Patents Examined by Hilary L Johns
  • Patent number: 10717458
    Abstract: A displaceable steering column for motor vehicles may include an actuating unit in which a steering shaft is rotatably mounted. The actuating unit may be displaceable relative to a holding unit in the axial direction of the steering shaft, and optionally in the vertical direction, and can be clamped by means of a clamping device so that the actuating unit is fixed in an non-displaceable manner when the motor vehicle is operating normally. The steering column may also include an energy absorption device disposed between the actuating unit and the holding unit, which in the event of a vehicle crash absorbs at least part of the energy applied to the steering column by material deformation of an energy absorber. The energy absorption device may have a central portion on which an energy absorber is disposed and is engaged with the actuating unit. The central portion may be connected to a clamping portion that can be clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10710622
    Abstract: A hand truck includes a frame, a handle attached to a rear side of the frame, a platform extending from a front side of the frame, a plurality of feet attached to an underside of the platform, at least one support member attached to the front side of the frame, and an axle supporting a plurality of wheels, wherein the axle is attached to the frame. The hand truck may include a standing configuration and a mobile configuration. In the standing configuration, the plurality of wheels and at least one of the plurality of feet contact a ground surface to support the hand truck such that the platform is arranged at an oblique angle with respect to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLDCASTLE BUILDINGENVELOPE, INC.
    Inventors: William Joshua McDonald, Christopher Todd Herndon
  • Patent number: 10696326
    Abstract: The steering angles of front wheels 3f and rear wheels 3r of a vehicle 1 can be respectively controlled by a front wheel steering angle control actuator 35 and a rear wheel steering angle control actuator 44. If a steering wheel 20 is operated in a turning direction of the vehicle 1 while the vehicle 1 is traveling in a straight line, then a controller 60 changes the steering angle of the front wheels 3f to approach to a steering angle specified on the basis of an operation amount after the steering wheel 20 is operated, and also controls the front wheel steering angle control actuator 35 and the rear wheel steering angle control actuator 44 to change the steering angles of the rear wheels 3r to the opposite direction of the turning direction of the vehicle 1 immediately after the steering wheel 20 is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Gomi, Yoshinao Sodeyama, Kazushi Akimoto, Osamu Kikuchi, Takashi Kudo
  • Patent number: 10696120
    Abstract: A leveling valve (101) for discharging and supplying air from and to a plurality of utilization elements (205a, b), in particular pneumatic suspension bellows, includes a valve arrangement (103) for directing air between a source (207) of pressurized air, an exhaust port (3) and the utilization elements, a supply port (1) in fluid communication with the valve arrangement (103) and the source (207) of pressurized air, and an exhaust port (3) having an exhaust air channel (a) for discharging exhaust air. The exhaust port (3) includes at least one air-permeable damping element, which is at least partly positioned within the exhaust air channel (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Marek Repela, Przemyslaw Zak
  • Patent number: 10696258
    Abstract: A vehicle window structure for preventing a person from being thrown out, applied to a vehicle, includes a fixing frame. An inner frame surface of the fixing frame is provided with a plurality of fixing portions spaced apart from each other. An arresting net includes at least one plastic rope fixedly connected to the fixing portions in an interlaced manner. The fixing frame is provided with a light-permeable unit that is mounted and fixed within the inner frame surface and covers the arresting net. When the vehicle has an accidental rollover unfortunately, even if the light-permeable unit is damaged or the fixing frame is deformed during the overturning of the vehicle, the arresting net is still able to arrest the user effectively because the arresting net is directly fixed to the fixing frame, thereby preventing the user from being thrown out of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Chun-Nan Liu
  • Patent number: 10688842
    Abstract: A leveling valve (101) for discharging and supplying air from and to a plurality of utilization elements (205a,b), in particular pneumatic suspension bellows, includes a valve arrangement (103) for directing air between a source (207) of pressurized air, an exhaust port (3) and the utilization elements (205a,b), and a supply port (1) in fluid communication with the valve arrangement (103) and the source (207) of pressurized air. A check valve (5) is mounted upstream of the valve arrangement (103) and is configured to allow fluid flow from the supply port (1) towards the valve arrangement (103) and to block fluid flow from the valve arrangement (103) through the supply port (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Marek Repela, Przemyslaw Zak
  • Patent number: 10668830
    Abstract: A method and system for swapping batteries in an electric vehicle is disclosed. The method includes dismounting a first battery assembly, moving to a second battery assembly and mounting the second battery assembly onto the vehicle. Mounting and dismounting are accomplished by an onboard mounting and dismounting system. The method can be used in a zero infrastructure environment such as an underground mine since mounting and dismounting are accomplished by components on the vehicle itself. An auxiliary battery pack powers the vehicle during between dismounting a battery pack and mounting another battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Artisan Vehicle Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Huff, Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 10661749
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a restraint system for use in a vehicle with a seat belt system, including a plurality of straps that can be adjusted to conform to the changing dimensions in a wearer and to fit a variety of wearers. The restraint system includes multiple security members that facilitate attaching different kinds of seat belts to different locations on the restraint system. Thus, the restraint system can be used to secure its wearer to a variety of different seat belt systems in a variety of different vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Hoon Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 10661680
    Abstract: A utility task vehicle (UTV) includes a frame having frame rails and a battery assembly positioned laterally between the frame rails. The battery assembly includes a battery housing and a battery array having a plurality of battery cells. The battery array is positioned within the battery housing and the battery assembly provides support for or is located under a floor of a cabin of the utility task vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Nikola Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor R. Milton, Kevin M. Lynk, Anthony A. Heaton, Morgan Mackelprang, Kyle Gray, Robert Dane Davis
  • Patent number: 10654534
