Patents Examined by Darlene Condra
  • Patent number: 9592876
    Abstract: A scooter having at least two front wheels, a rear wheel, a deck, a steering assembly that includes a handlebar and a steering tube, an electric motor configured to provide power, and a transmission configured to transfer the power provided by the electric motor. The transmission can be configured to transfer the power provided by the electric motor only to the rear wheel. In some configurations, the scooter includes a battery, a power switch, and a controller coupled to the power switch, the battery, and the electric motor. In response to receiving a signal from the power switch, the controller ramps up the voltage provided to the electric motor over an interval of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bravo Sports
    Inventors: Jack B. Lovley, II, Joseph C. Klingl, Mark Groenhuyzen, Kenneth Edlauer
  • Patent number: 9527532
    Abstract: A three wheeled vehicle is disclosed having a vehicle frame with a frame sidewall providing a substantially flat surface, with recesses in the flat surface. Alignment arms have inner ends and outer ends, where the inner ends are mounted to the frame sidewall, and the outer ends mount a wheel hub. The inner ends have couplings with pivotal portions and fixed portions, the pivotal portions being at least partially positioned within the recesses, and the fixed portions being attached to the substantially flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: James A. J. Holroyd, Brian T. Utter, Jason J. Hohenstein, Todd L. Rachel
  • Patent number: 9505425
    Abstract: In a position adjustment device of a steering wheel, a step forming surface is provided in a portion close to one axial end of an adjustment rod. A nut is threadedly fixed to one end portion of the adjustment rod in the axial direction. An adjustment lever is connected to a driving cam of a cam mechanism. The driving cam is sandwiched between the step forming surface and the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Mihara
  • Patent number: 9499037
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a power unit of a utility vehicle. The power unit includes: a body part; an output shaft extending in frontward and rearward directions through the body part; a first attaching member provided with a first damper and attaching a lower end part of the body part to a vehicle body frame of the utility vehicle; and a torque rod located in an upper part of the body part and constructed between the body part and the vehicle body frame so as to restrict rolling of the body part in vehicle width directions. A body side attaching part of the torque rod, attached to the body part, is located on an extension line of a compression axis direction of the first damper in side view of the power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Akiyuki Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9487075
    Abstract: A work vehicle equipped with a main engine, a main engine gearbox and a main engine cooling circuit for circulating an engine coolant, the cooling circuit comprising at least one sub-portion comprising a radiator for heating the driver's cabin of the work vehicle. A heat exchanger is configured for heat exchange between said engine coolant and a lubricant flowing in a circuit into and out of a gearbox other than the engine gearbox. This latter gearbox can be the traction gearbox driven by a hydrostatic motor that is in turn powered by main-engine driven pump. The traction gearbox oil is then cooled by the engine coolant when the temperature difference between the engine coolant and the traction gearbox oil is higher than when the work vehicle is in active operation in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Tom A. De Lathauwer, Lode A. Demonie, Guy H. J. Osselaere
  • Patent number: 9487228
    Abstract: The steering column having a lug, a casing, an inner tube, an outer tube, a steering wheel end-piece, and at least one adjustment gear motor. The lug is axially movable and the column includes a gear motor controlling the lug. Having a movable lug makes it possible to increase the stowing length of the steering wheel. The range of movement is the sum of the movements of the lug and the adjustment gear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE STEERING VENDOME
    Inventors: Laurent Fevre, Mickael Sauquet
  • Patent number: 9475458
    Abstract: A locking device for a motor vehicle having a steering wheel column has a housing, a worm wheel cover, a blocking bolt that locks a steering wheel shaft in the steering wheel column, wherein the blocking bolt is movable between a first and a second position, a drive that moves the blocking bolt from the first position to the second position, a latching element that latches the blocking bolt, a mechanical activation mechanism that activates the latching element, and that has a trigger element, and a pushing element. In the first position, the blocking bolt is in blocking engagement with the steering wheel shaft. In the second position, the blocking bolt is disengaged from the steering wheel shaft. The latching element comprises a pin, and an opening is disposed in the blocking bolt for engagement with the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Thilo Marx, Damien Vagney, Kenjirou Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9476233
