Patents Examined by D. Glenn Dayoan
  • Patent number: 11560179
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a collision energy absorbing apparatus capable of suppressing a peak load at the initial stage of a collision and a load drop immediately after it. The collision energy absorbing apparatus is an apparatus that absorbs collision energy, the apparatus being mounted on a vehicle and including a pressure member, an absorbing member, and a guide part that guides, a moving direction of the pressure member, in which a hole through which the pressure member guided and moved by the guide part enters is formed in the absorbing member, and in an event of a collision, the pressure member is guided by the guide part and a tip part of the pressure member enters the hole formed in the absorbing member while shearing an inner wall of the hole, to thereby absorb collision energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Hiramatsu, Koji Kurozumi
  • Patent number: 11554645
    Abstract: A system and a method for glare prevention. The method includes providing an image view of the face of the vehicle occupant; determining levels of light at plural parts of the face of the vehicle occupant; determining a direction to a light source causing the levels of light at plural parts of the face of the vehicle occupant; determining an area where to activate a glare protector; and activating the glare protector in the determined area to protect the vehicle occupant from glare caused by a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO.
    Inventor: Markus Witte
  • Patent number: 11548570
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a truck that includes a first wheel well and a second wheel well. A bed is positioned between the first wheel well and the second wheel well. In addition, the truck includes a two-piece cab back panel that is formed of a lower cab back panel and an upper cab back panel. The lower cab back panel is arranged adjacent to the bed and between the first wheel well and the second wheel well while the upper back panel is separated from the bed by the lower cab back panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hewitt, Vincent Anthony Chimento, Satish Ganti, Adam Hanes
  • Patent number: 11548568
    Abstract: A hardened portion in a vehicle structure has an almost hemispherical shape around a lower surface side of a bottom wall rear portion in a vehicle upper-lower direction, the lower surface side serving as a center of a curvature. As the hardened portion is formed, a direction of tensile stress generated in the hardened portion is a radial direction in which the center of the curvature serves as a center side. Thus, occurrence of tensile stress in directions opposite to each other by which a specific part within the hardened portion is pulled apart in a direction orthogonal to the thickness direction of the bottom wall rear portion is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohei Hisada
  • Patent number: 11548458
    Abstract: A bumper cross member for a motor vehicle is produced from an extruded hollow profile and has a front side forming an impact side, a rear side in opposition to the front side, end zones configured for connection to the motor vehicle, a central zone extending between the end zones and bent toward the impact side, and top and bottom sides connecting the rear side with the front side. Each of the top and bottom sides has a projecting flange which is separated from the rear side by a separation cut configured to end shy of the end zones so that the flanges are connected with the bumper cross member in the end zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Tomohiro Shimizu, Frode Paulsen, Atsushi Hasegawa, Takayuki Fujii, Norikazu Matsuura, Noriaki Ito
  • Patent number: 11548462
    Abstract: The partition wall for commercial vehicles comprises at least one fixed plate (20) and a sliding door (10) able to slide with respect to said fixed wall (20), predisposed to separate the cockpit of the vehicle from the loading compartment. The sliding door (10) is provided, along the upper edge and along the bottom edge, with a plurality of sliding wheels (11, 12) predisposed to slide respectively on an upper guide (13) and on a lower guide (14) associated with the structure of the vehicle. The sliding wheels (11, 12) have a grooved profile predisposed to be coupled with a corresponding rail (19) of said guides (13, 14) having conjugated profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GEMA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Camellini
  • Patent number: 11548355
    Abstract: A vehicle door, in particular a passenger door for a public transport vehicle, includes a window frame for receiving a window, which has at least one frame element for receiving a respective window edge of the window. The vehicle further includes a door frame for receiving the window frame. The door frame includes a door profile and the at least one frame element includes a window profile respectively, wherein the at least one window profile with reference to a movement in a release direction perpendicular to the window edge received by the respective frame element is engaged with a respective door profile in a form-fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: GEBR. BODE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Arend, Lars Linnenkohl
  • Patent number: 11548426
