Vehicle Attached Patents (Class 224/400)
  • Patent number: 11247527
    Abstract: A rear passenger seat air ventilation system for an electric vehicle includes a rigid tunnel positioned within a passenger compartment of the electric vehicle. The rigid tunnel covers a portion of a battery assembly that extends above a floor structure of the electric vehicle such that the passenger compartment is sealed from the battery assembly. The rigid tunnel defines a forward opening and a rear opening connected by a conduit extending along at least a portion of a length of the rigid tunnel. The conduit is disposed within an interior of the rigid tunnel. A center console is positioned above at least a portion of the rigid tunnel. An air supply system interfaces with the forward opening and to deliver air to the conduit. At least one air vent receives air from the conduit and deliver the air to a rear seating area of the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Jens Maier
  • Patent number: 11027670
    Abstract: A rechargeable tool holder is provided for mounting a wirelessly rechargeable tool into a recessed portion of a vehicle seat. The vehicle seat includes a seat frame, a seat bottom, and a seat back. The seat includes a power supply connection providing electricity from a vehicle power source. The tool holder includes a recessed portion of the vehicle seat, a tool retention member such as a clip, and a wireless charger located adjacent to the trim piece to provide wireless charging of the tool when the tool is mounted at the retention member. The wireless charger has an input power connection from the vehicle power supply to recharge the tool while mounted. The rechargeable tool or piece of equipment may be a flashlight, a rotary-actuated or linearly-actuated power tool, or any other suitable wirelessly-charged tool or piece of equipment for which the holder is configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Shaun Dorian Tait
  • Patent number: 10504877
    Abstract: Package structures and methods of forming them are described. In an embodiment, a package structure includes an integrated circuit die embedded in an encapsulant and a redistribution structure on the encapsulant. The redistribution structure includes a metallization layer distal from the encapsulant and the integrated circuit die, and a dielectric layer distal from the encapsulant and the integrated circuit die and on the metallization layer. The package structure also includes a first under metallization structure on the dielectric layer and a Surface Mount Device and/or Integrated Passive Device (“SMD/IPD”) attached to the first under metallization structure. The first under metallization structure includes first through fourth extending portions extending through first through fourth openings of the dielectric layer to first through fourth patterns of the metallization layer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hsien Hsieh, Hsien-Wei Chen, Chi-Hsi Wu, Chen-Hua Yu, Der-Chyang Yeh, Wei-Cheng Wu
  • Patent number: 10432767
    Abstract: A case for a mobile device includes embodiments having a support, a base, a plurality of outer walls, a plenum, and a sound guide. The base has a surface parallel to the mounting plane, and the outer walls extend from the base toward the mounting plane. The outer walls and the base (together with one or more surfaces of the mobile device) define a plenum, which is configured to receive sound from a mobile device when the mobile device is mounted to the case. The sound guide diverts sound toward two or more of the outer walls or through a combination of one or more outer wall, the base, and a front surface of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Luigi Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 10343607
    Abstract: A viewing device for a vehicle, comprises: a plurality of imaging apparatuses that differ in imaging range; an image generation apparatus that, on the basis of images imaged by one or a plurality of the imaging apparatuses, generates a viewing image that is a composite of: an image to a vehicle rear, an image of a vehicle structure, the image being semi-transparent, and an image of a vehicle occupant on a rear seat; and a displayer that displays the viewing image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kumon, Yasunobu Takahashi, Yuto Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10308203
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. The seatback is operably coupled with the seat. A back panel is disposed on a backside of the seat and includes a metal insert. An injection molded polymeric panel is formed around the metal insert. The metal insert is retained by the polymeric panel by a ribbon style mechanical lock. Peripheral attachment features are disposed about an outer perimeter of the back panel for securing the back panel with a frame of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Matusko, Kevin Mozurkewich, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Andrew Line, Moises Abraham Hernandez Soto
  • Patent number: 9738227
