Patents Examined by Michael R Stabley
  • Patent number: 11505241
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a drive-by-wire electro-hydraulic steering system based on a double-winding motor and a hybrid control method. The steering system includes a steering wheel (1), a steering column assembly, a road sense assembly, an electro-hydraulic power-assisted module, a double-winding motor power-assisted module (28), a steering control unit, an electromagnetic clutch (8), a steering tie rod (17), a steering trapezoid (13) and steering wheels (12). The steering system can be switched among various steering work modes according to work conditions of a vehicle, meets steering requirements under various work conditions, uses a work mode that two sets of windings of the double-winding motor work at the same time, and has a motor winding redundancy function. When one set of windings fails, the other set of windings can drive the motor to provide power-assisted torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: NANJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
    Inventors: Wanzhong Zhao, Xiaochuan Zhou, Changzhi Zhou, Zhongkai Luan, Weihe Liang
  • Patent number: 11505280
    Abstract: Among others, the present invention provides electric bicycles each including a body frame; a front wheel and a rear wheel; an electric motor configured to provide a mechanical power to at least one of the front and rear wheels; and a battery box configured to removably receive and hold one or more lithium battery packs. The one or more lithium battery packs are configured to power the electric bicycle, and at least one lithium battery pack is capable of being used as a power supply of a separate lithium electric tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Avant Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Ying Ye
  • Patent number: 11505243
    Abstract: A steering control device includes: an electric motor configured to apply an assist force to steering of a steering wheel; a torque sensor configured to detect steering torque of the steering wheel; a base target current setting unit configured to set a base driving force of the electric motor on the basis of the steering torque detected by the torque sensor; and an addition determination unit configured to determine whether a driving force larger than the base driving force is to be set, on the basis of a rotation speed of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Sano, Junya Hirata
  • Patent number: 11498612
    Abstract: An electric power assisted steering apparatus comprises a steering mechanism which operatively connects a steering wheel to the road wheels of a vehicle, an electric motor operatively connected to the steering mechanism, a torque signal generator adapted to produce a torque signal, a column angular position signal generator for producing a column angle signal and a signal processing unit adapted to receive the column torque signal and the column angle signal and to produce therefrom a torque demand signal representative of a torque to be applied to the steering mechanism. A torque demand signal generating circuit adapted to produce the torque demand signal is a function of both the friction compensating torque and the assistance torque signal, at least partially assists the driver in overcoming the effects of static and/or kinetic friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: James Owen Patrick Farrelly
  • Patent number: 11498376
    Abstract: A trailer coupler locking device that includes: a trailer ball body, wherein the trailer ball body is shaped as a coupling ball; a plurality of locking rods, where the plurality of locking rods define elongated members which extend from the trailer ball body; and a locking mechanism. The elongated members may be placed in either a locked position or an unlocked position. When in the unlocked position, the ball body moves freely in and out of a ball mount coupler, and when in a locked position, the ball body is locked into a ball mount coupler. The locking rods selectively extend and retract by manual operation of the locking mechanism, where the locking mechanism includes a cylinder lock that is operably connected to a rotational member and a mechanical rod actuator. The mechanical rod actuator operable connects the rotational member with each locking rod and enables each locking rod to move linearly in response to the rotary motion of the rotational member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Huff, Kristy Moore, Wynell Welch
  • Patent number: 11493008
    Abstract: A position of a center of gravity of a vehicle body is easily optimized. An ABS modulator is disposed in a vicinity of a pivot bracket, which is joined to a lower rear portion of a main frame, and to which a swing arm is swingably connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Yamada, Shoji Kai
  • Patent number: 11485442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a straddle-type vehicle provided with: a front wheel; a rear wheel; an electrical component box that houses a battery; electrical components such as a relay connected to the battery; and electrical component attachment parts with which the electrical components are attached to the electrical component box, wherein the electrical component box is made of a resin, and at least a bank angle sensor is housed in the electrical component box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Shiokawa, Yasuo Narazaki, Hikaru Yokomura, Tsunehiro Kawabata
  • Patent number: 11485213
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a straddle-ridden vehicle frame stiffener comprising a support structure for stiffening the straddle-ridden vehicle frame, the support structure comprising a first side; and a second side, adjacent to the first side; a first mounting element for removably mounting the support structure to the straddle-ridden vehicle frame, the first mounting element being attached to the first side; a second mounting element for removably mounting the support structure to the straddle-ridden vehicle frame, the second mounting element being attached to the second side; and wherein the first side and the second side are rigidly connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Ernest Paul Eich, IV
  • Patent number: 11459014
    Abstract: The adjustment assembly of a hydraulic steering system of a vehicle is provided. The adjustment assembly can be positioned between the steering column and the hydraulic steering unit of the system, to adjust the mutual angular position between the rotation angle of the steering column (?) and the effective steering angle at the wheels (?). The adjustment assembly includes an adjustment device including an electric motor and an electronic command unit controlling its actuation; an epicycloidal device including a satellite-carrying member operatively connected to the steering column; at least one satellite gear supported and guided in rotation by the satellite-carrying member; a first solar gear operatively connected to the hydraulic steering unit and to the at least one satellite gear; and a second solar gear operatively connected to the adjustment device and to the first solar gear to control the angular position and/or the rotation of the first solar gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SAME DEUTZ-FAHR ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Plebani, Stefano Uberti
  • Patent number: 11459023
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and to a device for controlling a steering system and to a steering system having electric steering assistance, wherein a reference variable for the steering assistance is predefined by a steering controller, the steering system is controlled as a function of the reference variable, a compensation value to compensate for a dynamic behavior of an axle steered by the steering system is determined on the basis of a model, the reference variable is determined as a function of the compensation value. The disclosure further relates to a method and to a device for emulating dynamics of the steered axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Milbaier
