Operators With Knobs Or Handles Patents (Class 292/336.3)
  • Patent number: 11229134
    Abstract: A handle device is configured for a chassis body. The chassis body includes a main part and a cover plate. The handle device includes a base part and a handle part. The base part is disposed on the cover plate. The handle part includes an operative part, a coupling part and a shaft part. The coupling part is connected to the operative part. The shaft part is connected to the coupling part. The coupling part of the handle part is pivotally coupled to the base part. The shaft part is rotatably disposed on the main part. The handle part is movable relative to the base part so as to disengage the cover plate from the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Ching-Hao Chen, Yu-Chen Lin, Li Shu Chen, Tai-Hsun Wu, Jun-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 11221663
    Abstract: A data reading system for predicting the removal of a data reader from a charging base unit based on the approach of a user's hand. The data reading system includes a data reader with a power supply, a base unit configured to receive the data reader and to charge the power supply of the data reader responsive to the data reader being coupled to the base unit, a sensor configured to detect the approach of a user's hand, and a processor in operable communication with the sensor and the data reader or the base unit. The processor is configured to apply an appropriate action, such as adjust an amount of current used to charge the power supply of the data reader in the base unit responsive to the sensor detecting the approach of the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Luca Stanzani, Riccardo Rosso, Simone Stefanini, Mauro Pecorari
  • Patent number: 11214990
    Abstract: A handle apparatus for a vehicle includes a support member, a bell crank rotatable between an initial position and an operation position and causing the lock apparatus to be in a latched state and in an unlatched state, and a handle including a pressing portion. In a state where the pressing portion is in contact with a pressed portion provided at the bell crank, the handle causes, via the pressed portion and the pressing portion, the bell crank to rotate between the initial position and the operation position when the handle rotates. The apparatus includes a temporary hold member supported by the bell crank in such a manner that the temporary hold member is slidable between a first position and a second position, and the temporary hold member includes an engagement portion configured to engage with and disengage from an engaging portion provided at the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaki Yoshino, Koya Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11202616
    Abstract: A probe cable support (146) includes a leg (202) with a top side (208) and a bottom side (210). The leg further includes a plurality of supports (2161, 2162, . . . , 216N) protruding from the bottom side and intermittently arranged with non-zero gaps there between. The leg further includes an arm (226) protruding from the top side. A system (101) includes an ultrasound imaging system (100) configured with at least one probe (102) and a console (104), a cable (116) configured to electrically connect the probe and the console, a cart (106) configured to support the ultrasound imaging system, and a probe cable support (146) configured to support the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: B-K Medical Aps
    Inventor: Paul G Wood
  • Patent number: 11187018
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a door of a vehicle includes a housing that is configured to form part of or otherwise connect to the door, and a handle moveably coupled to the housing. The handle includes a spherical member that is configured to move between a rest position and a blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Rudolf, Zsolt Wilke
  • Patent number: 11180933
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch device having a latch releasing member and a stopper which are rotatably supported on a base member by each shaft. The stopper holds the latch releasing member so as not to rotate in a releasing direction by rotating from a regular position to a lock position, due to an action of an inertial force caused by an impact force which is received from a first direction corresponding to a direction in which a striker enters an entrance groove. The latch releasing member has a center of gravity which deviates from its rotation center so that another inertial force, caused by another impact force which is received from a second direction opposite the first direction, acts in an opposite direction to the releasing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Taga
  • Patent number: 11174663
    Abstract: An exterior door handle arrangement (1) for a motor vehicle includes an electric door closing apparatus (2) accommodated in a vehicle door that includes door handle (10) with a fixed gripping handle (4) and a handle bezel (5). The handle bezel (5) covers the gripping handle (4) and a lock barrel (6) and releases at least the lock barrel (6) in an emergency. An emergency unlocking device has a pull device (13) to actuate an emergency opening mechanism. The handle bezel (5) is mounted pivotably to the gripping handle (4). The handle bezel (5) is locked on the gripping handle (4) in a closed position and is released in an emergency unlocking position to pivot relative to the gripping handle (4). Pulling on the handle bezel (5) actuates the pull device (13) for mechanical actuation of the emergency opening mechanism of the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Harald Gerber
  • Patent number: 11168496
    Abstract: The present invention provides a latching device and a sliding door using the same. The latching device includes two displacement components and two latching components arranged on the main body of the sliding door. The two displacement components are connected to each other and respectively arranged to drive the two latching components to displace. The two displacement components are operated through the lateral side and the edge side of the sliding door, respectively. The user can latch or unlatch the sliding door by operations of displacing the at least two displacement components when the sliding door is in a closed state or a completely open state. In addition, when a concealed sliding door is fully opened and the two sides are both hidden in the walls, the sliding door can be latched or unlatched by operating the latching device through the edge side of the sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Fong Jean
  • Patent number: 11161477