    Abstract: A storage assembly for positioning between vehicle seats, includes an enclosable compartment that has opposing longitudinal sidewalls and opposing lateral sidewalls that are connected to the opposing longitudinal sidewalls to define an interior volume. A plurality of retention features are spaced along an upper edge of the opposing longitudinal sidewalls and the opposing lateral sidewalls. A hanging storage module has a rigid panel suspended in the interior volume and a pair of support elements protrudes horizontally from opposing ends of the rigid panel to removably engage a corresponding pair of the plurality of retention features on a select one of the opposing longitudinal sidewalls and the opposing longitudinal sidewalls. The rigid panel has a side portion configured to vertically hold at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Artur Sakarian, Ryan Welch, Scott H. Dunham, Stuart Salter, Cornel Gardner
  • Patent number: 9241849
    Abstract: A rescue apparatus and method for the transport of injured persons from an area deemed immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH), being a low-profile wheeled platform with a shaped aperture having the contour matching that of an air-pack. Immobilized fire fighters or others may be placed in a supine position atop the platform, their air packs entering into the contoured aperture; so that they may utilize the air supply while being evacuated. The wheels of the apparatus preferably straddle a fire hose during the transport using it as a guide for safe egress from the IDLH environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Wesley Wyatt Caskey
  • Publication number: 20150001266
    Abstract: A support system for adjustably supporting an object such as an electronic device is provide for use with existing cup-holders, such as those found on automotive vehicles. The system include preferably a rigid yet flexible cup insert, rigid yet flexible extension member, and a fixed and/or adjustable cradle to support the object, where the extension member may be manipulated to permit adjustment of the cradle (and thus the object supported on the cradle) relative to the user and the existing cup-holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Richard Pluta
  • Publication number: 20140312084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a receiving device of a vehicle interior, comprising a main part (11) in which at least one receiving compartment (42) is formed and comprising a lid (12) for at least partly closing the receiving compartment (42). The lid (12) can be moved between a closed position and an open position, and the lid (12) is loaded into the open position or into the closed position by a drive device (43). The invention is characterized in that the movement of the lid (12) can be braked in at least one sub-section of the opening movement and/or the closing movement by means of a braking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Kuhn
  • Publication number: 20140263505
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a tool rack attachment configured for holding at least one tool. The tool rack attachment may be configured for attachment to a vehicle. The tool rack attachment may include a frame and a coupling mechanism. The coupling mechanism may be configured for releasable attachment to the vehicle. The tool rack attachment may also include at least one bracket. The bracket may be configured to retain the tool. The tool rack attachment may provide convenient access, storage, and transport to one or more tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Diversified Products, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Meyers
  • Publication number: 20140246467
    Abstract: A carrier that mounts to a vehicle. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a pair of arms to support a bicycle. Each arm may include one or more securing devices each including a strap to contact a frame region of a bicycle and a pair of buckles to fasten the strap over the frame region. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a mount for a vehicle hitch. The mount may include a pair of user-actuated coupling members, such as a wedge member and a retractable retainer, each configured to attach the mount to the hitch. One of the coupling members (e.g., the retainer) may serve as a backup for the other coupling member to improve safety. In some embodiments, the carrier may include a mast that is releasable for backward pivotal motion away from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Yakima Innovation Development Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Hein, Richard Jeli, Chris Sautter
  • Publication number: 20140246466
    Abstract: A freestanding unit for securing loose items within the cargo area of a vehicle by propping items against a side wall of the cargo area includes a vertical wall section and bottom wall forming an overall L shaped cross section reinforced by molded ribs. The freestanding wall unit is secured to the carpeted floor of the vehicle's cargo area using continuous strips of hook and loop material. Two handles, situated one on either end of the vertical wall allow ease of use when removing or repositioning the freestanding wall unit within the cargo area. The handles are positioned at either end to provide a constant and steady peeling effect facilitated by the continuous hook and loop strips when removing the unit from a carpeted surface. The unit may be constructed as a solid one piece molded plastic part utilizing a tough and durable plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Culleton, Ben Millett, Alan Harrison
