Patents Examined by Caitlin Anne Miller
  • Patent number: 11325660
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a safety support apparatus for a cabin over engine (COE) truck cabin elevated in a raised position. The safety support apparatus provides a base member having a clamp mechanism which adjusts to truck chassis designs with rails of varying thicknesses. The frame of the safety support apparatus provides a receiver which may engage the bottom of an elevated truck cabin. The frame and base member are adjustable to allow configuration on either side of a truck cabin and deployment of the support apparatus at a range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: James Hendricks
  • Patent number: 11319004
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tracked vehicle (V1, V2) comprising a vehicle body (20; 120), at least one track assembly (10) and a suspension device (S). Said track assembly (10) is arranged to be supported by said vehicle body (20; 120) by means of said suspension device (S). Said track assembly comprises a track support beam (12) for supporting a plurality of road wheels (16), an endless track (14) being disposed around said road wheels. Said suspension device (S) comprises a leaf spring arrangement (30; 130, 142, 144) having portions transversally arranged relative to the longitudinal extension of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Anders Sandin, Jonny Ljung, Ulf Wiberg
  • Patent number: 11312197
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a vehicle is provided that includes: a body; a drive system configured to propel the body; and a suspension system coupled to the drive system, the suspension system including a shock cap assembly including: a strut component; a cap component attached to the strut component; and an attachment mechanism configured for attachment to a body of the vehicle, such that the shock cap assembly is configured to be accessed from a front wheel well of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: David Cochrane, Chris Wisniewski, Giles D. Bryer
  • Patent number: 11299224
    Abstract: A three-row wheel vehicle having front, center and rear wheels has laterally spaced leading arms each pivotably connected to a vehicle body, laterally spaced swing arms each connected to the front end of the leading arm swingably in the front and rear direction and rotatably supporting the front wheel at the lower end, and laterally spaced connecting links each attached at one end to the swing arm pivotably around an axis and attached at the other end to the vehicle body pivotably around another axis; heights of the axes are different when the vehicle is on a horizontal flat traveling road; and each connecting link is arranged to apply a reaction force including an upward component to the swing arm when a rearward force acts from the front wheel to the one end via the swing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Hiroshi Isono
  • Patent number: 11292515
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a chassis defining a longitudinal axis, a prime mover configured to move the chassis in the direction of the longitudinal axis, and a steering assembly configured to pivot a wheel relative to the chassis. The steering assembly includes a knuckle coupled to the wheel, a tie rod coupled to the knuckle and having a ball portion, a steering cylinder, and a joint assembly. The steering cylinder is slidably coupled to the chassis and configured to translate relative to the chassis along a cylinder axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The steering cylinder includes a connection portion having an inner circumferential surface that partially defines a bearing pocket. The joint assembly couples the ball portion to the connection portion and includes a bearing race that is received into the bearing pocket in direct contact with the inner circumferential surface. The bearing race receives the ball portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Curtis P. Thoreson
  • Patent number: 11279192
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension for supporting the body or chassis of a vehicle includes suspension arms positioned at opposite sides and at one end of a vehicle and two suspension arms positioned respectively at opposite sides and at one end of a vehicle, each arm mounted for pivotal movement about a respective hinge axis. A balancing hub is attached to the vehicle body or chassis with at least one part of the hub free to rotate relative to the vehicle body or chassis about at least one pivotal position. Each suspension arm is connected to the hub at a position of the suspension arm spaced from a respective hinge axis whereby pivotal movement of the suspension arm applies a force to the hub. In use, the force opposes the force from another suspension arm at at least one of the same side and the same end of the vehicle suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Alan Bryn Bird
  • Patent number: 11279193
    Abstract: A mounting system for the elastic mounting of a strut or a vibration damper on a vehicle body includes a unit insertable into a receiving cup and a fixing device. The unit includes a mounting unit and a piston rod of a strut or vibration damper. In embodiments, the mounting unit has an elastomer mount for mounting the piston rod; the elastomer mount has a core for receiving the piston rod and an elastomer body, and a ring element that is a separate part or is non-positively, positively and/or materially connected to the body; the unit and fixing device may be inserted into the receiving cup from a side facing away from the body; the fixing device engages behind an undercut formed on the receiving cup; the ring element is supported on the fixing device; and/or the elastomer body is prestressed and presses the ring element against the fixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Vibracoustic SE
