Responsive To Engagement Of Portion Of Perimeter Of Vehicle With External Object Patents (Class 180/274)
  • Patent number: 10822027
    Abstract: A front wheel hub assembly disconnection arrangement configured to promote disconnection and outwards movement of a front wheel hub assembly from a vehicle body structure during a small partial overlap collision, including: a steering knuckle breaker and the front wheel hub assembly including a wheel hub and a steering knuckle for connection to a tie rod of a steering mechanism, the steering knuckle arranged on a rearward facing portion of the wheel hub, wherein the steering knuckle breaker is arranged on an A-pillar of the vehicle body structure and includes an impact surface facing the steering knuckle when the wheel hub is in a neutral position, such that in the event of a small overlap collision, the steering knuckle is displaced towards and collides with the steering knuckle breaker, such that the steering knuckle breaker breaks the steering knuckle and disconnects the steering knuckle from the wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10800360
    Abstract: An electric power system of the vehicle includes: first power lines which are connected to a high-voltage battery; second power lines, which are connected to a direct-current input-output side of a first inverter; a second smoothing condenser, which is arranged on the second power lines; a low-voltage DCDC converter, which is connected in parallel with the high-voltage DCDC converter to the first power lines; and a drive circuit, which drives a switching element of the low-voltage DCDC converter; the second power lines and the drive circuit are connected by a third power line, and on the third power line, a voltage-reducing device, which reduces a voltage of electric power from the second smoothing condenser and supplies the electric power to the drive circuit to consume the electric power by the drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naotaka Tsuji, Masaya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10793095
    Abstract: In a structure for mounting a radar, a cross linking member vertically connects two width-across members aligned in a front-to-rear direction of a vehicle. A fixing member is fixed to the cross linking member. The fixing member includes a fixing part fixed to the cross linking member, a supporting part that supports a radar device, a deformable part. The deformable part has a shape connecting the fixing part and the supporting part and bends and deforms to absorb shock when an external force is input into the radar device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanao Horiuchi, Shingo Kawano
  • Patent number: 10759378
    Abstract: A protection device (1) has a sensor (3) to sense an impact of a road user outside a motor vehicle. A control device (4) is connected to the sensor (3) and evaluates signals sensed by the sensor (3). A rear actuator (6) is connected to the control device (4) and to a hinge arrangement (21) of a front hood (2) of the vehicle. The rear actuator (6) transfers a rear part of the front hood (2) into an impact position for damping an impact sensed by the sensor (3). A front actuator (7) is connected to the control device (4) and to a hood lock (20) in a front region of the front hood (2). The front actuator (7) transfers a front region of the front hood (2) into an impact position for damping the impact. The control device (4) activates the two actuators (6, 7) in a time-delayed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Feeser
  • Patent number: 10762775
    Abstract: A vehicle terminal device is provided. The vehicle terminal device includes a first communicator configured to communicate with an apparatus included in the vehicle using a first wireless communication, a second communicator configured to communicate with an apparatus outside the vehicle using a second wireless communication, a detector configured to detect state information of the vehicle, and a controller configured to control the second communicator to broadcast an accident alert message for alerting of an accident involving the vehicle to at least one of an apparatus included in an adjacent vehicle or a traffic management device in response to a determination of the accident based on the state information of the vehicle detected through the detector, and control the second communicator to transmit at least one of information received from the apparatus included in the vehicle through the first communicator or the state information of the vehicle detected through the detector, to an external server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-hee Youm, Un-kyu Park, Beom-seok Oh, Jin-wook Lee, Su-min Hong
  • Patent number: 10752201
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a hinge arrangement of a vehicle, the hinge arrangement being transitable between a normal state and a deployed state. The hinge arrangement comprises a body portion, a bracket portion, a hinge portion and a deployment guiding element. The hinge portion comprises a first member and a second member, the deployment guiding element pivotally connecting the bracket portion and the first member of the hinge portion. The bracket portion is arranged to be in a fixed position relative to the first member during movement in a hinged connection. The bracket portion is arranged to be translationally displaced as a whole in relation to the first member of the hinge portion during the transition of the hinge arrangement between the normal state and the deployed state, the deployment guiding element being adapted to guide the transition and the hinged connection being inactive during the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Anders Fredriksson, Syed Hidayath
  • Patent number: 10747256
