Carrier Associated With Vehicle Roof Or Trunk Lid Patents (Class 224/309)
  • Patent number: 11299103
    Abstract: A roof rail and an apparatus for attaching the roof rail to the roof of a vehicle are provided. The roof rail is elongated and includes a bottom portion for engaging the outer surface of the roof. The roof rail also includes inboard and outboard side portions extending between the bottom portion and a top portion. An access hole is provided in the roof rail on an inboard side portion or at a location that is lower than an uppermost point of the roof rail for providing access to a fastener such as a roof stud or bolt attaching the roof rail to the roof. The access hole is blocked from view from a laterally outer side of the roof rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: LACKS ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Hawkins, Paul Nikandrou, Brian Wojtczak
  • Patent number: 11254266
    Abstract: A ladder transport system includes a cabin support member having an upper panel affixed to a rear panel, wherein the cabin support member can removably secure to a cabin of a vehicle. An aperture is disposed through the rear panel. A tailgate support member includes a front wall, a rear wall, and an upper wall extending therebetween defining an interior channel. The interior channel receives a tailgate of the vehicle therein, such that the tailgate support member is removably secured to the tailgate. A pair of support rods extend from the upper wall to engage a rung of a ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Elias Meza Meza
  • Patent number: 11225129
    Abstract: A vehicle including a passenger compartment having a roof support framework including a pair of roof rails, a header and at least one roof bow. A roof including several rigid removable roof panels is removably assembled to the roof support framework. Pins are removably assembled to the roof rails or to brackets attached to the roof rails that extend through the roof panels. A roof rack or cargo carrier is removably attached to upper ends of the pins and is spaced above the roof panels. A method of assembling a roof rack to a vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Ronald M. Lovasz, Mathias A. Huber
  • Patent number: 11186234
    Abstract: Vehicle sensor systems include modular sensor kits having one or more pods (e.g., sensor roof pods) and/or one or more bumpers (e.g., sensor bumpers). The sensor roof pods are configured to couple to a vehicle. A sensor roof pod may be positioned atop a vehicle proximate a front of the vehicle, proximate a back of the vehicle, or at any position along a top side of the vehicle being coupled, for example, using a mounting shim or a tripod. The sensor roof pods can include sensors (e.g., LIDAR sensors, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, etc.), processing units, control systems (e.g., temperature and/or environmental control systems), and communication devices (e.g., networking and/or wireless devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: CYNGN, INC.
    Inventors: Ain McKendrick, Michael W. Lowe, Andrea Mariotti, Pranav Bajoria, Akash Joshi
  • Patent number: 11186229
    Abstract: A roof rack mounted on a roof panel of a vehicle includes a main body including a rail that extends along a lengthwise direction and forms the main body and support parts provided on opposite longitudinal end portions of the rail in the lengthwise direction, a hollow profile that extends along the lengthwise direction of the rail and that is integrally formed inside the rail, caps mounted on opposite distal ends of the hollow profile and disposed inside the main body, and a pair of covers mounted on opposite side surfaces of each of the support parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyun Kyung Kim, Dong Eun Cha, Jin Young Yoon, Byung Kyu Yoon, Hwi Sung Jung, Sang Hyeon Park, Ju Hyun Kwon, Seung Ryeol Lee, Wook Hee Lee, Yong Woo Jung
  • Patent number: 11155213
    Abstract: A roof luggage rack, a roof luggage rack assembly, and a vehicle having a roof luggage rack are provided. The roof luggage rack includes a body portion, defining a receiving chamber, and an illuminator, arranged in the receiving chamber. According to present the roof luggage rack, a lighting effect is provided to illuminate a side of the vehicle. A driver can observe a traffic condition or check articles carried on the luggage rack at night. Further, the luggage rack may have a dazzling lighting effect, and the vehicle may have an aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: WINBO-DONGJIAN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongbo Chen, Zhihai Zhang, Wei Hu, Wenxiang He, Jie Yang, Weiting He
  • Patent number: 11046159
    Abstract: A truck bed accessory frame is disclosed therein which allows for reconfiguration between an opened position and a closed position. In the open position, objects taller than the frame can loaded onto the truck bed. In the closed position, objects placed in the truck bed can be protected from the environmental elements (e.g. rain and UV rays from the sun).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 11034307
