Comprising Device, Mechanism, Or System For Either Repositioning A Movable Or Removable Closure Member Or Operating A Fastening Device Therefor Patents (Class 180/289)
  • Patent number: 11053714
    Abstract: A door latch power supply device includes an electricity storage unit, a charger, a discharger, a contactless power receiver, an input port configured to be connected to an external power supply, an output port configured to be connected to an actuator, and an operation signal receiver configured to receive an operation signal sent in response to an operation for opening a door. While an input voltage input to the input port is higher than or equal to a first input threshold, the charger operates using power supplied from the external power supply so as to cause a storage voltage of the electricity storage unit to become a first storage voltage value, and the discharger outputs power in the electricity storage unit to the output port to place the actuator in the unlatched state in response to the operation signal received by the operation signal receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Youichi Kageyama, Takashi Higashide, Katsunori Atago, Kazuo Takenaka, Hisao Hiragi, Yugo Setsu
  • Patent number: 11001228
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate equipment status verification in a storage device. An example vehicle comprises: an equipment rack, a processor and memory, and a display. The equipment rack includes sensors to generate presence and securement information. The processor and memory are in communication with the sensors and are configured to: determine a presence status of an object assigned to the equipment rack, determine a securement status of the object in the equipment rack, and display a report of the presence and securement statuses via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven T. Skikun, Robert S. Kern, Arie Groeneveld, Frank J. Desjarlais, Jon Ohland
  • Patent number: 10890018
    Abstract: A hood latch system for a motor vehicle includes a vehicle hood latch assembly configured in operable communication with a gearshift member. The vehicle hood latch assembly is prevented from unintended release of a vehicle hood striker, fixed to a hood of the motor vehicle, from a ratchet of the latch assembly when the gearshift member is shifted into a non-parked mode. When the gear shift member is selectively actuated in a park mode, the vehicle hood latch assembly is actuated to release the striker from the ratchet, thereby allowing the hood to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: John Distefano, Csaba Szente
  • Patent number: 10865591
    Abstract: An emergency release system is disclosed for use with a side door of an automobile. The emergency release system may include a latch, a cable, and a handle connected to the latch via the cable. The handle may be pivotal through a first range to a stop, translatable to surmount the stop, and pivotal through a second range after surmounting the stop to release the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Chris McCarthy, Cian John Francis Brogan
  • Patent number: 10850792
    Abstract: A motorcycle (1) including: —a supporting structure; —at least two wheels (2,3) constrained to the supporting structure; —a traction engine (4) constrained to the supporting structure and a transmission system (5) adapted to transmit the motion from the traction engine (4) to at least one (3) of the two wheels (2, 3); —a storage container (10) fixed to the supporting structure having an internal compartment (11) and a closing device (12) movable with respect to the supporting structure between a closing position and an opening position in order to prevent the access to the internal compartment (11) in the closing position and to allow the access to the internal compartment (11) in the opening position. The storage container (10) includes at least one presence detector (30) adapted to output an electrical signal representative of the presence and/or absence of at least one object (9) in the internal compartment (11) of the storage container (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Bolognese, Alberto Gracci
  • Patent number: 10604963
    Abstract: A lock trim assembly incorporates an escapement assembly comprising a control member and an escapement spring. The escapement assembly is movable between a locking position that blocks rotation of the spindle and an unlocking position that does not block rotation of the spindle. A coupling assembly that couples the handle to the spindle rotates between a default orientation and a blocking orientation. The default orientation allows the escapement assembly to move into the locking position. The blocking orientation blocks the escapement assembly from moving into the locking position. When the coupling assembly is in the blocking orientation, operation of the motor to drive the blocked escapement assembly into the locking position causes the escapement assembly to store energy in the escapement spring for forcing the escapement assembly into the locking position once the coupling assembly is reoriented back to the default orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Townsteel, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Moon
  • Patent number: 10480222
    Abstract: A door latching device includes a latch motor connection switch, a converter line which includes a converter power supply, a latch motor and a latch. The latch motor connection switch has an input side connected with the converter line, and an output side connected with the latch motor. The latch is caused to perform an opening operation when the latch motor is driven. Based on an instruction for causing the latch to perform the opening operation, the latch motor connection switch is closed, and the converter power supply is activated to step up an input voltage to the converter power supply and output the input voltage to the latch motor connection switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Osamu Funahashi, Hisao Hiragi
