Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10384632
    Abstract: A composite material provided in the form of a sheet material includes at least one textile layer as a cover for an airbag. The cover is arranged to form at least one flap with a hinge which includes a hinge region. One side or both sides of the at least one textile layer includes a plastics coating. A melting point of the plastics coating is lower than a melting point of the at least one textile layer. The hinge region is arranged to form at least one single or double fold along the hinge so that the sheet material contacts itself once or twice. In a region of the at least one single or double fold, areas of the plastics coating are arranged to contact each other and, via a prior introduction of heat or a subsequent introduction of heat, are melted onto each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Maik Hoeing, Albert Roring, Rembert Schulze Wehninck
  • Patent number: 10384739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved control system of the trim of motorcycles with more than two wheels. More in particular, it relates to motorcycles which have at least three wheels and can lean sideways by virtue of the presence of a so-called wheel tilting system. The present invention improves on prior art HTS hydro-pneumatic systems, to improve the vehicle trim, particularly while cornering with the leaned vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Quadro Vehicles S.A.
    Inventors: Riccardo Marabese, Marco Moroni
  • Patent number: 10384633
    Abstract: A knee airbag module for a motor vehicle. The airbag module has a housing which is preferably composed of plastic and has a housing base (12) and a wall extending from the housing base (12), forming an outlet opening. A receptacle is provided in a first wall section. An airbag is folded into the housing, an air generator (30) which has outflow openings located within the airbag, and a covering element which closes the outlet opening. This covering element has a main section (54) which lies substantially in one plane, at least one first end section (52) accommodated in the at least one receptacle, and a second end section (56) situated opposite the first end section (52), extends out of the plane of the main section (54) and is connected to the housing (10). The covering element (50) is produced from a blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Annika Warm, Marco Broussard, Harald Schuler, Thomas Reiter, Karin Ydren
  • Patent number: 10377432
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle lower section structure including: a suspension member that extends in a vehicle front-rear direction and that includes a pair of side rails that are be separated from each other in a vehicle width direction; a vehicle onboard device that is formed with a substantially box shape, that is disposed between one of the side rails and the other of the side rails, and that includes a bottom face disposed substantially in the same plane as a bottom face of the suspension member; and a flow smoothing section that is provided at at least one of the bottom face of the vehicle onboard device or the bottom face of the suspension member, and that is provided projecting out toward a vehicle lower side and extending along the vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 10370053
    Abstract: An electric powered personal mobility vehicle that includes at least one front wheel and an electric motor that provides rotational force to a wheel of the vehicle. The electric motor is supported by the vehicle and is powered by a rechargeable battery that is also supported by the vehicle. The vehicle can also include swivel caster wheels each configured to rotate about a wheel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Chen, Robert Hadley, William Griggs
  • Patent number: 10369961
    Abstract: Systems and methods for installing retrofit seat belt systems with structural support for the lap and shoulder belts, while at the same time providing a low cost solution. In particular, some, or all of the loads, as required, are shared by an added support structure connected rigidly to a structural base, e.g., of a bus or other vehicle, via a base plate. As such the present teachings achieve compartmentalization around passengers in the event of a crash. Furthermore, unlike prior retrofit seat belt designs, the systems and methods of the present teachings uniquely facilitate a seamless transition for the different seat configurations and do not require complete replacement of the seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Sundar Krishnamurty, Douglas Eddy, Anne Schewe, Conrad Zanzinger
  • Patent number: 10358011
    Abstract: A dynamic weight shift suspension system for shifting the tandem axle loads on a vehicle. The system includes a first airbag connected between the drive axle of a tandem and the vehicle frame, and a second airbag connected between a tag axle of a tandem and the vehicle frame. The system also has a mechatronic control unit comprising at least one port and at least one solenoid. The mechatronic control unit is in direct fluid communication with the airbags and an air supply via fluid communication lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Blessing, Christopher P. Lewark, Jason M. Sidders
