Patents by Inventor Krishnakanth E. Aekbote

Krishnakanth E. Aekbote has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10723301
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a retractable steering wheel, an airbag inflatable from the steering wheel, two primary tethers, two secondary tethers, and a tether release engaged with both secondary tethers. The airbag when inflated includes a front panel adjacent the steering wheel and an impact panel opposite the front panel. The primary tethers extend from the front panel to the impact panel. The secondary tethers extend from the front panel to each primary tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Srinivas Reddy Malapati, Ramakrishna Jingade, Matt Alan Niesluchowski, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Alison Callaghan
  • Publication number: 20200172042
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a side curtain airbag and a tether. The side curtain airbag includes an outboard side and an inboard side, and the inboard side including a protrusion. The tether includes a central seam, a first extension attached at the outboard side, a second extension attached at the inboard side above the protrusion, and a third extension attached at the inboard side below the protrusion. The extensions are attached to each other at the central seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ZHIBING DENG, DEEPAK PATEL, KRISHNAKANTH E. AEKBOTE, YUN CAI
  • Publication number: 20200148149
    Abstract: A seat includes a seat bottom and a seatback. A seatbelt buckle is supported by the seat bottom. A restraint is deployable from the seatback to a deployed position and in the deployed position includes a first edge extending along the seatback, a second edge extending along the seat bottom, and a third edge extending from the first edge to the second edge. The restraint is disposed outboard of the seatbelt buckle relative to the seat bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ZHIBING DENG, KRISHNAKANTH E. AEKBOTE, JOSEPH E. ABRAMCZYK, DEEPAK PATEL, YUN CAI
  • Publication number: 20200114855
    Abstract: A system includes an airbag including a first lobe, a second lobe, a first tether connected to the first lobe, and a second tether connected to the second lobe, a seat rotatable relative to the airbag from a first position to a second position, and a computer programmed to, based on whether the seat is in the first position or the second position, release one of the first tether or the second tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Publication number: 20200062211
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a system including an instrument panel, a knee airbag, and a front airbag assembly. The knee airbag is inflatable downwardly from the instrument panel. The front airbag assembly is inflatable upwardly from the instrument panel. The front airbag assembly may be spaced from a windshield of the vehicle when the front airbag assembly is in the inflated position such that the windshield does not act as a reaction surface for the front airbag assembly, and the front airbag assembly is designed to control the kinematics of the occupant without using the windshield as a reaction surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Alison Callaghan, Tzu-Chen Weng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Publication number: 20200031304
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a retractable steering wheel, an airbag inflatable from the steering wheel, two primary tethers, two secondary tethers, and a tether release engaged with both secondary tethers. The airbag when inflated includes a front panel adjacent the steering wheel and an impact panel opposite the front panel. The primary tethers extend from the front panel to the impact panel. The secondary tethers extend from the front panel to each primary tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: SRINIVAS REDDY MALAPATI, RAMAKRISHNA JINGADE, MATT ALAN NIESLUCHOWSKI, KRISHNAKANTH E. AEKBOTE, ALISON CALLAGHAN
  • Patent number: 10369956
    Abstract: A side airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber and a necking chamber. The main chamber has an opening for connecting to an inflator and a first thickness in an inflated condition. The necking chamber is peripherally surrounded by the main chamber and is connected to the main chamber by a restrictive vent. The necking chamber has a second thickness in the inflated condition less than the first thickness and is aligned with a targeted body area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote
  • Patent number: 10094737
    Abstract: A test apparatus includes a linear motion generator, an airbag, a plate, a platform, an anthropomorphic test device, and a crushable member. The airbag is spaced from the linear motion generator. The plate is moveable by the linear motion generator toward the airbag, and the platform is fixed relative to the plate. The anthropomorphic test device is adjacent the airbag and includes an end coupled to the platform. The crushable member is disposed between the plate and the platform, and the crushable member is deformable by the plate. During operation of the test apparatus, the linear motion generator moves the plate into the crushable member to slow movement of the anthropomorphic device toward the airbag. The crushable member crushes to simulate the forces on the anthropomorphic test device from a vehicle side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Harikrishna Devaraj, Melissa Gayle Parks, Steven Kelly, Stephen Philip Panoff
  • Publication number: 20180265031
    Abstract: A side airbag for a vehicle includes a main chamber and a necking chamber. The main chamber has an opening for connecting to an inflator and a first thickness in an inflated condition. The necking chamber is peripherally surrounded by the main chamber and is connected to the main chamber by a restrictive vent. The necking chamber has a second thickness in the inflated condition less than the first thickness and is aligned with a targeted body area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote
  • Patent number: 9994185
    Abstract: A side air curtain includes an inner panel and an outer panel defining an inflation chamber. The inflation chamber is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The side air curtain includes a tether attached to the inner panel and the outer panel. The tether includes at least one hole extending through the first tether and spaced from the inner panel and the outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Joseph Edward Abramczyk
  • Publication number: 20180056919
    Abstract: A side air curtain includes an inner panel and an outer panel defining an inflation chamber. The inflation chamber is inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position. The side air curtain includes a tether attached to the inner panel and the outer panel. The tether includes at least one hole extending through the first tether and spaced from the inner panel and the outer panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Joseph Edward Abramczyk
  • Publication number: 20170241861