    Abstract: A self-contained mobile retail store structure which is transportable from one location to another. The structure is mounted to a frame which is coupled to a plurality of wheels by a hydraulic system capable of raising, lowering, inclining and declining the structure relative to a ground surface. In a stationary position, the walls of the structure contact the ground surface, and in the transportable position, the walls of the structure are spaced from the ground surface. The mobile retail store structure of this disclosure fits in a standard-sized parking space, and may be configured with other similar structures to expand the retail area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Flexetail, LLC
    Inventor: Joel Kamm
  • Patent number: 10658911
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of motors, and specifically relates to a switched reluctance motor of a novel structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ZHENGZHOU JITIAN PATENT OPERATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10654442
    Abstract: A webbing adjustment device has a cover, a frame, a slider, and a guiding ring member. The frame is up and down moveably disposed in the cover. The slider is located in the cover, is moveably disposed in a body of the frame, and has a through slot formed through the slider. Webbing inserted through the through slot is locked or unlocked by a relative motion between the frame and the slider. The guiding ring member is detachably disposed on the cover, and has a guiding ring and a positioning element connected to the guiding ring. The webbing is inserted through the guiding ring. The cover is detachably hung on the guiding ring. The webbing adjustment device can lock the webbing automatically by the tension of the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Liang-Hsiung Wang
  • Patent number: 10654513
    Abstract: A steering column assembly comprises a telescopic shroud having an outer shroud portion and an inner shroud portion, a clamp rail fixed to an upper face of the inner shroud portion including a slot, a clamp bolt that extends perpendicular to the shroud, a rocker comprising a body from which extends a lever arm, the body having an opening through which the clamp bolt passes, the rocker converting a rotation of the clamp bolt about its axis in a first direction into an upward motion of the lever arm and into a downward motion when the clamp bolt is rotated in the opposing second direction, a toothed block having two opposed racks of locking teeth that is connected to a carrier element, the carrier element in turn being connected to the lever of the rocker arm such that movement of the lever arm up and down causes movement of the carrier element up and down between an upper position and a lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: TRW Automotive GmbH, TRW Limited
    Inventors: Jan Dite, Niclas Davies, Markus Lingemann
  • Patent number: 10647341
    Abstract: A portable storage device that includes a storage body comprising a plurality of sides enclosing a space suitable for storing items therein, and a wheel assembly coupled to the storage body suitable for enabling transportation of the portable storage device over a surface. One or more extendable handles are coupled to the storage device. The one or more extendable handles slideably extend from inside hollow portions of one or more first elongated frame members attached to the storage body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: James Daniel Grappe
  • Patent number: 10632960
    Abstract: A folded body of a head protection airbag includes a compression section, and a non-compression section. The airbag includes a shield inflation section that covers the vehicle interior side of a window at a time of inflation completion. The shield inflation section includes: a primary development area developed and inflated in an initial stage of an inflow of the inflation gas; and a secondary development area disposed on a side of one end of the airbag in the front-rear direction so as to be inflatable by following development and inflation of the primary development area. The secondary development area is disposed in the compression section and the primary development area is disposed in the non-compression section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Okuhara, Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Iida
  • Patent number: 10618554
    Abstract: A wheel-end assembly for a vehicle enabling the direct measurement of the wheel-end position. The wheel-end assembly includes a knuckle having a kingpin bore and a kingpin disposed within the kingpin bore. The knuckle is at least partially rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the kingpin. A knuckle cap assembly is coupled with the kingpin bore adjacent to an end of the kingpin. In addition, a sensor is coupled with the knuckle cap assembly which measures a position of the kingpin relative to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony N. Passero, Stoyan I. Stoychev
  • Patent number: 10618491
    Abstract: A side airbag device including: a bag-shaped airbag that deploys from a lateral portion of a vehicle seat toward a front side of a vehicle; and an inflator that supplies inflation gas into the airbag. The airbag has, at least at a lower portion thereof, a lower tuck-in region tucked into the airbag. Further, at least a part of the lower tuck-in region is folded into a fan shape and forms a radial folded region folded into a pleated shape along a line extending rearward in a radial direction from a central point of the fan shape positioned on a front side of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Naoki Hatakeyama, Atsushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10618557
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle body structure comprising a left suspension and a right suspension each including an arm member provided under a floor portion of a vehicle body; a left attachment portion configured to attach a vehicle body side end portion of the arm member of the left suspension to the floor portion; a right attachment portion configured to attach a vehicle body side end portion of the arm member of the right suspension to the floor portion; and a seat fixing portion configured to fix, to the floor portion, a seat provided on the floor portion, wherein the seat fixing portion is located between the left attachment portion and the right attachment portion in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Takahashi, Masaki Izutsu
  • Patent number: 10611398
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a support unit in which the adjustment unit is mounted so as to be adjustable along the longitudinal axis, and a stop device with a movably mounted stop element positionable in a blocking position and a release position. In the blocking position the stop element limits the adjustment travel of the adjustment unit relative to the support unit. In the release position, the stop element allows adjustability in the direction of the longitudinal axis beyond the adjustment travel limited in the blocking position. The stop device has an actuation body that has an inert mass, is actively connected to the stop element, and is mounted movably relative to the support unit. In a crash event, the mass inertia of the actuation body causes it to interact with the stop element to move the stop element from the blocking position into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Christoph Munding, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10611333
    Abstract: A vehicle seat belt buckle attachment system includes an anchor bracket fixed to a vehicle, a pivot fixed to the anchor bracket, a buckle bracket defining a curved slot that receives the pivot, and a buckle connected to the buckle bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kevin J. Storck, Mohan Bhogineni