit, access to said function,
wherein verifying comprises sending, by said electronic control unit, an interrogation message (IM) to a mobile terminal carried by the user or by a person accompanying the user, and
wherein authorizing access to said function is executed only when the electronic control unit receives an access right validation message (VM) from the mobile terminal in response to the interrogation message (IM).

US Pat. No. 10,479,318

WEBBING PULL-IN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing pull-in device comprising:a pull-in body at which a webbing can be pulled in due to the pull-in body being operated;
a first rotating body that is rotated at a time of an emergency of a vehicle; a second rotating body that, by being rotated, operates the pull-in body; and
a connecting member that connects the first rotating body and the second rotating body, and that, by being taken up onto the first rotating body at a time when the first rotating body is rotated, transmits rotational force of the first rotating body to the second rotating body,
wherein the connecting member is fixed to the first rotating body so as to be wound around the first rotating body at the emergency time of the vehicle, the second rotating body is directly connected to the pull-in body, and
the first and second rotating bodies are configured to remain stationary with respect to each other during the emergency time of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,317

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEAT BELT WRAP

1. A seat shoulder belt wrap comprisingan elongated fabric having a longitudinal axis comprising
an inside surface,
an outside surface,
a first side edge,
a second side edge,
an upper end edge,
a lower end edge;
a plurality of spaced apart first hook and loop fastening elements affixed to the inside surface in proximity to the first side edge;
a plurality of spaced apart second hook and loop fastening elements affixed to the inside surface in proximity to the second side edge, each second fastening element positioned across from a corresponding first fastening element and configured to mate with the corresponding first fastening element when the fabric is folded lengthwise; such the plurality of first and second spaced apart first hook and loop fastening elements are configured to permit the elongated fabric to compress in proximity to a shoulder strap retraction housing; and
an upper elongated foam stopper element affixed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elongated fabric, in proximity to the upper end edge of the fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,479,316

AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An airbag apparatus for a vehicle, the airbag apparatus comprising:a first inflator and a second inflator each configured to provide an inflation gas;
a main cushion connected to the first inflator and configured to deploy in a predetermined direction when the first inflator is operated;
a sub cushion connected to the second inflator and configured to deploy along a first side surface of the main cushion and bent at a front portion to be deployed along a front surface of the main cushion to be overlappingly deployed with the main cushion at the first side surface and the front surface of the main cushion when the second inflator operates; and
a controller configured to operate the first inflator to deploy the main cushion when a vehicle collision is detected, and configured to operate both of the first inflator and the second inflator to deploy both of the main cushion and the sub cushion when the vehicle collision is detected as an oblique collision at an angle equal to or greater than a predetermined angle,
wherein the controller is configured to operate both of the first inflator and the second inflator when a vehicle speed is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed, when detecting a front collision of less than the predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,315

AIRBAG WITH ATTACHMENT FOR A GAS GENERATOR

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag for providing restraint for an occupant comprising a rear-side inflation opening, two mutually opposing side walls, a lower wall and an upper wall which abut an inflation opening, and a front wall facing the occupant, wherein in regions of the side walls, the lower wall and the upper wall adjacent to the inflation opening the airbag is formed of sections of a one-part cut fabric, and in the regions adjacent to the inflation opening at least the upper wall or the lower wall is formed by two sections of the cut fabric that are connected to each other along a connection emanating from the inflation opening, the cut fabric is cut and folded such that either only the upper wall or only the lower wall is formed from two sections of the one-part cut fabric and starting from the inflation opening only the connection connecting the two sections of the one-part cut fabric extends toward the front wall, wherein in the regions of the inflation opening the one-part cut-fabric additionally forms with at least one fitting section for a gas generator, wherein in a flatly extended state of the cut fabric the at least one fitting section is disposed adjacent to the two sections of the cut fabric forming either the lower wall or the upper wall in the regions adjacent to the inflation opening.

US Pat. No. 10,479,312

SIDE AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. A side air bag device provided between a vehicle body and a back seat, comprising:an expandable air bag;
an inflator configured to supply gas into the air bag;
a base member including a base storage, configured to store the air bag in a folded state and the inflator, the base member being attached between a vehicle body door and the back seat;
a webbing configured to guide the air bag in an expansion direction;
a harness having an end portion connected to the inflator and configured to supply ignition electric power to the inflator; and
a retainer member configured to hold the base storage from a vehicle back side; wherein:
an opening is provided on a back side of the base member;
a portion of the opening of the base member through which the harness passes is disposed at a same height as the webbing;
the opening penetrates through the base member in a front to rear direction and is disposed above the inflator; and
the harness passes through the opening of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,310

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH AIRBAG CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a seat-base coupled to a seatback;
a guide-channel and armrest coupled to at least one of the seatback and the seat-base; and
a carrier comprising an airbag and slidably coupled to the guide-channel, wherein the carrier is operable between a stowed position, disposed vehicle downward of the armrest, and a use position where an airbag deployment side of the carrier is generally directed seating assembly rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,479,308

DAMPING MEMBER FOR VEHICLE

KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD., K...

1. A damping member for a vehicle arranged at a back face of a trim member attached to cover a vehicle body panel, and configured to absorb input energy of an input load and deformed by crush, the damping member for a vehicle comprising:a base plate portion having a flat plate shape;
a vertical wall arranged at a rim of the base plate portion in a flange-like manner;
a plurality of ribs arranged in parallel as rising from the base plate portion, each of the ribs connected to the vertical wall as extending in a direction intersecting with the vertical wall; and
a fragile section having strength of the vertical wall locally reduced, the fragile section arranged between adjacent two of the ribs, the fragile section including,
a groove formed at the vertical wall, and
a slit formed at the base plate portion,
wherein the groove includes,
a first groove formed at a leading end part of the vertical wall, the first groove extending in a thickness direction of the vertical wall, and
a second groove communicating with the first groove, the second groove extending in a height direction of the vertical wall, and
the slit has an opening shape elongated along an extending direction of the vertical wall, the slit being in contact with the vertical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,479,306

RESTRAINT BAR FOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a seatback having a central portion that is flanked on either side by side wings;
a seat pan operably coupled to the seatback; and
a restraint bar coupled to a front portion of the seatback such that the restraint bar extends vertically upward along a substantial portion of the side wings of the seatback, wherein the restraint bar is operable between a stowed position and a staged position, wherein the restraint bar is equipped with at least one deployable occupant restraint, and wherein the restraint bar is generally U-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,479,303

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE OF A VEHICLE FLEET

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A safety system for a vehicle of a fleet of vehicles, comprising:a personal protection device;
a contact sensor system for acquiring at least one impact-relevant physical quantity;
an environmental sensor system for acquiring at least one crash-relevant physical quantity in an environment surrounding the vehicle; and
an evaluation and control unit;
wherein:
the evaluation and control unit is configured to:
evaluate the at least one impact-relevant physical quantity acquired by the contact sensor system;
execute an adaptive pre-trigger function by which to:
evaluate the at least one crash-relevant physical quantity acquired by the environmental sensor system;
based on the evaluation of the at least one crash-relevant physical quantity acquired by the environmental sensor system, recognize that an unavoidable crash, which has not yet occurred, will occur; and
based on the recognition that the unavoidable crash will occur and only when the adaptive pre-trigger function is validated to be accurate, output a trigger signal that triggers deployment of the personal protection device prior to occurrence of the unavoidable crash; and
determine, for respective recognitions that the unavoidable crash will occur, whether a respective corresponding crash impact is recognized subsequent to the respective recognition that the unavoidable crash will occur, with a result of the determination impacting a rating indicating whether there is a threshold correspondence between the recognitions that the unavoidable crash will occur and the recognitions of crash impact; and
the adaptive pre-trigger function:
is initially installed without being validated to be accurate, prior to the rating indicating that there is the threshold correspondence, so that one or more recognitions that the unavoidable crash will occur is made by the execution of the adaptive pre-trigger function without the trigger signal being output to trigger the deployment of the personal protection device; and
is subsequently updated to be validated to be accurate in response to the rating being changed to indicate that there is the threshold correspondence so that in response to a subsequent recognition that the unavoidable crash will occur, the adaptive pre-trigger function causes deployment of the personal protection device prior to any corresponding crash impact being determined.

US Pat. No. 10,479,302

IMPACT ABSORBING STRUCTURE OF VEHICLES

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. An impact absorbing structure of a vehicle,the impact absorbing structure comprising an impact absorbing member made of fiber-reinforced resin, the impact absorbing member including a pair of left and right side wall portions and a coupling portion coupling the pair of side wall portions, the pair of left and right side wall portions being arranged at a vehicle body forward/rearward direction tip end-side part of the vehicle and each containing a plurality of reinforced fibers arranged so as to continuously extend in a vehicle body forward/rearward direction, wherein:
each of the pair of side wall portions includes
a plurality of concave and convex portions that are concave and convex in a vertical sectional view perpendicular to the forward/rearward direction and extend in a horizontal direction,
a plurality of intermediate curved portions forming at least a part of the concave and convex portions, a bumper reinforcement being attached to tip end portions of the plurality of intermediate curved portions, and
an upper curved portion continuous with an upper side of the plurality of intermediate curved portions, the upper curved portion having a substantially partial conical shape and a substantially partial circular-arc vertical section perpendicular to the forward/rearward direction;
each of the plurality of concave and convex portions is formed such that a depth thereof in a vehicle width direction decreases toward a tip end portion of the vehicle; and
the upper curved portion is formed such that a diameter thereof increases toward a base end of the upper curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,300

MONITORING OF VEHICLE WINDOW VIBRATIONS FOR VOICE-COMMAND RECOGNITION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a window;
an outer layer;
a communication node to detect when a key fob of a user is within a communication range of the vehicle;
a vibration sensor coupled to the window to detect audio vibrations;
an audio actuator coupled to the outer layer to vibrate the outer layer; and
a controller to:
activate the vibration sensor responsive to the communication node detecting the key fob is within the communication range;
detect a voice command from the user via the vibration sensor;
identify an audio response based upon the voice command; and
emit the audio response to the user via the audio actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,479,297

CONTROL APPARATUS, PROGRAM UPDATING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A control apparatus configured to control update of a control program of an on-vehicle control device which controls target equipment installed in a vehicle,the on-vehicle control device including a driving system control device which is able to execute an automatic stop mode in which a drive source is automatically stopped when a predetermined stop condition is satisfied,
the control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to permit update of the control program, by using, as a criterion, operation of a drive source of the vehicle; and
a control unit configured to perform an intervening control to restrict execution of the automatic stop mode by the driving system control device during permitted update of the control program, wherein
when an update time of the control program is not longer than a predetermined vaule, the control unit performs a control to restrict execution of the intervening control during update of the control program.

