Patents Examined by Steve Clemmons
  • Patent number: 10384556
    Abstract: A universal electric vehicle frame configured to be exchangeably coupled to a plurality of different types of sets of wheel assemblies to selectively form a plurality of different types of electric vehicles including an electric scooter, an electric skateboard, and an electric bicycle. The universal electric vehicle frame includes an encasement for housing one or more batteries to power the electric vehicles. At least one of the wheel assemblies includes an electric motor powered by the batteries, and configured to turn a wheel of the wheel assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Miyata, Nicholas Renner
  • Patent number: 10384117
    Abstract: Provided herein is a training device configured to allow a user to simulate all of the balancing and turning movements of downhill snow skiing or snowboarding on dry, downhill surfaces. The device is equipped with a braking system that allows the user to slow down the speed of travel when the moving direction changes from forward to sideways, thereby simulating the act of slowing down on a slope by turning a ski or snowboard. The braking effect is further enhanced when the ski or snowboard is tilted towards the uphill direction, further simulating the actual movements of skiing or snowboarding on snow. The braking system may include one or more mechanisms to amplify the force applied to the brake cables. An optional steering bar may be provided with handles that are positioned ahead of the bar to simulate the planting of ski poles prior to or during a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Feiyu Ma
  • Patent number: 10384530
    Abstract: An in-wheel motor unit comprises a housing, a motor, a speed reducer including a rotating body and an output shaft fixed to the rotating body and penetrating the housing to extend to outside of the housing in an axle outward direction, and a hub bearing including a bearing part and a hub part integrated with the bearing part. A part of the output shaft positioned at an axle outward direction side of the rotating body is supported only by the bearing part. A part of the bearing part is positioned inside the housing. Inside of this part is disposed a first seal member which fluid-tightly seals a gap between an inner race and an outer race at a position positioned at an axle inward direction side of a group of rolling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Fukudome
  • Patent number: 10363805
    Abstract: A handling strut connects the powertrain of an automobile to a structural member, such as a panel in the engine bay. The handling strut is comprised of two strut members, one connected to the powertrain, the other connected to the structural member. A shaft attached to one strut member, extends through a bushing provided in the other strut member and an air gap is provided between the bushing and the shaft, such that when the engine is idle, or not accelerating, and in the absence of hard cornering, the strut members are decoupled. The isolation of the strut members when not required to control engine roll, reduces/avoids transmission of noise, vibration and/or harshness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Gallagher, Jonathan Layfield, Paul Kennings, Paul Furnival, Martin Robert Peel
  • Patent number: 10363934
    Abstract: A series hydraulic hybrid driveline for a vehicle, having a hydraulic circuit with a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with a second hydraulic displacement unit, the first hydraulic displacement unit having a variable hydraulic displacement and the first hydraulic displacement unit being drivingly engaged with an internal combustion engine. A hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit, the hydraulic accumulator assembly having a high pressure hydraulic accumulator and a low pressure hydraulic accumulator. And a hydraulic actuator adapted to control the hydraulic displacement of the first hydraulic displacement unit, the hydraulic actuator being in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and/or with the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dana Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giulio Ornella, Fabrizio Zendri
  • Patent number: 10358039
    Abstract: A vehicle has a plurality of turbines. Each turbine includes a housing with a spindle. Each spindle has a central axis and a rotor with outwardly extending blades. Each turbine also includes a stator positioned adjacent to an associated rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Michael Frierman
  • Patent number: 10358027
    Abstract: A series of mounting supports, a mounting support for fastening radiator modules and a method for producing mounting supports, in particular for motor vehicles for fastening radiator modules by which the variability of a mounting support with respect to the arrangement of radiator modules can be increased. A series of mounting supports for fastening radiator modules in the front-end structure of motor vehicles relates to mounting supports having a frame which comprises an upper transversal support, two lateral vertical supports and a lower transversal support. At least an upper bearing area and at least a lower bearing area for mounting a radiator module are formed on the frame. Adapter elements for connecting between the mounting support and a radiator module are arranged on the mounting support in the upper bearing area and/or in the lower bearing area, which allow the variable fastening of radiator modules in different relative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Gassmann, Tim Kuehn
  • Patent number: 10351065
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting or dismounting a vehicle comprising a step that is structured to slide on an axis longitudinally along the vehicle on a rail. The step has a pivot assembly enabling rotation from a stowed position to open position and back. The slidable step can be stowed in place by engaging a latch mounted to the vehicle. A handrail assembly can be inserted into a handrail-receiving member to facilitate grasping a handrail upon mounting or dismounting the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED RENTALS, INC.
    Inventor: Silverio Aleman
  • Patent number: 10343610
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Bradley E. Watson
  • Patent number: 10328330
    Abstract: A collapsible ski, by which the front part and a rear part of the ski, when aligned, in such position fixed by a platform, which is by hinges interconnected with a bearing plate, which is attached onto a top surface of the front part of the ski and is rotatable around geometric axis, which extends perpendicularly with respect to the top surface of the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ELAN, d.o.o.
