Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • Patent number: 11975676
    Abstract: The invention describes an airbag (10), in particular a head side airbag (10) or a head-thorax side airbag, including at least two opposite fabric layers (12, 14) which form at least one inner wall (13) and one outer wall (15) of the airbag (10), wherein the airbag (10) is manufactured in one piece by a multi-layer weaving process in which the fabric layers (12, 14) are interwoven at least in a peripheral region (16), with a gas generator mount (18) for an external gas generator (20) being disposed in either of the two fabric layers (12, 14). The invention further describes an airbag module (8) comprising an airbag (10) according to the invention as well as a method for manufacturing a one-piece-woven airbag (10) and a method for manufacturing an airbag module (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Tatjana Schmid
  • Patent number: 11964530
    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: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: ClearMotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Belter, Clive Tucker, Marco Giovanardi, Jack A. Ekchian, Zackary Martin Anderson, John A. Laplante
  • Patent number: 11964522
    Abstract: Techniques and/or systems are disclosed for an implement attachment assembly for a work vehicle. The implement attachment assembly includes a member having a body extending longitudinally between a first end and a second end. The first end includes a central axis disposed at a first height relative to a member vertical axis and the second end includes a central axis disposed at a second height relative to the member vertical axis. The first end central axis is operably disposed at a different height than the second end central axis. The first end is configured to operably connect to the work vehicle. The second end is configured to operably connect to a coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Digvijay A. Bhosale, Benjamin J. Heimbuch, Dennis A. Bowman, Jacob J. Foxen, Grant M. Ubben
  • Patent number: 11958431
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a vehicle body having a body side. A seat is adjacent the body side. The seat includes a seatback and a seat bottom extending in a seat-forward direction from the seatback. The seatback and seat bottom defines an occupant-seating area. A head airbag is mounted to the seatback and is inflatable over the occupant-seating area. A knee airbag is mounted to the body side. The knee airbag is inflatable from the body side to an inflated position. The knee airbag in the inflated position is adjacent to the seat bottom in the seat-forward direction from the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raed Essa EL-Jawahri, Marcos Silva Kondrad
  • Patent number: 11959548
    Abstract: A method of controlling an axle assembly. The method may include removing an actuator that is adapted to actuate a shift collar from a housing of the axle assembly, installing a positioning mechanism in place of the actuator, and securing the positioning mechanism to the housing of the axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Martin, Andrew Bodary, Brian Hayes
  • Patent number: 11958354
    Abstract: A foldable pedal apparatus of an autonomous vehicle and a method for controlling an operation thereof, includes an accelerator pedal assembly generating an acceleration-related signal and a brake pedal assembly generating a brake-related signal during a driver's operation, in which in an autonomous driving mode, an accelerator pedal assembly and a brake pedal assembly move forward and are fixed to a position as they are combined with a front inclined surface of a footrest panel, and in a manual driving mode, they move and are fixed to a position where a driver can comfortably operate them, so that in case of switchover from the autonomous driving mode to the manual driving mode, the switchover to the manual driving mode becomes possible only in a state where all safety conditions for directivity of a driver's seat and positions of an accelerator pedal assembly and a brake pedal assembly are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 11951928
    Abstract: A roof airbag for a vehicle includes: an airbag cushion located at a roof panel of the vehicle and configured to be unfolded from a first side portion to a second side portion of the roof panel during an operation of the airbag cushion; a first seam portion extended in a direction intersected with an unfolded direction of the airbag cushion and allowing upper and lower surfaces of the airbag cushion to be in contact with each other; and an inflator coupled to the first side portion of the roof panel, and connected to the airbag cushion and configured to inject gas into the airbag cushion so as to allow the airbag cushion to be unfolded from the first side portion to the second side portion of the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Oh Lee, Byung Ho Min, Do Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11945394
    Abstract: A curtain airbag is configured to include a sub chamber to simplify a structure of the curtain airbag and to improve deployment performance of an airbag cushion. The curtain airbag includes a main chamber of the airbag cushion fixed to an upper end inside a vehicle body and configured to be deployed downward, the sub chamber of the airbag cushion configured to be deployed from an upper portion of a pillar trim located inside the vehicle body and to allow the main chamber to move toward a central region of a vehicle, and a cushion cover configured to cover the main chamber and the sub chamber while being folded, wherein the sub chamber is folded with an upper end thereof located higher than a folding center of the main chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Geon Woong Moon
  • Patent number: 11945393
    Abstract: A foot protection device for a driver (34) of a vehicle including pedals comprises an inflatable first airbag (40) located beneath at least one pedal (10, 12) which, in the inflated state, extends between a bulkhead (24) delimiting the footwell and the associated pedal (10, 12). The first airbag (40) in the inflated state and in a lateral view extends from the bulkhead (24) to the front side of the pedal (10, 12) and laterally encloses the pedal (10, 12) to prevent the foot from bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Werner Freisler, Markus Schlipf
  • Patent number: 11938889
    Abstract: An air bag is configured to be miniaturized by a foldable structure of an air bag cushion in a driver seat and to safely protect a driver by enlarging a protection area thereof, and the air bag includes a first folded part configured to be folded in a vertical direction of an air bag cushion, and wherein the first folded part is unfolded in deployment to increase a vertical length of the air bag cushion, and a second folded part configured to be folded in leftward and rightward directions of the air bag cushion, and wherein the second folded part is unfolded in deployment to increase a transverse length of the air bag cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Geun Choi
  • Patent number: 11938878
