Patents Examined by Faye M. Fleming
  • Patent number: 10814903
    Abstract: A steering column assembly for a vehicle may include a buffer structure provided between a steering housing and a steering shaft inserted into the steering housing to distribute vibration applied thereto and to compensate for the distortion of the steering shaft and a clearance of the steering shaft with the steering housing, wherein a support structure is also provided to secure the support performance of the steering housing with respect to a mounting bracket in the event of a tilt and a longitudinal motion of the steering housing, ensuring the horizontal rigidity of the steering housing and reducing vibration applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, MANDO Corporation
    Inventors: Hyoung Jun Ahn, Joon Mo Park, Beom Soo Kim, Byung Woo Noh, Ji Yong Yim, Sung Hun Park, Dong Hun Shin, Ki Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 10807556
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof. The vehicle includes a first row and a second row of airbags supported by the roof and elongated along a vehicle-longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a third row and a fourth row of airbags supported by the roof, elongated along a vehicle-lateral axis, and intersecting the first row and the second row of airbags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anna Miller Hill, Brian Robert Spahn, Paul Alan Forgette, Jeffrey Charles Paddock, Benjamin Yilma, Robert Ralph Armitage
  • Patent number: 10807630
    Abstract: A steering column assembly that includes an upper jacket, a drive bracket, and an energy absorption assembly. The drive bracket is coupled to the upper jacket. The energy absorption assembly includes a first member and a second member. The first member has a first member body extending between a first member first end and a first member second end. The second member has a second member body extending between a second member first end and a second member second end. A receiving area is defined between the first member body and the second member body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob A. Caverly, Scott A. Stinebring, Michael P. Anspaugh, Robert D. Maida
  • Patent number: 10807549
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for a vehicle includes a structure, an inflator, a collision position detector, and a deployment controller. The structure extends along an outer periphery of the vehicle, and includes a plurality of partial structures. The inflator is configured to supply gas into the structure. The collision position detector is configured to detect or predict a collision position the vehicle upon colliding against an object. The deployment controller is configured to control gas supply from the inflator to the structure, based on a collision position detected or predicted by the collision position detector. The deployment controller causes the inflator to supply the gas to a partial structure corresponding to the collision position to deform at least the corresponding partial structure outward in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Toru Yamashita, Kenshi Eda
  • Patent number: 10801390
    Abstract: A vehicle exhaust system includes a vehicle body structure, an exhaust system, a rear bumper assembly, an exhaust finisher and a boot. The exhaust assembly is supported to an underside of the vehicle body structure. The rear bumper assembly is also supported to the vehicle body structure. The exhaust finisher is non-movably attached to one of the vehicle body structure and the rear bumper assembly. The exhaust finisher extends at least part way through an opening of the rear bumper assembly. The boot has a first end, a second end, and a flexible portion. The first end is attached to a rear end of the exhaust assembly. The second end is attached to a forward end of the exhaust finisher and the flexible portion extends from the trout end to the second end. The flexible portion is elastically deformable in response to thermal expansion and contraction of the exhaust assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Burns, Amarendra Kumar, Jeffery Mazur
  • Patent number: 10800491
    Abstract: An upper arm projected line L5 is defined as a straight line formed by projecting an upper arm line L3 onto the projection line P1. a lower arm projected line L6 is defined as a straight line formed by projecting the lower arm line L4 onto the projection line P1. An intersection point Px1 between the upper arm projected line L5 and the lower arm projected line L6 is located in a region A1 defined higher than the horizontal plane P2 and defined farther outward in the right-left direction than the ski 4. The suspension enables turning performance of the straddle-type vehicle to be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kinugasa, Takashi Imamura, Kensuke Kamada, Ryuta Koshiishi
  • Patent number: 10800370
    Abstract: A system includes a bulkhead, a seat in a rearward-facing position facing away from the bulkhead, and a plurality of airbags supported by the seat. Each airbag is inflatable in a direction away from the bulkhead to an inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10787150
    Abstract: A switch assembly for a vehicle seat belt buckle comprising a switch housing defining an interior and a pocket, a cable extending into the interior and including hook-shaped ends extending around posts in the interior of the switch housing. In one embodiment, the interior of the switch housing includes first and second posts positioned in a co-linear and spaced apart relationship and the hook-shaped ends face each other and extend around the first posts and abut against the second posts. In one embodiment, the Hall Effect sensor is positioned in the pocket of the switch housing in an inclined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Bunin
  • Patent number: 10787077
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed and include an instrument cluster assembly, which includes a printed circuit board (PCB). A first motor assembly is coupled to the PCB, and the first motor assembly is configured to drive a first screw. A second motor assembly is coupled to the PCB, and the second motor assembly is configured to drive a second screw. The instrument cluster assembly includes a floating ring pointer assembly, and at least one of a position and an orientation of the floating ring pointer assembly is configured to be adjusted in response to at least one of the first motor assembly and the second motor assembly driving the first screw and the second screw, respectively. The instrument cluster assembly includes a display screen configured to generate a display based on at least one of the position and the orientation of the floating ring pointer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Muhammad Nabeel Aslam
  • Patent number: 10773747
    Abstract: A steering column for a vehicle includes: a column tube coupled to an outer side of a steering shaft and having a collapse elongated-hole extending in an axial direction; a column housing coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the column tube and having a telescopic elongated-hole extending axially to correspond to the collapse elongated-hole; a support cylinder coupled between the column tube and the column housing and having an insertion hole, into which an insertion shaft passing through the telescopic elongated-hole and the collapse elongated-hole from an outer side of the column housing is inserted, and a support hole penetrating through the support cylinder in the axial direction; and a bending clip having a first end fixed to an inner circumferential surface of the column tube and a second end folded to be inserted into the support hole while wrapping an end of the support cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Chul Ku