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly is provided comprising a first member arranged to be mounted to a body member within an engine compartment of a vehicle. The first member comprises a lock mechanism. The hood latch assembly further comprises a second member arranged to be mounted to the hood of the vehicle and comprising a striker arranged to engage with the lock mechanism to retain the hood of the vehicle in the closed position. The second member further comprises a hood bracket arranged to be mounted to the hood of the vehicle, a striker bracket comprising the striker, and a mechanical lock arranged to lock the striker bracket to the hood bracket, the mechanical lock being arranged to allow unlocking by movement of an actuator. The present disclosure also relates to active hood latch system and a vehicle comprising a hood latch assembly and/or an active hood latch system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel Uyanik, Goran Junback, Jan Palovaara
  • Patent number: 9469271
    Abstract: A knee airbag having an inlet opening (6) for deployment gas from a gas generator (4) for flowing into a first chamber (10), at least one second chamber (20, 30) adjacent to the first chamber (10), which second chamber (20, 30) is separated from the first chamber by at least one dividing wall (25), wherein between the first chamber (10) and the second chamber (20, 30) at least one closable overflow opening (40) is provided, through which deployment gas can flow from the first chamber (10) into the second chamber (20, 30), wherein at least one closing device (50 for the overflow opening (40), or the overflow opening (40), is associated with the penetration region of the knees (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Sommer, Marc Schock
  • Patent number: 9469331
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a vehicle capable of adjusting an operating position of a steering wheel with respect to a vehicle body, includes: a steering column supporting the steering wheel at a rear end, arranging a center of oscillation with respect to the vehicle body in front thereof, and supporting the steering wheel so as to oscillate around the center of oscillation; a fixing bracket holding the steering column between opposing holding sections extending to a lower part and fixing an upper part to the vehicle body; and a support mechanism interposed between the holding sections and the steering column and supporting the steering column to in a manner that the steering column is slidable, wherein the support mechanism includes a spring member interposed between one of the holding sections and the steering column and a rigid body interposed between the other of the holding sections and the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Soichiro Iwanaga, Yasuaki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9469267
    Abstract: An airbag device has an airbag housing that is provided in inward lateral faces of a driver's seat backrest and a passenger seat backrest in a vehicle width direction. An upper portion of the airbag housing is provided with a cover portion through which the airbag supplied with gas moves upward from the airbag housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Isamu Nagasawa, Masaaki Kobayashi, Kousuke Yamada, Junichi Oorai, Takeru Shoji
  • Patent number: 9463825
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering gear with a gear rack and a drive pinion that meshes with it, which drive pinion comprises a rigidly attached drive projection in a rotational bearing that is on a front face and eccentric to the pinion teething for coupling a motor vehicle steering spindle, said rotational bearing being guided in a direction transverse and parallel to a diametrical plane formed by the pinion teething, such that when the pinion is rotating, compensation strokes for the rotational bearing are specified in a direction transverse to the gear rack, said compensation strokes being caused by the eccentric attachment of the drive projection, a retaining projection rigidly attached at a front face concentrically to the pinion teeth, the retaining projection being rotatably in engagement with the retaining piece that is guided within a gear housing parallel to the gear rack teeth, is and that during pinion rotation compensation strokes parallel with and at a constant distance to the gear rack teeth are specifi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SchmitterGroup AG
    Inventors: Friedhelm Gunther, Marco Schmidt, Ralf Dirscherl
  • Patent number: 9463836
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile body configured to prevent a main body thereof from overturning in a case of being used in a state where an auxiliary wheel is not provided or the auxiliary wheel is not in contact with the ground. In a first control mode, by performing inverted pendulum control all the time, a posture of a main body portion (10) is maintained to be constant. For example, in the case where a user operates a changeover switch, a controller (21) shifts to a second control mode in which the rotation of main wheels (11) is driven and controlled so that an angle of the main body portion (10) with respect to the vertical direction becomes ?1? which is greater than ?1. In the second control mode, the main wheels (11) and an auxiliary wheel (13) are in contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kubo, Kenichi Shirato, Shigeru Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9457757
