Dashboards Patents (Class 180/90)
  • Patent number: 12030553
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes an instrument panel, an in-vehicle device projecting toward a vehicle-upper side with respect to an upper surface of the instrument panel, and a cover panel that covers the in-vehicle device to expose a front surface of the in-vehicle device to a vehicle cabin. The cover panel includes an upper panel portion facing at least an upper part of a back surface of the in-vehicle device, and a lower panel portion facing at least a lower part of the back surface of the in-vehicle device and connected to the upper panel portion. The in-vehicle device includes a terminal provided on the back surface and configured such that a connector of a harness is connectable to the terminal, and a regulation member configured to regulate a position of the harness to a vehicle-lower side with respect to the terminal when the connector is connected to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marie Sakata, Masayuki Tado, Naoya Kidokoro
  • Patent number: 11970379
    Abstract: Provided is a cargo-handling vehicle allowing a reduction in production cost. A forklift, which is a cargo-handling vehicle, includes a driver's seat in which an operator sits, a front guard 51 provided in front of the driver's seat, a control system 20 provided between the driver's seat and the front guard 51, and a front cover 40 attached to the front guard 51. The front cover 40 includes a center cover 41 concealing a base portion of the control system 20, and a side cover 42 not concealing the base portion of the control system 20, and the side cover 42 is provided to the right or left, or both, of the center cover 41 and has a top positioned lower than a top of the center cover 41.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushige Akita, Yusuke Inaba
  • Patent number: 11919397
    Abstract: A structure of a vehicle body disclosed herein may include: an instrument panel; a steering column extending through an opening of the instrument panel toward a rear of the vehicle body, and having a steering wheel attached thereto; and a meter cluster panel provided such that the meter cluster panel surrounds a meter. The meter cluster panel may include: an upper cover portion provided such that the upper cover portion opposes at least a part of an upper portion of the meter; and a side cover portion provided such that the side cover portion opposes at least a part of a side portion of the meter. The side cover portion may extend from a position opposing the side portion of the meter toward the rear of the vehicle body and include a portion located closer to the rear of the vehicle body than the upper cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marie Sakata, Masayuki Tado, Naoya Kidokoro
  • Patent number: 11872949
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag apparatus includes an airbag, a front lid, and a tether. The airbag is configured to be disposed on a back side of an instrument panel, and configured to be expanded and developed between the instrument panel and a windshield glass so as to be disposed on a front side in a vehicle and in front of a vehicle occupant. The front lid is configured to be disposed on the instrument panel, and configured to be ruptured and opened by the expanded and developed airbag so as to stand on the front side in the vehicle and at a front end of the airbag. The tether is disposed on an outer part of the airbag and couples the front lid and the airbag, and configured to be elongated in a front-rear direction of the vehicle in a state where the airbag is expanded and developed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shoichiro Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11820340
    Abstract: Disclosed are a reservoir for a brake apparatus of a vehicle. The reservoir includes a first reservoir tank, a second reservoir tank formed to be spaced apart from the first reservoir tank and provided with a port portion for supplying a brake fluid to the first reservoir tank, and a connection hose configured to connect the port portion to the first reservoir tank so that the brake fluid of the second reservoir tank is transferred to the first reservoir tank, wherein the port portion includes a first port unit protruding to the inside of the second reservoir tank and a second port unit protruding to the outside of the second reservoir tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Si Woo Park, Ji Ho Yoo
  • Patent number: 11713000
    Abstract: A glove box includes a cover that has an empty space in a dashboard of a vehicle in a state in which a front surface thereof is open, housing that is located in the empty space of the cover in a state in which one open surface thereof is covered, has a storage space therein, and selectively opens or closes the open front surface of the cover through a preset transfer trajectory, and a plurality of transfer links that are arranged between two outer ends of the housing and two inner ends of the cover and provide a transfer trajectory of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Whoan Park
  • Patent number: 11572105
    Abstract: A cross car beam assembly for use with a vehicle may include a beam having first and second portions that are spaced apart from each other in a lateral direction when the cross car beam assembly is mounted in the vehicle. The cross car beam assembly further includes a safety unit connected to the first and second portions so that the safety unit extends between the first and second portions. The safety unit includes a rigid member configured to cooperate with the first and second portions to provide continuous rigid structure from the first portion to the second portion. Furthermore, the rigid member is connected to at least one of the first and second portions with at least one integral connection feature that braces the rigid member in a longitudinal direction or a lateral direction of the vehicle when the cross car beam assembly is mounted to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: POLESTAR PERFORMANCE AB