  • Publication number: 20140239028
    Abstract: A tray for mounting between walls in which the bottom and sidewalls of the tray body are formed as an integral piece using a pultrusion process. Electrical conductors may be embedded into the tray body to permit attachment and electrical coupling of lights and other electrical apparatus thereto. Slots formed in ridges which are intergrally formed on the bottom of the tray are aligned with slots formed in ribs formed integrally along an inner surface of the tray sidewalls. A tray divider is selectively securable in aligned slots in the ridges and ribs and held in place with a clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: John Fakhari, Lee Finley
  • Patent number: 8749363
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems, methods and computer program products for presenting visual information in an automobile. An exemplary system includes a receiving station that receives a mobile device; and a display unit that presents, to a driver or a passenger in the automobile, visual information in response to one or more instructions input to the mobile device. The display unit of the system is separate from the mobile device's display. In some embodiments, the display is a mirror, while, in other embodiments, the display is an electronic display. In some embodiments, the receiving station has the ability to receive mobile devices of a plurality of types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Takefumi Masuda, Tetsuya Okuda, Chandrashekar Subba
  • Publication number: 20140076946
    Abstract: A bicycle rack is configured to support a bicycle in either a substantially horizontal orientation or in an upright, substantially vertical orientation. The bicycle rack includes pivotally and slidably coupled first and second frame members, and three support assemblies. Each support assembly includes a first support member defining a generally upwardly facing bicycle support surface, and a second support member. The first support members are height adjustable to vary a height of the bicycle support surfaces above the plane, and to provide a three-point bicycle support platform configured to support a bicycle in a substantially horizontal orientation. Each second support member includes a releasable clamp member for supporting a bicycle in an upright, substantially vertical orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kyle Ressler, Jill Mohr, John Petersen
  • Publication number: 20140042200
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a display device comprising in use a screen in a weatherproof cover and having: a frame accepting the screen, insertable in a scooter or motorbike carrier container, said container mounting on a vehicle, said vehicle typically with two or three wheels, and said display device including at least one lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ehsan Namani
  • Publication number: 20130341210
    Abstract: In another embodiment of the present invention, an organizer assembly includes an article holding body and a mounting structure. The article holding body has a first body segment, a second body segment and a hinge segment connected between the first body segment and the second body segment. The first body segment, the second body segment and the hinge segment jointly define opposing major faces of the article holding body. An ammunition magazine holding structure, a shotgun shell holding structure, an article containment pocket and a canister holding structure are provided on a first one of the opposing major faces. The mounting structure is selectively attachable to and detachable from the first body segment at a second one of the opposing major faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Philip R. Goodwin, Craig G. Bastarache, Michael K. Andrews, Bryan B. Lin
  • Patent number: 8568030
    Abstract: A utility bag having a closure arrangement coupled with opposing first and second panels of the utility bag. The first closure member coupled to the first panel at about an entrance of the utility bag. The first closure member includes a pair of parallel bulbous elements which form a longitudinal channel parallel to the entrance of the utility bag. A second closure member includes a third bulbous element having an interfacing surface complementary with an interfacing surface of the longitudinal channel to form an overlapping closure arrangement. Counterpart strips of hook/loop fasteners coupled to complementary interfacing surfaces associated with the first and second closure members are used to maintain the utility bag in a closed state. The bulbous elements may be formed from deformable materials disposed in sleeves which surround the entrance to the utility bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Kenneth Martin, Kelly Martine
  • Publication number: 20130277403
    Abstract: A storage system includes a rail system, and a container. The container has an inner compartment. The container further includes an apparatus for supporting the container which also interacts the rail system, and a hoist coupled to the apparatus for supporting the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Scott MURPHY
  • Publication number: 20130256351
