Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 11027685
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure has: a front plate portion that faces in a vehicle front-rear direction; an inclined portion that obliquely descends rearward from a lower end of the front plate portion and is coupled to a floor panel making up a floor surface of a cabin; an arch-shaped portion located at outer end portions in a vehicle width direction of the front plate portion and the inclined portion and makes up a wheel arch-shaped rear portion of a tire house; a front side frame located inward of the arch-shaped portion in the vehicle width direction and extends from the front plate portion to the inclined portion in the vehicle front-rear direction; and a reinforcement panel placed over the arch-shaped portion. The reinforcement panel is disposed outward in the vehicle width direction of an innermost portion in the vehicle width direction in the arch-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Izutsu, Yoichiro Hamano, Tokihisa Ueta, Tomohiro Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 11021125
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly includes a steering wheel and an airbag module. The steering wheel includes a hub portion that has a hook member and a first bracket opposed to the hook member and having an access hole. The airbag module is pivotably attached to the hub portion of the steering wheel and includes a latch member and a second bracket opposed to the latch member and having an access hole. The latch member is pivotably attached to the hook member, and the first bracket and the second bracket overlap with each other such that the access holes form a port that receives a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: RIVIAN IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Andrew Card
  • Patent number: 11014608
    Abstract: An assembly includes a suspension link, a worm screw, a worm wheel rotatably engaged with the worm screw, and an arm fixed to the worm wheel and connected to the suspension link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Anthony Quatrano
  • Patent number: 11014620
    Abstract: Ballast for operating machines, having a portion removably couplable to a hooking seat of the operating machine, characterized by having a fixed part is provided. The couplable portion, a movable part and means for constraining the movable part to the fixed part at a plurality of distinct distances (D, D?, D?) from the fixed part are provided, so as to change the center of gravity position of the operating machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Sandro Dini
  • Patent number: 11001112
    Abstract: A wheel suspension of a vehicle intended to extend in a transversal direction of the vehicle in association with first and second wheels arranged on opposite sides of the vehicle, comprising: a subframe unit provided with a set of attachment points for attachment of the subframe unit to a vehicle body structure, wherein the subframe unit comprises a cross member extending along the subframe unit in a transversal direction of the vehicle when the subframe unit is attached to the vehicle; at least a first link member arranged on each side of the subframe unit, wherein each first link member is arranged to connect a corresponding wheel or wheel supporting element with the subframe unit via a pivoted connection; and a spring arrangement arranged to act onto each of the first link members so as to provide for a spring suspension of the first and second wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Joakim Weglin, Kjell Sjosten, Åke Malm
  • Patent number: 11001225
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an airbag apparatus for a vehicle. The airbag apparatus is capable of protecting a collision object while protecting a vehicle and an occupant by being installed in a fully autonomous vehicle in which the occupant's position and posture are variable. The airbag apparatus includes an inflator provided outside a vehicle body and configured to generate working gas, a housing mounted to an edge of the vehicle body, a cushion part accommodated in the housing and configured to be inflated as being discharged from the housing by receiving the working gas generated from the inflator for covering a front of the vehicle body, and a tether part provided in the cushion part to determine a deployment shape of the cushion part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10999970
    Abstract: A front PTO implement auto connect system includes a frame having a drive over surface and a pair of rear attachment members automatically and releasably engageable by a tractor rear draft linkage. The system includes a PTO coupling member mounted on the frame, and a front PTO shaft extending forwardly from the frame to a front PTO housing. A front attachment member on the front PTO housing is automatically and releasably engageable by a tractor front hanger. The front PTO implement auto connect system may be picked up with the same or similar linkages used to pick up a mid-mounted implement such as a mower deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Spencer H. Morris, Santosh Khadasare, Sean T. Miller
  • Patent number: 10987990
    Abstract: A semi-active anti-roll stabilizer bar capable of controlling the stiffness thereof by virtue of the elastic force of a spring is disclosed. When the stabilizer bar is rotated during general travelling, the stabilizer bar has roll stiffness attributable to the repulsive force due to the spring constant thereof. When the stabilizer bar is greatly rotated during turning of the vehicle, the springs are closely compressed, with the result that the stabilizer bar has the same high stiffness as that of a general stabilizer bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: DAEWON KANG UP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Man Seung Lim, Jin Young Kim, Sang Eun Bae
  • Patent number: 10988161
    Abstract: A steering input system for a vehicle, the system including: a steering input device configured to provide a steering action input for the vehicle, and an actuator assembly including a set of actuators configured to translate the steering input device from a drive position to a retracted position by a combined actuation action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Krstic, Johan Svensson, Victor Wetterlind
  • Patent number: 10988105
    Abstract: A vehicular protection system for protecting a protection target colliding with a vehicle is provided, which includes: a bulkhead having a bulkhead upper which extends in a vehicle widthwise direction and is arranged at an upper portion thereof; a hood arranged over the bulkhead upper; a bulkhead pop-up device configured to lift up the bulkhead upper and the hood; and a hood-moving device configured to be able to move forward the bulkhead upper and the hood. When the protection target colliding with the vehicle is protected, the bulkhead pop-up device is used to lift up the bulkhead upper and the hood and the hood-moving device is then used to move forward the bulkhead upper and the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Gunji, Masaki Umezawa, Hiroyuki Asanuma, Osamu Ito
  • Patent number: 10981538
    Abstract: A response vehicle includes a transmission, a braking subsystem, and a vehicle management system coupled to at least one of the transmission and the braking subsystem. The vehicle management system includes an interlock module configured to provide a signal to switch the at least one of the transmission and the braking subsystem from a locked condition to an operational condition only in response to an authenticated user request thereby preventing undesired operation of the response vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Archer, Neil Bjornstad, Michael J. Holeton, Patrick D. Martin
