Patents Examined by Tony H. Winner
  • Patent number: 11904983
    Abstract: An electric assist vehicle is described, which may have a cargo area, a drivetrain including an external crankset and an electric motor, and a speed control system. The speed control system automatically limits the maximum operating speed of the vehicle based, at least in part, on a load mass (e.g., a gross weight) of the vehicle and/or the cargo area of the vehicle. Limiting the speed includes, for example, reducing the power of the electric motor and/or increasing a braking force on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Civilized Cycles Incorporated
    Inventor: Zachary Schieffelin
  • Patent number: 11904976
    Abstract: A collapsible electric vehicle includes a front vehicle member, a vehicle frame pivotally coupled to the front vehicle member, a seat disposed at the vehicle frame, a power supply, a set of wheels disposed at the front vehicle member and the vehicle frame respectively, and a drive motor eclectically connected to the power supply. The drive motor is connected to at least one of the wheels to drive the wheel to rotate. The collapsible electric vehicle has an expanded state and a collapsed state. In the expanded state, a first supporting frame is expanded and maintained upright to support the seat to be at a suitable position while the front vehicle member is expanded to be positioned apart from the vehicle frame. In the collapsed state, the first supporting frame is collapsed to a main frame, and the front vehicle member is collapsed to the first supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Beijing Onemile Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lin Yu
  • Patent number: 11904934
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention are directed to running gear for transport devices comprising a guide ring, a wheel carrier configured and arranged to be pivoted within the guide ring about a vertical main axis of rotation and two wheels configured and arranged to be rotated about a common axis of rotation, and an inner ring pivotably mounted in the guide ring via a rotary bearing about the main axis of rotation, and the wheel carrier is pivotably mounted via at least one pivot bearing about a pivot axis perpendicular to the main axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Meinhard Schwaiger
  • Patent number: 11897529
    Abstract: A hand-driven wheeled cart or suitcase, including: a body section of the cart or suitcase including a back side, a top side, a bottom side and a front side; a handle coupled to the body section; two wheels coupled to the bottom side of the body section, adjacent the back side of the body section; and a motor housed in one of the two wheels, the motor being actuated by a button on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Nir Zor, Sapir Zor
  • Patent number: 11891117
    Abstract: A steering control unit and to a method of controlling the steering of a multi-unit vehicle is provided, the vehicle having a plurality of vehicle parts movably connected to one another and a plurality of steerable axle units. A first axle control unit is in conjunction with a first steerable axle unit and at least one second axle control unit is in conjunction with at least one second steerable axle unit. The steering control system has a central control module that is connected to the axle control units via a common data line for exchange of steering angle data. The axle control units have data interfaces for communication via the data line. The data interfaces transfer mutually identical data formats, whereby the steering control system is set up in a modular manner with a variable number of axle control units that can be integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HÜBNER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Uwe Bittroff
  • Patent number: 11878763
    Abstract: A knuckle assembly for use with a wheel suspension system of a vehicle having a vehicle longitudinal axis, a frame extending therealong, the suspension system comprising upper and lower suspension arms, each having a frame engaging end at which the arm is configured to be pivotally connected to the frame about a proximal suspension axis, and a knuckle engaging end at which the arm is configured to be pivotally connected to the knuckle assembly about a distal suspension axis parallel to the proximal suspension axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: MIA DYNAMICS LTD
    Inventor: Yizhaq Calderon
  • Patent number: 11878766
    Abstract: A crank assembly for a bicycle includes a crank axle, crank arms mounted to the crank axle to rotate the crank axle, a carrier shaft slidably mounted on the crank axle and configured to slide relative to the crank axle, and a sprocket mounted on the carrier shaft. A position sensor determines a relative position of a diametric axis of the sprocket relative to a central longitudinal axis of the crank arm at an end of a power stroke. Further, an actuator is operatively coupled to the carrier shaft to slide the carrier shaft, and a controller is configured to actuate the actuator to slide the carrier shaft relative to the crank axle based on input from the position sensor to change a start time of the power stroke of the sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: Lance A Heitz
  • Patent number: 11878745