    Inventors: Ross Kelk, David Palmer
  • Patent number: 11541941
    Abstract: A front vehicle-body structure is provided that is lightweight and reduces an impact load transmitted to lower limbs of an occupant. Embodiments include a transmission disposed in a vehicle front portion, a dash lower panel dividing an inside from an outside of a vehicle cabin in a vehicle rear of the transmission, and an organ type accelerator pedal disposed on a vehicle-width-direction inner side of the dash lower panel opposed to the transmission. The dash lower panel includes a panel rear portion in which the accelerator pedal is arranged, a panel front portion extending from the panel rear portion to a vehicle front upper side, and a fragile portion extending in a vehicle width direction along a boundary between the panel rear portion and the panel front portion, which is fragile compared to the panel rear portion and the panel front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Nagashima, Masaru Chikita, Yasushi Ishikawa, Ken Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 11378304
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) case including a mount for mounting the HVAC case to a vehicle dash with a fastener. A fastener housing is defined by the mount for receiving the fastener therein. The fastener housing includes an aperture configured to receive a shank of the fastener. The fastener housing further includes a head housing configured to receive a head of the fastener. The head housing includes a locator portion configured to center the head in the head housing and a stress relief portion between the locator portion and the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Rodriguez, Kevin McAlpine
  • Patent number: 11370472
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering column housing, a tilt housing pivotally attached to the steering column, and a steering wheel shaft supported by the tilt housing. The tilt housing is moveable between a range of angular positions relative to the steering column housing. A tilt lever assembly, including a tilt lever that is moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position, mechanically actuates a tilt lock mechanism between an engaged condition and a disengaged condition. The tilt lever assembly has a tilt lever assembly center of mass that is positioned such that an inertial force acting in a forward direction on the tilt lever assembly center of mass urges the tilt lever towards the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Mahindra N.A. Tech Center
    Inventors: Matthew T. Brown, Huibert Mees, Marcel Kubisz
  • Patent number: 11208058
    Abstract: An electrical component-attached wire harness includes a base material disposed in a vehicle, a wire harness disposed along the base material, and at least one electrical component to which an end portion of the wire harness is connected. For example, the at least one electrical component may include an electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Yamaguchi, Housei Mizuno, Shinya Sadohara, Hiroki Hirai, Shinya Itou, Yutaka Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11148603
    Abstract: A housing for a storage compartment of a vehicle, comprising a wall having a first surface region, which at least partly forms a first side of the wall, and a fixing opening which adjoins the first surface region, wherein a guide for guiding an opening and/or closing movement of a door of the storage compartment can be disposed in the fixing opening. The invention further relates to a fixing system for at least partially fixing a door of a storage compartment of a vehicle, and to a method for producing a housing for a storage compartment of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Eckart Gnielka
  • Patent number: 11136065
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle, and in particular a vehicle body structure for a motor vehicle, with an extended roof reinforcement structure. An example vehicle includes an A-pillar, a roof side rail, a dash panel, and a reinforcement structure extending at least partially through the roof side rail and the A-pillar to a front end forward of the dash panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Prescott Hickey, Christopher John May, Michael Kozak, Jamil M. Alwan, Chelliah Madasamy, Matthew B. Makowski, Mazhar Mohammed Hussain
  • Patent number: 11130392
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for a vehicle for improving occupant safety and covering a service hole of a door of the vehicle. The system includes a substantially flat body portion configured to cover the service hole. The system also includes a plurality of energy absorbers disposed across the body portion, each energy absorber having a top portion and one or more side walls surrounding the top portion and defining a cavity, each energy absorber having a closed end at the top portion and an open end opposite the closed end, each energy absorber configured to absorb energy and collapse when force is exerted by an object on the top portion, the object moving from the closed end toward the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Keith O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11040670
