Patents Examined by James A English
  • Patent number: 10926799
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame assembly supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members, and a seating area supported by the frame assembly and configured to support at least an operator and a passenger. The vehicle also includes a cargo area positioned rearward of the seating area and including a floor configured to support cargo thereon. Additionally, the vehicle includes a powertrain assembly including an engine and a transmission operably coupled to at least one of the plurality of ground-engaging members. A heat exchanger is fluidly coupled to the engine. The heat exchanger is angled relative to the floor of the cargo area and positioned along a lateral side of the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Houkom, Kyle J. Schounard, David J. Hicke, Shawn D. Peterson, Travis J. Ellefson
  • Patent number: 10919559
    Abstract: A steering device includes a column unit, a front bracket, a lock bolt, a rear bracket provided with a tilting guide hole, and a second urging member. The column unit is provided with a bumping portion that restricts the column unit from rising by coming into contact with the rear bracket before the lock bolt abuts onto an upper end inner circumferential edge of the tilting guide hole in accordance with rotation of the column unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: YAMADA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Shiroishi
  • Patent number: 10919390
    Abstract: An instrument panel (10) is formed by bonding a base material portion (20) composed of a base material M1 and a different material portion (30) composed of a different material M2. The different material portion (30) is infiltrated into the base material portion (20) and the infiltration portion (33) has a plurality of intermittent recessed portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taiki Moriizumi, Yuuki Kami, Noboru Hirano, Toshihiro Saimura, Hajime Miyamoto, Atsushi Yusa, Kazuhiro Kawano
  • Patent number: 10919478
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a stowage bin defining a compartment and an airbag mounted to the stowage bin. The airbag is deployable to an inflated position. When the airbag is in the inflated position, the airbag at least partially encloses the compartment. When in the inflated position, the airbag retains items, if any, that are stored in the compartment by an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris O'Connor, Michael James Andrus, Amanda Villerot, Sue Muscat, Jim Carene
  • Patent number: 10919571
    Abstract: An independent suspension for vehicles, in particular for heavy vehicles, includes a steering knuckle developing between an outer portion, defining the axis of rotation of a wheel hub, and an inner portion, having a receiving seat extending transversely to the outer portion along a steering axis and a knuckle-carrier assembly rotatably coupled to the inner portion of the knuckle to allow a relative rotation around the steering axis, and including at least a first and a second supporting portion defining each a substantially horizontal hinge point for one end of a respective cross arm. The knuckle-carrier assembly includes a first and a second body, separate to each other, in which the first body includes a steering pin developing along the steering axis and the first supporting portion, and the second body is partially fitted around the steering pin and includes the second supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BRIST AXLE SYSTEMS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Matteo Bertassi, Danilo Bonera
  • Patent number: 10919481
    Abstract: A knee airbag arrangement for a vehicle. The knee airbag arrangement includes an inflatable airbag. The airbag is adapted to be inflated to a position between an instrument panel of the vehicle and a knee/shin region of a vehicle occupant. A depth (D1, D2) of the airbag in a deployed state is a greatest extent of the airbag perpendicular to the instrument panel in the knee/shin region. The airbag is adapted to form a first deployment mode or a second deployment mode when in a deployed state. The depth of the airbag in the second deployment mode is greater than a depth of the airbag in the first deployment mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Rutgersson, Johan Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 10919558
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a vehicle includes: a steering wheel comprising a shaft coupler connected to an upper steering shaft of a vehicle, and a first grip member and a second grip member disposed on the shaft coupler; a steering column having the upper steering shaft therein and connected with the shaft coupler to change the axial length thereof in accordance with driving modes; and a controller rotating at least one of the first grip member, the second grip member, and the shaft coupler, depending on the driving modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Suk Hee Lee, Woo Jin Shin
  • Patent number: 10913482
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a first shaft and a second shaft telescopically engaged with the first shaft. The steering column assembly includes a bore extending through the first shaft to the second shaft. A plug is disposed in and occludes the bore. The plug is resiliently expandable relative to the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erik William Soderlind, Alan Joseph Porter
  • Patent number: 10912691
    Abstract: A configurable assistive device comprising: a platform; at least three wheels; and, at least three independent leg mechanisms, each respective leg mechanism coupled to the platform and a respective one of the at least three wheels, each respective leg mechanism configured to move the platform relative to the respective wheel for positioning the platform at an elevation and for inclining the platform to an inclination to configure the assistive device into one of a plurality of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: 9302204 CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Cherny, Evelio Goderich, Dmitry Paltsev, Gennadiy Lisnyak
  • Patent number: 10906589
    Abstract: Provided are an adjusting base and a self-driven robot. The flexible base includes: a chassis, a carrying plate and an adjusting mechanism. The bottom of the chassis is provided with at least one second driven wheel and at least two driving wheels. The bottom of the carrying plate is provided with at least a first driven wheel. The adjusting mechanism is configured to connect to the carrying plate and the chassis or connect to the carrying plate and the second driven wheel. When the ground is uneven, the adjusting mechanism is configured to dynamically adjust the second driven wheel in such a manner that the first driven wheel, the second driven wheel and the driving wheels are in contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Geekplus Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yan Tang
  • Patent number: 10906501
    Abstract: An occupant restraint device for a vehicle includes a three-point seatbelt device, a shoulder cover, an attachment portion, and a hard pad provided inside the shoulder cover. The three-point seatbelt device includes a shoulder belt that extends from an upper portion at a seat width direction one end side of a seat back toward a buckle at a lower portion at the seat width direction other end side. The shoulder cover is provided at the upper portion at the seat width direction one end side of the seat back. The shoulder belt is inserted through the shoulder cover, and the shoulder cover is arranged along a restrained surface of the vehicle occupant sitting on a vehicle seat. At the attachment portion, a side of the shoulder cover at which a terminal portion thereof is disposed is attached to the upper portion at the seat width direction one end side of the seat back so as to be relatively movable in an up-and-down direction with respect to the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10906500