  • Patent number: 10458560
    Abstract: A pilot check valve includes: a fluid channel body; a moveable body that moves in an axial direction under effects of pilot pressure; a packing including a lip portion that is displaceable, integrally with the moveable body, between a valve close position and a valve open position; and a detector to detect position of the moveable body. The packing, in the valve close position, allows flow of an operating liquid from a first port side of the fluid channel body to a second port side and prevents the flow of the operating liquid from the second port side to the first port side, and in the valve open position, connects the first port and the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Seikai Yo, Hirosuke Yamada, Hitoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10280661
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a chassis, a latch bolt moveably mounted on the chassis and having a closed position for retaining a striker and an open position for releasing the striker, a pawl having an engaged position at which the pawl is engaged with the latch bolt to hold the latch bolt in the closed position and a disengaged position at which the pawl is disengaged from the latch bolt, thereby allowing the latch bolt to move to the open position, an eccentric arrangement defining an eccentric axis and a pawl axis remote from the eccentric axis. The eccentric arrangement is rotatable about the eccentric axis, and the pawl is rotatable about the pawl axis. When the pawl moves from the engaged position to the disengaged position, the eccentric arrangement rotates in one of a clockwise and a counter-clockwise direction about the eccentric axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Nigel V. Spurr, Gurbinder Singh Kalsi, Chris Rhodes, Robert Frank Tolley, David Peatey, Robert James Clawley, Paul Moore, Jean-Vincent Olivier, Sylvain Remi Chonavel, Denis Cavallucci
  • Patent number: 10154340
    Abstract: A microphone structure has a diaphragm; a frame of which an inside is processed in a shape of a semispherical surface, a parabolic surface, or a conical surface; an acoustic transducer that converts sound pressure into an electric signal; and a wire that transmits the electric signal from the acoustic transducer to outside. A sound pressure input surface of the acoustic transducer is disposed on a bottom surface portion of the semispherical surface, the parabolic surface, or the conical surface inside the frame. The diaphragm and the frame, and the frame and the wire include waterproof mechanisms preventing ingress of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ogura, Kazumoto Doi, Futoshi Takeshi
  • Patent number: 10025899
    Abstract: A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine if the vehicle is operating with at least one occupant inside the vehicle. If the vehicle is operating without at least one occupant inside the vehicle, the system may control the vehicle so as to disable and/or deactivate selected ones of driver-usage systems/components and passenger-usage systems/components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Tarte, Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 9915089
    Abstract: A method of controlling a sunroof of a parked vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of: monitoring a state of an engine; monitoring a state of the sunroof; monitoring a state of at least one accessory; initiating a timer when the state of the engine changes to an off state, the state of the sunroof is an open state, and the state of the at least one accessory is an off state; and closing the sunroof a period of time after initiation of the timer. The method may further include sensing for precipitation throughout the period of time, and closing the sunroof upon sensing precipitation regardless of whether the period of time has elapsed. The method may further include sensing for an occupant within the vehicle when the period of time has elapsed or when precipitation is sensed, and foregoing the step of closing the sunroof if an occupant is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9744914
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, particularly for a rear area of a vehicle, and a related method for operating the device, where the device includes a camera unit serving to record an image of the exterior area of the vehicle with the camera unit being protectively arranged via a support element at the vehicle, particularly protected in a housing, and a mobile closing element being provided for closing the housing opening, which by a drive unit can be moved into at least two end positions, namely a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Joachim Barthel, Gerd Buschmann
  • Patent number: 9353566
    Abstract: A power door actuation system for moving a vehicle door relative to a vehicle body between an open position and a closed position includes a motor assembly connectable to one of the vehicle door and the vehicle body that is configured to generate a rotational force. A drive shaft is interconnected to the motor assembly and extends from a first end disposed adjacent the motor assembly to a second end. The second end of the drive shaft is rigidly attached to one of a body strap or a door strap of a hinge for transferring the rotational force from the motor assembly to the respective rigidly attached strap to rotate the respective rigidly attached strap relative to the other of the door strap and the body strap for automatically moving the vehicle door between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Traian Miu, J. R. Scott Mitchell, Gabriele Wayne Sabatini
