Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 11325662
    Abstract: A system for reducing drag on a trailer includes a flexible membrane including a perimeter coupled to a rear end of the trailer. A variable-volume cavity is defined between the flexible membrane and the rear end. The system also includes a source of pressurized gas coupled to the trailer and in fluidic communication with the variable-volume cavity, and a controller operable to control a flow of the pressurized gas from the source to the variable-volume cavity such that the flexible membrane is moved from a stowed profile, wherein the flexible membrane is collapsed against the rear end of the trailer, to a first deployed profile, wherein the flexible membrane is maintained in a first pre-selected tapered aerodynamic shape projecting rearward from the rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: William Leo Gross
  • Patent number: 11318841
    Abstract: A vehicle control panel protection device, including a main body to cover at least a portion of a vehicle control panel disposed on a portion of a door of a vehicle, at least one first fastener disposed on at least a portion of the main body, and at least one second fastener disposed on the vehicle control panel to detachably connect to the at least one first fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Julia Rozier
  • Patent number: 11319738
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a vehicle body frame, a hinge base attached to the vehicle body frame, a door provided to be openable and closable in a vehicle width direction with respect to the vehicle body frame, a hinge bracket attached to the door, and an intermediate bracket that is pivotably attached to the hinge base and to which the hinge bracket is attached. The hinge bracket is configured so that a position thereof with respect to the intermediate bracket can be adjusted, and thereby the door is configured to be adjustable in a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: KAWASAKI MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Fukumoto, Takashi Hisamura, Masato Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11312215
    Abstract: A tail gate air diverter tarp provides a streamlined airflow across the bed of a truck to substantially reduce drag on the truck and improve gas mileage. The tail gate air diverter tarp is configured for a universal fit in a truck bed across a variety of manufacturers. The tail gate air diverter tarp has a web reinforced perimeter and a pair of cam buckles attached to the web reinforced perimeter at each corner of the tarp, with one cam buckle oriented in a lateral direction and the other cam buckle oriented in a lateral direction. A cinching strap adjustable couples selected cam buckles with a mount carried in the bed of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: John Runnels Maupin
  • Patent number: 11312290
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for an automotive lamp are provided. The apparatus includes a housing made of plastic having an impact groove formed on a surface of the housing, wherein the impact groove is designed as a function of a depth, a width, a desired force, a cross section, and a profile to cause a designed rupture upon application of an applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Guinn, John Orisich
  • Patent number: 11305627
    Abstract: A tonneau cover system for a vehicle includes a cover, a scissor lift assembly, and an electric actuator. The scissor lift has a fixed arm for mounting to an inner side panel of a cargo bed of the vehicle and a plurality of movable arms coupled to the fixed arm for selectively raising and lowering the cover in dependence upon a distance between a drive point on one of the movable arms and the fixed arm. The electric actuator has an end anchored at a fixed position relative to the fixed arm and a second end coupled to the drive point. The actuator dynamically changes length under electrical power to be between an extended length and a retracted length thereby changing the distance between the drive point and the fixed arm. A controller control the electric actuator to change length in accordance with a user input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Mario Piche
  • Patent number: 11305623
    Abstract: A door opening system for a rear door of a motor vehicle in which a rear door first moves backwards and outwardly away from the car shell prior to the rear door then swinging outwardly away from the front of the car. The car shell does not have a B-pillar so that a large, convenient opening is provide with the front door opening forwardly and the rear door opening rearwardly. The door opening system includes: a car shell; a rear slider rail attached to the car shell; a rear door hinge assembly configured to move along the rear slider rail; with the rear door mounted onto the rear door hinge assembly, wherein the rear door hinge assembly moves along the rear slider rail in a direction rearwardly and away from the car shell prior to the rear door being outwardly rotatable on the rear door hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Paul Whitton