    Abstract: A pedal apparatus for a vehicle includes a pedal member to which a pedal arm is rotatably coupled, a cowl bracket fixedly coupled to the pedal member, and a collision rotation bracket coupled to the cowl bracket. The collision rotation bracket is configured to be rotated with respect to the cowl bracket when the collision rotation bracket comes into contact with a vehicle body fixture in accordance with rearward movement of the pedal member caused upon occurrence of a collision accident. The pedal arm is configured to be forcibly pushed in a forward direction by the collision rotation bracket during rotation of the collision rotation bracket, thereby causing the pedal arm to be forcibly rotated in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10744972
    Abstract: A pedestrian protecting device that includes a right air bag device, a left air bag device, G sensors, and an ECU. The air bags include respective tip end portions which vertically overlap each other at a middle portion of a vehicle when the air bags are deployed. The ECU executes a time difference deployment control operation of: when a pedestrian collision position is located at a left side of the middle portion of the vehicle, operating the air bag devices such that a deployment of the right air bag is completed before a deployment of the left air bag is completed; and when the collision position is located at a right side of the middle portion of the vehicle, operating the air bag devices such that the deployment of the left air bag is completed before the deployment of the right air bag is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Ryouji Funahashi, Tsutomu Watanabe, Susumu Kuroda, Motoharu Sato, Yuji Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10739809
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a passenger compartment and at least one pedal box for controlling vehicle acceleration or braking. The pedal box is movably coupled to an interior structural point disposed within the passenger compartment and movable between first and second positions with respect to the structural point. At least one pedal, actuatable by an occupant, is coupled to the pedal box. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator operably coupled to the pedal box and configured to selectively move the pedal box between the first position and the second position. The vehicle further includes at least one controller. The controller is configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the first position, and, in response to satisfaction of a second operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James Wojciechowski, Tomasz R. Warzecha, James A. Webster, Daniel D. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10737658
    Abstract: An apparatus detects a vehicle/pedestrian impact event by sensing impact events near a forward location of a vehicle using both acceleration sensors and pressure sensors and providing associated signals indicative thereof, determining metric values for each of the sensor signals, and determining if a vehicle/pedestrian impact has occurred in response to the determined metric values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Chek-Peng Foo, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Ying-chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10710544
    Abstract: An external airbag includes: a lower edge bag that is deployed to extend along a lower edge of a windshield of an automobile, on a front side of the windshield; lateral edge bags in a pair that are deployed to extend along both lateral edges of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield; and an upper edge bag that is deployed to extend along an upper edge of the windshield, on the front side of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suemune, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto, Akihiro Onodera, Hiroshi Yoneyama, Daisuke Ototsuji, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10682972
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door opening shaped to receive a removable door, a flexible panel deployable to a position extending across the door opening, and a controller programmed to deploy the flexible panel in response to an impact based on an absence of the removable door from the door opening. The vehicle may include a track elongated along the door opening, and the flexible panel may be deployable along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10682978
    Abstract: An airbag device for pedestrian protection to mount on a vicinity of the rear end of a vehicle hood. The airbag includes a transverse inflatable portion that covers a cowl of the vehicle generally entirely in the vehicle width direction when deployed, and an inlet port in a front end region of the transverse inflatable portion to couple with an inflator. The airbag is stored folded-up in a housing. The airbag is folded up through a front-rear contracting step that provides a front-rear contracted bag, i.e. the airbag which has gone through the front-rear contracting step, and a transversely contracting step which folds the front-rear contracted bag with a crease at a vicinity of an outer end in a left and right direction of the inlet port. A transversely-contracted fold portion formed in the transversely contracting step and the inlet port are arranged in a stratified fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ozeki, Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10661748
    Abstract: Occupant safety systems suitable for use in both traditional and opposed seating systems include various combinations of passive safety components: sensors that provide an output signal indicative of an imminent collision, inflatable restraints that deploy from opposing interior surfaces of a passenger compartment of a vehicle based on the output signal, and inflators disposed within door cavities that selectively inflate an airbag or vent the inflator to an exterior of a vehicle based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander M. Zoellner, Jorge C. Fialho, Nathaniel J. Dennis, Rikard Fredriksson
  • Patent number: 10632951
    Abstract: An impact absorbing system includes a vehicle floor, a rocker, and a reinforcement member. The rocker is disposed below the vehicle floor. The reinforcement member is supported on the rocker. The reinforcement member is deployable from an undeployed position beneath the vehicle floor to a deployed position above the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Saied Nusier, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 10633000