  • Patent number: 8882180
    Abstract: A door hooking arrangement for a motor vehicle for protecting against an impact on a vehicle door (1) including a catch hook (5) and a receiver (6) for the catch hook (5), the catch hook (5) and receiver (6) being correspondingly arranged on the vehicle door (1) and a door frame (4) in the vehicle. The catch hook (5) includes at least one barb (9). Thus, with plastic deformation of the vehicle door, the catch hook (5) is hooked very firmly in the receiver (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Dirk van Oirschot
  • Patent number: 8827027
    Abstract: A motor car (10) has windows (28, 49) which can have a first H1 fully closed position and a lower H2 position in which water tightness is still provided but opening of a frameless window assembly/door assembly can be achieved more quickly from the point in time in which the door handle 44, 46) is operated. The Hi position may be selected as the vehicle accelerates above a given speed and the H2 position may be selected when the vehicle door is closed, and the window may also have a short-drop H3 lower re-spool H4 position or in the case of a rear window a three quarter lowered H5 position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew John Syvret, Adrian Charles Morgan Jenkins, William Manuel Walsh
  • Patent number: 8686842
    Abstract: A door locking system is provided for a motor vehicle. The door locking system includes, but is not limited to a mechanical door opening safety catch and a warning unit configured to generate a first warning signal that is exclusively suppressed by a manual activation of the mechanical door opening safety catch. A motor vehicle is provided that includes, but is not limited to a vehicle body, a rear vehicle door that is linked on the vehicle body and facing away from a vehicle travel direction, the rear vehicle door configured to pivot, a door opening safety catch configured to be mechanically activate upon the pivot of the rear vehicle door, and a warning unit configured to generate a first warning signal that is exclusively suppressed by the mechanical activation of the door opening safety catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Peter Eduard Schuessler, Andreas Heberer, Mario Tassotto, Oliver Roettel, Joachim Schuberth
  • Patent number: 8672079
    Abstract: An anti-theft guard for a vehicle component includes a housing adapted to substantially enclose a vehicle component which is to be protected from theft and an attachment mechanism carried by the housing and adapted for attachment to a structural element of the vehicle. The anti-theft guard is forming including a cavity for covering/receiving the vehicle component. The guard includes a plurality of mounting wings extending outward from an edge formed about a periphery of the cavity, wherein the mounting wings are provided to secure the anti-theft guard to the structural element of the vehicle. A suggested application of the anti-theft guard is a cover placed over an electronic control module of a diesel engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Rafael Navarro
  • Patent number: 8576047
    Abstract: A motor vehicle outside door handle with a wall surrounding an interior space, a first sensor electrode of a first capacitive sensor for triggering a final locking operation, a second sensor electrode of a second capacitive sensor for triggering a locking operation, and an evaluation circuit, which is connected to the first sensor electrode. The second sensor electrode is arranged in the interior space. The first sensor electrode, the second sensor electrode and the evaluation circuit are accommodated in a single sensor module which can be inserted into the interior space. The sensor module has a flat plastic trough which has a bottom wall and is open on one side. A printed circuit board provided with connecting cables is placed into the plastic trough filled with a plastics compound. The sensor electrodes are formed by metal-coated layers of the printed circuit board or by metal bodies mounted on the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Peschl, Stefan Neuhoff, Marion Kilian
  • Patent number: 8532881
    Abstract: A connecting device arranged in a motor vehicle releasably connects a structural member of the vehicle to the vehicle chassis and includes a bolt joint system. The connecting device further includes a pyrotechnical charge and an igniter. The igniter detonates the pyrotechnical charge upon receipt of an ignition signal. The pyrotechnical charge is located near the bolt joint system such that, upon detonation, it destroys the connecting function of the bolt joint system and thereby releases the structural member from the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Martin Östling, Mikael Fermer, Henrik Ljungqvist, Henrik Ebbinger, Henrik Olsson
  • Patent number: 8436721
    Abstract: A motor vehicle theft protection and disablement system that is safe, not easy to circumvent, and offers benefits to vehicle owners as an incentive for their participation. The system is for preventing vehicle theft and carjacking. The system comprises five elements, a motor vehicle, a programmable safety switch, a keypad transmitter, an automatic security switch, and at least one remote activation transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Shongkawh LLC
    Inventors: Kao Lee, Thao Lee