  • Patent number: 10766562
    Abstract: A forecarriage (8) of a rolling motor vehicle (4), comprising a forecarriage frame (16), at least a pair of front wheels (10?), each wheel (10?) being connected to a rolling kinematic mechanism (20), which enables the front wheels (10?) to roll in a synchronous and specular manner, by means of a respective axle journal (60), and a roll block system (100) comprising a rod extensible in length (110) which directly connects one of the two front wheels (10?) at the respective axle journal (60) to said forecarriage frame (16) by means of hinging means (71, 72, 73) at both its ends, and means (120) to reversibly block the lying position of said rod extensible in length (110) on a rolling plane with respect to said axle journal (60) and to said forecarriage frame (16), so as to block the rolling movements allowed by said rolling kinematic mechanism (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luciano Socci, Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10766549
    Abstract: A disclosed lift axle is suitable for a vehicle that has a first wheel for supporting the vehicle on a road surface. The lift axle system includes a lift mechanism that is coupled to the vehicle and is configured to reciprocate an axle between a stowed position and deployed position. The lift axle system further includes a second wheel coupled to the axle. The second wheel engages the road surface when the lift mechanism is in the deployed position, and the second wheel is disengaged from the road surface when the lift mechanism is in the stowed position. The second wheel has a lower rolling resistance than the first wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PACCAR INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10737547
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame assembly, a cab frame assembly, a front suspension assembly, a rear suspension assembly, a power steering assembly, and a powertrain assembly, all of which may be configured to lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Adam J. Schlangen, Alex R. Scheuerell, Aaron J. Nysse
  • Patent number: 10737654
    Abstract: A case for housing an inflator includes a protruding region for storing a connector of a wire harness which is connected to an inflator body. A body of the wire harness extends from the connector in a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the inflator body. The protruding region protrudes from a circumferential wall of the case partially. The protruding region includes a stopper wall that is opposed to the connector as stored in the case in the axial direction of the inflator, and a pair of limiting walls that are engageable with the wire harness by the leading ends and thus limit an angle range with respect to the inflator body within which the wire harness is rotatable. The limiting walls each extend from the stopper wall and are disposed on both sides of the connector in the direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the inflator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Ono, Tetsuya Ogata
  • Patent number: 10737737
    Abstract: Vehicles may be composed of a relatively few number of “modules” that are assembled together during a final assembly process. An example vehicle may include a body module, a first drive module coupled to a first end of the body module, and a second drive module coupled to a second end of the body module. One or both of the drive modules may include a pair of wheels, a battery, an electric drive motor, and/or a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. One or both of the drive modules may also include a crash structure to absorb impacts. If a component of a drive module fails or is damaged, the drive module can be quickly and easily replaced with a new drive module, minimizing vehicle down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Birnschein, Adriano Di Pietro, Kyle Matthew Foley, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew Piper
  • Patent number: 10722409
    Abstract: A conveyance to carry humans, such as a wheelchair, is described having levers on each side of the wheelchair that are manually moved forward and backward to propel the conveyance. The user is able to shift into forward, reverse or neutral, brake, and change mechanical advantage (gear ratio), all this without removing the user's hands from the drive levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas G. Robins
  • Patent number: 10723306
    Abstract: A curtain airbag device mounting structure includes: a first pillar forming a part of a front pillar and extends substantially along a vehicle height direction; a second pillar forming another part of the front pillar, the second pillar being disposed on a rear side of a vehicle relative to the first pillar at a predetermined distance from the first pillar and extending substantially along the vehicle height direction; a transparent member bridged between the first pillar and the second pillar; and a curtain airbag device including a curtain airbag stored along a roof side rail and the second pillar, the curtain airbag being configured to inflate and deploy in a curtain-like fashion over a side portion of a cabin of the vehicle in case of a collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takamichi Komura, Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 10717470
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis arrangement, preferably for use in an agricultural tractor. The chassis has two frame elements and a differential housing, where the ends of the frame elements are connected to the side of the differential housing facing the rear of the vehicle. A tank cover is attached adjacent to that side of the differential housing, to define a fluid storage tank between the tank cover and the surface of the differential housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Braeutigam, Simon Brack
  • Patent number: 10710423
    Abstract: A cargo vehicle includes a composite floor assembly configured to support cargo, at least one wheel assembly configured to transport the cargo on the composite floor assembly, a suspension assembly associated with the at least one wheel assembly, and an intermediate adapter assembly. The intermediate adapter assembly is permanently coupled to the composite floor assembly and removably coupled to the suspension assembly such that the composite floor assembly is removably coupled to the suspension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Travis Smith McCloud
  • Patent number: 10710546
    Abstract: A seatbelt of a work vehicle includes: a first stay provided in correspondence with a first fixing portion of a vehicle body on either one of right/left sides of a seat; a belt reeling portion that reels and stores a belt main body and is attached to the first fixing portion via the first stay; a second stay provided in correspondence with a second fixing portion on the other one of the right/left sides of the seat; and a buckle portion that fixes an insertion fixture extending from the belt reeling portion and is attached to the second fixing portion via the second stay. A first cover member is mounted to the first stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the first stay. A second cover member is mounted to the second stay and covers an outward exposed portion of the second stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Nakaji, Hiromi Takahashi