Patents Examined by James A English
  • Patent number: 11505160
    Abstract: A locking web retractor includes a frame including spaced-apart side walls, a spool rotatably mounted between the side walls, the spool rotatable in a web take-up pay out directions, locking components operatively coupled to the spool, a ferromagnetic component movable relative to the locking components between an unlocking position in which the ferromagnetic component does not cause the locking components to prevent the spool from rotating in the web pay out direction and a locking position in which the ferromagnetic component causes the locking components to prevent the spool from rotating in the web pay out direction, a magnet responsive to actuation to cause the ferromagnetic component to move from the unlocking position to the locking position to cause the locking components to prevent the spool from rotating in the web pay out direction, and means for actuating the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris P. Jessup
  • Patent number: 11505249
    Abstract: A support structure is provided for a vehicle component disposed inside a power-unit chamber where a powertrain unit of the vehicle is disposed. The support structure includes the power-unit chamber including a side frame extending in a vehicle front-and-rear direction, and a suspension tower housing formed overlapping with a part of the side frame in a plan view seen from above the vehicle. The vehicle component is disposed at a location where the vehicle component overlaps with the side frame in the plan view and forward of the suspension tower housing in the vehicle front-and-rear direction. The vehicle component is supported by one of the side frame, and a support member coupled to an inward side surface of a closed-cross-section member connected to the side frame at a location forward of the suspension tower housing in the vehicle front-and-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Kirita, Shinji Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 11505150
    Abstract: Provided is a movement apparatus that can ensure safety to a movement apparatus user even without safety knowledge about a safety device of the movement apparatus. The movement apparatus of the invention includes a safety device that is configured to restrain an occupant or a baggage, an information presentation unit that is configured to present safety device information related to the safety device, an information input unit that is configured to input consent information that consents a start of traveling in a current state of the safety device, and a travel mechanism that starts traveling only when the consent information is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoko Ichinose, Tooru Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 11502364
    Abstract: A battery assembly for a vehicle, may include a battery case including a front wall structure, a rear wall structure, and a pair of side walls connected to the front wall structure and the rear wall structure; and a battery cover with which a top portion of the battery case is covered, wherein the front wall includes a front flat wall and a pair of front inclined walls which are opposite on both sides of the front flat wall, and each front inclined wall is formed to be inclined from the front flat wall to a front end portion of a corresponding side wall among the pair of side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hae Kyu Lim, Yu Ri Oh, Tae Hyuck Kim, Gyung Hoon Shin, Yong Hwan Choi, Ji Woong Jung
  • Patent number: 11499590
    Abstract: An attachment interface is provided for connecting a vehicle composite component having a plate portion that is made of a fiber reinforced polymer and has a passage extending in a through manner along an axis. The attachment interface provides a metal attachment device, which includes an inner portion engaging the passage and an outer portion defining a connection point suitable to be connected to another vehicle element. The plate portion is axially sandwiched between two layers made of a fiber reinforced polymer composite material selected from the group consisting of BMC (Bulk Molding Compound), LFT (Long Fiber Thermoplastic) and DLFT (Direct Long Fiber Thermoplastic).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Remi Sarlin, Laurens Verhulst, Michiel Warmerdam
  • Patent number: 11498512
    Abstract: A vehicle seat of a motor vehicle has a side airbag provided on the vehicle seat, and a tension band assembly which includes a first tension band and a second tension band. The first tension band has an upper end and a lower end. The upper end of the first tension band is fixed in the region of the upper end of the backrest of the vehicle seat while the lower end is arranged in the region of the seat surface of the vehicle seat. The second tension band has an upper end and a lower end. The upper end of the second tension band is fixed in the region of the head support on the vehicle seat while the lower end is rigidly connected to the first tension band below the upper end of the first tension band. The tension band assembly is rigidly connected to the side airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Huf, Sylvia Kleindl, Fabian Koehler, Robert Martin, Adam McNeill, Martin Unger
  • Patent number: 11498815
