Patents Examined by Drew J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10442395
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a floor portion; a row of seating; and a first anchor bracket including: a seatbelt webbing attachment portion to which a first seatbelt webbing, configured to secure an occupant to the row of seating, is attached; and a cargo securement attachment portion to which a cargo securement device, configured to secure one or more pieces of cargo above the floor portion adjacent the row of seating, is attached. The vehicle can further include a second anchor bracket including a seatbelt webbing attachment portion to which a second seatbelt webbing, configured to secure an occupant to the row of seating, is attached, and a cargo securement attachment portion to which the cargo securement device is attached. The first anchor bracket and second anchor bracket can be identically shaped and interchangeable during assembly of the vehicle. The first anchor bracket and second anchor bracket can be shaped differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sri Adiraju, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Jr., Jeffrey Gabalski, Richard Moss
  • Patent number: 10442262
    Abstract: A hybrid arm according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include: a first body made of a metal material and formed with a plurality of end portions; a second body formed so as to fill an inner side of the first body by being insert-injection-molded to the first body; and a ball joint formed integrally at a first end portion among the plurality of end portions of the first body. The ball joint may include: a reinforcement member coupled to the first end portion; a bearing member formed with a space therein; a ball stud including a ball rotatably inserted into the space of the bearing member and a rod extending upward of the ball; and a housing interposed between the reinforcement member and the bearing member and formed integrally with the second body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ILJIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-Sung Kwon, Sung-Geun Lee, Byong Suk Yu, Se Woong Jeong, Hyun-Woo Kim, Hyuk Kwon, Ig-Jin Kwon, Young In Yoon, Min Kook Park, Soon Chan Kwon
  • Patent number: 10442267
    Abstract: An air management system and method are provided. The system includes a compressor and a reservoir tank coupled to the compressor. A manifold block has a plurality of valves and is coupled to the reservoir tank and the compressor for controlling air flow. At least one pressure sensor is coupled to the manifold block. The compressor includes a boost valve for selectively directly connecting the reservoir tank and an air inlet of the compressor. An electronic control unit is coupled to the valves, compressor, and the at least one pressure sensor and is configured to provide pressurized air from the reservoir tank to the air inlet, determine a pressure difference between the manifold block and the boost valve, and retain pressure in the manifold block in response to the pressure difference being less than a predetermined amount to reduce startup torque of the compressor without exhausting the manifold block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bryan Peter Riddiford
  • Patent number: 10434970
    Abstract: A vehicle side section structure capable of stabilizing the deployment behavior of an airbag that inflates and deploys from a side door toward a vehicle width direction outer side is obtained. An impact beam is attached to a door inner panel. The impact beam includes a support portion that supports an inflator and that includes a side-wall portion disposed at the vehicle width direction inner side of the inflator. Accordingly, reaction force from the deployment of the airbag is able to be supported by the support portion of the impact beam when the airbag inflates and deploys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naohiro Saito, Junichi Takayanagi, Masato Kunisada, Takashi Sasaki, Takaki Fukuyama, Shigeyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10436622
    Abstract: In one aspect, a control system is provided which determines fluid flow in a suspension system for an agricultural machine by determining total fluid in a closed loop piston system. Fluid is determined using position sensors and a pressure transducers and application of the ideal gas with respect to each accumulator. A closed loop control system can then target an amount of fluid for optimum suspension control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Roy A. Bittner, Blaine A. Schwalbe, Nathan P. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10427488
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described where one or more pre-stressed spring elements are disposed between two structures to mitigate or cancel the effect of static loads applied to an component connecting the structures. The apparatus and methods may be used, for example, to reduce the adverse impact of static loads on the performance of top-mounts in a suspension system of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramkumar Krishnan, Marco Giovanardi
  • Patent number: 10427639