  • Patent number: 11305683
    Abstract: A car door camper includes a connecting platform formed as a triangular platform having a connecting platform adapter edge, a platform inside edge, and a platform door edge. The platform door edge is configured to engage a door panel of a vehicle door. The platform inside edge is configured to engage a vehicle door frame at a door frame outside lower edge. A folding table has a table connecting edge engaging the connecting platform adapter edge. A latch loop strap having a latch loop hook is configured to engage a door latch loop on a vehicle door frame. The latch loop strap is mounted to a door latch loop corner formed at a junction between the platform door edge and the connector platform adapter edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Kevin Yang
  • Patent number: 11299924
    Abstract: A power-actuated fabric top for a vehicle includes a fabric top section configured to be adapted between a folded position and an unfolded position, guide rails statically affixed to an existing frame of the vehicle, and a power-actuated displacement mechanism for retracting and advancing the fabric top section between the folded position and the unfolded position. Such a power-actuated displacement mechanism is operably coupled to the guide rails. The fabric top section is configured to have a substantially horizontal travel path along an anterior portion of the guide rails and thereby does not pivot up and away from the guide rails. The fabric top section is operably coupled to the guide rails and responsive to an operating mode of the power-actuated displacement mechanism. The folded position of the fabric top section is piled up inside the existing tailgate portion of the existing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel Romein, Timothy Romein
  • Patent number: 11299020
    Abstract: There are provided a vehicle-body frame member forming an opening portion for entrance at a vehicle side part and a front side door provided so as to open and close the opening portion. The vehicle-body frame member comprises a side sill, the front side door comprises a door panel portion provided with an inner lower portion which overlaps with the side sill in a vehicle wide view and reinforcement portions provided at three side-portions of a peripheral part of the door panel portion which are continuous and include the inner lower portion such that the reinforcement portions overlap with the vehicle-body frame member in a vehicle side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Honda, Tomohito Okuyama, Takehisa Kohira, Ryuji Nonaka, Toshiyuki Gendo, Ken Ueki, Isamu Kizaki, Eri Kaiki
  • Patent number: 11292408
    Abstract: A vehicle bumper apparatus including a first material; a second material; a filling; and an attachment device. The first material may be connected to the second material such that the filling is between the first material and the second material, and a plurality of bumps are formed in the first material, and a plurality of bumps are formed in the second material. The attachment device may be attached to one of the plurality of bumps of the first material, wherein the attachment device is configured to attach the vehicle bumper apparatus to a vehicle so that at least part of the vehicle bumper apparatus covers a vehicle bumper and a rear vehicle outer wall. The attachment device may include hooks and/or loops configured to attach to loops and/or hooks on the vehicle. The attachment device, and the plurality of bumps of the first and second material may be elongated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: John Robert Hrevnack
  • Patent number: 11292381
    Abstract: A splash guard for a power buggy bucket. A first bracket member has a first lower end and a first upper end, the first lower end adapted to attach to a bucket interior side wall of a bucket of a power buggy with the first upper end extending upward. A second bracket member has a second lower end and a second upper end, the second lower end adapted to attach to the bucket interior side wall in opposing relation to the first bracket member with the second upper end extending upward. A rod inserts into each bracket member. A non-rigid apron attaches to the rod, wherein the apron partially covers the bucket to deflect the pour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Mon River Supply Co.
