Patents Examined by Hilary L Johns
  • Patent number: 10393002
    Abstract: There is provided an exhaust device of a straddle-type vehicle. A first muffler body is arranged at one side, at which a drive chain is not arranged, in a region at the rear of a chamber. A second muffler body is arranged at another side, at which the drive chain is arranged. A first connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the first muffler body. A second connection pipe interconnects the chamber and the second muffler body. An exhaust control valve is configured to control a flow rate of exhaust air to circulate from an exhaust port toward the first muffler body via an exhaust pipe, the chamber and the first connection pipe. A part or all of the second connection pipe is formed to have a pipe shape by two or more plate materials, and has a non-true circular cross-sectional surface shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sugi
  • Patent number: 10391384
    Abstract: A truck includes a base plate, a hanger, a kingpin, and a bushing assembly. The base plate includes a coupling portion and a contact portion. The kingpin is disposed within a portion of the hanger to rotatably couple the hanger to the base plate. The bushing assembly includes at least one bushing disposed in a recess of the contact portion and in contact with the hanger. The bushing assembly including a bushing adjustment coupled to at least one of the base plate or the hanger and configured to selectively engage the at least one bushing to transition the bushing assembly between a first configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a first force in response to rotation of the hanger and a second configuration in which the at least one bushing exerts a second force different from the first force in response to rotation of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SKATE ONE CORP
    Inventors: George A. Powell, Michael T. Mete
  • Patent number: 10384638
    Abstract: A hood hinge for a motor vehicle includes a first part attached to a vehicle body part and a second part attached to a front hood. A lifting mechanism is configured to extend the attachment parts from a starting position into a cushioning position in which the front hood is raised from the starting position. A limiter exerts a limiting force on the attachment parts for limiting an extension movement thereof. A deformation element deforms when the force of the limiter acts on at least one attachment part. A stop may contact a counter stop for limiting the deformation of the deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Oeprations LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Karl Leschnik, Wolfgang Rasel, Christian Pietrasch, Bernd Klein
  • Patent number: 10369880
    Abstract: The power transmission device includes an input shaft that rotates about its axis together with a vehicle wheel. A driving gear is arranged coaxially with the input shaft so as to rotate about the axis of the input shaft together with the input shaft. A driven gear meshes with the driving gear, and configured to transmit a rotational force to an output shaft connected to a regenerative energy converter. A wheel bearing for the vehicle wheel supports the input shaft such that the input shaft is rotatable about its axis relative to the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Kurita, Hirokazu Ohba, Taisuke Igi
  • Patent number: 10369881
    Abstract: An evaporative fuel treatment apparatus, which is loaded on a hybrid vehicle equipped with a fuel tank and a battery mounted forward of the fuel tank, has a sealing valve for sealing evaporative fuel in the fuel tank. The sealing valve is disposed between the battery and the fuel tank and is arranged above the battery. The evaporative fuel treatment apparatus can prevent fuel leakage from the sealing valve more reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Kunii, Takayuki Sano
  • Patent number: 10358158
    Abstract: A trailer having a framework configured for selectively switching between a wheel-based towing mechanism and a ski-based towing mechanism and wherein the trailer framework is lightweight and configured for supporting an enclosed trailer that may be constructed of lightweight composite paneling. The trailer framework can also be used with a pivotable and removable tow-bar where the tow-bar is configured with a plurality of pivotable attachment points for pivotably securing to the framework. The tow-bar is also connectable to any tow-vehicle and can be removed from the tow-vehicle and the trailer framework when not in use, or can be pivoted upwardly about the trailer framework for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTELLI-CORE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Chas Bjorkman, Jesse Richard Gamble
  • Patent number: 10350958
