Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 11912333
    Abstract: A steering device includes a steering shaft, a steering column, a bracket, and a fastening mechanism. An upper column includes a clamp, a cylindrical part, a pair of protrusions, and contact ribs. The clamp includes a continuous clamp and a spaced clamp. The protrusions include a continuous protrusion and a spaced protrusion. The contact ribs include first contact ribs disposed each of which is disposed on the outer peripheral surface of the clamp, second contact ribs each of which is disposed on a side surface of the protrusion and disposed opposite to the first contact rib with respect to a long groove, and at least one third contact rib disposed on a side surface of the spaced protrusion and between the first contact rib and the long groove. The third contact rib has a protrusion amount greater than those of the first contact rib and the second contact rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ikuta, Yoshiyuki Sato, Suguru Sugishita, Hirotaka Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11912124
    Abstract: A tractor includes: a vehicle body; an engine bonnet that forms an engine compartment; an engine disposed in the engine compartment; a first exhaust-gas cleaning device that is disposed in the engine compartment and purifies exhaust gas discharged by the engine; and a second exhaust-gas cleaning device that is disposed in the engine compartment and purifies the exhaust gas, the first exhaust-gas cleaning device being disposed above the engine such that a long side of the first exhaust-gas cleaning device is substantially parallel to a vehicle-body lateral width direction, the second exhaust-gas cleaning device being disposed behind the engine such that a long side of the second exhaust-gas cleaning device is substantially parallel to the vehicle-body lateral width orientation, and a maximum vertical length of the first exhaust-gas cleaning device is shorter than a maximum longitudinal length of the first exhaust-gas cleaning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tamaki, Kyota Inoue, Ryuichi Inoue, Masaru Shinya, Satoshi Nagata
  • Patent number: 11912345
    Abstract: A center load rack and pinion steering mechanism is disclosed. The mechanism comprises a center load steering rack housing mounted to a vehicle frame, with a longitudinal slot through the front surface thereof, the slot being fitted with a bushing of a material that is resistant to damage from heat and bending. A pair of center link mounting bolts secure a center link and a center link pad to the rack wherein the center link pad extends through the bushing such that the upper and lower surfaces of the center link pad engage the upper and lower inner surfaces of the bushing, respectively, to prevent upward and downward movement and twisting of the center link and the center link pad relative to the rack in response to steered wheels of the vehicle contacting rough or uneven terrain while in use to prevent damage to components of the steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Shock Therapy Suspension, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Smith
  • Patent number: 11904777
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle body to which work instrument is connected at a back, and a ROPS frame erected at a back portion of a driver seat area in the vehicle body. The work vehicle further includes a positioning unit configured to detect a position of the vehicle body based on a signal sent from a positioning satellite, and a support unit that is fixed to an upper portion of the ROPS frame and supports the positioning unit from below. The positioning unit has a harness connection portion that is connected to a harness for sending information to outside. The harness connection portion is located at a back portion of the positioning unit. The support unit is located protruding backwardly from the harness connection portion of the positioning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: YANMAR HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ishino, Yohei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11904789
    Abstract: A body structure defines a passenger cabin. An interior portion is located in the passenger cabin, and a support portion that includes a surface and an adjustable support assembly is located in the passenger cabin. The surface is located adjacent to the interior portion, the adjustable support assembly includes actuators, and the adjustable support assembly is configured to move the surface with respect to the interior portion. Sensors are configured to generate sensor outputs, and a controller detects an event based on the sensor outputs. In response to the detection of the event, the controller outputs a control signal that controls the adjustable support assembly so that the adjustable support assembly moves at least part of the surface away from the interior portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Arturo Llamazares Domper, Nicholas A. White, Alexander M. Zoellner
  • Patent number: 11904790
    Abstract: An in-seat airbag device including an airbag main body having a front-rear chamber that expands past a side of a head of a passenger toward a seat front side and is disposed at the side of the head of the passenger, and a distal end chamber that expands from a seat front side end portion of the front-rear chamber toward a seat width direction inner side and is disposed at a seat front side of a face of the passenger, wherein the airbag main body and a seatback frame are connected by a force limiter mechanism that moves the airbag main body toward a seat front side when a load, which is toward a seat front side and is applied to the airbag main body, exceeds a predetermined threshold value at a time of head restraining when the head of the passenger is restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamamoto, Toshiki Iwama, Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Masashi Hotta, Yoshito Kusuhara
  • Patent number: 11897411
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. The system may also include a transverse ceiling trim panel and one or more side ceiling trim panels configured to be coupled to a ceiling of the vehicle, with the transverse ceiling trim panel extending substantially transversely with respect to the one or more side ceiling trim panels. Portions of the ceiling trim panels may be configured to deflect and allow expansion of the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to the deployed state. The system may also include a deployment controller and one or more inflators configured to cause deployment of the expandable curtain at a first time and deployment of the expandable bladder at a second time after the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZOOX, INC.
