Patents Examined by James A English
  • Patent number: 12030556
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bevel gear box for use as part of the steering mechanism of a commercial vehicle. The invention may be suited to use where the controlled axles of the vehicle are located below the passenger compartment. The bevel gear box may comprise box housing, which in turn houses two separate bevel gear barrel assemblies. The exemplified bevel gear barrel assemblies each comprise a bevel gear, the bevel gear further comprising a gear head incorporating teeth and a gear shaft. Shaft housing surrounds a circumference of gear shaft. To enable the bevel gear to rotate within the shaft housing, bearings may be placed between surfaces of the bevel gear and the shaft housing. The face of the gear head may comprise a gear head recess for location of a center dowel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: STEERING DRIVELINES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Michael Pendergast
  • Patent number: 12024014
    Abstract: A modular drive assembly may include an electric motor, a housing at least partially enclosing the motor, an electronic connection assembly configured to electrically couple the electric motor to a host device, and an accessory attachment assembly configured to mechanically couple the modular drive assembly to an accessory to operate a working assembly of the accessory using only electrical power provided from the host device. The accessory attachment assembly may be configured to be releasably attached to the accessory and at least one other accessory of a different type than the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA
    Inventor: Anders Flygare
  • Patent number: 12017604
    Abstract: A pedestrian protecting airbag device having an airbag cushion that expands and deploys from below a front hood toward a windshield, and inflators and that supply gas to the airbag cushion. The airbag cushion includes a first deployment part that expands and deploys along the lower portion of the windshield, and a second deployment part that expands and deploys along the windshield and the A pillars and independently of the first deployment part. The second deployment part has an overlap part that overlaps at least a part of the first deployment part. The first inflator supplies gas to the first deployment part and the second inflator supplies gas to the second deployment part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventor: Tomoaki Harada
  • Patent number: 12017489
    Abstract: The trailer tongue system is provided and includes a trailer frame, an arm support assembly secured to the trailer frame, and a trailer connection arm assembly. When the trailer tongue system is ready for deployment, the hydraulic system support activates. The hydraulic system support permits the arm support assembly to pivot between first position and second position depending on whether the user would like to connect or disconnect a trailer from a power vehicle. The arm support assembly enables the trailer arm of the trailer connection arm assembly to be either raised or lowered depending on whether the user would like to connect or disconnect the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Jay Beiler, Raymond Beiler, Jeremiah Weaver, Josiah Harthcock
  • Patent number: 12017598
    Abstract: The present invention provides a side collision energy absorbing structure that gives a good performance while avoiding breakage of a door trim. A side collision energy absorbing structure 2 includes an energy absorber 10 made of molded resin and formed separately from a door trim 1. The energy absorber 10 includes a deformable portion 110 protruded outward in a vehicle width direction and a plurality of mounting flange portions 121, 122, 123 formed in an end portion of the deformable portion 110 on the door trim side. Boss portions 6, 7, 8 of the door trim 1 are respectively inserted and fixed in holes 121a, 122a, 125 of the mounting flange portions 121, 122, 123. The hole 125 of the mounting flange portion 123 is an elongated hole. The elongated hole 125 extends from where the boss portion 8 is inserted toward the deformable portion 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignees: Shigeru Co., LTD., Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Inagaki, Shunya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 12011986
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a work machine, in particular a wheeled loader, having an electric motor and having oil cooling that is suitable and intended to cool the electric motor and having a driving axle that has an oil reservoir, wherein a feed line from said oil reservoir to the electric motor and a discharge line from the electric motor to said oil reservoir are present and a pump is present to pump oil from the oil reservoir to the electric motor so that the electric motor is cooled by means of oil from the oil reservoir of the driving axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-WERK BISCHOFSHOFEN GMBH
    Inventors: Hans Knapp, Hendrik Richter, Christoph Kiegerl, Reinhard Windhofer, Johannes Hofbauer
  • Patent number: 12005958
    Abstract: A universal chassis frame is disclosed having a ladder-frame construction configurable to position a rear axle(s) at variable distances from a back of a vehicle's cab to provide customized rail/bed lengths for different electric truck classes. The chassis frame includes a central frame having a pair of main frame rails to support at least two battery modules substantially within an intra-frame space. A front subframe supports the cab, a front portion including a pair of upper frame members mounted above the corresponding main frame rails, and a front axle unit mounted under the front subframe. A rear subframe supports at least one rear axle unit mounted under the rear subframe and any of multiple configurable rear payload units via a common connection interface affixable to the main frame rails so the rear subframe's location with respect to the main frame is longitudinally variable from the back of the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Zeus Electric Chassis, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Grinstead
