Patents Examined by Gabriela C Craciun
  • Patent number: 10376731
    Abstract: A pedal drive system, in particular for an electric vehicle or a training apparatus, and for generating electrical power from muscle power of a user with at least one pedal and an electric generator, connected mechanically with said at least one pedal, is provided. To improve the haptic feel and feedback at the pedal, a control unit is provided for controlling a feedback torque, applied at said pedal, wherein the control unit comprises a haptic renderer, configured for control of said feedback torque based on at least one predefined pedal reference trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SWISSMOVE C/O ANWALTS-UND WIRTSCHAFTSKANZLEI KMUFORUM GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10377411
    Abstract: In a steering control apparatus, a basic assistance torque calculating unit calculates a basic assistance torque. A correction torque calculating unit calculates a correction torque to be added to the basic assistance torque. In the correction torque calculating unit, a returning state determining unit determines whether a steering wheel is turning or returning. A returning speed stabilization control unit calculates a returning speed stabilization torque to stabilize a returning speed of the steering wheel, as the correction torque. The returning speed stabilization control calculates the returning speed stabilization torque such as to bring a second-order time differential value of steering wheel position-related information correlated with a steering wheel position closer to zero, and such that an absolute value of the returning speed stabilization torque when the steering wheel is returning is relatively greater than that when the steering wheel is turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10378420
    Abstract: Provided is a saddle-ride type vehicle that can improve the cooling ability when a radiator fan is provided only on one radiator of right and left radiators. A saddle-ride type vehicle has a water-cooled engine, right and left radiators supported by a body frame, and a cooling water passage that connects the right and left radiators and the water-cooled engine. A radiator fan is provided only on one radiator of the right and left radiators. One cooling water passage that connects the one radiator and the water-cooled engine has a larger diameter than the other cooling water passage that connects the other radiator and the water-cooled engine. The one radiator is larger than the other radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kisaichi, Hiroyuki Kaga, Koichiro Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10350981
    Abstract: A mobile robot triangle chassis assembly is disclosed, which includes a housing, a top plate, an isolation plat, a bottom plate, a power package, multiple support beams and three sets of gear trains. The three sets of gear trains are equilaterally triangularly distributed, each of which includes a motor, a speed reducer, a support frame and an omnidirectional wheel. The mobile robot triangle chassis assembly has a double-layer structure, the three sets of gear trains are located at a lower layer of the double-layer structure, and the power package is located at an upper layer of the double-layer structure, so as to reduce an occupied area of the mobile robot triangle chassis assembly. In the mobile robot triangle chassis assembly, only the bottom of the omnidirectional wheel is located outside the bottom plate, so that components within the mobile robot triangle chassis assembly are protected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SICHUAN ARTIGENT ROBOTICS EQUIPMENT CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bei Peng, Yi Chen, Jing Liu
  • Patent number: 10343740
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including a front wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support a front wheel; a rear wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support a rear wheel; a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and rear wheel; an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by a user changing relative positions of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member; a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a target speed associated with the wheel base length; and a failure detection unit configured to detect a failure in the traveling apparatus. When the failure detection unit detects the failure, the control unit stops the control based on the target speed associated with the wheel base length and performs control to extend the wheel base length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Mori
  • Patent number: 10336145
    Abstract: A multiple hitch member assembly is described for connecting a trailer to a tow vehicle where a hitch member is rotatably with respect to a main hitch member that is connected to a hitch receiver on the tow vehicle, where the hitch member carries a plurality of hitch elements (e.g., ball hitches of varying sizes) and where with the main hitch member secured to the hitch receiver the hitch member is rotatable to position a desired hitch element to be connected to a trailer or the like such that the hitch member cannot be removed from the main hitch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Delta Company, LLC
    Inventor: Clinton J. Dunn
  • Patent number: 10322748
    Abstract: A motor controller includes control systems that control actuation of a motor. Each control system includes a drive circuit and a calculation unit. The calculation unit of each control system is connected to an independent rotation angle sensor. The calculation units include master and slave calculation units. The master and slave calculation units control actuation of the corresponding drive circuit based on a current instruction value calculated by the master calculation unit and a detection result of the rotation angle sensor connected to the master calculation unit. When the detection result of the rotation angle sensor connected to the master calculation unit is abnormal, the master and slave calculation units each use a detection result of the rotation angle sensor connected to the slave calculation unit to control the actuation of the corresponding drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: JTEKT CORPORATION, JAPAN AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Takuya Yanagi
  • Patent number: 10308308
    Abstract: A bicycle frame includes a frame body including a top tube, a seat tube, a seat stay, and a mounting unit that is disposed at a junction among the top tube, the seat tube and the seat stay, and that has a base portion, and a position-limiting portion extending from the base portion, a seat post unit including a seat post that extends through the base portion, and a post clamp that is fixedly sleeved onto the seat post, and that is retained in the frame body by the position-limiting portion, a cushion sleeved onto the seat post, and having a tube body that is fittingly disposed between the seat post and the base portion, and a sleeve portion that extends from the tube body, and that is disposed between the post clamp and the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: A-Pro Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Min Hsu
  • Patent number: 10293882
    Abstract: An electrically power assisted bicycle includes a driving system including an electric motor that generates an assist force to assist human power of a rider and a first controller configured or programmed to control an operation of the electric motor; and an operation panel including buttons and a second controller. The buttons include a power button that turns on or off a power of the driving system, and an assist force setting button that sets an assist force of the electric motor. The second controller detects a press on each of the buttons to execute a predefined process. When the second controller detects a specific operation different from a normal operation on at least one button among the buttons while electric power is supplied to the driving system and the second controller is operated in a normal operation mode, the second controller prohibits the power from being turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Kishita, Toshio Koga, Yuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10294898
