Patents Examined by Jason S Morrow
  • Patent number: 11220297
    Abstract: Land vehicles, modular systems for forming monocoques of land vehicles, and methods of forming monocoques of land vehicles using modular systems are envisioned. In certain embodiments, the land vehicles are provided as delivery vehicles and/or utility vehicles. A land vehicle includes a monocoque supporting a plurality of wheels to permit movement of the vehicle relative to an underlying surface in use of the land vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Workhorse Group Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Willison
  • Patent number: 11220163
    Abstract: A rack assembly configured to mount to sidewalls of a truck bed of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the rack assembly comprises a pair of side rails configured to secure to the sidewalls of the truck bed, a pair of tracks, and a plurality of mounting brackets configured to mount the pair of tracks to sidewalls of the truck bed and above the side rails so as to transfer vertical load from the tracks to the sidewalls of truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ROLL-N-LOCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steve Vickery
  • Patent number: 11214313
    Abstract: Vehicle assemblies may include a plurality of loose layered build components. One or more of the loose layered build components may include locating features for locating and supporting the component relative to other components of the assembly while still permitting movement of the component or one of the other components in at least one direction during the assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Brian Glickman, Steve Michael Lakatos, Kevin Berington Johnson, Adam Michael Polito, Vince S. Carnes
  • Patent number: 11214210
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle device including a one-piece fastening system of the motor vehicle. This fastening system includes a fastening flange, a guiding member having at least one supporting member and a supporting surface participating in maintaining the guiding member in a first position, and an elastically deformable portion exerting a restoring force adapted to restore the guiding member into said first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Aurélien Moressee, Jérôme Utter, Bertrand Mazue
  • Patent number: 11214132
    Abstract: A bidirectional shield system for a roll-up shutter door of an externally accessible vehicle compartment comprises a longitudinally extending shield element and two mounting blocks. The shield element comprises a tray having an open-topped drip catchment reservoir and laterally inwardly projecting locking ears at each end of the shield element. Each mounting block can be fixed to a sidewall of the compartment, has at least one overhanging upper trap projection and carries a pair of latches disposed inferiorly of and spaced from the trap projection. The latches are movable between retracted and extended configurations. With the latches in the extended configuration, the locking ears are trapped between the latches and the trap projections to fix the shield element within the compartment. When the latches are in the retracted configuration, the shield element can move away from the trap projections for removal of the shield element from the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: INNOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Whitehouse, Jaimin Shah, Martin Conte
  • Patent number: 11207956
    Abstract: A bodywork part of a motor vehicle includes a main body of plastic material and at least one structural reinforcement fastened at least partially to a first part main body. The piece also includes at least one connecting member of the first part and of a second part of the main body including an end, a portion of which forms a lock loop around a clamping element so as to secure the connecting member, the structural reinforcement and the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: Philippe Coudron
  • Patent number: 11208046
    Abstract: A cargo loading system for loading or unloading cargo to a motor vehicle. The cargo loading system includes a compartment, a cargo storage device within the compartment, and a positioning mechanism. The cargo storage device includes a stored and loading position. The positioning mechanism controls the movement of the cargo storage device between the stored position and loading position. The loading position is positioned so that it is configured to be ease loading and loading of cargo to and from the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC
    Inventors: Zhinan Liu, Andreas Thurner
  • Patent number: 11198382
    Abstract: A variable handle device for getting on and off a vehicle includes a grip body assembly installed to a vehicle body of a vehicle, the grip body assembly configured to be rotated and protruded to an outside of the vehicle body when a door is opened and to be pushed by the door to return to an inside of the vehicle body when the door is closed, a grip body rotation mechanism configured to generate a driving force for rotating the grip body assembly to the outside of the vehicle body when the grip body assembly returns to the inside of the vehicle body, and a grip handle assembled slidably to an outside surface of the grip body assembly along the grip body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Soon Yong Song
  • Patent number: 11186237
    Abstract: An armrest upper part covering an upper portion of an armrest lower part includes a front end portion adjacent to a switch finisher and an engagement claw portion extending from the front end portion. An upper part of the engagement claw portion is covered with the switch finisher. At the armrest lower part, a fixing portion for engagement with the engagement claw portion is provided. At a back surface of the switch finisher adjacent to a front of the armrest upper part and covering the upper portion of the armrest lower part, a restriction piece is provided at a position facing the fixing portion via the engagement claw portion. The restriction piece restricts detachment of the engagement claw portion from the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: KASAI KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunori Eko
  • Patent number: 11180197
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower structure includes: an undercover having an opening and a first fixing portion disposed around the opening; a cover member having a second fixing portion and detachably attached to the undercover to close the opening; and a fixing member configured to detachably attach the second fixing portion to the first fixing portion, the fixing member being fixed to the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion from a lower side of the undercover. The undercover includes a general portion and the first fixing portion, and at least the general portion and the first fixing portion are made of a board member having a constant thickness. The second fixing portion of the cover member is thicker than the board member. The second fixing portion of the cover member is located over an upper surface of the undercover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kota Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 11167709
    Abstract: An improved bumper system for transportation vehicles (10) comprising one or more extendable bumpers (12, 14-15). The extendable bumpers extend substantially outward from a vehicle to provide a greater distance with which to reduce the forces acting upon the occupants and/or cargo of a transportation vehicle in the event of a collision. In some embodiments, the extendable bumpers extend in response to a detected, possible, or likely collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Will John Temple
