Patents Examined by Matthew D Lee
  • Patent number: 11396212
    Abstract: A vehicle having an axle assembly and a wheel end support housing. The axle assembly may have a differential assembly. The wheel end support housing may be mounted to a frame rail and may be spaced apart from the axle assembly. A linkage may operatively connect the differential assembly to a wheel end assembly may be mounted to the wheel end support housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory D. Pavuk
  • Patent number: 11370485
    Abstract: An identical steer control mechanism of a radial bar-link trapezoidal swing arm, a method and a multi-wheel vehicle thereof are disclosed. The radial bar-link trapezoidal swing arm is in a right triangle shape, and in combination with a two-dimensional composite control transmission arm of a cross-shaped groove formed by a transverse groove and a vertical groove, an elliptical gauge is shaped; the longitudinal cosine displacement is controlled by the sliders in the transverse groove, and the transverse sine displacement can be controlled by connecting the sliders in the vertical groove after the right-angle end bearing is hinged to connecting rods, the end bearing on the two-dimensional composite control transmission arm, namely the key control point bearing, draws a deflection elliptical trajectory, and the hinged slider to the key control point bearing is connected with a vector control swing arm sliding slot to generate a steering angle ?i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Haipeng Liu
  • Patent number: 11370343
    Abstract: A hydraulic drop frame trailer for a tow vehicle, the hydraulic drop frame trailer including a trailer frame having two sides and a hitch, a pair of wheels, a first and second frame bracket, a trailer bed mounted over the trailer frame, a first and second pivoting hydraulic cylinder, a plurality of hydraulic hoses, a first and second pivoting arm, an operating station connected to a power supply, a first and second axle-less wheel mount with independent suspension mechanism mounted to the first and second pivoting arm, and a plurality of safety locks, each securing an arm to the trailer frame for locking each rotating arm to the trailer bed during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Cade Hoehner
  • Patent number: 11364873
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle seat belt, includes: a retraction unit that is configured to retract a seat belt through use of a driving force of a motor and to stop retracting the seat belt when the motor is stopped from being driven; an acceleration measurement unit that is configured to measure an acceleration of a vehicle; a state detection unit that is configured to detect whether or not the vehicle is in a stable state while running; and a control unit that is configured to stop driving the motor when the acceleration measured by the acceleration measurement unit during driving of the motor has remained lower than a first set acceleration for at least a first set time and the vehicle has remained in the stable state detected by the state detection unit for at least a second set time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Takuya Nezaki, Koki Hayakawa, Motoki Sugiyama, Fumihito Komeno
  • Patent number: 11358198
    Abstract: An efficient method for producing spring strut forks for motor vehicles is presented. In each case two spring strut forks are produced from a metallic extruded profile as a starting product. The extruded profile has a central, middle main chamber and four longitudinal chambers which are arranged offset with respect to one another over the circumference of the main chamber. Wall portions of the main chamber which are situated between the longitudinal chambers are removed, and the extruded profile is severed into two semifinished parts. Each semifinished part has one cylinder portion and two oppositely situated arm portions which project relative to the cylinder portions. The semifinished parts are subsequently mechanically machined, and one spring strut fork is produced from each semifinished part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Stephan Meyer, Frode Paulsen
  • Patent number: 11358427
    Abstract: A suspension for a vehicle including a strut tube; a strut rod installed so as to be movable in the strut tube; an insulator part through which an upper end of the strut rod is installed, and which includes a lower cup, an insulator body and an upper cup; and a cap member coupled to the upper cup so as to prevent penetration of foreign matters, and having a coupling structure coupled to the upper end of the strut rod. An anti-rotation structure for preventing rotation of the cap member may be provided in the cap member and the upper cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo Bin Song
  • Patent number: 11358625
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a steering wheel and/or pedals that can be moved from an active driving position to an inactive or stowed position. The motor vehicle may include a pedal shield that substantially blocks a driver's access to the pedals when the pedals are in an inactive position. The steering wheel and pedals may shift laterally simultaneously between the active and inactive positions or configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Harmon
  • Patent number: 11345201
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle and a suspension for the autonomous vehicle are provided. The suspension may include first and second support legs pivotally coupled to a body of the autonomous vehicle at respective pivot points, and extending in opposing directions to contact a surface upon which the autonomous vehicle moves. A biasing element biases the support legs towards the surface. A coupler couples the support legs to cause pivotal movement of one of the support legs to be mirrored in the other support leg. The coupler may cause the support legs to maintain a centerline, which extends equidistantly between the pivot points and through a sensor mounted to an underside of the body, perpendicular to the surface as the support legs pivot during movement of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: André Lacher, Markus Daniel Humbel, Remy Schmid, Nitish Kumar Jha
  • Patent number: 11338839
    Abstract: The position adjustment mechanism is configured to perform a storage operation of storing the steering wheel in a storage position to secure a space in a driver seat for a driver and an adjustment operation of adjusting the steering wheel to a position suitable for driving within an adjustment operation range. The motor control unit is configured to drive the electric motor such that a speed of the steering wheel during the storage operation is higher than a speed of the steering wheel during the adjustment operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Kurokawa, Simon Read, Steven Marmillo
  • Patent number: 11325438
    Abstract: A suspension is provided which can not only generate a damping force between sprung mass and unsprung mass but also steer a wheel. A suspension includes: a shaft coupled to sprung mass of a vehicle, the shaft having a screw groove and a spline groove formed thereon; a ball screw nut assembled to the shaft via a ball; a ball spline nut assembled to the shaft via a ball; a ball screw-specific motor connected to the ball screw nut; a ball spline-specific motor connected to the ball spline nut; and a case coupled to unsprung mass of the vehicle, the case being configured to hold the ball screw-specific motor and the ball spline-specific motor. The ball spline-specific motor rotates the ball spline nut and the shaft relative to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Sakuyama, Sho Taniguchi, Tetsuhiro Nishide, Satoshi Hirata, Hiroshi Kaneshige, Sho Iwashiro
  • Patent number: 11318981
    Abstract: A steering column may have a steering spindle jacket that is disposed within a support assembly. An outer steering spindle may include a spline hub portion and may be disposed within the steering spindle jacket. An inner steering spindle may be disposed within the outer steering spindle and may include a spline shaft portion configured to permit axial movement and prevent rotation of the outer steering spindle when the spline hub portion and the spline shaft portion are engaged. In a deployed state the spline shaft and the spline hub portions may be engaged, and in a stowed state the spline shaft and the spline hub portions may be free of engagement. A base disposed in the support assembly engages the spline hub portion in the stowed state to prevent rotation of the outer steering spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Alexander Weselý, Bryce Welch, Christian Pichonnat
  • Patent number: 11311434
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a panel. The panel includes a first channel and a second channel spaced from and parallel to each other. The first and second channels are designed to engage wheels of a wheelchair. The assembly includes a latch supported by the panel. The latch is moveable between an unlatched position and a latched position. The latch is retracted from the first channel in the unlatched position and elongated across the first channel in the latched position. The panel includes releasable connections designed to releasably engage a vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Anil Kalra, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 11305606
    Abstract: An anti-roll bar for a vehicle. The anti-roll bar includes a first bar portion for connection to a left-side wheel suspension of the vehicle and a second bar portion for connection to a right-side wheel suspension of the vehicle, and an actuator unit connecting the first bar portion and the second bar portion to each other for transferring torque between the first bar portion and the second bar portion. The actuator unit has a first selectable mode providing a first predetermined torque ratio between the first bar portion and the second bar portion, and a second selectable mode providing a second predetermined torque ratio between the first bar portion and the second bar portion. The first torque ratio and the second torque ratio are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Andrew Dawkes
  • Patent number: 11292425
    Abstract: A pretensioning lapbelt apparatus where the pretensioning of the lapbelt is performed by the rapid inflation of an airbag that is integral to the lapbelt itself. The design of the airbag, including the attachment locations of the ends of the webbing are chosen such that, upon inflation of the airbag, the free end of the webbing—the end of the webbing that is passed through the cinching latch—is pulled taught, thereby reducing the effective length of the lapbelt. The anchor is designed to be a cinching anchor such that once the airbag deploys and pulls the webbing through the anchor (thereby pretensioning the lapbelt) a sliding pin in the anchor “cinches” the webbing, effectively locking the webbing in the pretensioned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick Akoma, Manuel Marroquin