  • Patent number: 12005981
    Abstract: A tiltable vehicle is configured to transform between an autonomous mode and a rideable mode by pivoting the handlebars and steering column of the vehicle about a pitch axis. In the autonomous mode, the steering column is folded back toward the chassis and a tiltable chassis of the vehicle is prevented from tilting. In the rideable mode, the steering column is unfolded and the chassis is free to tilt. In some examples, a tiltable vehicle includes features beneficial for vehicle-sharing, such as parking devices or a basket. These features may be included on any suitable vehicle and are not limited to use on transforming vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Sway Motorsports LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Jonathan Doerksen, Joseph Wilcox
  • Patent number: 11999431
    Abstract: A foldable electric scooter and a manufacture method of the same. The foldable electric scooter includes a main body assembly, a front fork assembly located at the front end of the main body assembly, a rear fork assembly located at the rear end of the main body assembly, a telescoping plate assembly located on top of the front fork assembly and a handlebar assembly located on top of the telescoping plate assembly. The foldable electric scooter has a double headset design that increases a rake angle for more steering stability while still keeping the steering upright for an upright holding of the handlebars. The foldable electric scooter is manufactured by stamping of flat plate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Armando Luis Cordero
  • Patent number: 11999209
    Abstract: An adjustable floating traction bar is disclosed. The traction bar comprises a rigid body having a threaded portion on a first distal end to receive a threaded eyelet having a spherical joint to provide a connection point to an axle of a vehicle. The traction bar further comprises an opposing distal slip end being machined and fitted with a UHMW (ultra high molecular weight) polyethylene bushing that acts as a slip-joint the slip joint having a first end that mounts to the UHMW polyethylene bushing of the tubular body and an opposing end having an eyelet to provide a connection point to a vehicle frame. A two-stage nested coil spring located inside the slip end of the rigid body that rests against the slip joint end when it is inserted into rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Everline, Chadwick J. Kern, David Devormer, Jared Ball
  • Patent number: 11999214
    Abstract: Presented herein, inter alia, are suspension system components having tuned accumulator sizing and/or stiffness. Such suspension system components are envisioned for use in a distributed active suspension system of a vehicle. In particular, through appropriate sizing of accumulators of a suspension system component of a vehicle, ride quality of the vehicle may be improved and so called “rough ride” issues may be precluded. Alternatively or additionally, various valves or alternative compliant mechanisms may be included in the suspension system component, so that desirable performance may be obtained for a range of operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Belter, Jason Steven Sirois
  • Patent number: 11999430
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric bicycle, and more particularly, to a folding type electric bicycle capable of minimizing a volume to be folded. The present invention discloses a folding type electric bicycle including: a first body unit including a first frame in which a guide hole passing through at least a portion of a side surface of the first frame, a steering part passing through a front portion of the first frame, and a front wheel part supported by a lower side of the steering part; a second body unit including a second frame connected to the first frame, a pedal part disposed on the second frame, and a rear wheel part coupled to a rear portion of the second frame; and a movement unit passing through the guide hole to linearly move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LUL KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Sick Kim, Deok In Kim
  • Patent number: 11999435
    Abstract: A position adjusting system for use in a vehicle includes a seat for supporting a rider, a rear wheel and a steerable front wheel, a steering arrangement including a handle bar for allowing the rider to control the steerable wheel, and a hub for interconnecting the components of the wheeled vehicle. The steerable wheel is steerable about at least two axes. The position adjusting system includes an adjustable seat support movably connected to the hub, an adjustable handle bar support movably connected to the hub, and a releasable position locking system configured to lock the position of the components of the vehicle relative to the hub. The hub includes a first portion and second portion, wherein the first and second portions are moveably connected to one another, such as by pivoting, sliding, or a combination of pivoting and sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LiteCycle, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Michael
  • Patent number: 11993194
