Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 11072211
    Abstract: A load based tire pressure regulation system for trucks or trailers employing an air spring maintained at a variable pressure PAS depending upon the load on the truck or trailer, includes an air pilot pressure regulator receiving air at pressure PAS and air at the pressure of at least one tire of a truck or trailer, and configured to feed air to and bleed air from the at least one tire of the truck or trailer as a function of the load on the truck or trailer. The pressure regulator is configured to feed air to and bleed air from the at least one tire of the truck or trailer based upon the pressure of the air spring PAS as a function of the load on the air spring (FAS), and further upon the recommended pressure PT of the at least one tire as a function of the load on the tire (FT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Santo A. Padula
  • Patent number: 11072303
    Abstract: In an upper interior structure of a vehicle of the present invention, a deployment guide portion for guiding a curtain airbag toward a cabin side when the curtain airbag is deployed. The deployment guide portion comprises a first guide part and a second guide part. The first guide part is arranged above a top ceiling and on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of the curtain airbag, facing an upper end portion of a pillar trim, so as to restrain the curtain airbag from being deployed outwardly in the vehicle width direction. The second guide part is arranged between the first guide part and the top ceiling, extending in a vertical direction, so as to restrain the curtain airbag from being deployed into a gap between the first guide part and the upper end portion of the pillar trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Ono, Shoji Okano, Hiroshi Nagai, Katsunori Monden
  • Patent number: 11072215
    Abstract: A motor vehicle wheel suspension having a wheel carrier connected to the vehicle body or frame. The suspension having a lower transverse link. The wheel carrier connected to the lower transverse carrier at two connection locations. A first connection location on a first side wall of the wheel carrier and second connection location on a second side wall of the wheel carrier. The first connection location including a connector connected to both the lower transverse and the wheel carrier. The second connection location including a connection between the wheel carrier and the lower transverse link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Drotar, Ralf Hintzen, Daniel Mainz, Paul Zandbergen, Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 11072270
    Abstract: Provided is a truck with a lowerable bed for reducing the height difference between the ground and a payload area to provide easy loading and unloading. A traction system for a truck with a lowerable bed is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: An-Tao Anthony Yang
  • Patent number: 11072375
    Abstract: A control arm includes a wheel side end, a body side end, a first connecting member extending between the wheel side end and the body side end, a second connecting member extending between the wheel side end and the body side end, and having a reduced section portion, and a fracture zone extending through the first and second connecting members in a substantially fore-aft direction of the vehicle, the reduced section portion being within the fracture zone. A thickness of the reduced section portion is tunable to establish a controlled fracturing during a small overlap rigid barrier impact event where: (i) an initial fracture of the first connecting member occurs within the fracture zone, and (ii) a secondary fracture of the second connecting member occurs within the fracture zone at the reduced section portion, to thereby provide a desired rearward trajectory of the wheel assembly during the impact event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Eric A Darin, Scott E Zilincik, Michael W Gaduski, Amandeep S Gill, Tusher M Phule, Sara M Goldsworthy
  • Patent number: 11072381
    Abstract: A car having: a frame; four wheels, which are mounted on the frame in a rotary manner; a body, which covers the frame; at least one compressed air tank; and at least one gas pusher, which is connected to the compressed air tank, is integral to the frame and has a plurality of nozzles, which face outwards, can be activated in order to generate respective air jets, are arranged parallel to and beside one another, have the same orientation and are sized so as to generate different pneumatic thrusts given the same pressure of the compressed air flowing in; a pressure sensor, which determines a pressure inside the compressed air tank; and a control unit, which activates the plurality of nozzles in a coordinated manner so as to generate, as a whole, a desired pneumatic thrust based on the pressure inside the compressed air tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Favaretto
  • Patent number: 11066108
    Abstract: A damper housing includes an upper-wall-plate and an upper-wall-reinforcement-plate. A plurality of collars through which fastening members for attaching a damper are interposed between the upper-wall-plate and the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate. The collars are disposed on a circumference around the damper. An upper section of the damper is fastened and fixed to the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate and the upper-wall-plate by the fastening members. A concave section is formed in at least one of the upper-wall-plate and the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate which are facing each other, the concave section being formed so as to protrude toward the facing upper-wall-plate or the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate. The concave section is disposed between the neighboring collars on the circumference on which the collars are disposed. The upper-wall-plate and the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate are coupled to the facing upper-wall-plate or the upper-wall-reinforcement-plate at the concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Yoshida, Yuya Abe
  • Patent number: 11059443
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle includes a frame, a passenger compartment, a cargo box, and a foldable roll-over protection system (ROPS). The ROPS includes a front ROPS section and a rear ROPS section, wherein in a first position the front ROPS section is folded at least partially into the passenger compartment and the rear ROPS section is folded at least partially into the passenger compartment. In a second position the front ROPS section is connected to the rear ROPS section via interlocking joint components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TEXTRON, INC.