  • Patent number: 11279189
    Abstract: A walking beam suspension for use with an agricultural vehicle or robot having a chassis and a plurality of wheels on opposite sides of the chassis. The walking beam suspension generally includes first and second walking beams pivotably connected to the opposite sides of the chassis and a dynamic coupling connected between the walking beams and the chassis. As the vehicle traverses the surface the wheels encounter deviations. The walking beams pivot relative to each other and to the chassis to maintain the wheels in contact with the surface. The dynamic coupling dynamically extends and retracts connections between the walking beams and dynamically pivots and linearly moves a connection to the chassis to reduce the transfer of movement caused by the deviations to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Greentech Robotics Limited
    Inventor: Donald H. Sandbrook
  • Patent number: 11279429
    Abstract: To be able to compactly dispose an airbag device for a riding type vehicle provided with an airbag deployable upward. An airbag device for a riding type vehicle that is compactly disposed and can be deployed upward, includes: an inflator; an airbag adapted to be expanded by gas discharged from the inflator; and a retainer accommodating the airbag. The airbag is deployed upward from an opening of the retainer. The retainer is provided below a meter provided in front of a handle for steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Futoshi Miyakawa
  • Patent number: 11279318
    Abstract: A seat belt pretensioner of a vehicle include: a displacement generator to generate a linear displacement in a seat frame; and a webbing guide that receives the linear displacement generated by the displacement generator and pulls a webbing. In particular, the webbing extends from a retractor fixed to the seat frame to the outside of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Hyun Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11273860
    Abstract: A collapse-limiting assembly for a steering system is provided. The collapse-limiting assembly comprises a housing and a moveable member. A pyrotechnic charge is located in the housing and, in response to an impact event, is caused to fire the moveable member into a discharged position and limit the amount of collapse of a steering column. The steering column includes at least two axially moveable portions that move axially relative to each other between an extended position and a retracted position. When the moveable member is fired into the discharged position, it is located in a travel path of at least one of the axially moveable portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Damian Z. Gosztyla, Robert D. Bueche
  • Patent number: 11273787
    Abstract: An inflator for generating inflation gases for a safety device includes a filter having a main body portion constructed of metal and an opening passing through the main body portion in an axial direction. The opening has a first end with a first diameter at a first axial side of the main body portion and a second end with a greater, second diameter at a second axial side of the main body portion. A plate disposed in the housing axially separates a filter chamber containing the filter and a combustion chamber containing at least one gas generant material. The plate includes a weakened zone which opens in response to an increase in pressure within the combustion chamber with a plurality of petals axially extending into the filter chamber. A first axially extending portion of the filter is adjacent the plate and opposes radial movement of the plurality of petals upon opening of the weakened zone into the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Cox, Romain Danielou, Kevin Smith
  • Patent number: 11273788
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gas generator (10), particularly a pyrotechnical tube gas generator, with an axial longitudinal direction (L), comprising an ignition unit (20), a combustion chamber (30) axially mounted downstream from the ignition unit (20) and comprising a combustion chamber bottom (35) forming a combustion chamber outlet (36), and a filter chamber (70) that is axially mounted downstream of the combustion chamber (30). According to the invention, at least one guiding sleeve (50) and a front-side baffle plate (80) are formed in the filter chamber, a first end (51) of the guiding sleeve (50), on the side of the combustion chamber, being axially mounted downstream from the combustion chamber bottom (35), and a second end (53) of the guiding sleeve (50) being associated with the baffle plate (80), a first deflection section being formed on the baffle plate (80) and the guiding sleeve (50) which allows a gas flow to an outer side of the guiding sleeve (50) into an annular first discharge chamber (75).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Elmar Bendel, Anja Esau, Detlef Last, Christian Jung, Ning Wei