    Abstract: A work machine can include an operator station, an overhead control station, a first display mounting system, a second display mounting system, a first display device, and a second display device. The operator station can include a rotatable seat. The first display mounting system can be connected to the overhead control station. The first display device can be connected to the first display mounting system. The second display mounting system can be connected to the rotatable seat, and the second display device can be connected to the second display mounting system. The first display mounting system can be operable to selectably adjust a position of the first display device relative to the overhead control station, and the second display mounting system can be operable to selectably adjust a position of the second display device relative to the rotatable seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Carter, Michael J. Feesl, Nicholas P. Borkovec
  • Patent number: 10974768
    Abstract: A vehicle cabin front portion structure has a steering column of a vehicle, an instrument panel in which a face blowout port is formed further toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side than the steering column, an air conditioner main body that is provided within the instrument panel, further toward a vehicle transverse direction central side than the steering column, a knee airbag device that is disposed at a vehicle lower side of the steering column, and that inflates and deploys a knee airbag toward a vehicle lower side of the instrument panel, and a face duct that extends from the air conditioner main body to the face blowout port via a route that passes a vehicle rear side of the knee airbag device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10933829
    Abstract: A knee bolster system for absorbing an impact energy of an occupant's knee is provided with a multi-level force load limiter. The multi-level force load limiter includes three force load limiters. A first force load limiter includes a contact plate for receiving an impact force by the occupant's knee during a vehicle collision. A second force load limiter includes a torsional deflection rod for deforming torsionally by allowing relative rotation, and a third force load limiter includes a locking gear and a female locking base for locking further rotation of a rotational arm after rotation of the torsional deflection rod in the second force load limiter by a predetermined angle based on rotation of the rotational arm. Accordingly, the multi-level force load limiter can create a higher torsion force on the rotational arm of the knee bolster system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel Zeng, Michael Guerrero
  • Patent number: 10926475
    Abstract: A method of optimizing mechanical design for additive manufacturing, comprising: acquiring a digital file containing a description of a mechanical assembly, the assembly includes a plurality of mechanical parts; scanning the digital file to identify mechanical connections between adjacent of the plurality of mechanical parts; identifying a full cluster of connected mechanical parts based on the scanning, the connected mechanical parts are designed to be manufactured from similar materials; and identifying a usable cluster of connected mechanical parts to be combined into one mechanical part, the usable cluster is a sub-cluster of the full cluster, by iteratively: estimating eligibility of the mechanical parts in a current cluster to be manufactured as one mechanical part by additive manufacturing, the current cluster is a sub-cluster of the full cluster; and removing at least one mechanical part from the current cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Castor Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Omer Blaier, Elad Schiller
  • Patent number: 10869114
    Abstract: A mobile music store assembly includes a housing base; a first housing member that is selectively movable relative to the housing base between a first position wherein the mobile music store assembly is in a closed configuration, and a second position wherein the mobile music store assembly is in an open configuration; and a second housing member that is selectively movable relative to the first housing member and the housing base between a first position wherein the mobile music store assembly is in the closed configuration, and a second position wherein the mobile music store assembly is in the open configuration. The mobile music store assembly can further include a music player that is positioned substantially within the housing assembly. The music player is only accessible when the mobile music store assembly is in the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan Wilson, Carson Lere
  • Patent number: 10864795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air conditioner for a vehicle can enhance sealing performance and is resistant to noise and vibration, and prevent penetration of water into the interior of the vehicle by inducing water introduced into a seal into an air-conditioning case by a pressure difference. The air conditioner for a vehicle, which has a structure that a pipe of a heat exchanger penetrates through a dash panel (150) of the vehicle, includes: a bracket (140) for inserting and fixing the pipe; and a seal (160) for fixing the bracket (140) between an air-conditioning case and the seal to get in contact with the air-conditioning case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Seok Kim, Young Kee Baek, Boo Yong Um, Yong Sik Kim, Byeong Ha Lee
  • Patent number: 10850762
    Abstract: Provided is a steering device support structure having better collision performance and more excellent steering device vibration performance. The steering device support structure 10 for a vehicle comprises: a cross car beam 1 having a given axial direction and comprising a planar portion extending along the axial direction; a steering device support member attached to the cross car beam 1 to support a steering device; and a center stay 3 for supporting the cross car beam 1. The steering device support structure further comprises a reinforcing member 5 (5a, 5b) provided to the cross car beam to cover the planar portion 1b of the cross car beam, and fastened to the steering device support member 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Hazama, Toshiki Okauji, Norio Kasajima, Takeshi Kitagawa, Yoshiyasu Kajimoto