    Inventor: Hunter Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 11059338
    Abstract: A strut bearing may help bear a strut on a vehicle body and set and adjust camber at the strut of a wheel suspension. The strut bearing may include a fixing means, a releasable clamping connection between the strut bearing and the vehicle body, a strut receiver, and an adjustment device. The adjustment device may comprise a sliding block with a guide element, a bearing plate with a guide element receiver forming a linear guide of the sliding block with the guide element together with the guide element receiver, and a clamping plate. The bearing and clamping plates and the sliding block may be arranged such that the sliding block is clamped between the bearing and clamping plates. The strut receiver may be arranged on the sliding block such that a position of the sliding block in the linear guide correlates with the setting of the camber at the strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Jens Priess, Daniel Wieners, Ralf Burdinski
  • Patent number: 11059342
    Abstract: An actuator system for a vehicle suspension system includes: an actuator having a piston and a first fluid chamber separated from a second fluid chamber by the piston; a hydraulic pump having a first port connected by a first hydraulic circuit to the first chamber via a first valve, the first valve being a damper valve operable to variably restrict flow of hydraulic fluid out of the first chamber; a first hydraulic accumulator connected to the first hydraulic circuit between the first port and the first valve; and a second hydraulic accumulator connected to the first port by a second valve, the second valve being a variable pressure relief valve operable to variably restrict flow of hydraulic fluid from the first port to the second hydraulic accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Luke Birch, Sam Brown, Robert Neilson, James Robertson
  • Patent number: 11059448
    Abstract: A present implementation of an airbag system is adapted to include a curtain airbag assembly having a vertical barrier extended in a vertical direction when deployed, the vertical barrier having a first inflatable part deployed at a left side of a vehicle and a second inflatable deployed at a right side of the vehicle. The airbag system further includes sensors adapted to sense parameters associated with operational characteristics of a vehicle and an electronic control unit (ECU) adapted to receive the parameters from the sensors. The ECU is further adapted to monitor the plurality of parameters to determine if the vehicle is experiencing an accident. The airbag system further includes an inflation module adapted to deploy the curtain airbag assembly. If the ECU determines that an accident is occurring, the ECU provides a trigger signal to the inflation module to initiate a process to deploy the curtain airbag assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Rutelin, Johan Rosenberg, Sven-Olof Persson
  • Patent number: 11059337
    Abstract: An alignment assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first bushing with a slot, the first bushing being configured to be positioned and secured to an end of a first link of a wishbone suspension assembly, and an insert that fits within the slot, the insert having a locating hole that positions a bolt within the slot for nominal caster and camber angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eric B. Hoyer, Jack Marchel
  • Patent number: 11059513
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle includes a steering shaft rotatably mounted in a steering column housing about a longitudinal axis, and a rotation limiter. The rotation limiter has a stop disk which is connected to the steering shaft to transmit torque. The stop disk includes at least one recess extending in the circumferential direction, such that the steering shaft is coupled to a lifting mechanism, with a stop pin, which is mounted displaceably in the direction of the longitudinal axis and non-displaceably in the circumferential direction and engages with the recess depending on the rotational angle of the steering shaft such that, when the permitted rotational angle of the steering shaft is reached, the stop pin strikes against a boundary of the recess, the boundary lying in the circumferential direction, and prevents further rotation in the same direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Presta AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Forte, Robert Galehr
  • Patent number: 11059450
    Abstract: A vehicle occupant restraint device includes a three-point seatbelt device, a shoulder belt anchor, and a mover device. The three-point seatbelt device includes a shoulder belt extending from an upper portion on one seat width direction end side of a seatback configuring a vehicle seat on which an occupant sits, toward a buckle at a lower portion on another seat width direction end side. The shoulder belt anchor is provided for the shoulder belt to pass through at a shoulder opening on the one seat width direction end side of an upper section of the seatback. The mover device moves the shoulder belt anchor toward a top-to-bottom direction lower side of the seatback when the seatback, which is configured to tilt rearward from an upright state, has been tilted rearward by at least a predetermined angle or greater with respect to a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 11059344
