Patents Examined by Melissa Ann Bonifazi
  • Patent number: 10836328
    Abstract: A vehicle upholstery member includes a base member provided with a surface layer having a three-dimensional shape. An outer surface of the surface layer is formed of planar surface elements arranged without gaps therebetween, each planar surface element having a polygonal planar shape with a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Takase, Yuki Takamura
  • Patent number: 10836436
    Abstract: A wheel house lower member of a vehicle body has an upper surface portion and an outer side surface portion. The upper surface portion has an inner curved surface. The wheel house lower member defines a lower bending section on which an inner side ridge is formed between the upper surface portion and the outer side surface portion. The wheel house lower member has: a depression formed on the inner side ridge to induce deformation of the lower bent portion upon receipt of a frontal collision load; and an elongated hole formed through the outer side surface portion and extending substantially in parallel with the depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehiro Kondo, Tomohito Kamada
  • Patent number: 10829163
    Abstract: A composite floor structure having a plurality of transverse beams. Each transverse beam may include a preform core having a plurality of side surfaces and two end surfaces, and at least one reinforcing layer formed around each of the side surfaces of the preform core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Travis S. McCloud, Scott A. Storz, Andrzej Wylezinski, Ronnal P. Reichard, Scott M. Lewit
  • Patent number: 10822042
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to reduce drag is provided. The apparatus includes a plasma actuator including a hollow cylinder with two open bases, a first electrode disposed inside the cylinder, a second electrode disposed outside the cylinder, and a plasma layer disposed inside the cylinder next to the first electrode, a surface including the plasma actuator disposed on the surface, and a motion actuator configured to move the plasma actuator in a sweeping motion across a face of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bahram Khalighi, Gayatri V. Dadheech, Taeyoung Han
  • Patent number: 10822035
    Abstract: A vehicle framework structure includes: a pair of rockers extending in a vehicle front-rear direction at both sides in a vehicle width direction; a pair of die-cast members, each die-cast member being joined to at least one of a front end portion or a rear end portion of one of the pair of rockers; a first cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction and being connected to the pair of die-cast members; and a second cross-member provided to the pair of die-cast members, at one of a front side or a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction relative to the first cross-member, the second cross-member extending in the vehicle width direction and connecting the pair of die-cast members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10815716
    Abstract: Touch sensor apparatus for use with vehicles are disclosed. A disclosed touch sensor assembly for a vehicle gate includes a sensor configured to operatively couple to the vehicle gate. The touch sensor assembly also includes a cover having a tubular body that extends over the sensor and ribs interposed between the tubular body and the sensor. At least one of the ribs is configured to transfer a load from the tubular body to the sensor to change a state of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Emiko Okuma, Yasuo Imatomi
  • Patent number: 10814918
    Abstract: A sub-frame mounting structure is provided. The sub-frame mounting structure includes an outer pipe that is mounted on a vehicle body and an inner pipe that is inserted into and coupled to the outer pipe and detached from the outer pipe when an impact load of a predetermined size or greater is transferred thereto. An anti-rotation structure prevents a relative rotation between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. A sub-frame is fastened to the inner pipe to support the vehicle body through the outer pipe to stably support the vehicle body by the sub-frame and to detach the sub-frame from the vehicle body during a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Samjin Jeonggong Co., Ltd., Sungwoo Hitech Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seho Ryu, Yong Kew Kim, Sea Cheoul Song, SeungMin Kang, Sung Sik Park, Suk Ho Choi, Tae Hyun Kim, Ki sung Nam, Min Je Lee, Sang Eon Park
  • Patent number: 10807448
    Abstract: Methods and systems to mitigate headlight blinding during travel in a vehicle by relaying location data from vehicles to a remote server. The remote server identifies vehicles approaching each other on an otherwise unoccupied roadway and sends one or more of those vehicles a warning signal. The vehicle receiving such as warning signal may then automatically take a headlight mitigation action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Neil Patrick Adams, Jeremy Lawson Kominar
  • Patent number: 10807644
    Abstract: A side frame is arranged outward of a front side frame in a vehicle width direction. The side frame includes an upper member, and a lower member connected to a front end of the upper member and extending frontward and downward. An upper bent part bent frontward and upward is formed in a connection part between the upper member and the lower member. A bulkhead is provided frontward of the upper bent part so as to separate a closed cross section part of the lower member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takehiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 10801239
    Abstract: A vehicle interior component with an improved torque hinge is provided. The vehicle interior component may comprise a base and a cover configured to move relative to the base. The torque hinge may be coupled to the base and the cover and configured to hold the cover in any position relative to the base. The torque hinge may comprise a bushing, a brake, a clamp and a fastener configured to provide a clamping force between the clamp and brake. The bushing may be configured to move with the cover as the cover moves relative to the base to provide a frictional force against the brake. The clamp may be manufactured by an extrusion process. The clamp may comprise a curved portion and first and second extension portions extending from the curved portion. The first and second extension portions of the clamp may be substantially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Jiang, Lv Jichao, Wang Wanli, Zou Haifeng
  • Patent number: 10793087
    Abstract: A truck bed compartment and the method for using the compartment are provided. The truck bed compartment can include a crossbar disposed between two hinge platforms. A box disposed between and rotationally connected to the hinge platforms. The box can be lowered into an open position and raised to a closed position. In the opened position, a user can store items in the box and easily maneuver the box to the closed position when the items are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth D Jarvis
