Patents Examined by James A. Shriver, II
  • Patent number: 10351016
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a frame unit and a vehicle body cover unit. The frame unit includes tread tubes extending toward a rear side of a vehicle body. The tread tubes are arranged pairwise leftward and rightward as a left tread tube and a right tread tube. The vehicle body cover unit includes a tread board shielding the left tread tube and the right tread tube. A battery box that receives and holds a battery is shaft-supported on the frame unit. The battery box has two sides provided with support shafts. The battery box is shaft-supported on the frame unit by the support shafts in a left-right direction. The battery box is rotatable by a drive device about a rotation center defined by the support shafts in a front-rear direction to an open position or a storage position so as to facilitate removal of the battery from the battery box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Tso Chen
  • Patent number: 10351017
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a frame unit and a vehicle body cover unit. The vehicle body cover unit includes a thread board shielding left and right tread tubes of the frame unit between which a receiving space is defined to receive a battery box that receives and holds a battery. The battery box has two sides provided with support shafts. The battery box is rotatable between an open position and a storage position. A locking device is selectively set in releasable engagement with a positioning member provided on the battery box so as to selectively lock the battery box in the storage position. An operation unit is provided for controlling the locking device to engage with or disengage from the positioning member so as to allow the battery box to rotate from the storage position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi-Tso Chen
  • Patent number: 10350479
    Abstract: In an aspect, a tire for use with a single wheel, self-balancing vehicle is provided. The tire has a tire body with a tread configured for engagement with a ground surface. The tread has a lateral profile having a central region, a first lateral region tapering towards a first lateral side of the tire, and a second lateral region tapering towards a second lateral side of the tire. The lateral profile is substantially free of discontinuity. The tread has a non-directional tread groove arrangement that is asymmetrical about a central circumference line of the tire. The tire has a hardness selected to substantially prevent deformation of the first profile and the second profile during riding by a rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Koofy Innovation Limited
    Inventor: Ondy Song Qi Ma
  • Patent number: 10351156
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of a two-wheeled apparatus for transporting commercial appliance units on a rooftop or other location without the use of a crane or helicopter. The two-wheeled apparatus may include a chassis configured to support a load of a commercial appliance unit, the chassis comprising a first telescoping member and a second telescoping member. Further, the chassis may include a first mount positioned at a first end of the chassis and a second mount positioned at a second end of the chassis. A first wheel assembly may be coupled to the first distal end of the chassis by a first fixed axle and a second wheel assembly may be coupled to the second distal end of the chassis by a second fixed axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: John Robert Pilgrim
  • Patent number: 10351151
    Abstract: A movable rack system for storing carts or other suitable transports for storing rolls of synthetic turf. Alternatively, the rolls of synthetic turf may be stored directly on the rack systems. A first row of rack systems contains N rack systems. An adjacent row contains N?1 rack systems. The rack systems in the adjacent row can be moved laterally so that access to the first row is available for loading and unloading rack systems contained in that row. In a second moveable rack system, a plurality of satellite hubs rotate about a central hub such that support structures on the satellite hubs are capable of rotating into a loading position and then rotating away from the loading position to a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Mark H. Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10350990
    Abstract: A cooling system includes: a shutter grille provided to an air guide port configured to guide air to a power compartment in which a power source of a vehicle is installed; a radiator configured to radiate heat from coolant for cooling the power source; a radiator fan configured to send the air to the radiator and the power source; a shutter grille controller configured to control opening and closing of the shutter grille; and a radiator fan controller configured to control the radiator fan. If a power source load on the power source is less than predetermined power source load, and if an air conditioning load on an air conditioner is equal to or greater than predetermined air conditioning load, the shutter grille controller and the radiator fan controller operate the radiator fan with the shutter grille closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Moro, Shinichi Kitajima, Naoaki Takebe
  • Patent number: 10351065
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting or dismounting a vehicle comprising a step that is structured to slide on an axis longitudinally along the vehicle on a rail. The step has a pivot assembly enabling rotation from a stowed position to open position and back. The slidable step can be stowed in place by engaging a latch mounted to the vehicle. A handrail assembly can be inserted into a handrail-receiving member to facilitate grasping a handrail upon mounting or dismounting the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED RENTALS, INC.