    Abstract: A delivery vehicle includes a vehicle body, a first opening that is provided at the vehicle body and that places a cabin interior and a cabin exterior in communication with each other, a second opening that is provided at the vehicle body at a different position from the first opening, and that places the cabin interior and the cabin exterior in communication with each other, a housing unit that is configured to accommodate a package in the cabin interior, that has one end disposed at a side corresponding to the first opening, and that has another end positioned further toward a vehicle lower side than the one end such that the housing unit is inclined in a vehicle downward direction from the one end toward the other end, and a transfer unit configured to transfer the package between the housing unit and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kiyokami
  • Patent number: 11993123
    Abstract: A mechanical leg comprises a frame, a retractable member, a wheel, an extension and retraction driving member, a travel driving member, an auxiliary leg, and an auxiliary wheel. The extension and retraction driving member is located on a side of the frame. The retractable member is connected to the extension and retraction driving member. The wheel is connected to the retractable member. The wheel is further connected to the travel driving member. A first end of the auxiliary leg is connected to the auxiliary wheel, and a second end of the auxiliary leg is located on the frame. The retractable member extends under the driving of the extension and retraction driving member to drive the wheel to jump. The wheel is driven by the travel driving member to move. When the auxiliary wheel contacts the ground, the mechanical leg moves with the rolling of the wheel and the auxiliary wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jie Lai, Dongsheng Zhang, Shuai Wang, Ke Chen, Sicheng Yang, Zhengyou Zhang
  • Patent number: 11993335
    Abstract: A foldable electric scooter and a manufacture method of the same. The foldable electric scooter includes a main body assembly, a front fork assembly located at the front end of the main body assembly, a rear fork assembly located at the rear end of the main body assembly, a telescoping plate assembly located on top of the front fork assembly and a handlebar assembly located on top of the telescoping plate assembly. The foldable electric scooter has a double headset design that increases a rake angle for more steering stability while still keeping the steering upright for an upright holding of the handlebars. The foldable electric scooter is manufactured by stamping of flat plate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Armando Luis Cordero
  • Patent number: 11987193
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technical solution eliminating the possibility of falsifying the airbag history in a vehicle. When purchasing the used vehicle, the implementation of this solution makes it easy to check whether the vehicle is equipped with a specific airbag or the airbag is original, i.e., it is installed by a manufacturer, or if the airbag is replaced, whether it was replaced by an authorized service. A tag is attached to the airbag in such a way that if the airbag deploys, the tag will be damaged and cannot function. The tag is an electronic device that stores the unique identification data in its memory that can be read by a dedicated reader. If the tag is undamaged and the reader can retrieve the identification data, then the read data is checked with the data for linking the identification data to the vehicle in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: MB MAZUJU UGDYMAS
    Inventor: Vilmantas Buika
  • Patent number: 11987305
    Abstract: A bogie axle assembly for a vehicle, in particular for an off-highway vehicle such as a forestry machine, the bogie axle assembly comprising: a rigid link arm; a first joint disposed on the link arm for pivotally coupling the link arm to a vehicle frame; a second joint disposed on the link arm, at a distance from the first joint; a bogie pivotally coupled to the link arm via the second joint; and a ground engaging structure comprising one or more wheels rotatably mounted on the bogie. The present disclosure further relates to a vehicle comprising said bogie axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DANA ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Serrao, Giulio Ornella, Nick Jeroen Josef Muylle
  • Patent number: 11987210
    Abstract: Disclosed are a connecting rod structure, a footboard device, and a vehicle including same. A first connecting rod includes a first end pivotally connected with a second seat through a first pivot shaft, and a second end hinged with a first end of a second connecting rod; a spring includes a first end pivotally connected with the second seat through a second pivot shaft, and a second end pivotally connected with the first connecting rod or the second connecting rod through a third pivot shaft; a distance between an axis of the first pivot shaft and an axis of the third pivot shaft is a first distance, and a distance between the axis of the first pivot shaft and an axis of the second pivot shaft is a second distance; and a sum of the first distance and a free length of the spring is greater than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: WINBO—Dongjian Automotive Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiquan Lai, Yongxin Liang, Yongbo Chen, Jie Yang
  • Patent number: 11981280
    Abstract: A vehicle seat restraint system includes a vehicle seat of a vehicle. The vehicle seat includes a leg-rest supporting lower legs and feet of an occupant of the vehicle seat. An in-vehicle occupant detection system identifies positions of the lower legs and the feet of the occupant. A restraint actuator is connected to the vehicle seat. A safety restraint element is extended by actuation of the restraint actuator from a stowed position proximate to the leg-rest into an engaged position wherein the safety restraint element contacts and restrains the lower legs and the feet of the occupant against the leg-rest, mitigating against occupant knee hyperextension due to leg straightening at an occupant knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mitesh Lalwala, Manuel Forero Rueda