    Abstract: The motorcycle includes: a supercharger that pressurizes intake air to supply the pressurized intake air to an engine; and an intake air tank forming an air intake chamber therein, which air intake chamber is provided at the downstream side of the supercharger with respect to an intake air flow direction and stores the intake air. The air intake chamber structure further includes an intake pipe formed as a separate body from the intake air tank and mounted on the intake air tank. The intake pipe serves as an inlet of the air intake chamber and projects inward of the air intake chamber. A projecting end portion of the intake pipe has a passage area that increases toward the downstream side in the intake air flow direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shohei Naruoka, Koji Nomura
  • Patent number: 10131396
    Abstract: A saddled vehicle includes a rear fender that is arranged along an outer circumferential side of a rear wheel, a chamber portion that is arranged on a front side of the rear wheel and is provided on the outer circumferential side of the rear wheel from a mudguard surface of the rear fender facing the rear wheel, and an atmospheric air introduction pipe that is connected to the chamber portion and introduces atmospheric air to a canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Yasuta, Seitaro Kamei, Hirotada Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9908579
    Abstract: An intelligent somatic full-balance electric vehicle comprises two wheels (11, 12) of a same size and a motor (4) disposed between the two wheels (11, 12), the two wheels (11, 12) being coaxially connected to the motor (4) through an axle (3); the intelligent somatic full-balance electric vehicle further comprises a control system (10) and a power supply (9); both the control system (10) and the power supply (9) are disposed inside a housing of the vehicle body and located above the wheels, or between the two wheels (11, 12); or one of the control system (10) and the power supply (9) is located between the two wheels (11, 12), and the other is located above the wheels; vertical columns (6) are separately disposed at two ends of the axle (3), and the vertical columns (6) are separately provided with pedals (5) on external sides of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU AIRWHEEL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guogang Zuo
  • Patent number: 9908408
    Abstract: A dig system which allows for a vehicle to perform a dig maneuver, without sacrificing drivability. An actuator places the dig system in one of four different modes of operation, where the front wheels are placed in either a first configuration or a second configuration, where the front wheels are positioned at a desired steering angle, and one of the front or rear wheels is braked and prevented from rotating. The transfer case transfers power to one or more of the non-braked wheels, and disconnects from the remaining wheels. One or more of the non-braked wheels are rotated such that the vehicle pivots about an axis which extends through one of the wheels. One of the rear wheels is braked when performing a front dig maneuver, and one of the front wheels is be braked when performing a reverse dig maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Leigh Baker
  • Patent number: 9908583
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are rear suspension systems for bicycles that coupling the rear wheel of the bicycle to the bicycle frame through a swing arm assembly. The structures disclosed herein allow for independent movement of a swing arm assembly in both a vertical and horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: W. Hank Matheson, Jonathan R. Heim
  • Patent number: 9902447
    Abstract: A system for selective anchoring a climbing vehicle or robot to a surface of a structure. The system includes a foot (1) having at least one surface contacting toe assembly (2). The toe assembly includes a magnetic adhesion system transitionable between an engageable state, wherein said adhesion system is configured to actively hold said toe to the surface on a plane of engagement thereby anchoring said foot to the structure, and a disengageable state to allow detachment of said foot from said surface. The adhesion system includes a magnetic field generator for projecting a magnetic field outwardly from the plane of engagement toward said engaged surface when the adhesion system is in the engageable state, to thereby generate a magnetic attractive force between the module and a magnetic target material within or beneath the surface of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY, ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES
    Inventors: Peter Kenneth Ward, Dikai Liu
  • Patent number: 9902455
    Abstract: A folding bicycle and method for folding the folding bicycle is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Priest, Warren Fu, Julian Casablancas
  • Patent number: 9896146
    Abstract: The two-axle vehicle balance scooter includes an upper shell, lower shell, pedal, pressure sensors, brackets, wheels, press block, shaft, chip, and battery pack. The brackets include a pedal bracket, hardware support, battery support and chip support. The press block includes a wheel pressure block and an axial compression block, from bottom to top on the housing gasket installed the pedal bracket and pedals. Both sides of the body are disposed around a middle section that is a battery holder below which a battery is installed. Accordingly, the scooter is symmetrical thus providing better stability, easier handling, easy installation and removal of a battery and other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: USMMT LLC
    Inventor: Nanfang Lu
  • Patent number: 9889895
    Abstract: An apparatus and method support a crane boom during its transportation. A crane dolly includes a trailer with a frame and a tower mounted on the frame. The tower is movable independent of the frame. A boom rest is attached to the tower and is configured to receive a portion of a crane boom. The boom rest may pivot with respect to the tower about at least a pivot point while the crane boom is transported with the crane dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Constantin Haag, Andrija Selak, Ulises Vivanco Echevarria
  • Patent number: 9884642
    Abstract: In order to provide a steering device capable of inhibiting generation of abnormal sound without a complicated structure, the steering device is provided with a wheel gear connected to an output shaft which transmits an output to a turning wheel and a worm gear engaging with the wheel gear and capable of transmitting power generated by a motor to the wheel gear, and a rotational speed of the motor is made lower than that during normal operation, at the time driving of the stopped motor is started or at the time a rotational direction of the worm gear is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Takashima, Yoshiaki Tsuchiya, Theerawat Limpibunterng
  • Patent number: 9879642
    Abstract: In a straddle type vehicle including a body frame, a power unit supported to the body frame, and a throttle body connected to the power unit and adjusting the intake air amount, a gyro sensor for detecting behavior of the vehicle is arranged in the throttle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kato, Kazuhito Hotta