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a vehicle includes a rail. The rail includes retention flanges that each define a channel. A handle is disposed within the channel and is operably coupled to the rail. The handle includes a body that defines a grasping portion and at least one attachment end. A latch feature is operably coupled to the at least one attachment end of the handle. The latch feature includes a retention member that is coupled to a pivot feature. The latch feature also includes a lever. A cable is operably coupled to the lever of the latch feature and is configured to translate the latch feature between an engaged position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Zarraga, Victor Negrete Cort├ęs, Karla Patricia Murguia Rendon
  • Patent number: 11548459
    Abstract: A mounting system for a vehicle with one or more cross members. The mounting system includes a mounting rail including a mounting platform and at least one mounting slot being formed in the mounting platform. The mounting system includes a panel bracket coupled to the mounting rail that is configured to receive at least one guard panel. The mounting system includes at least one clamping body removably coupled to the mounting platform of the mounting rail. The at least one clamping body is configured to engage a cross member and the mounting platform is configured to engage the cross member so as to clamp the cross member between the at least one clamping body and the mounting platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: HYDRO EXTRUSION USA, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm Deighton
  • Patent number: 11548460
    Abstract: A connecting structure for exterior members includes: a first exterior member provided on a vehicle body; a second exterior member disposed adjacent to the first exterior member; an engaging portion provided on one of the first and second exterior members; and an engaged portion provided on the other one of the first and second exterior members. The connecting structure has a parting line formed between the first exterior member and the second exterior member by disposing the second exterior member on the vehicle body adjacent to the first exterior member. Sliding one of the first and second exterior members relative to the other one of the first and second exterior members along, the parting line causes the engaging portion and the engaged portion to be brought into engagement with each other in a direction intersecting a sliding direction of the one of the first and second exterior members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kohei Mineshima
  • Patent number: 11548448
    Abstract: An accessory mounting frame is attachable to various vehicle seat bases and allows for connection of a vehicle accessory when the vehicle seat is removed. The accessory mounting frame includes a first seat attachment projection, a second seat attachment projection, and an accessory fastener coupled to the first seat attachment projection and the second seat attachment projection. The first seat attachment projection has a first bearing surface that is configured to bear against a first portion of the vehicle seat base. The second seat attachment projection has a second bearing surface that is configured to bear against a second portion of the vehicle seat base. The first seat attachment projection and the second seat attachment projection are adjustable with respect to the accessory fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE SEATING, LLC
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Cedric Ketels, Thomas Dessapt, Rodney Goodrich
  • Patent number: 11541819
    Abstract: A vehicle center console assembly includes a vehicle body structure and a center console assembly. The vehicle body structure includes a passenger compartment floor with a front seat assembly installed to the floor and a pair of second row seats installed to the floor rearward of the front seat assembly. The center console assembly is releasably attached to the floor between the pair of second row seats. The center console has a manually operated latch mechanism operable between a locked orientation in which the center console is fixedly attached to the floor in an installed orientation and a release orientation in which the center console is released from attachment to the floor and is movable away from the installed orientation and out of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jessica Booth, Christian Dubrock, Katie Andersen
  • Patent number: 11541728
    Abstract: A mobile accommodation, such as a caravan or camper, comprises a wall with a wall opening (5) in which a framed window (2,4) is arranged. The framed window comprises a casing frame (20) which drops with a flanged edge (25) over an, edge part of the wall (10) and which is fixed on an opposite side in the wall opening (5) by mounting clamps (40). These mounting clamps (40) further comprises a snap member (42) for a snapping engagement in a snap cavity (33) of a framework (30) arranged on an inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: POLYPLASTIC GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Joris Michiel Roukema, Jan Peter Veeneman
  • Patent number: 11541932
    Abstract: A vehicle side member includes: a main member portion which extends in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle; a front-side mounting portion which is one-piece construction with a front portion of the main member portion; a rear-side mounting portion which is one-piece construction with a rear portion of the main member portion; and a damper mounting portion which is one-piece construction with the main member portion, and in which a top end of a damper is received and mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Il Do Kim
