Vehicle Supported Patents (Class 108/44)
  • Patent number: 10730154
    Abstract: A workpiece conveyance pallet which can reduce the manufacturing cost and improve the reliability. The workpiece conveyance pallet includes a rest surface on which a workpiece is mounted, and a clamping mechanism which clamps the workpiece, the clamping mechanism including an openable and closable, first claw and second claw, a biasing section which biases the first claw and the second claw in the closing direction, and a movement restriction section which detachably engages with the first claw and the second claw when the first claw and the second claw are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihide Maede, Hiroshi Inutake
  • Patent number: 10710486
    Abstract: Described are latching mechanisms having an eccentric member configured to interact with a support assembly, such that the eccentric member can cause a passenger article to displace relative to the support assembly. Also described are seat assemblies employing latching mechanisms for causing a passenger article to displace into a stowed configuration in the seat assemblies, and methods of stowing a passenger article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventor: Tyler Newbold
  • Patent number: 10689116
    Abstract: A seat system for a passenger aircraft. The seat system includes at least one passenger seat and a mounting option for electronic devices attached to the passenger seat. The mounting option may include (i) a bracket adapted to be attached to the backrest of the passenger seat; and (ii) a first mount including a tilt assembly attached to the bracket for receiving a first electronic device having a monitor or a knockout blank for a monitor; and (iii) a second mount including a shelf attached to the tilt assembly for receiving a second electronic device having a monitor or a knockout blank for a monitor. The seat system may further include a quick detach mechanism for removing the first electronic device having a monitor from the first mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HAECO Americas, LLC
    Inventors: Sam J. Ahad, Arakel Melidonian
  • Patent number: 10632933
    Abstract: A flexible motor vehicle work surface is operably coupled with a motor vehicle seating assembly and includes a deployable support structure operably coupled with the motor vehicle seating assembly, the deployable support structure comprising an integrated guide member movable within an arcuate recess disposed on an upper surface thereof and defining an arcuate travel path. A movable horizontal surface is operably coupled with the integrated guide member and deployable support structure and has a first stored position and a second deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Alan George Dry, Amaury Diaz Serrano, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 10599182
    Abstract: A docking station apparatus (apparatus) for a portable electronic device such as a laptop computer. The apparatus includes a base section having electronic circuitry, electrical wiring and at least one battery compartment. A support section is attached to the base section and includes a bearing surface for receiving a portable electronic device. The apparatus further includes an enclosure structure attached to the support section for retaining the portable electronic device on the bearing surface. The enclosure structure includes a rear wall and sidewalls configured parallel to each other and contiguous with the rear wall. The bearing surface extends between the sidewalls of the enclosure structure. The rear wall and sidewalls of the enclosure structure are substantially perpendicular to the bearing surface. The enclosure structure includes at least one electrical connector electrically connected to the electronic circuitry within the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Juan C. Roman-Sanchez, Andrew Czop, Carlos Ramos Garcia, Michael DelSignore
  • Patent number: 10577857
    Abstract: A tambour door has an elongated first slat, at least one elongated second slat extending parallel to and adjacent the first slot and a deformable connecting strip extending along the first and second slats. Interengageable anchor formations on the strip and on the slits coupling same together while permitting the slats to move limitedly transversely of themselves relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Eberhard Luber, Manuel Sauer, Tobias Schneeberger
  • Patent number: 10569718
    Abstract: A quick release assembly for use in mounting a display system to a fixture. The system includes an attachment assembly on a back side of the display system that receives pins from a mounting bracket into openings of lock modules that include a latch that holds at least one pin in place. The latch is held in the lock position by spring bias. An actuator wire made of a shape memory alloy contracts when an electrical current is applied. The contraction of the wire overcomes the spring bias to move the latch from the lock position to an unlocked position to allow the display system to be removed from the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Barnes, Steven Vazquez, David Diaz
  • Patent number: 10507753
    Abstract: A cup holder includes an enclosure portion configured to hold a drink container inserted therein so as to surround the drink container from an outer peripheral side. An inner peripheral surface of the enclosure portion includes inner peripheral supporting surfaces and recessed surfaces arranged side by side in a circumferential direction, the inner peripheral supporting surfaces extending in the circumferential direction so as to continuously or intermittently draw arc surfaces concentric to each other with the same diameter, the recessed surfaces extending in the circumferential direction in a shape recessed radially outward relative to the inner peripheral supporting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shuhei Kondo
  • Patent number: 10486815
    Abstract: An aircraft table configuration includes a first table section and a second table section. The first and second table sections are hingedly connected along a first hinge line so that the second table section is configurable between a deployed, opened position and a folded, closed position. The first table section presents a first angled side and the second table section table presents a second angled side. The first angled side defines a first angle with respect to the first hinge line, and the second angled side defines a second angle with respect to the first hinge line. The first angled side and the second angled side are opposite to one another on either side of the first hinge line, wherein the first and second angled sides are adapted to define an aisle width in the aircraft. The aisle width does not change between the open position and the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Seung Joon Bang, Tim Michael Fagan, Bruce Malek
  • Patent number: 10479506
    Abstract: A partition system (and method of forming the same) that is configured to be secured to a seat assembly. The partition system includes a barrier that is configured to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position. The barrier is moveably coupled to an armrest of the seat assembly. The stowed position is proximate to a rear end of the armrest. The deployed position extends towards a front end of the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian Colletti
  • Patent number: 10434914
    Abstract: The armrest of an operator's chair in a cab of an agricultural machine is configured to include a support attachment for enabling multiple touchscreens to be supported by and oriented with the chair. The support attachment allows multiple arms supporting the touchscreens to be joined below the armrest. The multiple arms can advantageously rotate around an axis defined by the support attachment, and the touchscreens can advantageously move to face multiple directions and lock in a desired position. As a result, when an operator adjusts the seat in the cab for optimum driving conditions, the touchscreens can better adjust with the operator accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Roy A. Bittner, Steven N. Winkel
  • Patent number: 10421383
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seatback having a rear-mounted and rotationally operable tray table selectively operable between a plurality of rotational positions. An actuator is coupled to the seatback and the tray table, wherein in response to a decelerating impact, the actuator applies a generally downward force that biases the tray table toward a safety position against a back surface of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, Agnes S. Kim
  • Patent number: 10362873
    Abstract: A child safety anti-tipover protection device, including (i) a first bracket extending between first and second ends and having first and second sides, (ii) a second bracket hingedly connected to the first surface of the first bracket at an intermediate position between the first and second ends, and having first and second sides, (iii) a first strip of fastener material disposed on the second surface of the first bracket, the first strip of fastener material extending between the first and second ends and crossing the intermediate position; and (iv) a second strip of fastener material disposed on the first surface of the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Todd A. Farnsworth
  • Patent number: 10363854
    Abstract: Disclosed is a Personal Electronic Device (PED) positioning apparatus that stows within a tray table. An articulated holder includes a crossbar arm that slides on at least one support shaft to a position where a crossbar can be rotate to provide an angled surface relative to the tray table to support a PED. When stowed, the crossbar presents a minimal profile with respect to the tray table. The exposed surface of the crossbar can be made to match the color and appearance of the tray table so that the apparatus has minimal visual impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventors: John S. Lamb, Dennis P. Markert
  • Patent number: 10358072
    Abstract: A retractable tailgate table provides a folding table structure that is operable from the tailgate of a vehicle, so as to expand the functionality of the vehicle by providing a supportive and adjustable table that can be retracted for stowage or folded out from the tailgate for operational usage from the tailgate. The table comprises a mounting plate that fixedly mounts to the tailgate. The mounting plate may include a channel that enables a strap to wrap around the tailgate and through the channel for detachable attachment. A hinged arm hingedly articulates from the tailgate to move the table between a stowed position and an operational position. A platform pivotally joins the hinged arm, providing a supportive surface therefrom. The platform pivots to a desired slope and slides to and from the tailgate. A stabilizer bar extends from the platform to the ground surface to provide vertical and lateral stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: CJ Wereski
  • Patent number: 10326299
    Abstract: A method and system for delivering power from an aircraft power system to a tray table is provided. The system may include a moveable assembly in connection with the tray table. Cable may be routed to each tray table through the moveable assembly. The power is processed into a useable form for electronics mounted in the tray table. The tray table may include a wireless charger, and may harvest data from user electronics. The tray table may also push data to the user's electronics. The system may include a wireless communications client to take advantage of the wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) system on board many transportation platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Jouper, John S. Lamb, Dennis P. Markert
