Patents Examined by Nicole Verley
  • Patent number: 9796444
    Abstract: A foldable structure of an electric vehicle is disclosed. In the foldable structure, a frame defines a stowing space, and includes a connection base and a rotatable seat. The connection base has a chute and the seat includes a link rod. The wheel part includes two wheel casings, a tire and a driving device, and a containing space is formed between the wheel casings for containing the tire and the driving device. The wheel casings has a rotator cap protruded at tops thereof, and the rotator cap has an axle hole longitudinally cut therethrough, and the rotator cap is pivotally connected with the rotatable seat by the axle hole, whereby the link rod can be slid into the chute, and the two wheel casings and the tire can be laterally rotated into the stowing space, such that the electric vehicle can just occupy smaller space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: Global Win Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Jen Lin, Kuan Yu Lin
  • Patent number: 9789840
    Abstract: A vehicle interior includes a roof, a seat including a seatback, and an airbag supported by the roof. The airbag is inflatable away from the roof to an inflated position surrounding the seatback. During an impact of the vehicle, the airbag may be inflated from an uninflated position to the inflated position to absorb energy from an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9776677
    Abstract: A lift axle suspension for a tandem trailer has first and second suspension air bags for first and second axles. There is a lift air bag that, when pressurized, applies a lifting force to lift the second axle relative to the first axle. A first pneumatic circuit supplies compressed air to the first suspension air bag and a diverter valve and is controlled by a height selector valve that is opened and closed based on the ride height of the trailer. The diverter valve selectively supplies compressed air to the second suspension air bag and a pressure regulator that limits air pressure to a predetermined pressure. A second pneumatic supplies compressed air to the lift air bag and is controlled by a pilot valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Kelly W Yakimishyn
  • Patent number: 9771116
    Abstract: A three wheeled vehicle is disclosed having a radiator positioned forward of an engine and coupled to the engine for cooling the engine. A front radiator shroud is positioned over the radiator on a front side and a rear radiator shroud is positioned over the radiator on a rear side. The rear radiator shroud has a rear baffle plate directing air downwardly and under the operator's compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Shane W. Marko
  • Patent number: 9751376
    Abstract: A bushing having rotatable inner elements which includes a plurality of housings and a plurality of rubbers and into which a stabilizer bar is inserted to be mounted on a vehicle body, may include an outer housing connected to a lower end of a rod connected to the vehicle body, an outer rubber attached on the inner surface of the outer housing, a first inner housing disposed in the outer rubber, a second inner housing disposed in the first inner housing to be rotated with respect to the first inner housing, an inner rubber disposed in the second inner housing, and being in contact with a surface of the stabilizer bar, and a retainer ring formed in a partially-cut ring shape such that the diameter thereof is increased, disposed between the first and second inner housings, and pressurizing the second inner housing toward the inner rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae-Hwan Seo
  • Patent number: 9751490
    Abstract: A side airbag for a vehicle is provided. The side airbag includes an airbag cushion and a diffuser that is configured to diffuse gas within the interior of the airbag cushion. A vent aperture is configured to communicate within an interior of the airbag cushion to an exterior of the airbag cushion. A first seam line is formed in a shape that obstructs the vent aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Eung Man Kim, Kyu Jong Kim, Jae Soon Cho
  • Patent number: 9745012
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a linkage, a steering force transmission, and a steering lock. The steering force transmission includes a rear shaft that is able to turn about a rear axis, a front shaft that is able to turn about a front axis, and a connector. When seen from a side of the vehicle, a distance between the front shaft and a right steering axis is smaller than a distance between the rear shaft and the right steering axis, and in which at least one portion of the steering lock that is mounted on the front shaft or a member that turns together with the front shaft and a member that is displaced relative thereto is provided in a position that overlaps a movable range of the linkage when seen from the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohsuke Ohno, Hiroyuki Yoshikuni, Nobuhiko Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9744933
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is rotatable about an axis perpendicular to a vehicle floor from a forward-facing position to a rear-facing position. The seat includes a seat bottom and a seat back. A seat belt assembly extends at least partially from the seat back. At least one airbag is incorporated into the seat belt assembly and is deployable when the vehicle seat is rotated to at least one of the rear-facing position and a position between the forward-facing position and the rear-facing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Mark A. Cuddihy, Saeed David Barbat, Srinivasan Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 9738246
    Abstract: Adjusting device for a front lid, with an actuator for raising the rear edge of the front lid, wherein the actuator is configured as a coupling mechanism having a first drive with a rotation-locked lever connected to a push rod in an articulated fashion and a second drive with a rotation-locked lever connected to a push rod in an articulated fashion, wherein the two push rods have a common attachment point, via which they are connected to the front lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Peter Kugler, Wolfgang Dorfner, Harald Sternecker, Bernhard-Konrad Pfaller, Manfred Schindler
  • Patent number: 9738134
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame supported by the ground-engaging members, a powertrain assembly supported by the frame which includes an engine, an alternator coupled to the engine through a housing, and a heating, ventilation, and air condition (“HVAC”) assembly including a compressor operably coupled to the engine. The compressor is supported on a first side of the housing plate and the alternator is supported on a second side of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Rittenour, Derek M. Frie, William L. Barbrey, Andrew J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9738344
    Abstract: In a vehicle, a left cover attached to a left side member covers at least one of a left upper edge of an upper cross member, a left lower edge of the upper cross member, a left upper edge of a lower cross member, and a left lower edge of the lower cross member, from the left in a left-right direction of a body frame together with at least a portion of the left side member. A right cover attached to a right side member covers at least one of a right upper edge of the upper cross member, a right lower edge of the upper cross member, a right upper edge of an upper edge of the lower cross member, and a right lower edge of the lower cross member, from the right in the left-right direction of the body frame together with at least a portion of the right side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9731786
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a linkage, a steering force transmission, a steering lock and a steering stopper. The steering force transmission includes a rear shaft that is able to turn about a rear axis, a front shaft that is able to turn about a front axis, and a connector that transmits the turning of the rear shaft to the front shaft. The steering lock includes a first portion and a second portion which are able to be displaced relative to each other and makes it impossible for a right front wheel and a left front wheel to turn by making it impossible for the first portion to be displaced relative to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yoshikuni, Kohsuke Ohno, Nobuhiko Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9708006
    Abstract: A subframe for a rear axle of a two-track motor vehicle includes a deformation element which, as viewed in a vehicle longitudinal direction, is provided at a forward end of the subframe between the subframe and a functional unit of the motor vehicle such that in the event of a rear-end crash a forward shift of the subframe causes the deformation element to come into contact with the functional unit and to undergo deformation to thereby dissipate crash energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Sven Schmalzrieth, Vladimir Idelevitch
  • Patent number: 9701273
    Abstract: An airbag device includes an airbag deployable out of a housing when fed with inflation gas, a limitation member capable of constraining a part of the airbag from unfolding and deploying, a wrapping member which wraps the airbag for keeping the folded-up configuration, and a flap member capable of covering an abnormally-seated vehicle occupant from the airbag. The limitation member has flexibility and includes a temporal holding section which holds a folded region of the airbag in a releasable fashion, a mounting section by which the limitation member is mounted on the housing and a connecting section connecting the mounting section and the temporal holding section. The temporal holding section includes a holding recess and frees the folded region via an opening of the holding recess when a periphery of the opening is deformed at airbag deployment. The flap member is disposed between the limitation member and the wrapping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Miura, Tsuyoshi Furuno, Takashi Shigemura
  • Patent number: 9694778
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a frame, a cover, and a seat side airbag assembly. The seat side airbag assembly includes a chute mounted to the frame and extending to the cover. An airbag is fixed to the chute, with the chute extending between the airbag and the cover. The chute is attached to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric D. Veggian, Brian Robert Spahn
  • Patent number: 9688322
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes left and right track assemblies, each track assembly including a main frame, a pivot member, a pivot shaft coupled to the pivot member, and an actuator coupled between the pivot shaft and the main frame. Each track assembly is configured to permit pivotal steering movement, pivotal pitch movement, and pivotal camber movement. The actuator of each track assembly is coupled to the respective main frame at one end of the actuator, and at an opposite end of the actuator to an actuator anchor via a self-aligning bearing arrangement to permit transmission of steering forces while enabling pivotal movement of the respective track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Marvin A. Prickel, Shivakumar Prodduturi, Tom Lykken, David Allen Zach
  • Patent number: 9682736
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes left and right track assemblies, each track assembly including a main frame, a pivot member, a pivot shaft coupled to the pivot member, and an actuator coupled between the pivot shaft and the main frame. Each pivot member is mounted to a respective main frame to permit pivotal steering movement about a generally vertical steering axis for steering the track assemblies under the influence of the actuator. Additionally, each track assembly is pivotal about a generally horizontal pitch axis of the respective pivot shaft to permit pitch movement of the respective track assembly. Each track assembly is also pivotal about a generally horizontal camber axis through a portion of the respective pivot member to permit camber movement of the respective track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Marvin A. Prickel, Michael J. Connors, Tom Lykken, David Allen Zach
  • Patent number: 9676296
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a seat unlocking system includes a seat with a seat part and a back part secured to a body at an attachment, an airbag, and an actuator for releasing the attachment of the seat to the body. Following activation of the actuator, the attachment between the seat and the body is disconnected such that the seat is moveable relative to the body. A control unit is configured to activate the actuator following an accident exclusively in the case of an opened airbag and exclusively with the motor vehicle at a standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Mark Denne
  • Patent number: 9669796
    Abstract: In a four-point seatbelt device including a three-point seatbelt and an automatic belt, the automatic belt is actuated to dispose an anchor at a standby position after the three-point seatbelt has been placed over an occupant. During this operation, the anchor is disposed further to a rear side than a field of vision of the occupant facing toward a front side, for example, and a second webbing is placed in standby in an unrestrained state with respect to the occupant. Moreover, in a case in which a vehicle collision has been predicted by a PCS control section, the automatic belt is actuated to place the second webbing over the occupant automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Takuya Nezaki
  • Patent number: 9669862
    Abstract: A portion of a steering column assembly includes an energy absorption assembly. The energy absorption assembly includes an energy absorption strap and a breakaway member. The energy absorption strap has a first strap portion coupled to an upper jacket assembly and a second strap portion coupled to a lower jacket assembly. The breakaway member has a first breakaway member, a second breakaway member, and a frangible area. The first breakaway member defines a first opening that receives the first strap portion. The second breakaway member defines a second opening that receives the second strap portion. The frangible area joins the first breakaway member to the second breakaway member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Matthew T. Vincent, Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Randy W. Jones, Roger A. Bourbina, Robert D. Bueche