Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10730470
    Abstract: An inflatable safety restraint system that is downwardly deployable from a roof of a vehicle for protecting an occupant of the vehicle. The inflatable safety restraint system includes at least one inflatable airbag and at least one joint closing the shape of the at least one inflatable airbag to circumscribe an internal cavity. At least one inflator is in fluid communication with the at least one inflatable airbag for inflating the at least one airbag. Upon deployment, the inflatable safety restraint system defines a closed shape for surrounding the occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventor: Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10730475
    Abstract: A vehicle seatbelt device that includes: a lap belt that restrains a waist portion of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat; a connection member that connects an end portion of the lap belt with an anchor provided at either a side of the vehicle seat or a location on a vehicle body; a retractor that is provided at a front side of a vehicle relative to the anchor, and that is actuated in a vehicle collision or in a case in which a vehicle collision has been predicted; and a load transmission member that is coupled with the connection member so as to be movable relative to the connection member, and that is retracted by the retractor in a case in which the retractor is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Hayashi, Katsunori Yamada, Tatsunori Andou, Mitsuaki Gotoh
  • Patent number: 10723282
    Abstract: A vehicle storage assembly includes a bracket, a mounting plate, a post having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end of the post rotatably coupled to the bracket and the proximal end of the post rotatably coupled to the mounting plate, an upper member defining a frame configured to support a rigging accessory, a lower member, and a locking member. The upper member includes an outer wall and a plurality of supports defining a plurality of stations. The lower member includes an outer panel and a plurality of partitions defining a plurality of cavities configured to receive the rigging accessory. The locking member is positioned to selectively fix the orientation of the post, the upper member, and the lower member thereby facilitating operator access to a desired one of the plurality of stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob Perron, Bradley Kresge
  • Patent number: 10719085
    Abstract: A method of operating a robot includes assuming a resting pose of the robot on a surface. The robot includes an inverted pendulum body, a counter-balance body disposed on the inverted pendulum body and configured to move relative to the inverted pendulum body, at least one arm connected to the inverted pendulum body and configured to move relative to the inverted pendulum body, at least one leg prismatically coupled to the inverted pendulum body, and a drive wheel rotatably coupled to the at least one leg. The method also includes moving from the resting pose to a sitting pose by moving the counter-balance body relative to the inverted pendulum body away from the ground surface to position a center of mass of the robot substantially over the drive wheel. The method also includes moving from the sitting pose to a standing pose by altering a length of the at least one leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Douglas Perkins
  • Patent number: 10717457
    Abstract: A steering column assembly that includes a rake bracket and a rake bolt assembly. The rake bracket is disposed on a jacket assembly that extends along a steering column axis. The rake bracket defines an opening and rake bracket teeth. The rake bolt assembly includes a rake bolt that extends through the opening along a rake bolt axis and a rake element that is disposed about the rake bolt. The rake element has a toothed region defining rake teeth that engage the first rake bracket teeth and a non-toothed region defining a flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Dubay, Damian Z. Gostyla, Devin M. King
  • Patent number: 10717333
    Abstract: A front two-wheel suspension system having a pair of left and right front wheels includes: left and right upper kingpin axles that support the left and right front wheels and are pivoted in a yaw direction by a steering shaft; left and right knuckle arms that are coupled to the left and right upper kingpin axles and pivoted in the yaw direction by the steering shaft; left and right upper arms that couple the left and right knuckle arms and left and right cushion units; and left and right first pivots that make the left and right knuckle arms and the left and right upper arms pivotable in the yaw direction. The upper kingpin axles and the first pivots are coaxial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yotaro Mori
  • Patent number: 10717458
    Abstract: A displaceable steering column for motor vehicles may include an actuating unit in which a steering shaft is rotatably mounted. The actuating unit may be displaceable relative to a holding unit in the axial direction of the steering shaft, and optionally in the vertical direction, and can be clamped by means of a clamping device so that the actuating unit is fixed in an non-displaceable manner when the motor vehicle is operating normally. The steering column may also include an energy absorption device disposed between the actuating unit and the holding unit, which in the event of a vehicle crash absorbs at least part of the energy applied to the steering column by material deformation of an energy absorber. The energy absorption device may have a central portion on which an energy absorber is disposed and is engaged with the actuating unit. The central portion may be connected to a clamping portion that can be clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10710622
    Abstract: A hand truck includes a frame, a handle attached to a rear side of the frame, a platform extending from a front side of the frame, a plurality of feet attached to an underside of the platform, at least one support member attached to the front side of the frame, and an axle supporting a plurality of wheels, wherein the axle is attached to the frame. The hand truck may include a standing configuration and a mobile configuration. In the standing configuration, the plurality of wheels and at least one of the plurality of feet contact a ground surface to support the hand truck such that the platform is arranged at an oblique angle with respect to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OLDCASTLE BUILDINGENVELOPE, INC.