  • Patent number: 10303216
    Abstract: A docking station is provided for a portable electronic device having a keyboard portion and a display portion that is removably coupled to the keyboard portion. The docking station includes a base for supporting the keyboard portion, and a display support adjacent the base and configured to support the display portion when the display portion is coupled to the keyboard portion. The display support includes a lock movable relative to the base between a first position to engage the display portion of the portable electronic device and prevent removal of the display portion from the keyboard portion when the lock is in a locked state, and a second position to disengage the display portion of the portable electronic device and allow removal of the display portion from the keyboard portion when the lock is in an unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Mounting Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuben C. G. Powell, Jozef P. Holewski
  • Patent number: 10293758
    Abstract: A mounting assembly, for mounting an electronic device to a steering wheel assembly, includes: a base, attached to a first portion of the steering wheel assembly; a stud shaft, protruding from the base and to which the electronic device is selectively attachable via a clip attached to a back surface of the electronic device; a restraining leash, a first end of which is attached to a second portion of the steering wheel assembly, and a second end of which is secured to the base such that the base is attached to the steering wheel assembly at the first portion and the second portion; a locking mechanism, for selectively locking the electronic device to the stud shaft; and a stabilizing wand, for preventing inadvertent rotation of the electronic device about the stud shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas A. Lowell
  • Patent number: 10293756
    Abstract: An article organizer includes three interconnected panels which are foldable relative to each other from a flat position to an assembled position. One panel is a base panel that attaches to the window frame of an airline cabin window. A second panel is a support panel that extends outwardly from the base panel, transversely thereto and has opening into which articles may be placed. The third panel is a brace panel that extends at an angle to the base and support panels and which gives the organizer an overall triangular shape. Openings in the brace panel create support edges that engage the bottoms of articles placed in the support panel openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Michael C Kollias
  • Patent number: 10266096
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle with a deck includes an enclosure structure for selectively enclosing all or a portion of the deck. Components of the enclosure structure can be used as a ramp for loading and unloading items from the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JAYCO, INC.
    Inventors: Randall L. Graber, Jason T. Martin
  • Patent number: 10189392
    Abstract: A center console for a vehicle includes a lid and a pivoting assembly. The pivoting assembly includes a working surface. The working surface is deployable while the lid is in a closed position. The pivoting assembly is independently operable from the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Q. White
  • Patent number: 10189416
    Abstract: A storage compartment for an interior trim of a vehicle including a storage-compartment bottom, which transitions at an inner corner region into a side wall raised up from the storage-compartment bottom and which is lined with an insertion mat, which forms a support surface for at least one small object, in particular coins. The insertion mat at least partially bounds at least one free deformation chamber. In the event of manual application of pressure to the support surface, for example by fingertips, the insertion mat is deformed with curvature into the deformation chamber and an undercut, accessible to the fingertips, for reaching below the object is formed between the deformed support surface and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Rehling
  • Patent number: 10183603
    Abstract: An armrest is provided for a seat. That armrest includes a body and a deployable cup holder carried on the body. The deployable cup holder includes a translating base and an erectable well wall carried on the translating base. A seat assembly including an armrest is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10185404
    Abstract: A device for inputting data into an information processing apparatus using a communication cable. The device includes a sensing field including signal lines. The sensing field generates one or more signals when an object is proximate thereto. The device further includes at least one processor connected to the signal lines. The processor receives the signals and generates data based on the signals. The device additionally includes a port in communication with the processor for data output. The port is configured to connect to the cable and communicate the data over the cable to the information processing apparatus. The device includes a light source configured to illuminate keyboard symbols corresponding to areas of the sensing field. The device also includes an exterior surface covering the sensing field and obscuring the keyboard symbols from visibility unless the light source is providing illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Feng Jiang, Shrenik Shah