  • Patent number: 8217755
    Abstract: Doors of a vehicle, such as a delivery vehicle, are controlled based on user inputs. A user may input a vehicle exit mode and stop the vehicle. When an exit mode has been input and the stopping of the vehicle has been sensed, an exit door of the vehicle is opened, with the door being selected based upon said exit mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Unicell Limited
    Inventors: Roger J. Martin, Mark S. Mull, Richard J. Hellinga, Chris K. Derbecker, Mike A. G. Johnson, Ray J. Minato, Markus A. Hetzler, Scott J. Vader
  • Patent number: 8169308
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for checking the switching region of a touch-free switching system with at least one sensor and at least one signal emitter, wherein the signal emitter sends data to the sensor. An extremely flexible and practical switching region check is achieved in at least one embodiment by the fact that a change in at least one system parameter of the switching system derives at least one first piece of information on the position of the signal emitter. The method represents an inexpensive possibility for checking a switching region, which has options for the definition and allocation of the switch-on, switch-off, and hysteresis regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Christian Hammer, Gerhard Metz, Richard Roskosch
  • Patent number: 7819219
    Abstract: An electronic control unit (ECU) may include a central processing unit (CPU); an interface that can engage with at least one vehicle component; and, a lockable ECU cover that covers at least a portion of the ECU and that limits access to the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Lang
  • Patent number: 7817018
    Abstract: A car antitheft system includes a main controller invisibly mounted on a car, and an antitheft state indicator embedded in an engine start button of the car and electrically connected to the main controller for indicating a current antitheft state of the car. With these arrangements, the engine start button serves to start the car when the car antitheft system is released, and to indicate the current antitheft state of the car when the car antitheft system is enabled and the antitheft state indicator embedded in the engine start button is lighted, so as to warn and stop a thief from invading the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Tse Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 7702441
    Abstract: A safety logic for vehicle rollover detection systems comprising a main rollover detection logic and at least one protection device for the occupant or occupants of the vehicle, including a vehicle lateral acceleration sensor (11), which generates an output signal indicating a near rollover event, when a lateral acceleration of a vehicle exceeds the first predefined threshold value (15) or, when a lateral acceleration of vehicle exceeds the second predefined threshold value (16) that is lower than the first predefined threshold value (15) and simultaneously at least one additional safety logic activation signal is present (1, 1?, 1?, 1??).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mariusz Geborek, Aleksandra Urbanek, Daniel Sygnarowicz
  • Patent number: 7659809
    Abstract: An engine of a hybrid electric vehicle is started following a determination that the vehicle is not moving, the ignition system is in a run state, a door is open, and the engine is not running to alert a driver that the vehicle is in a drive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Francis Valascho, Michael L. Gusta, Raymond C. Siciak, Dino H. Candela, Jamala Kianga Massenburg, Robert Lewis Humphrey
  • Publication number: 20090242310
    Abstract: An object detecting apparatus detecting an object position based on a reflected wave generated by reflection of a transmitted ultrasonic wave from the object includes a transmitting portion transmitting the ultrasonic wave, a receiving portion receiving the ultrasonic waves as received signals, a detecting position detecting an envelope and an operation portion detecting a peak of each envelope and obtaining an approximate line with a maximum change amount of the envelope in a change amount increasing period set to a gradient of the approximate line, provided that the change amount increasing period is defined as a period that an amount of change per a predetermined unit time of the envelope, heading to the peak, continues to increase, the operation portion obtaining a time that a voltage value of the approximate line equals a reference value as a receipt time and detecting the object position based on the receipt time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Hiroshi Touge
  • Patent number: 7550867
    Abstract: A safety system for a locking device of a motor vehicle includes a unit control device which has at least one power switch for controlling an electromechanical unit in a blocking state, a central control device including signal links to the unit control device and further unit control devices of the motor vehicle, at least the electromechanical unit being controllable through the central control device via the signal links, and an electrical lead connection which is independent of the signal links. The unit control device is connected to the central control device through the independent electrical lead connection. A potential of a control connection of the power switch or a power connection of the unit control device is controllable by the central control device via the independent electrical lead connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Roland Kalb
  • Patent number: 7543676