US Pat. No. 10,479,296

SMART GRILLE ASSEMBLY AND MODULAR GRILLE ASSEMBLY SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A grille assembly for a motor vehicle, comprising:a grille support mounted to said motor vehicle;
a grille module carried on said grille support, said grille module including a grille, a plurality of electronic devices carried on said grill and a controller carried on said grille and configured to communicate information respecting said plurality of electronic devices carried on said grille over an area network of said motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,294

CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A circuit arrangement for an onboard network of a motor vehicle, said circuit arrangement comprising:power electronics comprising a component which is clocked during operation of the power electronics at a clock frequency, the power electronics being connected, on the one hand, via a first line to a first element and, on the other hand, via a second line to a second element of the onboard network, with at least one of the first lines and the second lines having a first inductor configured as part of a ferrite core and surrounding the at least one line; and
an absorber circuit comprising a second inductor, a resistor and a first capacitor connected in series, said second inductor of the absorber circuit being inductively coupled with the first inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,293

MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT WITH KNOCK-OUTS FOR ACCOMMODATING ELONGATED INTERCONNECTION MEMBERS HAVING DIFFERENT PERIPHERIES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A mounting arrangement for securing elongated interconnection members of different peripheries to a vehicle frame, the mounting arrangement comprising:a body of the mounting arrangement defining a passage therein for securing an elongated interconnection member having a first periphery in the passage, with the passage extending completely through the body along an axis of the passage and adapted for receipt in the passage of the elongated interconnection member having the first periphery;
the body also defining a mating base block and a cap block of the body that are separable along a parting line of the body;
the parting line of the body passing through the passage and separating the passage into a body segment and a cap segment of the passage;
at least one of the body and cap segments of the passage including a knock-out that can be broken out and separated from the body, to thereby adapt the passage to receive an elongated interconnection member having periphery that is different from the first periphery,
wherein the base block is further adapted for attachment to a vehicle frame, and
further including a mounting bracket adapted for attachment of the base block to a vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,479,292

INTERIOR TRIM ELEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An interior trim element for a motor vehicle, comprisinga body with a U-shaped cross section comprising at least one clip element pivotably attached to the body on a shoulder created on the body side on an edge portion of the body that delimits an interior space,
wherein the shoulder is physically offset inward toward the interior space with respect to a free end of the edge portion, whereby the shoulder projects into the interior space of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,479,290

REMOVABLE CONTAINER FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A removable container comprising:a container body defining an item receiving space;
a handle pivotally connected to the container body and being movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the handle having one of at least one catch and at least one catch receiving space, the one of the at least one catch and the at least one catch receiving space being movable with the handle and being configured to secure the removable container to a container receiving base when the handle is in the locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,288

RELEASABLE VEHICULAR CAMERA MOUNT

MotoCrane, LLC, Minneapo...

1. A vehicular mounting apparatus comprising:a central support hub comprising:
a central base; and,
a turntable supported by the central base and configured for unlimited rotation with respect to the central frame, the turntable comprising:
a first tower socket adapted to releasably couple to a central boom, wherein the first tower socket comprises a drive member adapted to impart rotation to the central boom; and,
a second tower socket adapted to releasably couple to the central boom, wherein the second tower socket comprises an electrical coupler adapted to provide electrical power and signals to the central boom;
a plurality of support members configured to couple at a proximal end to the central base, and configured to radially extend from the central base in a common plane, each of the support members comprising:
a support leg configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to the central base;
a support ankle configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to a distal end of the support leg; and,
a foot configured to pivotably couple at a proximal end to a distal end of the support ankle, the foot adapted to releasably couple to a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,281

EQUIPMENT MOUNTING DEVICE AND INSTALLATION ARRANGEMENT INCLUDING AN EQUIPMENT MOUNTING DEVICE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. An equipment mounting device for mounting an equipment to two fittings in a vehicle, the equipment mounting device comprising:a longitudinal carrier configured to be coupled to the equipment and sized to span a space between the two fittings;
a first coupling disposed at a first end of the longitudinal carrier, the first coupling configured to be coupled with a first fitting of the two fittings and, when coupled with the first fitting, to prevent movement of the longitudinal carrier in a first direction different from a direction along a longitudinal axis of the longitudinal carrier; and
a second coupling configured to detachably couple with a second fitting of the two fittings by receiving a part of the second fitting and, when coupled with the second fitting, to prevent movement of the longitudinal carrier at least in the first direction and the direction of the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal carrier,
wherein the second coupling includes a first protruding part protruding from the longitudinal carrier at an angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the longitudinal carrier, and a second protruding part forming a clip, wherein the second coupling is configured to receive the part of the second fitting between the first protruding part and the second protruding part,
wherein the second protruding part includes a lug configured for engaging into an opening of the second fitting or wherein the second protruding part includes an opening that is configured to encompass a lug of the second fitting,
wherein the second coupling includes a lever configured for bending the second protruding part to disengage the lug from the opening of the second fitting or to disengage the opening in the second protruding part from the lug of the second fitting,
wherein the lever extends from a distal end of the second protruding part and forms an acute angle with the second protruding part, wherein the lever includes a strut extending outwardly from the lever towards a portion of the second coupling forming the acute angle with the lever, the strut configured to provide a pivotal point of the lever by contacting a surface upon an actuating force applied to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,479,279

SLIDABLE LUGGAGE BOARD ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A slidable luggage board assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a luggage board disposed above a floor panel of a cargo area of a vehicle and has an upper surface onto which an article is loaded;
a wheel unit disposed on the floor panel and has a wheel that comes into contact with an inner surface of the luggage board when the luggage board is slid;
an operation handle disposed at one side of the luggage board and configured to receive an operating force; and
a cable having a first end connected to the wheel unit and a second end connected to the operation handle and configured to transmit the operating force applied to the operation handle, to the wheel unit,
wherein bent portions, which are bent in a downward direction, are formed at both ends of the luggage board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,278

VEHICLE AND VEHICLE STEP APPARATUS

T-MAX (HANGZHOU) TECHNOLO...

1. A vehicle step apparatus, comprising:a first extending and retracting device comprising a first mounting bracket, a first step bracket, and a first arm assembly coupled between the first mounting bracket and the first step bracket and configured to drive the first step bracket to move between a first extending position and a first retracting position;
a second extending and retracting device comprising a second mounting bracket, a second step bracket, and a second arm assembly coupled between the second mounting bracket and the second step bracket and configured to drive the second step bracket to move between a second extending position and a second retracting position;
a step mounted on the first step bracket and the second step bracket;
a first permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the first mounting bracket and coupled with the first arm assembly to drive the first arm assembly;
a second permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the second mounting bracket and coupled with the second arm assembly to drive the second arm assembly;
a first elastic member configured to elastically deform so as to store energy when the first permanent magnet direct current motor drives the first step bracket to move towards the first extending position, and to release energy so as to assist the first permanent magnet direct current motor to drive the first extending and retracting device when the first permanent magnet direct current motor drives the first step bracket to move towards the first retracting position; and
a second elastic member configured to elastically deform so as to store energy when the second permanent magnet direct current motor drives the second step bracket to move towards the second extending position, and to release energy so as to assist the second permanent magnet direct current motor to drive the second extending and retracting device when the second permanent magnet direct current motor drives the second step bracket to move towards the second retracting position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,277

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ANTENNA

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview assembly, comprising:a housing defining a bottom side exterior surface, an interior, and an open side, the bottom side exterior surface extending from adjacent the open side and having a mounting area thereon, wherein the housing includes a plurality of apertures extending from the bottom side exterior surface to the interior;
a control module coupled within the interior of the housing;
at least one of a mirror and a display coupled with the open side of the housing;
a communication module including:
an antenna electrically coupled with the control module; and
an antenna housing partially enclosing the antenna and coupled with the housing along the mounting area of the bottom side exterior surface, wherein the antenna housing includes a plurality of retaining features coupled therewith and engaging with respective housing apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,479,276

CLOAKING DEVICES CONSTRUCTED FROM REFLECTION BOUNDARIES, HALF-MIRRORS AND MULTIBAND DICHROIC COLOR FILTERS AND VEHICLES COMPRISING THE SAME

1. A cloaking device comprising:an object-side, an image-side, a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side, and a cloaked region (CR) between the object-side and the image-side;
an object-side CR reflection boundary, an object-side half-mirror, and an object-side multiband dichroic color filter, wherein the object-side half-mirror and the object-side multiband dichroic color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the object-side CR reflection boundary; and
an image-side CR reflection boundary, an image-side half-mirror, and an image-side multiband dichroic color filter, wherein the image-side half-mirror and the image-side multiband dichroic color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the image-side CR reflection boundary;
wherein light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the CR propagates via at least two optical paths to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device such that the light from the object appears to pass through the CR.

US Pat. No. 10,479,271

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE NOTIFICATION METHOD

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle notification device comprising:a plurality of vibrators independently disposed in a seat;
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of signal data that are different in a combination of an initial frequency and a target frequency; and
a signal generator configured to randomly extract one of the pieces of signal data stored in the storage unit by the number of the vibrators and to generate a plurality of sweep signals corresponding to the number of the vibrators, each of the sweep signals being generated by changing a frequency from the initial frequency to the target frequency of the extracted piece of signal data in cycles, wherein
a plurality of notification vibrations whose frequencies change in different frequency ranges are outputted from a plurality of positions of the seat by outputting the sweep signals generated by the signal generator, individually from the vibrators.

US Pat. No. 10,479,270

ILLUMINATED VEHICLE CUP HOLDER WITH GRATING FILM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle cup holder, comprising:a console substrate defining a cup well;
a lamp cavity defined by the console substrate and positioned below the cup well;
a film positioned between the cup well and the lamp cavity, wherein the film has an interior surface proximate the lamp cavity and defines at least one first grating on the interior surface; and
more than one light source positioned within the lamp cavity in a vertically stacked configuration and configured to emit light onto the film.

US Pat. No. 10,479,269

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A lighting apparatus for a vehicle, the lighting apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to receive electrical energy from a power source in the vehicle;
a light output unit configured to generate light based on the electrical energy, and to output the light to an outside of the vehicle;
an interface unit configured to exchange signals with at least one electronic device included in the vehicle; and
at least one processor electrically connectable to the power supply unit, the light output unit, and the interface unit, and configured to control the light output unit to illuminate a first region of a road surface and to display a visual image on a second region of the road surface,
wherein the second region is positioned inside the first region, and
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to:
receive a signal related to the visual image from the at least one electronic device in the vehicle; and
control the electrical energy supplied to the light output unit to output a first light pattern for illuminating the first region of the road surface, and to output a second light pattern for displaying the visual image on the second region of the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,479,268

SIDE-MOUNTED DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR VEHICLES HAVING A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES DISPOSED ON A COMMON CARRIER AND AN OPTICAL UNIT ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES

1. A side-mounted direction indicator for vehicles comprising:a first lighting unit having a first light source for generating a side-mounted direction indicating function;
a second lighting unit having a second light source for generating an additional lighting function; and
an optical unit associated with and assigned to both of the first light source and the second light source, such that the optical unit is a same optical unit shared by the first light source and the second light source,
wherein the first light source and the second light source are arranged on a common carrier,
wherein the second lighting unit is configured as a visual light-emitting informational lighting device, and
wherein the second light source is adapted to be switched on or switched off as a function of a signal of the vehicle that triggers a non-lighting function of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,263

LIGHTING MODULE COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE REMOVABLE LIGHT SOURCE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A lighting module for a motor vehicle, said lighting module comprising:at least one removable light source housed in the lighting module and comprising:
a light emitting element;
a mechanical support for the light emitting element;
optical means exhibiting a focal zone, for altering an optical characteristic of light emitted by said light emitting element;
a support for supporting the optical means;
movement means for permitting movement of the optical means between:
a predetermined locked position with respect to said light source, wherein the optical means in the locked position is secured on the support for the optical means with the light emitting element at the focal zone of the optical means; and
an unlocked position permitting removal of said light source from the lighting module, wherein the optical means in the unlocked position is separated, in a direction of separation, from the support for supporting the optical means and is displaced, in a direction perpendicular to the direction of separation, from a position where the light emitting element is at the focal zone of the optical means,
wherein said optical means includes a stop element that fixes a position of the mechanical support for the light emitting element with respect to said optical means in the direction perpendicular to the direction of separation when said optical means is in the predetermined locked position, such that the light emitting element is at the focal zone of the optical means.