  • Patent number: 10981424
    Abstract: There is provided a control arm comprising a shell-like shell of a first material and a reinforcement of a plastic material, wherein the reinforcement has a flex-element which protrudes therefrom and which can be supported or guided by means of a vehicle structure in order in the event of jounce and/or rebound of the suspension to produce a resilient action equivalent to a conventional spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mainz, Friedrich Wolf-Monheim, Rainer Souschek
  • Patent number: 10974682
    Abstract: An airbag device has an airbag that is wound in a rolled state, mounted in a vehicle longitudinal direction of a vehicle and deployable in a curtain-like manner in a vehicle compartment by a gas generated by an inflator in case of emergency. A cover cloth is provided so as to be wound to cover at least part of an outer circumference of the airbag extending in a longitudinal direction. The cover cloth has a first folded-back part that is formed by folding back one end of the cover cloth in a circumferential direction of the outer circumference of a cross section, which is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the folded airbag. An edge of the outer circumference of the airbag is held between the first folded-back part and the other end of the cover cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Tetsuya Iwata, Hiroki Ishihara, Akihiro Kawada
  • Patent number: 10974684
    Abstract: Airbag cushions and related assemblies configured to protect the lower extremities of a driver by deploying about the contours of a steering column shroud. In some embodiments, the assembly may comprise an inflatable cushion configured to be deployed adjacent to a vehicle steering column to provide protection to a driver's lower extremities during an impact event. The cushion may comprise a primary inflation chamber, a first supplemental inflation chamber fluidly coupled with the primary inflation chamber and configured to deploy on a left side of the vehicle steering column adjacent to the driver's left lower extremity, and a second supplemental inflation chamber fluidly coupled with the primary inflation chamber and configured to deploy on a right side of the vehicle steering column adjacent to the driver's right lower extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Enders
  • Patent number: 10967815
    Abstract: A harness has a laterally extending portion disposed along a block rear surface of an engine and extending in a width direction of a vehicle within a predetermined height range in which a drive shaft is included. The engine has a projection disposed in at least one of a position above the laterally extending portion or a position below the laterally extending portion within the predetermined height range in a portion, of the engine, toward the rear of the vehicle, the projection projecting, toward the rear of the vehicle, further than the laterally extending portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyoshi Okii, Kunihiro Nishi
  • Patent number: 10960840
    Abstract: An apparatus for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle comprises an airbag inflatable from a stored condition to a deployed condition in which the airbag is positioned between a reaction surface of the vehicle and the occupant. The airbag comprises an upper portion and a lower portion. Each of the upper and lower portions is at least one of rolled and folded. The upper and lower portions are positioned overlying each other when in the stored condition. A deployment flap comprises a sheet of material having a first end portion and an oppositely disposed second end portion. The first end portion is secured to the vehicle. A portion of the deployment flap is positioned between the upper and lower portions. The deployment flap has a notch with opposite side edges converging in a direction toward the first end portion of the deployment flap and terminating at a vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 10960844
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle may include an expandable curtain and/or an expandable bladder configured to be expanded from a stowed state to a deployed state. The system may also include a transverse ceiling trim panel and one or more side ceiling trim panels configured to be coupled to a ceiling of the vehicle, with the transverse ceiling trim panel extending substantially transversely with respect to the one or more side ceiling trim panels. Portions of the ceiling trim panels may be configured to deflect and allow expansion of the expandable curtain and/or the expandable bladder to the deployed state. The system may also include a deployment controller and one or more inflators configured to cause deployment of the expandable curtain at a first time and deployment of the expandable bladder at a second time after the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Alexander Jimenez, Markus Jost, Andrew John Piper, Andrew Frank Raczkowski, Goutham Shanmuga Sundaram
  • Patent number: 10953839
    Abstract: An airbag device includes: an airbag having an exhaust hole capable of discharging a part of the inflation gas introduced therein upon opening; and an opening/closing control device capable of controlling opening/closing of the exhaust hole. The airbag has: a flexible bag main body; a discharge part having the exhaust hole; and a coupling member. Peripheral edges of a pair of peripheral wall constituting parts are joined to form the bag main body and the discharge part. Discharge part forming portions, which constitute the discharge part, partially protrude in the peripheral wall constituting parts, respectively. An opening, which constitutes the exhaust hole, is formed in a region, which is closer to a tip end-side of the discharge part than seal parts crimped to each other when the discharge part is pulled into the bag main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Tanaka, Takuya Hiraiwa
  • Patent number: 10946887
    Abstract: A cargo handling vehicle includes a universal joint that allows an upper shaft to swing with respect to a lower shaft around a predetermined horizontal axis, a column tube that covers an outer periphery of the upper shaft, and a lockable gas spring that supports the upper shaft via the column tube. The gas spring is disposed under the column tube and connects a cowl with the column tube. The column tube has a cowl backing bracket that is disposed on a side of the universal joint and connected to the cowl, and the cowl supports the cowl backing bracket swingably around the horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI LOGISNEXT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Yoshioka, Takuya Sano
  • Patent number: 10933784
    Abstract: A seatback assembly includes a seatback frame having first and second side members that define a back support portion of the seatback frame. An upper frame member interconnects the first and second side members of the seatback frame to define a headrest support portion of the seatback frame. An upper mounting plate is coupled to the upper frame member. A retaining bar is coupled to the upper mounting plate. A retractor mechanism is operably coupled the back support portion of the seatback frame. A mounting bracket is operably coupled to the seatback frame. A seatbelt includes a webbing having a first portion which is operably coupled to and extending from the retractor mechanism towards the retaining bar within an interior of the seatback assembly. A second portion of the webbing extends from the retaining bar to the mounting bracket within the interior of the seatback assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Yilma, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Spencer Robert Hoernke