    Abstract: A system is described, as well as methods of using the system. The method includes: determining an error within the vehicle driveline system; following the error, determining that a state of a power take-off unit (PTU) within the system is determinable; and then transferring a normal torque from the PTU to a secondary drive unit (SDU) during the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Chinmay Milind Pandit, Himanshu Rakesh Mehta, Mohit Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10611332
    Abstract: A collapsible fluid reservoir capable of being displaced from its operational position during normal vehicle use to a position that is pushed out of the Pedestrian Protection Zone in an impact event is provided. The reservoir is attached to the body structure by a hinge assembly and a breakaway connector. The hinge assembly may be one of various structures that allow the reservoir to pivot away from the operational position in an impact event without allowing the reservoir to become completely detached from the body structure. The reservoir may include upper and lower portions or may be of one piece construction. Support arms are attached to the reservoir. The arms may be integrally formed with the portion. The hinge assembly may be one of a living hinge, a C-clip assembly and a ball-and-socket assembly. The breakaway connector may be a pin or a flange having a relatively thin breakaway area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Robert Tylutki, Robert Alex Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10614688
    Abstract: Monitoring an object includes initially detecting motion of the object using at least one of a plurality of sensors disposed at different locations throughout a property, estimating a risk level associated with the object, continuously monitoring the object in response to the object being greater than a pre-determined size and the risk level exceeding a first predetermined threshold in a first predetermined amount of time, and alerting a user in response to the object being continuously monitored and the risk level increasing to a second predetermined threshold within a second predetermined amount of time. Monitoring an object may also include halting monitoring of the object in response to the object leaving the property and/or the risk level being less than the first predetermined threshold for longer than the first predetermined amount of time. At least one of the sensor units may have a column portion that includes a vibration sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sunflower Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander S. Pachikov, Christian Eheim, Nicolas de Palezieux
  • Patent number: 10611269
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a system. The system may include a rotational control system configured to rotate a seat of a vehicle, and one or more computing devices. The one or more computing devices may have one or more processors that are configured to determine that an impact is imminent at a location on the vehicle along a collision axis. A most favorable orientation may be determined by the one or more processors based on the determined location and collision axis. Using the rotational control system, the one or more processors may rotate the seat of the vehicle to the most favorable orientation in order to reduce risks of serious injury to a passenger in the seat caused by the imminent impact. A translational control system may be used by the one or more processors to translate the seat of the vehicle to a position relative to the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn Larner, Courtney McCool, Thomas Daniel, Atul Gupta, Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera, Peter Craig Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 10603999
    Abstract: A lower vehicle body structure includes: a floor of the vehicle; a battery pack mounted underneath the floor; and a cross member that extends in a vehicle right-left direction across the battery pack over the battery pack, and is provided on the floor. The cross member includes inclined portions including a first inclined portion provided in a right half of the cross member in the vehicle right-left direction and a second inclined portion provided in a left half of the cross member in the vehicle right-left direction. The inclined portions become higher towards a center in the vehicle right-left direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryosuke Fukui
  • Patent number: 10598523
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a sensor carrier as a mechanical connection of a sensor to a component of a motor vehicle. The sensor carrier has a sensor section to fix the sensor to the sensor carrier, at least one component section to fix the sensor carrier to the component, and at least one intermediate section that connects the sensor section to the at least one component section. The sensor carrier is composed, at least in the intermediate section, of an inherently rigid cellular material, the cavities of cellular material are arranged regularly, at least in some sections, specifically in such a way that, starting from a defined minimum force, the material of the sensor carrier in the intermediate section is intrinsically more deformable in at least one direction than in other directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Alves, Sebastian Stauff
  • Patent number: 10589677
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a method to display information after a pedestrian crash incident, the method including: receiving, at a controller, an indication of a pedestrian crash incident; in response to the pedestrian crash incident indication, via the controller, deploying a pedestrian protection apparatus to raise a portion of a hood of a vehicle; in response to the pedestrian crash incident indication, via the controller, activating one or more sensors to capture one or more images of at least a portion of a vehicle environment; adapting the captured image, via the controller, to be exhibited on a display; and exhibiting the captured images, via the controller, on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Rathan H. P, Arun K. Murthy
