Patents Examined by Karen Beck
  • Patent number: 10894458
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a frame module carrying an electric motor unit and a suspension including, for each wheel, upper and lower oscillating arms connected to a wheel support by swivel joints which define a steering axis of the wheel. The suspension includes two shock absorber devices arranged in horizontal positions and along directions transversal with respect to a vehicle longitudinal direction, which is carried by the frame module centrally on the vehicle. Each shock absorber cylinder is operatively connected to a respective oscillating arm by an oscillating linkage member. Brake discs are arranged at remote positions with respect to the wheels, on two output shafts at two opposite sides of the motor unit, which, in one example, includes two electric motors and two respective gear reducer units from which project the output shafts carrying the brake discs; the latter connected to wheel hubs by respective drive shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gaetano Battaglia, Daniele Bruno, Luca Dusini, Fabio Gerbino
  • Patent number: 10894558
    Abstract: A steering system includes a steering shaft, a fixed bracket, a column jacket, and a lock mechanism. The lock mechanism includes an insertion shaft, an operation member, a first pressing member, a second pressing member, and a drive mechanism. The lock mechanism is configured to lock a position of the column jacket relative to the fixed bracket after the tilt adjustment. The drive mechanism is configured to move at least one of the first pressing member and the second pressing member so that the first pressing member and the second pressing member approach each other in an insertion axis direction of the insertion shaft along with rotation of the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Takuya Suzuki, Akio Osuka
  • Patent number: 10875374
    Abstract: A frame unit for utility vehicles includes outer and inner parts and a transverse region, wherein the transverse region extends substantially transversely to the outer part and/or the inner part, wherein the transverse region is integrally formed with the outer part or the inner part, the outer part and/or the inner part has a fastening region for being secured to a vehicle frame, the outer part has an outer bearing region and the inner part has an inner bearing region, an axle guide can be arranged between the outer and inner bearing regions and can be secured to the bearing regions such that the axle guide can pivot about a bearing axis, and wherein the transverse region secures the outer part and/or the inner part against pivoting about an orthogonal in relation to the bearing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SAF-HOLLAND GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Borde, Muhammet Arpaci, Philipp Bergmann
  • Patent number: 10864882
    Abstract: An airbag apparatus includes an airbag's bag body that inflates to be spread such that a front side and both sides of an occupant are surrounded. The airbag's bag body includes a first bag body, a second bag body, and a third bag body which are integrally formed. In a state in which the first bag body, the second bag body, and the third bag body have inflated to be spread, a lower portion of each of the bag bodies is disposed to be further attracted to the occupant side than an upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuya Obayashi, Seiji Kobata, Masahiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10843721
    Abstract: A steering column may include an inner casing tube that rotatably mounts a steering shaft, an outer casing unit in which the inner casing tube is displaceable and fixable in an axial direction, and an energy absorption device operatively disposed between the casing tube and the casing unit. The energy absorption device absorbs at least some energy in a crash event when the casing tube is telescopically displaced relative to the casing unit. The energy absorption device may have at least two deformation strips fastened to the casing tube, and a deformation slide may be disposed on each strip. Each deformation slide may be connected to the casing unit and may encompass and jam external narrow sides of the respective deformation strip so that each deformation slide deforms the respective deformation strip when the deformation slide in a crash event is displaced in the axial direction on the deformation strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Markus Domig
  • Patent number: 10822037
    Abstract: A frame for an off road vehicle includes main beams establishing a base plane. Mounting beams, which can be used to support forces from the swing arm of a rear suspension, are spaced outside the main beams and within the base plane, running longitudinally in line with the swing arms of the rear suspension. Right and left longitudinal beams start within the base plane, but rise to their trailing ends so as to not interfere with the suspension travel of the swing arms as they extend back inward over the swing arms. Front and rear support columns can further attach into, secure and support the mounting beams and the longitudinal beams. All of the beams and columns can be formed by cutting cylindrical tubing to length and then curving the cylindrical tubing, each piece within a single plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Zhejiang CFMOTO Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Xiong
  • Patent number: 10807427
    Abstract: A chassis portion, for a vehicle chassis, including a chassis rail 33b, a cross member 35a, a suspension hanger 51 integral, fastened or fastenable to the cross member, and an arrangement for clamping, a portion of the chassis rail, between a portion of the hanger and a portion of the cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FUWA K Hitch Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Zecan Lin
  • Patent number: 10807554
    Abstract: A side curtain airbag module comprises an airbag having a plurality of fastening flaps that are configured to be fastened to the body of a vehicle; a ramp to guide deployment of the airbag, the ramp has at least one fastener configured to be fastened to a vehicle body; means for securing the ramp to the airbag by relative movement of airbag and ramp, whereby in a mounting condition of the airbag module the ramp fasteners are at least in part housed by the airbag flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Floersheimer
  • Patent number: 10800223
    Abstract: An air suspension system includes a tank, a tank-side open/close valve, an air suspension-side open/close valve, a system portion, and the like. The system portion includes a compressor, an air drier, and a first passage and a second passage provided between the tank-side open/close valve and the air suspension-side open/close valve in parallel, a discharge valve, a tank-side control valve, an air suspension-side control valve, and the like. Due to this configuration, the air suspension system regenerates the air drier by opening the discharge valve to thus cause the air in the second passage to flow from an opposite side toward one side of the air drier when no power is supplied to the tank-side control valve and the air suspension-side control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Kan Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10800353
    Abstract: A utility vehicle powertrain enclosure includes an engine and a transmission mounted to a carrier under a utility vehicle cargo box and substantially enclosed by the carrier and a plurality of panels. The carrier has a forward end pivotably attached to a frame member of the utility vehicle, and sides flexibly connected to panels alongside the engine, and a rearward end mounted to the utility vehicle with a pair of suspension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian D. Seegert, Vilas Chaudhari, Sandeep Burli
  • Patent number: 10800456
    Abstract: A subframe for a rear axle of a motor vehicle includes a transverse structure and a steering device for wheels of the motor vehicle which are fastened to the rear axle. In the installed state of the subframe in the motor vehicle, the transverse structure extends in the transverse direction of the motor vehicle. The transverse structure includes an upper transverse structure element and a lower transverse structure element. The steering device is arranged between the upper transverse structure element and the lower transverse structure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lutz Bauer
  • Patent number: 10787141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (AGS) for controlling the air intake for a front face module for a motor vehicle, comprising shutters (SHT1, SHT2), an actuator (ACT) arranged so as to control the shutters (SHT1, SHT2), and a flexible connection (STR, ROD) connecting the actuator (ACT) to the shutters (SHT1, SHT2), which can displace the actuator (ACT) in order to prevent it (ACT) from causing damage to an entity (PED, OBS) in the event of a collusion between the motor vehicle and said entity (PED, OBS). The invention also relates to a front face module for a motor vehicle comprising such an air intake control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Frédéric Vacca, Enzo Mitidieri
  • Patent number: 10766450
    Abstract: A side airbag device including an airbag (2); an inflator (3); and an inner tube (4) formed of a fabric and covering discharge holes (3a) of the inflator (3). The inner tube (4) protrudes toward a center of the airbag (2) in a deployed state and a first end (4b) is closed in the direction of gas discharge, and second ends (4c) that are in a vehicle height direction of the airbag (2) in the deployed state are open. The inner tube (4) is folded back at a folded-back portion (4d) inside the airbag (2) when the airbag (2) is folded in a case where the side airbag device is installed in a vehicle seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Naoki Hatakeyama, Atsushi Murai
  • Patent number: 10766519
    Abstract: A steering column (10), comprising: a base (20); an upper section (50) connected to the base (20), wherein the upper section (50) is movable relative to the base (20) with respect to at least two degrees of freedom; an actuation lever (60) connected to the upper section (50) and operable between a locked position, in which the actuation lever (60) is in stable equilibrium and constrains both degrees of freedom of the upper section (50) relative to the base (20), and two distinct unlocked positions, each of which respectively releases one of the two degrees of freedom of the upper section (50) relative to the base (20); wherein, in the two unlocked positions, the actuation lever (60) is located in two distinct respective stable equilibrium positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Massimiliano Casini
  • Patent number: 10752069
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension is provided, including an axle having an axle body with an exterior surface, a main trailing arm shell portion having a first axle engagement surface configured for engaging a first portion of the exterior surface, and a second trailing arm shell portion having a second axle engagement surface configured for engaging a second portion of the exterior surface. Upon assembly to the axle, the main trailing arm shell portion and the second trailing arm shell portion engage more than 180° of a curvature of the exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth Wall, Michael G. Ochse
  • Patent number: 10752075
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a sprung mass including a cabin coupled to a chassis, tractive assemblies engaging the chassis, each tractive assembly including a pair of tractive elements, gas springs coupling the tractive elements to the sprung mass, and a controller operatively coupled to pressure sensors. Each gas spring is configured to impart an upward force on the sprung mass. The upward force varies based on a pressure of a pressurized gas within a chamber of the gas spring. Each pressure sensor is configured to provide a signal indicative of the pressure of the pressurized gas within one of the chambers. The controller is configured to determine a weight of the sprung mass using the signals from the pressure sensors. The controller is configured to monitor at least one operational condition of the vehicle and determine whether or not to disable determination of the weight based on the operational condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Shukla, Ron Zhang, David Hansen
  • Patent number: 10753404
    Abstract: A steering device includes an inner shaft and an outer shaft. The inner shaft includes an axial member provided on an axial line, a first abutting member provided on an outer circumference of the axial member, and a second abutting member disposed adjacent to the first abutting member, and having a different hardness from that of the first abutting member. An abutting member support of the axial member where the first abutting member and the second abutting member are provided is formed in a shape other than a circular shape. The outer shaft includes a torque transmitting member which abuts only either the first abutting member or the second abutting member and which is capable of transmitting torque only with the abutting member that is abutting the torque transmitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Toru Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10744832
    Abstract: A control arm includes a pair of mounting portions provided separately from each other and a main body portion extending in a X-direction and connecting the pair of mounting portions. At a cross-section perpendicular to the X-direction at a position along the X-direction, the main body portion includes: a first V-shaped member having a first apex and opening from the first apex in a V-shape toward one side in a Y-direction, and a second V-shaped member having a second apex and opening from the second apex in a V-shape toward the other side in the Y-direction. At the cross-section, the first apex and the second apex are joined. At a cross-section perpendicular to the X-direction at the center position of the main body portion in the X-direction, an opening angle of the first V-shaped member and an opening angle of the second V-shaped member are each no more than 150°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Yujiro Tatsumi, Kenichiro Otsuka, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Masanori Yasuyama, Hitoshi Sakuma, Ayaka Musha
  • Patent number: 10730471
    Abstract: An airbag device includes: a gas generator which is extended along an axial line thereof and which includes: a generator body including a gas injection section at one end section; and an installing protrusion protruding from an outer face of the generator body; and an airbag which includes a bag body developed and inflated by an inflation gas supplied from the gas injection section. The gas generator and the airbag are installed on a vehicle by the installing protrusion. The bag body includes an insertion port having a size allowing the gas injection section to pass through and not allowing a portion of the gas generator provided with the installing protrusion to pass through. The gas injection section is disposed inside the bag body, and the installing protrusion is disposed outside the bag body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTDA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuya Nakano
  • Patent number: 10723225
    Abstract: A PTO transmission includes a PTO control system, an input shaft, a first output shaft, a parallel intermediate shaft, a second output shaft coaxially disposed with respect to the first output shaft, four gear pairs disposed so that the input shaft comprises two gears, the first output shaft comprises three gears, the intermediate shaft comprises two gears, and the second output shaft comprises one gear. Two gear pairs are in engagement between the input shaft and the first output shaft, one gear pair is in engagement between the first output shaft and the intermediate shaft, and one gear pair is in engagement between the input shaft and the second output shaft. At least one gear of each gear pair is shiftable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: David Müller, Rainer Gugel