Patents Examined by Lori L. Lyjak
  • Patent number: 10894488
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seat base. A floor track assembly includes a floor track having a roller track and a rack. At least one pinion gear is configured to rotate along the rack. At least one floor track motor is disposed adjacent to the floor track assembly. The at least one floor track motor rotates the at least one pinion gear along the rack to laterally translate the seat base fore and aft. An elevated track assembly is operably coupled to the floor track assembly. The seat base is coupled to the elevated track assembly. The elevated track assembly is laterally translatable relative to the floor track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Maloney, John Wayne Jaranson, Christian J. Hosbach, Johnathan Andrew Line, Vishal Vinayak Nageshkar
  • Patent number: 10896792
    Abstract: An instrument panel that reduces dust entering the inside of a switch and improves aesthetics of the instrument panel. An instrument panel includes: an outlet portion configured to blow out conditioned air to an interior of a vehicle; a switch attachment portion at which a switch member is disposed; a cover member configured to cover a part of the outlet portion and the switch attachment portion and distribute air from the outlet portion to the interior of the vehicle; and an exhaust hole covered with the cover member and provided at a portion of the switch attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Sakai, Yuichi Nobusawa
  • Patent number: 10889165
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle can include a front door assembly and a rear door assembly. A rear portion of the front door assembly can terminate at a rear edge. At least a portion of the rear edge can be spaced away from a side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member. A front portion of the rear door assembly can terminate at a front edge. The front edge can be adjacent to the rear edge of the front door. At least a portion of the front edge can be spaced away from the side frame member in the longitudinal direction toward the first side frame member such that at least a portion of the front edge of the rear door assembly is located between the rear edge of the front door assembly and the second side frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sebastian Osorio
  • Patent number: 10889329
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure includes a roof side rail that includes a rail reinforcement that is an outer portion of the roof side rail in a width direction of a vehicle, the roof side rail having a closed cross-section structure, a first upper contact surface which is formed on the rail reinforcement and with which a weather strip provided on an outer peripheral portion of a front side door is to come into contact, a flange which is formed at the rail reinforcement and to which a roof panel is joined, and a rail garnish that covers a portion of the roof side rail from the flange to an upper portion of the first upper contact surface in an up-down direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Kamimura, Koki Ikeda, Shunsuke Kanagai, Tomoki Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10882564
    Abstract: A wheel housing liner assembly that includes a liner supporting bracket. The liner supporting bracket has a first portion, a second portion and a main portion that extends from the first portion to the second portion. The first portion is configured to attach to an inboard panel of a vehicle wheel housing structure. The second portion is configured to attach to a vehicle outboard fender panel. The main portion is configured to attach to a liner within a vehicle wheel housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Dennis
  • Patent number: 10875473
    Abstract: A vehicle interior member which absorbs input energy of a load properly is provided. A center pillar trim includes a trim body configured to cover a center pillar, and an absorber provided between the trim body and the center pillar. The absorber includes: a plurality of horizontal ribs rising perpendicularly to a face of the trim body having their respective faces opposed to each other; a contact surface provided continuously across the plurality of ribs so as to oppose to a bead-shaped part, which is provided at the center pillar to partially bulge on the cabin side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KASAI KOGYO CO, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Isosaki
  • Patent number: 10875438
    Abstract: A cup holder for a vehicle, wherein the cup holder includes: two opposing, fixed side walls; and two opposing, spring-loaded side walls adapted to support a cup, wherein the two opposing, fixed side walls and the two opposing, spring-loaded side walls define a generally cylindrical receptacle adapted to receive the cup. The present invention also relates to a vehicle including at least one such cup holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Artur Hopfen
  • Patent number: 10871019