  • Patent number: 10116817
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display and an image forming unit. The display includes a display screen to display a preview image before an image is formed on a recording medium. The image forming unit forms, on the recording medium, an image corresponding to the preview image displayed on the display screen. Each of a vertical length and a horizontal length of the display screen is equal to or greater than a length of a long side of a maximum size recording medium on which an image is to be formed by the image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Goro Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 10112546
    Abstract: A generator storage system for securing and transporting a generator includes a vehicle that has a back side. A mount is coupled to the back side of the vehicle and a cage is coupled to the mount. A lid is hingedly coupled to the cage such that the lid selectively closes the cage. A generator is provided and the generator is positioned in the cage for transporting the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Hall
  • Patent number: 10106206
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can include a front seat facing rearward, and a rear seat facing forward. This provides a common foot or leg area between the seats that face each other. The vehicle includes a body that has a pair of opposing B-pillars. A support beam extends through the common leg area, between the front and rear seats, and mounts to the B-pillars. The support beam provides direct structural support to the B-pillars. A luggage compartment is coupled to the support beam and extends between the B-pillars. The luggage compartment has access openings that face forward and rearward, allowing the forward and rearward passengers to store luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Patent number: 10067533
    Abstract: A docking station is provided for a portable electronic device having a keyboard portion and a display portion that is removably coupled to the keyboard portion. The docking station includes a base for supporting the keyboard portion, and a display support coupled to the base and configured to support the display portion when the display portion is coupled to the keyboard portion. The display support includes a lock configured to selectively engage the display portion of the portable electronic device and prevent removal of the display portion from the keyboard portion when the lock is in a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Mounting Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuben C. G. Powell, Jozef P. Holewski
  • Patent number: 10035472
    Abstract: A convertible system adapting a trailer hitch for use as a combination bicycle rack and hammock stand or picnic table stand includes a bicycle carrier rack designed for attachment to a standard vehicle. The bicycle carrier rack can be expanded into an outwardly extended configuration to form a platform stand for receiving a platform, such as a hammock or a picnic table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Turner
  • Patent number: 10023124
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a seat mount, and a luggage compartment. The instrument panel has a steering-wheel opening. The luggage compartment is attachable to the seat mount and covers the steering-wheel opening when attached to the seat mount. The luggage compartment may be used when the vehicle is fully autonomous and/or may equip the vehicle that may have originally been built for nonautonomous or semiautonomous operation into a fully autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Schmidt, Uday Kiran Patil
  • Patent number: 10023214
    Abstract: A device for moving a load is provided. The device includes a platform defining a surface and an edge extending downward therefrom. The device further includes two pairs of opposing legs each defining a top portion pivotally engaged with the platform interior of the edge, wherein each pair of legs has an extended position where each leg extends away from the edge. Each pair of legs further includes a collapsed position where the top portion of each leg extends substantially parallel and interior to the edge, a middle portion of each leg extends through a corresponding slot defined by the edge, and a bottom portion of each leg extends substantially parallel and exterior to the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: 2S Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: George Stewart, Ty Hagler
  • Patent number: 10011292
    Abstract: A storage device for removable attachment to a shopping cart includes a collapsible container having an interior storage space accessible through an upper opening; and an attachment assembly secured to the collapsible container and including at least one attachment for removably securing the collapsible container to the shopping cart. The at least one attachment can be one or more pairs of hooks of different sizes interchangeably and removably attached to the collapsible container. The attachment assembly includes an attachment bracket secured to the collapsible container that forms one or more pairs of spaced-apart predetermined attachment locations for the one or more pairs of hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Rebecca Strawser, Bradley L. Strawser
  • Patent number: 9937870
    Abstract: A motor vehicle is provided incorporating an integrated bike rack. That bike rack includes a support arm, a first sill segment that is received in a slot and aligned with a closure sill of the motor vehicle when the bike rack is in a stowed position and a second sill segment that is received in a slot and aligned with the closure sill when the bike rack is in a deployed position. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Ferreira Yanez, Jose Alfredo Peregrina Loera, Carlos Alberto Tavera Guerrero, Leonardo Alonso Huitron Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9938012