    Inventors: Philipp Werner, Hilrich Kardoes, Michael Mess, Antoine Geslain
  • Patent number: 11273679
    Abstract: The invention relates to stabilizer bar (10) for use with the suspension of a vehicle such as a truck. The stabilizer bar (10) comprises a shaft (12) supported by bearings (18), cranked parts for example in the form of crank arms (30) being provided at or adjacent each end of the shaft (12), each cranked part having a connection point (32) for connection, in use, to a respective link member (34), wherein each connection point (32) is substantially aligned with a respective one of the bearings (18) relative to the axis of the shaft (12). The invention also relates to a vehicle incorporating such a stabilizer bar (10) and to a roll stabilization method using such a stabilizer bar (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Lamotte, Jean-Marc Blond
  • Patent number: 11273780
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a vehicle occupant protection device of a steer-by-wire steering system. The system includes a steering wheel and an adjustable steering column connected to the steering wheel which can be adjusted between a retracted position and a deployed position via an adjustment mechanism. The steer-by-wire steering system has a feedback actuator to which a driver's request for a steering angle can be applied by a driver via the steering wheel, and which outputs a feedback signal to the steering wheel in response to the driver's request and a driving state of the motor vehicle. The method includes detecting an accident, detecting a hands-off situation or a hands-on situation, and when a hands-off situation has been detected, moving the steering column into an accident position by means of the adjustment mechanism, and triggering a steering wheel airbag during or after the adjustment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Gergely Horvath
  • Patent number: 11260904
    Abstract: A steering linkage for a vehicle includes a cross-linked pivot assembly which includes a first connector configured for connection with the axle, first and second links, and a second connector configured for connection with a wheel. The first connector has a first end with which a first end of the first link is pivotally connected and a second end with which a first end of the second link is pivotally connected. The second connector has first and second ends and is arranged in spaced relation from and at an angle relative to the first connector. The first end of the second connector is arranged closer to the second end of the first connector than is the second end of the second connector. A second end of the first link is pivotally connected with the first end of the second connector and a second end of the second link is pivotally connected with the second end of the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Towles Lawson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11241929
    Abstract: A method for assembling an agricultural vehicle including the initial step of providing the agricultural vehicle including a frame, a hydraulic manifold, and a cab suspension system. The cab suspension system includes an anti-roll bar, a pair of support brackets configured for securing the anti-roll bar to the frame, and a pair of intermediary placement brackets configured for temporarily supporting the anti-roll bar in a final assembly position. The method includes the further steps of attaching the intermediary placement brackets onto the frame, positioning the anti-roll bar on the intermediary placement brackets to position the anti-roll bar in the final assembly position, assembling the hydraulic manifold onto the frame, and connecting the support brackets to the frame and the anti-roll bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Paulson, Lucas Koch, Mark S. Draeger, Rajeshwar Adupala
  • Patent number: 11242029
    Abstract: A seat belt device includes a buckle provided on a side portion of a seat for a vehicle, and configured such that a tongue plate is inserted into the buckle; a buckle force limiter mechanism connected to the buckle via a connecting member having an elongate shape, the buckle force limiter mechanism being configured to allow the buckle to move in a pulling direction when a tensile load equal to or larger than a predetermined tensile load is applied to the buckle; and a case covering the connecting member from an inner side in a seat width direction, the case having a corner at an upper end portion of the case, the corner facing the connecting member, and the corner having an arc shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Daiki Furukawa, Yusuke Hirao, Yasuaki Kosugi, Shigekazu Imanaka, Hideki Kato, Katsuya Shimazu, Yoshio Mizuno, Shigeru Kotama, Hikaru Ikefuji
  • Patent number: 11230340
    Abstract: In a leaning vehicle, a shock absorber tower is disposed further forward in a vehicle-body-frame frontward direction than an upper-left-arm-member supported part at which an upper-left arm member to which a first end part of a left shock absorber is connected is supported by the vehicle body frame, and an upper-right-arm-member supported part at which an upper-right arm member to which a first end part of a right shock absorber is connected is supported by the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takimoto
  • Patent number: 11220235