    Abstract: A bracket comprising: (a) a mating portion; (b) a channel secured to the mating portion; and (c) a tab extending from a terminal edge of the mating portion; wherein the mating portion abuts a top edge of a cargo box of a vehicle and the tab at least partially extends around a lip of the cargo box to secure the bracket to the top edge of the cargo box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: THI CANADA, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10960812
    Abstract: A fully transparent luggage rack having a color illuminant includes a transparent longitudinal rod, an illuminant, a mounting base, a wire and a hollow bolt. The longitudinal rod is connected to the mounting base; the illuminant is arranged in the longitudinal rod; the mounting base is also fixed to a vehicle roof by means of the hollow bolt; and the wire penetrates the hollow bolt and is connected to the illuminant. A vehicle which is arranged with the fully transparent luggage rack having the color illuminant may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: WINBO-DONGJIAN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongbo Chen, Zhihai Zhang, Wei Hu, Wenxiang He, Jie Yang, Weiting He
  • Patent number: 10933816
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a stretch/bent roof rail apparatus for use on an exterior body surface of a vehicle. The apparatus may have a roof rail having a body portion, with the body portion having an opening. A housing assembly is adapted to fit at least partially within the opening in the body portion and has a support cradle and a cap. The support cradle and the cap may be configured to be secured to one another. The housing assembly may further being configured to enable an electrically powered component to be arranged within the cap and provided with an unobstructed line of sight outwardly from the roof rail body portion. The support cradle may have a footprint generally in accordance with the roof rail and configured to fit substantially completely within the roof rail. This helps to support the electrically powered component such that the roof rail, the housing assembly, and the electrically powered component form a unitary assembly when assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Gomes, Brendan J. Hathaway, Murray D. Brockway
  • Patent number: 10894469
    Abstract: A battery tray for a battery powered vehicle includes a battery tray having a side wall. An impact absorbing structure is connected to the side wall. The impact absorbing structure includes at least one roll-formed member fixed to the side wall. The at least one roll-formed member is created from a single metal plate and includes a first plate portion roll-formed to create a first cavity and having a first flange created in a member central wall of the first plate portion. The first flange is fixed to the first plate portion. A second plate portion is roll-formed to create a second cavity and has a second flange at an end of the second plate portion fixed to the member central wall. A roll-formed U-shaped attachment member is fixed to the at least one roll-formed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Indraneel K. Page, Suhant Ranga
  • Patent number: 10814792
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to roof racks made substantially of cardboard or plastic, systems for carrying cargo onto a car's roof comprising such roof racks, kits for constructing such roof-rack systems and methods of installing such roof-racks onto a roof of a car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: EASY CARRY LTD
    Inventor: Sasson Betzalel
  • Patent number: 10787131
    Abstract: A motor vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of this disclosure includes, among other things, a roof structure, a bracket projecting from the roof structure, a roof panel configured to attach to the roof structure such that the bracket is beneath the roof panel, and an accessory configured to attach to the bracket. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Robert Reiners, Jeffrey Gray
  • Patent number: 10780837
    Abstract: A rack for carrying cargo on top of a vehicle is disclosed, comprising a pair of longitudinal support assemblies. Each support assembly is configured for mounting on a crossbar secured across the roof of a vehicle, and includes a stationary base and an extendable rail. Each rail is moveable between a first position in which the rail is substantially coextensive with the base, a second position in which the rail extends significantly beyond the end of the base, and a third position in which the rail pivots downward adjacent a side of the vehicle. Each rail also has a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, with a loading arm pivotably connected to the distal end portion. The loading arm is moveable between a collapsed position parallel the rail and an extended loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Sautter, Scott A. McFadden, Ashley Hoch, Warren E. Stoneburner
  • Patent number: 10766538
    Abstract: A vehicle auxiliary storage compartment comprising a floor, a back wall that extends upward from the floor, and a front wall that extends upward from floor opposite the back wall, and a pair of opposing sidewalls disposed at opposing ends of the front wall and the back wall. The front wall is defined by a back side of a seating structure of a vehicle in which the auxiliary storage compartment is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Jhant, Matthew Baekelandt, Christopher Furman