    Abstract: A cup holder includes one or two supporting members that support a container inserted into a receiving portion of a holder main body, and is arranged in a circumferential direction of the holder main body. A container having the protrusion and recess pattern on a side surface can smoothly be taken out from the receiving portion with a low risk of the supporting members interfering with other members around the holder main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicants: KOJIMA CO., LTD., TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro KODAMA, Naoyuki FUKUI, Daiichiro NAKANO, Makoto YOKOTA
  • Patent number: 8540299
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a convertible space system that is integrated into a floor of an interior cargo area. The convertible space system includes a pair of panels that are moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. When in the deployed position, the pair of panels are extended and integrally positioned on the floor to define a primary load bearing surface. When in the stowed position, the pair of panels are collapsed and positioned on the floor to define vertically extending lateral boundary walls for the cargo area, and to expose a secondary load bearing surface disposed below the primary load bearing surface, thereby increasing the effective height of the interior cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Flor Elena Quiros Perez, Maurice James Gisler, Mario Garcia Garcia
  • Patent number: 8511526
    Abstract: A mounting platform attached to a vehicle through an existing opening. A base portion having a clamp is placed through a brake light assembly opening, after the brake light assembly has been removed, and is securely held to the roof of a vehicle. A platform portion is attached to the base portion. The mounting platform is used to mount accessories such as light bars, emergency lights, antennas, or any other accessory desired to be mounted to the vehicle. The mounting platform may be easily installed and removed from the vehicle without any damage or modification to the vehicle and without drilling any additional holes in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas E. Schellens
  • Publication number: 20130193175
    Abstract: A cargo mounting system is shown and described. The cargo mounting system may include a rail having first and second portions and a length, the first portion being opposite the second portion, a first engaging member positioned on the first portion of the rail, and a second engaging member positioned on the second portion of the rail. The cargo mounting system may also include at least one vehicle attaching member selectively attached to and positionable on the second engaging member of the rail, the at least one vehicle attaching member selectively attachable to a vehicle, and at least one accessory mounting member selectively attached to and positionable on at least one of the first and second engaging members, where the at least one accessory mounting member is capable of carrying an item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Cequent Performance Products, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130168424
    Abstract: A holding apparatus is provided, including a receiving base, an upper lid at least a resilient element, and a suction unit. The receiving base and the upper lid are coupled at one side. The resilient element provides the elastic force to pull the upper lid and the receiving base towards each other. The suction unit is installed at the receiving base, including a suction disc for attaching to a fixed surface. The suction disc is exposed from the bottom surface of the receiving base. In this manner, the present invention can be fastened to a surface through the suction disc to provide the clamping force on a portable electronic device between the receiving base and the upper lid so that the portable electronic device is fastened to the present invention in a tilt position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Publication number: 20130161105
    Abstract: A battery assembly, or module, for a vehicle having a battery compartment that defines an opening in the floor. The battery module is disposed partially within the battery compartment and extends through an opening in the floor of a battery compartment to be partially disposed below the floor of the vehicle. A method of installing a battery module into a vehicle is also disclosed. The battery module is inserted partially into an opening in a floor of a battery compartment with a lower portion of the battery module being retained below the floor and an upper portion of the battery module being retained above the floor. A seal is attached between the battery module and the opening in the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Daniel Maguire, Mladen M. Marjanovic, Stephen W. Siu
  • Publication number: 20130119102
    Abstract: A holder apparatus is provided for a portable electronic device, in particular in a motor vehicle. The portable electronic device is designed for bidirectional data transfer with the motor vehicle, wherein the holder apparatus has a base element which can be fixed in the motor vehicle and which has a plurality of holder elements, and at least one wall and/or cover element which is coupled to the holder elements such that it can be reversibly plug-connected. The portable electronic device can be secured in the holder apparatus in an interlocking and/or force-fitting manner by the base element and the at least one wall and/or cover element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