    Abstract: An operator presence system for a cotton harvester including an on-board cotton module builder, the system including a mount for installing a ground access ladder at a first position for providing access to a service platform for routine service and maintenance, and a second mount at a second location for installing the ground access ladder adjacent to a ladder segment extending to an upper region of the machine, the mount at the second location including a switch or other device for disabling or locking out at least a hydraulic system of the module builder when the ladder is mounted to the second mount, and which re-enables operation when the ladder is removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Kevin S. Richman, Michael J. Covington, F. Randall Hugh
  • Patent number: 7526371
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for the position-dependent control of a mobile element in a motor vehicle, wherein the element is movable in a drive movement by an electrically powered positioning device, wherein the positioning device has several different operational modes, and characteristics of a drive signal of the positing device, in particular a waviness of a drive current, are used for the determination of the position of the element. According to the invention, a characteristic variable, which influences the drive movement of the positioning device, and/or a specific value, which characterizes the positioning device, are evaluated for the determination of an error value of the determined position of the mobile element, and that the operating modes of the positioning device are controlled in dependence of the determined error value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignees: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co., Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Jürgen Seeberger, Carsten Abert
  • Patent number: 7515035
    Abstract: When a compartment internal transmitter of a vehicle-side unit transmits a request signal with vehicle doors opened, at least one of strength of the request signal and sensitivity of a hand-held device to receive the request signal are set at a level lower than a normal level. Thus, even when the vehicle doors are in an open state, a communication area of the compartment internal transmitter is prevented from being extended to cover the outside of the compartment. As a result, when the holder of the hand-held device operates any of the vehicle doors from a location outside the vehicle compartment, it is possible to avoid an erroneous assumption that the hand-held device is left behind in the vehicle compartment and to execute a sequence of consecutive operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nakashima, Ifushi Shimonomoto
  • Publication number: 20080173494
    Abstract: An electronic control unit (ECU) may include a central processing unit (CPU); an interface that can engage with at least one vehicle component; and, a lockable ECU cover that covers at least a portion of the ECU and that limits access to the ECU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Chris Lang
  • Patent number: 7352081
    Abstract: A control device is provided for activating and deactivating a child safety lock function of rear doors of a motor vehicle. The control device includes a safety lock device connected to rear inside door handles of the rear doors. The control device also includes a central control unit for controlling the safety lock device between a first operating position that defines a normal operating mode, in which the safety lock device allows the rear doors to be opened using both the rear inside door handles and the rear outside door handles, and a second operating position that defines a safety lock mode, in which the safety lock device does not allow the rear doors to be opened using the rear inside door handles. A selector device is included for manually selecting between the normal operating mode and the safety lock mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Closures S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 7347298
    Abstract: This automobile anti-theft device comprises a removable stick gear shifter, release mechanism, and possibly a second level safety release mechanism, steel ball bearing, an exclusive shaft key lock component, and electrical connections depending on the type of transmission in use. These components are designed to function in unison to allow a car operator to remove a gear shifter to prevent automobile theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Alvin Perry
  • Publication number: 20080000711
    Abstract: An electrical circuit arrangement includes an unlatching actuator, a primary power source and a secondary power source. The electrical circuit arrangement further includes an operator actuated switch and an electrically controlled bypass switch having an energized condition at which the bypass switch adopts a first switching configuration and a de-energized condition at which the bypass switch adopts a second switching configuration. The circuit has a first configuration in which the bypass switch is in the first switching configuration so that the primary power source, the operator actuated switch, the bypass switch and the unlatching actuator are configured so that actuation of the operator actuated switch causes the unlatching actuator to be energized by the primary power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: Nigel Spurr
  • Patent number: 7143857