    Abstract: A stabilizer includes bend sections. With respect to positions in a circumferential direction of a radial cross section of each of the bend sections, a center of an inside of a bend is defined as 0°, and a center of an outside of the bend is defined as 180°. The bend sections each include a bend interior section located at 0°, a bend exterior section located at 180°, a first side section located at 90°, and a second side section located at 270°. The bend interior section has compressive residual stress from a surface to a first depth. The bend exterior section has compressive residual stress to a second depth. The first side section has compressive residual stress to a third depth. The second side section has compressive residual stress to a fourth depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yoshihiro Koshita, Akihiko Nishikawa, Akifumi Otani
  • Patent number: 11052829
    Abstract: An accessory arm for a lift truck includes at least one rear attachment mechanism affixed to a rear overhead guard leg of the lift truck and a front attachment mechanism affixed to a front overhead guard leg of the lift truck. The accessory arm further includes an accessory bar rotationally mounted to the at least one rear attachment mechanism and to engage with the front attachment mechanism when the accessory bar is in a closed position. A wiring harness connected to a battery of the lift truck and routed within the accessory bar to a device mounted to the accessory bar, the wiring harness to provide power to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Brotherton, Jeffrey G. Stephenson, Gary L. Owens
  • Patent number: 11046136
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a forecarriage of a rolling motor vehicle with three or four wheels, comprising: a forecarriage frame (16); at least one pair of front wheels (10?, 10?) kinematically connected to each other and to the forecarriage frame (16) by a kinematic roll mechanism (20) which enables the same to roll in a synchronous and specular manner; a roll block system (100) comprising a rod (110) which directly connects to each other at the two ends thereof by means of ball joints or hinging means equivalent to ball joints (101, 102), two parts of the forecarriage both subject to rolling movements of said two front wheels or said forecarriage frame and a forecarriage part subject to said rolling movements. The roll block system comprises a blocking device (111a, 112a; 130) adapted to block the rotation angle of said rod at the two ends thereof with respect to a rolling plane of said forecarriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 11046140
    Abstract: A rear suspension apparatus of a vehicle includes: a transverse helper leaf spring connected to a rear axle and disposed in a transverse direction; and a first stopper mechanism and a second stopper mechanism contacting the transverse helper leaf spring when the vehicle moves. The rear suspension apparatus is capable of improving riding quality by using a new spring constant value generated by the transverse helper leaf spring when freight is loaded and a vehicle body frame moves downwardly, and restricting rolling movement of the vehicle when rolling is caused, thereby increasing roll stiffness and improving driving stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sung Han Cho
  • Patent number: 11046141
    Abstract: A spring plate for supporting a vehicle suspension spring, with a surface facing toward the vehicle suspension spring and with at least one support point, wherein the spring plate has a region which extends from the surface in the direction of the vehicle suspension spring and forms the support point, and wherein a sheet-metal element acting as a corrosion protection element is fastened to the extended region and is in contact with the vehicle suspension spring in all operating states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: thyssenkrupp Bilstein GmbH, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Klaus Schmidt, Andreas Mai
  • Patent number: 11046176
    Abstract: An off-highway recreational includes a frame, a prime mover, a transmission, an intermediate shaft and a main shaft. The transmission is mechanically coupled to receive power from the prime mover and to provide mechanical power at a transaxle output shaft. The intermediate drive shaft is mechanically coupled to the transaxle output shaft, wherein the intermediate drive shaft has a first diameter. The main drive shaft is mechanically coupled to the intermediate drive shaft, wherein the main drive shaft has a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Devin Joseph Danielson, Joel Merlyn Braun, Steven Allen Mathison, Gary Orlen Homme, Brent Orlin Magner, Jacob Tyler Crosby, Kevin David Thompson, Douglas Robert Grangroth, Ricky Allen Warne