Patents Examined by Keith J Frisby
  • 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
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10787074
    Abstract: An accelerator pedal is located forward of the driver seat. The accelerator pedal is supported by a bracket and is movable by stepping on than accelerator pedal. An accelerator position, sensor is located higher than the bracket and detects a deflection amount of the accelerator pedal. A wire connects the accelerator pedal and the accelerator position sensor to each other. The vehicle can prevent the accelerator position sensor from being splashed with mud and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10787217
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tilting mechanism for wheeled vehicles such as bicycles both electrical and manually powered, motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and the like. The wheeled vehicle, preferably with three wheels or more, driving like a 2-in-line vehicle and handles the same way in the turns and when driving straight. The tilting mechanism for a multiple wheeled vehicle, comprising a tilting mechanism that allows for leaning body and wheels into a turn and independent adjustment of the turning radius, while inducing an effect to the two front wheels similar to Ackerman steering compensation. The principle of the tilting mechanism is a parallelogram structure, which comprises a top rod, a bottom rod and a pair of connecting rods, pivotally connected to each other. To each of the connecting rods a pair of steering elements is pivotally connected and on two steering elements a pair of wheels is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BUTCHERS & BICYCLES APS
    Inventors: Morten Mogensen, Morten Wagener
  • Patent number: 10773564
    Abstract: A swing arm suspension for suspending a rear drive wheel in a three-wheeled electric vehicle has an adjustable arm which allows the tension on the drive belt to be easily adjusted for installing or removing the drive belt or adjusting tension for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRAMECCANICA VEHICLES CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel Stanley Watt, Jerry Kroll, Scott Stuart Hargrove, Henry Reisner, Edward Theobald
  • Patent number: 10766531
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle including a front axle assembly having an axle beam with a slot, a wheel assembly including a steering knuckle coupled to a wheel flange assembly, and a steering sensor pin assembly is provided. The steering sensor pin assembly includes a steering sensor pin having a first end and a second end opposite the first end having a flat face, and a kingpin connected to the steering knuckle. The kingpin has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a hole from the top surface to the bottom surface. The hole is aligned with the slot in the axle beam, and the steering sensor pin is positioned in the hole for coupling the kingpin to the axle beam via the flat face of the steering sensor pin being coupled to the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jensen, Jie Tu
  • Patent number: 10759243
    Abstract: A wheel suspension (1) for a motor vehicle, having a wheel carrier (3) which is mounted so that the wheel carrier (3) can pivot relative to a wheel-guiding control arm (4). The wheel-guiding control arm (4) includes a longitudinal control arm section (4a) with a forward body-side bearing (11) and a transverse control arm section (4b) with a rear body-side bearing (12). The rear body-side bearing (12) is designed as a ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Clemens Hacker, Knut Heidsieck
  • Patent number: 10759371
    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: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10752200
    Abstract: An airbag has a main bag portion that is provided with an occupant protective surface which is disposed to face the occupant and an auxiliary bag portion that can be disposed on the left side of the storage part, between the main bag portion and a vehicle body-side member, when the inflation is completed. The auxiliary bag portion is configured to enable an inflating gas to flow into an inside thereof through the main bag portion, is configured to be inflated under control of a control mechanism in association with a collision mode of a vehicle, and is configured to be interposed between the main bag portion and the vehicle body-side member and to be capable of pushing a region of the occupant protective surface on a side of the auxiliary bag portion, which is inflated, toward a side of the occupant, when the inflation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiko Ishiguro, Ryotaro Ishida, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Wataru Miuta
  • Patent number: 10744919
    Abstract: An operator seat system is provided that includes an operator seat and an armrest control center with an I/O (input/output) system that is connected to and moves with the operator seat. An armrest control center mount system may include a seat mount and an armrest control center mount that are attached to each other with an adjustment system that allows adjustment of the armrest control center with respect to the operator seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Nathan P. Brooks, Steven N. Winkel
  • Patent number: 10744972
    Abstract: A pedestrian protecting device that includes a right air bag device, a left air bag device, G sensors, and an ECU. The air bags include respective tip end portions which vertically overlap each other at a middle portion of a vehicle when the air bags are deployed. The ECU executes a time difference deployment control operation of: when a pedestrian collision position is located at a left side of the middle portion of the vehicle, operating the air bag devices such that a deployment of the right air bag is completed before a deployment of the left air bag is completed; and when the collision position is located at a right side of the middle portion of the vehicle, operating the air bag devices such that the deployment of the left air bag is completed before the deployment of the right air bag is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Ryouji Funahashi, Tsutomu Watanabe, Susumu Kuroda, Motoharu Sato, Yuji Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10736479