  • Publication number: 20130119103
    Abstract: A condiment packet holder of molded plastic has a generally centrally located aperture sized to receive and suspend a body of a condiment packet. The condiment packet holder has a generally cylindrical body surrounding the aperture, sized to be received by an automobile cup-holder and rest on the rim of an insert therein, just below the opening of the cup-holder at a height convenient for dipping food items into an open-top condiment packet supported by the condiment packet holder. An extension from one portion of the condiment packet holder body is received by a corresponding discontinuity commonly found in the upper portion of automobile cup-holders, and includes a slot receiving a slat from an air vent within the automobile, allowing the packet holder to be wedged into the air vent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Philip J. Mango
  • Publication number: 20130026201
    Abstract: The invention is related to a container for a supply unit, in particular an oxygen supply unit and/or a passenger supply unit (PSU), having a container well at least, wherein a container door can be pivotably joint at a container well's edge, in particular pivotable about a hinge at the container well's edge, wherein the container well at least consists of a sheet moulded compound material moulded from a composite of thermoset sheet material based on fiber-reinforced polymer matrices mainly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: GUNTER BOOMGAARDEN, Mark Niedostatek, Wolfgang Rittner, Hasso Weinmann, Rudiger Meckes
  • Publication number: 20130001972
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with a seat oriented in a passenger compartment forward of a storage compartment. The seat has a seat back that is pivotally connected to a body of the vehicle. The seat back is pivotable between a seating position and a storage position. A battery is disposed within the storage compartment. A tray is removably connected to the vehicle body in either one of a first and a second position. The tray is elevated from the battery within the storage compartment in the first position. The tray is connected to the vehicle body such that it is contiguous with and forward of the battery in the second position. A flat load floor is formed by the top surface of a housing of the battery together with the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Gian Carlo Morlet Ugalde, Babak Shahmehri, Kathleen Pecoraro, David A. Wilson, Marc Jonathon Lucas, Robert Joseph Beier, Timothy DeBastos
  • Publication number: 20120292466
    Abstract: Provided is an adhesive supporter configured to temporarily support a car navigation, a cellular phone, or the like, and in particular, to an adhesive supporter capable of more reliably and stably suctioning and holding a car navigation, a cellular phone, or the like by increasing a vacuum force between an attachment surface thereof and a pad of the adhesive supporter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Soon Young Song
  • Publication number: 20120286009
    Abstract: A storage and transport carrier is configured to securely hold a selected one or more of a plurality of differently-shaped fuel containers therein. The carrier includes a unitary molded body with first and second pairs of opposite side walls. The body also includes a bottom wall that extends generally between the side walls, such that surfaces of the side walls and the bottom wall cooperatively define an interior chamber of the body. The body also includes a pair of opposite elongated protrusions. Each protrusion projects upwardly from the bottom wall and is spaced laterally inwardly from a respective one of the second pair of side walls. Each of the elongated protrusions extends between opposite end margins and presents an inner container-engaging surface. The inner container-engaging surfaces are configured to engage at least a portion of one or more of the fuel containers, and thereby securely retain the same, when the containers are selectively disposed within the interior chamber of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: BLITZ U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Charlie L. Forbis, Harvey A. Moyer
  • Publication number: 20120273537
    Abstract: A symmetrical, balanced receptacle for storing, displaying or transporting goods, materials, people, plants or animals is suspended from a double-axis gimbal mounted on a supporting framework. The receptacle is attached to the gimbal by adjustable bearings and a locking mechanism holds the receptacle in various positions, tilted forward or back, and swiveled to one side or the other. When the receptacle is unlocked, gravity holds it level, which is especially useful when the device is used to hold or transport cargo on sloping ground, turbulent water or shifting air currents. The framework may be stationary or attached to a wheeled vehicle, water craft, aircraft, or other means of transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Alfred Thomas Newman
  • Publication number: 20120217276