  • Patent number: 10351190
    Abstract: A three-wheeled vehicle includes a chassis, a first wheel rotatably connected to the chassis, the first wheel having a first perimeter, a first diameter and a first geometric center, a second wheel rotatably connected to the chassis, the second wheel having a second perimeter, a second diameter and a second geometric center, a first motor and a second motor, a first drive and a second drive gear, a first plurality of teeth disposed about the first wheel and mechanically engaged with the first drive gear at a location closer to the first perimeter than to the first geometric center, a second plurality of teeth disposed about the second wheel and mechanically engaged with the second drive gear at a location closer to the second perimeter than to the second geometric center, a mount rotatably connected to the chassis and a third wheel rotatably connected to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory Stewart Lynn, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Amos Ambler, Jarrod Smith, Nazareth V. Ekmekjian, Emanuele Savino
  • Patent number: 10351001
    Abstract: A vehicle trim assembly that includes a trim and a display device having a display screen with a first display zone and a second display zone. The display device is movable relative to the trim between a first stable position, in which the first display zone is visible and the second display zone is hidden by the trim, and a second stable position, in which the first display zone and the second display zone are both visible. The second stable position is offset relative to the first stable position along a first direction perpendicular to the display screen in the first position, in the direction toward which the display screen is facing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventor: Julien Beauregard
  • Patent number: 10351088
    Abstract: Provided is a knee bolster that is formed of a blow-molded body and can be easily and stably mounted on a mounting target. The blow-molded body has a back surface having a mounting protrusion to be inserted into a mounting hole formed in a mounting target. The blow-molded body includes a lower lock disposed so as to protrude from the back surface to under the mounting target and configured to suppress upward movement of the blow-molded body relative to the mounting target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Tani, Takafumi Funato
  • Patent number: 10351093
    Abstract: An airbag includes a mounting region, a protection inflatable region and an intermediate region disposed between the mounting region and the protection inflatable region. An area of the airbag from the protection inflatable region to the intermediate region is formed of two panels that are continuous with each other at leading end regions of the panels apart from the mounting region and the two panels in that area are connected at opposite edges by a joint. The protection inflatable region includes at the leading end a folded region that is formed by bringing the leading end regions of the two panels closer to the mounting region so as to form four or more layers of the panels, such that the folded region includes at least two inflatable spaces between the layers and a crease that is continuous with the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Miura, Keiichiro Takebayashi, Shota Watanabe, Daisuke Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10351173
    Abstract: A wheel carrier for a two-track motor vehicle including a wheel-side carrier part, which carries a vehicle wheel; an axle-side guide part; axle-side rotary parts arranged between the wheel-side carrier part and the axle-side guide part and supported on a common bearing site for rotation relative to each other about a rotation axis by respective rotation angles, wherein the carrier part is pivotable about the rotation axis about a pivot point for toe and/or camber adjustment of the vehicle wheel by rotation of at least one of the rotary parts by the respective rotation angle into a rotary position, which correlates with a toe and/or camber angle of the vehicle wheel, wherein the toe and/or camber angle being arbitrarily adjustable within a toe and/or camber angular range. The wheel carrier further includes at least one movement stop adapted for limiting the toe and/or camber angular range of the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schmid, Thomas Klinger, Ulrich Voll, Michael Braumandl, Heinrich Beringer, Achim Glas
  • Patent number: 10343473
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a spring link for a motor vehicle, wherein the spring link is produced as an elongated, deformed hollow profile of open cross section made of a steel material and has respective attachment points at its ends, said spring link being characterized in that the spring link, in the installed position, is arranged with its opening of the hollow profile pointing upward, wherein a spring seat plate for receiving a helical compression spring is coupled to the spring link on and/or partially in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Oliver Mielke, Detlev Peitz, Hauke Mehner, Tobias Ebbing
  • Patent number: 10343640