US Pat. No. 10,479,260

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES WITH SLIDE-OUT FLOOR SLIDING UNDER MAIN RV FLOOR

1. An expansible body structure for recreation vehicles, the expansible body structure comprising: a carriage assembly having a plurality of wheels, a rigid body shell enclosure having a means for mounting onto the carriage assembly, the rigid body shell enclosure comprising a roof section, a plurality of sidewall sections defining a main living space, the plurality of sidewall sections including a front sidewall section facing a direction of travel, a rear sidewall section facing an opposite direction to the front sidewall section, and a plurality of side-body sidewall sections, and a floor section having a plurality of cut out areas where the floor section overlaps with the wheels of the carriage assembly allowing the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure to have a placement on the carriage assembly at a height substantially lower than a diameter of the wheels, the side-body sidewall sections of the rigid body shell enclosure each having at least one substantially large opening, an extendable slide-out assembly mounted inside the rigid body shell enclosure at one of the large openings, the slide-out assembly comprising a floor section having multiple levels, a plurality of sidewalk, and a roof forming a room extension with one side opening toward the main living space of the rigid body shell enclosure, another side of the slide-out assembly facing an outside of the vehicle having an opening for egress, the slide-out assembly having a means to extend through the respective large opening of the rigid body shell enclosure from a retracted position to an extended position to provide a larger living area in the main living space, the slide-out assembly having a means to retract the slide-out assembly from the extended position to the retracted position having the another side of the slide-out assembly flush with the respective side-body sidewall section of the rigid body shell enclosure, the multiple levels of the floor section of the slide-out assembly comprising a main floor level connecting to a substantial portion of the floor section of the rigid body shell, an elevated floor level above the wheels of the carriage assembly, and a sunken floor level at the opening for egress, the elevated floor level having a plurality of sidewall sections forming a wheel well box having an opening facing the wheels of the carriage assembly, the volume of the wheel well box is substantially large and the elevated floor level of the wheel well box having a height substantially above a top of the wheels for the wheel well box to clear the wheels of the vehicle during the extended and retracted positions of the slide-out assembly, the sunken floor level at the opening for egress comprising a sunken floor area and a plurality of sidewalls forming a step-down entrance door well having an opening facing the outside of the rigid body shell enclosure, a width of the entrance door well opening facing the outside of the rigid body shell enclosure having substantially a same width as the opening for egress forming an egress opening extension for a taller egress opening, the slide-out assembly having stop walls along edges of the plurality of sidewalls and the roof to form a weather tight seal between the slide-out assembly and the rigid enclosure body shell enclosure, at a location of the respective large opening of the sidewall section for the slide-out assembly to extend and retract through, the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure having a substantially large cut out area to allow the main floor level of the slide-out assembly to be installed directly below the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure, with the sidewalls, roof, and the wheel well box of the slide-out assembly protrude above the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure, the main floor level of the slide-out assembly having substantial size to provide floor coverage for the large cut out area of the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure when the slide-out assembly is in the extended position, the floor section of the rigid body shell enclosure remaining above the main floor level of the slide-out assembly when the slide-out assembly is fully extended in the extended position, the expansible body structure for recreational vehicle configured to be in the form of a towable trailer, or part of a motorized recreational vehicle having a driving cab area abutting to the front sidewall section of the rigid body shell enclosure, for a vehicle operator to operate the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,259

COMPOSITE DESIGN BUNK RAIL SYSTEMS

1. A composite design bunk rail system comprising a supporting structure, vehicle slides, and adjustable support frames,wherein the vehicle slides are attached to the adjustable support frames,
wherein the vehicle slides are a composite design with a low coefficient of friction sliding surface adhered to a shock absorbing base,
wherein the shock absorbing base is a rubber with a 40 to 70 Shore durameter hardness rating, which serves as a vibration isolator,
wherein each of the adjustable support frames comprises an aperture and radial slots and is bolted to the given frame support permitting rotation of the adjustable support frame with the vehicle slide to conform to a supported vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,258

MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. An apparatus comprising:a motor vehicle;
an individual mobility apparatus; and
an auxiliary stowage compartment accessible from the outside of the motor vehicle that is adapted to receive the individual mobility apparatus, wherein the auxiliary stowage compartment includes a charging station for charging a battery of a compact scooter during travel, and wherein the charging station is configured to transmit a state of charge of the battery of the compact scooter to an instrument of the motor vehicle, and wherein the instrument indicates the state of charge of the compact scooter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,257

ROAD TRAILER WITH LIFT FRAME FOR TRANSPORTING AND DEPLOYING LEGGED CONTAINERS

King Kutter II, Inc., Ga...

1. A trailer comprising:a trailer main frame comprising a forward end and a rearward end;
a neck portion rigidly affixed to the forward end of the main frame;
a pivot fifth wheel rotatably affixed to the neck portion, the pivot fifth wheel rotatable with respect to the neck portion, the pivot fifth wheel configured to removably attach to a fifth wheel of a towing vehicle;
an axle frame rotatably affixed to the rearward end of the main frame, the axle frame rotatable with respect to the main frame; and
frontward hydraulic cylinders extending substantially vertically between the neck portion and the pivot fifth wheel, the frontward hydraulic cylinders configured to push down on the pivot fifth wheel and lift the neck and the main frame upwardly a vertical distance.

US Pat. No. 10,479,256

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOADING A CONTAINER FOR TRANSPORT

1. A mobile carrier unit for loading a container, the container resting on supports that raise a bottom surface of the container off the ground and the supports being positioned such that at least a portion of longitudinal edges of the bottom surface of the container do not have supports thereunder, the mobile carrier unit comprising:a mast, attachable to an operator area;
a carriage, connected to and vertically displaceable relative to the mast and connected to a first horizontal actuator;
a pair of rails, each attached to and extending longitudinally from the first horizontal actuator, and being parallel to each other, each rail comprising a horizontal surface and a rear wheel, moveably attached thereto and supporting the rail, wherein the rear wheel rolls along the ground when the mobile carrier unit moves longitudinally;
a forward vertical actuator, disposed between the mast and the carriage, that raises and lowers the carriage,
wherein the first horizontal actuator, connected to the carriage and each of the pair of rails, expands and contracts laterally, moving the pair of rails between a contracted position, wherein the horizontal surface of each of the pair of rails is underneath the bottom surface of the container when the container is between the two rails and an expanded position, wherein the pair of rails are wider than the container; and
a pair of rear vertical actuators, one on each rail, each operably connected to one of the rails and its respective rear wheel, that expand and contract to raise and lower the rear wheels;wherein the forward vertical actuator and the pair of rear vertical actuators are configured to:lower the pair of rails from a raised position, wherein the rear wheel on each rail is on the ground, permitting the rails to move longitudinally, to a lowered position, wherein the rear wheel on each rail of the pair of rails is off the ground and the horizontal surface of each of the pair of rails is lower than the bottom surface of the container; and
raise the pair of rails from the lowered position to the raised position.

US Pat. No. 10,479,253

VEHICLE MOUNTED LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

1. A loading and unloading apparatus comprising:a mounting rack configured to removably attach to a roof of a vehicle, and including a mounting frame defining a first plane and having a front mount portion, a rear mount portion, and a pair of opposing lateral mount portions;
a top rack slidably and pivotally connected to the mounting rack, and including a base frame defining a second plane and having a front wall at a front end of the top rack, a rear wall at a rear end of the top rack, and a pair of opposing lateral wall portions defining a container space for storing cargo;
an adjustment mechanism adapted to slidably and pivotally move the top rack relative to the mounting rack from a transporting position in which the respective first and second planes of the mounting frame and the base frame are substantially parallel, to a loading/unloading position in which the second plane of the base frame is slanted and lowered with respect to the first plane of the mounting frame; and
a movable shelf unit provided on the top rack for assisting with loading and unloading cargo, the shelf unit including a shelf frame adapted to slide between a position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and a position adjacent the front end of the top rack, wherein the movable shelf unit maintains a predetermined fixed orientation relative to the top rack as the movable shelf unit slides between the position adjacent the rear end of the top rack and the position adjacent the front end of the top rack.

US Pat. No. 10,479,250

STRUCTURE OF LEG-REST

DAE WON SAN UP CO., LTD.,...

1. A structure of a leg-rest which is switchable at a front lower end of a seat between a receiving position where a support panel is folded on the seat and a deploying position where the support panel is drawn out to support a leg of a seated person, the structure comprising:a fixing bracket which is fixed to the seat;
a rotary arm of which one end is rotatably connected to the fixing bracket;
a base slider which is slidably coupled to the rotary arm in a longitudinal direction;
an extending slider which is slidably coupled to the base slider in the longitudinal direction and mounted with the support panel;
a rotary assist arm of which one end is separated from the rotary arm to be rotatably connected to the fixing bracket and the other end is rotatably connected to the base slider; and
a sliding device which slides the rotary arm and the extending slider in opposite directions to each other from the base slider,
wherein when the sliding device slides the rotary arm and the extending slider from the base slider in the opposite directions to each other, a movement of the extending slider is performed so that the support panel is switched between the receiving position and the deploying position due to a difference in trajectory between the rotary arm and the rotary assist arm.

US Pat. No. 10,479,248

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a surface cover covering a surface of the vehicle seat;
a pad;
a shape change unit including an air bag configured to expand and contract and configured to change a shape of the surface of the vehicle seat; and
a buffer member provided between the air bag and the surface cover,
wherein the buffer member is configured to be deformed elastically in an expansion/contraction direction of the air bag by expansion and contraction of the air bag, such that a thickness portion of the buffer member is reduced, and
wherein the buffer member includes a fixed portion fixed to a portion of the shape change unit except for the air bag.