    Inventors: William Joshua McDonald, Christopher Todd Herndon
  • Patent number: 10710406
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly to be mounted at an end portion of an axle of a vehicle, the axle including a differential carrier housing containing a differential and drive shafts, each having one end connected to the differential and a second end to connect to a wheel of the vehicle. The assembly includes a cover to be mounted at the end portion of the axle and fastened to a wheel hub, and a stop elastically compressible in the axial direction and fastened to the cover so as to face and contact one end face of a drive shaft. The stop includes a first part having a first cross-section S1 and configured to absorb in compression axial movements of the drive shaft, and a second part having a second cross-section S2 smaller than the first cross-section S1 and configured to provide a substantially point contact with the drive shaft end face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yann Depoorter, Thomas Barillot, Serge Vananty, Chris Clezardin, Michael Joliet
  • Patent number: 10703321
    Abstract: An airbag assembly includes a first airbag and a second airbag each inflatable to an inflated position, and a panel. In the inflated position, each of the first and second airbags have a bend, and first and second legs extending from the bend. The panel extends from the first airbag to the second airbag in the inflated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Joseph Edward Abramczyk, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 10703155
    Abstract: A bushing for use in an axle/suspension system of a heavy-duty vehicle. A beam supports an axle for pivotal movement with a hanger of the heavy-duty vehicle at a pivot connection. A bumper is fixed to the beam and contacts an engagement member of the heavy-duty vehicle to limit the relative pivotal movement of the beam and axle in one direction. A force is applied to the pivot connection in a force application direction that is angularly spaced from horizontal and vertical planes. The pivot connection includes a bushing to connect the beam and the hanger. The bushing includes an elastomeric bushing body with at least one void for decreasing rigidity of the bushing body in a substantially vertical direction. The one void is located in the bushing body angularly spaced from the force application direction. The bushing body is substantially solid along the force application direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Donald R. Hester, R. Scott Fulton, Ross Leonard, Randy J. Zimmerman, James J. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10703184
    Abstract: A hydraulic system (10) for a vehicle is provided. The hydraulic system comprises a shifting mechanism (20) and a pump assembly (30) configured to provide pressurized fluid to said shifting mechanism (20), and an electrical motor (40). The movement of the shifting mechanism (20) controls a valve function which serves to open a connection from the pump assembly (30) to the electrical motor (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Sweden AB
    Inventors: Kristoffer Nilsson, Henrik Nilsson, Gustaf Lagunoff, Mikael Tiainen, Johan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10703413
    Abstract: An RDU detachment system is provided and includes a front RDU mounting bracket, a rear RDU mounting bracket, a rear cross member including an inclined face oriented toward the RDU and at least one bushing connecting the rear RDU mounting bracket with the rear cross member. A method of detaching an RDU from a rear subframe of a motor vehicle in response to an impact force transmitted to the RDU through a driveline is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dominik Mueller, Joergen Hilmann, Istvan Somogyvari, Djamel Bouzit, Deb Kumar Bonnerjee
  • Patent number: 10696120
    Abstract: A leveling valve (101) for discharging and supplying air from and to a plurality of utilization elements (205a, b), in particular pneumatic suspension bellows, includes a valve arrangement (103) for directing air between a source (207) of pressurized air, an exhaust port (3) and the utilization elements, a supply port (1) in fluid communication with the valve arrangement (103) and the source (207) of pressurized air, and an exhaust port (3) having an exhaust air channel (a) for discharging exhaust air. The exhaust port (3) includes at least one air-permeable damping element, which is at least partly positioned within the exhaust air channel (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Marek Repela, Przemyslaw Zak
  • Patent number: 10696326
    Abstract: The steering angles of front wheels 3f and rear wheels 3r of a vehicle 1 can be respectively controlled by a front wheel steering angle control actuator 35 and a rear wheel steering angle control actuator 44. If a steering wheel 20 is operated in a turning direction of the vehicle 1 while the vehicle 1 is traveling in a straight line, then a controller 60 changes the steering angle of the front wheels 3f to approach to a steering angle specified on the basis of an operation amount after the steering wheel 20 is operated, and also controls the front wheel steering angle control actuator 35 and the rear wheel steering angle control actuator 44 to change the steering angles of the rear wheels 3r to the opposite direction of the turning direction of the vehicle 1 immediately after the steering wheel 20 is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Gomi, Yoshinao Sodeyama, Kazushi Akimoto, Osamu Kikuchi, Takashi Kudo
