Patents Examined by Melissa Ann Black
  • Patent number: 10071773
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure for concealing one or more sensors therein includes a roof panel, a windshield extending up to the roof panel, and a spoiler. The spoiler extends across at least a portion of a width of the roof panel and includes a leading portion that is substantially parallel to a windshield-roof interface, an apex, wherein a height of the spoiler increases from a height of the roof panel to a height of the apex as the spoiler extends from the leading portion to the apex in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a trailing portion extending from the apex to the roof panel. A sensor volume is formed between the spoiler and the roof panel. One or more sensors are at least partially positioned within the sensor volume, wherein the one or more sensors output a signal indicative of a characteristic of an environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Jaime N. Moore, Crystal J. Mink
  • Patent number: 10035548
    Abstract: An active spoiler system for a vehicle includes a spoiler body having an airfoil shape in a cross-sectional view. The vehicle includes a vehicle body arranged along a longitudinal body axis and having a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow and an opposing second vehicle body end. The spoiler body is configured to be moveably mounted between the first vehicle body end and the second vehicle body end to generate an aerodynamic downforce on the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion. The spoiler system also includes a first mechanism configured to selectively translate the spoiler body along the longitudinal body axis to thereby adjust along the longitudinal body axis a location of the aerodynamic downforce generated by the spoiler body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Barber
  • Patent number: 10029743
    Abstract: An insulating panel for a commercial vehicle superstructure, with an outer top layer and an inner top layer, including more than two plies, and with a core layer in a thermally insulating material between the top layers. At least one of the top layers is constructed as an at least three-ply sandwich, including an outer ply in light metal material associated with the respective outside of the insulating panel, an inner ply in light metal material associated with the core layer and a core ply having an integrally joined connection to the outer ply and the inner ply, including a core ply material having a higher strength than the light metal material of the outer and inner ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Schmitz Cargobull AG
    Inventors: Michael Schlumm, Reinhard Beelmann, Peter Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10005404
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly includes a door configured for translation between an open and a closed configuration, at least one receiver sidewall, and at least one first cup holder surface provided by a bottom surface of the door and configured to upwardly extend at least a portion of the receiver sidewall when the door is disposed in an open configuration. A retention system for a container is provided, including at least one container biasing member and at least one container supporting member. The container biasing member may be door-mounted or receiver sidewall-mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Adriana Lupsan, Murali Guntur, Peter Joseph Bejin, Jean Waters Taylor, David Steven Chronicle