    Inventors: Josh Alexander Jimenez, Markus Jost, Andrew John Piper, Andrew Frank Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 11897324
    Abstract: A dual reservoir fuel tank, wherein the fuel tank comprises a main fuel reservoir having an inner wall and an outer wall that define a main reservoir chamber, and an auxiliary fuel reservoir connected to a bottom of the main fuel reservoir. The dual reservoir fuel tank additionally includes a fuel retention lip structured and operable to retain fuel within the auxiliary reservoir chamber when the dual reservoir fuel tank is disposed at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventor: Lucas Grant Purcell
  • Patent number: 11891115
    Abstract: A steering device includes a pipe, a housing, a telescopic mechanism, and a load absorbing mechanism. The load absorbing mechanism includes an extending portion coupled to the telescopic mechanism and extending in a front-rear direction, a first sliding portion provided on a first side in a left-right direction with respect to the extending portion, and a second sliding portion provided on a second side in the left-right direction with respect to the extending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisuke Homma, Toru Sekiguchi, Hiromitsu Baba
  • Patent number: 11884151
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a power take-off (PTO) assembly. The PTO assembly, in one example, includes a bi-directional pump in fluidic communication with a fluid reservoir and a hydraulic system and a disconnect clutch configured to mechanically disengage and disconnect the bi-directional pump from a transmission when a prime mover is in operation, and mechanically engage and connect the bi-directional pump to the transmission when the prime mover is shut down. The PTO assembly further includes an electro-mechanical valve configured to trigger engagement and disengagement of the disconnect clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: DANA BELGIUM N.V.
    Inventors: Kurt Cattoor, Jan A. Bedert, Filip D. Schacht
  • Patent number: 11884103
    Abstract: The present document provides a spring support device and a vehicle having the same. The spring support device includes a first support unit for supporting a damper spring. The first support unit includes a first support body configured for being connected to a vehicle body, and a spring support which is detachably fixed to the first support body. Due to the separation arrangement between the spring support and the first support body, suitable first support body and spring support can be selected as required, which can satisfy requirements of different vehicles in the vehicle modification process. Since the spring support is separated from the first support body, an area between the spring support and the first support body can be sprayed before assembly when spraying protective paint. Therefore, it is convenient to spray protective paint efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SHANGHAI LINGHUO TRADING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dehui Du, Jia Fu
  • Patent number: 11885374
    Abstract: A propeller shaft (PS) has a balance piece (9) on the outer peripheral side of a stub shaft body section (31) of a stub shaft (3), which is axially separated from both spline sections (25, 34), which are spline fitting sections. Due to this configuration, changes in the gap in both spline sections (25, 34) when the balance piece (9) is welded are minimized, and the occurrence of new rotational imbalance can be minimized. As a result, rotational imbalance in the propeller shaft (PS) due to the balance piece (9) can be corrected appropriately and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Ishikura, Xiaojin Zhu, Toshiyuki Masuda
  • Patent number: 11884330
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structure includes: an inner panel connected to a side member and defining the inside of the side member; an outer panel connected to the side member and coupled to the inner panel forming a closed section with the inner panel and defining the outside of the side member; an opening formed in lower sides of the inner panel and outer panel to partially open the closed section such that a front end of a rear suspension arm can be inserted therein; a first reinforcement member provided in the opening forming a first closed portion with the inner panel; and a second reinforcement member provided in the opening forming a second closed portion with the inner panel, the outer panel, and the first reinforcement member and to isolate a space formed by the inner panel and the outer panel from an outer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Won Hae Lee, Nam Ho Kim, Dae Ki Jeong, Su Jin Lee, Jong Chan Baek, Byung Joo Chung, Dong Ho Lee, Seung Hak Lee, Yeon Seo Kim
  • Patent number: 11878646
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to reducing the likelihood of injury to a passenger in a collision. In one example, a computing device may determine that an impact between a vehicle and an object external to the vehicle is imminent. The computing device may determine a protection range for a vehicle's airbag based on characteristics of the passenger, including the passenger's seating location within the vehicle. An airbag extension system may position an airbag package, including the vehicle's airbag, such that the vehicle's airbag is within the protection range of the passenger's seating location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Courtney McCool