  • Patent number: 11541792
    Abstract: An armrest assembly mounted on a console of a vehicle may include a console main body provided with a storage box in which a space is formed and installed between a driver seat and a passenger seat of a vehicle, an armrest pivotably installed in the storage box and configured to support an arm of a passenger in the vehicle and open and close an upper portion of the storage box, a button member installed in the console main body and configured to be operated by the passenger to unlock the armrest, an operating unit configured to lock or unlock the armrest from the console main body according to whether the button member is operated, and a console cover configured to cover a portion in which the button member and the operating unit are installed in the console main body and expose an upper end of the button member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, ECOPLASTIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gye-Young Ahn, Woo-Hyun Lim, Sang-Ki Lee, Hae-Ju Park, Sung-Gu Yeo
  • Patent number: 11541736
    Abstract: A cover for a vehicle having a first compartment and a second compartment includes a first section, a second section and an intermediate section. The first section includes at least one connector and is adapted to overlie the first compartment. The second section includes at least one connector and the intermediate section is located between the first section and the second section. In a first position the cover defines a first effective surface area, and the first section is in a first position, the second section is in a first position, and the intermediate section is not parallel to the first section and second section. In a second position, the cover defines a second effective surface area that is less than the first effective surface area, and either or both of the first section and the second section is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Stuart E Collins, Kyle Neighbors
  • Patent number: 11541730
    Abstract: A detachable hinge assembly configured to rotatably couple a window assembly to a vehicle body includes a support hinge member configured to couple to the vehicle body and including a hinge pin, and a window hinge member having a main body configured to couple to the window assembly, and one or more knuckles configured to removably receive the hinge pin. A cover is rotatably coupled to the window hinge member and includes a pin retaining arm. The cover is configured to move between a closed position where the pin retaining arm is positioned to retain the hinge pin within the one or more knuckles, and an open position where the pin retaining arm is positioned to allow the hinge pin to be removed from the one or more knuckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Carl Mather, Dorinel Neag
  • Patent number: 11541782
    Abstract: A cockpit module for a vehicle is introduced, which includes a dashboard provided in front or in the rear of an internal space of the vehicle; a control panel provided in an upper portion of the dashboard and configured of facilitating an occupant to operate the control panel by being accommodated in the dashboard when moving backward thereof and by being deployed toward the occupant when moving forward thereof; and a seat being accommodated in a lower portion of the dashboard in a folded state, and being disposed in the front facing the dashboard when being deployed to be provided to the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Jin Ho Hwang, Sang Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 11535088
    Abstract: A motor vehicle front section of a motor vehicle includes a first spatial region, a second spatial region formed separately from the first spatial region, a first cover that covers the first spatial region, and a second cover that covers the second spatial region. The first cover extends substantially over a width of the motor vehicle front section, and the second cover extends substantially over the width of the motor vehicle front section. The first cover is arranged in front of or behind the second cover in a vehicle longitudinal direction. An access is provided in at least one of the covers for at least one connection arranged underneath the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jasmin Ostertag, Erwin Goetz
  • Patent number: 11535140
    Abstract: A floor mat for placement on a vehicle floor, where the floor mat includes a body having a bottom wall, an upper surface, and a bottom surface, and a front wall extending from the bottom wall. The upper surface and the bottom surface extending along the bottom wall and the front wall. A first portion of the bottom surface of the bottom wall having a support structure provided with a variable height such that the shape of the support structure complements the irregularities in the vehicle floor, where the support structure extends from the bottom surface of the bottom wall, and a second portion of the bottom surface of the bottom wall has a flat surface, where upon the vehicle floor mat being placed on the vehicle floor, the support structure engages the irregularities in the vehicle floor so that the upper surface of the bottom wall is generally level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: THERMOFLEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David A. Reband, Robert Price