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag. The inflator configured to supply gas and the airbag is configured to deploy to surround a sitting position, of a passenger by the gas supplied from the inflator. One end of the airbag is supported on an upper portion of a vehicle. The airbag includes a main airbag configured to deploy around the sitting position of the passenger, and a sub-airbag configured to deploy on an inner wall surface of the main airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Toru Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10899456
    Abstract: An apparatus for dynamically tilting a seatpan in an aircraft passenger seating assembly includes a seat frame, seatback, seat cushion, and cushion support structure (e.g., a seatpan), the seat cushion and seatpan together having a forward end and a rear end and together supporting a passenger occupying the seating assembly. Accelerometers may detect an inertial event such as a rapid deceleration that may cause the passenger to pitch forward; dynamic seatpan actuators (e.g., airbags or ballistic devices) connected to the accelerometers react to the inertial event by detonating, driving the seatpan and seat cushion upward. As a result, the head path of the passenger may be redirected upward, alleviating the risk of passenger injury and component damage. Additional airbags may react to the inertial event by tightening the passenger seatbelt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Penley, Jeff B. Thompson, Bradley Barg, Jay Pierson-Moonan
  • Patent number: 10900538
    Abstract: An air spring assembly having pressure relief capability, where the air spring assembly includes a single air volume, or a multi-chamber air volume. When the air spring assembly is operating at a stiffer spring rate in combination with a setting to increase ground clearance, during certain road events, the air spring assembly is compressed, and the pressure in the air spring assembly increases. In order to not exceed the safe mechanical limits of the air spring assembly, the pressure is limited to a maximum value when full compression is achieved. The air spring assembly includes at least one valve, which is opened based on a “cracking pressure,” which is determined based on the mechanical limits of the air spring assembly. This facilitates the operation of the air spring assembly at settings to increase ground clearance of the vehicle, while allowing for pressure relief when the mechanical limit is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett Mark Pniewski, Sunny Makkar, Kranti Kiran Manga
  • Patent number: 10899309
    Abstract: An airbag is formed by joining outer edges of an occupant-side wall and a vehicle-side wall each of which is made of a base cloth having flexibility. The occupant-side wall and vehicle-side wall are equal in circumferential length of the outer edge. The occupant-side wall includes a recessed region for receiving a head of a vehicle occupant and an annular raised region that surrounds the recessed region. At least one of the occupant-side wall and the vehicle-side wall includes at least one shortening region that reduces a circumferential length of an outer edge of the base cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Hotta, Koji Kawamura, Tetsuhiro Arima
  • Patent number: 10894457
    Abstract: A holding mount for a commercial vehicle trailer includes two side walls which extend along a vertical axis and which form an arrangement region for arranging the holding mount on a load-bearing element, the holding mount further including an insert part which has a connecting section and a reinforcing section, the connecting section forming the arrangement region, and the reinforcing section extending between the side walls along the vertical axis for the reinforcement purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: SAF-Holland GmbH
    Inventors: Gregory Galazin, Edward Hammer
  • Patent number: 10894455
    Abstract: A motor vehicle rear suspension includes left and right trailing links mounted, at respective forward ends thereof, to a vehicle body for pivoting movement about a transversely-extending axis. The trailing links extend rearward from the axis, and each has a wheel carrier attached thereto adjacent a rear end thereof. Left and right leaf springs are fixed, at respective forward ends thereof, to the vehicle body and extend rearward therefrom alongside and generally parallel with their respective trailing links. Rear ends of the leaf springs contact their respective trailing links and applying spring-force thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Gerhards, Ralf Hintzen, Daniel Mainz, Rainer Souschek, Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim, Paul Zandbergen
  • Patent number: 10888916
    Abstract: This torsion beam manufacturing method is a method for manufacturing a torsion beam which is provided with a uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion in which a cross section orthogonal to a longitudinal direction is a closed cross section having a substantial V-shape or a substantial U-shape with a pair of ear portions, and a shape changing portion which leads to the uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion and in which a shape of the closed cross section changes progressively away from the uniformly shaped closed cross-sectional portion, the torsion beam manufacturing method comprising: thickening to form a pair of thickened portions in at least the shape changing portion by pressurizing each of the pair of ear portions from outside against swelling of the pair of ear portions in a slate where both outer surfaces of each of the pair of ear portions are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keinosuke Iguchi, Masaaki Mizumura
  • Patent number: 10882426
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system includes a vehicle floor, a seat supported by the vehicle floor, a retractor mounted to the vehicle floor beneath the seat, a webbing guide supported by the seat, and a webbing extending from the retractor through the webbing guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Zhenyan Gao
  • Patent number: 10882485
    Abstract: A passenger protection device includes: a front airbag configured to inflate so as to cover a front of the passenger; a front inflator configured to supply the inflation gas to the front airbag; a window airbag accommodated with being folded at an upper edge-side of a window arranged at a lateral side of the passenger and configured to inflate so as to cover a vehicle interior-side of the window; and a window airbag inflator configured to supply the inflation gas to the window airbag. The window airbag includes a bag-adjacent inflation part configured to cover a side of a head of the passenger received by the front airbag, and an activation start timing of the window airbag inflator is set within a range of ?20 ms to ?5 ms from a time at which the front airbag having completely inflated starts to receive the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Hayashi, Takashi Iida, Yuka Umemoto