  • Patent number: 10583758
    Abstract: An occupant protection device including: a side support section; a lumbar support section that is provided to the width direction intermediate portion of the seatback, and that has a support face displaceable between an advanced position pressing the lumbar region and a retreated position further to a seatback rear side than the advanced position; a displacement mechanism that displaces the support face of the lumbar support section between the advanced position and the retreated position; a side collision prediction section; an actuation controller that, in a case in which a vehicle side-on collision has been predicted by the side collision prediction section in a state in which the support face of the lumbar support section is not at the retreated position, controls the displacement mechanism so as to displace the support face of the lumbar support section to the retreated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10579882
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body having an outer surface, and a sensor that is arranged to observe an environment. The sensor is located within the vehicle body. The vehicle also includes a movement mechanism for moving the sensor from an outward position to an inward position relative to the vehicle body. The movement mechanism moves the sensor from the outward position to the inward position in response to a signal. In an alternative implementation, the sensor is disposed in a sensor module, and the sensor module is able to move relative to the vehicle body from an outboard position to an inboard position in response to application of an external force to the sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Arturo Llamazares Domper
  • Patent number: 10538241
    Abstract: A vehicle front-wheel turning control apparatus includes a drive force transmission path, a braking force controller, a detector, and a front-wheel turning controller. The detector detects one of occurred contact of the vehicle with respect to a forward object at an occurred contact position and unavoidable contact thereof at an unavoidable contact position. The front-wheel turning controller turns one, of the left and right front wheels, to which the drive force is transmitted, by causing the braking force controller to apply the braking force to the one of the left and right front wheels, on a basis of a state of the drive force transmitted to each of the left and right front wheels and one of the occurred and unavoidable contact positions, when the one of the occurred contact and the unavoidable contact is detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Nakatake, Yoshiaki Utsugi, Shinji Matsushita, Tsukasa Sato, Toshi Ishida, Hajime Terasaki
  • Patent number: 10534081
    Abstract: A sensing system of a vehicle includes a control and a mounting carrier that supports a plurality of sensor units. The mounting carrier is configured to be disposed at the vehicle so that the plurality of sensor units have respective fields of sensing exterior of the vehicle. The mounting carrier includes structure to support the sensor units at an exterior structure of the vehicle so as to provide a desired field of sensing. The mounting carrier includes an electrical connector that is configured to electrically connect to an electrical connector of the vehicle. The sensor units are electrically connected to a circuit element that is electrically connected to the electrical connector of the mounting carrier. The control, responsive to outputs of the circuit element, determines the presence of one or more objects exterior the vehicle and within the field of sensing of at least one of the sensor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Helmut A. Wodrich
  • Patent number: 10518643
    Abstract: A motor vehicle supply network, in particular a 48V on-board power supply of a motor vehicle, contains a current source, a power distributor connected to the current source via a supply current path, and at least one load connected to the power distributor via a load current path with an integrated semiconductor switch. A current-measuring unit, a voltage-measuring unit and a monitoring unit are integrated into the power distributor. The monitoring unit is configured in such a way that same detects an imminent fault based on the measurement data of the current-measuring unit and/or the measurement data of the voltage-measuring unit, and in such a way that same initiates a switching-off of the at least one load using the semiconductor switch. Both imminent over-current faults and imminent arc faults are detected as an imminent fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Ebert, Markus Rau
  • Patent number: 10493837
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a hybrid or electric truck includes a chassis including first and second rails and a plurality of cross members extending between the first and second rails, a component including first and second portions, and a support structure including first, second, and third support structures. The component extends substantially across a width of the truck. The first support structure is configured to support the first portion and attach to the first rail. The second support structure is configured to support the second portion and attach to the second rail. The third support structure is attached to a cross member of the plurality of cross members and at least one of the first or second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Gerald Jay Angelo, Benjamin D. Speirs
  • Patent number: 10486514