    Abstract: A hydraulic level-adjustment device has a reservoir, a reversible hydraulic unit with a hydraulic pump, and a single-acting hydraulic linear actuator. To lift a vehicle chassis, the working space of the linear actuator can be pressurized by the hydraulic pump operated in its first pumping direction via its first pump connection and a fill line with a fill-check valve arranged therein. To lower the chassis, via its second pump connection, the hydraulic pump, operated in the reverse pumping direction, pumps hydraulic fluid into the reservoir via an outflow line with a throttle unit arranged therein. The pressure present upstream of the throttle unit acts on the control connection of a lockable, drainage-check valve via a control line and opens same, so that, under the weight of the motor vehicle, hydraulic fluid is forced out of the working space of the hydraulic linear actuator into the reservoir via the drainage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOERBIGER AUTOMOTIVE KOMFORTSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Klaus Stolle
  • Patent number: 10343512
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided, which includes an engine bay having an upper wall, side walls, a front wall, and a rear wall, an engine disposed inside the engine bay, an upper lid part disposed inside the engine bay and covering the engine from above, a shroud disposed inside the engine bay and formed in a frame shape having an opening disposed forward of the engine, and a grille shutter provided to the shroud and configured to open and close the opening. A front end of the upper lid part is placed on an upper side of the shroud, and the grille shutter is closed when an ignition is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiya Tanaka, Kazumi Okamura, Shunsuke Fujitani, Yuhki Takanaga
  • Patent number: 10336260
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a sensor device that detects a location of a structure outside a vehicle, a running board moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure detected by the sensor. An exemplary running board deploying method includes, among other things, detecting a location of a structure outside a vehicle, and transitioning a running board from a stowed position to a deployed position. The deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Terry Lobsinger, Mark Beilman, Aaron Johnson
  • Patent number: 10336178
    Abstract: A final drive for a motor vehicle. A drive assembly having a drive shaft, the drive shaft is coupled via a gear stage to an output shaft of the final drive. The drive shaft is coupled to the gear stage via an intermediate shaft that is arranged offset with respect to it. The intermediate shaft is present on a first side of a conceptual plane that incorporates an axis of rotation of the drive shaft, and a power electronics unit is electrically connected to the drive assembly via connection terminals arranged at its front end on a second side of the plane, which lies opposite to the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Albl, Daniel Laurijssen, Dominik Mohrlock, Sandro Weigelt, Christoph Schmutz, Patrik Frommann, Stefan Hübler, Stefanie Seide, Albert Scharlach, Jürgen Schmitz, Michael Streicher
  • Patent number: 10328990
    Abstract: A go-cart frame and a tricycle frame that can be attached to an engine frame. Both the go-cart frame and tricycle frame have a mounting bracket that attaches to a bracket on the engine frame. The engine frame has an engine mount, a transmission system and two wheels. The go-cart frame has two wheels in the front, a front steering systems, a body with a seat and throttle and brake controls. The tricycle frame has a single front wheel, a steering system, a seat and throttle and brake controls. To convert one device to the other, the user simply unbolts the engine frame from the other frame (supporting it as needed), disconnects the control cables, moves the originally connected piece, moves the other piece into position, and then bolts this new piece to the engine frame and reconnects the controls. Then, the new configuration is ready to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Tracy Michael Martin
  • Patent number: 10322736
    Abstract: A wheelbarrow bracket assembly for improving the performance of a wheelbarrow includes a wheelbarrow that has a bucket, a pair of handles, a pair of supports each extending between a respective one of the handles and the bucket, and a wheel that is rotatably coupled between the handles. A bracket is coupled between each of the supports. The bracket inhibits each of the handles from moving laterally away from the wheel. Thus, a nose piece that extends between the handles may be removed from the wheelbarrow. In this way the wheelbarrow may be rolled along the ground without having the nose piece engaging the ground and tipping the wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Duffin
  • Patent number: 10315674
    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. The wheel assembly includes one or more wheels that can be pivoted around axle assemblies. During storage or use of the portable storage device, the wheels may be pivoted inward to a storage position. When the user is ready to move or transport the portable storage device on its wheels, the wheels may be pivoted outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: James Daniel Grappe
  • Patent number: 10315675