  • Patent number: 10696267
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas generator, including: an ignition device being disposed at a first end of a cylindrical housing main body portion, a diffuser portion being provided with a gas discharge port and closing a second end thereof which is axially opposite to the first end; a combustion chamber being present in an internal space of the cylindrical housing main body portion; a cup-shaped member partitioning the combustion chamber and the diffuser portion, a bottom surface and an opening of the cup-shaped member being located on the side of the first end and the second end of the cylindrical housing main body portion respectively, and a first gap being formed between the circumferential wall of the cup-shaped member and an inner wall surface of the cylindrical housing main body portion; a cylindrical filter being disposed in a space surrounded by the cup-shaped member and the diffuser portion, and a first end surface of the cylindrical filter being abutted against the bottom surface of the cup-
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DAICEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Fukumoto, Teppei Hanano
  • Patent number: 10696258
    Abstract: A vehicle window structure for preventing a person from being thrown out, applied to a vehicle, includes a fixing frame. An inner frame surface of the fixing frame is provided with a plurality of fixing portions spaced apart from each other. An arresting net includes at least one plastic rope fixedly connected to the fixing portions in an interlaced manner. The fixing frame is provided with a light-permeable unit that is mounted and fixed within the inner frame surface and covers the arresting net. When the vehicle has an accidental rollover unfortunately, even if the light-permeable unit is damaged or the fixing frame is deformed during the overturning of the vehicle, the arresting net is still able to arrest the user effectively because the arresting net is directly fixed to the fixing frame, thereby preventing the user from being thrown out of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Chun-Nan Liu
  • Patent number: 10688955
    Abstract: A center curtain airbag for a vehicle may include an upper cushion device configured to be deployed from a roof device of the vehicle into a space between a front seat and a rear seat when an inflator operates; a lower cushion device connecting and communicating with the upper cushion device and configured to extend downwardly from the upper cushion device; and a guide tether including a first end portion coupled to the upper cushion device or the roof device, and a second end portion coupled to a lower end portion of the lower cushion device, the guide tether being configured to provide, when the lower cushion device along with the upper cushion device is deployed, a pulling force to the lower cushion device so that the lower cushion device may be deformed to protrude toward the front and rear seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Pyoung Sik Shin, Jae Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10689856
    Abstract: A roof vehicle has a chassis, a plurality of motor-driven wheels coupled to the chassis, a man-basket coupled to the chassis, wherein the man-basket is moveable on a y-axis and is configured to lower to an elevation beneath that of the plurality of motor-driven wheels, a deck for transporting equipment, and a power supply. A method for assembling and installing a roof involves moving the roof vehicle to the desired location on the roof of a structure, lowering the man-basket at least partially beneath the surface roof, and performing work (e.g., welding) to secure the roof to the structure of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Innovatech, LLC
    Inventors: Brig Jeffs, Edson Harker, James Barlow, James Harker, Nathan Jessop, Sam Williams, Thomas Harker
  • Patent number: 10690215
    Abstract: A damper system for a vehicle is provided that includes an outer tube, a piston rod, and a piston assembly that is mounted to the piston rod and separates the outer tube into first and second working chambers. A valve assembly, mounted to the piston assembly, controls fluid flow between the first and second working chambers. A magnetic rotor is fixed to and extends annularly about the outer tube. A stator assembly is coupled to the piston rod by a spherical bearing assembly. The stator assembly includes a plurality of coils that apply an active damping force to the piston rod when energized. The coils can also generate electricity from axial movements of the piston rod relative to the outer tube. One or more glide bearings are disposed radially between the coils and the magnetic rotor in a sliding fit to stabilize the stator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Monzer Al Sakka, Miguel Dhaens, Christophe Lauwerys, Thibault Le Polain