    Inventor: Silverio Aleman
  • Patent number: 10343529
    Abstract: The control apparatus closes the throttle, opens the bypass valve and supplies electric power to the electric compressor in a case where the remaining battery power of the battery is larger than the reference level when regenerative braking is performed with the first motor generator. The electric compressor is provided on the intake passage upstream of the throttle. The bypass valve is provided on the bypass passage that bypasses the electric compressor. According to the hybrid vehicle configured as above, regenerative braking force to be required can be obtained by performing electric power regeneration using the generator even when there is a constraint on regenerated electric power that the battery can accept.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Hosokawa, Masakazu Tabata, Naruto Yamane, Tatsuhiro Hashida
  • Patent number: 10343513
    Abstract: A work vehicle is disclosed that includes an elastic support mechanism for supporting an exhaust muffler. The elastic support mechanism includes a support platform member, an elastic cylindrical members and an bar-shaped member. The support platform member is supported by a rear-linking frame bar to adjust a position of the support platform member along one of lateral and longitudinal directions of the body frame. An elastic cylindrical member supported by one of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler. The elastic cylindrical member has an axis extending along the other of the lateral and longitudinal directions, and is supported at a single position, in a direction of the axis, of said one of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler. A bar-shaped member supported by the other of the support platform member and the exhaust muffler is fitted into the elastic cylindrical member to be supported by the elastic cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Oyama, Kimihiro Kai, Hiroshi Takagi, Toshiki Ono, Kohta Nakao, Takafumi Komatsu, Kensuke Okabe, Yuki Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 10343636
    Abstract: The invention relates to a side protection device to prevents road users and/or pedestrians to slip, move and/or enter under a vehicle. The device comprises a first member adapted to be secured, under a lateral side of the vehicle; a second member adapted to be secured, under a same lateral side of the vehicle; at least one flexible, elongated member having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end; at least one connecting means for securing the first end of the at least one flexible, elongated member to the first member or the second member; and at least one connecting/tensioning means for securing and tensioning the at least one flexible, elongated member between the first member and the second member. The invention also relates to a vehicle provided with the above device and a kit comprising at least one of the above device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Fortier, Sylvain Fortier
  • Patent number: 10343632
    Abstract: An automobile power supply device is provided with a first relay interposed between a first battery and a load group; a second relay interposed between second battery and the load group; a hood switch that detects the opening of a hood of an engine room and outputs a detection signal dt1; a luggage switch that detects the opening of a hood of a luggage room and outputs a detection signal dt2; and a power supply control unit that brings the first relay into a non-conductive state based on the detection signal output by the hood switch, and brings the second relay into a non-conductive state based on the detection signal output by the luggage switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromichi Yasunori
  • Patent number: 10343511
    Abstract: In a vehicle in-wheel motor drive device, an in-wheel motor unit is supported by a supporting member in a posture in which a direction from a first axis to a center-of-gravity position of the in-wheel motor unit has a horizontal direction component in an axially perpendicular plane perpendicular to the first axis, and the supporting member is provided with a stopper brought into contact with the in-wheel motor unit to regulate vibrations having a component in a vertical direction around the first axis of the in-wheel motor unit before an elastic member reaches an elastic limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Odaka
  • Patent number: 10343610
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10336359
    Abstract: A table base system includes a platform extending from a first end to a second end; a first braking apparatus connected to the platform at the first end, the braking apparatus having a mechanical cam; a spring to aid in retaining the braking apparatus in a locked position; and a lever to move the mechanical cam; the lever is accessible from a top of the platform; and the braking apparatus is engaged via pressure applied to the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Tony Asbille
  • Patent number: 10336390
    Abstract: A two-wheeler vehicle comprising a steerable front wheel of at least 16? (df), a fixed back wheel smaller than or equal (db) to df. A distance between the back wheel ground contact point and the front wheel contact point is smaller than or equal to (12?+?(dfdb). A steering mechanism defines a steering axis ground contact point. A trail distance between the steering axis ground contact point and the front wheel ground contact point is between 5% and 10% of the df. The steering mechanism comprises a fork, a yoke and a handlebar. A frame interconnects the yoke and the center of the back wheel and comprises a standing mechanism providing at least one footboard, below the back wheel center, extending laterally from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Jérémie Lepage
  • Patent number: 10336391
    Abstract: A steering apparatus of a small mobility is provided. The steering apparatus is applied to one of a front wheel portion and a rear wheel portion connected to a body thereof. The apparatus includes a main link member that is connected to the body through a plurality of main link arms to move left and right casters in the forward and backward directions due to link movement of the main link arms when the body center of gravity is moved to the left and right directions. A sub link member is connected to the caster through a hub shaft when connected to the main link member through a plurality of sub link arms and changes a steering angle of the left and right casters moved by the main link member through link movement of the respective sub link arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jungnam Choi, Sung Dae Lim
  • Patent number: 10336181
    Abstract: A grille shutter device includes a fin unit including slat members inside an opening provided at a part of a decorative side of a vehicle front. The fin unit is configured to selectively assume a closed state and an open state, and the closed state is a state where the slat members are each disposed so as to close the opening in a vehicle front view. The open state is a state where the slat members have been moved from respective positions in the closed state to a vehicle rear side of the opening and arrayed in a row substantially along a vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaya Kubo, Hitoshi Aoyama, Tatsuya Shimizu, Soichiro Matsui
  • Patent number: 10339743
    Abstract: A coin bin. The coin bin has a body defining a chamber to receive coins, the body further defining a receiving area to releasably receive part of a steering handle and being formed of a structurally strong plastic; a lid to close the chamber, the lid being lockable and removable when unlocked; and a plurality of wheels affixed to the body to support the body. The coin bin is suitable for positioning inside an automatic teller machine (ATM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Fernando Costa, Kevin Whitley
  • Patent number: 10333338
    Abstract: An exemplary charging method includes charging a storage battery of a mule vehicle as a tow vehicle tows the mule vehicle to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of an electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery. An exemplary charging assembly includes a mule vehicle. A storage battery of the mule vehicle charges as the mule vehicle is towed to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery is configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of the electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Mazen Hammoud, Kevin Layden
  • Patent number: 10328964
    Abstract: The double stroller is a stroller that is configured for use with a plurality of children. The double stroller comprises an anterior seat and a posterior seat. The occupant of the anterior seat faces the anterior direction of the stroller. The occupant of the posterior seat faces the posterior direction of the stroller. The double stroller comprises a seating assembly, a frame, and a storage bin. The seating assembly forms the anterior seat and the posterior seat. The frame supports the seating assembly above the supporting surface upon which the double stroller is placed. The storage bin is a space dedicated to the storage of miscellaneous items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Eunice S. Carey