  • Patent number: 10843634
    Abstract: A cover for an operator console of a machine includes a first section rotatably coupled to the operator console. The first section selectively rotates between a first position and a second position about a rotational axis. The cover also includes a second section rotatably coupled to the operator console and the first section. The second section selectively rotates between a third position and a fourth position about the rotational axis. The second section is also adapted to engage with the first section during rotation of the second section from the third position to the fourth position to rotate the first section from the first position to the second position. The second section is further adapted to engage with the first section during rotation of the second section from the fourth position to the third position to rotate the first section from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Burger, Johnson David Sugidharan, Michael S. Hemry, Brian D. Nagel, Cody Conrad Lynne, Mike P. Siers, Jaya Kumar Karani
  • Patent number: 10836242
    Abstract: A zero emissions electrically powered haul truck is disclosed. The haul truck has a 40 metric ton hauling capacity and a form factor that allows the truck to travel through underground mines. The truck also includes a primary battery assembly that is externally mounted along the front and sides of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Artisan Vehicle Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Huff, Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 10821804
    Abstract: In a vehicle air-conditioner-unit attachment-part structure, an air conditioner unit is arranged to face a rear surface of a dashboard and on an occupant room side. An air conditioner unit-side fixation part that is provided on a unit case is attached to a vehicle body-side fixed part at a more vehicle rearward position than the dashboard. A displacement acceptance part that accepts a movement to a vehicle rearward direction of the unit case with respect to the vehicle body-side fixed part is provided between the air conditioner unit-side fixation part and the vehicle body-side fixed part when an impact load is input to the unit case via the dashboard from a vehicle frontward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Sakashita, Toshikatsu Mouri
  • Patent number: 10822754
    Abstract: An earth working machine (10), having a propelling unit (22) and a machine frame (12) carried by the propelling unit (22), comprises a working apparatus (32) for earth working; an operator's platform (24), having an operating console (26) comprising a console body (52) and an operating panel (54, 66) that is movable relative to the console body (52) and has at least one operating element (58) associated or associatable with a functional device (32, 39) for control thereof. The operating panel (54, 66) is displaceable into a stowed position in which the at least one operating element (58) is covered by a portion (56a, 72a) of the console body (52.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Cyrus Barimani, Christian Berning, Stephan Drumm
  • Patent number: 10800365
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, a vehicle and a control center for establishing an up-to-dateness of a local user setting. The method for a first information system establishes an up-to-dateness of a local user setting and includes determining a first data word based on the local user setting. The first data word is representable with a smaller volume of data than the local user setting. The method also provides the first data word for comparison with a second data word of a second information system. The second data word is based on a remotely stored user setting. The method further establishes the up-to-dateness of the local user setting if the first data word matches the second data word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Simon Gerlach
  • Patent number: 10735042
    Abstract: An information interface apparatus (27, 27a) in particular for an operator's platform (24) of an earth working machine (10), for example a road milling machine, recycler, stabilizer, or surface miner, having an interface subassembly (52) encompassing a housing (54) and a functional surface (56) that is received in the housing (54) and embodied to input and/or output information, is characterized in that the information interface apparatus (27, 27a) comprises a protective plate (58), embodied separately from the interface subassembly (52), to cover the functional surface (56); the protective plate (58) comprising an anchoring portion (64) with which the protective plate (58) is anchorable on a counterpart anchoring portion (68) of the interface subassembly (52) and the anchoring portion (64) is thus securable against removal from the functional surface (56); and the protective plate (58) comprising a latching portion (66), different from the anchoring portion (64), with which the protective plate (58) is relea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Cyrus Barimani, Stephan Drumm
  • Patent number: 10717358
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a console that includes a separator sheet extendable beyond boundaries of the console, and at least one of a human-machine interface; a passive restraint, a storage container, and a vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Uday Kiran Patil
  • Patent number: 10688946
