Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 10857863
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a removable roof panel and an integrated handle and roof rack assembly mounted to the removable roof panel. The integrated handle and roof rack assembly is adapted to function both as a handle for installing or removing the roof panel and as a roof rack for achieving vehicle rooftop cargo storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Harry Lobo, Travis S. Garland
  • Patent number: 10858045
    Abstract: A center pillar structure includes a pillar inner panel, a lower pillar outer panel disposed outward of the pillar inner panel in the vehicle-width direction, and an upper pillar outer panel disposed upward of the lower pillar outer panel in the vehicle-height direction. The lower pillar outer panel includes a side wall portion, a front wall portion connected to a front end of the side wall portion, and a rear wall portion connected to a rear end of the side wall portion. The upper pillar outer panel includes an overlapping portion overlapping the side wall portion, and the overlapping portion is provided at a lower end portion of the upper pillar outer panel in the vehicle-height direction. At least one of the front wall portion and the rear wall portion is provided with a linear bent portion extending in the vehicle-height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukihiro Onishi, Masamichi Tajima, Toyohisa Kodama, Mikio Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10850651
    Abstract: Embodiments related to active vibration isolation systems for a vehicle seat, as well as their methods of use, are disclosed. In some embodiments, an active suspension system may be configured to support a seat above a floor of a vehicle. The active suspension system may include two or more actuators that may be operated cooperatively to control both the roll and heave of the vehicle seat. In some instances, these actuators may also be non-back-drivable actuators. Additionally, in some embodiments, an active suspension system may include one or more torsion springs that apply torques in parallel with associated actuators of the active suspension system to support at least a portion of the loads applied to the active suspension system during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventors: Clive Tucker, Ross J. Wendell, Thomas James Cashman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10850775
    Abstract: In a vehicle lower portion structure, a plurality of cross members are suspended along a vehicle width direction between a pair of side rails. Further, an oil pan guard is suspended along a longitudinal direction between a No. 2 cross member and a No. 3 cross member to protect an oil pan of a transmission from below. When a vehicle collides on its front, engagement between the oil pan guard and the cross member is released, to thereby prevent a decrease in the amount of collision energy to be absorbed by the pair of side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Kato, Kotaro Shirotori, Shota Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10850682
    Abstract: An interior member for a vehicle includes: a base material formed of a resin; a front surface portion configured to constitute a portion of a design surface in a vehicle cabin and cover a surface of the base material that is on the design surface side; and a conductive portion integrally provided with the base material in a state where a portion of the conductive portion that is opposite to the design surface is in close contact with the base material and a portion of the conductive portion that is on the design surface side faces the front surface portion such that power is supplied to an electrical component installed in the vehicle through the conductive portion, the conductive portion being formed of a metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Madoka Doi
  • Patent number: 10843756
    Abstract: To provide a vehicle body cover structure for a saddled vehicle, capable of achieving restrictive improvements on rigidity of the vehicle body cover. A vehicle body cover structure for a saddled vehicle includes a radiator shroud formed of a fiber-reinforced resin covering an outside of a vehicle body. The fiber-reinforced resin is formed of a cloth woven from warp threads and filling threads formed of fibers. In the vehicle body cover structure, the radiator shroud has the cloth disposed thereon. The cloth has disposed thereon a bisector that divides an angle formed between the warp threads and the filling threads into two equal parts. The bisector is disposed so as to extend along a line segment that connects between a third mounting portion to be fixed to a vehicle body side and a front end portion that is farthest from the third mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoya Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10844648
    Abstract: A motor-integrated power trunk opening system applied to a vehicle may include a hinge arm which is divided into a power side portion and an interlocking side portion to support left and right end portions of a trunk lid covering a trunk compartment, and an actuator which is mounted to the power side hinge arm and moves the hinge arm upwards using generated power so that the trunk lid opens
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Pyeong Hwa Automotive Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Hyuck Im, Seong-Tae Hong
  • Patent number: 10843534
    Abstract: A remotely operated sun visor includes a first rotational mechanism, a second rotational mechanism, a sun visor body, a controller unit, and a power switch. The first rotational mechanism and the second rotational mechanism are perpendicularly positioned of each other in such a way that the first rotational mechanism is internally positioned along the sun visor body and the second rotational mechanism is internally positioned across the sun visor body. The sun visor body being torsionally connected to the first rotational mechanism so that the sun visor body can be rotated up and down, about an automobile windshield. The sun visor is torsionally connected to the second rotational mechanism so that the sun visor body can be rotated from the windshield to the side windows, about an automobile A-pillar. The first rotational mechanism and the second rotational mechanism are electrically connected to the power switch through the controller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Talfred Tim Kister
  • Patent number: 10843736
    Abstract: A reinforcement member for a side sill of a vehicle is provided. The reinforcement member comprises an elongated hollow body having a closed cross section. The elongated hollow body includes a first coordinating wall and an access wall adjacent to the first coordinating wall. The access wall includes plurality of weld access openings along a longitudinal direction. The first coordinating wall is spot welded to a first mating surface of the side sill via plurality of weld access openings. The elongated hollow body is manufactured from ultra high strength martensitic steel by roll forming process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Igor Tchepikov, Josh Miller, Anand Singaram, Michael Paradisis, Guru Pradeep Palle
  • Patent number: 10843737
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a vehicle body member from a joined sheet. The joined sheet is press formed into a vehicle body member with a predetermined shape by: welding a second sheet material to a first sheet material at a plurality of points including a first joint and a second joint separated from each other; press forming the joined sheet so that a ridge crossing an imaginary line segment connecting the first joint and the second joint is formed in a portion where the first sheet material overlaps the second sheet material; and before the joining step, forming a displacement facilitating portion, which facilitates displacement of the second sheet material relative to the first sheet material in a longitudinal direction of the imaginary line segment, in a portion corresponding to between the first joint and the second joint in the second sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Yamazaki, Toshiyuki Gendo, Naoyuki Irie