    Abstract: An extension mechanism for coupling with a closure panel to assist in opening and closing of the closure panel of a vehicle between a fully closed position and a fully open position of the closure panel, the extension mechanism including: an inner tube having an outer surface; an outer tube having an inner surface and overlapping the inner tube for at least a portion of the outer surface along an extension axis, such that the inner surface and the outer surface are adjacent to one another when overlapped; a first spring positioned along the extension axis in an interior of the outer tube; a second spring positioned along the extension axis in an interior of the inner tube; a seal positioned between the inner surface and the outer surface; and a stopper to engage the first spring at one end and engage the second spring at an opposite end such that the first spring and the second spring are in series with one another along the extension axis; wherein the one end and the opposite end are spaced apart from one an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Scheuring, Wieslaw Nowicki
  • Patent number: 10871018
    Abstract: A car door that is affixed to an automobile that can be opened from one or more hinges that attach and allows opening and closing of the door toward the front end of the car that can also be electively chosen through a computerized module inside the automobile to open from one or more hinges that attach and allows opening and closing of the door toward the rear end of the car, i.e., in the suicide orientation. A door latch assembly is attached to either side that allows for a pin to close the side not in use when activated and when de-activate allows for the opening in the chosen orientation. The computer module is programmed such that only one side can be open at a time. Manual override from inside the vehicle is provided in the event of an electrical system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Emerson
  • Patent number: 10864950
    Abstract: A vehicle, comprising: a vehicle body; a wing having an upper side and a front; a wing support mounted between the vehicle body and the wing, the wing support extending from the upper side of the wing, around the front of the wing, to the vehicle body and being pivotally attached to the wing at a first location on the wing so that the first location is positionally fixed relative to the wing support and the wing can rotate between a first position and a second position; a linear actuator for moving the wing between the first position and the second position; and a linkage pivotally attached to the wing at a second location forwards of the first location and coupled to the linear actuator so that the linear actuator can move the wing between the first position and the second position; wherein the wing is capable of imposing a downforce on the wing support acting through a centre of pressure of the wing as a result of the action of rearward airflow on the wing and the centre of pressure is located rearwards of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Arthur Danny Slight
  • Patent number: 10864947
    Abstract: A rear support structure for a vehicle includes a parcel cross-member and a brace assembly. The parcel cross-member extends from a first side structure to a second side structure of the vehicle and includes a first vertical member, a second vertical member, and an upper horizontal member that at least partially define an opening between the cargo area and the passenger compartment. The brace assembly includes a first brace extending across the opening and including a first end secured to the upper horizontal member adjacent a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle and a second brace extending across the opening and including a first end secured to the upper horizontal member adjacent to the longitudinal centerline. The first brace further includes a second end secured to the first vertical member and the second brace includes a second end secured to the first vertical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Palesano, Kevin A. Veverka, Christopher R. Freeman, Rafael Teran, Jr., Christopher Hinz
  • Patent number: 10850711
    Abstract: An exterior display apparatus for a vehicle comprises a display panel comprising a display surface in connection with an exterior portion of the vehicle. The system further comprises an acoustic vibration device dynamically coupled to the display surface and a sensor configured to detect a foreign material on a portion of the display screen. A controller is configured to identify a temperature of an environment proximate the vehicle. In response to the detection of the foreign material, the controller is configured to activate a plurality of vibration control routines of the acoustic vibrational device based on the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Cornel Lewis Gardner, David Brian Glickman, Kristopher Karl Brown, Joshua Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10850773
    Abstract: A chassis for a motor vehicle includes a longitudinal axis, at least one longitudinal member, and a front bumper fastened to the longitudinal member. The front bumper includes a region protruding over the longitudinal member in the lateral direction (y-direction). The chassis includes a support which has a transverse limb and a longitudinal limb. The longitudinal member has an outer face and the support is fastened at the transverse limb to the outer face of the longitudinal member. The transverse limb extends laterally to the outer face. The longitudinal limb adjoins the transverse limb laterally on the outside and extends in the longitudinal direction away from the front bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Schneider, Dominik Mueller, Marius Sawatzki, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 10843734
