Patents Examined by Laura Freedman
  • Patent number: 10525783
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein comprises a vehicle having improved suspension systems for wheels, motorized wheels and the seat of the user. The wheel suspension system includes a sleeve housing a non-round core snugly surrounded by an elastomeric shock-absorption material. Since both ends of the sleeve have downstanding arms forming the “forks” supporting a caster axle, irregularities in the terrain encountered by the caster exert torsion upon the core; embedding the core in elastomeric material dampens the shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Robert N. Foster, Adam E. Branscum
  • Patent number: 10525782
    Abstract: A composite part for an air spring component of a motor vehicle includes a first element made of a first material and a second element made of a second material. The second element at least partially surrounds the first element. In the air spring component, the composite part can be bonded to at least one second component in an adhesive-bonded manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: VIBRACOUSTIC GMBH
    Inventors: Sergej Derr, Joerg Hechenblaikner
  • Patent number: 10526003
    Abstract: A shroud guidance mechanism for a steering column is provided. The shroud guidance mechanism includes a bracket operatively coupled to an upper jacket. Also included is an interface feature retained to the bracket in a first condition of the steering column. Further included is a shroud operatively coupled to the interface feature and to the upper jacket, the interface feature, the upper jacket and the shroud moveable with each other to decouple the interface feature from the bracket in a second condition of the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Messing, Benjamin D. Reichard, Joel T. Cerva
  • Patent number: 10518732
    Abstract: Systems and devices for implementing airbags within vehicles are described herein with the airbags being designed to utilize a reduced interior surface area of a vehicle. In one embodiment, an airbag device for a vehicle, comprises an airbag capable of being deployed upon detection of a collision condition for the vehicle and a container to contain the airbag prior to deployment. In one example, the container has a depth that exceeds a diameter of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Byton Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Eckert
  • Patent number: 10518623
    Abstract: A mounting structure for mounting a dynamic damper on a vehicle body frame of a vehicle includes a dynamic damper mounted on a vehicle body frame of a vehicle includes a dynamic damper bracket connecting the dynamic damper to the vehicle frame; a collar member rigidly fixed to the vehicle body frame; a mounting bracket which is mounted above the vehicle body frame, and which is elastically connected to the collar member; and a fixing member which fixes the dynamic damper bracket and the collar member to the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10513286
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to a vehicle for maneuvering a passenger to a destination autonomously. The vehicle includes a computing system and a set of user input buttons for communicating requests to stop the vehicle and to initiate a trip to the destination with the computing system The vehicle has no steering wheel and no user inputs for the steering, acceleration, and deceleration of the vehicle other than the set of user input buttons. In order to safely test the vehicle, a removable manual control system may be used. The system may include a housing having an electronic connection to a computing system of the vehicle. The housing includes a steering input configured to allow a passenger to control the direction of the vehicle. The system also includes one or more computing devices configured to receive input from the steering input and send instructions the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Christopher John Stoffel, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Nathaniel Fairfield, Alex Khaykin, Brian Torcellini
  • Patent number: 10513238
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (10) for fastening a gas generator (11) in an oscillatory manner as a vibration damping mass inside an airbag module. A fastening ring (12) provided for fastening the gas generator (11) has at least one elastic section (14) and at least one reinforcement insert (15) for reinforcing the fastening ring (12) and securing the fastening ring (12) to the gas generator. A surface of the reinforcement insert (15) is made at least in part of plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Constantin Von Roden, Gregor Eck, Holger Oechel
  • Patent number: 10507798
    Abstract: The automobile security system prevents the unauthorized operation of a vehicle. The automobile security system comprises an imaging device, an override device, and a management device. The imaging device captures an image of a person that is attempting to initiate the operation of the vehicle. The management device compares the captured image to images of people authorized to operate the vehicle. If a match if found, the automobile security system enables the operation of the vehicle. Further opportunities are then given to: 1) review a display of images of people who operated or attempted to operate the vehicle; and, 2) authorize an additional person to operate the vehicle. The override device is provided to enable temporary operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Nick Sebastian
  • Patent number: 10493945
    Abstract: An airbag includes at least one panel defining an interior of the airbag, a divider positioned in the interior so as to divide the interior into an upper chamber and a lower chamber, and at least one tethering mechanism positioned within the lower chamber. The at least one tether mechanism is structured and attached to the at least one panel so as to restrict movement of a portion of the at least one panel during airbag inflation such that a first recess is formed along an exterior surface of the airbag when the airbag is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventor: Christopher L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10494012
    Abstract: A travel control system for a cam assembly includes a cam having a plurality of lobes on a first face of the cam. Also included is a cam follower engageable with the first face of the cam to follow the lobe profile defined by the plurality of lobes. Further included is a pair of cam prongs extending outwardly from an outer perimeter of the cam. Yet further included is a lock indicator cam follower tab in contact with a first cam prong of the pair of cam prongs in a locked position of the cam assembly and in contact with a second cam prong of the pair of cam prongs in an unlocked position of the cam assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler M. Reno, Randy Jones, Justin D. Mills, Floyd E. Eschenbacher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10493949
    Abstract: An assembly includes a base defining a track and a hole. The assembly includes a plate slidably engaged with the track. The assembly includes a pin supported by the plate and movable between a first position engaged with the hole and a second position disengaged with the hole. The assembly includes an actuator designed to move the pin from the first position to the second position. The assembly includes a webbing guide supported by the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10493939
