Patents Assigned to Nissan North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10737631
    Abstract: A carrier assembly for attachment to a side rail of a vehicle includes a cross bar configured to extend from a portion of the side rail and a coupling assembly disposed at least partially in a stanchion that extends from an end of the cross bar proximate the side rail. The coupling assembly is configured to couple a portion of the cross bar to the side rail. The carrier assembly also includes a cover configured to engage at least a portion of the stanchion to enclose the coupling assembly and a fastener configured to extend through an aperture disposed on a side of the stanchion opposite the cover and to engage a boss extending from a side of the cover facing the stanchion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Raghu Chervu
  • Patent number: 10737561
    Abstract: A sunroof structure includes a frame, a transparent material and a decorative panel. The frame is configured to install to a vehicle roof structure above a passenger compartment. The transparent material is installed to the frame such that light can pass therethrough to the passenger compartment. The decorative panel is installed to the frame such that at least a portion of the decorative panel covers an interior portion of the transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan Renn, Jeffrey Pencak
  • Patent number: 10737551
    Abstract: A vehicle air handling system includes an air duct housing, a particulate sensor, a first air blower and an electronic controller. The air duct housing has an air inlet and a passenger compartment vent. The particulate sensor is configured to detect a particulate level of particulates in the air duct housing. The first air blower is disposed in the air duct housing to move air within the air duct housing. The electronic controller is operatively coupled to the particulate sensor and the first air blower. The electronic controller is configured to operate the first air blower to reverse an air direction of the first air blower away from the passenger compartment vent upon detection of the particulate level of the particulates in the air duct housing being equal to or greater than a predetermined particulate threshold level in the air duct housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Ramiro Velazquez, Janeth Jhovana Gonzalez Arriaga
  • Patent number: 10731612
    Abstract: A fuel pump cover includes a first cover member and a second cover member. The first cover member has an attachment flange configured to attach to a surface of a fuel tank, a cover part coupled to the attachment flange and configured to cover a first fuel pump outlet to a fuel pump, and an attachment feature. The second cover member is configured to be removably attached to the attachment feature, and configured to cover a second fuel pump outlet to the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Teresa Aponte Hernandez, Takayuki Fuwa
  • Patent number: 10734657
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly is provided that includes a polymer electrolyte membrane and a catalyst layer provided on a surface of the polymer electrolyte membrane. The catalyst layer comprises catalyst particles and an ionomer film surrounding each of the catalyst particles. The ionomer film has an oxygen permeability of approximately 6.0×1012 mol/cm/s to 15.0×1012 mol/cm/s at 80° C. and a relative humidity of approximately 30% to 100%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rameshwar Yadav
  • Patent number: 10734660
    Abstract: A membrane electrode assembly for a fuel cell comprises a proton exchange membrane having an anode side and a cathode side. An anode catalyst layer is on the anode side of the proton exchange membrane and a cathode catalyst layer is on the cathode side of the proton exchange membrane. Each of the anode catalyst layer and the cathode catalyst layer comprises a metal alloy. A gas diffusion layer is on each of the anode catalyst layer and the cathode catalyst layer opposite the proton exchange membrane. A sacrificial intercalating agent is between the proton exchange membrane and one of the anode catalyst layer and the cathode catalyst layer, the sacrificial intercalating agent having sulfonate sites that attract metal cations resulting from dissolution of the metal alloy prior to the metal cations reaching the proton exchange membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dianne Atienza, Nilesh Dale
  • Patent number: 10730459
    Abstract: A vehicle electronic system having an electronic controller and a power switching device configured to switch between a first power setting and a second power setting. The first power setting includes powering at least one of a plurality of electrically powered accessories with power from an on-board electric power supply. The second power setting includes powering the at least one of the plurality of electrically powered accessories with power from an external power supply thereby preventing the use of electric power from the on-board electric power supply. The electronic controller is configured to electronically operate the switching device to switch between the first power setting and the second power setting such that in response to detection of power from the external power supply, the switching device is switched to the second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Flotkoetter, Dan Magee
  • Patent number: 10732925
    Abstract: A multi-device in-vehicle-infotainment system is configured to playback audio files one after another using a media device shuffling operation and an audio file shuffling operation. Specifically, in response to instructions from a user interface, a controller is further configured to automatically provide a plurality of audio files, one audio file after another, to an audio output component where the controller selects the plurality of audio files randomly shuffling between a plurality of electronic media devices selecting one or more audio files from differing ones of the plurality of electronic media devices for audio playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rami Daman, Adrian Tan, Adam Saganski
  • Patent number: 10703427
    Abstract: A jig has a frame, a carrier and a hood latch supporting assembly. The frame has two first shafts and a bracket attachment portion. The carrier has two sliders and a second shaft. The two sliders are fitted to the first shafts for movement in a Z-direction along the first shafts. The second shaft is perpendicular to the first shafts. The two sliders and the second shaft are rigidly fixed to one another. The hood latch supporting assembly has a second slider and a latch support portion. The second slider is fitted to the second shaft for movement in an X-axis direction along the second shaft. The latch support portion is coupled to the second slider for movement therewith. The frame assembly allows movement of a latch mechanism loosely fitted to a bracket during alignment of the latch mechanism to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shannon Leigh Stevens
  • Patent number: 10705539
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing remote support and negotiating problem situations of autonomous operation of vehicles based on signal states and vehicle information are described. The disclosed technology receives state data for the vehicles by an apparatus such as a remote vehicle support apparatus. The state data indicates a respective current state for the vehicles. The vehicles are each assigned to respective remote vehicle support queues based on the respective state data. An indication that one of the vehicles is requesting remote support is received by the remote vehicle support apparatus. In response to a determination that a change in the state data indicates that autonomous operation of the one of the vehicles is operating outside of defined parameter values, the remote support is provided to the one of the vehicles through a communications link by transmitting instruction data to modify the autonomous operation of the one of the vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Liam Pedersen, Maarten Sierhuis, Hans Utz, Mauro Della Penna, Terrence Fong, Mark Allan, Maria Bualat, Eric Schafer