  • Patent number: 11459055
    Abstract: A stem for a bicycle comprises a body (14), an electrical device such as a power storage means (20), and a connecting means (24, 26). The body (14) has first and second apertures therein. The electrical device is located within the body. The connecting means enables electrical connection through the at least one first aperture, to enable supply of power to the device. The second aperture enables insertion of the device into the body and removal therefrom. A handlebar can be attached to the stem over the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Rupert Clifford-Brown
  • Patent number: 11458832
    Abstract: A cooling system of an internal combustion engine of a motorcycle, which has a suction side guard (4), enables a high ratio between the open surface of the guard and its overall surface, ensuring an improved penetration of the air through the radiator and thus avoiding oversizing of the suction fan, wherein: said guard (4), having a lower edge (6), an upper edge (7), a front edge (8) and a rear edge (9) with respect to a running direction (F) of the vehicle, has a grate mesh structure extending on a plane whereby a deviation space (12) of motion of the air sucked by the fan is defined behind the guard (4); said grate mesh structure being surrounded by a rib (13) having, at the front edge (8), a lower height than that at the rear edge (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Doveri
  • Patent number: 11453458
    Abstract: A cycle frame may include a first set of plates and a plurality of frame beams attached between the first set of plates using removable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Rodney Russell Miner
  • Patent number: 11447006
    Abstract: An electric or hybrid electric vehicle comprises a vehicle chassis extending along a longitudinal axis and a rotatable vehicle drive axle disposed along a transverse axis and having opposed ends that are configured for attachment to a pair of opposed drive wheels. The electric vehicle also comprises a selectively movable electric propulsion motor comprising a rotatable motor shaft rotatable about a motor axis, the electric propulsion motor configured to be mounted within the vehicle chassis and operatively coupled to the rotatable vehicle drive axle and opposed drive wheels, the motor axis configured to be oriented in a substantially vertical direction, a selectively movable differential disposed on the drive axle and configured to operatively couple motive power of the electric propulsion motor that is transmitted to the rotatable motor shaft to the drive axle, and a motor actuator operatively coupled to the electric propulsion motor and the vehicle chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey David Gaither, Robert C. MacArthur, Justin J. Chow
  • Patent number: 11447205
    Abstract: A vehicle frame includes a frame body that includes a front wheel connecting member, a rear wheel connecting member, and a backbone member interconnecting the front and rear wheel connecting members and having a plurality of backbone sections interconnected to each other, and a coupling device that includes a plurality of first coupling members, each of which is mounted to a corresponding one of the backbone sections and is operable to switch between a mobile state and a stationary state. Each of the first coupling members is movable along the corresponding one of the backbone sections in the mobile state, and is immobilized relative to the corresponding one of the backbone sections in the stationary state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Yueh-Han Li
  • Patent number: 11440581
    Abstract: In an electric power steering device, a control unit includes: a power module including a plurality of switching elements configured to supply current to motor windings of a motor; a control board configured to output a control signal to each of the plurality of switching elements; a housing forming an outer case of the control unit; a power supply connector; and a signal connector. The control board is provided in parallel to the axial direction of the output shaft of the motor, and a projection is formed at a bottom portion on the non-output side of the housing so as to protrude to the non-output side. A non-output side end portion of the control board is inserted into the projection, and the power supply connector and the signal connector are provided in a region other than the projection of an outer wall surface of the bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Ichikawa, Akihiko Mori
  • Patent number: 11440611
    Abstract: An operating switch device for a human-powered vehicle comprises an assist operating switch and a coupling structure. The assist operating switch is configured to receive a user operation input to operate an assist driving unit configured to assist a human power. The coupling structure is configured to detachably couple the assist operating switch to a base member of an operating device configured to be mounted to a handlebar. The base member includes a base body including a grip portion provided between a coupling end configured to be coupled to the handlebar and a free end opposite to the coupling end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Toshio Tetsuka, Taihei Nishihara
  • Patent number: 11433962
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a variable damper seat post, which comprises: a damper base provided at an upper end portion of a post; a seat connecting body disposed on the damper base of the post and coupled to a seat on which buttocks of a passenger are seated; a fixing unit for fixing the seat connecting body to the damper base; and a damper, interposed between the damper base and the seat connecting body, for varying positions of the seat depending on the movement of the buttocks on the seat, wherein the damper is composed of an elastic member that is pressed when a pressing force is applied and returns back to its original shape when the pressing force is released, and is interposed between the damper base and the seat connecting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Sang Ill Lee
  • Patent number: 11433971
    Abstract: A high performance synchronous transmission to be used aboard a motorcycle for transmitting the motion generated by an engine to a driving wheel, between a crankshaft and a hub shaft parallel therebetween and perpendicular to the median plane of the motorcycle, comprising on the crankshaft a centrifugal clutch, for the automatic engagement of the first speed above a predetermined rotation regime, and a driving pulley apt to transmit the motion through a subsequent kinematic chain, is provided with a coupling between crankshaft and driving pulley which connects them directly, by determining with its own engagement the exclusion of said centrifugal clutch, said coupling being controlled in disengagement when a control lever is in active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Walter Mariotti, Luca Nuti
  • Patent number: 11427046
    Abstract: A quick hitch attachment device for coupling the attachment element of a truck bed type system to a quick hitch. The attachment device includes a mounting member tube, a ball hitch assembly and two or more coupling members adapted to mount a mounting member to the quick hitch. The ball hitch assembly includes a stem configured to be slidably received in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HIGH BALL HITCH, LLC
    Inventor: Richard G. Steele, Jr.