Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 11904949
    Abstract: A vehicular steering device includes a turning shaft, a housing storing therein the turning shaft, a stopper provided at a shaft end of the turning shaft, and an annular elastic body. An opening of the housing is formed in a U-shaped cross-sectional shape and in an annular shape opened toward the stopper by an external cylinder portion and an internal cylinder portion. The elastic body includes a first elastic portion and a second elastic portion. The first elastic portion is supported by an inner circumferential surface of the external cylinder portion and the bottom surface, and is provided with a first clearance from an outer circumferential surface of the internal cylinder portion. The second elastic portion extends toward the stopper from the first elastic portion, and is provided with a second clearance larger than the first clearance from the inner circumferential surface of the external cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Enomoto
  • Patent number: 11904943
    Abstract: An embodiment chassis frame includes a plurality of partitions extending downwardly from an upper frame and having lower portions and a reinforcing member detachably connected to the lower portions of adjacent ones of the partitions. An embodiment chassis frame includes a plurality of partitions extending downwardly from an upper frame and having lower portions and a reinforcing member detachably connected to the lower portions of adjacent ones of the partitions, the reinforcing member including a first end portion and a second end portion opposing the first end portion, the first end portion and the second end portion detachably connected to the lower portions of the corresponding partitions, respectively, and a second reinforcing bracket at least partially surrounding an exterior surface of the second end portion, the second reinforcing bracket detachably connected to the lower portion of the corresponding partition through a second bolt and a second nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Han Jong Lee
  • Patent number: 11904794
    Abstract: A pet restraint system for a vehicle is provided. The pet restraint system includes a leash configured to connect to a restraint device on a pet, a wearable device comprising one of a collar and a harness configured to be worn on the pet and connected to the leash, a retractor device coupled to the leash and configured to be secured to a support structure on the vehicle, a sensor for detecting an expected condition of the vehicle, and a controller for controlling the retractor to retract or lock the leash based on the determined expected condition of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, Marguerite Lynn Kimball, Benjamin Yilma, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 11895936
    Abstract: Vehicles having the versatility to be used as farm vehicles while also being able to be used as a transportation method, such as a motorcycle, are provided. The vehicles can generally include a three-wheel configuration in which first and second drive wheels are substantially vertically aligned, and the third wheel is offset from the vertically aligned drive wheels. The third wheel can be aligned with the second wheel, or it can be disposed at a location that is between the first and second wheels while still being offset from the vertical alignment. A tool for performing farming actions is also provided. In some instances the tool can be laterally offset from the vertically aligned wheels, located between the drive wheels, while in other instances the tool can be disposed distal of the rear wheel. Many vehicle and tool configurations are disclosed, as are methods for operating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Guillermo Fabian Diaz Lankenau, Amos Greene Winter, V
  • Patent number: 11897303
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a vertical VSE, a riding comfort control logic, a planar VSE, a steering stability control logic, a command limiting unit, a control command selection unit. The command limiting unit acquires specifications related to a traveling of a vehicle such as, for example, a slip rate and a four-wheel independent braking/driving force control flag through a CAN. The command limiting unit limits a variable range of a damping force generated by a suspension device provided between a vehicle body and wheels of the vehicle based on the specifications related to the traveling of the vehicle to obtain a first command value. The command limiting unit outputs the obtained first command value to the control command selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Yoshida, Ryusuke Hirao, Nobuyuki Ichimaru
  • Patent number: 11897306
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system including a vehicle body portion is provided herein. The vehicle suspension system further includes a first suspension lever which is pivotally mounted with respect to a first pivot axis on a first region of the vehicle body portion and pivotally connects a wheel hub or a steering knuckle to the vehicle body portion. The vehicle suspension system further includes a rotation sensor with a first sensor portion of the sensor is fixedly connected to the vehicle body portion and a second sensor portion is fixedly connected to the first suspension lever, where the first and second sensor portions are rotatable with respect to each other about a sensor rotation axis, and the rotation angle between the first and second sensor portions with respect to each other indicates a pivot angle of the first suspension lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: DANA ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Tonini, Federico Bavaresco