    Abstract: An article organizer includes three interconnected panels which are foldable relative to each other from a flat position to an assembled position. One panel is a base panel that can be attached to a window frame of an airline cabin window. A second panel is a support panel that extends outwardly from the base panel, transversely thereto and has openings into which articles may be placed. The third panel is a brace panel that extends at an angle to the base and support panels and which gives the organizer an overall triangular shape. The openings in the support panel may be configured to receive articles of different configurations, and at least the base panel may also include structure that engages a portion of the tray table of an airliner passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Michael C. Kollias
  • Patent number: 9921460
    Abstract: A storage case includes a storage space accommodating a projector, a cover body configured to open or close an upper opening of the storage space, an elevating mechanism provided in the storage space and configured to move the projector up and down, and an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a projection direction of the projector moved up by the elevating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Takanobu Tanaka, Kunihiko Abe, Yoshishige Tanaka, Seigoh Nishiyama, Yuichi Takamiya
  • Patent number: 9917454
    Abstract: An instrument panel storage system is provided for a motor vehicle. That storage system includes an instrument panel having a storage cavity defining a first docking station and a removable storage bin held in the cavity at the first docking station. Further the storage system includes one or more remote docking stations that allow the removable storage bin to be positioned at different locations within the motor vehicle as desired by the vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen M. Parlow, Nicholas Alphonse Billardello, Scott Holmes Dunham, Elizabeth Cleary Johnston Tengler, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9901218
    Abstract: A beverage station includes a tray having holes for supporting containers of various sizes. The largest holes on the outside of the bar are designed to hold larger bottles of liquor or mixers and other non-alcoholic beverages. Each hole can be adjusted down in size using insert reducers to accommodate smaller bottles so they fit snuggly and don't tip over or spill on a rocking boat. This is accomplished by using the different sized inserts to fit different sized liquor and wine bottles or other non-alcoholic mixers. A cutting board or serving tray can be used to support the beverage station. When the bar is in use it sits atop the serving tray and locks into place with small latches on the right, left and front of the serving tray surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen G. Fill
  • Patent number: 9888780
    Abstract: A holder apparatus includes a platform having a primary aperture sized to supportingly receive a drinking cup partially extending therethrough; a supporting hook having an opening sized and shaped to receive an edge of a fold down tray table therein, the supporting hook which at least in use is physically coupled to the platform to support the platform from the fold down tray table while the fold down tray table is in an upright configuration; a device retention hook sized and shaped to receive an edge of a portable electronic device; and a bias member that physically couples the device retention hook to at least one of the platform or the supporting hook and which biases the device retention hook toward the platform when the portable electronic device is positioned between the device retention hook and at least one of the platform or the supporting hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Craig Rabin
  • Patent number: 9821726
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly includes a panel and a projector assembly. The panel is connected to a steering wheel body and has a first surface disposed opposite a second surface. The projector is connected to the steering wheel body and displays a virtual input device on at least one of the first surface and the second surface, while the steering wheel is in a non-rotational condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard P. Nash, Bryan L. Faist
  • Patent number: 9796316
    Abstract: Disclosed are adjustable-height vehicle cup holder assemblies, methods for making and methods for using such assemblies, and motor vehicles with adjustable-height cup holder assemblies. A cup holder assembly is disclosed for receiving and supporting a container, such as a beverage cup or bottle, in a motor vehicle. The cup holder assembly includes a receptacle tray that attaches to the motor vehicle's internal vehicle structure, such as a pivotable armrest. One or more cup receptacles are recessed from the top surface of the receptacle tray. Each cup receptacle nests therein a container. One or more retractable retainer tabs are rotatably coupled to the receptacle tray, adjacent each cup receptacle. Each retainer tab pivots between a retracted position, whereat the retainer tab lays against the receptacle tray's top surface, and an extended position, whereat the retainer tab projects from the top surface such that the retainer tab sits against the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Siqueira, Adelchi R. Tiboni
  • Patent number: 9783246