US Pat. No. 10,479,246

LATTICE BASED SEAT CUSHION TO IMPROVE COMFORT AND VIBRATION ISOLATION

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat comprising a seat cushion having:a seating surface configured to support an occupant;
a vibration isolation structure comprising a plurality of individual lattice blocks, the plurality of individual lattice blocks comprising a bi-stable lattice and forming a two-dimensional lamina, the vibration isolation structure defining a first surface and opposite second surface, wherein the plurality of individual lattice blocks occupy a pattern that is based on a spatial weight distribution of an average-sized occupant, and each of the plurality of individual lattice blocks has a stiffness value based upon a location in the pattern such that the plurality of individual lattice blocks cooperate to provide an even pressure distribution against forces exerted by the occupant; and
a foam structure placed adjacent the first surface of the vibration isolation structure,
wherein the vibration isolation structure exhibits an overall negative stiffness value configured to enhance a vibrational energy absorbance of the seat cushion in a range from about 0.5 Hz to about 5.0 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,479,245

BRACKET SUBASSEMBLY AND SEAT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seat assembly, comprising:a seat back frame;
a support; and
a bracket subassembly connecting said seat back frame to said support, said bracket subassembly including a first bracket having a first attachment feature and a second bracket having a second attachment feature wherein said first attachment feature engages said second attachment feature to lock said bracket subassembly and capture said support between said first bracket and said second bracket, wherein said first bracket includes a body connected to said seat back frame, said first attachment feature includes a flange having a first hook at a first end and a second hook at a second end, said second attachment feature includes a third hook at a third end and a fourth hook at a fourth end, said first hook engages with said third hook and said second hook engages with said fourth hook, said flange is contoured to rest over said support and said second bracket is contoured to rest over said support and said support is a cross car support tube mounted to a motor vehicle by a first mounting bracket and a second mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,479,244

AUTOMOBILE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT CONSOLE INSERT

1. An insert for a passenger compartment of a vehicle wherein the passenger compartment includes at least one seat separated from a central console wherein the central console includes a handbrake with a space existing between the at least one seat and the central console, said insert for the passenger compartment comprising:a main body having a longitudinal axis extending from a front end to a rear end, said main body further including a substantially flat top with a handle grip indentation located therein with said substantially flat top further including a handle located proximate said handle indentation, said main body further including a bottom channel extending along said longitudinal axis, wherein said bottom channel is a side opposite from said substantially flat top,
whereby said main body is able to be inserted in the space between the seat and the central console so that an existing handbrake is accommodated by said bottom channel for permitting the handbrake to be accessible to a driver of the vehicle and wherein said insert prevents items from being dropped in the space between the seat and the central console.

US Pat. No. 10,479,240

VEHICLE SEAT AND SEAT ELEMENT EQUIPPED WITH A VENTILATION SYSTEM COMPRISING A DUCT

1. Seat element comprising a supporting structure, padding configured to serve as a support for a user when located between the supporting structure and the user, and a ventilation system comprising at least one fan and a duct defining an air passageway placing the fan and the padding in communication, wherein the duct comprises a first member and a second member fixed to one another, the first member being arranged between the supporting structure and the padding, the second member being arranged between the first member and the padding and having a symmetrical shape comprising distinct left and right arms which join together at one end and extend separately along the first member on opposite sides of a plane of symmetry of the second member such that a central area of the padding between the left and right arms is in direct contact with the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,479,238

BACKREST WITH INTEGRATED UPPER BODY SUPPORT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat part and a backrest part, the backrest part comprising a left portion and a right portion as seen in the seating direction of an occupant of the vehicle seat,
wherein,
in a height direction of the backrest part, starting from an upper end of the backrest part, a first recess is arranged on the left portion so as to extend as far as a first distance, and a second recess is arranged on the right portion so as to extend as far as a second distance, the first and the second recesses being mutually spaced and being continuous from a front border surface as far as a rear border surface of the backrest part, and the first distance being of a larger value than that of the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,479,237

REBOUND BAR ADAPTED FOR BEING SUPPORTED BETWEEN A CHILD SAFETY SEAT AND A BACKREST OF A CAR SEAT AND CHILD SAFETY ASSEMBLY THEREWITH

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A rebound bar adapted for being supported between a child safety seat and a backrest of a car seat, the rebound bar comprising:a main body connected to one of a seat portion and a base portion of the child safety seat; and
at least one shock absorbing portion combined with the main body for absorbing an impact from the backrest, wherein the at least one shock absorbing portion is a sandwich structure, the at least one shock absorbing portion comprises a first lamination, a second lamination, a honeycomb component and at least one resilient component, the at least one resilient component is connected to the first lamination and the second lamination, the honeycomb component is installed between the first lamination and the second lamination and separated from at least one of the first lamination and the second lamination when the first lamination and the second lamination are unforced, and deformation of the at least one resilient component occurs before crack of the honeycomb component when the first lamination and the second lamination are forced to move close to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,479,236

CHILD SAFETY SEAT HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE SEAT BOARD

WONDERLAND NURSERYGOODS C...

1. A child safety seat for seating a child in a vehicle, comprising:a shell having a seat portion and a backrest; and
a seat board connected with the shell, the seat board being disposed on the seat portion so that a child placed in the child safety seat sits on the seat board, the seat board being slidable relative to the shell toward or away from the backrest for adjustment between a plurality of positions, the child safety seat having a rear facing configuration of installation on a vehicle seat in which the seat board is settable to any of the positions and has a forward end in abuttal contact against a seatback of the vehicle seat, the child safety seat being configured to receive a child in a sitting position with a back of the child resting against the backrest in each of the positions of the seat board;
wherein a front surface of the backrest extending upward from the seat board to a top of the backrest is exposed in each of the positions of the seat board for receiving and supporting the back of the child sitting on the seat board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,235

INFANT CAR SEAT WITH MASSAGING CAPABILITIES

1. A sleep inducing device comprising:a child safety seat, an electrical system, a plurality of vibrating motors, and a plurality of speakers;
wherein the electrical system, the plurality of vibrating motors, and the plurality of speakers are attached to the child safety seat;
wherein the sleep inducing device is adapted for use with a child;
wherein the sleep inducing device is configured for use in inducing the child to sleep;
wherein the child is placed in the child safety seat;
wherein the plurality of vibrating motors massage the child;
wherein the plurality of speakers generate an audible sound;
wherein the child safety seat is a safety device;
wherein the child safety seat is configured for use in a vehicle;
wherein the child safety seat is adapted for use with the child;
wherein the electrical system is an electrical circuit;
wherein the electrical system powers and controls the operation of the sleep inducing device;
wherein each of the plurality of vibrating motors vibrates in response to an electric current;
wherein each of the plurality of speakers is an electrical transducer;
wherein the child safety seat comprises a backrest cushion, a bench cushion, a left wing, and a right wing;
wherein the backrest cushion is a padded structure;
wherein the bench cushion is a padded structure;
wherein the left wing is a rigid structure;
wherein the left wing forms a barrier;
wherein the right wing is a rigid structure;
wherein the right wing forms a barrier;
wherein a first sub-plurality of vibrating motors selected from the plurality of vibrating motors is installed in the backrest cushion;
wherein a second sub-plurality of vibrating motors selected from the plurality of vibrating motors is installed in the bench cushion;
wherein the first sub-plurality of vibrating motors vibrates the backrest cushion;
wherein the second sub-plurality of vibrating motors vibrates the bench cushion;
wherein the electrical system comprises an audio source, a first potentiometer, a second potentiometer, a master switch, a battery, a diode, a charging port, and a housing;
wherein the audio source, the first potentiometer, the second potentiometer, the master switch, the battery, the diode, and the charging port are contained within the housing;
wherein the audio source, the first potentiometer, the second potentiometer, the master switch, the battery, the diode, and the charging port are electrically interconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,479,234

ACTUATOR FOR AN OCCUPANT SUPPORT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to extend upwardly away from the seat bottom and move relative to the seat bottom,
a seatback-motion controller arranged to extend between and interconnect the seat back and the seat bottom, the seatback-motion controller including a rotation-control unit coupled to the seat back to move relative to the seat back and change between a blocked arrangement in which movement of the seat back relative to the seat bottom is blocked and a freed arrangement in which movement of the seat back relative to the seat bottom is permitted, a trigger gear coupled to the rotation-control unit to move relative to the rotation control-unit between a first position in which the rotation-control unit is blocked from changing from the blocked arrangement to the freed arrangement, a second position in which the trigger gear has rotated in a first direction to cause the rotation-control unit to change to the freed arrangement, and a third position in which the trigger gear rotates further in the first direction to allow the rotation-control unit to change to the blocked arrangement, and a trigger-gear actuator coupled to the trigger gear to move the trigger gear between the first, second, and third positions,
wherein the trigger-gear actuator includes a shape-memory alloy wire coupled to the trigger gear to move the trigger gear in response to changes in length of the shape-memory alloy wire between a first length associated with the first position, a relatively smaller second length associated with the second position, and a relatively smaller third length associated with the third position, a power supply coupled to the shape-memory alloy wire and configured to selectively provide power to the shape-memory alloy wire, and a control system coupled to the power supply and configured to apply varying amounts of power from the power supply to the shape-memory alloy wire to cause the shape-memory alloy wire to change between the first, second, and third lengths in response to receipt of an input to the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,233

SEAT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A seat apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a seat cushion;
a seatback standing upward from the seat cushion and that supports a back of a person sitting on the seat cushion;
a conversion mechanism that converts a disposition of the seatback between a normal position to a converted position, the normal position being a position at which the seatback is disposed at a rear section of the seat cushion and a sitting direction of an occupant is facing forward, the converted position being a position at which the seatback is disposed at a front section of the seat cushion and a sitting direction of an occupant is facing rearward; and
a reclining mechanism that biases the seatback toward a neutral position at which the seatback stands upward and that reclines the seatback forward and rearward from the neutral position,
wherein the reclining mechanism comprises:
a reclining shaft that is provided at a lower end of the seatback and that is a shaft about which the seatback is reclined forward and rearward from the neutral position, and
a biasing member disposed in a radial direction of the reclining shaft when the seatback is disposed at the neutral position,
a first end of the biasing member is engaged with an eccentric section of the seatback separated from the reclining shaft and a second end of the biasing member is engaged with a non-reclining member that reclinably support the seatback, and
the biasing member elongates when the seatback is reclined forward or rearward from the neutral position to accumulate a biasing force.

US Pat. No. 10,479,232

PASSENGER SUPPORT AND METHODS OF USE

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A passenger support comprisinga foundation frame configured to be coupled to a vehicle,
a vehicle seat including a seat base mounted to the foundation frame for sliding movement between a slid-back configuration and a slid-forward configuration, the seat base configured to move from a horizontal-use configuration to a tilted configuration,
a sliding motion controller configured to block the seat base from moving to the slid-forward configuration when the sliding motion controller is deactivated and to allow the seat base to move toward the slid-forward configuration when the sliding motion controller is activated,
a pivoting motion controller configured to block the seat base from moving from the horizontal-use configuration to the tilted configuration when the pivoting motion controller is deactivated and to allow the seat base to move to the tilted configuration when the pivoting motion controller is activated,
a locking mechanism configured to lock the seat base in the tilted configuration as the seat base is moved to the slid-forward configuration, and
a longitudinal motion controller including a forward tab and a rear tab,
wherein the sliding motion controller comprises a handle that engages the longitudinal motion controller when the sliding motion controller is activated to cause the rear tab to tilt downwardly and engage a stopper when the seat base is moved from the slid-back configuration to a forward-seating configuration between the slid-back configuration and the slid-forward configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,479,231

VEHICLE SEATING ARRANGEMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating arrangement, comprising:a seating assembly, wherein the seating assembly comprises:
one or more armrests, wherein the one or more armrests are configured for articulation in a vertical direction, and wherein the one or more armrests enable the seating assembly to transition between a plurality of configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,479,228

