Patents Examined by Joseph D. Pape
  • Patent number: 10781623
    Abstract: A device for the contactless actuation of an adjustable vehicle part. The device has a capacitive proximity sensor with at least one elongated sensor electrode, and a body part to which the proximity sensor is indirectly or directly fastened. The body part in turn is or can be mounted on the vehicle in a specific mounting position. The sensor electrode extends obliquely relative to a lower edge of the body part in such a way that it is in an exact or at least approximately horizontal position with respect to its longitudinal extension when in the mounting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Florian Pirchheim, Jonas Reich
  • Patent number: 10780816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bunk with adjustable attitude for a vehicle cab. The bunk includes a hinge, bunk frame provided with a mattress support surface, a lock insert, and a plurality indexing holes. The bunk frame is pivotably mounted to the hinge about an axis so that at least one of the pitch or roll of the mattress support surface may be selectively adjusted. The lock insert releasably engages the indexing holes to releasably hold the bunk frame at a plurality of selectable pivot angles about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gareth Howard Spensley
  • Patent number: 10781612
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a compartment mounted to a frame of the vehicle. The compartment includes a box coupled to a vehicle in a fixed position relative to the vehicle and a latch system coupled to the glove to allow a user access to the box. The latch system includes a shape-memory alloy wire and a spring that are used during actuation of the latch system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Tristan J. Vanfossen, Julien Rea, Louis Thomas
  • Patent number: 10780854
    Abstract: A combination push bumper/bike rack for use with police or other emergency vehicles for situations when a disabled vehicle may need pushing, a bike may need to be transported or both. The push bumper is attached to the original bumper of a vehicle and spaced in front of such original bumper to prevent damage to the vehicle when it pushes other vehicles. At the top portion of the push bumper are a pair of retractable arms with straps that can be deployed using a push button. When the retractable arms are not in use they remain flush with the push bumper. When the retractable arms are deployed that are positioned substantially perpendicular to the push bumper and are capable of carrying a bicycle thereon with straps to secure them thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Jon Hixson
  • Patent number: 10773660
    Abstract: A vehicle body floor structure includes: a plurality of first vehicle body framework members extending along a vehicle body front-rear direction; a plurality of second vehicle body framework members extending along a vehicle width direction; a floor panel to which each of the first vehicle body framework members and the second vehicle body framework members is joined; and a vibration damping material that is applied to a surface of the floor panel. The floor panel includes a plurality of steps having ridge lines extending along a short-side direction of a first region. The first region is surrounded by the first vehicle body framework members and the second vehicle body framework members. The vibration damping material is applied along at least one outer edge portion of the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayoshi Shigihara
  • Patent number: 10773756
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a stamped motor vehicle bodywork or shell-structure component made of an aluminium alloy, comprising the steps of manufacturing a metal sheet or strip with a thickness of 0 to 3.5 mm made of an alloy with the following composition (wt %): Si: 0.60-0.85; Fe: 0.05-0.25; Cu: 0.05-0.30; Mn: 0.05-0.30; Mg: 0.50-0.00; Ti: 0.02-0.15; V: 0.00-0.15; other elements <0.05 each and <0.15 in total, remainder aluminium, with Mg<?2.67×Si+2.87, solution heat treating and quenching, pre-tempering, ageing for 72 hours to 6 months, stamping, tempering at a temperature of around 205° C. with a dwell time of 180 to 480 minutes or tempering at an equivalent time and temperature, painting and “bake hardening” at a temperature of 150 to 190° C. for 15 to 30 min. The invention also relates to a stamped motor vehicle bodywork or shell-structure component, further referred to as “body in white” produced by such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CONSTELLIUM NEUF-BRISACH
    Inventors: Estelle Muller, Olivier Rebuffet, Guillaume Delgrange
  • Patent number: 10773652
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component is disclosed. The component may comprise a base, a cover moveable between closed and open positions and a handle. The handle may be retracted when the cover is closed and extended when the cover is open. The handle may move toward the retracted position when the cover moves from the open position to the closed position. The component may comprise a mechanism to engage the base to move the handle. The mechanism may comprise a spring to bias or move the handle. The component may comprise a spring to move the cover from the closed to the open position. The component may comprise at least one of a console, a floor console, a center console, a storage compartment, an arm rest. The cover may comprise at least one of a door, a tambour door, a shade, a blind, a roller blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher James Harmelink, Gregory M. Karbowski, Danny Brian Larsen, Jonathan Alan Dykstra
  • Patent number: 10775136
    Abstract: An armor system for protecting vehicles and other equipment against projectiles and similar threats. A track is mounted on the equipment, and an upper sled and lower sled are moveably attached to the track. An armor panel is pivotally attached to one sled and is pivotally attached with arms to the other sled. The two sleds are independently actuated along the track, such that their relative positions determine both the translational and rotational position of the armor panel. The armor panel can be quickly rotated from an undeployed position against the vehicle through a desired arc outward from the vehicle, which increases the edge-on or nearly edge-on presentation of the armor panel to the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: James D. Walker, Daniel J. Pomerening, Kristopher C. Kozak, Nicholas J. Mueschke, Isaias S. Chocron, Gregory N. Wattis, Jesse A. Beavers, Oliver P. Harrison, Stephan J. Lemmer, Neal A. Seegmiller
  • Patent number: 10766535
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear part structure includes a rear side frame. The rear side frame includes a general part and a slope part. The general part extends substantially horizontally in at least one of an upper surface and a lower surface. The slope part extends so as to slope downward from the general part. A curved part is formed at a boundary between the general part and the slope part. The rear side frame includes two components which are a front side member and a rear side member. The curved part is provided on a joint part between the front side member and the rear side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Muramatsu, Shunsuke Kurai
  • Patent number: 10766425
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bumper protection device and a motor vehicle including the same. A method of use is also disclosed. An example bumper protection device includes, among other things, a protective strip moveable between a retracted position and an extended position, a spring biasing the protective strip to the extended position, and a closure arranged such that movement of the closure to a closed position urges the protective strip to the retracted position, and such that movement of the closure to an open position permits movement of the protective strip to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Claudia Herudek, David van Bebber
  • Patent number: 10766364
    Abstract: A vehicle dashboard structure is provided. A steering unit of a vehicle is provided with a screen-included dashboard. The screen-included dashboard includes a screen-based display zone, which is operable to display different message modes. The steering unit includes a steering grip, which is provided with a control operator seat, which is provided with a control operator module that is operable to control the screen-based display zone for switching of the different message displaying mode. As such, one the one hand, switching of the display mode contents of the screen-based display zone is made easy to ensure riding safety of a rider, and on the other hand, the space of the control operator seat that is provided on the steering grip can be better used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Yang Tsai, Nai-Kun Yeh, Cheng-Tao Cheng
  • Patent number: 10766537
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure that includes: a pair of rockers arranged at each of two outer sides of a vehicle width direction of a floor panel of a vehicle, the rockers extending in a vehicle front-and-rear direction; and a plurality of cross-members that are arranged with length directions thereof in the vehicle width direction, both length direction end portions of each cross-member being fixed to the pair of rockers, and the cross-members being disposed to be spaced in the vehicle front-and-rear direction. A separation distance between neighboring cross-members in the vehicle front-and-rear direction is specified such that a bending reaction force of the rockers in response to an impact load applied during a side collision of the vehicle is equal to or greater than the impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kyosuke Kawase
  • Patent number: 10766541
    Abstract: A front pillar structure includes a first skeleton portion, a second skeleton portion extending along the first skeleton portion with a gap therebetween, and a connecting member. A cross-section of the first skeleton portion is a hollow closed cross-section and a width of the first skeleton portion in a horizontal direction orthogonal to a gaze direction of a driver seated in a driver's seat is equal to or less than a standard pupillary distance. A cross-section of the second skeleton portion is a hollow closed cross-section and a width of the second skeleton portion in the horizontal direction orthogonal to the gaze direction is equal to or less than the standard pupillary distance. The connecting member is transparent and is disposed between the first skeleton portion and the second skeleton portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koki Ikeda, Motoya Sakabe, Kazuki Komoriya, Kazuyoshi Ogata
  • Patent number: 10766432
    Abstract: A door trim includes a door trim base that has a fitting hole, and an ornament. The ornament has a fitting lug, and is configured to be attached to the door trim base with the fitting lug fitted into the fitting hole. The ornament includes an ornament base in which the fitting lug is provided and a high-brittleness portion that is fixed to the ornament base and of which at least a portion is more brittle than the ornament base and the door trim base and the ornament are connected to each other by a strap that has an excess length when the fitting lug is fitted into the fitting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Fujita, Manabu Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10766545
    Abstract: An aerodynamic deflector device for a wheel of a motor vehicle, including: a support that is elongate and designed to be mounted on a motor vehicle; a deflecting wall mounted such that it is movable on the support between a retracted position in which the deflecting wall is raised in relation to the support in the mounted state, and a deployed position in which the deflecting wall is lowered in relation to the support in the mounted state; and an actuator designed to move the deflecting wall between the retracted and deployed positions. The deflecting wall is mounted such that it can be rotatably moved on the support about an axis of rotation oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the support and driven by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Christophe Thullier, Sylvain Gerber
  • Patent number: 10759367
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bumper beam including an outer face, a plate elongated along the outer face, a plurality of ribs elongated from the plate transverse to a direction of elongation of the plate, and a plurality of cylinders each fixed to one of the ribs and spaced from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque, Ninad Trifale, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Dean M. Jaradi, Nirmal Muralidharan, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 10759478
    Abstract: A structural member (10) includes: a hat member (1); and a closing plate (2). The hat member (1) includes: a top-surface portion (1a); a pair of side walls (1b) extending from both edges of the top-surface portion (1a); and flanges (1c). The closing plate (2) is in contact with the flanges (1c). Each of the side walls (1b) includes a low-strength portion (1s) extending from one edge of the side wall (1b) to a position at a distance Sh. The distance Sh is 20 to 40% of the height H of the side wall (1b). The yield strength of the low-strength portion (1s) is 60 to 85% of the yield strength of the side wall (1b) as measured at a position (1mid) of one-half of the height of the side wall (1b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Hirose, Yuichi Ishimori, Hiroshi Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 10752184
    Abstract: A trim strip assembly for a vehicle and method of making the same is provided. The trim strip assembly includes a first trim portion. The first trim portion has a polymeric base and a first decorative member bonded to the polymeric base. The polymeric base is formed of polymeric material molded to the first decorative member. The polymeric base includes a first coupling member. A second trim portion has an extruded base and a second decorative member bonded to the extruded base. The extruded base and the second decorative member are coextruded. The extruded base includes a second coupling member. The first coupling member is bonded to the second coupling member to interconnect the first trim portion and the second trim portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Husek, Daniel Slavik, Achim Grüter
  • Patent number: 10752295
    Abstract: A sleeper panel is provided for use with each of the passenger and driver sides of a sleeper cab. The entire upper ends of the sleeper panels have a top flange which is secured to the underside of the sleeper cab. Structure is provided to maintain the curved portions of the sleeper panel in their desired radius of curvature. A cab panel is also described which is ideally suited for use on a truck cab so as to be positioned forwardly of the sleeper panels thereby providing an esthetic appearance to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Adam J. Wurzer, Terry D. Wurzer, David T. Wurzer
  • Patent number: 10752297
    Abstract: An extendable safety rail assembly for an utility trailer is provided. The assembly includes: a plurality of extendable side rails, provided with a set of horizontally tubular bars rails braced along the length thereof for rigidity on stationary sleeve assemblies, terminating with a set of vertical end posts at each rail end, each post adaptable for vertical movement slidably fitting inside suitably sized sleeves of stationary sleeve assemblies mounted onto trailer sides; and a locking mechanism is adapted to lock at least one of extendable side rail of the plurality of extendable safety rails at different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Rick Bullis