  • Patent number: 10836323
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle interior is disclosed. The component may comprise a base, a shaft, a seat for the shaft and a bin installed in the base for rotation relative to the base between closed and open positions. The bin may be installed by coupling of the shaft to the seat. The seat may comprise an aperture for the shaft and a tab to retain the shaft in the aperture for rotation of the bin by rotation of the shaft. The tab may comprise at least one of a flange; a flexible tab; a guide. The tab may comprise a flexible projection to retain the shaft into the aperture of the seat. The seat may comprise a slot; the tab may comprise a flexible guide adjacent the slot to nest the shaft in the aperture. The bin may comprise a sunglass holder; the component may comprise an overhead console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tyler Tucker Grab, Adam R. Gofton, James Lucien Diem, Randy Len Arendsen
  • Patent number: 10836334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a crash management system adapted for use in a vehicle. The crash management system includes a bumper beam and at least two crash boxes. Each crash box extends from the bumper beam and is provided with deformation indication means adapted for static indication of crash box deformation caused by a vehicle crash. The present invention also relates to a method for detecting crash box deformation by means of the crash management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CHINA-EURO VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventors: Emil Eriksson, Oskar Ewehag
  • Patent number: 10829028
    Abstract: A pop-up camper on a vehicle is disclosed. The pop-up camper may include a plurality of walls. The plurality of walls may include at least one sidewall, a lid hinged to the at least one sidewall, and a door attached to the at least one sidewall. The pop-up camper may also include a tent configured to be disposed between the lid and the at least one sidewall. Furthermore, at least one actuating mechanism may be attached to the lid and the at least one sidewall. The lid may be configured to rotate between an open lid position and a closed lid position. In addition, the actuating mechanism is configured to assist the lid rotation to the open lid position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Ignacio Delgadillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10829167
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include power machine cabs, cab subassemblies, corresponding power machines such as skids steer loaders, and methods of assembling cabs and power machines. Some exemplary disclosed embodiments include features aiding in the manufacture of the cabs for power machines, features which allow the cabs to be configurable for different customer preferences or needs, and features which allow detection of tampering with the cab such that the power machine can be controlled accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Benjamin Storhaug
  • Patent number: 10821933
    Abstract: A system for noise and vibration sealing of a vehicle while providing reduced impact resistance includes a block of compressible material positionable between a vehicle hood and a support structure of the vehicle. The block of compressible material may include an attachment surface configured to be secured to a portion of the vehicle and an impact surface formed opposite the attachment surface. The impact surface may be positioned in the vehicle to be contacted by the hood or support structure during an impact event. An exterior surface may extend between the attachment surface and the impact surface. A cavity may be formed in the exterior surface. The cavity may have a first inner surface and a second inner surface opposing the first inner surface, and may be shaped to accommodate crushing of the block of compressible material during the impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah T. Hammer, Troy N. Grantham
  • Patent number: 10822832
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door anti-rattle mechanism includes male and female parts. The male part is fastened to a door of a motor vehicle and the female part is fastened to a door pillar of the motor vehicle. The male part includes an expandable member that is selectively engageable with a recess in the female part in order to inhibit relative movement between the male and female parts and, hence, rattling of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Westgarth, Ian Patterson, Jack Whitehurst, Rob Swann
  • Patent number: 10822036
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody structure includes a side sill protruding upward at its center to be coupled to a lower end of each center pillar, a cross member, an associated end of which is coupled to the side sill on a floor panel, and a seat mounting member installed to surround the end of the cross member to support a seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Do Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 10822034
    Abstract: A chassis frame for an agricultural sprayer includes a top plate, a bottom plate spaced apart from the top plate, and a plurality of side plates extending from the top plate to the bottom plate. The top plate has a first thickness at a first location of the chassis frame to provide additional strength to the chassis frame at the first location. The top plate has a second thickness at a second location of the chassis frame to provide additional strength to the chassis frame at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Brian Pilney, Blaine A. Schwalbe
  • Patent number: 10821927
    Abstract: A plug for a bumper with a housing defining a cavity; a collar affixed to and extending from the housing, the collar defining an opening in communication with the cavity; a cap removably connected to the collar, the cap having a plurality of spaced-apart lugs on an interior surface thereof to enable the cap to be removably connected to a 4-in-1 adapter; wherein the opening defined by the collar is of sufficient size and shape to receive a 4-in-1 adapter therein when the cap is affixed to the collar, preferably by threaded screw connection. The housing has a plurality of magnets disposed on an interior surface thereof to facilitate attachment of the plug to a bumper by magnetic attraction and the cap preferably has a plurality of small scale apertures in communication with the opening and the cavity to provide ventilation while acting as a barrier to rodents, insects, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Camco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Blake Martin
  • Patent number: 10815709
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a panel, a removable window and a latch assembly for securing the removable window to the panel. In one embodiment, a removable roof assembly for a motor vehicle includes a removable roof panel, a releasable locking feature that secures the removable roof panel to the motor vehicle, a removable window and a latch assembly. The latch assembly secures the removable window to the removable roof panel. The latch assembly includes a push button actuator to release the latch assembly and remove the removable window from the removable roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald M. Lovasz, David Brian Glickman, Harry Lobo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman