Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 11981191
    Abstract: An opening and closing structure of a sliding door for a vehicle includes: a sliding door disposed on a side surface of the vehicle and configured to be slidably open and closed in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; at least one rail arranged in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle on one of a vehicle body of the vehicle and the sliding door; at least one roller arranged on the other one of the vehicle body and the sliding door, the at least one roller configured to slide while being fitted in the at least one rail; and a sliding unit disposed on a side of the vehicle body or the sliding door on which the at least one roller is arranged, the sliding unit configured to slide the at least one roller in a direction in which the sliding door slides. The at least one roller is configured to slide with respect to the vehicle body and the sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: In-Chul Baik
  • Patent number: 11982119
    Abstract: An automated door system includes a door pivotally coupled to a vehicle body at a hinge axis defined by at least one hinge assembly. A power assist device is coupled to the hinge assembly and further coupled to the door. The power assist device is configured to slow movement of the door along a door swing path from an initial velocity to a slow close velocity when the initial velocity exceeds a predetermined threshold velocity, thereby providing a slow and controlled close when a user attempts to slam the door. The power assist device is further configured to power opening and closing movement of the door as initiated by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz
  • Patent number: 11981188
    Abstract: The invention relates to an extendable sun visor for a vehicle, comprising a base plate for providing a base area of shadowing, a first movable plate which is connected to the base plate and which is movable in relation to the base plate for providing a first additional area of shadowing, at least one second movable plate which is connected to the base plate and which is movable in relation to both the base plate and the first movable plate for providing at least one second additional area of shadowing, the at least one second additional area of shadowing being different from said first additional area of shadowing, and an actuating structure for actuating a movement of the at least one second movable plate when the first moveable plate is moved. A vehicle comprising such an extendable sun visor is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Harshad Sawant
  • Patent number: 11981293
    Abstract: A guide rail type shielding curtain, comprising guide rail type moving mechanism, shielding curtain frame, first stretching bearing mechanism and second stretching bearing mechanism. Guide rail type moving mechanism comprises first guide rail sliding grooves and first guide rail sliding strips, which are arranged on the inner sides of automobile side plates on two sides; curtain frame mounting holes are formed in front ends of first guide rail sliding grooves; shielding curtain frame is mounted in left and right curtain frame mounting holes; stretching limiting transverse strip is provided on the rear side of first stretching bearing mechanism; first guide rail sliding strip holes are formed on left end and right end of stretching limiting transverse strip respectively; first guide rail sliding strips are arranged in first guide rail sliding strip holes; pulleys are movably arranged at the outer ends of the first guide rail sliding strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Zhiguang Wu, Bingfa Wu, Mi'nai Wu, Xiaopeng Cao
  • Patent number: 11975666
    Abstract: A seat device for a vehicle includes: a support member detachably attached to a floor of the vehicle; an occupant seat movably supported by the support member and provided with an electrical component; and a wireless power supply mechanism configured to supply electric power to the electrical component. The wireless power supply mechanism includes a power transmitting unit attached to the floor, and a power receiving unit attached to the support member so as to face the power transmitting unit and configured to receive the electric power wirelessly from the power transmitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chase Hemmelgarn, Steven Johnson
  • Patent number: 11975598
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly includes inner and outer door panels, first and second support brackets, a reinforcing panel, a window opening support panel and a side mirror assembly. The first support bracket is attached to the inner door panel. The reinforcing panel is attached to the first support bracket. The second support panel attached to the first support panel and the reinforcing panel. The window opening support panel is attached to the inner door panel, the second support panel and the reinforcing panel. The outer door panel is fixed to the inner door panel such that the inner door panel and the outer door panel define a door cavity therebetween. The side mirror assembly is installed along an exterior side of the outer door panel. The side mirror assembly includes fasteners that extend through the window opening support panel and the second support panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David Snyder, David Kovie
  • Patent number: 11975597
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are accessory devices and systems for vehicles including: a base plate assembly comprising a base plate and an articulating bracket, the base plate configured to be fixedly secured to a portion of a vehicle and the articulating bracket configured to be releasably secured to the vehicle using the base plate at a plurality of locations; and at least one auxiliary visor panel or accessory connected to the base plate assembly. Also disclosed herein are method of using the disclosed devices and systems for interchangeably moving the base plate assembly with connected auxiliary visor panel or accessory between vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Smart Additions, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Johananoff
  • Patent number: 11970051
    Abstract: A retractable vehicle top system includes a frame including a pair of front looped chains rotatably positioned along a left side and a right side of the frame, respectively, a front header configured to be positioned adjacent to a front windshield of a vehicle, the front header having a first spool and a pair of first brackets operably coupled to the front looped chains, respectively, a second spool having a pair of second sprockets operably coupled to the front looped chains, respectively, and a front motor having a front drive shaft and a pair of third sprockets operably coupled to the front looped chains, respectively. The front header is configured to linearly travel along a bi-directional travel path as the third sprockets rotatably drive the second sprockets and the front looped chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Daniel Romein
  • Patent number: 11964598
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a chassis, a prime mover supported by the chassis, an operator cab supported by the chassis, a control system including a controller, an operator support positioned within the operator cab and having a seat portion and a backrest portion and an actuator positioned within at least one of the seat portion and the backrest portion. The actuator is in communication with the controller and configured to move in a first pattern in response to a first notification signal from the controller in order to relay information to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Huenink, Gregory O. McConoughey
  • Patent number: 11965373