POSITION-DETERMINING DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT INSIDE A VEHICLE, SYSTEM, VEHICLE HAVING A VEHICLE SEAT ARRANGED INSIDE THE VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A position-determining device for determining a position of a vehicle seat inside a vehicle, wherein the position of the vehicle seat in the vehicle can be adjusted along an adjustment direction at least between a first and at least one second location, comprising a vehicle component and a vehicle seat component, wherein the vehicle component can be arranged in the vehicle as part of a vehicle electronics system, and the vehicle seat component can be arranged in the vehicle seat as part of a vehicle seat electronics system, said vehicle seat component having at least one vehicle seat transmitting/receiving device and said vehicle component having at least two vehicle transmitting/receiving devices that are seat-specific for communication with the at least one vehicle seat transmitting/receiving device of a specific seat, whereinthe at least one vehicle seat transmitting/receiving device and at least one of the vehicle transmitting/receiving devices are configured for a wireless transmission of one or more of information and energy and wherein the at least two vehicle transmitting/receiving devices are configured to be arranged offset spaced from each other along the adjustment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,479,227

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMOTIVE SEAT ADJUSTMENTS USING ELECTROMAGNETIC RAIL TECHNOLOGY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for adjusting a vehicle seat onboard a vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining vehicle status data, by a processor communicatively coupled to a plurality of sensors onboard the vehicle, wherein obtaining the vehicle status data further comprises detecting a current seat position and a current seat orientation;
detecting a current actuation state of the vehicle seat based on the vehicle status data, by the processor, wherein the current actuation state comprises at least one of a user input actuation state and an emergency actuation state;
calculating seat adjustments, by the processor, based on the current actuation state, wherein calculating the seat adjustments further comprises:
determining a potential seat position and a potential seat orientation;
calculating a time duration for actuating the vehicle seat from the current seat position and the current seat orientation to the potential seat position and the potential seat orientation; and
calculating power requirements for actuating the vehicle seat from the current seat position and the current seat orientation to the potential seat position and the potential seat orientation; and
actuating the vehicle seat based on the seat adjustments and using the power requirements and the time duration, via an electromagnetic vehicle seat rail device communicatively coupled to the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,224

VEHICLE SEAT CONVERSION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A method for converting a van vehicle rear seating system from an OEM van vehicle rear seating system to a customized van rear seating system wherein the OEM van vehicle rear seating system has a floor structure for receiving a seating system which floor structure comprises OEM struts extending axially of the vehicle and OEM cross bars fixed on the OEM struts the OEM cross bars being in pairs of an OEM forward cross bar and an OEM rearward cross bar each pair for receiving an OEM seat leg and the OEM cross bars extending laterally across the OEM strut at a predetermined space above the OEM strut defining a space, and the forward and rearward cross bars providing access to replacement seat installation according to selected seat replacement plans comprising:providing a conversion seat assembly for installation comprising one or more seats and an adapter base attached to the one or more seats and one or more seat legs attached to the adapter base, each seat leg comprising a lower portion in the form of a rigid box structure having a lower bar forming a bottom of the lower portion and a front hook and a rear hook projecting below the lower bar to define a space between each of the front hook and the rear hook and the lower bar to capture the forward cross bar and the rearward cross bar respectively in the defined space between the front hook and the lower bar and the rear hook and the lower bar, the rear hook having an axially extending portion having a threaded hole spaced from a vertical portion and providing a threaded fastener extendable through the lower bar of the seat leg for threaded attachment in the threaded hole whereby when installed the threaded fastener captures the rearward cross bar and prevents any rearward movement of the seat assembly and further comprising an upper portion having spaced apart parallel sides defining a receiving space;
the adapter base having an axial portion and a lateral portion, the axial portion comprising spaced apart axial members each extending axially from a frontal end to a rearward end each axial member having a vertical height defined by oppositely facing surfaces, said oppositely facing surfaces being spaced apart to be fitted into the receiving space of the upper portion and the lateral portion comprising a pair of axially spaced apart lateral members extending in parallel, laterally defining a forward lateral member and a rear lateral member and being connected respectively to the frontal end of the axial members and to the rearward end of the axial members;
providing one or more replacement seats according to a predetermined seat replacement plan each replacement seat having axially forward and rearward securing portions located to be secured respectively to the forward and rearward lateral members of the adapter base;
attaching the replacement seats to the mating lateral members and attaching the seat legs to the adapter base axial members according to a selected seat replacement plan; and
fitting the seat legs to the OEM struts by placing the seat leg hooks in a position rearward of the cross bars and moving the seat assembly forward so that the hooks of the seat legs are under the respective cross bar and installing the threaded member into the rear hook thereby fixing the rear cross bar to the seat leg against rearward movement of the seat leg and the hooks fixing the seat leg against movement relative to the cross bars, whereby the seat assembly is in firm assembly to the floor structure of the OEM vehicle seating system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,223

CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF ELECTRIC OR HYBRID AIRCRAFT

H55 SA, Sion (CH)

1. A power management system for a vehicle having one or more transducers, the one or more transducers being configured to propel the vehicle using energy from one battery and charge the one battery, the power management system comprising:a first battery configured to power a first transducer to propel a housing, the first transducer being supported by the housing;
a second battery configured to power a second transducer to propel the housing, the second battery being different from the first battery, the second transducer being supported by the housing and configured to charge the second battery; and
electronic circuitry configured to:
cause the first battery to power the first transducer to propel the housing,
cause the second transducer to charge the second battery, and
cause the second battery to power the second transducer to propel the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,479,222

WIRELESS CHARGING VEHICLE AND WIRELESS CHARGING ROAD

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A wireless charging road, comprising:a road basement;
a road surface layer positioned on the road basement;
a first guardrail and a second guardrail positioned on two opposite sides of the road surface layer; and
a magnetic field generator on the first guardrail and the second guardrail, wherein the magnetic field generator is configured to generate magnetic force lines above the road surface layer so that a wireless charging vehicle cuts the magnetic force lines to produce an electric potential when the wireless charging vehicle drives on the road surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,479,221

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a battery;
an inlet to which a charging connector provided external to the vehicle is connectable;
a power receiving device configured to contactlessly receive power from a power transmitting device provided external to the vehicle;
a first connector electrically connected to the inlet and the power receiving device; and
a second connector electrically connected to the power receiving device and the battery,
wherein the inlet is directly coupled to an input of a rectifier, an output of the rectifier is directly coupled to the first connector, the first connector is directly coupled to an input terminal of the power receiving device, and an output terminal of the power receiving device is directly coupled to the second connector.

US Pat. No. 10,479,214

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AIR FLOW SUPPLIED TO VEHICLE FUEL CELL

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling an air flow rate of an air blower, supplied to a fuel cell, through an air flow control system, the method being carried out by a program including program instructions executed by a control unit, configured to:calculate a first current required in the fuel cell corresponding to the air flow rate of the air blower;
compare the first current with a predetermined second current;
calculate a first target air flow rate to be supplied to the fuel cell from the air blower, if the first current is less than the predetermined second current;
compare the first target air flow rate with a second air flow rate that is a minimum air flow rate measurable by a flow sensor;
control the first target air flow rate through one-to-one mapping of a third current required in the fuel cell corresponding to the first target air flow rate and a first revolutions per minute (RPM) of the air blower matched to the third current, if the first target air flow rate is less than the second air flow rate;
calculate a second target air flow rate, if the first current is greater than the predetermined second current; and
control the second target air flow rate through a proportional integral (PI) control of a fourth current and a second RPM required in response to the second target air flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,479,213

BATTERY SWELLING SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A system for detecting swelling of a battery, the system comprising:a plurality of detecting units which is provided at one or more battery modules of a battery pack, respectively, and detects gas branched from a battery cell of the battery module;
a control unit which selects the largest detection value among the detection values of the respective detecting units, determines a level of the selected detection value according to a size of the selected detection value, and controls an operation of a peripheral apparatus based on the corresponding level; and
a switch unit which is provided in a connection path of the battery pack and an external power source and is turned on and off according to a signal of the control unit,
wherein the control unit compares the detection value of each of the detecting units with a predetermined threshold value, selects the largest detection value among the detection values exceeding the threshold values, and determines a level of the selected detection value according to the size of the selected detection value,
wherein the level of the selected detection value is determined as one of a first level, a second level, and a third level according to the degree of swelling risk, and
wherein when the level of the selected detection value is determined as one of the first level, the second level, and the third level, the control unit transmits a vehicle speed control signal based on the corresponding level to an electronic control unit (ECU) of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,212

ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND VOLTAGE ACQUISITION CIRCUIT THEREOF

Shenzhen Anding New Energ...

1. A voltage acquisition circuit (200), comprising:a voltage division and sampling module (210) electrically coupled to a battery pack (100), the voltage division and sampling module (210) comprising:
a first voltage division unit (220) and a second voltage division unit (230);
a sampling unit (250) comprising a first terminal electrically coupled to a positive terminal of the battery pack (100) through the first voltage division unit (220), and a second terminal electrically coupled to a negative terminal of the battery pack (100) through the second voltage division unit (230); and
a comparison unit (260) comprising a first input terminal electrically coupled to the first terminal of the sampling unit (250), a second input terminal electrically coupled to the second terminal of the sampling unit (250), and an output terminal;
a voltage to frequency conversion module (270) electrically coupled to the output terminal of the comparison unit (260), to receive a voltage signal (Vout) from the comparison unit (260), the voltage to frequency conversion module (270) configured to convert the voltage signal (Vout) into a first frequency signal (F1); and
an isolation module (280) electrically coupled to the voltage to frequency conversion module (270), to receive the first frequency signal (F1), the isolation module (280) configured to electrically isolate the first frequency signal (F1), to generate a second frequency signal (F2).

US Pat. No. 10,479,211

REGENERATIVE BRAKING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD USING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A regenerative braking control apparatus of a vehicle comprising:a drive motor;
a battery configured to provide driving voltage to the drive motor;
a data detector configured to detect driving state information of the vehicle; and
a vehicle controller configured to:
generate a total braking amount based on the driving state information,
generate a regenerative braking possible amount based on a generatable power of the drive motor and a chargeable power of the battery,
perform a regenerative braking when the regenerative braking possible amount is greater than the total braking amount, and
prepare a hydraulic pressure braking based on the regenerative braking possible amount and a regenerative braking amount based on the regenerative braking,
wherein the vehicle controller is configured to:
calculate a calculation value based on the regenerative braking possible amount and the regenerative braking amount,
prepare the hydraulic pressure braking by supplying a hydraulic pressure to a brake cylinder connected with a brake pad when the calculation value is less than a reference value, and
control a brake system configured to supply the hydraulic pressure to the brake cylinder connected with the brake pad until the brake pad and a brake disk are a state of a kiss point.

US Pat. No. 10,479,210

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. An electric vehicle charging station, comprising:an interface, between the charging station and an electrical energy supply grid, for the charging station to receive energy from and transmit energy to the electrical energy supply grid,
an energy intermediate storage device for intermediate storage of the energy transmitted to or received from the electrical energy supply grid using the interface,
a plurality of output connections for charging electric a plurality of vehicles simultaneously, and
a control unit for controlling intermediate energy storage in the energy intermediate storage device and for controlling delivery of energy using the plurality of output connections in a first operational mode charging the plurality of electrical vehicles coupled to the plurality of output connections with energy from the electrical supply grid via the interface,
wherein the control unit is configured to, in a second operating mode, cause energy to be provided from the energy intermediate storage device to the plurality of electrical vehicles coupled to the output connections if the energy drawn at the plurality of output connections cannot be provided completely by the electrical energy supply grid via the interface,
wherein the control unit is configured to, in a third operating mode and based on a first fault in the electrical energy supply grid, initiate energy intake from the electrical energy supply grid by the intermediate storage device, to remove excess energy from the electrical supply grid to support the electrical supply grid during the first fault, and
wherein the control unit is configured to, in a fourth operating mode and based on a second fault in the electrical energy supply grid, initiate an energy delivery from the intermediate storage device into the electrical energy supply grid to provide additional energy to the electrical supply grid to support the electrical supply grid during the second fault.

