Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • Patent number: 10974559
    Abstract: A wheel suspension link including a structure connection location for connecting the link to a vehicle structure and a wheel carrier connection location connecting the link to a wheel carrier. The structure connection location and wheel carrier connection location arranged on a link member extending along a link plane. The link member including a base member formed in a materially integral manner from a discontinuously reinforced plastic material. The link member including a reinforcement, containing continuous fibers, connected to the reinforced plastic material. In one embodiment, the reinforcement limited with respect to the link plane to a first region of the link member while the base member extends into a second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mainz, Rainer Souschek, Pascal Brandt
  • Patent number: 10974688
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body portion, an opening defined by the body portion, and an extendable bumper that is positioned in the opening and is moveable with respect to the body portions between an extended position and a retracted position. The extendable bumper includes an inflatable structure that causes movement of the extendable bumper between the retracted position and the extended position in response to inflation and deflation of the inflatable structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Juan A. Lazaro, Erik Mikael Fermer, Alice C. Watts, Tommaso P. Rivellini, Christian Schermaier, John Raff, Derek C. Scott, David E. Kingman, Bryce A. Woollard, Samuel G. Fowle, Mark B. Rober, Ibuki Kamei, Donald R. Monroe, Jesse T. Buehler, Paul D. Yeomans
  • Patent number: 10967900
    Abstract: A compound energy absorption system for a steering column may include different first and second energy absorption mechanisms. The first energy absorption mechanism may involve a slide that deforms a deformation strip in a crash event. The second energy absorption mechanism may involve an energy absorbing strap and a carrier, with the energy absorbing strap being configured to bend and/or tear in a crash event. The energy absorbing strap, the carrier, the deformation strip, and the slide may be packaged compactly in series along an inner jacket tube of the steering column such that the carrier and the deformation strip move relative to the slide and a portion of the energy absorbing strap in a crash event. A pyrotechnic switch, a solenoid, or the like may selectively couple or decouple the second energy absorption mechanism depending on the severity or anticipated severity of a crash event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Christian Pichonnat, Kevin Templin, Bryce Welch, Justin Yoho
  • Patent number: 10960839
    Abstract: An occupant protection apparatus includes a seat arrangement determination unit that determines the arrangement of seats and a collision determination unit that determines information about collision occurring to a vehicle. A deployment control unit deploys an airbag when the direction of the seat and the direction of the seat determined by the scat arrangement determination unit (94) are opposed to each other, and the direction of the collision determined by the collision determination unit is on the front side of the seat, or on the front side of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Imura, Naotoshi Takemura, Yoshihisa Sugamata, Yusuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10940735
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle control apparatus and a vehicle control method, including: a sensor configured to sense a vehicle speed value, operation information of an actuator for generating a torque in a stabilizer bar of an active roller stabilizer (ARS), and operation information of the stabilizer bar; and a controller configured to calculate a target torque value that is to be generated in the stabilizer bar on the basis of the sensed vehicle speed value, the sensed operation information of the actuator, and the sensed operation information of the stabilizer bar, and to determine whether the sensed vehicle speed value is a target vehicle speed value that is set to perform an ARS control mode, and in response to the sensed vehicle speed value determined to be the target vehicle speed value, and determine a deadband period in which a torque of the actuator is not transmitted, using a change value of a torque value and a change state of the torque value while the torque value is tracing the calculated target torq
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Sa-Rang Cha
  • Patent number: 10933708
    Abstract: A longitudinal leaf spring device for suspending a motor vehicle body or chassis on a vehicle axle thereof. Leaf spring device including an elongated leaf spring unit, a coupling device connecting the leaf spring unit to the vehicle axle, and suspension unit arranged in a substantially vertical direction between a chassis and the axle. The suspension unit including suspension elements providing a spring-back force in the vertical direction and producing an active connection between the chassis and the axle when the distance between the chassis and axle exceeds a predetermined first deflection depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wolfgang David, Paul Zandbergen, Thomas Gerhards, Ralf Hintzen, Marc Simon, Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10906371
    Abstract: Integrated multiple actuator electro-hydraulic systems as well as their methods of use are described. Depending on the particular application, the integrated electro-hydraulic systems may exhibit different frequency responses and/or may be integrated into a single combined unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Belter, Clive Tucker, Marco Giovanardi, Jack A. Ekchian, Zackary Martin Anderson, John A. Laplante
  • Patent number: 10899306
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a side curtain airbag and a tether. The side curtain airbag includes an outboard side and an inboard side, and the inboard side including a protrusion. The tether includes a central seam, a first extension attached at the outboard side, a second extension attached at the inboard side above the protrusion, and a third extension attached at the inboard side below the protrusion. The extensions are attached to each other at the central seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Yun Cai
  • Patent number: 10899307
    Abstract: A deployable headrest airbag includes an airbag chamber configured to be coupled to a headrest of a vehicle seat. The airbag chamber has a stowed position and a deployed position. In stowed position, the airbag chamber is disposed inside the headrest. In the deployed position, the deployable headrest airbag is disposed outside of the headrest to protect a head and a neck of a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chin-Hsu Lin, Yi-Pen Cheng
  • Patent number: 10889261
    Abstract: A system includes a first anchor that is disposed adjacent an upper portion of a seat back and that is selectively positionable between a first position on a first axis and a second position along the first axis. The system further includes a second anchor disposed adjacent a lower portion of the seat back. The second anchor is selectively coupled to the first anchor. The system further includes a third anchor disposed adjacent the lower portion of the seat back, the third anchor being selectively coupled to the second anchor and separated by a distance on a second axis from the second anchor. The first anchor, the second anchor, and the third anchor are jointly positionable when the second anchor is coupled to the first anchor and when the third anchor is coupled to the second anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp Charopoulos, Lukas Satas, John J. Baker, Jonathon R. Folks, Andrew W. Kooker