  • Patent number: 10793191
    Abstract: A lower vehicle body structure includes a vehicle body floor having a bottom surface part, a floor tunnel bulging upwardly from the bottom surface part and extending in vehicle front-and-rear directions, side sills extending in the front-and-rear directions, hinge pillars extending upwardly from the side sills, first frames, lowered parts and second frames. Each first frame extends in the front-and-rear directions between the floor tunnel and a side sill. Each lowered part is provided to the bottom surface part between a first frame and a side sill so as to be lowered below a part where the floor and the side sills are joined. Each second frame extends to a first frame, obliquely rearwardly and inwardly from a side sill along an upper surface of the bottom surface part, and forms in a part including a lowered part a closed cross-section between the bottom surface part and a second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Natsume, Hidenori Matsuoka, Keisuke Ebisumoto
  • Patent number: 10794109
    Abstract: A window frame includes an opening portion and a joining portion formed along an inner periphery of the opening portion and bonded to an outer periphery of a window glass. The window glass includes a plurality of corner portions formed in corner regions in the outer periphery of the window glass and connection side portions formed in the outer periphery of the window glass and connecting the adjacent corner portions to one another. An adhesive portion includes first adhesive portions bonding the corner portions of the window glass to the window frame and second adhesive portions bonding the connection side portions of the window glass to the window frame. Adhesion force per unit peripheral length in the first adhesive portions is greater than adhesion force per unit peripheral length in the second adhesive portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Takezoe
  • Patent number: 10793198
    Abstract: A steel door ring for an automotive vehicle including a reinforcement to increase the strength of desired areas of the door ring is provided. The door ring can be manufactured with reduced cycle time and thus improved efficiency. The method includes hot stamping the reinforcement as part of the same blank used to form the remainder of the door ring. During the hot stamping step, the reinforcement portion used to form the reinforcement is located in a free space, for example in a door opening between pillars and rails. Unlike comparative processes, the reinforcement portion used to form the reinforcement is not welded to a pillar of the door ring prior hot stamping. After hot stamping, the reinforcement is trimmed from the door ring, and then attached in a desired location, for example by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Jaswinder Pal Singh
  • Patent number: 10787128
    Abstract: A cargo management system includes a guideway and a panel displaceable between a plurality of operating positions along that guideway. The guideway includes opposed guide tracks. Each of the opposed guide tracks includes an inclined trunk and a plurality of branches extending from that inclined trunk. The panel includes opposed pivot pins received in the opposed guide tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Thanh Ngo
  • Patent number: 10773752
    Abstract: A reinforcing member is provided inside a closed cross section of a front side frame at a position, in a vehicle longitudinal direction, which corresponds to a forming position of a bead. The reinforcing member extends between an outward side wall portion and an inward side wall portion of the front side frame. The reinforcing member is joined to the outward side wall portion and the inward side wall portion of the front side frame. A joint length, in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the reinforcing member and the inward side wall portion is set to be longer than that of the reinforcing member and the outward side wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakamura, Hiroto Kido, Yasushi Ishikawa, Atsushi Kawamoto, Daisuke Kanamaru, Yuuki Uchiba
  • Patent number: 10773579
    Abstract: A vehicle roof is provided having a roof opening limited by a fixed roof portion which is immobile relative to a vehicle body, and a roof opening system having a lid element which can be selectively displaced between a closed position, in which the roof opening is closed, and an open position, in which the roof opening is open, wherein the lid element comprises at least one rigid panel which is disposed on a support arrangement which is mounted via a multi-bar linkage on either side of a vertical longitudinal center plane of the roof, wherein an actuation handle is connected to the bilaterally disposed multi-bar linkages, allowing the lid element to be displaced between the closed position and the open position by manual actuation of the multi-bar linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Michael T. Willard, Paul Finch, Ryan Mitchell, Dennis Felker
  • Patent number: 10766397
    Abstract: A motorhome is provided a vehicle longitudinal axis and a superstructure with furnishing that is arranged on the vehicle chassis and extends in the vehicle longitudinal axis, wherein the superstructure has at least one space expansion module that displaceably attached transverse to the vehicle longitudinal axis and extends at least approximately along a length of the at least 0.8-fold of the entire length of the superstructure. Here, at least four drives for moving the at least one space expansion module transverse to the vehicle longitudinal axis are arranged on the superstructure and/or on a space expansion module, wherein the at least one space expansion module is connected to the superstructure via at least four guiding elements each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PROTEC GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Franz Wieth
  • Patent number: 10752310
    Abstract: A cockpit for a two-wheeled vehicle has a base body, on which a display and a steering handle are attached. The base body is pivotably mounted at a bodywork of the two-wheeled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Mario Rossetti
  • Patent number: 10745058
    Abstract: A front pillar as a part of an upper arch structure joins an outer member and an inner member and is formed to have a closed cross-sectional structure. An upper bead and a lower bead are formed adjacent to side edge sections, each of which extends in a longitudinal direction of the inner member. The upper bead has a U-shaped cross-sectional shape. Due to the U-shaped cross section, second moment of area is increased, and thus strength of the front pillar is increased. In addition, the U-shaped cross section has a larger number of ridge lines than does a chevron cross section, and thus springback is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tohru Yamagishi