Patents Examined by D. Glenn Dayoan
  • Patent number: 10252647
    Abstract: In a rear seat having a configuration which, in the state that a seat cushion is folded forward with a seat back flattened on the seat cushion side, makes an upward back surface of the seat back become almost the same height with a floor surface of a cargo room, to avoid giving a restriction and hurt in amenity to a passenger seated on the seat cushion in the space on which feet of are put, the present invention provides a vehicle seat to which parallel link mechanism portions are equipped that connect the seat cushion to a floor surface under the seat cushion of the vehicle, and a mechanism is provided to fold the seat cushion forward with the posture of the seat back held by the parallel link mechanisms in the state that the seat back is flattened to the seat cushion side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihisa Narita, Hiromi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10248926
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of delivering consignments, in which, in a distribution center, different consignment chambers of a consignment magazine are loaded with different consignments, in which, during the operation of the consignment magazine being loaded, different consignment chambers are moved one after the other into a receiving position for receiving at least one consignment and then into a storage position for the interim storage of the consignments received, in which the assignment of the loaded consignment chambers to the consignments received in each case in the consignment chambers is documented, in which the consignment magazine loaded with consignments is transferred to a vehicle for delivering the consignments, and in which the consignment chambers loaded with consignments are moved one after the other into a discharging position so that the consignment assigned the respective consignment chamber is discharged for delivery purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Holger Schneebeck, Boris Trendafilov, Sandra Drees, Heike Bischoff, Antje Huber
  • Patent number: 10246142
    Abstract: A structural member for a vehicle projects from a vehicle body. The structural member includes a first airflow surface and a second airflow surface along each of which airflow flows, and an imaging window. The first airflow surface and the second airflow extend between a front edge and a rear edge of the structural member in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body and face away from each other. The first airflow surface has a length longer than a length of the second airflow surface in the front-rear direction. The imaging window is provided in the first airflow surface, and an image of an area outside the vehicle body is captured through the imaging window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Satoru Iwata, Kazuhiro Kaminaga
  • Patent number: 10245926
    Abstract: A deployable storage assembly (10) having a mounting portion (12) and at least one base (14) hinged to the mounting portion (12) for deploying between an open position for storage and a closed position. At least one frame arrangement (22) is connected to the mounting portion (12) to allow the base (14) to rotate to the open position and hold the base (14) when opened to provide a storage compartment. The frame arrangement (22) provides the sides and front of the storage compartment, while the mounting portion (12) fixed to the vehicle provides the rear surface and the base (14) provides the bottom surface. A retaining device (26) coupled to the frame arrangement (22) and base (14) contains items within the storage compartment. At least one fastener (28) is connected to the mounting portion (12) for selectively holding the at least one base (14) in a closed/stowed position. Undoing the at least one fastener (28) allows the base (14) to fold down to the open position providing storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Lewis, Duane C. Junkin, Charles C. Turney
  • Patent number: 10246140
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a spoiler unit of a spoiler device of a motor vehicle from a first position into a second position includes determining a characteristic value for a positional difference between the first position and the second position and deriving, as a function of the characteristic value, a travel speed of the spoiler unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Chris Paulus, Christoph Schenk
  • Patent number: 10239478
    Abstract: A deployable dent shield assembly for a vehicle includes a deployable dent shield element adapted for translation between a stowed position comprising a coiled configuration disposed below a vehicle element and a deployed position overlaying at least a portion of a vehicle door and/or fender. The dent shield assemblies may be manually-operated or power-operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Howard E. Churchwell, II, John W. Jensen, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 10232885
    Abstract: A vehicle lower portion structure includes a front pillar reinforcement provided to a front pillar and having a lower end portion joined to a panel forming a rocker; and a rocker reinforcement provided to the rocker, joined to the panel, and having a front end that is disposed to face a rear end of the lower end portion from a vehicle rear side, wherein when a collision load is input from a vehicle front side to at least the front pillar, the rear end comes in contact with the front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Masakazu Shirooka, Yohsuke Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10232892
    Abstract: A motor vehicle dashboard crossbeam includes a tubular beam made in a single piece provided to extend between the A posts of the structure of the motor vehicle substantially in a transverse direction of the motor vehicle and means for fastening a or each end section of the beam on an A post. The fastening means includes a first and second fastening opening in the longitudinal direction, the first opening being formed through the beam. The fastening means also includes a fastening member attached on the end section, the second fastening opening being formed through the fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Laurent Baudart, Grégory Martin
  • Patent number: 10232811
    Abstract: A connecting structure is structured to connect a vehicle bumper reinforcement to another portion of a vehicle. The connecting structure includes a first portion having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. A second portion is coupled to the first portion, the second portion also having a first part structured for connection to the bumper reinforcement, and a second part structured for connection to the other portion of the vehicle. At least one fold is positioned along an edge of the second portion. Through connections between the connecting structure and the bumper reinforcement, collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement is transmitted to the at least one fold, which then acts to absorb the collision energy acting on the bumper reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10227093
