US Patent No. 10,363,877


Patent No. 10,363,877
Issue Date July 30, 2019
Title Load Space Covering Device
Inventorship Corrina Barnes, Gaydon (GB)
Brian Lidgard, Banbury (GB)
Nicholas Pang, Leamington Spa (GB)
Mark Butler, Coventry (GB)
Sam Henshaw, Leamington Spa (GB)
Derron Smith, Southa (GB)
Andrew Loughead, Birmingham (GB)
Christopher Todd, Banbury (GB)
Steven Smith, Coventry (GB)
Assignee Jaguar Land Rover Limited, Whitley, Coventry (GB)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,363,877

1. A device for covering a load space of a vehicle, the device comprising:a cover which is movable between a retracted position in which the load space is uncovered and a deployed position in which the load space is at least partially covered; and
a sensor for detecting an object in the path of the cover and/or which may interfere with the movement of the cover;
wherein the sensor comprises at least one cover sensor disposed on the cover and at least one seat position sensor operable to output a signal indicative of a seat of the vehicle being disposed within the path of the cover, wherein the signal is indicative of at least one of: a vehicle seat being in a folded/stowed state; a row position of the seat within the vehicle; a position of the seat within the vehicle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and, a position of a headrest of the seat with respect to a backrest of the seat.