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated bumper system including, a suspension assembly including, a suspension plate coupled with a robotic device chassis, a plurality of springs positioned along at least a portion of a perimeter of the suspension plate and coupled with the suspension plate, and a plurality of cutouts positioned along at least a portion of the perimeter of the suspension plate; and a bumper coupled with the suspension assembly including, a plurality of spring anchors coupled with the plurality of springs, and a plurality of tabs aligned with the plurality of cutouts configured to limit movement of the suspension plate; and wherein the bumper is configured to move when impacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Alex Powers, Shahin Fathi Djalali
  • Patent number: 10843735
    Abstract: Provided is an integrated bumper system including, a suspension assembly including, a suspension element coupled with a robotic device chassis, a plurality of elastic elements positioned along at least a portion of a perimeter of the suspension element and coupled with the suspension element, and a plurality of cutouts positioned along at least a portion of the perimeter of the suspension element; and a bumper coupled with the suspension assembly, the bumper including, a plurality of anchors coupled with the plurality of elastic elements, and a plurality of tabs aligned with the plurality of cutouts configured to limit movement of the suspension element; and wherein the bumper is configured to move when impacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Alex Powers, Shahin Fathi Djalali
  • Patent number: 10843733
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes: a pair of front side frames disposed on a front side of a vehicle to be in parallel with each other along a vehicle front-rear direction; lower members and gussets (load receiving portions) disposed at front ends in the vehicle front-rear direction of the front side frames so as to extend outward in a vehicle width direction; front wheels disposed outward in the vehicle width direction of the front side frames; and right and left side sills extending in the vehicle front-rear direction. Vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the load receiving portions are positioned outward in the vehicle width direction of vehicle-width-direction inner end portions of the front wheels, and vehicle-width-direction outer end portions of the front wheels are positioned outward in the vehicle width direction of vehicle-width-direction inner end portions of front ends in the vehicle front-rear direction of the side sills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Yoshida, Yuya Abe
  • Patent number: 10814919
    Abstract: A structurally reinforced hollow element includes a wall which surrounds a cavity at least in part. The wall extends three-dimensionally in such a manner that it comprises (a) a first wall portion with an opening and a second wall portion which is situated diametrically opposite the first wall portion and is spaced apart from the first wall portion, and (b) a bolt. The bolt includes at its first axial bolt end a bolt head that protrudes in the radial direction beyond a head-side bolt extent. The bolt also includes a second axial bolt end, which is remote from the first axial bolt end, is fastened on the second wall portion in a manner that is resistant to axial displacement. An overall clearance remains between an outside surface of the first wall portion and a radial surface of the bolt head which faces the outside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jens Linsel
  • Patent number: 10807449
    Abstract: A convertible door assembly includes (a) an upper door section, defining a window opening, (b) a lower door section, (c) a releasable locking feature, retaining the upper door section to the lower door section, and (d) a window. The window is displaceable between a raised position, closing the window opening and a lowered position, concealed within an internal door cavity formed in the upper door section and the lower door section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 10807645
    Abstract: A reinforcement member has a load-receiving portion and an inclined portion. At least a part of the load-receiving portion is placed in front of a Fr side member. An end, at an inner side in the width direction, of the inclined portion matches in the width direction of the vehicle with a ridgeline at an inner side, in the width direction of the vehicle, of the Fr side member, or is provided at an outer side, in the width direction of the vehicle, in relation to the ridgeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Tagaito
  • Patent number: 10807646
    Abstract: A suspension tower is coupled to a front side member at a portion of the front side member located frontward from a front pillar. A frontal vehicle structure includes a coupling member including a front end coupled to the suspension tower and a rear end coupled to the front pillar. The coupling member includes an outer panel and an inner panel that form a closed cross-sectional structure. The outer panel includes a weak portion arranged between a joined portion of the coupling member joined to the suspension tower and a joined portion of the coupling member joined to the front pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sakata, Kosei Ota, Koichi Enoki