  • Patent number: 11167695
    Abstract: A luggage box apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The luggage box apparatus includes a main box received in a main box receiving space provided at a luggage side trim. The main box is withdrawable from the main box receiving space toward a luggage compartment, for use thereof. The main box is installed to perform linear sliding movement in a withdrawal direction and rotation with respect to the luggage side trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Daejoo Precision Industrial
    Inventors: Dae Min Lee, Min Ho Cho, Seung Soo Ryu, Kwang Ok Jeon, Sung Hoon Choo, Sang Bok Lee, Ho Duck Lee
  • Patent number: 11161397
    Abstract: A system for reducing strain on a vehicle door comprises the vehicle door. The vehicle door comprises an inner panel and a division bar comprising a first portion and a second portion. The system further comprises a relief bracket configured to reduce strain on the inner panel when the vehicle door is closed. The relief bracket comprises a first portion coupled to the second portion of the division bar, a second portion coupled to the inner panel, and a relief portion extending between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Blaine C. Benson, Keith O'Brien, Alyssa J. Flowers-Bouman, Erik Andersen, Wasim Ukra
  • Patent number: 11161443
    Abstract: A grab handle assembly for a vehicle includes first and second anchoring features coupled to a vehicle surface. A rail extends between the first and second anchoring features in a spaced relationship with the vehicle surface. A slot is defined by the rail and configured to receive a key feature for attachment of the key feature to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Alejandro Adams-Campos, Eric Bryan Arellano Aguilar, Jay P. Miles, Paul Alan Forgette, Ramon Bakerjian
  • Patent number: 11161548
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a chassis (300) for a vehicle, the chassis (300) comprising a plurality of sandwich plate elements (100) and a plurality of connection elements (200), wherein the sandwich plate elements (100) each comprise a plate core (150) and a first and second plate skin (110, 120) and wherein each connection element (200) comprises two or more recesses (210, 220), each recess (210, 220) being adapted to receive an edge portion (160) of one of the plurality of sandwich plate elements (100) such that at least a portion of the sandwich plate element (100) interacts with the recess (210, 220), thereby connecting said plurality of sandwich plate elements (100) to form said chassis (300). The disclosure also relates to a vehicle comprising a chassis (300), a method for forming a chassis (300) and a kit of parts for assembling a chassis (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: LUVLY AB
    Inventor: Håkan Glanton Lutz
  • Patent number: 11155194
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle is disclosed. The component may comprise a roller rotatable relative to a base; a sheet coupled to the roller and movable between retracted and extended states; a lock mechanism; and a button. The lock mechanism may disengage to allow sheet movement sheet and engage to block sheet movement. The lock mechanism may comprise a latch to hold the button in an actuated position. The button may move the lock mechanism to block sheet movement. The lock mechanism may comprise an arm to engage a set of teeth of the roller to hold the sheet extended. The component may comprise an actuator to move the lock mechanism to block movement of the sheet. The actuator may provide tension in the sheet. The actuator may rotate the roller to provide tension in the sheet. The component may comprise a tonneau cover, cargo cover or retractable table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Scott Hodgson, Tamanna Nabar
  • Patent number: 11155146
    Abstract: An automated tarping device and system is provided, wherein the at least two swing arm devices of the tarping system are configured to be enclosed within the side walls and frame of the trailer, when the automated tarping system is in a fully closed position so as to cover the opening of the trailer with the tarp assembly. When the system is in a closed position, the swing arm devices themselves are covered by the tarp. The system also includes a tarp assembly comprising a flexible tarp and first and second resilient actuating ribs. The attaching member of each swing arm device releasably couples to an actuating rib, and the tarp and the first and second actuating ribs of the tarp assembly are transversely disposed across, so as to cover, the opening of the trailer when the arm devices are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Valid Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Gerald Wayne Clancy, Alejandro Jose Juan, Richard Johannes Robert Versteeg, Steven Donald Bradwell
  • Patent number: 11148614
    Abstract: A vehicle headliner includes a two-piece headliner body made up of first and second headliner pieces that are secured together in a mechanical joint. Each of the first and second headliner pieces is comprised of a molded polymer substrate having first and second sides and a fabric on the first side. The molded polymer substrate is partially impregnated into the fabric such that the fabric is fused to the first side. The first piece defines an opening for receipt of a console. There is at least one bridge that spans across the opening and has a molded-in attachment feature for securing the console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NYX, INC.
    Inventor: Yuriy Tsalenko
  • Patent number: 11148625
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a grille stay located behind a bumper panel having a grille opening, and a stay cover disposed to cover a rear portion of the grille stay. The grill stay faces an upper portion of the bumper panel from behind. The grille stay includes a front portion and a rear portion, and the rear portion has a smaller cross sectional area than the front portion. The grill stay further includes a step portion at a boundary between the front portion and the rear portion. The stay cover includes a front end that is disposed to face a rear face of the step portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 11148512
    Abstract: A truck bed cover locking device includes a latch structure and a latch locking component. The latch structure is detachably mounted on a truck bed body. The latch structure includes a limit portion extending toward a latch locking component. The limit portion includes a limit surface and a tilted surface. The tilted surface is located above the limit surface. The tilted surface tilts downward in a direction approaching the latch locking component. The latch locking component is provided on the truck bed cover. The latch locking component includes a retractable plunger and a reset component. The plunger contacts the tilted surface at a point. Under the action of gravity, the plunger is compressed and slides downward. When the plunger slides to a position below the limit surface, at least a part of the plunger stretches out to a position below the limit surface under the action of the reset component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU SUNWOOD INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hang Shi, Hongjuan Zheng