Patents Assigned to Polaris Industries Inc.
  • Patent number: 11412359
    Abstract: A method and system includes a first vehicle radio generating a first communication signal for a second vehicle radio and communicating the first communication signal through the first radio system of a first vehicle. The first vehicle radio communicating the first signal though a cellular system to the second vehicle radio when a response signal is not received from the second vehicle radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Elgee, Richard I. Klaus, Geoffrey Wotton
  • Patent number: 11400914
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing an autonomous or remote control drive-by-wire controller with a vehicle's control modules. Vehicle functions including steering, braking, starting, etc. are controllable by wire via a control network. A CAN architecture is used as an interface between the remote/autonomous controller and the vehicle's control modules. A CAN module interface provides communication between a vehicle control system and a supervisory, remote, autonomous, or drive-by-wire controller. The interface permits the supervisory control to control vehicle operation within pre-determined bounds and using control algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Amber P. Malone, David J. Koenig, Kevin P. Blair, Patrick D. Weldon, Cole A. Sytsma
  • Patent number: 11400787
    Abstract: A damping control system for a vehicle having a suspension located between a plurality of ground engaging members and a vehicle frame includes at least one adjustable shock absorber having an adjustable damping characteristic. The system also includes a controller coupled to each adjustable shock absorber to adjust the damping characteristic of each adjustable shock absorber, and a user interface coupled to the controller and accessible to a driver of the vehicle. The user interface includes at least one user input to permit manual adjustment of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber during operation of the vehicle. Vehicle sensors are also be coupled to the controller to adjust the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber based vehicle conditions determined by sensor output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Louis J. Brady, Alex R. Scheuerell, Steven R. Franker, Aaron J. Nysse
  • Patent number: 11400786
    Abstract: A damping control system for a vehicle having a suspension located between a plurality of ground engaging members and a vehicle frame includes at least one adjustable shock absorber having an adjustable damping characteristic. The system also includes a controller coupled to each adjustable shock absorber adjust the damping characteristic of each adjustable shock absorber, and a user interface coupled to the controller and accessible to a driver of the vehicle. The user interface includes at least one user input to permit manual adjustment of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber during operation of the vehicle. Vehicle sensors are also be coupled to the controller to adjust the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber based vehicle conditions determined by sensor output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Louis J. Brady, Alex R. Scheuerell, Steven R. Franker, Aaron J. Nysse
  • Patent number: 11400784
    Abstract: A damping control system for a vehicle having a suspension located between a plurality of ground engaging members and a vehicle frame includes at least one adjustable shock absorber having an adjustable damping characteristic. The system also includes a controller coupled to each adjustable shock absorber to adjust the damping characteristic of each adjustable shock absorber, and a user interface coupled to the controller and accessible to a driver of the vehicle. The user interface includes at least one user input to permit manual adjustment of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber during operation of the vehicle. Vehicle sensors are also be coupled to the controller to adjust the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber based vehicle conditions determined by sensor output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Louis J. Brady, Alex R. Scheuerell, Steven R. Franker, Aaron J. Nysse
  • Patent number: 11400785
    Abstract: A damping control system for a vehicle having a suspension located between a plurality of ground engaging members and a vehicle frame includes at least one adjustable shock absorber having an adjustable damping characteristic. The system also includes a controller coupled to each adjustable shock absorber adjust the damping characteristic of each adjustable shock absorber, and a user interface coupled to the controller and accessible to a driver of the vehicle. The user interface includes at least one user input to permit manual adjustment of the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber during operation of the vehicle. Vehicle sensors are also be coupled to the controller to adjust the damping characteristic of the at least one adjustable shock absorber based vehicle conditions determined by sensor output signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Louis J. Brady, Alex R. Scheuerell, Steven R. Franker, Aaron J. Nysse
  • Patent number: 11400969
    Abstract: A center take off rack and pinion steering system is disclosed having a rack housing which houses a rack gear having first and second ends extending through the housing. A pinion gear is coupled to the rack gear to input steering power to the rack gear. A rack yoke is coupled to, and extends between, the first and second ends of the rack gear. A yoke support is coupled to the rack housing and a yoke support slider is coupled to the rack yoke and is movable with the rack yoke relative to the yoke support. Tie rod end mounts are supported by the rack yoke, the tie rod end mounts positioned laterally intermediate the first and second ends of the rack gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Alex R. Scheuerell, Timothy J. Giese, Matthew S. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20220240412
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a cooled wireless mobile device charger. As an example, a cooling enclosure is provided, comprising a cooling surface. The cooling enclosure may shield a mobile device therein from direct sunlight or other adverse conditions, thereby reducing the heat exposure of the device. The cooling surface may comprise a thermoelectric cooling element or any of a variety of other cooling means. Additionally, the cooling surface may be angled about a lateral axis to enable a user to more easily view at least a part of the mobile device (e.g., in a landscape or portrait orientation) while the device is in the cooling enclosure. In some instances, a detachable visor is provided that further shields the mobile device from sunlight. As another example, the visor may retract within the cooling enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Duke, Walter B. Ross, Benoit J. Renaud, Robert J. Wachs, JR.