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies and venting assemblies are disclosed. An airbag assembly includes an airbag cushion and a venting assembly including a vent, one or more shear tethers, and a peel tether. The shear tether(s) are configured to be drawn to a taut state by expansion of the airbag cushion to configure the vent in a first venting state. The shear tether(s) are releasably coupled to the peel tether. The releasable coupling is configured to keep the shear tether(s) releasably coupled to the peel tether. The peel tether is configured to transition from a slack state to a taut state as the airbag cushion continues to expand. When drawn taut, the peel tether produces a peel force transverse to the shear force. The peel force causes the releasable coupling to release and the peel tether to uncouple from the shear tether(s), to transition the vent to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Williams
  • Patent number: 10427654
    Abstract: Aspects herein relate to using a three points to control the angular orientation of a structure via three or more jacks, and then stabilizing the structure via one or more stabilizers. In some aspects, the foregoing structure may include, for example, a motor home, recreational vehicle, travel trailer or fifth wheel trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NORCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bernard F. Garceau
  • Patent number: 10427522
    Abstract: The present application discloses a vehicle control wearable apparatus. The vehicle control wearable apparatus includes a detector configured to detect an intoxicating substance intake level of a potential driver of a vehicle; a vehicle operation state controller coupled to the detector and configured to receive the intoxicating substance intake level from the detector; and a first data transceiver coupled to the vehicle operation state controller. The vehicle operation state controller is configured to conduct a comparison between the intoxicating substance intake level and a first threshold level, and control the first data transceiver to send a blocking signal based on a first result of the comparison at a first time point. The blocking signal controlling the vehicle in a blocked state thereby prevents the potential driver from driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., K-tronics (Su Zhou) Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Rong Shen
  • Patent number: 10421331
    Abstract: The invention proposes a method of supplying with hydraulic fluid a hydraulic motor (2) of a drive wheel supporting a vehicle by means of a cylinder-type suspension system (1). The hydraulic fluid passes through a feed duct (25) extending longitudinally through a cylinder (3) of the cylinder-type suspension system (1). The invention also relates to the use thereof in order to eliminate the need for hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Laurent Eugène Albert
  • Patent number: 10414436
    Abstract: A control assembly for use with a vehicle having a pivot arm for controlling output of the vehicle includes a bracket, a yoke attached to the pivot arm, and a shaft engaged to the yoke and extending into the bracket. The pivot arm is rotatable about a first axis of rotation between a neutral position and a plurality of forward positions and a plurality of reverse positions. When in the neutral position, the pivot arm may also rotate about a second axis of rotation between an operative position and a stopped position, and a switch may be engaged when the pivot arm is rotated to the stopped position. A return to neutral assembly may provide a return force to the pivot arm when it is rotated about the first axis of rotation away from the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Nathan W. Bonny
  • Patent number: 10406880
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a reinforcing structure of a suspension arm, in which high rigidity capable of withstanding any input from a road surface or the like can be given to the suspension arm. In a vehicle suspension including a plurality of suspension arms, one ends of which being connected to a vehicle body of a vehicle and the other ends of which being connected to a knuckle, a control arm includes a main body and a pair of attachment portions provided at both ends of the main body. Each of the pair of attachment portions is provided with a substantially cylindrical through-hole for connection to the vehicle body or the knuckle. At least one of the pair of attachment portions is provided with an annular reinforcing member for reinforcing around the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Mizumoto, Masaaki Nishi, Hisashi Ishimatsu, Masashi Furuya, Hirokuni Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 10406884
    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 profile and a driver actuatable input. The driver actuatable input may be positioned to be actuatable by the driver in the absence of requiring a removal of either of the hands of the driver from a steering device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon P. Oakden-Graus, Brian D. Krosschell
  • Patent number: 10399623