    Abstract: A drive system operation apparatus that is easy to operate and improves the level of security in a vehicle. A gearshift operator and an engine switch are located near each other. A cover covers the gearshift operator and the engine switch. The cover is opened when predetermined conditions, including establishment of wireless communication with an authorized key, are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takashi Ichikawa, Terumasa Suyama, Kouichi Ohno, Ichiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 7132924
    Abstract: A construction machine which is less vulnerable to theft compared with conventional machines is provided. The system includes an antenna (6) for detecting removal of an engine key (8) after the engine has stopped, an angle detector (35) for detecting a posture of the upper structure, and an anti-theft unit (31) for forcing the engine to stop and outputting an alarm signal in cases the upper structure is not in a given posture when parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeo Kajita, Yukihiro Uto, Nobuaki Matoba
  • Patent number: 7129597
    Abstract: Methods and system are provided for an adaptive vehicle locking system. The system includes a plurality of vehicle door locks, each configured to lock and unlock in response to a first signal, a plurality of sensors each configured to sense opening and closing of an associated vehicle door and to send second signals in response to opening and closing of the associated vehicle door, and a lock requester configured to send a third signal. A control module that includes a memory for storing a history of the second signals and a timer adaptively settable in response to the history of the second signals is configured to receive the second signals from the plurality of sensors and the third signal from the lock requester. The control module is also configured to send a first signal to the plurality of vehicle door locks causing the vehicle door locks to lock in response to timing out of the timer following receipt of the third signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: General Motor Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Proefke, Thomas E. Utter, Robert C. Baillargeon
  • Patent number: 7091834
    Abstract: An antitheft device is provided, whereby a person who attempts to commit a theft of a vehicle can be captured, having an improved crime prevention performance to thefts of vehicles, electrical equipment mounted on vehicles, money and articles left inside vehicles and the like. The antitheft device includes an expansible body system to expand an expansible body for blocking the motion of an intruder in a prescribed space inside a vehicle, which emits a substance to be a base of foaming polystyrene inside the vehicle and applies steam to the substance so that the foaming polystyrene blocks the motion of an intruder, when the presence of the intruder inside the vehicle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Shinichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6972538
    Abstract: The control device includes a switch (12) controlling the power supply to the motor and an actuator which actuates this switch by rotatably reacting against the moving object being restrained so as to cause said switch to be opened and to cut off the power supply to the motor. This actuator consists of a bistable mechanical device (11) capable of taking up a first state in which the switch (12) is closed and a second state in which the switch is open. The actuating device also comprises exclusively manual means, such as a cable (17) for putting the actuating device into its first state, this device being brought into its second state by reacting against the moving object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Somfy
    Inventors: Norbert Guy Dupielet, Didier Maurice Menetrier
  • Patent number: 6892621
    Abstract: A mine protection device for a wheeled vehicle having a plurality of wheels, wherein each wheel is connected to the vehicle by a wheel suspension, and the device includes: at least one sensor associated with each wheel, wherein each sensor operates to detect when the associated wheel has driven over a mine or when a proximate mine is ignited; at least one ignition and analysis unit connected to receive sensor signals from each sensor, wherein the at least one ignition and analysis unit processes individual sensor signals; and a separation means associated with each wheel, wherein the separation means operates to separate the associated wheel from the vehicle, when the associated wheel has driven over a mine or when a proximate mine has been ignited, by separating the wheel suspension connected to the associated wheel from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Hermann Grosch
  • Patent number: 6830123
    Abstract: A vehicle driving position adjusting device which adjusts an optimum driving position of a driver by moving the seat and the pedal to positions which are adapted to a standard physique of the driver. When the reclining position of the seat is within the driving region while the vehicle is parked and the driver operates the standard key, the seat control device and the pedal control device move the seat and the pedal respectively to the return point on the standard physique characteristic curve which is adapted to a plurality of standard physiques. When the driver manually moves the position of the seat, the pedal control device automatically adjusts the position of the pedal based on the standard physique characteristic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhito Ohki, Masaki Mori
  • Patent number: 6799669
