Patents Assigned to Nissan North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11364755
    Abstract: A vehicle front-end assembly having a vehicle frame, a first tow hook and a skid plate. The vehicle frame has a first front side member with a front-end portion. The first tow hook has a forward portion and a rearward portion. The rearward portion of the first tow hook is attached the front-end portion of the first front side member by a first mechanical fastener. The skid plate has a main section, a first attachment flange extending from a first lateral side of the main section, the first attachment flange being fixed to the first front side member by the first mechanical fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Greggs
  • Patent number: 11358465
    Abstract: A fuel filler lid assembly includes a fuel filler lid. The fuel filler lid is configured to be supported to a vehicle body that has a fuel filler opening. The fuel filler lid has a first part that is movable with respect to the vehicle body between an open state and a closed state. The open state enables access to the fuel filler opening. The closed state encloses the fuel filler opening. The fuel filler lid has a second part that is movable with respect to the first part as the first part moves between the open state and the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Pencak, Paul Dyde
  • Patent number: 11358467
    Abstract: A fuel filler lid assembly includes a fuel filler lid. The fuel filler lid configured to be supported to a vehicle body that has a fuel filler opening. The fuel filler lid has a first part that is movable with respect to the vehicle body between an open state and a closed state. The open state enables access to the fuel filler opening. The closed state encloses the fuel filler opening. The fuel filler lid has a second part that is indented with respect to the first part by a user operation surface. The user operation surface is accessed by a user to move the fuel filler lid between the open state and the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Pencak, Paul Dyde
  • Patent number: 11358520
    Abstract: A vehicle taillight assembly includes a first bracket and a second bracket. The first bracket is configured to be supported to a vehicle strut structure. The second bracket is fixed to the first bracket at an inboard facing side of the first bracket. The second bracket protrudes in an inboard facing direction towards the vehicle strut structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Pencak
  • Patent number: 11351926
    Abstract: A vehicle crossbar assembly includes a crossbar. The crossbar has a first part and a second part that are movably attached to each other. The first part is configured to be supported to a first roof rack component of a vehicle. The second part is configured to be supported to a second roof rack component of the vehicle. The first and second parts are movable with respect to each other between an installable state and a storage state. The first and second parts extend from one another when in the installable state. The first and second parts are folded with respect to each other in the storage state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Raghu Chervu
  • Patent number: 11353145
    Abstract: A hydraulic fluid actuator has a housing and a seal member. The housing has a hydraulic hose port that is configured to receive a hydraulic hose. The seal member seals the hydraulic hose port. The seal member includes a frangible section configured to rupture upon attachment of the hydraulic hose into the hydraulic hose port with the seal member remaining between the hydraulic hose and the hydraulic hose port after attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Robson, Scott Warnecke
  • Patent number: 11352065
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a floor assembly, a B-pillar assembly, a seatbelt tensioning mechanism, a seatbelt pre-tensioning device and a support bracket. The B-pillar assembly is attached to the floor assembly and extends upwardly from the floor assembly. The seatbelt tensioning mechanism is supported to the floor assembly adjacent to an intersection between the floor assembly and the B-pillar. The seatbelt pre-tensioning device is positioned adjacent to the seatbelt tensioning device. The support bracket is fixed to the B-pillar and the seatbelt pre-tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Greggs
  • Patent number: 11345291
    Abstract: A sliding tool assembly for a vehicle includes a sliding member configured to be slidably connected to a first accessory track of a vehicle. A base member is rotatably connected to the sliding member and rotatable about a first rotation axis. A first beam member is rotatably connected to the base member and rotatable about a second rotation axis. A second beam member is rotatably connected to the first beam member and rotatable about a third rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Rafael Moreno Castro
  • Patent number: 11338861
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a roof bow and a stiffening member. The roof bow has a main section with a forward flange section, a rearward flange section and a middle section that extend in a lengthwise direction of the roof bow. The stiffening member has a panel portion with a plurality of forward projections extending from a forward edge of the panel portion and a plurality of rearward projections extending from a rearward edge of the panel portion. The plurality of forward projections are fixedly attached to the forward flange section of the roof bow and the plurality of rearward projections are fixedly attached to the rearward flange section of the roof bow. The panel portion of the stiffening member is located between the forward flange section and the rearward flange section of the roof bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 11332062
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes a vehicle body structure, a first tie-down assembly and a second tie-down assembly. The vehicle body structure defines a cargo area having a floor structure, a first pillar structure and a second pillar structure. The first and second pillar strictures are spaced apart from one another and are rigid strictures that extend upward from the floor structure. The first tie-down assembly is attached to the first pillar structure. The second tie-down assembly is attached to the second pillar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jorge Alberto Flores Mariles, Carlos Ivan Cano Lopez
  • Patent number: 11331987
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly include an inner door panel, a first hinge and a guard beam. The inner door panel has a first edge portion and a second edge portion. The first edge portion has a first hinge attachment location and a second hinge attachment location with the first hinge location having a first opening and a second opening. The first hinge is dimensioned and configured to attach to the first hinge attachment location of the inner door panel. The guard beam has a first end and a second end. The first end has a first fastener and a second fastener rigidly and non-movably attached thereto. The first fastener is inserted through the first opening and the second fastener extends through the second opening in the first hinge attachment location, the first and second fasteners further fastening to the first hinge thereby attaching the first hinge to the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Luke Cordes
  • Patent number: 11325551
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag control system has an airbag module, a detector and an electronic controller. The airbag module has an airbag that is configured to be positioned below a vehicle floor panel in an undeployed state. The airbag that is configured to be positioned to be above the vehicle floor panel in the deployed state. The detector is configured to detect a presence of an obstruction over the airbag module at a location above the vehicle floor panel. The electronic controller is programmed to deploy the airbag based on a detected result of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Stephanie Campbell, Karla Polyakova, Tyler Sauerwein, Alisha Martin
  • Patent number: 11322980
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, an induction hub is disclosed for use in powering components in a vehicle. The induction hub includes a source coil; first and second receiver coils having first and second conductive portions, respectively; and at least one isolation member that is positioned between the first and second conductive portions. The receiver coils are separated from the source coil such that, upon being energized by a power source, the source coil creates an induced electromagnetic field (EMF) and an electrical current in the receiver coils, which are in electrical communication with at least one component in the vehicle to thereby deliver power from the receiver coils to the at least one component. The at least one isolation member includes a material that is electrically nonconductive and electromagnetically permeable so as to physically and electrically separate the receiver coils without impacting the induced EMF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Eisenhour, Balkishan Malay Gupta
  • Patent number: 11322747
    Abstract: A solid-state battery cell includes a cathode comprising a cathode glass fiber scaffold impregnated with cathode active material, an anode comprising an anode glass fiber scaffold impregnated with lithium metal or a lithium metal alloy, and a first electrolyte layer comprising an electrolyte glass fiber scaffold impregnated with a first solid-state electrolyte, the electrolyte layer positioned between the cathode and the anode and the electrolyte glass fiber scaffold extending throughout the first electrolyte layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammed Hussain Abdul Jabbar, Kulwinder Dhindsa
  • Patent number: 11318996
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a roof bow, a vibration dampening plate and a weighted member attached to the vibration dampening plate. The roof bow has a forward flange section, a rearward flange section and a central section, the central section defining a recessed area. The vibration dampening plate is installed to an upper surface of the roof bow proximate the central section. A weighted member is fixedly attached to a lower surface of the vibration dampening plate such that the weighted member is at a level above the upper surface of the recessed area of the roof bow and has a non-contacting relationship with the roof bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Gouma, Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 11307585
    Abstract: A first method includes detecting, based on sensor data, an environment state; selecting an action based on the environment state; determining an autonomy level associated with the environment state and the action; and performing the action according to the autonomy level. The autonomy level can be selected based at least on an autonomy model and a feedback model. A second method includes calculating, by solving an extended Stochastic Shortest Path (SSP) problem, a policy for solving a task. The policy can map environment states and autonomy levels to actions and autonomy levels. Calculating the policy can include generating plans that operate across multiple levels of autonomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., The University of Massachusetts, Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Connor Basich, Kyle Hollins Wray, Stefan Witwicki, Shlomo Zilberstein
  • Patent number: 11305742
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly includes a vehicle grille, a grille badge and a washer assembly. The grille has an interior side and an exterior side. The grille badge is supported on a surface of the exterior side of the grille. The washer assembly is disposed adjacent to the grille badge and has a nozzle being configured to move between a stowed position and an operating position. The nozzle is stowed on the interior side of the vehicle grille in the stowed position. The nozzle is on the exterior side of the vehicle grille in the operating position to dispense cleaning fluid toward the grille badge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jasvir Singh, Andrew Kornblatt
  • Patent number: 11307597
    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. A system comprises a memory and a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to: assign vehicles to support queues based on state data, generate a map display including locations of the vehicles, and generate a state display including the support queues, vehicle manager indicators corresponding to the support queues and state indicators corresponding to the state data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    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: 11305722
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag control system includes an airbag module, a temperature detector and an electronic controller. The airbag module is for a vehicle. The airbag module has an airbag with a vent. The temperature detector configured to detect an ambient temperature of the vehicle. The electronic controller is programmed to control the airbag module between an active venting condition and a non-venting condition based on a detected result detected by the temperature detector. The vent is in an open state in the active venting condition. The vent is in a closed state in the non-venting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Stephanie Campbell, Karla Polyakova, Tyler Sauerwein, Alisha Martin
  • Patent number: 11299038
    Abstract: A fuel filler structure includes a vehicle body panel, a filler housing, a filler tube cap and a tether. The vehicle body panel defines a fuel filler opening. The filler housing has an outboard side and an inboard side. The outboard side is installed to the vehicle body panel at least partially surrounding the fuel filler opening and is dimensioned to receive and surround a portion of a fuel filler tube. The filler tube cap is configured to removably attach to the fuel filler tube at least partially within the filler housing. The tether is attached at a first end to the filler tube cap and is attached at a second end to the filler housing for pivoting movement about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Pecnak