    Abstract: An occupant constraint system may include a belt marker on a seat belt in a passenger compartment of the vehicle for restraining a passenger during a collision. The occupant constraint system may include a camera system for producing marker position data that is indicative of a position of the marker, and a physical characteristic estimator that is uses the marker position data to produce a physical characteristic estimate of a physical characteristic estimate of the passenger. The occupant constraint system may include a passenger related system having a passenger function and the passenger related system may control the passenger function based at least in part on the physical characteristic estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Markus Jost
  • Patent number: 11938881
    Abstract: An airbag cushion is configured to increase a deployment supporting force thereof to prevent a risk of passenger injury, and includes a main chamber configured to be deployed from a steering wheel toward a passenger, and an air frame chamber configured to protrude and be deployed behind the main chamber into a rib shape and to support the main chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Oh Koang Kwon
  • Patent number: 11932302
    Abstract: A compact electric transport device that is convertible between a stowed configuration and a riding configuration is described. In one embodiment, a foldable steering assembly for an electric transport device includes a steering column disposed within an opening along a top surface of the electric transport device. The steering column has a horizontal orientation that extends along a length of the electric transport device within the opening in a folded position. The foldable steering assembly also includes a steering shaft connected to an axle of a wheel of the electric transport device. The foldable steering assembly further includes a hinge connecting the steering column to the steering shaft. The steering column is configured to transition to a vertical orientation that is perpendicular to the opening along the top surface of the electric transport device in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jackie P. Porchay, Michael J. Kim
  • Patent number: 11932221
    Abstract: A system and method control an automobile by decelerating the automobile at a first deceleration using a braking mechanism in response to detecting that a parking brake switch is turned on, a second deceleration which is smaller than the first deceleration, in response to not detecting that the parking brake switch is turned on and determining that the driver is incapacitated, and a third deceleration which is smaller than the first deceleration, in response to determining that an SOS switch is turned on, detecting that the parking brake switch is changed from on to off, and not determining that the driver is incapacitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Hamada, Yuma Nishijo, Kouichi Kojima, Yoshiyuki Yamashita, Shinya Kyusaka, Yuta Tsuji, Nobuhiro Nonaka, Daisuke Shimizu, Keigo Fukuda, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Taro Oike
  • Patent number: 11927958
    Abstract: An automatic traveling vehicle includes a vehicle structure including a first top plate, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to execute a storage mode when a storage execution condition is satisfied. The storage mode includes a storage posture formation process of causing the vehicle to automatically travel so as to take a predetermined storage posture together with a counterpart automatic traveling vehicle. In the storage posture, the vehicle is in a superposition state in which the vehicle overlaps with the counterpart vehicle in a plan view, or a parallel state in which the vehicle is lined up with the counterpart vehicle while the first top plate and a second top plate of the counterpart vehicle are standing and facing each other so as to be parallel to or substantially parallel to a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Maniwa, Tetsuya Kanata, Yozo Iwami, Yuhei Katsumata, Daisaku Honda, Saki Narita, Hideki Fukudome, Takuya Watabe, Naoko Ichikawa, Yuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11919467
    Abstract: A driver seat airbag device that includes an occupant side panel of a cushion having a larger surface area than that of a steering wheel side panel and a side surface panel that forms the side surface of the cushion; the occupant side panel includes a depressed section recessed toward the steering wheel side and a bulged section in a ring shape positioned surrounding the depressed section; where based on prescribed means pulling toward the steering wheel side, a center area closest to the steering wheel and a first inclined area sloped in a flared shaped from the center area toward the occupant side are formed in the depressed section and a second inclined area continuous with the first inclined area is formed in the bulged section; and the center area and first and second inclined areas restrain the head of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Yutaka Baba, Tin Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11904793
    Abstract: An airbag module (10) comprises an airbag (12) including two outer wall layers (18) which are interconnected at a circumferential joint (22) along a circumferential edge (20) of the airbag (12) and which delimit an interior of the airbag (12) fillable with gas, wherein an opening (26) which is in fluid communication with the fillable interior of the airbag (12) is provided in the circumferential joint (22), and a plug (14) which is permanently inserted in the opening (26). The plug (14) includes a passage (16), and an outer circumferential surface (32) of the plug (14) is sealed against an inner edge (28) of the opening (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: ZF AUTOMOTIVE GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Fischer
  • Patent number: 11904787
    Abstract: An airbag system for a vehicle includes an inflator, and a cushion operably connected to the inflator including a plurality of sealed cushion segments interconnected by a plurality of cushion joints. The activation of the inflator dispenses a flow of inflation gas into the cushion to sequentially inflate the plurality of sealed cushion segments from a stowed state to a deployed state. A passenger compartment of a vehicle includes an instrument panel including at least an upper panel surface and a downward panel surface, and an airbag system located in the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Spencer William Chavez
  • Patent number: 11897408
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger compartment having a roof structure having a front header, a pair of side headers and a rear header. A headliner is disposed beneath the roof structure. At least one inflatable bladder is disposed along at least one of the front header, the pair of side headers and the rear header. The at least one inflatable bladder is connected to an inflator. A rib structure is disposed adjacent to the at least one inflatable bladder. The inflatable bladder inflates to a maximum height of 12 cm below the at least one of the front header, the pair of side headers and the rear header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeff E. Nasca, Daniel W. Booth, Wonhee M. Kim, Peter J. Gareau, William J. Barnes
  • Patent number: 11897412
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a passenger airbag. The passenger airbag according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a main panel, and side panels arranged on both sides of the main panel, wherein the main panel includes a contact part to be in contact with a head of a passenger when the passenger airbag is deployed, and a folded portion partitioning the contact part such that both sides of the contact part protrude as the contact part is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Soo Cho, Min Su Jang