US Pat. No. 10,479,209

RELAY DEVICE INCLUDING A RESTRICTION UNIT

AUTONETWORK TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A relay device converting a control signal related to charging from one format to another and relaying a converted control signal between a first communication unit that is provided on a vehicle having a battery and that sends and receives a control signal related to charging in a first format and a second communication unit that is provided on a charging station for supplying DC power to charge the battery and that sends and receives a control signal related to charging in a second format, comprising:a restriction unit that restricts energization between the charging station and the battery regardless of control performed by the vehicle based on the control signal;
an acquisition unit that acquires a voltage value of the DC power supplied from the charging station and a voltage value of the battery;
a determination unit that determines whether or not a voltage difference between the voltage values acquired by the acquisition unit is less than a threshold; and
a release unit that releases restriction by the restriction unit if the determination unit determines that the voltage difference is less than the threshold, wherein
the vehicle is provided with a DC cutoff relay that cuts off DC power supplied from the charging station to the battery and a signal line that transmits a signal for opening or closing the DC cutoff relay,
the relay device comprises a signal cutoff relay that cuts off the signal, and
the restriction unit restricts the energization by changing a state of the signal cutoff relay to an interrupted state, and the release unit releases the restriction by changing a state of the signal cutoff relay to an energized state.

US Pat. No. 10,479,207

ARRANGEMENT STRUCTURE OF WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An arrangement structure of a wheel drive system comprising:a tire wheel; and
a drive unit for driving the tire wheel,
wherein the tire wheel includes a brake part arranged in a hollow space of the tire wheel,
the drive unit includes a motor and an inverter for driving the motor,
the inverter includes a power module for supplying power to the motor, and a bus bar which transmits power supplied from an outside of the tire wheel to the power module, and
the bus bar is arranged between the brake part and the power module.

US Pat. No. 10,479,206

METHOD FOR SWITCHING AN OPERATING STATE OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE AND DEVICE FOR SWITCHING AN OPERATING STATE OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for switching from a freewheeling operating state of an electric machine having three phase terminals to a short-circuit operating state, the method comprising:providing a first switching element with a first freewheeling diode between a first phase terminal of the electric machine and a node;
providing a second switching element with a second freewheeling diode between a second phase terminal of the electric machine and the node;
providing a third switching element with a third freewheeling diode between a third phase terminal of the electric machine and the node;
receiving a request for switching the operating state of the electric machine from the freewheeling operating state to the short-circuit operating state;
closing the third switching element and the second switching element at least partly successively at points in time predefined depending on a drive parameter of the electric machine, or closing the second switching element simultaneously with the third switching element to
transition from the freewheeling operating state to a partial-phase short circuit operating state having only two phase terminals conductively connected to one another, and
closing the first switching element at a point in time predefined depending on the drive parameter of the electric machine to transition from the partial-phase short circuit operating state to the short circuit operating state having each of the three phase terminals conductively connected to each other,
wherein the drive parameter of the electric machine is a value or a profile of an electrical voltage of the electric machine or a rotor angle of the rotor of the electric machine or another parameter on the basis of which a value or a profile of an electrical voltage of the electric machine or the rotor angle of the rotor of the electric machine can be deduced.

US Pat. No. 10,479,203

VEHICLE EQUIPMENT

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. Vehicle equipment comprising a protrusion unit provided near at least one side among four sides forming an outer rim of a rectangular display having a touch panel, the protrusion unit being provided such that a long side of the protrusion unit is substantially in parallel with the one side,wherein a button is provided at at least one of both ends of the protrusion unit in an extending direction of the long side, the button being capable of accepting an input in the extending direction of the long side of the protrusion unit,
wherein upon acceptance of an input, the button outputs an instruction for starting a sound collection for voice recognition, and
wherein the vehicle component further comprises a control unit for starting a sound collection for voice recognition, wherein
when the button provided at the end nearer to the driving seat accepts an input while a moving body to which the vehicle equipment is attached is moving, the control unit starts the sound collection for voice recognition and limits a screen input operation.

US Pat. No. 10,479,199

DISCONNECTABLE POWER TRANSFER UNIT

GKN Driveline Japan Ltd, ...

1. A power transfer unit intermissively transferring torque about a first axis toward a second axis different from the first axis, comprising:a hollow input shaft rotatable about the first axis and so dimensioned as to allow penetration of an axle along the first axis;
an intermediate shaft rotatable independently from the input shaft about the first axis;
an output shaft in mesh with the intermediate shaft and rotatable about the second axis;
a clutch disconnectably and drivingly coupling the input shaft with the intermediate shaft;
a motor including a rotor rotating about the first shaft;
an input member coupled with the rotor to be rotatable about the first axis and including an eccentric shaft eccentric from the first axis;
a fixed member immovable about the first axis;
an intermediate member fitting on the eccentric shaft to make an eccentric motion and meshing with the fixed member to make a rotary motion about the eccentric shaft;
an output member rotatable about the first axis and engaging with and following the intermediate member; and
a cam mechanism interposed between the output member and the clutch and converting the rotary motion of the output member into a motion in a direction of the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,479,195

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A fuel supply device adapted to supply a fuel to a fuel tank, comprising:a filler neck provided to include a fuel supply port, which is adapted to receive a fueling gun, and configured to form part of a fuel passage from the fuel supply port, wherein the fuel passage is adapted to supply fuel to the fuel tank, and wherein the filler neck comprises a filler neck main body, which includes an internal passage that forms part of the fuel passage, and a fuel vapor port, which is branched off from the filler neck main body to communicate with the internal passage of the filler neck main body;
a fuel vapor pipe connected with the fuel vapor port and adapted to supply a fuel vapor in the fuel tank to the internal passage of the filler neck main body; and
a buffer member at least partly placed between the filler neck main body and the fuel vapor port in a neighborhood of a branch portion where the fuel vapor port is branched off from the filler neck main body, wherein
the buffer member includes a main body portion and a cover portion that is engaged with the main body portion,
in a state in which the main body portion and the cover portion are engaged with each other, a through hole is formed between the main body portion and the cover portion, and
the fuel vapor port is inserted in the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,479,194

OVER FENDER AIR GUIDE AND SNORKEL PROTECTION

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

1. An air intake system for supplying air to a snorkel of a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a wheel well, a wheel disposed in the wheel well, a first body panel defining a side of an engine compartment of the vehicle, and a second body panel attached to the first body panel and located above and defining the wheel well, the air intake system comprising:a first air intake vent having a first opening and a snorkel located underneath the second body panel defining a first air pathway to the snorkel; and
a scoop disposed in the first air intake vent, wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel and wherein the scoop comprises:
a base portion attached to a body component defining a back wall of the lower air intake vent;
a longitudinally transverse portion extending forward from the base portion; and
a laterally transverse portion extending from an upper edge of the base portion and an upper edge of the longitudinally transverse portion; and
wherein air entering the first air intake vent passes the scoop and follows the first air pathway to the snorkel.

US Pat. No. 10,479,193

GRILLE SHUTTER DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A grille shutter device comprising:a decorative surface curved in a convex shape toward a front side of a vehicle in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle front portion and provided with an opening in a part; and
a fin provided in the opening and configured to rotate about a shaft having an axial direction extending in the vehicle width direction so as to open and close the opening,
wherein the fin is configured such that in an open state in which the opening is opened, a tip end on a front portion of the fin in a front-rear direction of the vehicle is in a linear shape as viewed from the front side of the vehicle, and in a closed state in which the opening is closed, an opposing tip end on an opposite side of the fin from the tip end is enlarged in the vehicle width direction relative to a width thereof in the open state so as to form a curve in a convex shape toward the front side of the vehicle in the vehicle width direction and
wherein, in the open state and the closed state, the shaft is curved in a convex shape toward the front side of the vehicle in a top view of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,192

VEHICLE RADIATOR HAVING TWO DIFFERENT COLORS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle radiator gill having two different colors, comprising:a base component having a first color and forms an exterior of a radiator grill while providing a vent component having a plurality of air passages formed therethrough and blocked parts disposed at both sides of the vent component; and
an image component having a second color different from the color of the base component,
wherein the first color of the base component is formed by a first injection and the second color of the image component is formed by a second injection,
wherein the image component is integrally formed with the base component by the first injection and the second injection such that the second color is exposed toward the front of the radiator grill through an air passage to form an image of two colors of the radiator grill, and
wherein the image component coupled to the vent component of the base component further comprises:
a cross-coupling component which is coupled to a rear surface of the base component along a lower edge of the air passage, partially protrudes toward the air passage, and is exposed toward the front of the radiator grill to form an image of two different colors; and
a longitudinal-coupling component which connects the cross-coupling component in the vertical direction while being coupled to the rear surface of the base component and strengthens the coupling force between the base component and the cross-coupling component.

US Pat. No. 10,479,189

MOTOR DRIVE SELECTOR MECHANISM FOR A CHILD VEHICLE

Huffy Corporation, Miami...

1. A child vehicle, comprising:a motor having a drive wheel;
a wheel selectively operatively coupled to the motor for driving the child vehicle under the power of the motor, the wheel defining a central axis; and
a motor drive selector mechanism comprising:
a drive adaptor including a first portion engaged with the drive wheel and a second portion extending toward the interior of the wheel;
a lock pin assembly operable to rotate with the wheel and having a lock pin movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a selector plate rotatable about the central axis between a first motor driven position and a second motor disengaged position, the selector plate includes first and second spaced apart recesses for engaging with the lock pin, the first recess has a depth greater than a depth of the second recess such that the lock pin is in the extended position when in the first recess and the lock pin is in the retracted position when in the second recess; and
a control knob for moving the selector plate between the first and second positions,
wherein the motor drive selector mechanism allows the child vehicle to be operated in a first operational mode wherein the wheel is driven by the motor and a second operational mode wherein the wheel is substantially free from drag or resistance due to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,479,188

HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH OFFSET ELECTRIC MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GEAR CHANGES

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

1. A hybrid transmission for a motor vehicle including an internal combustion engine and an electric machine, the hybrid transmission comprising:two concentric primary shafts including a solid primary shaft and a hollow primary shaft, and connected to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and to the electric machine without a disconnect clutch, the solid primary shaft including two idler pinions of a hybrid or combustion engine gears;
a secondary shaft connected to wheels of the vehicle by a differential, the two idler pinions being configured to engage with fixed gearwheels of the secondary shaft; and
a transfer shaft configured to transfer motion from at least one of the primary shafts to the secondary shaft and couple the primary shafts,
wherein the electric machine is located at an opposite end of the primary shafts relative to the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,479,187

INTEGRATED HYBRID POWER SYSTEM FOR WORK VEHICLE

1. An integrated hybrid power system for a work vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electric machine; and
a transmission including a planetary gear set with a first gear, a second gear, and a third gear and a selective transmission component having a disengaged position and an engaged position, the transmission configured to transfer mechanical power between the engine and the electric machine;
the transmission, in a first configuration and the selective transmission component in the disengaged position to allow relative rotation of each of the first gear, the second gear, and the third gear, configured to transfer mechanical power in a first direction from the electric machine to the engine to start the engine; and
the transmission, in a second configuration and the selective transmission component in the engaged position to rotationally fix together two of the first gear, the second gear, and the third gear, configured to transfer mechanical power in the first direction and, alternatively, in a second direction from the engine to the electric machine after the engine is started.