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo bed attached to a rear of a cab. The cargo bed includes a plurality of walls defining a periphery of the cargo bed. At least one of the plurality of walls includes a storage compartment formed therein. A work surface assembly includes a worktable and a plurality of arms attached to the worktable and pivotally attached to a wall of the storage compartment at a location inside of the storage compartment. The work surface assembly is pivotal between a stowed position in which the work surface assembly is wholly contained within the storage compartment and a deployed position in which the worktable and a portion of each arm extend out of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery E Long, Jereme A Berube, Kyle Neighbors
  • Patent number: 9751630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tray table device, in particular a passenger seat tray table device, with at least one table unit, and with at least one cup holder unit which is provided in at least one position of use to at least partly hold at least one drinking vessel. The cup holder unit is movably mounted to the table unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Clinton Melton
  • Patent number: 9731656
    Abstract: My invention is a steering wheel book stand. The purpose of the stand is to provide freedom and comfort to a reader while in their vehicle. The stand includes supports bars and a support plate that are adaptable to fit different size steering wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Lee States
  • Patent number: 9701409
    Abstract: Described herein are integrated keyboard tray assemblies including a tray table comprising a top surface of substantially planar construction and a body, wherein the top surface may be disposed above the body when the tray table is in an open position. The integrated keyboard tray assemblies also including a passenger seat, wherein a rear portion of the passenger seat may share a pivotal connection with at least the body of the food tray, and a sensor adjacent the tray table and configured to detect a user interaction at the top surface of the tray table when the tray table is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats US LLC
    Inventors: Armando Valdes, Raul Reyes, Garrett Wolfe
  • Patent number: 9669960
    Abstract: A foldable basket, attachment mechanism and/or method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Alexander Reznikov
  • Patent number: 9637062
    Abstract: A holder for an electronic device is mounted on a golf cart steering wheel. The holder preferably is rotatable relative to the golf cart steering wheel. The holder may include a weatherproof cover to protect the electronic device from the elements. The holder may also include a lock to releasably secure the electronic device within the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Stephen Tyrer
    Inventor: Stephen Tyrer
  • Patent number: 9452713
    Abstract: A modular mounting system for running board assemblies including at least one universal mounting bar and at least one universal mounting arrangement for connecting to a body panel of a motor vehicle. The universal mounting bar includes at least a first plurality of apertures which correlate to mounting apertures in the vehicle body panel, and a second plurality of apertures which correspond to mounting apertures in a second discreet vehicle body panel, and a third plurality of apertures which correspond to mounting apertures in a third discreet vehicle body panel. The universal mounting bar provides a single bar that accommodates various aperture locations for body panels on any number of predetermined vehicles brands/models. Each universal mounting arrangement has at least one fifth plurality of apertures for connecting to each of a fourth plurality of apertures at predetermined locations on the universal mounting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bestop, Inc.
    Inventor: George C. Stickles
  • Patent number: 9421921
    Abstract: The present invention is a multi-purpose secondary truck bed. An inner leaf assembly slides along or within an outer leaf assembly, permitting adjustment of the overall length of the secondary truck bed. The inner leaf and outer leaf assemblies also slide up and down legs, allowing height adjustment for the inner leaf and outer leaf assemblies. Fasteners passed through fastening apertures in lateral edges of the inner leaf and the outer leaf maintain the length. Fasteners passed through fastening apertures in the legs and the inner leaf and outer leaf assemblies maintain the height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Terry Manlick, Rick Manlick
  • Patent number: 9408456
    Abstract: A universal belt clip for mobile devices. The belt clip includes two sets of hooks engaged on a top and a bottom edge of a mobile device. A body of the belt clip is extensible and selectively positionable to provide a tension force between the sets of clips and to retain the belt clip in engagement with the mobile device. The hooks are configured to receive mobile devices and cases thereon in a variety of thicknesses and the extensibility of the body is configured for adaptation to mobile devices of varied lengths. The hooks are pivotably coupled to the body to ease installation on the mobile device and to automatically adapt to a particular mobile device or case configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: John Kenison Hart
  • Patent number: 9387786
    Abstract: A storage module for use with a vehicle may include a base securable to the vehicle, and a storage tray attachable to the base. The tray includes a raised deck for receiving a food container. In addition, the tray defines an open area under the raised deck for receiving a user's hand when the food container is received on the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: DOMINO'S IP HOLDER LLC
    Inventors: Russell Weiner, Daniel R. Louiselle, Thomas C. Bochenek