    Abstract: A cargo toolbox is provided for securely retaining tools and equipment of varying size and shape, particularly suited for attachment to a vehicle and for use repairing fence lines. The toolbox comprises a lid hingedly secured to a base, a handle and latches for removably securing the lid to the base. A plurality of securement structures is disposed along the interior of the lid and base for storing and restricting movement of tools and components. Elongated tools may be stored within brackets disposed along the lid interior. Small items are separately retained within secure storage compartments disposed along an end of the base interior. A compartment lid is hingedly secured to the storage compartments such that items are prevented from departing. A restraining tray defining an upstanding wall perimeter and an open interior is mountable to a vehicle cargo rack to facilitate transportation of the toolbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8246097
    Abstract: A holding device is provided for holding articles of daily use. The holding device can be arranged in an interior space of a motor vehicle and includes, but is not limited to a holding element and at least two mounting elements in which the holding element is fastened. The mounting elements can be arranged within a rail system arranged within the interior space of the motor vehicle in such a manner that the mounting elements can be mounted freely movable within the rail system independent of each other. Because of this it is possible to make available a holding device for the holding of articles of daily use which can be arranged in an interior space of a motor vehicle and is characterized by high functionality at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Kurt Beyer
  • Publication number: 20120168480
    Abstract: A multipurpose rack comprising a first securing portion configured to secure a first portion of a transportation device, and a second securing portion configured to secure a second portion of the transportation device, wherein the first securing portion is operably secured to a lower support unit, the lower support unit configured to engage a vehicle element is provided. Furthermore, a method of racking a watercraft and a transportation device comprising the step of: providing a rack including a watercraft racking portion and a transportation device racking portion, and engaging a vehicle element with a lower support unit of the rack is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Larry Alan Gray
  • Patent number: 8205773
    Abstract: A logistic container intended to be made integral with a structure, such as a vehicle, and incorporating a clasping device intended to cooperate with a matching device carried by the structure, the container being of a geometry with several faces wherein the container incorporates at least two opening flaps each arranged on a separate face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventors: Bernard Timmer, Jean-Noël Patry
  • Patent number: 8196988
    Abstract: A portable multi-functional sleeping system comprising a sleeping platform for one (1) to two (2) people for use while camping or performing a similar activity is herein disclosed. The sleeping system is provided with a trailer for movement or for towing behind a smaller vehicle or motorcycle. A lid folds open and exposes a mattress capable of holding up to two (2) people. The lower portion of the system provides three (3) storage compartments. A first compartment is provided with insulated sidewalls to serve as a cooler to keep food cool. A second compartment is for general storage for clothing and similar items. A third compartment is provided with collapsible poles and hooks for attaching a shower curtain and water bag thereto shower. A cooking grill section is also provided on the back portion of the system that folds up for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Roxann Malleck
  • Publication number: 20120080466
    Abstract: A storage system for a vehicle is disclosed. The storage system includes a pressure vessel, a plurality of mounting systems disposed on each end of the pressure vessel, each mounting system having a vessel shell having an end coupled to the end of the pressure vessel, a mounting shell having a first end coupled to the vehicle and a second end coupled to another end of the vessel shell, and an impact element formed in one of the vessel shell and the mounting shell having a yield strength less than a yield strength of the vessel shell and the mounting shell, a clamping element for coupling the vessel shell to the pressure vessel, and a coupling means for coupling the vessel shell and the mounting shell together through the impact element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Valentin Schultheis, Thorsten Schutz, Helmut Schuermann, Wolfgang Bleser
  • Publication number: 20120007393
    Abstract: A combination toolbox and seating assembly is provided. The toolbox seating assembly is installed in the bed of a pickup truck, wherein the toolbox includes a hinged lid, and wherein a bench style seat may be stored the toolbox when not in use, and may be positioned within the upper portion of the toolbox when in use to provide comfortable rearward seating within the bed of the truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Frederick Augustus DANIELS, JR.