    Abstract: An inflator-based system provides for the actuation of valves and other devices using automotive air bag inflators, for example. One or more inflators can be connected to a valve body with an adapter such that upon inflator activation, inflator gases can act on a piston or similar device to achieve desired movement or operation of the valve or device. An inflator-based actuator can provide for a single action or multiple actions of a valve or other device. Such a system can provide safer and more reliable alternatives to electro-explosive ordnance devices found in pyrovalves, for example. Other uses for an inflator-based actuation system can include a lanyard pull initiator, a dual cartridge cutter, a bolt cutter, a hot gas generator (HGG) body, and a HGG pressure cartridge, to name a few examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Systems Engineering Associates Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Delisle, Richard Gagnon, Barry Holland, Keith Amaral
  • Patent number: 11214305
    Abstract: A vehicle steering system has a pitman arm being pivotable about a pitman arm pivot axis in response to pivoting of a steering column, a link pivotally connected to the pitman arm, an idler arm pivotally connected to the link and being pivotable about an idler arm pivot axis, the link extending between the pitman arm and the idler arm, a first tie rod pivotally connected to the pitman arm and extending from the pitman arm in a first direction, and a second tie rod pivotally connected to the idler arm and extending from the idler arm in a second direction, the second direction being opposite the first direction. A vehicle having the vehicle steering system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Emile Maltais-Larouche, Nicolas Laberge, Sebastien Hebert
  • Patent number: 11198414
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system for a vehicle includes: a seat belt device configured w restrain an occupant seated on a vehicular seat with a webbing, in which one end of the webbing is wound around a winding device and the other end is fixed to one of the vehicular seat and a vehicle body, and the seat belt device is configured so that a motor provided in the winding device is driven to wind the webbing; and an electronic control unit configured to drive the motor so that a prescribed amount of the webbing is wound, when a first condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya Nezaki, Motoki Sugiyama, Fumihito Komeno, Makoto Matsuzaki, Kenji Fukuta
  • Patent number: 11198464
    Abstract: A steering system includes an operation member; a first movement mechanism configured to move the operation member between a normal position and a storage area located forward of the normal position; a second movement mechanism configured to move the operation member so as to change a position of the operation member in an up-down direction of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to control the first and second movement mechanisms. The storage area is located inward of an opening of a vehicle member provided in front of a driver's seat in the vehicle. The control unit is configured to control, in a case where the operation member is retracted into the storage area, the first movement mechanism and the second movement mechanism to perform a forward movement of moving the operation member that has reached a vicinity of the vehicle member, along an outer shape of the vehicle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Yasuyuki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 11173874
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system in a self-driving vehicle, in particular a robot taxi, for customer transport, wherein the occupant restraint system provides to the customer a restraint system that can be activated by the customer to be transported, and the occupant restraint system has an analysis unit via which a check is made in a safety check as to whether or not the restraint function is activated by the customer to be transported. The analysis unit prevents the vehicle from driving if an activated restraint function is absent. A diagnostic module, with which a functional diagnostic of the functionality of the occupant restraint system can be carried out independently of the safety check, is associated with the analysis unit. In the event that a fault is present, the diagnostic module initiates a suitable service action to remedy the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Wohllebe, Florin Baiduc
  • Patent number: 11173871
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retrofitting seatbelt system for a motor coach, the system including: a base plate, the base plate configured to connect to a floor rail of the motor coach; a longitudinal post configured to support a belt, the longitudinal post defines a longitudinal post inner end connected to the base plate, wherein the longitudinal post extends away from the base plate in a longitudinal direction to a longitudinal post outer end, wherein the longitudinal post defines a forward-side that faces a forward direction, and an aft-side that faces an aft direction, wherein the forward direction and the aft direction are disposed along a forward-aft axis; and a first motion damper connected to the longitudinal post near the longitudinal post outer end, the first motion damper extends in the aft direction, beyond the aft-side of the longitudinal post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Douglas Eddy, Sundar Krishnamurty, Shreyas Patil, Anne Schewe
  • Patent number: 11167617
    Abstract: Provided is a stabilizer device, including: a pair of bushes made of an elastic material, the pair of bushes having inner peripheral surfaces fixed at two different positions on a cylindrical outer peripheral surface of a stabilizer bar in a circumferential direction of the stabilizer bar, each having an arc sectional shape and being formed as members independent of each other; and at least one case made of one of a resin and a rubber, the at least one case having an inner peripheral surface fixed to an outer peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the bushes and having an arc sectional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Hajime Tsunekawa