  • Patent number: 10737631
    Abstract: A carrier assembly for attachment to a side rail of a vehicle includes a cross bar configured to extend from a portion of the side rail and a coupling assembly disposed at least partially in a stanchion that extends from an end of the cross bar proximate the side rail. The coupling assembly is configured to couple a portion of the cross bar to the side rail. The carrier assembly also includes a cover configured to engage at least a portion of the stanchion to enclose the coupling assembly and a fastener configured to extend through an aperture disposed on a side of the stanchion opposite the cover and to engage a boss extending from a side of the cover facing the stanchion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Raghu Chervu
  • Patent number: 10730445
    Abstract: A sports bar in a truck is provided. The sports bar may comprise a base including a first member and a second member coupled to the first member via a pivot bracket, and a hoop pivotally connected to the pivot bracket to be rotatable between an open position and a closed position. A top of the hoop is adjacent to a cabin of the truck at the closed position and the top of the hoop is at a rear of a truck bed at the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Alex Marchese
  • Patent number: 10723276
    Abstract: A carrier system for a vehicle having a pair of vacuum devices shaped and sized to mate and secure to a recreational article. Each vacuum device includes a pad shaped and sized to detachably seat with a vehicle to form a vacuum cavity. The frame is configured to detachably attach to a mounting surface, is generally arcuate, and has a front frame pivotally connected to a rear frame member to pivot between operating and storage positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Charles L. Casagrande
  • Patent number: 10710511
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a vehicle roof rack, provided on a roof of a vehicle, includes a roof rack rail, a roof rack bolt fixed to the roof rack rail, a roof rack nut fastened to the roof rack bolt, a roof rack pad coupled to the roof rack rail, a spacer mounted to a roof panel of the vehicle, and an in-line nut for fixing the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Hwan Lee, Kwang-Jae Choi, Jeong-Ho Lee, Seung-Mok Lee, Jin-Hyeok Cheon
  • Patent number: 10556547
    Abstract: In order, in the case of a roof rail, which is to be fastened to a roof structure of a motor vehicle and which has a load-absorbing rail profile which is fastened to the motor vehicle via fastening means acting on a fastening leg, to make it possible, with a simultaneously simple manufacturing capability, to securely and permanently mount a decoration of very high-grade appearance, provision is made to connect a decorative profile to the rail profile via the fastening leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Werner Rahm, Alexander Kammertons
  • Patent number: 10486509
    Abstract: A vehicle attachable shielding device for protecting a vehicle control assembly from moisture damage includes a shell that defines an interior space. A first penetration is positioned in a bottom of the shell and defines a rim. The first penetration is configured to insert a control assembly of the vehicle into the interior space. A coupler is coupled to the rim and is configured to couple to an interior surface of a vehicle. A second penetration is positioned in a top of the shell. A panel, which is coupled to the shell, is positioned to selectively couple to the shell to close the second penetration. The shell and the panel are configured to protect the control assembly from moisture damage. The panel is positioned to selectively decouple from the shell so that the second penetration is configured to insert a hand of a user to manipulate the control assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Angela Stephens
  • Patent number: 10421385
    Abstract: A ladder rack which is removably mounted on the top edge of a pick-up bed for hauling ladders. The ladder rack can be quickly installed or removed from the pick-up bed without damaging the bed finish. Because the ladder rack is modular, the disassembled rack components can be folded into a space saving configuration for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin M. Chambers
  • Patent number: 10358096
    Abstract: A clamping member for a load carrier foot clamping mechanism includes a clamping mechanism and a discontinuous contact portion. The clamping mechanism is configured to couple a load carrier foot to a continuous supporting portion of a vehicle. The discontinuous contact portion has at least two contact sections arranged at an obtuse angle and configured to contact the supporting portion so that the clamping member is usable for supporting portions arranged at different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Bergman
  • Patent number: 10352034