    Abstract: Aspects hereof relate to a lever-actuated operator protection apparatus. In some aspects, the lever-actuated operator protection apparatus can be raised and lowered by an operator from a seated position, for example, on a terrain working vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: EXCEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Harlan John Bartel, Brian L. Nebel, Royce A. Steinert
  • Patent number: 10486634
    Abstract: The invention describes an airbag module (10) for attaching to an instrument panel, comprising an inflator (12), a fastening portion (36) which is arranged so that the airbag module (10) can be attached to the instrument panel via the fastening portion (36), a receiving portion (46) for an airbag as well as a holding portion (57) which serves for holding the inflator (12). The airbag module (10) has a support structure (16) including the fastening portion (36) and a housing (14) made from fabric material. The holding portion (57) is partially configured in a holding area (58) of the housing (14) which is opposed to the fastening portion (36) so that the inflator (12) is fastened from outside and extends at least partially into the receiving portion (46). The support structure (16) comprises at least one supporting portion (18) U-shaped in cross-section which at least partially encompasses the housing (14). In addition, the support structure (16) includes a peripheral frame (66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen Schmid
  • Patent number: 10486483
    Abstract: A leaf spring suspension system for a vehicle includes a chassis rail. Also included is a leaf spring fixedly coupled proximate a first end and proximate a second end of the leaf spring to the chassis rail. Further included is a half leaf spring fixedly coupled to the chassis rail proximate a first end of the half leaf spring and fixedly coupled to a vehicle axle proximate a second end of the half leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: RASSINI SUSPENSIONES, S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Anthony Berlingieri, James N. Zeimet
  • Patent number: 10486732
    Abstract: A steering column may include a sleeve unit in which a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, which sleeve unit is accommodated in a supporting unit so as to be displaceable in a longitudinal direction. An energy absorption device may be fitted between the supporting unit and the sleeve unit. The energy absorption device may include first and second bending elements that each comprise an elongate input limb positioned parallel to the longitudinal direction and connected at a free end to the supporting unit or the sleeve unit, and merges at another end into a bend to which a fixed limb is connected. The fixed limb may be connected to the other of the supporting unit or the sleeve unit. The second bending element may be formed in a mirror-inverted manner relative to the first bending element and may be positioned mirror-symmetrically adjacent to the first bending element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: André Schädlich
  • Patent number: 10486748
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members configured to contact a ground surface, and a powertrain assembly operably coupled to the ground-engaging members. The utility vehicle also includes a frame supported by the ground-engaging members and extending along a longitudinal axis of the utility vehicle. The utility vehicle further includes a tunnel member coupled to the frame and extending along the longitudinal axis. The tunnel member is positioned at a first height from the ground surface. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes a cargo portion supported by the frame and positioned generally rearward of the tunnel member. The cargo portion has a cargo surface substantially aligned with the tunnel member and positioned at a second height from the ground surface. The first height is approximately equal to the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Adam J. Schlangen
  • Patent number: 10479159
    Abstract: Disclosed is a configurable dynamic valve. In various embodiments the valve operates to control a pneumatic leveling system for vehicles and provide the capability for an operator to select an elevated or lowered ride height, to block air flow in and out of the leveling air bags, or to dump air from the air bags controlling the ride height. In various embodiments, the valve utilizes rotary disks which contain actuate apertures, wherein the disks form seals between ports which connect various inlet and outlet chambers such that the pneumatically selected operative disk apertures and ports provide air flow in or out of leveling air bags dynamically at a selected ride height during varying load and road conditions. In various embodiments, the modular design of the valve components allows for an easily configurable valve which may be customized to a particular application with a minimum of effort and manufacturing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Barksdale, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinesh Gandhi, Angel Ching
  • Patent number: 10471993
    Abstract: A two-track vehicle with a vehicle body suspension, in particular with a front auxiliary frame, which is connected at the lateral vehicle body longitudinal carriers, and with a drive assembly-bearing component, in particular with a tunnel transverse bearing carrier, which is arranged at a longitudinal offset at a distance from the auxiliary frame and which bridges over a vehicle body central tunnel. A drive assembly is supported by the auxiliary frame and also on the tunnel transverse carrier. An intermediate coupling element is provided, which connects the auxiliary frame to the tunnel transverse carrier in a force-transmitting manner, while the longitudinal offset is bridged over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tobias Kramer, Oliver Thaysen, Tobias Neess
  • Patent number: 10471915
    Abstract: A concealment system for a first vehicle component having a cutout and receiving aperture exposed by removal of a second component, includes a pre-insert configured to be inserted into the receiving aperture, and a filler insert having an outer surface and configured to be inserted into the cutout such that the outer surface of the filler insert is substantially flush with a visible outer surface of the vehicle component. The filler insert being inserted into and retained within the pre-insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Sahas Chkilam, Jason E Schultz
  • Patent number: 10464591
    Abstract: One steering column assembly for use with a vehicle includes a jacket, a steering shaft rotatably supported by the jacket, and a retractor for moving the steering shaft from an extended position to a stowed position. The retractor does not interfere with rotation of the steering shaft when the steering shaft is at the extended position, and the retractor includes explosive material and a detonation device. The detonation device is in communication with the explosive material for detonating the explosive material when an impact event is sensed or predicted, and detonation of the explosive material results in the steering shaft moving from the extended position to the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Christian Pichonnat