    Abstract: A drive-wheel suspension mechanism for a smart movable device and a smart movable device, include a drive wheel bracket, a gearbox and a resilient reset member. The drive wheel bracket is provided with at least one set of sliding slot assembly arranged oppositely. The sliding slot assembly includes two first sliding slots arranged opposite to each other, and the first sliding slot extends rearward and an included angle between the first sliding slot and a horizontal plane is greater than or equal to 0 degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Xianmin Wei, Xiaogang Xuan
  • Patent number: 10723302
    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: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10717032
    Abstract: Expanded metal sheets are used to produce tubular filters. The expanded metal sheet has a multiplicity of rows of openings arranged to reduce nesting when the sheet is rolled on itself. In particular, the pitch between the rows of openings, the sizes of the openings, or both the pitch between the rows of openings and the sizes of the openings are varied to reduce nesting when the expanded metal sheet is rolled on itself. The filters can include external circumferential grooves, rounded corners produced by a point loading process, textured surfaces between openings, and/or torturous internal paths produced by non-perforated areas of an expanded metal sheet. The expanded metal sheet can be composed of carbon steel coated with a material having a higher heat conductivity, e.g., tin. Among other things, the filters can be used in automobile airbag inflators to capture slag and absorb heat produced by the inflator's explosive charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ACS Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George Greenwood, Michael McCarthy, Richard Pfefferle
  • Patent number: 10710542
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inflatable airbag (1) for protecting a person (5), comprising a flexible cover (10) which includes at least two finger-type extensions (11), wherein the flexible cover (10) delimits a closed gas expansion compartment (12) by the finger-type extensions (11). The invention excels by the fact that the finger-type extensions (11) are arranged relative to each other such that in an inflated state the airbag (1) takes a three-dimensional shape and in the inflated state the finger-type extensions (11) at least in portions delimit a clearance (13), wherein the cover (10) is deferrable for absorbing impact energy while deforming, especially reducing, the clearance (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniele Aranzulla, Martin Burkhardtsmaier, Achim Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10710547
    Abstract: A seat belt adjustment release mechanism includes a carrier and a guide piece that is vertically slidable on the carrier. The guide piece includes an aperture configured to receive a seat belt there through and a spring-loaded button anchored on a pivot. The spring-loaded button, when pressed, is rotatable about the pivot between a home position and a depressed position for actuating a seat belt guide release lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NYX, INC.
    Inventor: Yuriy Tsalenko
  • Patent number: 10710544
    Abstract: An external airbag includes: a lower edge bag that is deployed to extend along a lower edge of a windshield of an automobile, on a front side of the windshield; lateral edge bags in a pair that are deployed to extend along both lateral edges of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield; and an upper edge bag that is deployed to extend along an upper edge of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suemune, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto, Akihiro Onodera, Hiroshi Yoneyama, Daisuke Ototsuji, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10703154
    Abstract: A control arm for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle. The control arm including a base body having a spring seat for receiving a helical spring of the wheel suspension. The control arm having a first end region connected to a spring-loaded component of the motor vehicle and a second end region connected to an unsprung component of the motor vehicle. The base body includes a first partial shell composed of steel and a second partial shell composed of a composite material, the shells undetachably fixedly connected to one another at least in one region of the spring seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10703325
    Abstract: Multi-chambered side airbag assemblies are provided. The airbag assemblies can include a housing, an inflator, and a side inflatable cushion. The side inflatable cushion can include multiple chambers, for example, a first inflatable chamber coupled to the housing, a second inflatable chamber coupled to the first inflatable chamber, and a third inflatable chamber coupled to the second inflatable chamber. The side inflatable cushion can also include a connector coupling at least two of the inflatable chambers to each other. In a deployed state, at least a portion of the side airbag may protrude transverse to a longitudinal axis of a vehicle such that a portion of the side airbag is configured to receive a vehicle occupant moving from a vehicle occupant position during a vehicle impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10703403
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis. Also included is an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly, the upper jacket assembly translatable along the steering column axis relative to the lower jacket assembly. Further included is an energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket, the energy absorption strap having an aperture defined therein. Yet further included is a rake bolt extending through the lower jacket and through the aperture of the energy absorption strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler M. Reno, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Randy Jones