    Abstract: A device has at least two components which are movable relative to one another. The first component is equipped with a rotary receptacle and wherein the second component is rotatably received on the rotary receptacle. A third component is coupled to the second component. Two connection units which are movable relative to one another and a controllable braking device are included, wherein the braking device is designed as a controllable rotary brake in order to provide controlled damping of a movement of a door device between a closed position and an open position. The first connection unit is formed on the first component, and the second connection unit is pivotably coupled to the third component. The pivot axis is oriented transversely with respect to an axis of rotation of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: INVENTUS Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Battlogg
  • Patent number: 11964705
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical aerodynamic apparatus includes a support structure that couples to a tongue of a trailer in a position between a tow vehicle and a body of the trailer, an extendible housing that couples to the support structure and extendibly moves to a plurality of aerodynamic states including an extended state and a contracted state, and a drive assembly coupled to the support structure and the extendible housing that, when actuated, moves the extendible housing into one of the plurality of aerodynamic states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Pebble Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Aonan Li, Bingrui Yang
  • Patent number: 11958346
    Abstract: A tonneau cover for a vehicle has a topside and an underside. The tonneau cover also includes a rail system attached to the underside. The tonneau cover also includes a ramp system. The ramp system is slidably engaged with the rail system and is configured to slide out from the underside along the rail system such that a rear end of the ramp system engages a ground surface to create a rampway between the topside and the ground surface. The ramp system can be used to load large cargo onto the topside of the tonneau cover. The ramp system is also removable from the rail system and attachable to an end of a truck bed of the vehicle such that the ramp system can be used to load cargo into the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan C. Harris, Scott Louis Frederick
  • Patent number: 11952047
    Abstract: An embodiment rear floor side member assembly includes a rear side member including a rear inner portion disposed toward an inside of a vehicle body, a rear upper portion curved toward an outside of the vehicle body from the rear inner portion, and a rear lower portion curved from the rear inner portion toward the outside of the vehicle body, a reinforcement mounting portion formed on the rear lower portion, a rear side member reinforcement mounted on the reinforcement mounting portion, and a rear spring seat assembly mounted at a bottom part of the rear side member reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: ChangHak Kang
  • Patent number: 11951887
    Abstract: A vehicle, and a rear seat arrangement for a vehicle, includes at least one backrest. The at least one backrest comprises a strut bar, and at least one of the at least one backrest is adapted to be pivotally folded into a backward folded position for connecting the strut bar to a mounting structure at a body of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Schulz, Urs Schiel, Florent Larrosa, Esteve Josa
  • Patent number: 11946287
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a plurality of walls defining a volume adapted to house passengers and/or merchandise and at least one electric battery pack to supply energy for the operation of the vehicle, said at least one electric battery pack being housed in a respective seat made in at least one of the walls and defining with the latter a housing volume comprising at least one cover configured to assume a first operating position in which the volume communicates with the outside environment and a second operating position in which the volume is isolated from the outside environment. The vehicle also includes a security system configured to enable the covers to move from the first operating position to the second operating position when a temperature of the electric battery pack and/or a temperature inside the volume exceed/s a pre-set threshold temperature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: IVECO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Aimo Boot
  • Patent number: 11938800
    Abstract: A tonneau cover that includes a first panel, a second panel, a hinge between the first panel and the second panel, and a torsion element between the first panel and the second panel. The torsion element applies an urging force onto one or both of the first panel and the second panel during movement of the first panel and/or the second panel about the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: EXTANG CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jerome Facchinello, Chad A. Carter
  • Patent number: 11932175
    Abstract: A mascot retraction mechanism has a support (6) movably mounted to a track (5) for movement between a mascot deployed position and a mascot stowed position. A drive mechanism (7, 34, 35) may be arranged to drive the support along the track via a releasable latch (30). The releasable latch may be released by tilting of a mascot able to enable the support to move along the track free of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: David Molyneux, Steve Crowe, Paul Wentworth
  • Patent number: 11932090
    Abstract: An exterior panel structure for a vehicle prevents unevenness of an outer surface of an exterior panel material caused by joining of a reinforcing member to the exterior panel. The reinforcing member is joined to the exterior panel material such that rigidity is maintained, thereby keeping dents in the exterior panel material small even when a user presses on the exterior panel material during waxing of the vehicle, or the like. The exterior panel structure includes a door outer panel, a reinforcing member, and a bracket. In the bracket, a joint surface which follows an inner surface of the door outer panel is joined to an outer peripheral edge of the door panel which is separated from the inner surface of the door outer panel in a thickness direction of the door outer panel, and another joint surface is joined to a reinforcing outer peripheral edge of the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Moriyama, Eisuke Kuramoto
  • Patent number: 11932179
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle intended to be driven by a driver comprising a cabin comprising a floor with an upper surface, a passenger compartment delimited in a vertical direction by the upper surface of the floor and extending on an upper side of the upper surface, at least one electronic device configured to be electronically controlled, and a box housing an electronic equipment configured to control the at least one electronic device, wherein the box is waterproof and at least a portion of the box extends on a lower side of the upper surface, the lower side of the upper surface being opposite to the upper side. The invention also relates to a method for assembling the box to the cabin of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Rémi Michallet, Patrick Dalmas
  • Patent number: 11932091
    Abstract: An exterior panel structure for a vehicle prevents unevenness caused by distortion of an outer surface of the exterior panel and keeps dents small even when a user presses the exterior panel from the outside. The exterior panel structure includes the exterior panel, and a reinforcing member having joint sections and coupling sections. The joint sections are separated from each other along an inner surface of the exterior panel, and each is joined to the inner surface of the exterior panel. The coupling section follows the inner surface of the exterior panel and couples the adjacent joint sections. The inner surface of the exterior panel and the coupling section abut each other when a pressing force equal to or larger than a specified value is applied inward in a thickness direction of the exterior panel from an outer surface of the exterior panel, and are otherwise separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Moriyama, Eisuke Kuramoto