  • Patent number: 11390262
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is disclosed for modifying vehicle operation and includes an engine control unit having at least one processor. A vehicle network is provided as well as a first handheld wireless device having a GPS module, a local wireless communication module, and a distance wireless communication module. A gauge has a wireless communication module operable to communicate with the first handheld wireless device and at least one display for communicating information to a user regarding vehicle operating parameters. Memory accessible by the processor and memory having software stored thereon are provided, the software being configured for execution by the processor and including instructions for providing a boundary map within which the vehicle may operate under normal operating conditions. The vehicle is placed in a degraded operating mode if the vehicle moves outside of the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Brandt, Scott D. Taylor, Karl J. Grajkowski, Russell G. Olsen, David G. Hille, Trevor J. LaJoye
  • Patent number: 11390161
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a CVT unit or a power source which requires ambient air. An air inlet for an air intake system coupled to the CVT unit or the power source which requires ambient air may be provided in a side of a cargo carrying portion of the vehicle. The vehicle may include a rear radius arm suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brian M. Safranski, Robbi L. Peterson, Richard L. Sunsdahl, Aaron D. Deckard, Louis J. Brady
  • Patent number: 11384697
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling operation of a two-stroke engine having a turbocharger includes the two-stroke engine comprising an electronically controlled exhaust valve. A throttle position sensor generates a throttle position signal corresponding to a position of a throttle plate of a throttle. A boost box is coupled to the two-stroke engine. A boost box pressure sensor is coupled to the boost box and generates a boost box pressure signal corresponding to a pressure within the boost box. A controller is coupled to the boost box pressure signal controlling a position of the electronically controlled exhaust valve in response to the boost box pressure signal and the throttle position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.
    Inventors: James H. Buchwitz, Dallas J. Blake, Lucas R. Salfer, Alexander M. Hetteen, Reed A. Hanson, Darren J. Hedlund, Daniel E. Erickson, Chad A. Dale, Derek D. Zimney
  • Publication number: 20220215342
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a virtual collaboration environment. In examples, a collaborator accesses the virtual collaboration environment using an extended reality device (e.g., an AR or VR headset). Properties may be presented within the virtual collaboration environment. For example, a three-dimensional model may be viewed from various angles and at varying distances. Further, properties may be updated during a collaboration session (e.g., using a computer-aided design application). In some instances, the perspective of a collaborator may be shared with other collaborators, thereby enabling the other collaborators to perceive properties from the same or a similar perspective. As another example, a collaboration session may be recorded, such that the session may be viewed at a later point in time. The recording may enable a collaborator to move freely within the virtual collaboration space and/or from the perspective of other collaborators that were present during the recording.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Erick M. Green
  • Patent number: 11370266
    Abstract: A cooling assembly for a hybrid vehicle includes a first cooling system configured to cool an engine and a second cooling system separate from the first cooling system and configured to cool a plurality of electrical components. The second cooling system is configured with a first method of cooling at least a first electrical component and is configured with a second method of cooling at least a second electrical component. The first method of cooling is different from the second method of cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Borud, Jeremy M. Markstrom, Michael A. Thomas, Greg B. Miner, Christopher P. Matko, Jeremy R. Eichenberger, Bradley A. Bracht
  • Publication number: 20220187086
    Abstract: A route generator and method of operating the same including; calculating route traversal values for a plurality of blocks in a first group simultaneously, each block including a plurality of cells, traversal values being values that consider terrain movement cost data and data indicating progress towards a route endpoint on a per-cell basis, wherein the plurality of blocks are chosen such that the blocks in the first group fail to share any edges with other blocks in the first group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Erik S. Freed
  • Patent number: 11358661
    Abstract: A tapered short tunnel for use on a tracked vehicle, such as a snowmobile. The tapered short tunnel has a tapered distal end having a width less than a width of an endless track used on the snowmobile. This tapered portion reduces the snowmobile from catching or grabbing snow in a snow trench, thereby enabling the snowmobile to traverse deeper snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse J. Laugen, Cody S. Kofstad, Lyle J. Dahlgren, Luc C. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20220177077
    Abstract: A snowmobile has an air intake system integrated into the snowmobile body, and with air intake vents facing rearwardly towards the rider. The air intake system includes a plenum defined by a portion of the body and ducting extending within the body. The ducting is porous to allow the air input noise to be dissipated within the engine compartment. The snowmobile further comprises couplings which may be realigned to accommodate wear. A frame coupler allows multiple differently configured frame tubes to be connected to the tunnel. The chassis of the snowmobile includes a casing for receiving the gears which drive the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Jan R. Vistad, Dustin A. Mertens, Andrew J. Mills, Michael A. Hedlund
  • Patent number: 11352935
    Abstract: An exhaust system for a vehicle including a deep snow exhaust outlet defined by a driveline structural member of the vehicle. If the vehicle includes a turbo charger and an exhaust silencer, the turbocharger and the exhaust silencer are coupled together without exhaust piping therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Buchwitz, Derek D. Zimney, Darren J. Hedlund, Reed A. Hanson, Daniel E. Erickson, Chad A. Dale
  • Publication number: 20220169315
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members configured to contact a ground surface, and a powertrain assembly operably coupled to the ground-engaging members. The utility vehicle also includes a frame supported by the ground-engaging members and extending along a longitudinal axis of the utility vehicle. The utility vehicle further includes a tunnel member coupled to the frame and extending along the longitudinal axis. The tunnel member is positioned at a first height from the ground surface. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes a cargo portion supported by the frame and positioned generally rearward of the tunnel member. The cargo portion has a cargo surface substantially aligned with the tunnel member and positioned at a second height from the ground surface. The first height is approximately equal to the second height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Adam J. Schlangen, Jason K. Raska, Aaron D. Deckard
  • Patent number: D955952
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: R. Mark Lopera, Jeremy M. Brown, Steven D. Wilcox
  • Patent number: D958006
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Ian M. Dunn, Brian N. Flick