    Abstract: A modular carriage for recording magnetic terrain data, notably for the non-invasive inspection of pipelines, electric cables or the like. The carriage includes an articulated chassis mounted on wheels including means for accommodating a device for recording the magnetic field coupled to sensors, a rear frame allowing the carriage to be handled by an operator, at least two positioning bars equipped with housings for securing the sensors along a first and a second axis respectively, the positioning bars forming a detection plane P substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SKIPPER NDT
    Inventor: Mathieu Finas
  • Patent number: 10308132
    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: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nikola Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor R. Milton, Kevin M. Lynk, Anthony A. Heaton, Morgan Mackelprang, Kyle Gray, Robert Dane Davis
  • Patent number: 10300781
    Abstract: A drivetrain for a hybrid vehicle comprising an electric machine and a double clutch device (which has an input side assigned to a drive unit, a first clutch arrangement assigned to a first transmission input shaft of a transmission for selective torque transmission between the drive unit and the first transmission input shaft, and a second clutch arrangement assigned to a second transmission input shaft of the transmission for selective torque transmission between the drive unit and the second transmission input shaft, wherein the first clutch arrangement has a first clutch input side which interacts with the electric machine, and the second clutch arrangement has a second clutch input side, wherein the first clutch input side of the first clutch arrangement is connected to the input side of the double clutch device via a freewheel or to the second clutch input side of the second clutch arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Schneider, Viren Saxena, Hans Juergen Hauck, Alexander Moser, Rolf Koestel
  • Patent number: 10286847
    Abstract: A powered running board assembly includes a running board and an actuator to displace the running board between a stowed position and a deployed position. That actuator includes a housing and a telescoping arm oriented along a first axis oblique to the running board. A related method of operating a running board is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Leszek Derbis
  • Patent number: 10286971
    Abstract: A self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter is provided with an assembly for controlling a travel direction of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter, wherein, the travel direction of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter is controlled via a handle, a resilient recoverable component is provided between a scooter body and the handle, the handle is adapted for driving the resilient recoverable component to control the travel direction of the scooter, the resilient recoverable component comprises a stator (101), a rotor (112) and a resilient recoverable unit (111), the rotor (112) is mechanically connected to the handle in a fixed manner directly or indirectly, the stator (101) is mechanically connected to the scooter body (107) in a fixed manner directly or indirectly, the stator (101) and the rotor (112) are connected in a resilient manner via the resilient recoverable unit, the resilient recoverable component further comprises an angle limiting device, the angle limiting de
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU AIRWHEEL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (CN)
    Inventor: Guogang Zuo
  • Patent number: 10285881
    Abstract: An electrically power assisted wheelchair includes a hand rim, a wheel that is rotated by receiving a torque applied to the hand rim, and a drive controller configured or programmed to apply auxiliary power to the wheel based on the torque applied to the hand rim. The drive controller is configured or programmed to decelerate rotation of the wheel when the wheel is rotating and no torque is applied to the hand rim in a brake mode in which a brake torque acting in a direction reverse to a rotation direction of the wheel is applied to the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukio Kita
  • Patent number: 10272767
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for cooling an electric drivetrain of an electric vehicle. The electric drivetrain can include an inverter, a gearbox and a motor. A first cooling system can use ethylene glycol and water (EGW) based coolant, and can include an EGW coolant loop to distribute the EGW based coolant to remove heat from a cold plate of the inverter, a housing of the gearbox, and a housing of the motor. A second cooling system can use an oil based coolant, and can include an oil coolant loop to distribute the oil based coolant to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the gearbox, and to remove heat from internal components and the housing of the motor. The second cooling system can include an oil coolant pump to control a flow of the oil based coolant through the oil coolant loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: SF Motors, Inc., Chongqing Jinkang New Energy Vehicle Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yifan Tang, Zhichun Ma