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a vehicle interior; a front room provided on a front side of the vehicle interior; a luggage room provided in a rear side of the vehicle interior; a weight part which includes at least one of a drive unit to drive a vehicle wheel and a power source to supply fuel or power to the drive unit; and a battery. The weight part includes a first weight part and a second weight part, at least one of the first weight part and the second weight part includes the drive unit, the battery is provided below the vehicle interior, the first weight part is provided in the front room, the second weight part is provided below the luggage room, and a height of the second weight part is lower than a height of the first weight part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Takayanagi, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Masanori Hayashi, Naoki Hashirayama, Yuichiro Saneyoshi, Junichi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10486818
    Abstract: A restraint arrangement for an inflatable slide may comprise a force releasing member attached to the inflatable slide at at least two locations, and a dampener in operable communication with the force releasing member such that a rate of force applied to the force releasing member is reduced compared to if the dampener was not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Jaro Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10486628
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure has a frame element extending forward a vehicle longitudinal direction relative to the vehicle. A wheel is rotatably supported to the frame element. A bumper is attached to a front portion of the frame element. The bumper has a lateral side portion extending in an outboard direction relative to the frame element. A first support bracket extends from the frame element. A floating energy transmitting element is attached to the first support bracket at a location outboard of and spaced apart from the frame element, adjacent to but spaced apart from the bumper, and forward of and spaced apart from the wheel. In response to an impact event with the bumper being contacted by another object at a location outboard of the frame element, the floating energy transmitting element is contacted by the bumper and is moved rearward contacting the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 10434973
    Abstract: An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle includes an inflatable airbag and at least one tether formed from a shape memory material. The at least one tether has at least one portion thereof secured to the airbag. The at least one tether is structured to contract so as to control an inflated dimension of the airbag when the at least one tether is heated to a temperature above a transformation temperature of the shape memory material and also above a superelastic temperature range of the shape memory material, prior to airbag deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 10434970
    Abstract: A vehicle side section structure capable of stabilizing the deployment behavior of an airbag that inflates and deploys from a side door toward a vehicle width direction outer side is obtained. An impact beam is attached to a door inner panel. The impact beam includes a support portion that supports an inflator and that includes a side-wall portion disposed at the vehicle width direction inner side of the inflator. Accordingly, reaction force from the deployment of the airbag is able to be supported by the support portion of the impact beam when the airbag inflates and deploys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naohiro Saito, Junichi Takayanagi, Masato Kunisada, Takashi Sasaki, Takaki Fukuyama, Shigeyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10429430
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating a capacitive sensor arrangement of a motor vehicle, a control unit being provided, the sensor arrangement having at least one electrode and a connection arrangement which is assigned to the electrode and has a connecting line and, on the latter, a connection on the electrode side and a connection on the control unit side, the electrode being controlled during a measurement routine by the control unit and the resulting distance values being determined on the basis of a measurement capacitance formed by the electrode with respect to a reference potential, the electrical connection state of the electrode being checked with respect to the connection to the control unit during a diagnostic routine by the control unit. It is proposed that the connection state is checked during the diagnostic routine by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Bamberg
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Detlef Russ
  • Patent number: 10421505
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle according to the present disclosure includes a body having a lower surface with a plurality of vehicle wheels having respective contact surfaces for contacting a driving surface. An underbody space is thereby defined between the contact surfaces and the lower surface of the body. The vehicle additionally includes a movable air deflector coupled to the lower surface and projecting into the underbody space. The air deflector has a first position with a first blockage profile and a second position with a second blockage profile. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator coupled to the air deflector, which is configured to drive the air deflector between the first position and the second position. The vehicle further includes a controller configured to, in response to satisfaction of an operating condition, control the actuator to move the air deflector from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Rebecca Tjoelker, Timothy D. Demetrio, Caleb Potvin
  • Patent number: 10399524
    Abstract: A method for generating a signal representing an impact intensity including the steps: receiving at least three signals, which represent respectively accelerations in different spatial directions; calculating a direction-independent variable from the three signals; ascertaining an integrated measurand of the direction-independent variable over a time window; generating a signal representing an impact intensity on the basis of the ascertained integrated measurand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Gross, Christian Ohl, Elvira Lehr, Hans-Joerg Faisst, Michael Roelleke, Josefine Ladda, Stefan Schuster