    Abstract: An airbag housing with a receiving space for a gas generator and an airbag, wherein the receiving space is confined at least by a bottom, side walls, and end walls connecting the side walls, and wherein a fastening section projects from at least one of the walls enabling the airbag housing to be fastened to a vehicle. The bottom, the side walls, the end walls, and the fastening section are formed from a single sheet metal blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Marco Broussard, Harald Schuler
  • Patent number: 10336276
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door inner and a trim panel fixed to the door inner. An energy absorber having a vehicle-rearward end and a vehicle-forward end is disposed between the door inner and the trim panel and elongated in a vehicle-forward direction from the vehicle-rearward end to the vehicle-forward end. The energy absorber includes a first energy-absorbing component defining a cavity facing the trim panel, and a second energy-absorbing component disposed in the cavity. The energy absorber has a stiffness that decreases in the vehicle-forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Srivardhan Tallapragada, Tahmidur Rahman, Linh Doan, Bhavani Thota, Joseph Edward Abramczyk
  • Patent number: 10328988
    Abstract: A scooter is provided. The scooter comprises a frame assembly including a main frame for a user, an extendable frame movably connected to the main frame and configured to be extendable away from the main frame at an interface at which the main frame and the extendable frame meet, and a wheel assembly connected to the frame assembly. The extendable frame forms a cargo space at an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Eui Shik Bang, James Yu-Hsin Kuo, Chelsia Ka Po Lau, Daniel Tang, Jack Li
  • Patent number: 10328879
    Abstract: A system for airbag deployment within a vehicle may include an airbag, a bumper beam, at least one sensor, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The bumper beam may include a left crush can and a right crush can. The left crush can and the right crush can may each include a first zone associated with a first stiffness in a vehicle longitudinal direction and a second zone associated with a second stiffness in the vehicle longitudinal direction. The sensor may receive one or more signals associated with an impact on the vehicle. The ECU may deploy the airbag at a timing based on one or more characteristics of one or more of the signals and one or more predetermined characteristics associated with the first stiffness of the first zone and the second stiffness of the second zone, thereby providing robust discrimination between a front flat impact mode and an front offset impact mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Siyang Yang, Lando C. Hamlett
  • Patent number: 10328887
    Abstract: A roof-mounted energy absorbing countermeasure system for use in a vehicle is provided. In one example, the system may include an impact detection module configured to detect whether a vehicle has experienced an impact and generate an impact detection signal in response thereto. The system may also include a countermeasure disposed between an outer roof panel of the vehicle and an inner roof panel of the vehicle. The outer roof panel and the inner roof panel may be separated by a first distance in a pre-impact state. The countermeasure may be configured to deploy, in response to generation of the impact detection signal, so as to cause at least a portion of the outer roof panel and at least a portion of the inner roof panel to be separated by a second distance that is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Robert A. Dziurda
  • Patent number: 10322042
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operation of a lifting mechanism coupled to a mobility service vehicle. In one example, a method may include, during an engine idle-stop, in response to a request for operation of a lifting mechanism used by mobility devices to access the vehicle, the transmission may be shifted to park, an electronic braking system may be enabled, and the engine may be restarted to provide power for operation of the lifting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Siraj Siddiqui, Ahmed Awadi, Ben Bulat, Joshua Norwood
  • Patent number: 10315610
    Abstract: The airbag device includes an airbag including a base fabric and an occupant protection fabric whose outer peripheries are joined together. The occupant protection fabric is positioned on the vehicle rear side of the base fabric and configured to restrain an occupant, and includes: at least one protruding portion that protrudes to the vehicle rear side; a flat portion that is continuously formed from the at least one protruding portion and is designed to come into contact with the occupant; and a tether that is disposed between the base fabric and the at least one protruding portion in the airbag, extending from the flat portion to the joint between the occupant protection fabric and the base fabric. The tether is joined at its end on the joint side with a base edge of the at least one protruding portion and the outer periphery of the base fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ashimori Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Moritani, Kazuyoshi Nakai