    Abstract: Generally, a switch system for a vehicle including one or more switches electrically coupled to an electrical power distribution module each switch operable to corresponding activate or deactivate one or more accessory devices. In particular, a retrofit switch system including a switch assembly configured to insert within fascia panel pocket of a fascia panel within a vehicle and having one or more switches electrically coupled to an electrical power distribution module each switch operable to corresponding activate or deactivate one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Evobic Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Scott R. Bove
  • Patent number: 10668830
    Abstract: A method and system for swapping batteries in an electric vehicle is disclosed. The method includes dismounting a first battery assembly, moving to a second battery assembly and mounting the second battery assembly onto the vehicle. Mounting and dismounting are accomplished by an onboard mounting and dismounting system. The method can be used in a zero infrastructure environment such as an underground mine since mounting and dismounting are accomplished by components on the vehicle itself. An auxiliary battery pack powers the vehicle during between dismounting a battery pack and mounting another battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Artisan Vehicle Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Huff, Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 10647277
    Abstract: An automobile bumper padding for easily and fully covering a vehicle bumper includes an embodiment of the disclosure meets the needs presented above by generally comprising a bumper pad having a front side, a rear side, a main panel, a right wing panel, and a left wing panel. Each of the right wing panel and the left wing panel is flexibly coupled to the main panel. The bumper pad is a shock absorptive material. The 10 main panel has a pad height and a pad width configured to cover a bumper of a vehicle. An adhesive layer is continuously disposed on the rear side of the bumper pad and is configured to secure the bumper pad to the bumper of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Rosemary Gaskin
  • Patent number: 10577025
    Abstract: A module carrier assembly for positioning between the A-pillars of a motor vehicle body comprising a transverse carrier configured as a hollow body profile and at least one steering column holder connected to the transverse carrier and supported at the outer side of the transverse carrier in the x-direction. The at least one steering column holder is configured as an angle piece and is supported by a support surface provided by a first limb at a first outer wall of the transverse carrier. The steering column holder has a further limb extending below the transverse carrier. The steering column holder carries a support projection which extends through the outer wall of the transverse carrier adjoining the support surface of the steering column holder and up to at least the opposite wall of the transverse carrier. The support projection is connected in a vibration-coupled manner to this opposite wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Michler, Lukasz Duszlak, Albert Matwich, Josef Bartzik, Christoph Meisterjahn
  • Patent number: 10494032
    Abstract: A cross-car beam is provided herein. The cross-car beam includes a composite elongated panel extending across a vehicle. A bracket is operably coupled with an elongated panel. An attachment feature and a cowl attachment structure are each integrally formed with the bracket and are disposed at opposing end portions of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Mullen, Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi, Dan Busuioc, Alan Perelli, Anthony Ligi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10494027
    Abstract: To provide a crash energy absorbing part which is light in weight, and in which collapsing deformation into a bellows shape occurs more stably even when a crash load is applied in a direction crossing the shock-absorbing direction of the crash energy absorbing part. The crash energy absorbing part of the present invention is constructed of a member that is obtained by forming a sandwich metal sheet (1), which is formed by laminating a surface layer (3A, 3B) formed of a metal sheet on each side surface of a core layer (5) and bonding them. By controlling a deformation rate of a center layer of the sandwich metal sheet (1) for constructing the crash energy absorbing part, the crash energy absorbing part of the present invention is deformed at a short wavelength regardless of a direction of a crash load that is applied, whereby collapsing deformation into a bellows shape more stably occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuo Koga, Kenichiro Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 10472000
    Abstract: A carpet supporting member mounting structure for mounting a carpet supporting member to an instrument panel assembly to support a floor carpet including a portion to cover a tunnel portion of a floor panel of a vehicle includes a mounting portion of the instrument panel assembly and a carpet supporting member. The carpet supporting member includes a supporting member body disposed to project from an upper edge of a sidewall of the tunnel portion and a mounting protrusion protruding from a front edge of the supporting member body and including a base portion and a distal end portion. The base portion is inserted in a mounting hole of the mounting portion. The distal end portion extends from a distal end of the base portion toward a front of the vehicle and is pressed against a hole edge of the mounting hole in the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akinori Kato
  • Patent number: 10464509