    Abstract: A steering wheel actuator is attached to a steering wheel column. The steering wheel actuator includes a gear assembly for turning a steering wheel on the steering wheel column, a motor for rotating the gear assembly, and an enclosure. A control system in the enclosure controls the motor to automatically steer the vehicle. The control system may receive global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals from a GNSS antenna and GNSS receiver located in the enclosure and automatically steer the vehicle based on the GNSS signals. The control system also may receive inertial measurement unit (IMU) signals from an IMU located in the enclosure and automatically steer the vehicle based on the IMU signals. The control system also may receive user input signals from a user interface located on the enclosure and automatically steer the vehicle based on the user input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventors: Jim Tan, Alan Robert Joughin, Jean-Marie Eichner, Glen Sapilewski, Andreas F. Ramm, Husam Kai
  • Patent number: 11873053
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a control device capable of smoothly performing a turning operation due to an external force for a mobile body having a movement operation part and a seat part of occupant. A control device which performs a movement control of movement operation parts a mobile body estimates a movement rotational force in the yaw direction according to a movement of the mobile body and a rotational driving force in the yaw direction according to a driving forces of an actuator, and estimates an external force rotational force, which is a rotational force in the yaw direction due to an external force applied to the mobile body, based on these estimation values. A turning operation of the mobile body is performed according to an estimation value of the external force rotational force and a maneuver operation of the mobile body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Ozaki, Shinya Shirokura
  • Patent number: 11865883
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to lock or unlock a gladhand coupler on a towed asset to prevent connection of a tractor air line to the gladhand is provided. The system prevents the tractor from properly operating the towed asset brakes and therefore prevents the unauthorized movement of the towed asset. The system has a locking mechanism that blocks the surface on the gladhand used for coupling with another gladhand coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Phillips Connect Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gil Winograd, Jim Epler, Adam Bean, Thomas Peterson, Zhimin Guo
  • Patent number: 11865880
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may include a trailer anti-theft device, including an interposer having a solid square metal bar having a coupler interface, a tongue interface, and an interposer stop, the interposer may be adapted to couple to a trailer. Embodiments may also include a tongue adapter adapted to couple to a tongue of the trailer. Embodiments may also include a hitch pin having a hitch pin shaft that passes through an interposer aperture and an adapter aperture, the hitch pin prevents the interposer from sliding out of the tongue adapter. In some embodiments, the interposer may be detachably coupled to the tongue adapter and may be retained by the hitch pin in preparation to adapt to hitching the trailer to a tow vehicle for towing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventor: Danny R. Hartley
  • Patent number: 11865961
    Abstract: A trailer frame constructed from a polymer that cannot rust or corrode. The trailer employs a support plate that reinforces an inner and outer wall forming beams that includes a matrix of crisscrossed support walls. A top deck is releasably secured to the frame allowing refinishing of the trailer should the deck be damaged without replacement of the frame. Alternatively the top deck can be a foundation for an enclosure, shield, fence or any other known securement structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Steve French Enterprises Ltd, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen M. French
  • Patent number: 11866114
    Abstract: A control device for a human-powered vehicle including a control unit is provided. The control device controls a telescopic mechanism in accordance with output information related to controlling the telescopic mechanism that is output from a learning model in association with input information related to traveling of the human-powered vehicle. A method for creating the learning model, the learning model, and a computer-readable storage medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamamoto, Fumiaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11866117
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an electric motor of a two-wheeled vehicle. One method includes detecting a position of a drive torque control included in the vehicle, detecting a position of a regenerative brake control included in the vehicle, mapping the detected position of the drive torque control to a requested driving torque, mapping the position of the regenerative brake control to a requested braking torque, determining, with an electronic control unit, a torque command based on the requested driving torque and the requested torque, and transmitting the torque command to an electric motor included in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: LiveWire EV, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Alfred Knitt, James Joseph Williams, Samuel Nicholas Reitinger, James Sadauckas