    Abstract: A bike having an energy recovery device includes a driving wheel that is coupled to a rear wheel driving shaft pulley of the bike and rotates with the rear wheel of the bike. When a wire is pulled by the bike rider, an outer peripheral surface of a rotating wheel contacts an outer peripheral surface of the driving wheel and rotates together by means of friction with the driving wheel. When the wire pulling force is released, contact with the driving wheel is released. A piston moves in the forward/backward direction inside a cylinder of a compressor. During operation, air is compressed by the movement of the piston, exits through an exhaust opening formed on the rear portion of the cylinder, and is stored in an air tank through an air hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Tae Soon Yeo
  • Patent number: 10399406
    Abstract: A pneumatic suspension system for a vehicle, in which the pneumatic suspension system includes a supply tank, a first set of air springs positioned on a first side of the vehicle; a second set of air springs positioned on a second side of the vehicle, and a dual-action dynamic valve positioned between the first set of air springs and the second set of air springs. The dual-action dynamic valve is connected to the supply tank, the first set of air springs, and the second set of air springs by a series of air hoses. The dual-action dynamic valve is adapted to supply air to either one of the first set of air springs or the second set of air springs while simultaneously exhausting air from the other one of the first set of air springs or the second set of air springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: System Integrators International, LLC
    Inventor: Mehdi Ahmadian
  • Patent number: 10398074
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a pair of wheels rotatably mounted to the chassis, and a jack stand having an extended portion and a support portion. The extended portion has a longitudinal axis. The support portion is located at a longitudinal end of the extend portion. The jack stand is arranged on the chassis to be slidable with respect to the chassis in a direction generally parallel to the longitudinal axis for movement between a deployed position, wherein the support portion is located vertically below a bottom surface of each wheel, and a stowed position, wherein the support portion of the jack stand is located vertically above the bottom surface of each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lapp, Mark J. Wegner
  • Patent number: 10391966
    Abstract: A vehicular occupant restraining device, that includes: an inside air bag arranged on an inner side, in a vehicle width direction, of a side frame in a side section, the inside air bag receiving a gas supply from a second inflator, the inside air bag deploying by inflation in the side section earlier and at a higher pressure than a side air bag, and the inside air bag pressing a seated occupant to an inner side in the vehicle width direction. The inside air bag is configured so as to deploy by inflation in a region more to a vehicle upper side than a second-from-bottom rib of six ribs provided in a torso of an AM50 type international standard side collision dummy, in a state in which the dummy is seated in the vehicular seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Kunisada, Hiroyuki Nagura, Takuma Kawai, Takayuki Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 10391830
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integrated air-supply unit, in particular for air-suspension systems for motor vehicles, said unit comprising an air compressor having an electric motor and an air dryer. The air compressor together with the electric motor, air dryer and a number of pneumatic connections form a functional unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Joachim Bohn, Christian Courth, Uwe Folchert, Christoph Voss, Michael Zydek, Dierk Hein, Hinz Axel, Christian Witala
  • Patent number: 10377202
    Abstract: A suspension device for a vehicle includes a spring device disposed between a sprung member and an unsprung member of a vehicle and allowing a relative displacement between the sprung member and the unsprung member. The spring constant k2c of the spring device when the spring device is deformed in the direction in which the spring device contracts with respect to the predetermined reference length is configured to be smaller than the spring constant k2e of the spring device when the spring device is deformed in the direction in which the spring device expands with respect to the predetermined reference length. Consequently, it is possible to obtain a characteristic opposite to the spring characteristic of the seat, and as a result, ride quality can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yanqing Liu
  • Patent number: 10377200
    Abstract: A coupling structure includes a hollow rod section formed of a metal pipe and fastening sections formed by plastic deformation of the metal pipe so as to be connected with end sections of the hollow rod section. The fastening section includes a pair of base end sections which are each connected with a peripheral wall section forming a closed cross-section at the end section of the hollow rod section, and are separated from each other, and a bottom wall including a flat surface connected with the pair of the base end sections, and a pair of front end sections including a pair of side walls curving inwards from at least widthwise end sections of the bottom wall on a base end section side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Shirakami, Masaaki Mizumura, Tohru Yoshida