  • Patent number: 10882556
    Abstract: A bushing for an independent suspension assembly, said suspension assembly being adapted to pivot relative to a trailer or a vehicle frame, the bushing comprising: a sleeve body having a substantially cylindrical outer surface for engaging the suspension assembly; and an inner bore of the sleeve body extending along a first longitudinal axis, said first axis being eccentrically disposed with respect to a second longitudinal axis of the cylindrical outer surface; wherein during use the bore is adapted for engaging a spindle and allowing the suspension assembly to pivot relative to the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Cruisemaster Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Deon Van Deventer, Brayden Minetto
  • Patent number: 10875488
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes an inflator and an airbag. The inflator is configured to supply gas. The airbag is configured to deploy to surround a sitting position of a passenger by the gas supplied from the inflator. One end of the airbag is supported on an upper portion of a vehicle, and the other end of the airbag contacts an in-vehicle member and is supported by the in-vehicle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Shota Kanegae
  • Patent number: 10864790
    Abstract: A method for producing a mounting arrangement for a link of a motor vehicle suspension that is or can be pivotably mounted on a subframe of the motor vehicle, having the following steps: providing the subframe, which has a first and a second mounting flange for mounting the link; providing at least one intermediate product of a bracket; integrally joining the intermediate product to a mounting flange of the subframe by welding; forming an elongated hole in the intermediate product by punching of the same; and forming at least one stop on the intermediate product for an adjusting eccentric for chassis adjustment by stamping the intermediate product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Behn
  • Patent number: 10850735
    Abstract: A vehicle driveline including a first axle assembly having a first drive ratio. A second axle assembly in selective driving engagement with the first axle assembly, the first and second axle assemblies having a second drive ratio when in driving engagement. A control system in electrical communication with the first and second axle assemblies, wherein the control system selectively engages the second axle assembly with the first axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Scott A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10843658
    Abstract: A seat system for a motor vehicle has at least one vehicle seat, which can be adjusted between a first position in the forward direction of travel of the motor vehicle, and a second position counter to the forward direction of travel of the motor vehicle. A safety belt device is provided to secure an occupant seated in the vehicle seat in the first and second position. An optimized system in terms of weight, complexity and manufacturing costs, has the safety belt device include a respective belt system, held on corresponding holding points on the motor vehicle body-in-white side, for the first and for the second position of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Boese, Matthias Franz, Harald Lathwesen
  • Patent number: 10829074
    Abstract: An inflatable knee airbag having a flexible housing is disclosed. An inflatable knee airbag may provide protection for the lower anatomy of an occupant in a vehicle collision event. The disclosed inflatable knee airbag may include components, such as the inflatable airbag cushion, inflator, etc., within a flexible housing supported by a rigid or semi-rigid mounting plate. The flexible housing may conform to the shape of enclosed components, and may support and protect the enclosed components. The flexible housing may be lighter and more cost-effective than conventional housing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: James Ernie Jacobson
  • Patent number: 10829080
    Abstract: A side airbag apparatus which allows a reduced amount of base fabric and, enables gas to flow efficiently inside the cushion. An inflator (110) supplies gas, a cushion (104) in which base fabrics are formed into a bag shape and inflates and deploys to protect an occupant (118) during a vehicle emergency, a base fabric joint portion (120) which is provided to join main panels 108a and 108b of the cushion (104) in a linear manner and partitions the cushion (104) into a rear chamber (114), a front chamber (116), and an opening (123) provided midway along the base fabric joint portion (120). The base fabric joint portion (120) includes vent forming portions 125a and 125b arranged in two rows which extend from both ends of the opening (123) towards the front chamber (116) or rear chamber (114) and form a projecting vent (124). The projecting vent (124) permits flow of gas between the rear chamber (114) and the front chamber (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Yutaka Nakajima, Hideho Fukuda, Mitsuo Nogami, Yuto Kobayashi, Makoto Fuma
  • Patent number: 10829177
    Abstract: A rolling motor vehicle (4) comprising a forecarriage frame (16), at least one pair of front wheels (10?), a rolling kinematic mechanism (20) to which each wheel (10?) is connected by means of a respective axle journal (60), a roll control system (100) comprising a rod (110) which connects the two front wheels (10?) directly to each other at the respective axle journals (60), the roll movements of the two front wheels (10?) and of the respective axle journals (60) causing changes in the lying position of said rod (110) with respect to a vertical projection plane which is transverse to a centre line plane of the motor vehicle (4), the rod (110) is usable directly or indirectly by the driver (P) as a command element to control the rolling movements of the two front wheels (10?) without having to put his feet on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. SPA
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 10821797
    Abstract: A disclosed vehicle wheel sensor module includes a housing having a mount portion for attachment to a vehicle suspension assembly, a wheel speed sensor supported within the housing, a ride height sensor including a lever movable responsive to movement of a vehicle suspension component and a single connector providing electrical communication with the wheel speed sensor and the ride height sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Lee Mawhinney, Steven J. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10800368
    Abstract: A pair of first airbags and a pair of second airbags are stowed in opposing regions of side wall portions of a vehicle seat. The first airbags are positioned at a seat front side relative to a shoulder area of a seat occupant in a seat side view. The second airbags are positioned at the seat front side relative to a waist area of the seat occupant in the seat side view. The pair of first airbags and the pair of second airbags are supplied with gas, inflate and expand towards the seat width direction inner sides thereof, and are structured such that each pair of airbags, in the inflated and expanded states thereof, push against one another at a seat width direction middle side of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa