Patents Examined by Lori L. Lyjak
  • Patent number: 11447191
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to an aerodynamic panel apparatus mountable to a truck cab. A panel apparatus includes a fixed panel, a moveable panel extender arranged rearward of the fixed panel, and a hinge mechanism. When aligned, the fixed panel and moveable panel extender guide an air flow past side walls of a cab and a trailer for improved aerodynamics and enhanced vehicle performance. The hinge mechanism enables pivotal movement of the moveable panel extender outboard from a closed position. The pivotal movement provides back of cab accessibility, while outboard movement avoids interference with items located in the back of cab area, and provides easy access to a handle bar arranged along an inner surface of the fixed panel. The moveable panel extender includes a resiliently deformable material that may be temporarily deformed during trailer articulation but returned to its original shape thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: William Edward Duncanson
  • Patent number: 11446995
    Abstract: A truck that includes a bed section located rear of a cab section where the bed section is bounded on each side by opposing first and second upward-extending side walls, respectively. The truck includes a tonneau cover which has a first panel section pivotable with respect to the opposing first and second upward-extending side walls. A latching assembly is attached to the first panel section that selectively secures and releases the first panel section with respect to the first and second upward-extending side walls of the truck. The latching assembly includes at least one adjustable pinch latch assembly. The pinch latch assembly includes a latch handle portion and a latch base located on the first panel section adjacent the latch handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Truck Accessories Group, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dylewski, II, Christopher David Mattison, John William Bevis, III, Thomas Augustine Hubbard
  • Patent number: 11447186
    Abstract: A cowl assembly for a vehicle is provided with integrated water management without the need for drainage grommets or hoses. The cowl assembly includes at least one cowl panel disposed adjacent a rear section of an engine compartment and extending a distance across a transverse width direction of the vehicle. A cowl insulator component is disposed adjacent to the cowl panel, also extending across the transverse width direction of the vehicle. At least one region of a major surface of the cowl insulator component is provided with a fluid resistant barrier layer configured to route fluid in a direction away from the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Steinbrecher, Nicholas H. Augustyn
  • Patent number: 11448281
    Abstract: Devices for superscattering a plate bending wave include a solid plate, and a circular array of spring-mass resonators positioned on a surface of the plate. All resonators in the circular array have a resonance frequency that can be matched to a frequency of a target flexural wave. The circular array has a diameter that can further be matched to the wavelength of the target flexural wave. Scattering efficiencies can exceed several multiples of the theoretical limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Taehwa Lee, Hideo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 11447183
    Abstract: A vehicle structure of a frame vehicle includes a central frame portion, a front-side frame portion, and a rear-side frame portion as a frame. A first section of the front-side frame portion from a connecting portion (a rear end portion) to a central frame portion through a portion supporting a front suspension, and a second section of the rear-side frame portion from a connecting portion (a front end portion) to the central frame portion through a portion supporting a rear suspension are formed so as to be symmetrical to each other in the front-rear direction with respect to the central frame portion. The front and rear suspensions are attached to the front-side and rear-side frame portions, respectively, so that the front and rear suspensions are symmetrical to each other in the front-rear direction with respect to the central frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Shioya, Kazunori Ogawa, Yoshimi Toda
  • Patent number: 11440592
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated bumper system including an integrated bumper system of a robot, including a bumper elastically coupled with a chassis of the robot and comprising an opening in a top surface of the bumper; at least one elastic element coupled to the chassis and interfacing with the bumper; and a bridging element coupled with the chassis or another component of the robot, wherein the bumper slides relative to the bridging element upon an impact and a release of the impact; a perimeter of the opening of the bumper is hidden beneath the bridging element when the bumper is in a neutral position and an impacted position; and the perimeter of the opening of the bumper remains hidden beneath the bridging element during movement of the bumper caused by the impact and the release of the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Alexander Powers, Shahin Fathi Djalali
  • Patent number: 11440595
    Abstract: An instrument panel assembly comprising: a crossmember (2) including a first beam (4) and a second beam (6), a center support assembly (8) with a first structural arm (30), a second structural arm (32), and a center support bracket (34); wherein the first beam (4) is hollow and has a larger diameter than the second beam (6), and the second beam (6) is adapted to slide into the first beam (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Richardson
  • Patent number: 11440597
    Abstract: A rear wing for a motor vehicle includes a first end, a second end, and an aerodynamic surface including a pressure side extending between the first end and the second end, a first end plate is arranged at the first end, and a second end plate is arranged at the second end. At least one of the first end plate and the second end plate includes a selectively deployable aerodynamic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Andrew T. Cunningham, Adam Golembeski, Alexander N. Nastov, David C. Caples, Joel P. Ruschman
  • Patent number: 11433954
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first trailer having a rear end, and a second trailer having a front. The second trailer is coupled to the first trailer. The vehicle also includes at least one flexible membrane that includes a perimeter coupled to the rear end. A seal is formed between the perimeter and the rear end. The vehicle further includes a pressurization source coupled to the vehicle, and at least one port defined in and extending through the rear end. The at least one port is enclosed by the perimeter and in fluidic communication with the pressurization source. In a deployed profile, the at least one flexible membrane extends between the rear end of the first trailer and the front of the second trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: William Leo Gross
  • Patent number: 11433828
    Abstract: A hinge cover member (20) for use with a swan neck type hinge (12) has an elongate channel shaped portion (24) for receiving the hinge arm (14) and a housing portion (13) for location about a mounting structure (18) which attaches the hinge arm to the closure. The housing portion defines at least one formation (70) for attaching an edge (72) of a trim panel (56) mounted to the closure to the housing portion. The formation (70) may be a clip which clamps the edge (72) of the trim panel. The trim panel (56 may have a live hinge (74) adjacent the edge about which the panel can flex. During adjustment of the closure (13) relative to the hinge, the edge region (72) of the trim panel is constrained to move with the hinge cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Bentley Motors Limited
    Inventors: David Molyneux, Steve Crowe, Paul Wentworth
  • Patent number: 11433945
    Abstract: A device for arranging a passenger restraint system in a vehicle to secure a passenger seated in the vehicle, including a support arrangement having a vertical support and a cross strut. When arranged on the vehicle, the vertical support is arranged upright on a vehicle floor. The device includes a fastening element, that when arranged on the vehicle, encompasses a rail of a vehicle chassis, at least laterally and beneath, such that, when the support arrangement is arranged on the vehicle, the fastening element bears against the support arrangement. The support arrangement is held on the vehicle chassis by the fastening element and, when the support arrangement is arranged on the vehicle, the fastening element passes progressively through the vehicle floor, starting from the rail of the vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Aguti Produktentwicklung & Design GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Grieger
  • Patent number: 11433947
    Abstract: In a vehicle subframe 1, a pair of side members 110 and 130 includes upper side members 111 and 131 and lower side members 117 and 137, respectively, the lower side members 117 and 137 extending opposed on a downward side to the upper side members 111 and 131 while being elongated to a rearward side, and a pair of mounting members 60 and 80 is joined respectively to the lower side members 117 and 137 of the pair of side members 110 and 130.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: F-TECH INC.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Innami, Hiroyuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 11427260
    Abstract: A reinforcement is formed into an elongated shape, and includes a reinforcement body in which a housing part opened toward an outer peripheral side is formed and a covering part attached to close an opening of the housing part. A module component which is an electrical component or a wiring component may be housed in the reinforcement while being attached to the covering part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Yamaguchi, Housei Mizuno, Shinya Sadohara, Hiroki Hirai, Shinya Itou
  • Patent number: 11427267
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a deployable fairing system to a tractor trailer. The deployable fairing system includes an actuator used to extend the deployable fairing from an unextended configuration to an extended configuration to occupy a portion of a gap area that exists between a tractor and an attached trailer. The deployable fairing includes deployable upper and/or lower horizontal assemblies that are pivotally coupled to a frame attached to the tractor/cab, and two side panels that are pivotally coupled to one or both of the upper and lower horizontal assemblies. The deployable upper and lower horizontal assemblies and the two side panels fold in on one another along multiple hinged axes in the unextended configuration, and extend rearward from the top and sides of the tractor in the extended configuration to cover a portion of the gap. The fairing may advantageously flair from front to the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TRUCKLABS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Burrows, Burk Kladde, Dagan Trnka, Ada Sierraalta, Roger LeMesurier, Adam Baumgartner, Pratik Bhagwat