    Abstract: An electrical equipment module includes a main line module that includes a main line routing body that is mounted on a vehicle and is routed along a width direction extending member in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle, a branch portion that is interposed in the main line routing body, and a branch portion retaining member that extends along the width direction extending member and retains the branch portion; and a sub module that is connected to the main line module through the branch portion and is subjected to power supply distribution through the main line routing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsunori Tsunoda, Syuji Kimura, Gaku Itou, Shoichi Nomura, Taku Furuta, Naoya Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10407020
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose systems and methods associated with safety devices for vehicles. Specifically, embodiments are directed towards a user operated, manually controlled, inflatable safety device for off-road vehicles, which may reduce, eliminate, or lessen upper body and head injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Randy Marcus Monroe
  • Patent number: 10384723
    Abstract: A cross-car beam is provided herein. The cross-car beam includes a bracket operably coupled to an elongated panel. An attachment feature and a cowl attachment structure are disposed at opposing end portions of the bracket. The attachment feature interlocks with a corresponding attachment assembly disposed on the elongated panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gary D. Mullen, Nicholas Andrew Mazzocchi, Anthony Ligi, Jr., Li Lu
  • Patent number: 10377119
    Abstract: An assembly method for assembling a structural element and a functional element constituted of a first functional element part and a second functional element part. The method includes the steps of (a) bringing into contact the first functional element part, the second functional element part and the structural element in at least one assembly zone, with the first functional element part being in contact with the second functional element part, and the first functional element part and the second functional element part being respectively in contact with the structural element in the assembly zone, and (b) welding of the first and the second functional element parts on to the structural element in the assembly zone in a single welding pass in a manner so as to simultaneously attach the first and the second functional element parts to the structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Gérard Poiret
  • Patent number: 10358166
    Abstract: A vehicle front section structure includes: a suspension tower to which an upper end portion of a strut of a suspension is attached; a dash panel that demarcates an engine compartment from a cabin; an instrument panel reinforcement that bridges a right and left pair of front pillars; an intervening member that is disposed between the suspension tower and the dash panel; a connecting portion that is disposed on the instrument panel reinforcement and that is configured to be connected with a steering support member for supporting, via a steering column, a steering wheel in which an airbag is stored; a brace that couples the dash panel and the steering support member to each other; and a weak portion that is formed in the instrument panel reinforcement on the vehicle front side thereof and at a vicinity of a vehicle width direction inner side of the connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakazu Shirooka, Kengo Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10351088
    Abstract: Provided is a knee bolster that is formed of a blow-molded body and can be easily and stably mounted on a mounting target. The blow-molded body has a back surface having a mounting protrusion to be inserted into a mounting hole formed in a mounting target. The blow-molded body includes a lower lock disposed so as to protrude from the back surface to under the mounting target and configured to suppress upward movement of the blow-molded body relative to the mounting target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kyoraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Tani, Takafumi Funato
  • Patent number: 10343490
    Abstract: A safety device for a vehicle can include an impulse sensor configured to sense an impact to the vehicle and generate an impulse signal based on the impact, a compressor configured to compress refrigerant for a refrigeration cycle of the vehicle, and a safety valve connected to the compressor and configured to receive the impulse signal from the impulse sensor, and in response to the impulse signal exceeding a predetermined value, open the safety valve to place an inner space of the compressor in communication with an outside of the compressor for discharging the refrigerant outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Bumsuk Kim, Kyunghwan Kim, Namsik Yim, Joohyung Kim, Junggu Lee, Junyoung Lim
  • Patent number: 10315708
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dashboard support for holding an attachment by means of a connecting element, which has a fastening leg, in a motor vehicle, having: at least one tubular crossmember having a tube wall, in which a plateau-shaped bulge is formed, wherein the plateau-shaped bulge comprises a mounting section for mounting the connecting element, wherein an aperture for receiving the fastening leg is formed in the tube wall adjacent to the mounting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Konstantin Tatarinov, Jirĺ {hacek over (S)}tech, Robert Stockter
  • Patent number: 10232888