    Abstract: A building technique uses standard shipping containers as buttresses to support a truss system that may extend between the shipping containers to provide a roof. A sliding connector system attaches the trusses to the shipping containers to accommodate variations in separation of the shipping containers presenting a versatile framing system that is insensitive to site-related variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Boyle, Luke Cernak, Jon Fuller, James Krych
  • Patent number: 10322662
    Abstract: A removable rack for holding and/or transporting kayaks with a vehicle such as a pick up, trailer, utility vehicle or flat bed truck. The rack comprises a frame which holds at least one kayaks in a pickup at a selected height and leaving storage room under rack frame. The rack also can be disassembled into a relatively small bundle of parts for easy storage and transport. The rack provides a dolly or hand truck including a frame with wheels and a handle means to maintain the desired spacing between the support surface and the kayak supported by the elevated platform. The hand truck assembly are configured to be easily moved onto an elevated platform, for example, the bed of a truck or an elevated floor such as a raised patio or deck floor. The transport device facilitates transportation of the kayak to a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Lasley, Paul Carter
  • Patent number: 10300865
    Abstract: A fork mount upright bicycle carrier may include an elongate base having a pair of parallel rails and a fork mount device. A rear wheel receiver may be adjustably coupled in sliding engagement with a first slot in each of the rails, and a rear crossbar clamp may be adjustably coupled in a second slot in each of the rails, such that the receiver and the clamp are capable of overlapping adjustment ranges. The fork mount device may include a fixed jaw and a pivoting jaw for clamping onto a transverse member of a bicycle fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gian-Marco D'Angelo, Charles Kraeuter
  • Patent number: 10286853
    Abstract: The invention involves a cargo carrier for vehicles that facilitates loading and unloading of items onto an enclosure; the cargo carrier may be automated and self-loading via actuators and a motorized mechanism that may be remotely controlled. The actuators may be configured to tilt the enclosure and one or more motors may be configured to deploy a deployable tray housed within the enclosure, which minimizes user loading or unloading labor. Typically, on a front end of the enclosure, one or more actuators may couple the enclosure to a front portion of a vehicle support structure. On a rear end of the enclosure, one or more rear fittings may be configured to tiltably couple the enclosure to a rear portion of the vehicle support structure. The deployable tray may include a conveyor mechanism to further facilitate loading or unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Louis Carbone, Dominique Annalise Carbone
  • Patent number: 10279748
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a low profile, highly aerodynamic swing-in-place style vehicle article carrier system for use on a wide variety of passenger cars and trucks. The system makes use of a pair of side rails that are used to support a pair of cross bars in stowed positions thereon where the cross bars are secured parallel to the side rails, or in operative positions where the cross bars are secured perpendicularly between the side rails. The side rails each incorporate a rotating end support subsystem which automatically elevates one end of its associated cross bar when the cross bar is moved pivotally into its operative position. This enables the cross bars to form a very low profile when in their stowed positions, but to be automatically raised a predetermined distance when moved into their operative positions, to thus provide additional clearance between the cross bars and an outer body surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10252679
    Abstract: A truck bed accessory frame is disclosed therein which allows for reconfiguration between an opened position and a closed position. In the open position, objects taller than the frame can loaded onto the truck bed. In the closed position, objects placed in the truck bed can be protected from the environmental elements (e.g. rain and UV rays from the sun).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10246812
    Abstract: A drying rack designed to easily mount to a vehicle or other similar structure that is portable and collapsible. The drying rack includes a U-shaped bracket, a first support arm, a second support arm, a drying rod, a first locking hinge, and a second locking hinge. The first support arm and the second support make up the frame and are positioned parallel and offset to each other. The first support arm is terminally mounted to a first leg of the U-shaped bracket through the first locking hinge. Similarly, the second support arm is terminally mounted to a second leg of the U-shaped bracket through the second locking hinge. The drying rod is perpendicularly connected in between the first support arm and the second support arm. Additionally, the drying rod and the U-shaped bracket are positioned opposite to each other, across the first support arm and the second support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Phillip Earl Kelly