  • Patent number: 10384656
    Abstract: A brake pedal device includes a pedal bracket, an operation pedal, an intermediate lever, and a coupling link. The pedal bracket includes a first side plate member and a second side plate member secured to a dash panel and arranged at interval in a vehicle width direction, and is fastened and secured with respect to a vehicle body side bracket located on a vehicle rear side by a nut and a bolt at one location. The first side plate member and the second side plate member include a deformation allowing part and a deformation allowing part between a first support shaft located on a rearward side among the first support shaft and a second support shaft, and an attachment/securing part and an attachment/securing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Tsuguma, Hiroaki Tsuzuki, Shuji Nakamura, Hirotaka Shinada
  • Patent number: 10384638
    Abstract: A hood hinge for a motor vehicle includes a first part attached to a vehicle body part and a second part attached to a front hood. A lifting mechanism is configured to extend the attachment parts from a starting position into a cushioning position in which the front hood is raised from the starting position. A limiter exerts a limiting force on the attachment parts for limiting an extension movement thereof. A deformation element deforms when the force of the limiter acts on at least one attachment part. A stop may contact a counter stop for limiting the deformation of the deformation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Oeprations LLC
    Inventors: Steffen Karl Leschnik, Wolfgang Rasel, Christian Pietrasch, Bernd Klein
  • Patent number: 10384637
    Abstract: A gas pressure actuator includes a cylindrical housing, a piston rod; the piston rod being accommodated inside the housing prior to driving the gas pressure actuator; a gas generator arranged at one end side in an axial direction of the housing, wherein, during driving the gas pressure actuator, the gas generator causes the piston rod to extend from the housing by generating high pressure gas; and a holding assembly that secures the gas generator to the one end side in the axial direction of the housing, wherein the holding assembly is provided with a first coupler hole for coupling the gas pressure actuator to a first hinge at a first position on an axis line of the gas pressure actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAPAN K.K.
    Inventor: Koji Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 10384657
    Abstract: A method for controlling self-braking of a motor vehicle wherein a collision detection device predicts an imminent collision and determines for the self-braking a TTB braking time at which the self-braking is to start, and a brake system is operated in a standby state in which the brake system reacts to a braking request of the collision detection device with activation of wheel brakes of the motor vehicle, wherein the brake system requires a dead travel time to generate for the first time a braking torque by the wheel brakes starting from the standby state, for the self-braking. The method provides that a time period value of the dead travel time is made available in the motor vehicle, and the wheel brakes are activated at a starting time when the imminent collision is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Marc Blumentritt
  • Patent number: 10377331
    Abstract: A method for actuating restraint means for a vehicle, the method having the following steps: detecting, at a first instant, at least one first value that represents an acceleration; ascertaining a value that represents a force acting on the vehicle from the detected at least one first value that is representative of an acceleration; actuating the restraint means as a function of the ascertained value and/or a value that is derived from the ascertained value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek, Stephan Noessner, Gunther Lang
  • Patent number: 10369947
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a vehicle body and a fascia coupled to the vehicle body. The vehicle also includes a rigid backer plate coupled to the body. The backer plate is disposed between the body and the fascia, and is spaced from the fascia. The vehicle further includes a compressible layer disposed between the fascia and the backer plate. The compressible layer has a first face proximate the fascia and a second face proximate the backer plate. The second face is provided with a recess to define a cavity between the compressible layer and the bumper plate. A pressure sensor is disposed in the cavity. The rigid backer plate has a backer plate face proximate the compressible layer and a rib member projecting from the backer plate face. The rib member is disposed at least partially in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATION LLC
    Inventor: Christopher A. Stanek
  • Patent number: 10343604
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having at least one sound sensor for detecting acoustic signals generated outside the vehicle includes the steps of detecting an acoustic signal by means of the sensor, classifying the detected acoustic signal as a warning signal if the detected signal has defined features, determining the speed of the vehicle, determining the steering angle of the vehicle, defining an action to be carried out by the motor vehicle in response to the detected warning signal, and carrying out the defined action if the speed of the motor vehicle undershoots a defined threshold value and the steering angle of the vehicle exceeds a defined threshold value. The defined action may be a steering and/or braking maneuver by the vehicle, and/or may be alerting a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Volker Haupts, Ralf Hecke
  • Patent number: 10343954