    Abstract: An interior member that is disposed in front of a driver's seat of a vehicle includes a main body and a rigid member. The main body has a tubular shape, extends in a width direction of the vehicle and forms an outer surface of the interior member. The rigid member is disposed on an inner surface of the main body and extends in the width direction of the vehicle. The rigid member supports the main body along the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Numazawa, Yuji Aiuchi, Fuminori Seino
  • Patent number: 10227092
    Abstract: A flap assembly for a motor vehicle includes a front flap which closes an assembly space of the motor vehicle and can be pivoted between a closed state and an open state. The front flap has a flap wall which, in the closed state of the front flap, extends substantially in a vehicle vertical direction, and the assembly space has an assembly space wall. The flap wall and the assembly space wall are designed to be located opposite each other in the closed state of the front flap. They form a sealing action in order to prevent entry of contaminants into the assembly space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Florian Kahl, Thoralf Maier, Martin Hampel
  • Patent number: 10207761
    Abstract: A fuel tank assembly for a motorcycle. The fuel tank assembly includes a fuel tank defining a fuel containment volume. The fuel tank has an upper wall. A fuel cap is operable to selectively open and close the fuel containment volume. A motorcycle accessory is attachable to the fuel tank via a connection structure including first and second connection portions that are complementary and inter-engageable together to positively define a fully-secured state. The first connection portion is secured to an exterior surface of the upper wall of the fuel tank, and the second connection portion is secured to the motorcycle accessory. The connection structure defines a finite position and rotational orientation of the motorcycle accessory upon relative rotation of the motorcycle accessory with respect to the fuel tank to the fully secured state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group, LLC
    Inventors: Scott McKinster, Stephen Perry, Stephen Hebert
  • Patent number: 10173732
    Abstract: A crosspiece for a vehicle dashboard extends in a longitudinal direction and has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is made of a first material and has a closed cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and a hollow joining end. The second portion has a main part extending in the longitudinal direction, and a joining part fitted into the joining end of the first portion. The main part has an open cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction that is adapted for demolding in a demolding direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction during manufacture of the second portion of the crosspiece. The joining part has a closed hollow cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction that is adapted for demolding in the longitudinal direction during manufacture of the second portion of the crosspiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Mickaël Trannoy, Laurent Baudart
  • Patent number: 10161543
    Abstract: An insert comprising: a first carrier portion, the first carrier portion including: at least one attachment portion; a non attachment portion; and a portion of a channel, the channel being surrounded by the attachment portion and the non-attachment portion, and extending along all or a portion of the longitudinal axis of the first carrier portion; a second carrier portion, the second carrier portion including: at least one attachment portion; a non-attachment portion; and a portion of a channel, the channel being surrounding by the attachment portion and the non-attachment portion, and extending along all or a portion of the longitudinal axis of the second carrier portion; wherein the first carrier and the second carrier are attached via the respective at least one attachment portions forming a channel between the first carrier portion and the second carrier portion so that components, devices, fluids, or a combination thereof may pass through all or a portion of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ZEPHYROS, INC.
    Inventors: Henry Richardson, Dennis Skonieczny, Liven Li
  • Patent number: 10124747
    Abstract: An acoustic barrier panel for reducing transmission of sound between a motor vehicle engine compartment and a motor vehicle passenger compartment includes an integral motor vehicle heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit condensate deflector. The HVAC unit condensate deflector may be defined in a material of the acoustic barrier panel. The HVAC unit condensate deflector may include a condensate reservoir portion in fluid communication with a condensate drainage channel portion. The condensate reservoir portion and the condensate drainage portion may include at least one interior layer formed of a hydrophobic material. By the integral HVAC condensate deflector, condensate draining from a motor vehicle HVAC unit is deflected whereby contact with an exhaust system of the motor vehicle is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Raghu Puttaiah, Bryn Arthur Davies
  • Patent number: 10112567
    Abstract: A knee bolster of a glove box for a vehicle is provided. The knee bolster of a glove box increases the stiffness of the front surface of the glove box with which the knees of a passenger may collide when a vehicle collision occurs, and thus restrains the knees of the passenger from rushing into the glove box. The knee bolster of a glove box for a vehicle can reduce the weight of the knee bolster, the production cost thereof, and a number of manufacturing processes compared to the conventional knee bolster for passenger seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, LG Hausys, Ltd., Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun An, Nam Hae Park, Yong Han Kang, Sang Hyeon Park, Jong Sun Woo, Woong Young Choi