  • Patent number: 11897415
    Abstract: An occupant restraint system for retaining an occupant in a vehicle seat includes a support extending adjacent a back of the vehicle seat so that the back of the vehicle seat extends between the occupant and the support. At least one strap has first and second ends attached to the support. The at least one strap extends around the occupant and the back of the seat so that the back of the vehicle seat and the occupant are between the support and the at least one strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Hylus Ranjit Raj Jayakar, Wael Youssef-Agha
  • Patent number: 11897414
    Abstract: Please substitute the new Abstract submitted herewith for the original Abstract: A hinge system of a hood of a vehicle has a hinge which is arranged between the hood and a mating element of the vehicle. The hinge is designed both for opening the hood and for raising the hood when the latter is in the closed state, and includes a lifting-piston actuator for initiating a raising movement of the hood. The lifting-piston actuator has a piston element which can be connected to the hinge and/or the hood in a form-fitting manner in order to limit freedom of movement of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Boiger, Michael Kelm, Walter Meierhofer, Walter Widl
  • Patent number: 11897295
    Abstract: An axle assembly includes a connection assembly having a stationary portion and a rotary portion. The stationary portion is configured to couple to an inlet airflow assembly configured to be non-movably coupled to a beam housing, the rotary portion is configured to couple to an outlet airflow assembly configured to be non-movably coupled to a steering knuckle, the stationary portion forms a cavity configured to facilitate flow of pressurized air from the inlet airflow assembly to the rotary portion, and the rotary portion forms an airflow path configured to facilitate flow of the pressurized air from the cavity to the outlet airflow assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jie Tu, Michael Jensen
  • Patent number: 11897416
    Abstract: A seat belt to increase a force for restraining a passenger's lower body in a sitting state of a relaxation mode while satisfying existing laws in a normal sitting state and to a movement control method thereof includes an anchor unit provided on a lower portion of a first side surface of a seat and configured for allowing webbing of the seat belt to be locked thereto and an anchor moving apparatus configured to move the anchor unit forwards and backwards thereof, and to a movement control method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation, SAMSONG INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Woon Kim, Il Chang Sung, Won Ryong Song, Jung Woo Park
  • Patent number: 11897569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a saddle-riding vehicle, preferably an endurance-type vehicle. The vehicle comprises a steering tube to which a steering assembly that controls a front wheel is rotatingly connected. The vehicle comprises a frame comprising a central part (12) to which is hinged a first end (8A) of a fork (8) which also comprises a second end (8B) rotatingly connected to a rear wheel (4). This frame also comprises a front part (15) extending between the steering tube (11) and said central part (12), wherein this front part (15) comprises a first frame side (15A) and a second frame side (15B) separated in the direction of the width of the vehicle and made of a first metallic material. The vehicle according to the invention is characterised in that it comprises at least a pair of connecting plates (16A-16B) wherein a first plate (16A) connects said engine assembly (2) to said first frame side (15A) and a second plate (16B) that connects said engine assembly (2) to said second frame side (15B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Piaggio & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Piero Soatti, Damiano Bellan, Massimiliano Piccioli
  • Patent number: 11890928
    Abstract: an electric powertrain integrated into a vehicle axle. Such electric axle (or “E-axle”) is a front or rear axle that includes an axle body (or “housing”) adapted to receive a powertrain, which is arranged to provide torque to the wheels of the axle. The “E-Axle” is a compact and economical electric drive solution for battery electric vehicles, fuel cells and hybrid applications. The electric motor(s), electronics and transmission are combined in a compact unit that directly drives the wheels provided at the longitudinal ends of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Brolles, Thomas Barillot
  • Patent number: 11891112
    Abstract: A steering shaft assembly includes a male shaft having a plurality of teeth extending radially outwardly from a portion of the male shaft. The steering shaft assembly also includes a female shaft receiving a portion of the male shaft and fixed to the male shaft in a rotational direction, the male shaft axially moveable relative to the female shaft, the female shaft having an end portion and a body portion, wherein the end portion of the female shaft has an end wall thickness that is less than a body wall thickness of the body portion, the end portion curved radially inwardly to define a hard stop position during axial movement of the male shaft. An end of the plurality of teeth of the male shaft contact the curved end portion of the female shaft at the hard stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Partyka, Daniel P. Cook, Terry E. Burkhard, David E. Moore