    Inventors: Vinko Avgustin, Andrej Hrovat
  • Patent number: 10328964
    Abstract: The double stroller is a stroller that is configured for use with a plurality of children. The double stroller comprises an anterior seat and a posterior seat. The occupant of the anterior seat faces the anterior direction of the stroller. The occupant of the posterior seat faces the posterior direction of the stroller. The double stroller comprises a seating assembly, a frame, and a storage bin. The seating assembly forms the anterior seat and the posterior seat. The frame supports the seating assembly above the supporting surface upon which the double stroller is placed. The storage bin is a space dedicated to the storage of miscellaneous items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Eunice S. Carey
  • Patent number: 10333338
    Abstract: An exemplary charging method includes charging a storage battery of a mule vehicle as a tow vehicle tows the mule vehicle to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of an electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery. An exemplary charging assembly includes a mule vehicle. A storage battery of the mule vehicle charges as the mule vehicle is towed to a stranded vehicle. The storage battery is configured to be electrically coupled to a traction battery of the electrified vehicle to charge the traction battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Zenner, Mazen Hammoud, Kevin Layden
  • Patent number: 10315508
    Abstract: Provided is a hybrid work machine in which a hybrid system and a downsized engine are used. The hybrid work machine performs rapid charging of a power storage device while preventing decreases in the output power of a hydraulic pump. A vehicle body controller performs engine revolution speed decreasing control in which, if the charge rate of a battery becomes equal to or less than a minimum charge rate, the target revolution speed of an engine is reduced. The vehicle body controller also performs torque reducing control in which the maximum absorption torque of a hydraulic pump is reduced. By performing these control operations, the vehicle body controller coercively generates surplus torque for the engine and operates a generator-motor as a generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hajime Yoshida, Shuuhei Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10315098
    Abstract: An accessory traction device removably attached to undersides of backcountry skis is described herein. The device will provide users' ability to ascend terrain without removing skis and walking uphill. As designed, the device has novel structure with flanged or clamping ends with a threaded fastening rod that improves longevity while minimizing any possible damage to the ski itself. The traction wave patterns and grooves are also optimally designed and tapered. An additional inventive aspect involves a few hinge options wherein the hinge allows the device to be conveniently folding and stowed in a backcountry skier's backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: John B. Nobil
  • Patent number: 10300786
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame supported by the ground-engaging members, and a powertrain assembly. The powertrain assembly includes an engine, a shiftable transmission, a continuously variable transmission, and a charger. Additionally, the utility vehicle may include a cooling assembly fluidly coupled to at least the engine and the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Nugteren, Adam J. Schlangen, Hans-Rudolf Jenni, John LaFata, David Hicke, Christopher J. Hurd, Ricky Jaeger, Aaron D. Deckard, Urs Wenger
  • Patent number: 10266136
    Abstract: A vehicle substructure includes a panel in which an accommodating recessed portion is disposed, a battery holder attached to a bottom surface of the accommodating recessed portion, and a battery attached to the battery holder. The battery includes a first flange portion and a second flange portion. The battery holder includes a carrier on which the battery is mounted, a first clamp portion having the first flange portion interposed between the carrier and the first clamp portion, and a second clamp portion having the second flange portion interposed between the carrier and the second clamp portion. A spacer filled in a space between the first side surface and an inner wall surface of the accommodating recessed portion is disposed between the first side surface and the inner wall surface of the accommodating recessed portion and above the first clamp portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 10252738
    Abstract: A stroller pull handle system that selectively attaches or built into a four or three wheel stroller that allows a stroller to be pulled by a person walking in front of the stroller. In one embodiment, the handle system includes a transversely aligned support bar that extends between stroller's frame members. In another embodiment, the handle member is U-shaped with two legs that attach to pegs that extend perpendicular from the stroller's frame member. In a third embodiment, the handle member is attached to a peg attached to a clip that attaches to the stroller frame. The handle member may be longitudinally aligned and stacked over the stroller frame when not in use. In a fourth embodiment, the handle member includes an upper section and a lower section pivotally attached. The upper section can be rotated in a rearward direction and used for pushing or rotated forward used for pulling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Greg Diep
  • Patent number: 10252739
    Abstract: A child stroller includes: a frame; a plurality of wheels; a child-seat assembly configured to rock back-and-forth with respect to the frame; a rocker assembly secured to the child-seat assembly. The rocker assembly includes: (a) a plurality of legs, each leg defining an undersurface, each undersurface being arced; (b) a rocker base, the rocker base comprises an inner surface. The stroller is configured such that when the child-seat assembly rocks back-and-forth with respect to the frame, the legs rock back-and-forth upon the inner surface of the rocker base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kori Faith Duboff, Kimberly Mae Alicea
  • Patent number: 10243227
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing hydrogen concentration in exhaust gas of an exhaust system of a fuel cell vehicle includes a bumper cover disposed at a rear portion of the fuel cell vehicle, the bumper cover forming a streamlined exterior surface, and an exhaust gas guiding unit interconnecting the exhaust system and the bumper cover, the exhaust gas guiding unit guiding the exhaust gas to the streamlined exterior surface of the bumper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Myung Ju Jung
  • Patent number: 10232902
    Abstract: A leisure sports scooter comprises a scooter body, wheels and a handlebar. A folding mechanism is arranged between the handlebar and the scooter body. According to the folding mechanism, a hinge-connection section is arranged at the lower end of the handlebar and connected to a connection base through a rotary shaft. The hinge-connection section is a handlebar joint fixed to the lower end of the handlebar or is a lower handlebar section integrated with the handlebar. The rotary shaft is positioned on the connection base. The handlebar can move vertically relative to the rotary shaft. A matched positioning mechanism is arranged between the handlebar and the connection base. When the handlebar moves to a first position, the handlebar and the connection base are positioned, and the positioning mechanism stops the handlebar from rotating. When the handlebar moves to a second position, the handlebar is rotated around the rotary shaft to be folded or unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Kexue Yan