  • Patent number: 10202083
    Abstract: A crossbar-to-vehicle coupler may include an intra-coupler toe adjustment mechanism. The toe adjustment mechanism may include a pair of structural frames connected at a pivot joint. In some examples, the frames may be secured by a securement mechanism and/or limited in rotation by a mechanical stop. In some examples, an outer housing of the coupler may be fixed to only one of the two frames. A detent mechanism may be provided, including the outer housing and one of the two frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Wendell Scott, Scott A. McFadden, Gian-Marco D'Angelo, John Mark Elliott
  • Patent number: 10189420
    Abstract: A vehicular roof rack mounting bracket configured to be secured onto load carrier bars of different dimensions is presented. The bracket can include a pair of elongate clamps configured to be coupled to a bicycle fork anchor of a bicycle carrier. Each clamp can have a bar engagement portion configured to abut an exterior of an elongate support bar of a vehicular roof rack in a secured configuration in which each clamp is fastened to the support bar, and each of the pair of clamps can have a lengthwise oriented longitudinal axis such that each longitudinal axis is oriented at an oblique angle relative to the other longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventor: Joseph Settelmayer
  • Patent number: 10149523
    Abstract: A magnetic umbrella swivel holder system comprising a swivel umbrella holder, further comprising an upper portion and a lower portion, wherein the upper portion is a first tube with a diameter sized to hold an umbrella pole, the lower portion is a second tube. Preferably, the upper portion is connected to the lower portion with a pivot device. A magnet is preferably removably attached to the lower portion using a fastener that threadably attaches to a receptacle fitted within the lower portion such that the magnet forms a bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Joshua Mitchell Cooley
  • Patent number: 10150432
    Abstract: An assembly includes a sensor module having an external surface configured to receive a seal and defining a perimeter. The assembly includes a plurality of sensors supported by the sensor module. The assembly includes a lock movable between a locked state and an unlocked state and supported by the sensor module within the perimeter. A computer is supported by the sensor module and is programmed to actuate the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10040484
    Abstract: A vehicle roof panel attachment assembly includes a substructure, a fastening device, a roof panel, and a side panel. The fastening device is engaged to the substructure and projects through an opening in the substructure. The roof panel includes a top portion spaced above the substructure, a flange, and a bend feature disposed between the top portion and the flange. The flange projects, at least in-part, downward from the bend feature and is engaged to the fastening device. The side panel includes an outer segment and an inner segment projecting, at least in-part, downward from the outer segment. A seam is carried by and between the bend feature and the inner segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Adam R. Ballard, Robert N. Saje
  • Patent number: 10023037
    Abstract: A vacuum blocker for a movable roof panel is provided and moves between an open position and a closed position and between a seated position and a lifted position when in the closed position relative to an opening formed in a fixed roof panel of a vehicle. A seal member is supported by the fixed roof panel and forms a first seal at a junction of the fixed roof panel and the movable roof panel when the movable roof panel is in the seated position. A flap extends between the seal member and the movable roof panel and forms a second seal at a junction of the seal member and the movable roof panel when the movable roof panel is in the closed position and is moved from the seated position to the lifted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Richard Kleinhoffer, Cliff R Reitzloff
  • Patent number: 9981700
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a cargo area at least partially defined by the body. A tailgate assembly is adjustably connected to the body and movable relative to the body between a first position and at least one second position. The tailgate assembly includes a structure having a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A cargo system is operatively connected to the tailgate assembly. The cargo system includes an extension member having a housing, a first arm extending from a first side of the housing securable to the first lateral edge of the tailgate structure and a second arm extending from a second side of the housing securable to the second lateral edge of the tailgate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Garrison, Derek L. Patterson
  • Patent number: 9956857
    Abstract: A truck bed accessory frame is disclosed therein which allows for reconfiguration between an opened position and a closed position. In the open position, objects taller than the frame can loaded onto the truck bed. In the closed position, objects placed in the truck bed can be protected from the environmental elements (e.g. rain and UV rays from the sun).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 9919658
