Patents Examined by Maurice Williams
  • Patent number: 9713560
    Abstract: A wheelchair with a lift assistance device including a wheelchair, a scissor lift disposed on the wheelchair, a battery compartment attached to the scissor lift, a rechargeable battery disposed within the battery compartment, a seat portion attached to the scissor lift, an activation control disposed on the wheelchair, and a pair of lift controls. The seat portion has an extended position and an alternate retracted position. The seat portion is in the extended position when the scissor lift is extended above a rear support of a support frame of the wheelchair. The seat portion is in the retracted position when the scissor lift is retracted proximal the rear support of the support frame of the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Alta Raymond, Jean Raymond
  • Patent number: 9709138
    Abstract: Traction planets and traction rings can be operationally coupled to a planetary gearset to provide a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT can be used in a bicycle. In one embodiment, the CVT is mounted on the frame of the bicycle at a location forward of the rear wheel hub of the bicycle. In one embodiment, the CVT is mounted on and supported by members of the bicycle frame such that the CVT is coaxial with the crankshaft of the bicycle. The crankshaft is configured to drive elements of the planetary gearset, which are configured to operationally drive the traction rings and the traction planets. Inventive component and subassemblies for such a CVT are disclosed. A shifting mechanism includes a plurality of pivot arms arranged to pivot about the centers of the traction planets as a shift pin hub moves axially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fallbrook Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventors: Donald C. Miller, Robert A. Smithson, Brad P. Pohl, Charles B. Lohr, Jon M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9688335
    Abstract: A body cover construction for a motorcycle includes a body cover having a front mudguard which covers an outer circumference of a front wheel, a front cover covering a front portion of a vehicle body from a front to sides of a headstock, floorboards extending from a lower rear portion of the front cover to below a seat so that rider's feet rest thereon, and underside covers covering sides of the vehicle body lying below and forwards of the floorboards. When the vehicle body is seen from a side, a lower edge portion of a front side surface of the front cover extends in a longitudinal direction and is at a similar level as a lower edge portion of a mudguard side surface of the mudguard. A front upper end portion of the underside cover extends upwards to a position which is a predetermined distance from the lower edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akiko Ishikawa, Taro Nishimoto, Kazunori Yoshimura, Ayumu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9688349
    Abstract: A chainless drive mechanism for a bicycle using pedal arms, one on each side of the bicycle, each pedal arm carrying a pedal engageable with a rider's foot. Each pedal arm is mounted to a crank by a rotating joint and connected to the frame of the bicycle by a link, each link having rotating joints at each end. The cranks are connected by a shaft passing through the hub of to the driven wheel of the bicycle. The cranks may be connected to the driven wheel by a multi ratio free wheeling gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 9656703
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) equippable with a plurality of ground-engaging wheels or a plurality of ground-engaging track assemblies providing traction on the ground. The ATV is designed to facilitate its use whether it is equipped with the ground-engaging wheels or the ground-engaging track assemblies. A powertrain, a steering system, a suspension, a braking system, a body, and/or other components of the ATV have features which take into account that the ATV can be equipped with either the ground-engaging wheels or the ground-engaging track assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Camso Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremie Zuchoski, Jean Bernard
  • Patent number: 9650031
    Abstract: A method for supplying power to an electrically assisted steering system is described. In one example, the method adjusts alternator field current to increase energy supplied to the electrically assisted steering system in response to an automatic engine stop request. The method may improve operation of the electrically assisted steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex O'Connor Gibson, Allan Roy Gale, John Anthony DeMarco, Robert Michael Grant
  • Patent number: 9643490
    Abstract: The invention elates to an electric drive assembly for a multi-axle driven motor vehicle which comprises an internal combustion engine, a multi-step transmission with an output shaft for driving a rear axle, as well as an optionally driveable front axle. The drive assembly comprises an electric machine (6), a reduction gearing (7) drivingly connected to the electric machine (6), a driveshaft (9) drivingly connected to the reduction gearing (7) and drivingly connectable to a front propeller shaft (65) for driving the front axle, and a housing 5 in which the electric machine (6) and the reduction gearing (7) are arranged. The housing (5) comprises connecting means (16) for connecting the drive assembly (2) to the multi-step transmission. The electric drive assembly is designed such that, with the electric drive assembly mounted at the multi-step transmission (56), a rear propeller shaft (57) can be connected at least indirectly to the output shaft of the multi-step transmission for driving the rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GKN Driveline International GmbH
    Inventors: Theodor Gassmann, Michael Schwekutsch, Mark Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9643667
    Abstract: A track assembly 30 for converting a wheeled vehicle 10 into a tracked vehicle. The track assembly 30 has a longitudinally adjustable support frame 40 having a motive source 170 with a drive sprocket 190, a plurality of support rollers 80, 84, 88, a tensioning assembly 90, and an endless track 200. The track assembly 30 is connected to a vehicle 10 by articulated, resiliently biased mounting assemblies 210, 410. Each mounting assembly 210, 410 includes a first attachment member 212, 412, a link 250, 450, and a second attachment member 300, 500, with the first attachment member 212, 412 configured to be removably attached to a position on a vehicle 10 where a wheel axle attached to an internal drive unit 19 would normally reside but which has been disconnected from its control lines and removed, and with the second attachment member 300, 500 configured to be connected to the support frame 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9643684
    Abstract: A narrow-profile straddle-type motorized snow vehicle specially configured and adapted for traversing inclined mountain slopes, having a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the primary and secondary pulleys thereof mounted rearwardly of the motor and not on the side of the motor to thereby reduce the width of the vehicle in the critical region between the operator's legs where the engine is located and typically straddled by the operator. A single ski is further provided to utilize the narrow profile of the vehicle in the region of the operator's legs, which in conjunction with the re-configured positioning of the vehicle CVT transmission allows the operator to better lean the vehicle when traversing an inclined slope and be able to simultaneously avoid contact with the up slope and/or snow thereon by protruding legs or transmission components which would otherwise impede passage of the vehicle across an inclined slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BRC ENGINEERING LTD.
    Inventors: Riley Will, Steven Lorne Buffel
  • Patent number: 9630482
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for driving the drive wheels (1) of a vehicle, comprising two sets of electric motors (2) and casings (3) (left and right). Each of the casings (3) comprises an input pinion (8) which rotates interdependently with the rotor of one of the electric motors (2) as well as with a set of gears (12) driving the ring gear (7) of a planetary gear set (4). The two planetary gear sets (4) are connected to one another by a connecting means (9) that rotates interdependently with each of the two sun gears (5) (inner planetaries). The planet carrier (6) of each of the planetary gear sets (4) rotates interdependently with a connecting means (11) of one of the drive wheels (1). The two planetary gear sets (4) perform a double differential function. The invention also relates to a method for controlling the electric motors (2) that allows the drive system to be used as a torque converter. The drive system can be fixed to the chassis frame of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANTERO TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Jean Raymond
  • Patent number: 9610985
    Abstract: Left and right front flanges are provided respectively in left and right front legs in a center frame. Left and right rear flanges are provided respectively in left and right rear legs in the center frame. Left and right front leg mounting members, and left and right rear leg mounting members, which protrude toward the center frame are provided respectively in left and right side frames. The respective front flanges are placed on the respective front leg mounting members, which are respectively fastened by bolts inserted therebetween in the upper-lower direction. The respective rear flanges are placed on the respective rear leg mounting members, which are respectively fastened by bolts inserted therebetween in the upper-lower direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Tochigi
  • Patent number: 9604680
    Abstract: Left and right front flanges are provided respectively in left and right front legs in a center frame. Left and right rear flanges are provided respectively in left and right rear legs in the center frame. Left and right front leg mounting members, and left and right rear leg mounting members, which protrude toward the center frame are provided respectively in left and right side frames. The respective front flanges are placed on the respective front leg mounting members, which are respectively fastened by bolts inserted therebetween in the upper-lower direction. The respective rear flanges are placed on the respective rear leg mounting members, which are respectively fastened by bolts inserted therebetween in the upper-lower direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Tochigi