    Abstract: A test apparatus includes a linear motion generator, an airbag, a plate, a platform, an anthropomorphic test device, and a crushable member. The airbag is spaced from the linear motion generator. The plate is moveable by the linear motion generator toward the airbag, and the platform is fixed relative to the plate. The anthropomorphic test device is adjacent the airbag and includes an end coupled to the platform. The crushable member is disposed between the plate and the platform, and the crushable member is deformable by the plate. During operation of the test apparatus, the linear motion generator moves the plate into the crushable member to slow movement of the anthropomorphic device toward the airbag. The crushable member crushes to simulate the forces on the anthropomorphic test device from a vehicle side impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Harikrishna Devaraj, Melissa Gayle Parks, Steven Kelly, Stephen Philip Panoff
  • Patent number: 9505325
    Abstract: A vehicular armrest assembly includes a laterally collapsible substrate having a gap defined between inner and outer substrate portions. A tunable stiffening feature is disposed on the collapsible substrate and has an aperture positioned over the gap, and engagement tabs that engage the inner and outer substrate portions. The stiffening feature provides lateral support to the collapsible substrate to selectively allow the inner and outer substrate portions to deflect toward each other after a predetermined lateral load is placed on the collapsible substrate and an elastic bed disposed on the tunable stiffening feature and covering the aperture. The elastic bed vertically supports a cover member at the aperture and the lateral support provided to the collapsible substrate is solely provided by the stiffening feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Linh Doan, Kenneth S. Laird, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Yudong Zhou, Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav
  • Publication number: 20160167550
    Abstract: A vehicular armrest assembly includes a laterally collapsible substrate having a gap defined between inner and outer substrate portions. A tunable stiffening feature is disposed on the collapsible substrate and has an aperture positioned over the gap, and engagement tabs that engage the inner and outer substrate portions. The stiffening feature provides lateral support to the collapsible substrate to selectively allow the inner and outer substrate portions to deflect toward each other after a predetermined lateral load is placed on the collapsible substrate and an elastic bed disposed on the tunable stiffening feature and covering the aperture. The elastic bed vertically supports a cover member at the aperture and the lateral support provided to the collapsible substrate is solely provided by the stiffening feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Linh Doan, Kenneth S. Laird, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Yudong Zhou, Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav
  • Patent number: 9216675
    Abstract: A vehicle armrest assembly includes a vertically operable armrest. A door frame is coupled to the armrest and the armrest assembly includes an adjustment mechanism that selectively positions the armrest between a plurality of vertical positions relative to the door frame. A control is in communication with the adjustment mechanism. An interior door trim is configured to slidably engage a recess defined in the armrest. The recess positions the door trim distal from a substrate of the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Robert William McCoy, Carrie Ann Bittick, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote
  • Publication number: 20150291069
    Abstract: A vehicle armrest assembly includes a vertically operable armrest. A door frame is coupled to the armrest and the armrest assembly includes an adjustment mechanism that selectively positions the armrest between a plurality of vertical positions relative to the door frame. A control is in communication with the adjustment mechanism. An interior door trim is configured to slidably engage a recess defined in the armrest. The recess positions the door trim distal from a substrate of the armrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Robert William McCoy, Carrie Ann Bittick, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote
  • Patent number: 9156387
    Abstract: A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull-cup unit, and an attachment structure. The attachment structure has a first portion with a first flange, a second portion with two second flanges on opposing sides of the first flange, and an attachment member engaged with the at least one first flange and the at least two second flanges. The first and second portions are respectively coupled to one each of the armrest and the pull-cup unit, which may prevent separation during and after a crash event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav, Mirza Safder Baig, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Linh Doan
  • Publication number: 20150231999
    Abstract: A door trim assembly includes an armrest, a pull-cup unit, and an attachment structure. The attachment structure has a first portion with a first flange, a second portion with two second flanges on opposing sides of the first flange, and an attachment member engaged with the at least one first flange and the at least two second flanges. The first and second portions are respectively coupled to one each of the armrest and the pull-cup unit, which may prevent separation during and after a crash event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nitesh Chandrakant Jadhav, Mirza Safder Baig, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Linh Doan
  • Patent number: 8491007
    Abstract: An airbag assembly has an airbag, a gas emitting inflator, and an airbag thickness limiting structure. The airbag thickness limiting structure limits a first body region engaging portion to having a lateral thickness within a first lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a first amount of inflation gas into the interior space of the airbag and allows the first body region engaging portion of the airbag to have a lateral thickness within a second lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a second amount of inflation gas greater than the first amount into the interior space of the airbag. A second body region engaging portion has a substantially fixed maximum attainable lateral thickness. Maximum attainable lateral thickness of the first body region engaging portion of the airbag can be dependent upon whether or not inflation of the airbag is implemented using pre-crash sensing technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, James Chih Cheng
  • Publication number: 20130099467
    Abstract: An airbag assembly has an airbag, a gas emitting inflator, and an airbag thickness limiting structure. The airbag thickness limiting structure limits a first body region engaging portion to having a lateral thickness within a first lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a first amount of inflation gas into the interior space of the airbag and allows the first body region engaging portion of the airbag to have a lateral thickness within a second lateral thickness range when the gas emitting inflator delivers a second amount of inflation gas greater than the first amount into the interior space of the airbag. A second body region engaging portion has a substantially fixed maximum attainable lateral thickness. Maximum attainable lateral thickness of the first body region engaging portion of the airbag can be dependent upon whether or not inflation of the airbag is implemented using pre-crash sensing technology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Jialiang Le, Manoharprasad K. Rao, James Chih Cheng