    Abstract: A collapsible container assembly includes a box that may be positioned in a bed of a vehicle. The box stores objects. A plurality of tabs is provided and each of the tabs is coupled to the box. Each of the tabs is tied to the vehicle thereby facilitating the box to be retained in the bed of the vehicle. A frame is positioned within the box. The frame is foldable such that the frame is selectively positioned between a deployed position and a folded position. The frame retains the box in a cubic shape when the frame is in the deployed position. The box is collapsed when the frame is positioned in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas Melvin Walther
  • Patent number: 9796428
    Abstract: A material supporting system for a pick-up truck includes a platform with side members oriented parallel to one another; and cross-members interposed between the slide members. The system also includes support legs, first tracks, second tracks and roller assemblies. One of the roller assemblies is attached to a first end of one of the slide members. One of the support legs is attached to a second end, opposite the first end, of said slide member; and one of the roller assemblies is attached to said support leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Dorina Tamaddon-Dallal, Artin Tamaddon-Dallal, Saied Tamaddon-Dallal
  • Patent number: 9703861
    Abstract: System and method for providing answers to questions based on any corpus of data implements a method that generates a number of candidate passages from the corpus that answer an input query, and finds the correct resulting answer by collecting supporting evidence from the multiple passages. By analyzing all retrieved passages and that passage's metadata in parallel, an output plurality of data structures is generated including candidate answers based upon the analyzing. Then, supporting passage retrieval operations are performed upon the set of candidate answers, and for each candidate answer, the data corpus is traversed to find those passages having candidate answer in addition to query terms. All candidate answers are automatically scored by a plurality of scoring modules, each producing a module score. The modules scores are processed to determine one or more query answers; and, a query response is generated based on the one or more query answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric W. Brown, David Ferrucci, Adam Lally, Wlodek W. Zadrozny
  • Patent number: 9629508
    Abstract: Improvements on a portable pressurized solar shower which is mounted on the roof of a vehicle using roof rack mounting hardware. The vessel is an elongated elliptical shape (20), which is capped on both ends (32) with an endplate. It can be filled by removing a radiator cap (34) on top. Water can be sprayed out using an attached hose (60) and nozzle (70). The vessel is made from black painted or coated conductive metal which absorbs the sunlight and transfers the heat to the water on the inside. The vessel can be pressurized by an air pump via a valve stem (39) installed on the vessel. A mounting bolt slides within a T-slot which is integrated as part of the shower vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Joel Brian Cotton
  • Patent number: 9630548
    Abstract: An interface system is provided for a truck box. An interface plate is attached to a recess formed in a sidewall of the truck box. A cleat is attached to an inverted T-shaped opening formed in the interface plate. A T-shaped base is inserted in the inverted T-shaped opening to hold the cleat to the sidewall of the truck box. A reinforcement plate is attached to an inside surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Eric MacDonald, Alana Anne Strager
  • Patent number: 9616819
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier is disclosed for use on a vehicle having a roof, where the roof has a pair of parallel extending ditch rails forming elongated recesses in the roof. The vehicle article carrier may incorporate a pair of tracks configured to rest within the ditch rails and to be fixedly secured within the ditch rails. A pair of cross bars may be removably securable to the tracks. Each cross bar may further be configured with a cross sectional shape to rest at least partially within an associated one of the ditch rails when placed in a stowed configuration. Each cross bar may further be securable to the tracks so as to extend perpendicularly between the tracks and above the roof when placed in an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 9604566
    Abstract: A lamp structure is provided in which a roof rack fixed on top of a car has an engaging slot for locking with a detent portion formed on the bottom of a positioning unit. A connecting portion extending on the detent portion has a fitting indentation with a positioning member penetrating therethrough, one end of the positioning member having a snap-fit portion provided on one end and a positioning pulling lever pivotally provided on the other end. A warning lamp having a snap-fit groove for engaging with the snap-fit portion is combined with the connecting portion. Therefore, the warning lamp has higher assembly position so that light emitted from the warning light is clearly visible by rear drivers from a longer distance and hence has better eye-catching and warning effect, and better driving safety can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Big Time Auto Parts Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yao-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 9580004