  • Patent number: 11872951
    Abstract: An occupant protection system may comprise an airtight, deformable container having a pressure sensor configured to generate a vehicle collision signal. A side airbag may be configured to expand between a stowed state and a deployed state. A deployment control system may be configured to receive the vehicle collision signal from the pressure sensor, and based upon the vehicle collision signal, cause an inflator to provide a gas to the airbag to thereby cause the side airbag to expand from the stowed state to the deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Joao Pedro Damasio Simoes De Oliveira
  • Patent number: 11872852
    Abstract: A vehicle fluid supply system includes a fluid supply valve configured to control fluid flow from a vehicle fluid supply to a trunk conduit in fluid communication with a vehicle tire inflation system; and a lift axle valve configured to control fluid flow from the trunk conduit to a lift axle deployment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Pressure Systems International, LLC
    Inventor: Dane Henry
  • Patent number: 11865988
    Abstract: PROBLEM: To provide a side airbag device that can be stored compactly. RESOLUTION MEANS The present invention is an airbag device to be stowed in a vehicle seat, comprising: an airbag cushion that restrains an occupant by expanding and deploying; an inflator arranged on the inner side of the seat frame which supplies expansion gas to the airbag cushion; and a cover member made of a ductile material that melts and shrinks under heat and pressure to retain the airbag cushion. The airbag cushion includes a rear chamber section where the inflator is stowed, and a front chamber section that extends forward from the rear chamber section that is arranged outside of the seat frame when stowed. The cover member is then configured to heat and pressurize the region corresponding to the front chamber section of the airbag cushion, thereby pressurizing and retaining the relevant section of the airbag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yuto Kobayashi, Tsutomu Sakurai, Tomofumi Tochigi
  • Patent number: 11865989
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle and having: a frame; a bearing structure, which is mounted on the frame, is elastically deformable and is divided into a seat, a backrest and a headrest; an upholstery, which covers the bearing structure; a covering shell, which is mounted on a rear wall of the frame and has a rear wall and two side walls, which come into contact with the bearing structure; a side airbag, which is directly fixed to the frame and is arranged in a containing space laterally delimited by an outer side wall of the covering shell and is delimited at the front by an outer portion of the bearing structure; and a deflector plate, which is rigid, is directly mounted on the frame and is arranged behind the side airbag so as to be located between the side airbag and the covering shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: FERRARI S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Toni
  • Patent number: 11858447
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system (30) comprises a seat (14), at least one airbag integrated in the seat (14) and an airbag control device. The seat (14) is adjustable at least between a first seating position and a second seating position, the seat (14) in the second seating position having an orientation (A) that is rotated vis-à-vis the first seating position about an angle of rotation (?) from 170° to 190°. The airbag has a first inflated state and a second inflated state in which the airbag has an external geometry different from the one in the first inflated state. Accordingly, the airbag control device is arranged so that, in the case of need, the airbag adopts the first inflated state when the seat (14) is in the first seating position, and the airbag adopts the second inflated state when the seat (14) is in the second seating position. Further, a vehicle (10) comprising such an occupant restraint system (30) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Gerd Zischka
  • Patent number: 11859368
    Abstract: An electric powertrain for a working machine, including: a first electric machine, a second electric machine, a propulsion axle for propulsion of the working machine, a transmission assembly comprising: a first input shaft drivingly connected to the first electric machine, a second input shaft drivingly connected to the second electric machine, a first output shaft drivingly connected to the propulsion axle, the first and the second input shafts being selectively drivingly connectable to the first output shaft, at least one second output shaft for power take-off, to which the second input shaft is drivingly connected, a set of gears including at least two selectable gear ratios for transfer of torque, wherein at least the first input shaft is drivingly connectable to the first output shaft via the set of gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Daniel Stålberg, Per Mattsson