  • Patent number: 9608495
    Abstract: One variation may include a product comprising: an integrated electric bicycle motor comprising: an inrunner ring motor, a rotor mount coupled to the inside of the inrunner ring motor, and at least one battery assembly coupled to the rotor mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jussi A. Timonen
  • Patent number: 9604693
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an adjustable suspension system for a vehicle comprises at least one strut. In one embodiment, the stanchion (or slider) is non-uniform with a major and minor circumferential stiffness and is adjustable relative to a fore and aft axis of the vehicle in order to provide a differing amount of stiffness relative thereto. In another embodiment, a portion of the stanchion is circular and a reinforcement is annularly disposed therearound with axial retention formations, The reinforcement has a non-uniform circumferential characteristic and is rotatable relative to the fore/aft axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, Wesley E. Allinger
  • Patent number: 9586616
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes a torque detector including an input shaft rotational angle detector and an output shaft rotational angle detector configured to respectively detect rotational angles of an input shaft and an output shaft coupled by a torsion bar arranged in a steering system of a vehicle; an electric motor configured to be controlled based on a torque detection value detected by the torque detector, and to generate a steering assistance force to be exerted on the output shaft; a motor rotational angle detector configured to detect a motor rotational angle of the electric motor; and a noise suppression unit configured to reduce a noise in a signal of the rotational angle of the output shaft detected by the output shaft rotational angle detector, by using the motor rotational angle detected by the motor rotational angle detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Sugawara, Yousuke Imamura, Masahiro Maeda
  • Patent number: 9573466
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle such that drive state can be suitably selected in a configuration including an internal combustion engine, and a vehicle control method. In a vehicle and a method of controlling the same, different values are set for a first switching threshold value for switching from a first independent drive state (in which one of a front wheel and a rear wheel is driven) to a combined drive state, and for a second switching threshold value for switching from a second independent drive state (in which the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel is driven by an internal combustion engine) to the combined drive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9567005
    Abstract: A method includes operating a wheeled vehicle including an articulated suspension system; and articulating the suspension system to skid steer the vehicle. A wheeled vehicle having an articulated suspension system includes a skid steering controller capable of articulating the suspension system to skid steer the vehicle. The skid steering controller may be implemented in software and may, but does not necessarily, include three stages for applying a differential torque, varying the traction of at least one wheel, and finely adjusting the wheel's suspension to approach a critical damped response of the vehicle turning rate with respect to its commanded rate, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph H. Kaloust, Wendell H. Chun
  • Patent number: 9555831
    Abstract: A tractor-trailer for hauling a load is provided which is convertible from a conventional steering arrangement to a stinger steering arrangement to maneuver relatively long loads around tighter corners, roundabouts and other obstacles. The tractor-trailer includes a rear wheel assembly with a telescoping reach and a towing tractor including a chassis and a stinger to selectively attach to the telescoping reach of the rear wheel assembly. The stinger is movably coupled to the chassis to move between a stowed configuration for conventional steering and a deployed configuration for stinger steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Gale Dahlstrom
  • Patent number: 9545974
    Abstract: A sail system for a velocipede uses a swinging gate that pivots between a closed position, flush against the velocipede and an open position for sailing. A spring cord pulls the gate toward the open position while a control cord pulls the gate toward the closed position. A slide slidably disposed on a top tube controls positioning of the control cord and locks this cord in a particular position. A shield is also attached to the velocipede.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Frank Emanueli D'Angelo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9533863
    Abstract: An industrial truck has a drive part and a load part. The drive part has at least one steerable drive wheel and at least one supporting wheel. The drive part has a full-floating axle which has two arms which are in each case mounted in a rotational joint and of which one bears the supporting wheel and one bears the drive wheel. Each arm is coupled to the drive part via a spring damping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dominik Plachta, Clemens Albrecht