US Pat. No. 10,479,185

HYBRID TRANSMISSION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A hybrid transmission for a motor vehicle, comprising:a primary shaft;
an electric power transmission mechanism;
an electric drive shaft which is drivable by an electric motor, and which is connected in a power-transmitting manner to the primary shaft via the electric power transmission mechanism;
an internal combustion engine drive shaft which is a crankshaft or is connected fixedly to a crankshaft so as to rotate therewith, the internal combustion engine drive shaft being arranged at least in sections in a region between the primary shaft and the electric drive shaft; and
an internal combustion engine power transmission mechanism which is arranged adjacently with respect to the electric power transmission mechanism defining a plane,
wherein the electric power transmission mechanism is adapted to transmit power from the electric drive shaft to the primary shaft within the plane which is perpendicular to the primary shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,479,184

AUXILIARY ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE USING SAME

EVAOS, INC., Santa Clara...

1. A vehicle system comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a transmission coupled to the internal combustion engine on a first end;
a front drive train portion connected to a second end of the transmission;
a rear drive train portion;
a disconnect connected inline to the front drive train portion; and
an electric drive assembly coupled to the front drive train portion on a first end and coupled to the rear drive train portion on a second end; wherein
the disconnect is located between the transmission and the electric drive assembly and selectively decouples the electric drive assembly and the front drive train portion, wherein the rear drive train portion comprises:
a first end coupled to the electric drive assembly;
a second end coupled to a vehicle differential; and
a second disconnect, wherein the second disconnect is located between the electric drive assembly and the differential with the second disconnect being adapted to couple and decouple torque from the first end of the rear drive train portion to the second end of the rear drive train portion.

US Pat. No. 10,479,182

SHIFT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A shift control system for vehicle, comprising:a plurality of engagement devices set to torque capacities based on oil pressures supplied;
a geared transmission coupled to an output shaft of a prime mover and including the plurality of engagement devices;
a hydraulic controller that controls the oil pressures with respect to the plurality of engagement devices in order to shift a gear stage of the transmission to another gear stage having a different speed ratio; and
a controller that controls the transmission,
wherein the controller is configured so that, during a shift of the transmission, in an inertia phase where an input speed of the transmission changes toward a synchronous speed in a gear stage after the shift, the controller controls an oil pressure of a predetermined engagement device to be engaged to establish the gear stage after the shift, and
in the inertia phase, the oil pressure of the predetermined engagement device is set to an oil pressure which is higher than a first oil pressure to set a torque capacity for transmitting from the prime mover a first drive torque acting on the predetermined engagement device, but lower than a second oil pressure to set a torque capacity for transmitting a second drive torque which is a total of an inertia torque caused by a change in speed of the prime mover and the first drive torque.

US Pat. No. 10,479,181

CONNECTING CLUTCH FOR A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN HAVING A TORQUE SENSOR

1. A clutch for a hybrid drive train of a motor vehicle, comprising:a first connection part that is connectable in a rotationally fixed fashion to an output shaft of an internal combustion engine, and
a second connection part that is connectable in a rotationally fixed fashion to a shaft of at least one of a transmission or a rotor of an electric drive engine,
said first connection part and said second connection part are connected to each other in a closed position of the clutch in a torque transmitting manner, while in an opened position of the clutch the connection parts are arranged interrupting a flow of torque, and a clutch actuating system, comprising:
a ramp mechanism switching the clutch between the opened and the closed position, with the ramp mechanism being effectively connected via planetary gearing to the connection parts,
the first connection part comprises two guiding sections connected in a rotationally fixed fashion via a torque storage device, and
the torque storage device is arranged such that the guiding sections at least in a closed position are spring-elastically pre-stressed in reference to each other in a direction of rotation,
the torque storage device comprises a mechanical spring unit,
the mechanical spring unit comprises several mechanical spring elements which cooperate such that the mechanical spring elements successively elastically engage or disengage over a range of an angle of rotation,
a first one of the spring elements is a pressure spring, and
a second one of the spring elements is a leaf spring or a leaf spring package.

US Pat. No. 10,479,178

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel cell system to be mounted on a vehicle, comprising:a fuel cell that causes electrochemical reaction of an anode gas and a cathode gas;
a plurality of auxiliary machines that are used for operation of the fuel cell; and
a fuel cell system case that is configured to accommodate the fuel cell and the plurality of auxiliary machines therein, wherein the fuel cell system case accommodating the fuel cell and the plurality of auxiliary machines includes:
a first surface from which a first cable harness extends, the first cable harness including first electric wire used for supplying electric power to the plurality of auxiliary machines, and
a second surface from which a second cable harness extends, the second cable harness including second electric wire for supplying larger electric power than the electric power of the first electric wire to an equipment other than the fuel cell, the equipment being accommodated with the fuel cell in the fuel cell system case,
wherein the first surface of the fuel cell system case faces in a first direction different from a second direction that the second surface of the fuel cell system case faces, and
wherein the second surface of the fuel cell system case is either a surface that is opposed to a front side of the vehicle or a surface that is opposed to a rear side of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,177

EFFICIENT WHEEL

OR-MENT LLC, San Jose, C...

1. An electrical passenger car, the electrical passenger car comprising:an electrically driven motor; and
wheels,
wherein said wheels comprise a first wheel, a second wheel, a third wheel, and a fourth wheel,
wherein said first wheel and said second wheel have a radius 20 percent larger than said third wheel and said fourth wheel,
wherein said electrical passenger car comprises a total weight,
wherein said electrical passenger car comprises a center of gravity designed so that greater than 50% of said total weight will be over said first wheel and said second wheel,
wherein said electrical passenger car is designed to travel for a greater distance for the same axial to wheel friction energy loss than a similar electrical passenger car having wheels of a smaller radius, and
wherein said second wheel width is equal to or less than said third wheel width.

US Pat. No. 10,479,175

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A TARPAULIN FASTENING SYSTEM

Royer Ent., LLC, Payson,...

1. A method of fastening a tarp to a payload, comprising:supporting a payload with a flatbed trailer;
covering the payload with a tarp;
removably coupling a tarp fastening device to the flatbed trailer;
arranging a plurality of connection pins along a length of a line cord of the tarp fastening device;
connecting each of the plurality of connection pins to respective connection points along the flatbed trailer and the tarp, wherein the line cord is not in direct contact with the connection points; and
actuating a gear assembly of the tarp fastening device to create tension on the line cord to fasten the tarp onto the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,479,174

OPENING AND CLOSING MECHANISM AND SUNROOF DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

AISIN(NANTONG) TECHNICAL ...

1. An opening and closing mechanism for a sunroof device of a car roof, comprising:a movable panel to be disposed on the sunroof device;
a connecting member; and
a sliding member,
the movable panel being fastened to the connecting member,
the connecting member having a plate-type connecting member main body which extends in the front-rear direction of the vehicle, and the thickness direction of the connecting member main body coincides with the width direction of the vehicle,
the connecting member main body being formed with a through hole which goes through the connecting member main body in the width direction of the vehicle and extends along a curve in the front-rear direction of the vehicle,
the sliding member having a sliding member main body, the sliding member main body including a pair of vertical walls which are opposite each other and a connecting wall which connects upper ends of said pair of vertical walls, the vertical and connecting walls are formed by a piece of continuous sheet
wherein the connecting wall engages with and slides in the through hole to make the connecting member incline in the up-down direction of the vehicle or move in the front-rear direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,479,170

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle, comprising:a pump drawing and discharging a heat medium to circulate the heat medium;
an air-cooling heat exchanger that exchanges sensible heat between the heat medium circulating by the pump and ventilation air to be blown into a vehicle interior to cool and dehumidify the ventilation air;
a heat-medium and outside-air heat exchanger that exchanges sensible heat between the heat medium and outside air;
a compressor adapted to draw and discharge a refrigerant in a refrigeration cycle;
a heat-medium cooling heat exchanger that cools the heat medium by exchanging heat between a low-pressure side refrigerant in the refrigeration cycle and the heat medium;
a dehumidification mode switching valve that switches between a first dehumidification mode in which the heat medium circulates between the air-cooling heat exchanger and the heat-medium cooling heat exchanger, and a second dehumidification mode in which the heat medium circulates between the air-cooling heat exchanger and the heat-medium and outside-air heat exchanger; and
a controller configured to allow the heat medium to circulate between the air-cooling heat exchanger and the heat-medium and outside-air heat exchanger when a temperature in connection with a temperature of the outside air is estimated or determined to be less than a temperature in connection with a dew-point temperature of the ventilation air flowing into the air-cooling heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,479,169

CONTROL MODULE FOR AN ELECTRIC APPLIANCE

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A control module for an electric appliance comprising:a printed circuit board, on which are mounted electrical and electronic components, and
at least one power electronic component,
wherein the power electronic component is separate from the printed circuit board and is held relative thereto using at least one electrical link member fixed onto the printed circuit board and linked to one of the terminals of the power electronic component,
wherein the power electronic component is mounted on a substrate extending substantially in the plane of the printed circuit board, the latter being separated from said substrate by a slit, and
wherein a first electrical link member is linked electrically to a first terminal of the power electronic component, a second link member being linked electrically to a second terminal of the power electronic component, the first link member and the second linked member being linked mechanically to one another via an electrically insulating fitting, said fitting being fixed onto the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,479,163

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A THERMAL COMFORT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR RIDE SHARE VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling a thermal comfort control system for vehicles comprising:providing a plurality of occupant seats in a vehicle cabin;
controlling a set temperature within the vehicle cabin by a multi-function control panel using a cabin comfort control system configured to adjust a plurality of HVAC functions; and
adjusting at least one thermal comfort parameter at a number of the plurality of occupant seats using at least one seat comfort control system,
wherein adjusting the at least one thermal comfort parameter causes the cabin comfort control system to automatically adjust the set temperature of the vehicle cabin either by decreasing or increasing the set temperature within the vehicle cabin in accordance with the at least one thermal comfort parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,479,161

VEHICLE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An air conditioning system for a vehicle comprising:an air-conditioning case having a cold air passageway and a warm air passageway, a cold air discharge port configured to discharge cold air of the cold air passageway to outside of the vehicle, and a warm air discharge port configured to discharge warm air of the warm air passageway to outside of the vehicle;
the air-conditioning case further defining an outlet and a distribution duct connected to the outlet, wherein the distribution duct is connected to an interior of the vehicle to distribute air from the outlet of the air-conditioning duct to the interior of the vehicle according to air discharge modes; and
at least one cover plate disposed on an outer face of the air-conditioning case and overlying the cold air discharge port and the warm air discharge port to prevent outdoor air from flowing backward through the cold air discharge port and the warm air discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,479,160

DAMPER WITH PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD CARRIER

Tenneco Automotive Operat...