    Abstract: The invention relates to gas generating compositions for use in safety devices for vehicles. In particular, the invention relates to said compositions based on guanidine nitrate used in pedestrian protection devices. The composition substantially comprises 75 to 98% by weight of guanidine nitrate as fuel and 2 to 25% by weight of a burn accelerator selected from the group of the transition metal compounds, the metal nitrates, metal chlorates, metal perchlorates, ammonium perchlorate and mixtures thereof, wherein the transition metal compounds are selected from the compounds of the transition metals Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Zr and Mo and wherein the gas generating composition exhibits a burn rate of from 3 to 17 mm/s at 20 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Jorg Friedrich, Achim Hofmann, Karl-Heinz Rodig, Siegfried Zeuner
  • Patent number: 10336291
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes two hinge joints to swingably connect a front gate to the vehicle body. Each hinge joint includes a body-side hinge lower part and a gate-side hinge upper part that includes an upper part portion swingably arranged on another upper part portion, with the upper part portions being detachably secured by a locking member. Pivot struts swingably connect the hinge lower and upper parts to one another, with one pivot strut including a strut portion arranged on an upper part portion and movable translatorily in relation to another strut portion. To raise the front gate for protection, an actuator is activated to thereby release the locking member and pivot one upper part portion relative to the other one upper part portion, thereby translatorily moving one strut portion relative to the other strut portion, and with the one upper part portion pivoting relative to the other pivot strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Richard Schabenberger, Norman Dix
  • Patent number: 10315613
    Abstract: A pedestrian protection automotive hinge includes a release assembly which includes a clip supported at one of the first and second opposing ends of a slot in one of first and second members, and a stop pin supported by the other of the first and second members. The stop pin is captured in the clip in the normally closed position and the normally opened position. An actuator is configured to engage the second member and to force the second member upward relative to the first member in response to a collision input. The stop pin is configured to break the clip in response to this force permitting the second member to pivot about a member pin relative to the first member to an opened hood collision position and the stop pin to move to the end of the slot opposite the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Multimatic Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Patterson
  • Patent number: 10315521
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply system is provided for an electric vehicle. The vehicle power supply system has a first relay and a second relay, which are two-contact movable relays that connect/disconnect a high voltage circuit. The first relay has a first movable contact that is arranged to move with respect to a first fixed contact in a first direction when connecting/disconnecting. The second relay has a second movable contact is arranged to move with respect to a second fixed contact in a second direction when connecting/disconnecting. The second direction is opposite to the first direction. One of the first and second relays is oriented such that its movable contact separates from its fixed contact in a direction in which the greatest acceleration input is applied at the time of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Kato, Shigeyuki Kiyota, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Toyoki Iguchi, Hiroaki Saitou
  • Patent number: 10308212
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a pedestrian protection system that includes a first sensor that generates a first signal indicating a hazard condition in front of a vehicle. The pedestrian protection system may also include an external airbag system that deploys an external airbag outside of the vehicle. In operation, a processor receives the first signal from the first sensor, processes the first signal to detect the hazard condition, and activates the external airbag system in response to the detected hazard condition to protect at least one of a pedestrian and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Tai-Te Wu
  • Patent number: 10300788
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electrical device in which a high-voltage part is disposed within a case, and a fuel tank. The high-voltage part is disposed near a first side end of the case in a vehicle width direction. The fuel tank has a first end portion in the vehicle width direction and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion. When a collision load equal to or greater than a predetermined value is applied to the fuel tank from the outside in a vehicle front-rear direction, the fuel tank is configured to be horizontally rotated about the first end portion of the fuel tank, and the second end portion of the fuel tank is configured to contact the second side end of the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daiki Nishiumi, Masanori Miyakawa, Keijiro Ohshima, Nobuhito Mori
  • Patent number: 10286871
    Abstract: An airbag unit is provided that can be easily installed and removed. The airbag unit includes an airbag that covers, upon being unfolded, at least a part of a hood or a windshield outside a vehicle, a gas generator that ejects gas into the airbag, a cover bottom member that accommodates therein the airbag yet to be expanded and the gas generator, a cover lid member that covers the cover bottom member in which the airbag is accommodated, and a bracket removably supported by the body of the vehicle, and removably supporting the cover bottom member and the cover lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minoru Takase, Ayanori Kunisawa, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto, Kazutaka Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Abe, Hideki Umeda