    Abstract: A rail system for use with a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, may include a plurality of side rails and stanchions securing the side rails to the vehicle. At least one hoop may be provided for connection to either the stanchions or the side rails. Each hoop may include a plurality of legs, with a clamp connected to each leg to connect each hoop to either a stanchion or side rail, as well as an elbow connected to each leg opposite the clamp, with a lateral cross bar connected between the elbows. The legs may be pivotable with respect to the elbows. The elbows may further include a rod pivotable between a stored and deployed position. In the deployed position, the rod may facilitate attachment of elevated rails. Additionally, bed dividers and storage lockers or boxes are provided for use with the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Jerome Puchkoff
  • Patent number: 9566914
    Abstract: A modular rack system, for adjustably attaching equipment to a vehicle, includes a base mountable on a side wall of the vehicle. The rack system has a first wall that is disposed on and upwardly emanating from the top surface of the base that defines a lower seat. One end of a vertical member resides in the lower seat and is secured thereto. The other end of the vertical member resides in an upper seat defining by a downwardly depending wall from a saddle and is secured thereto. The first and second walls laterally stabilize the vertical member relative to the base and saddle to permit the base to be mounted to a side wall of a vehicle and a top rail to be secured to the saddle without the use of gussets or cross-braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thule Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin L. Marr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9481315
    Abstract: A device for movably mounting a storage container in relation to the storage bed of a pickup truck. The device includes a container support frame with a mounting member configured to be fixedly secured in relation to the pickup truck storage bed, and a lift arm having a first end coupled to the container support frame for pivotal movement about a first pivot axis and a second end configured to be coupled to the storage container for pivotal movement about a second pivot axis. The second end of the lift arm is movable along an arcuate path about the first pivot axis between a stowed position in which the storage container is disposed between the side rails and an extended position in which the storage container is disposed above a side rail. The storage container is pivotable about the second pivot axis to maintain an upright orientation in the stowed and extended positions, providing a variety of convenient access and storage options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Joel Gordon
  • Patent number: 9440592
    Abstract: A method for mounting a bicycle to a bicycle rack on an exposed roll can include: providing the bicycle rack comprising: a crossbar having an elongate longitudinal length section with laterally curved end sections extending from each side of the longitudinal length, the crossbar having a top side that includes one or more bicycle receivers and having a length sufficient to extend across the roll cage; and a mounting bracket on an end of each laterally curved end section, the mounting brackets each being planar and having an aperture extending through the bracket from a top surface to an opposite bottom surface, the mounting brackets each having bottom surface received on the roll cage with fastener extending through each aperture and a vertical hole in the longitudinal bars such that the crossbar is elevated off the longitudinal bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GIRAK LLC
    Inventor: Nate Peck
  • Patent number: 9434320
    Abstract: A safari bicycle rack, method for making the safari bicycle rack, and method for mounting a bicycle to the safari bicycle rack on an exposed roll can include: providing the bicycle rack comprising: a crossbar having an elongate longitudinal length section with laterally curved end sections extending from each side of the longitudinal length, the crossbar having a top side that includes one or more bicycle receivers and having a length sufficient to extend across the roll cage; and a mounting bracket on an end of each laterally curved end section, the mounting brackets each being planar and having an aperture extending through the bracket from a top surface to an opposite bottom surface, the mounting brackets each having bottom surface received on the roll cage with fastener extending through each aperture and a vertical hole in the longitudinal bars such that the crossbar is elevated off the longitudinal bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: GIRAK LLC
    Inventor: Nate Peck