  • Patent number: 11858578
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a foot-deck device and a vehicle. The foot-deck device includes: a bracket; two deck assemblies oppositely disposed on the bracket, the two deck assemblies each including a deck and a rotating shaft, the rotating shafts being pivotally disposed on the bracket, and the decks being disposed on the rotating shafts; and a linkage mechanism, the rotating shaft of one deck assembly being coupled to the rotating shaft of the other deck assembly through the linkage mechanism, the linkage mechanism being used to cause the rotating shafts of the two deck assemblies to rotate synchronously and cause the decks of the two deck assemblies to rotate synchronously to respective folded positions or unfolded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ninebot (Changzhou) Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuanyu Huang, Can Wang, Ke Chen, Chao Ren
  • Patent number: 11851131
    Abstract: A vehicle steering structure includes a steering column, a bearing, a frame and a wheel steering assembly. The bearing includes an outer ring with an inner spherical surface and an inner ring with an outer spherical surface, the inner ring is arranged in the outer ring, and an outer circumference of the outer ring is connected to the frame. The steering column passes through the inner ring, and has a first end connected to the steering control part and a second end connected to the wheel steering assembly. The vehicle steering structure may be applied in an all-terrain vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Segway Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiang Li
  • Patent number: 11851312
    Abstract: A transport vehicle includes two non-steered drive wheels, two non-driven steered load wheels, drive motors for driving the drive wheels, a steering target value encoder, a device for detecting the steering angle of one of the load wheels, and an electric control unit. An actuation of the steering target value encoder displaces a steering pole along a steering pole axis. The steering target value encoder steers each of the load wheels from a first position in which the load wheels' axes run parallel to the drive wheels' axes into a second position in which the load wheels' axes are oriented to the steering pole which lies between the drive wheels. The electronic control unit influences a rotational speed of the drive motors as a function of the steering angle and reverses a direction of rotation of at least one of the drive motors as a function of the steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Alfred Rudi Schuetz, Pascal Alfred Schuetz, Juergen Keller
  • Patent number: 11849667
    Abstract: A utility vehicle having a magnetic panel movably and removably coupled thereto. The vehicle includes a frame carrying a prime mover and ground engaging members operatively attached to the frame. The vehicle also include includes a panel extending between a first end region and a second end region. The first end region of the panel is operatively coupled to the frame such that panel is both movably and removably attached to the frame. One or more magnets are positioned between the portion of the frame and an inner surface of the panel proximate the second end region of the panel such that the second end region of the panel is adapted to be removably couplable to the control tower via the one or more magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Moore, Kyler J. Macy, Michael S. Fredenburg, Derek L. Dragoo, Jonathan S. Guarneri
  • Patent number: 11851129
    Abstract: A suspension system for two-wheeler vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a rocker arm configured to transmit motion from a wheel to a spring element of a shock absorber using a rocker arm link, a length adjustable unit configured to adjust the length of the rocker arm based on a position of the rocker arm link upon moving a swing arm in up and down direction; to regulate the springing operation of the rear wheel based on the length adjustment of the rocker arm, a shock absorber configured to absorb vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Anoop Ravi Macgan
  • Patent number: 11851128
    Abstract: A suspension for a two-wheeled vehicle includes first and second fork legs. Each fork leg includes a dropout. Each dropout has an opening therethrough. At least a portion of one of the openings is threaded. Each of the dropouts includes a split-damp pinch bearing defining the opening and operable between an open position and a locked position, and a hand operable actuator pivoted to the bearing for operation thereof. The suspension further includes a one-piece axle. The axle is disposed through the openings. The axle has a threaded first end engaged with the threaded portion. The axle has an ergonomic grip formed at a second end. The bearing tightly engages an outer surface of the axle in the locked position, thereby rotationally coupling the axle to the dropout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Laird