  • Patent number: 8083111
    Abstract: A toolbox is selectively removably mounted on the weight support positioned at the forward end of a tractor. In the preferred embodiment, a plurality of weights are positioned on the weight support at each side of the toolbox and are interconnected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: John J. Lase
  • Publication number: 20110305350
    Abstract: A lightweight radio/CD player for vehicular application is virtually “fastenerless” and includes a case and frontal interface formed of polymer based material that is molded to provide details to accept audio devices such as playback mechanisms (if desired) and radio receivers, as well as the circuit boards required for electrical control and display. The case and frontal interface are of composite structure, including an insert molded electrically conductive wire mesh screen that has been pre-formed to contour with the molding operation. The wire mesh provides EMC, RFI, BCI and ESD shielding and grounding of the circuit boards via exposed wire mesh pads and adjacent ground clips. The PCB architecture is bifurcated into a first board carrying common circuit components in a surface mount configuration suitable for high volume production, and a second board carrying application specific circuit components in a wave soldered stick mount configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: CHRIS R. SNIDER, Vineet Gupta, Joseph K. Huntzinger, Michael G. Coady, Curtis Allen Stapert, Kevin Earl Meyer, Timothy D. Garner, Jeffrey T. Bell, Robert L. Vadas, Donald G. Moeschberger, Allen E. Oberlin, Paul C. Burton, Dan D. Carman, Gary L. Stahl, John Michael Matly, Rick L. Hatcher, Edgar Glenn Hassler, Quan N. Nguyen, William R. Reed, Kip R. Piel, Jerry J. Wendling, Tim A. Kenworthy, Paul A. Uglum, Michael F. Fye, Philip M. Scott
  • Publication number: 20110272445
    Abstract: A firearm case which is attachable to a motorcycle comprises a frame the holds and encloses a firearm. The frame includes a firearm lock and latch that securely locks the firearm in place. A housing surrounds the frame as to enclose the frame and firearm, safe from the weather, theft and minor damage. An optional remotely operated control system unlocks the firearm case and the firearm lock simultaneously for quick and easy access to the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Charles Bond, David T. Delaney
  • Publication number: 20110240697
    Abstract: A travel utility tray for use in a vehicle is provided including a box having a rectangular base, a back side, a front side and two ends. Attached to the box is a tray-holder hanger having two parallel hanger portions and a cross-member holding the parallel hanger portions together. Each hanger portion has an upper curved end that is sized to hang over an interior portion of a vehicle, and a lower tray-holder end. Cup holder rings are attached to the back side of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Rachel Stephens
  • Publication number: 20110210152
    Abstract: A cargo carrier system for mounting to the receiver hitch of a vehicle. The cargo carrier system is formed from a plurality of shaped tubes mounted onto a shank member. The components are able to be shipped in a knock down manner for shipping on standard carriers. The components are easily assembled to form a high strength, lightweight cargo carrier that is mountable onto the receiver hitch of a vehicle. A ramp system is formed in a similar manner that can be mounted onto the cargo carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventor: Marty Williams
  • Publication number: 20110192857
    Abstract: A mobile electronic device accessory system is provided. The accessory system comprises a mobile electronic device case with a surface and a first attachment mechanism. An accessory is also provided, where the accessory comprises a second attachment mechanism, and is removably attached to the surface of the mobile electronic device case. In some embodiments, the case comprises a back with a recessed portion configured to receive an accessory therein, and an attachment mechanism for removably attaching the accessory to the case. Methods of using the accessory system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Wayne Philip Rothbaum, Robert B. Curtis
  • Publication number: 20110180576
    Abstract: A configuration is provided for fastening a liquid container in an engine compartment of a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to a liquid container and a fastening holder, using which the liquid container is fastened on the vehicle body of the motor vehicle, the liquid container being situated so it is displaceable on the fastening holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Gevriye Uenver
  • Publication number: 20110163140
    Abstract: A transport device for accommodating at least one transport good, such as a bicycle, for transport on a vehicle, wherein at least one bracket is provided for connecting the same to a part of the transport good, and wherein a support is provided, allowing a displacement of the transport device with respect to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Ulrich Wystrach
  • Publication number: 20110139840
    Abstract: A bike rack for carrying a bicycle on a vehicle includes an elongate body for supporting a bicycle, and a fork mount for securing the front fork of the bicycle. A fork mount includes a skewer assembly having a shaft and a keyed member being freed to slide axially along the shaft, but not permitted to rotate around the shaft. A handle device is provided for rotation around the shaft causing adjustment of the effective length of the shaft. A lock device is configured to couple the handle device to the keyed member and prevent rotation of the handle around the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Kraeuter, Chris Sautter
  • Publication number: 20110069481
    Abstract: A sunglass holder is removably clamped on a sunvisor in a car for fastening a pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses on the sunglass holder when not in use, and an illuminator such as a LED illuminator is detachably attached to the sunglass holder. The illuminator may be easily removed from the sunglass holder for portable illumination use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Mike Chen