    Abstract: A sub-frame and method in a sub-frame arrangement in a vehicle wherein said sub-frame arrangement comprises a sub-frame, a body member, and a first and second attachment socket. Each attachment socket is adapted to host a fastening means arranged in a through going apertures of each attachment socket and adapted to fasten said sub-frame to the body member. The fastening means are adapted to fasten a front section of said sub-frame, first and second attachment sockets each comprises a weakened portion arranged at an angle separated from the vehicle deformation direction during a front collision, and the weakened portions are adapted to give way releasing the sub-frame in the event of deformation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tom Stoddart, Dan Adamsson
  • Patent number: 10227051
    Abstract: A cargo liner for an enclosed vehicle has a water proof flexible material with a central section and a pair of butterfly wings. A number of first attachment points are space along an edge of one of the pair of butterfly wings. A pair of straps is located on a first edge of the central section. A number of adjustable straps each have a second attachment point at a first end of the adjustable straps. A number of suction cups are attached to the adjustable straps. The cargo liner is easily installed, is inexpensive to ship because it can fold down to a small package, and is adjustable to fit a wide variety of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: K&H Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: James Donald Koskey
  • Patent number: 10227095
    Abstract: A vehicle having one or more guide vanes each disposed at each of a respective front and/or rear quarter of the vehicle for guiding the airflow in the vicinity of an adjacent wheel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Adrian Gaylard, Christopher Thompson, Ross Turner
  • Patent number: 10220885
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with a roof side rail, a side outer panel that is formed of a dissimilar metal material having a higher electrical conductivity than the roof side rail, and a metal layer that is formed of the same metal material as the roof side rail and is disposed between the roof side rail and the side outer panel. Forming a nugget, which is a joint portion, between the roof side rail and the metal layer by carrying out resistance welding with the metal coating disposed between the roof side rail and the side outer panel makes it possible to accommodate the enhanced strength of an iron member and to render prepared hole processing unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamada, Isao Saito
  • Patent number: 10220881
    Abstract: A cellular structure may include a plurality of cells each cell of the plurality of cells having a fourteen-cornered cross section. The fourteen-cornered cross section may include fourteen sides and fourteen corners. Each cell may include a plurality of longitudinal walls extending between a top and a bottom of the cell, the longitudinal walls intersecting to create corners of the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Tau Tyan, Yu-Kan Hu, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Patent number: 10220758
    Abstract: A transport vessel and method specifically adapted for safely and efficiently transporting and removing liquid containing unstabilized drill cuttings. Typically drilling waste is stabilized using binding agents like fly-ash, liquids absorbing pellets or sawdust. In many jurisdictions binding agents are required to stabilize the drilling waste prior to transport. A sealed transport vessel is described herein which is specifically sized and positioned over a set of axels so as to provide for safe, non-spilling transport. In addition, the bottom section of the vessel additionally contains one or more heating elements capable of raising the temperature of the drill cuttings at or near the bottom section of the container to a free flowing state for easy removal, even in cold/adverse weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Stan Ross, Gregory Steger
  • Patent number: 10220749
    Abstract: A center console for a vehicle includes a base, a storage compartment disposed within the base having an upwardly facing opening, and a cover hingedly connected to the base for selectively covering the opening of the storage compartment. The cover includes a first cover portion, a second cover portion, two rods positioned between the first cover portion and the second cover portion, and two reversible sections disposed around the rods. The reversible sections are axially rotatable about the rods between a first position and a second position. When in the first position, the reversible sections present an armrest, and in the second position, the reversible sections present a storage tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Brendan Christopher Stiver
  • Patent number: 10214244
    Abstract: There are provided an outer panel, an inner panel, a second reinforcement provided in the main closed-cross section and cooperates with the outer panel to form a sub closed-cross section extending longitudinally, a bead portion formed at a portion of the inner panel which is located at a position corresponding to the second reinforcement, and configured to be a starting point causing bending of a front side frame toward the second reinforcement when a collision load is applied in a vehicle collision, and a second attaching member provided at a position located on a front-end side of the front side frame relatively to the second reinforcement and configured to make the second reinforcement crushable in a bending direction in the vehicle collision. The second attaching member comprises a knot-shaped member provided inside the main closed-cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Takehiro Kamei, Masanobu Hanazaki, Chikara Kawamura, Masaki Motoki
  • Patent number: 10214082
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes a reinforcing member that is extended along a side sill on an inner door panel side of a lower portion of an outer door panel. The reinforcing member has a first side surface that faces the side sill in the vehicle width direction, and a second side surface that extends from the first side surface to the outer door panel, and the first side surface and the second side surface are joined to the inner door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nagaishi, Yukihiro Hamada
  • Patent number: 10214084
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure is applied to a vehicle, in which at least one of a roof and a rear window is capable of being accommodated in a vehicle body. The structure includes a deflection plate standing upright between a pair of seats on the rear side of the seats, and a light source provided on the lower front side of the deflection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Hirofumi Saka, Naotomo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10214132
    Abstract: A kit for securing cargo within an interior of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle has an occupant restraint system including a coupling member. The kit includes a harness having at least one connecting ring. The harness is configured to hold the cargo. The kit includes a first strap having a first connector at a first end releasably coupled to the coupling member and a second connector at a second end coupled to the at least one connecting ring. The kit includes an energy absorbing element defined on the strap between the first end and the second end. The energy absorbing element is deformable to absorb a force acting on the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jenne-Tai Wang, Yuxiu Zhang, Chin-Hsu Lin, Paul E. Krajewski