  • Patent number: 11891144
    Abstract: A locking system for a vehicle having a locking device and a gear motor operatively connected to the locking device and configured to cause the locking device to take a stable locking state and a release state, where the gear motor includes a drive motor having an input shaft, a first transmission wheel coupled to a first portion of the input shaft and a second transmission wheel coupled to a second portion of the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Pedani
  • Patent number: 11891011
    Abstract: A vehicle interior panel is configured to split along a tear seam during airbag deployment. The tear seam has an unconventional shape with one or more segments forming an oblique angle with other segments. The tear seam shape is useful to further enhance the safety of vehicle passengers and to provide unobstructed pivoting of one or more airbag doors formed during airbag deployment. The panel can also be structured to ensure that the airbag forces used to split the tear seam are properly directed to enhance tear seam function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Rashinkar, Ashish Bhise, Sangamesh Adaki, Rahul Mat, Satish Rapelli, Gautam Kamble
  • Patent number: 11890906
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle suspension spring device and a vehicle suspension system having the same. The vehicle suspension spring device includes a leaf spring unit comprising at least one leaf spring disposed in a lateral direction of a vehicle, a pair of first coupling parts provided at opposite ends of the leaf spring unit in a longitudinal direction and rotatably coupled to a pair of axles on which opposite wheels of the vehicle are mounted, and a pair of second coupling parts provided at two points between the opposite ends of the leaf spring unit in the longitudinal direction to be rotatably coupled to a subframe of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION, KOLONGLOTECH. INC, HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Kim, Jae Hun Kim, Young Ha Kim, Woo Bin Song, Dong Won Kim, Jun Sung Goo
  • Patent number: 11884353
    Abstract: A steering assembly for a vehicle includes a track pivotable about a steering axis, a slider slidably connected to the track, a handlebar connected to the slider, a lock actuator movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, and a rocker operatively connected to the lock actuator. The rocker is pivotable about a rocking axis relative to the slider. The handlebar, the slider, the lock actuator and the rocker are pivotable about the steering axis with the track. In the unlocked position of the lock actuator, the rocker and the handlebar are slidable along the track with the slider. In the locked position of the lock actuator, the rocker presses the slider against the track and thereby locks the slider, the rocker and the handlebar in position relative to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Mathieu Couture-Pelletier, Kevin Cyrenne
  • Patent number: 11884338
    Abstract: A driverless transportation vehicle for piece goods has a chassis, a traction drive, a load-transfer device with a load-transfer drive, and a control system. The chassis has at least two wheels arranged on an axle and the traction drive is configured to drive the wheels. The load-transfer device picks up an item of piece goods and transfer its center of mass on the vehicle. The control system controls the traction drive to prevent the transportation vehicle from tilting about the axle of the chassis, while the driverless transportation vehicle balances on only the at least two wheels. The control system additionally actuates the load-transfer drive in such a way that the position of the center of mass of the cargo is adapted for a driving maneuver that is to be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Körber Supply Chain Logistics GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Enenkel, Michael Matt, Max Umbach
  • Patent number: 11884230
    Abstract: An instrument-panel assembly for a vehicle includes an instrument panel. The instrument-panel assembly includes a steering column adjacent to the instrument panel. The instrument-panel assembly includes an airbag mounted to the instrument panel below the steering column. The airbag is inflatable to an inflated position below the steering column. The airbag defines a knee cavity in the inflated position. The airbag in the inflated position has a knee-forward panel vehicle-forward of the knee cavity; a first wing and a second wing that extends vehicle-rearward from the knee-forward panel on opposite sides of the knee cavity; and a top panel that extends vehicle-rearward from the knee-forward panel and extends from the first wing to the second wing above the knee cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11884232
    Abstract: Systems, vehicles, and methods for seatbelt assistance. A system may include a sensor. The sensor may be configured to detect a physical property of a user sitting on a seat. The system may further include a motor. The motor may be configured to extend a seatbelt part towards a body center of the user. The system may further include an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU may be coupled to the sensor and the motor. The ECU may be configured to receive the detected physical property of the user. The ECU may be further configured to prompt the motor to extend the seatbelt part towards the body center of the user based on the detected physical property of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey David Gaither