    Abstract: A crane control for a crane includes at least one operating unit operable by an operator for controlling working functions of the crane. Control signals can be input to actuators of the crane by the operating unit, and a mounting arrangement is provided for mounting the operating unit in a driving cab of the vehicle and a support arrangement connects the operating unit to the mounting arrangement. The support arrangement for the operating unit is supported limitedly moveably between at least two positions, a first position of which is in the form of a working position in which the operating unit is between a steering arrangement of the vehicle and a driving seat, and a second position of which is in the form of a storage position in which the operating unit is moved away from the steering arrangement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: EPSILON Kran GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Schoerghofer, Johannes Steindl
  • Patent number: 11492043
    Abstract: A structural arrangement for a vehicle includes a vehicle frame including a first frame member and a second frame member coupled to the first frame member. The vehicle frame extends along a vehicle body axis. The vehicle frame includes a suspension component including a control arm, a bushing, a bolt coupling the suspension component to the second frame member, and a load member coupled to the first frame member at a first attachment point and coupled to the second frame member at a second attachment point. The load member extends generally longitudinally along the vehicle body axis. The suspension component is coupled to the second frame member at the second attachment point and is detachable from the second frame member upon application of a load to the vehicle due to an impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Manoj Marella, Bradley W. Enyeart, Zohir Molhem
  • Patent number: 11491951
    Abstract: An occupant protection device including a seat belt including a shoulder belt and a lap belt, a locking tongue that is detachably joined to a buckle, that allows the seat belt to pass therethrough, and that is capable of switching between an unlock state in which the seat belt is allowed to move with the locking tongue being between the shoulder belt and the lap belt and a lock state in which movement thereof is restricted, a shoulder-belt puller that is capable of pulling the shoulder belt to apply a tensile force thereto, a side-collision detector that detects a side collision or a precursor thereof, and a control unit that changes a state of the locking tongue into the lock state and causes the shoulder-belt puller to pull the shoulder belt when the side-collision detector detects the side collision that occurs opposite an occupant or the precursor thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chihiro Suzuki, Masaaki Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Nomura, Noriaki Saito, Takeru Shoji, Keiko Sonoda
  • Patent number: 11491861
    Abstract: An in-wheel electric motor includes at a vehicle side a connector stub, a stator body connected to the connector stub and on an outer surface equipped with stator windings, and further includes a rotor body coaxially enclosing the stator and rotatable around a rotation axis. The electric motor further includes a power electronics device for powering the stator and a detector for an angular position of the rotor body relative to the stator. The connector stub is provided with a support for coupling to the power electronics device which is mounted on the support inside the hollow stator body. The detector includes an angular position sensor mounted inside the hollow stator body and coupled to the rotor body wherein the detector is mounted on the power electronics device coaxially with the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: E-TRACTION EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Timothy Van Seventer
  • Patent number: 11491948
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle floor and a vehicle roof spaced from the vehicle floor. A pillar extends from the vehicle floor to the vehicle roof. The assembly includes an airbag supported by the pillar. The airbag is inflatable from the pillar from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The assembly includes a seat supported by the vehicle floor adjacent the pillar. The airbag extends around the seat when in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Anil Kalra
  • Patent number: 11491839
    Abstract: A suspension thrust bearing device for use with a suspension spring in an automotive suspension strut of a vehicle. The device includes an upper annular bearing member and a lower annular bearing member in relative rotation. The lower annular bearing member having a body provided with an embedded stiffening insert. The device further provides a damping element made of resilient material and interposed between the lower annular bearing member and the suspension spring. A radial flange of the damping element prevents separation from the lower side of the radial flange of the lower cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Xavier Blanchard, Guillaume Jouanno, Bruno Montboeuf, Desire Vidot
  • Patent number: 11485215