    Inventors: Brian Gunzenhauser, David Stuebner
  • Patent number: 11292321
    Abstract: A sliding sun visor having a reduced thickness is provided. The visor includes a sliding housing provided on a sun visor body and installed to be movable in an axial direction of a pivot arm. A clamp is installed in the sliding housing to be fixed to the pivot arm and configured to guide and support a movement of the sliding housing when the sliding housing slides, in which a guide, which is a substitute for the sliding housing, is installed at an inner-upper end of the sun visor body to minimize a width of the sliding housing that surrounds the pivot arm. The guide includes a guide rail integrally formed at the inner-upper end of the sun visor body, a clamp housing moving together with the sun visor body along the guide rail, and a clamp installed in the clamp housing and sliding on the pivot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Han Shin, Kang-Ho Joo, Bon-Min Koo
  • Patent number: 11279211
    Abstract: A door assembly for a motor vehicle is provided having a door body and a door trim panel attached to the door body on the vehicle inside, with a first impact region and a second impact region formed integrally therewith, wherein at each of the impact regions, an intermediate space is formed between the door trim panel and the door body. In order to allow an optimized protection of an occupant's pelvic region from impact by a vehicle door in a side impact, it is provided that a nominal break line is formed between the first impact region and the second impact region, along which the first impact region or seat impact region can be separated from the second impact region by a force acting in the vehicle transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Juergen Koehler, Kai Erik Mueller-Wiedensee, Chris Curtis, Emrah Tokyuerek
  • Patent number: 11273869
    Abstract: A vehicle subframe attached to a vehicle body includes a first side member and a second side member that extend in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body and are arranged to be opposed to each other in a width direction of the vehicle body, a cross member that is arranged to extend in the width direction and couples the first side member and the second side member to each other, and a coupling member that is arranged to extend in the width direction to be apart from the cross member toward a rear side of the vehicle body and couples the first side member and the second side member to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: F-TECH INC., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Kawai, Ryo Ikeda, Koji Imuta, Ryota Ujie
  • Patent number: 11273692
    Abstract: A door beam includes: an upper inner flange; a lower inner flange; an outer flange; an upper rib; and a lower rib. A thickness of the outer flange is larger than a thickness of the upper inner flange and a thickness of the lower inner flange. A thickness of the upper rib becomes gradually larger from the outer flange toward the upper inner flange, and a thickness of the lower rib becomes gradually larger from the outer flange toward the lower inner flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignees: Aisin Corporation, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taichi Itakura, Kazuhiro Kaimai, Kiyoichi Kita, Jun Shobo, Tamaki Obayashi, Kazutaka Mori
  • Patent number: 11260784
    Abstract: A vehicle and passenger carrying apparatus usable with a vehicle, wherein the passenger carrying portion includes a seating surface and a moveable footrest below the seating surface. The footrest is moveable from an ingress/egress position to a transport position that is closer to the seating surface than the ingress/egress position. The passenger carrying portion further includes a footrest movement mechanism, wherein the footrest movement mechanism controls movement of the moveable footrest between the ingress/egress position the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Staal, Nelson Vanwagoner, Jonathan G. Moss, Rudolph Carruolo, Bradford D. Kent, Bharat Naran
  • Patent number: 11260813
    Abstract: The vehicle dent protection system attaches to and protects a vehicle from dents while said vehicle is parked. A plurality of instantiations of the vehicle dent protection system are attached to the vehicle such that the plurality of instantiations form a protected space around the vehicle. The vehicle dent protection system is a sacrificial structure that receives and dissipates an impact before the impact can damage the vehicle. The vehicle dent protection system includes a plurality of telescopic structures, a plurality of pivot structures, a sacrificial module, and a frame mount. The plurality of pivot structures interconnect the plurality of telescopic structures such that the plurality of telescopic structures can rotate. The plurality of telescopic structures attach the sacrificial module to the frame mount such that the position of the sacrificial structure relative to the frame mount is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jamall Battle, Rashawn Daniels
  • Patent number: 11260800
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle interior is disclosed. The component may comprise a bin coupled to a base and a seat comprising a tab to retain a shaft in an aperture for rotation of the bin. The tab may contact the shaft along a plane adjacent to the shaft. The tab may retain/apply a force to the shaft at a tangent of the shaft. The tab may contact a protrusion in response to engagement of the shaft and tab. The tab may comprise a set of opposing sides; one side may contact the shaft; the other side may contact the protrusion. The tab may extend from the base in an extended direction; the tab may contact the shaft along a plane aligned with the extended direction; the tab may apply force to the shaft transverse to the extended direction. The tab may rotate when engaged with the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tyler Tucker Grab, Adam R. Gofton, James Lucien Diem, Randy Len Arendsen
  • Patent number: 11254194
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes an outer panel, an inner panel assembled to a vehicle width direction inner side surface of the outer panel so as to form a panel space with the outer panel, a cover assembled to the inner panel so as to close a service hole, which is a through hole formed in the inner panel in order to facilitate a work in the panel space, a control box assembled to the cover and configured to control input/output of electric power and/or control signal to/from at least one of electric components disposed on a vehicle door; and a door trim assembled to a vehicle width direction inner side surface of the inner panel so as to cover the cover and the control box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Hamada