    Abstract: A mounting member to be mounted to an obverse side of a cover part arranged at a central portion of a steering wheel includes corner parts 31a, 31b, 31c, and 31d having hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 protruding from their reverse sides, the hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 being capable of interlocking with holes formed at the cover part. The hook parts 36-3, 36-4, 36-5, and 36-6 are arranged at narrow parts 37a and 37b between a contour 33 of the mounting member 30 and openings 35a and 35b formed along the contour 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Takumi Kawabe, Shuhei Fujiwara, Keisuke Onohara, Kouhei Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9452652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for adjusting a height of a vehicle, which is installed between an upper end portion of a suspension spring or the suspension spring, which is installed to support a load of a vehicle, and a suspension system supporting unit which is installed to support the suspension spring, and adjusts a height of the vehicle, the device including: a motor; a screw; a gear device which transmits rotational force of the motor to the screw; and a screw guide which is moved upward and downward by rotation of the screw, in which the height of the vehicle is adjusted in accordance with the up and down movement of the screw guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hansoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9452731
    Abstract: Provided is a mounting apparatus for a buckle transmission apparatus. The mounting apparatus includes a mounting bracket to couple the buckle transmission apparatus, which comprises a transmission cable coupled to a buckle head and a driving unit coupled to the transmission cable to transmit the buckle head to a required position, to a vehicle body, and a cover member provided under the buckle head, allowing the transmission cable to pass the cover member, and fitted into an internal structure of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Byoung Gae You, Ik Su Kim, Sang Hun Park, Dae Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 9446640
    Abstract: Improvements in a suspension arm for a land vehicle. The suspension arm is an A-Frame box suspension arm to be essentially fabricated from sheet metal. The sheet metal members are fabricated to the desired shape and then some members are bent. The top and bottom plate members to be keyed. The keyed members both position the components and minimize or eliminate the need for a fixture that holds the parts while they are being welded together. The driver and passenger suspension arms flipper or mirror images. This allows both the left and right sides of the vehicle to utilize the same suspension arm. The box structure transfers loads along the multiple wall structures of the suspension arm when loads are encountered by the wheels and then transferred into the frame. The suspension arms are used in off-road and on-road vehicles for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Mike Smith
  • Patent number: 9446728
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body having a front wheel housing, an axle, a disk wheel fixed to the axle in the front wheel housing and a tire mounted on the disk wheel. The vehicle further includes a breaking member that is provided projecting from the vehicle body toward the disk wheel. The breaking member breaks the disk wheel when the vehicle body is crashed at a front thereof at a predetermined speed or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshii, Taizo Kondo
  • Patent number: 9440611
    Abstract: A gas hag arrangement for a vehicle occupant restraint system comprises an inflatable gas hag, wherein the gas bag includes at least one vent device for venting gas from the gas bag, wherein the vent device in a first condition has a first outflow cross-section and in a second condition a second outflow cross-section; as well as a release mechanism which initially fixes the vent device and which releases the same after activation. The release mechanism includes an element to be filled with gas, with which the vent device is connected such that before filling of the tillable element it is fixed at the same and during filling of the fillable element is detached from the same, wherein the vent device is directly or indirectly connected with the tillable element via a releasable connection which will tear during filling of the fillable element and release the vent device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: TAKATA AG
    Inventor: Philipp Sennert
  • Patent number: 9441679
    Abstract: A synchronized shift device for locked connection of at least two shafts (30, 32), which shafts have different rotation speeds at the start of a shift procedure. An arrangement of first annular drive body (36), synchronization body (42) and first annular coupling element (44) bring about synchronization of the shaft speed prior to coupling by a synchronization sleeve (50). A further shaft (60), coaxially arranged, may be provided with a similar arrangement of annular drive body (62) and coupling element (66) for synchronized connection with one of the other shafts (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AGCO INTERNATIONAL GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Heindl, Florian Knobloch