    Abstract: Land vehicles and methods of operating land vehicles are disclosed. A land vehicle includes a frame structure, a plurality of wheels, and a plurality of electric motors. The frame structure includes a front cage that at least partially defines an operator cabin and a rear compartment positioned rearward of the front cage in a longitudinal direction. The plurality of wheels are supported by the frame structure. The plurality of wheels includes a pair of front wheels and a pair of rear wheels positioned rearward of the pair of front wheels in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Workhorse Group Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Willison, Donald L. Wires, Gary Cain
  • Patent number: 11485412
    Abstract: A drag link guide assembly for guiding a drag link comprises a slide bushing and a housing enclosing the slide bushing. The housing comprises a socket portion, into which the slide bushing is inserted. The slide bushing comprises a locating area for the drag link having a substantially circular cylindrical periphery with at least one plane torsional locking face. The slide bushing comprises an outward-pointing structure, which interacts with a mating structure that is provided on the internal surface of the housing. A method for producing a drag link guide assembly is furthermore described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Automotive Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Eduard Span, Sridharan Krishnan, Robert Kolloch
  • Patent number: 11485418
    Abstract: A structure for assembling a vehicle having an axis of elongation, a frame rail and a cross member extending from the frame rail comprises a conduit extending along the axis of elongation of the vehicle. A conveyor is disposed in the conduit. At least one coupling attaches the conduit with at least one of the frame rail and the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Constantin S. Busuioc, Jay E. Bissontz
  • Patent number: 11485187
    Abstract: A configurable bushing and/or bushing system that can enable adjustment of an effective modulus of elasticity of different regions radially disposed about a point or inner sleeve. The bushing and/or bushing system can enable adjustment of the kinematic pivot point and/or allow for dynamic configuration and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Edren, Johannes Andreas Huennekens
  • Patent number: 11485311
    Abstract: A side airbag device with a base member for an inflator to be easily fixed thereto, and a method for manufacturing same is provided. The side airbag device includes: an airbag; an inflator configured to supply the airbag with gas; a base member configured to accommodate the airbag and the inflator, and to be fixed to a vehicle body; an outer covering member configured to cover at least a front side of the base member to form a front-facing interior surface; and a mounting bracket. The mounting bracket includes an inflator fixing portion to which the inflator is fixed and a base member fixing portion which is located in a position different from a position of the inflator fixing portion and fixed to the base member. The base member includes, at a left or right side portion thereof, a bracket fixing portion to which the mounting bracket is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamabe, Daisuke Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11479143
    Abstract: A variable body vehicle may include a drive module having drive the vehicle wheels provided at a lower portion of the drive module; a body module coupled to an external side of the drive module and forming an internal space of the vehicle; and a battery-mounting portion formed in the drive module or the body module to mount a battery therein, providing electric power to the battery when the battery is mounted, and determining a driving mode of the vehicle by allowing the battery to be selectively mounted in the drive module, wherein a body of the vehicle is variable by a combination between the drive module and the body module according to a purpose of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Wan Jae Shin, Jin Ho Hwang, Ju Hoon Park, Seo Young Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Byung Woo Kim, Chang Woo Shim
  • Patent number: 11479073
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods and systems for controlling a suspension system of a vehicle are provided. In one embodiment, a control system includes: one or more first sensors configured to measure a velocity of the vehicle; one or more second sensors configured to detecting one or more additional vehicles that ae moving in relation to the vehicle; and a processor that is coupled to the first sensors and the second sensors and that is configured to provide instructions for adjusting the suspension system of the vehicle, based on the measured velocity of the vehicle and the detected one or more additional vehicles that are moving in relation to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Adam Johnson
  • Patent number: 11479130
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle is disclosed. The fuel cell vehicle includes a front fuel cell mounted in a first space and a rear fuel cell mounted in a second space located at the rear side of the first space on the basis of the direction in which the fuel cell vehicle travels. The rear fuel cell includes a top surface lower than the top surface of the front fuel cell on the basis of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Jun Yeon, Myung Kwang Jin, Nam Chul Jung