  • Patent number: 10703286
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure having a cargo structure, a retractable step and a handle assembly. The cargo structure has a floor, a first side wall and a tailgate. The retractable step is installed to the cargo structure beneath the floor and the first side wall and adjacent to the tailgate. The handle assembly has a base and a grip handle extending from the base. The base is attached to an upright surface of the first side wall. The base is shaped and contoured such that the grip handle is positioned adjacent to and spaced apart from an upper surface of the first side wall within the cargo area above the floor and above the step. An individual using the step to enter the cargo area grabs the grip handle for assistance in stepping up into the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Patterson, Martin Petersen
  • Patent number: 10703259
    Abstract: An electronic controller of a vehicle is in electronic communication with lamp cover condition sensors, a headlamp switch, an off-road lamp switch and an electronic display. The electronic controller is configured to turn on the off-road lamp device in response to the off-road lamp switch being switched to the on condition and further in response to each of a plurality of predetermined conditions being met, the electronic controller further being configured to prevent the off-road lamp device from turning on in response to the off-road lamp switch being switched to the on condition and further in response to at least one of the plurality of predetermined conditions not being met, the predetermined conditions including at least a determination that the removable lamp cover of the off-road device has been removed, and a determination that the headlamp switch is in the second operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Rosolowsky, Melaina Vasko, Christopher Day
  • Patent number: 10703287
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure with a cargo area structure, a retractable step and a handle assembly. The cargo area structure has a floor, a first side wall and a tailgate at least partially defining a cargo area. The handle assembly has a base and a grip handle. The base is attached to an upright surface of the first side wall. The grip handle is movable relative to the base between a stowed orientation in which the grip handle is at a location lower than an upper surface of the first side wall and a gripping orientation in which at least a portion of the grip handle extends higher that the upper surface of the first side wall. With the grip handle in the gripping orientation an individual using the step to enter the cargo area grabs the grip handle for assistance in stepping up into the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Patterson, Martin Petersen
  • Patent number: 10698407
    Abstract: Trajectory planning for an autonomous vehicle is disclosed. A method for planning a trajectory for an autonomous vehicle includes determining a coarse driveline from a first location to a second location; determining a strategic speed plan for the coarse driveline; removing lateral discontinuities in the coarse driveline based on the strategic speed plan to generate an adjusted coarse driveline; and generating lateral constraints around the adjusted coarse driveline and a discrete-time speed plan based on observed objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventor: Christopher Ostafew
  • Patent number: 10695895
    Abstract: A socket tool adapter includes a base member having a first surface and a second surface. First and second jaw members are pivotally connected to the first surface of the base member. The first and second jaw members are configured to move between first and second closed positions and first and second open positions, respectively. The first and second jaw members are configured to receive an accessory when the first and second jaw members are in the open positions. First and second biasing members are connected between the first and second jaw members, respectively, and the base member. The first and second biasing members are configured to bias the first and second jaw members to the first and second closed positions, respectively. A cover member is connected to the second surface of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Tudor, Joseph Aquino
  • Patent number: 10676045
    Abstract: A trim panel is attached to an inboard surface of a door structure and includes an armrest and an armrest retaining structure. A portion of the trim panel defines an armrest opening with the armrest installed through the armrest opening. The armrest has an outboard portion with an outer peripheral flange that overlays a portion of an outboard surface of the trim panel. The armrest retaining structure is attached to the outboard surface of the trim panel at location adjacent to the armrest opening. The armrest retaining structure retains the armrest in position relative to the trim panel. The armrest retaining structure is further configured to release the armrest for movement in an outboard direction upon application of a predetermined first level of force to the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: George Henry Gasahl, IV, Brian Haupt
  • Patent number: 10669925
    Abstract: A vehicle fan shroud de-icing assembly includes a vehicle radiator, a fan shroud installed to the radiator, a fan and a heat providing member. The fan is installed to the fan shroud adjacent to the radiator and is configured to selectively move air between heat transferring fins of the radiator. The heat providing member is attached to one of the radiator and the fan shroud. The heat providing member is positioned and configured to provide heat to the fan shroud and/or radiator in order to melt ice, show and shush retained within the fan shroud or on surfaces of the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Amilkar Abraham Soto Infante, Xavier Ramiro Velazquez
  • Patent number: 10661718
    Abstract: A vehicle seatback assembly includes a cavity disposed in a seatback of a vehicle and a storage system. The storage system is movable between a first position in which the storage system is stowed in the cavity and a second position in which the storage system extends from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Teng Hu
  • Patent number: 10661833
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a first structural member extending in a vehicle lateral direction and a second structural member extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The second structural member is connected to the first structural member. An off-center impact structure is connected to at least one of the first structural member and the second structural member. The off-center impact structure has a curved contact surface. The curved contact surface is laterally spaced from the other of the first structural member and the second structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McGory, Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10656054
    Abstract: A tire testing apparatus includes a tire supporting structure, a force applying device, a force measuring device and a controller. The tire supporting structure is configured to retain a tire. The force applying device is attached to the tire supporting structure and is configured to selectively apply a static force to the tire with the tire retained by the tire supporting structure. The force measuring device is attached to the tire supporting structure and is configured to measure the static force applied to the tire applied by the force applying device. The controller is electronically connected to the force applying device and the force measuring device. The controller is configured to receive force measurements from the force measuring device and selectively operate the force applying device to apply a predetermined level of static force to the tire for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Akiyama, John Hsu, Robert Tyree