    Abstract: A clutch control system for moving an object, such as a vehicle door, lift gate or trunk, compares the motor speed with the object speed and engages the clutch when the motor and object speeds are almost equal. Controlling engagement based on the object and motor speeds ensures smooth transitions into a power assist mode and between the power assist mode and a power release mode without causing clutch shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens VDO Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Fukumura, Brian J. Marlett, Sanjaya Kumar Dash
  • Publication number: 20040065498
    Abstract: A trapping detection device of an opening/closing member includes a motor, a motor speed detection device, a control device, a voltage detection device for detecting a drive voltage applied to the motor, an actual speed decision device for deciding the actual speed of a rotation of the motor, an estimated speed calculation device for calculating the estimated speed of the rotation of the motor based on the drive voltage, an estimated speed storage device for storing the estimated speed for a predetermined time, an estimated speed correction device for correcting the estimated speed based on a difference between the actual speed and the estimated speed obtained before the predetermined time, a trapping determination device for determining the trapping based on a change state of a difference between the estimated speed being corrected and the actual speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Satoru Onozawa, Takashi Kikuta, Tsutomu Tanoi
  • Publication number: 20040040773
    Abstract: An entrance-door safety-system for a vehicle that includes a contact-sensing door-edge attachment that is adapted to be mounted to a door edge of a door panel of the vehicle. The entrance-door safety-system also includes a door-safety-logic system that is constructed in such a manner and that is adapted to be communicatively linked to the contact-sensing door-edge attachment, an entrance-door control-system of the vehicle, and a powered actuator of the vehicle in such a manner that when the contact-sensing door-edge attachment contacts an obstruction, the door-safety-logic system causes the powered actuator to cease actuating the door panel toward its closed position. The contact-sensing door-edge attachment has a unique shape that provides a particularly effective weather barrier and that has a high tolerance to positional variance relative to other components of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Milton W. Kurttila
  • Patent number: 6667562
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting the adjustment of translationally moved adjusting devices in vehicles, especially window lifters, sunroofs and similar, comprising a sensor, which emits a sensor signal that is dependent on the adjusting movement of the adjusting device to a circuit for evaluating the sensor signal. This sensor also detects the forces of acceleration that are exerted on the vehicle and emits a signal to the circuit that corresponds to these forces of acceleration, and is characteristically modified. The sensor signals are the evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Heinrich
  • Patent number: 6600412
    Abstract: A vehicular sensor system of the present invention includes a plurality of bumper sensors mounted to a front bumper of a vehicle in a spaced relationship in a widthwise direction thereof, and a controller for controlling operations of two actuators for lifting up a trailing end of a hood responsive to output signals from the bumper sensors. The controller converts accelerations, detected by the respective bumper sensors, into deformation speeds, with the deformation speeds, associated with the sensors which are adjacent to one another, being added. When an added deformation speed exceeds a predetermined threshold level, the controller controls the actuators to be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ishizaki, Kaoru Nagatomi
  • Patent number: 6563421
    Abstract: A security system (10) for providing a remote indication of a breach in security including an electronic device with an electronic device body (12) and a disabling member (14) couplable thereto. The electronic device is disabled by removing the disabling member (14). A security breach causes an alarm signal to be sent to the disabling member (14), which announces the receipt of an alarm signal. The electronic device can be a vehicle sound-reproduction device, and the disabling member (14) can be all or a portion of a face thereof. The alarm signal can be sent first by radio transmission that, if necessary, can be supplemented by a mobile communications transmission. The disabling member (14) could further act as a mobile communications pager and as a mobile telephone. The disabling member (14) could operate to affect operation of a vehicle in which the security system (10) is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20030024754
    Abstract: A remote control lock operation system for a vehicle capable of unlocking a mechanical locking mechanism for mechanically disabling traveling of the vehicle by a infrared signal, without using the key. Components of the system include a handheld remote control transmitter, a receiver, a mechanical locking mechanism, a lock actuator and control unit, and wiring sections for connecting the lock actuator and the receiver to the control unit mounted in a common module housing contained on the vehicle body. The main components of the system, including the wiring section leading to the lock actuator, are unitized and integrate into the common module housing in order to prevent unauthorized unlocking of the lock. Also provided is a mobile communication terminal having an infrared transmitting port, and a method for using of the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Takeshi Konno, Masayoshi Orita, Atsuo Ota