1. A bumper cap assembly for an electrically adjustable hydraulic shock absorber having a rod guide, a piston rod guided by the rod guide, and an electronically-controlled valve positioned within the rod guide for controlling a damping state of the shock absorber, the bumper cap assembly comprising:a circuit board positioned around the piston rod, the circuit board adapted to actuate the electronically-controlled valve;
a carrier housing receiving the circuit board and engaged with the rod guide, the carrier housing including at least one column; and
a bumper cap mounted on the carrier housing and engaged with the at least one column;
wherein the at least one column is adapted to transfer compressive axial loads from the bumper cap to the rod guide during an operation of the shock absorber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,159

RIDE HEIGHT LEVELING WITH SELECTABLE CONFIGURATIONS: SYSTEM AND METHOD

Barksdale, Inc., Los Ang...

1. A leveling control system adapted for operation with pressurized air from a pressurized air source, comprising:a configurable control valve (3) mounted on a second structure (5) having a lever (7) coupled to a first structure (11) wherein the lever (7) has an angular position based on a height difference between the first structure (11) and the second structure (5);
one or more air bags (13) disposed between the first structure (11) and the second structure (5);
the configurable control valve (3) further comprising:
a valve module (6) having:
a valve shaft (34) rotationally coupled in the valve module (6) and to the lever (7), the valve shaft (34) having an upper shaft portion (86) and a lower shaft portion (87), one of the upper shaft portion and lower shaft portion having a tongue (88) and the other of the upper shaft portion and lower shaft portion having a groove (89) coupling the upper shaft portion and lower shaft portion together when the tongue is inserted in the groove;
an upper rotor valve (35) coupled to the upper shaft portion (86) and a lower rotor valve (37) coupled to the lower shaft portion (87);
a dump chamber (69) pneumatically coupled to the one or more air bags (13);
a first ride height chamber (31) configured to receive air from the pressurized air source at an input port (19) through the upper rotor valve (35) and to exhaust air at an exhaust port (27) wherein air flow in the first ride height chamber (31) is controlled based on the angular position of the lever (7) and the upper rotor valve (35) when a selector assembly (47) selects air direction between the dump chamber (69) and the first ride height chamber (31); and,
a second ride height chamber (29) configured to receive air from the pressurized air source at the input port (19) through the lower rotor valve (37) and to exhaust air at the exhaust port (27) wherein air flow in the second ride height chamber (29) is controlled based on the angular position of the lever (7) and the lower rotor valve (37) when the selector assembly (47) selects air direction between the dump chamber (69) and the second ride height chamber (29); and,
a pilot selection module (8) having a selector chamber (71), wherein the selector chamber selectively directs air between the dump chamber (69) and the first ride height chamber (31) or the dump chamber (69) and the second ride height chamber (29) according to the angular position of the lever (7); and,
the valve module (6) and the pilot selection module (8) selected to have a configuration A that provides operating modes for a default ride height range mode A1, a raised second ride height range mode A2, and a dump mode A3.

US Pat. No. 10,479,158

LOOK AHEAD VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Enpulz, LLC, Austin, TX ...

1. A wheel-based vehicle configured to travel along a roadway environment, the wheel-based vehicle comprising:a first independent suspension element configured to service a first wheel with a first suspension setting;
a second independent suspension element configured to service a second wheel with a second suspension setting;
at least one electromagnetic sensing device disposed and configured to capture electromagnetic waves reflected off of the roadway environment;
processing circuitry configured to, based on the captured electromagnetic waves and vehicle motion data, predict a first time at which the first wheel will contact a first roadway condition, and a second time at which the second wheel will contact a second roadway condition; and
the processing circuitry being configured to accommodate the first roadway condition by configuring the first independent suspension element to a third suspension setting, the third suspension setting differing from the first suspension setting.

US Pat. No. 10,479,156

FORGED PORTAL HUB MOUNTING BODY

Super ATV, LLC, Madison,...

1. A portal hub assembly comprising:a portal box;
an input opening in said portal box configured to receive an input shaft;
an output opening in said portal box configured to receive an output shaft, wherein said output opening is vertically displaced from said input opening;
a mounting assembly removably attachable to a side of said portal box, wherein said mounting assembly comprises a mounting body forged as a unitary body having a deformed grain structure due to forging, wherein one side of said mounting body includes a plurality of elongated ribs that are unitarily forged with said mounting body, and wherein the one side of said mounting body defines a generally flat partition;
a bracket system comprising at least one mounting bracket adapted to receive a component from a particular vehicle model suspension system, wherein the at least one mounting bracket defines a mounting body surface that abuts the generally flat partition; and
wherein said bracket system is selectively affixed to said mounting body to configure said mounting assembly to receive the component from the particular vehicle model suspension system.

US Pat. No. 10,479,154

UTILITY SLED

1. A utility sled comprising: a body having an interior defined by a front wall, a back wall, a pair of sidewalls extending from the front wall to the back wall on opposite sides of a bottom and an open top surrounded by a lip, said body formed from plastic, the open top of the sled being larger than the bottom of the sled; a first U-shaped support having two ends and being fastened between the pair of sidewalls substantially near the front wall at one-third of the distance between the front wall and the back wall of the sled such that each of the two ends extend upward along a respective sidewall; a second U-shaped support having two ends and being fastened between the pair of sidewalls substantially near the back wall of the sled such that each of the two ends extend upward along a respective sidewall; four wheel deploying devices fastened to an exterior of the sled and to a respective end of a U-shaped support, each of said wheel deploying devices comprising an adjustment handle which raises and lowers an axel bolt such that a plurality of slots selectively receive a portion of the handle to adjust a height of the axel bolt; a wheel being attached to each of said axel bolts of each of the wheel deploying devices to allow the wheel to be deployed and retracted; a handle attached to the front wall of the sled via a flexible member and comprising a J-hook; and, an opening in said lip of the sled in the front wall, said opening receiving the J-hook of the handle to stow the handle; wherein the sidewalls are biased outward to create a positive camber on the wheels when the sled is unloaded and when a load is placed in the sled, the sidewalls are pulled inward at a top such that the wheels are adjusted to substantially zero camber.

US Pat. No. 10,479,152

COMPENSATION FOR TRAILER COUPLER HEIGHT IN AUTOMATIC HITCH OPERATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle hitch assistance system, comprising:a brake system; and
a controller:
acquiring position data for a coupler of a trailer;
deriving a vehicle path to align a hitch ball of the vehicle with the coupler including an end of the vehicle path compensating for a determined change in the position of the coupler in a driving direction based on the position data related to a vertical position of the coupler by relating the change in position of the coupler in a vertical direction to the change in a position of the coupler in the driving direction as a matter of rotation about an axis; and
controlling the brake system to stop the vehicle at the end of the path.

US Pat. No. 10,479,151

TRAILER COUPLING COMPRISING A SENSOR

Westfalia-Automotive GmbH...

1. A trailer coupling for a motor vehicle comprising a coupling arm for attaching a trailer or for carrying a load carrier, and comprising at least one sensor for detecting a deformation, caused by a load engaged on a bearing element of the trailer coupling, whereby at least one recess for the at least one sensor is provided on the bearing element, whereby the at least one sensor is provided for measuring a distance of reference surfaces of the at least one recess, wherein the reference surfaces move toward or away from one another during the deformation of the bearing element and extend in a transverse manner to a support section of the bearing element, which deforms during the application of stress by the load or is free from the flow of forces as a result of the support section of the bearing element, which is transferred from the support section by the load engaged on the bearing element.

US Pat. No. 10,479,150

WHEEL VALVE ASSEMBLY AND THE TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM MADE THEREWITH

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A wheel valve assembly comprising:a body portion coupled with a cover portion;
a diaphragm disposed between said body portion and said cover portion;
a first biasing member disposed between said cover portion and said diaphragm;
a control cavity defined by said body portion and said diaphragm;
a cover cavity defined by said cover portion and said diaphragm;
at least one control port defined by said body portion and in fluid communication with said control cavity;
a tire port defined by said body portion and in selective fluid communication with said control cavity;
a radially extending first conduit disposed in said body portion, wherein said first conduit is in fluid communication with said control cavity;
an axially extending second conduit disposed in said body portion, wherein said second conduit is in fluid communication with said first conduit;
an axially extending third conduit disposed in said cover portion, wherein said third conduit is in fluid communication with said second conduit;
a radially extending fourth conduit disposed in said cover portion, wherein said fourth conduit is in fluid communication with said third conduit and said cover cavity; and
an equalization valve assembly disposed in said second conduit, wherein said equalization valve assembly comprises:
a housing defining a first aperture and a second aperture;
a spring cage fully disposed within said housing, wherein said spring cage includes an end defining one or more spring cage apertures, wherein the one or more spring cage apertures are fully disposed within said housing and wherein the one or more spring cage apertures permit fluid communication between the first aperture and the second aperture;
a ball at least partially disposed within said spring cage and sealingly biased against the one or more spring cage apertures therethrough; and
a second biasing member engaged between a surface of said spring cage and said ball.

US Pat. No. 10,479,147

METHOD FOR ASSISTING WITH INFLATING THE TIRES OF A VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A self-adaptive method for assisting in the inflation of tires of a vehicle, the vehicle being stationary in an immobilization mode, the method comprising:continuously measuring at least a pressure of each tire by way of a wheel unit associated with each tire,
transmitting signals on a state of the tires via a wireless link between each wheel unit and a central unit, the central unit continuously analyzing these signals and then transmitting information in relation to the state of the tires to an information module, a pressure variation above a predetermined threshold of a tire associated with each wheel unit and detected by the wheel unit giving rise to transmission of a signal to the central unit, these signals being transmitted by each wheel unit through frequency-shift keying between two first predetermined frequencies defining, between them, a first frequency band, wherein, when the vehicle is stationary in an immobilization mode, each wheel unit is reprogrammed such that each wheel unit transmits, to the central unit, a first frequency-shift keyed signal with the first frequency band and a second frequency-shift keyed signal with a second frequency band wider than the first band.

US Pat. No. 10,479,146

RAPID TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Bridgestone Americas Tire...

1. An inflation system for use with a wheel and a tire, the inflation system comprising:a divider wall configured to divide an inner cavity of the tire into an upper chamber between a tread portion of the tire and the divider wall, and a lower chamber between the divider wall and the wheel;
a first pressure sensor arranged to be communicated with the upper chamber;
a second pressure sensor arranged to be communicated with the lower chamber;
a first valve having an open position for communicating the upper and lower chambers, and a closed position for isolating the upper chamber from the lower chamber;
a second valve configured to selectively communicate the lower chamber with a source of pressurized gas; and
a controller operably associated with the first and second pressure sensors and the first and second valves, the controller being configured to define a field ready pre-charged mode wherein the upper chamber is inflated to a field ready pressure in a range of from 4 psi to 16 psi, the first valve is closed and the lower chamber is pre-charged to a pre-charged pressure, the pre-charged pressure being such that upon opening of the first valve a transition from the field ready pre-charged mode to a road ready mode wherein the upper chamber is inflated to a road ready pressure in a range of from 20 psi to 40 psi occurs in a transition time of no more than ten minutes, wherein the field ready pressure is in a range of from 20% to 50% of the road ready pressure.