  • Patent number: 11427134
    Abstract: A working vehicle may be provided that detects obstacles around a self-traveling tractor in a wide range, with reduced erroneous detection. A tractor may include a vehicle body including a front wheel and a rear wheel; a rear wheel fender covering the front and top of the rear wheel; a rear stay in a shape that extends along the rear wheel fender, a rear first obstacle sensor provided at the front of the rear stay; and a rear second obstacle sensor provided at the rear of the rear stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: ISEKI & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kamoda, Itsuki Doi, Yutaka Kajino, Akihiro Machida, Seiji Tanaka, Shiro Ito, Hisasada Fujiie
  • Patent number: 11407449
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes a first structural member and an energy absorbing structure connected to the first structural member. The first structural member extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction. An energy absorbing structure is connected to the first structural member. The energy absorbing structure includes a first fixed member, an impact member and a connecting member. The first fixed member is connected to the first structural member. The impact member is connected to the first structural member. A connecting member is movably connected to the first fixed member and has a first end fixed to the impact member such that movement of the impact member moves the connecting member about the first fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 11400870
    Abstract: A sensor receptacle for receiving a sensor of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The receptacle includes a wall enclosing a cavity with a first opening and a second opening and which defines a longitudinal axis (L), wherein the sensor can be introduced into the cavity by a movement along the longitudinal axis (L) through the first opening and/or through the second opening. A joining flange is arranged in the region of the first opening and the sensor receptacle is connected by way of the joining flange to a trim component of the motor vehicle by forming a cavity between the sensor receptacle and the trim component, such that the sensor receptacle can be connected to the trim component by way of a filling and fastening agent that fills the cavity, and wherein a protrusion is arranged on the joining flange and extending along the longitudinal axis (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Motherson Innovations Company Limited
    Inventor: Jochen Walz
  • Patent number: 11396332
    Abstract: A front body structure of a vehicle includes a pair of left and right hinge pillars, a pair of left and right front suspension dampers that are provided in desired positions on an inner side in a vehicle width direction of the hinge pillars and on a vehicle front side of the hinge pillars, a pair of left and right suspension housings that have damper mount parts, and a pair of left and right apron reinforcements to which upper ends of the suspension housings are joined. The apron reinforcements are formed in shapes extending substantially linearly from the rear ends thereof toward the vehicle front side and an inner side in the vehicle width direction through an outer side in the vehicle width direction of the damper mount parts in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11390326
    Abstract: A vehicle front body structure includes a lower side frame member and an upper frame member each extended in a longitudinal direction of the front body structure. The upper frame member is arranged above, in a height direction of the front body structure, and on an outboard side, in a width direction of the front body structure, of the lower side frame member. A damper housing is arranged to connect the lower side frame member and the upper frame member. The damper housing includes an outboard wall, in the width direction, affixed to the upper frame member. The outboard wall includes a deformation relief feature extended in the longitudinal direction along an opening provided on the damper housing for an associated vehicle suspension component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jared S. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 11383772
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a rear air guide device for a vehicle. The rear air guide includes a first air guide element and a control device that moves the first air guide element between a first terminal position and a second terminal position such that the first air guide element prolongs a car body element of the vehicle. The first air guide element is pivotably mounted to the car body element such that first air guide element pivots between the first terminal position and the second terminal position. The rear air guide further includes a second air guide element coupled to the first air guide element. When the first air guide element is set at the second terminal position, the second air guide element spans a gap between the first air guide element and the car body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Theresa Göbel