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle including an RFID module and a button module cooperates with a vehicle controller and a remote control. The button module triggers the RFID module to transmit a querying code to the remote control upon being pressed. The remote control transmits a confirmation code and a remote ID code to the RFID module, and the RFID module determines whether the confirmation code corresponds to the querying code. If yes, the RFID module further forwards the remote ID code to the controller in order for the controller to determine whether the remote ID code is identical with a pre-stored ID code, and to control a lock actuator to switch from a locking position to an unlocking position, or vice versa, when it is determined that the remote ID code is identical with the pre-stored ID code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: HU SHAN AUTO PARTS INC., INVENTEC BESTA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ying-Chih Chen, Jen-Chien Chang, Ching-Chaing Tsai
  • Patent number: 11149781
    Abstract: A cable release system configured to actuate a latch mechanism includes a cable arrangement configured to shift in response to an actuation force. The shifting of the cable arrangement is thereby configured to actuate the latch mechanism. The cable release system also includes a lockout mechanism configured to selectively impede shifting of the cable arrangement in response to the actuation force. Such selective impeding of the shifting of the cable arrangement is thereby configured to prevent actuation of the latch mechanism. A vehicle may employ the cable release system configured to actuate a latch mechanism to thereby unlatch a panel from the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dresdan T. O. Gordon, James N. Nelsen
  • Patent number: 11136796
    Abstract: A door handle arrangement for a vehicle includes a housing which is fastenable to a body part of a vehicle body, and a handle lever which is mounted in a handle cutout of the housing so as to be movable between an inoperative position and an actuating position in order to unlock and/or open a vehicle door. The handle lever is mounted with play in the housing. At least one compensating element is provided which is designed to be fastened to at least one fastening portion of the body part. The compensating element forms at least one contact portion for the handle lever. The handle lever is pretensioned into its inoperative position against the at least one contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Zsolt Wilke, Matthias Seubert, Roland Och
  • Patent number: 11131125
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a motor vehicle door lock, comprising a lock case (1) connected to a motor vehicle door (5, 6, 7) and a lock housing (2) connected to the lock case (1). In addition, a fastening element (11) for additional fixing of the lock housing (2) on the motor vehicle door (5, 6, 7), is provided. According to the invention, the fastening element (11) is designed so as to be removable both from the lock case (1) and the lug (11) coupling with the lock housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Armin Handke
  • Patent number: 11131124
    Abstract: An opening device for a motor vehicle latch with a trigger which can be moved from a starting position into an opening position for pivoting of a triggering lever from a starting position into an opening position and which is connected with an inertia component by a deflectable knee lever, with a blockade lever, which can be moved by deflection of the knee lever from a starting position into a blocking position, whereby the movement of the triggering lever into the opening position is prevented when the blockade lever is in its blocking position, whereby the knee lever is deflected by excessive acceleration of the trigger and the blockade lever is thus moved into its blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Robert J. Hunt, Robert S. Pettengill, Thorsten Nottebaum
  • Patent number: 11118378
    Abstract: A push pad exit device comprising a horizontal push bar actuator mechanically linked to a vertical door handle assembly, for use on the interior side of entrance doors where a means of emergency egress is desired, is presented. The operating mechanisms of the push bar actuator and vertical door handle assembly are concealed presenting a smooth uncluttered appearance. In one mode of operation, the push pad actuator may be moved inwards towards the door face causing the door to unlatch. The push pad exit device may also be equipped with a “dogging feature” which locks the push bar actuator in the unlatched position. In this mode of operation the door is unlatched and the push pad actuator may be used as a fixed door handle. The push pad exit device may also be equipped with a keyed lock on an external face of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: C. R. LAURENCE CO., INC.
    Inventor: Gary Sprague
  • Patent number: 11098507
    Abstract: A door handle assembly includes a bracket having a retention feature, an end cap connected to the bracket, and a handle pivotally connected to the bracket and moveable between a closed position and an open position, the handle having a pivot arm disposed within the bracket, the pivot arm having a pivot point and a lower portion, wherein the pivot arm engages the bracket and the lower portion is disposed on a side of the pivot point opposite the handle. The retention feature engages the lower portion when the handle is in the closed position and applies a force on the pivot arm in a rearward direction to maintain a gap distance between the handle and the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert Jerry Edwards, Carolyn J. Thor, Steven J. Briggs
  • Patent number: 11078693
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing inadvertent actuation of a door release handle of a motor vehicle includes a cover with a lip that engages with an edge of an opening in an inner body panel, and at least one rib attached to the cover, the at least one rib being positioned relative to the door release handle to prevent actuation of the handle when the cover is positioned in the opening of the inner body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Konchan
  • Patent number: 11028620
    Abstract: A door structure configured so that a sensor within an outer handle can be protected against water. A door structure for a vehicle is provided with: a first cover member constituting the outer surface of an outer handle; a sensor for detecting the approach of a user to the first cover member or the contact of the user with the first cover member; a marker provided on the outer surface of the first cover member at a location overlapping a region to be detected by the sensor; and a shield section provided between the sensor and the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Iwai, Nobuyuki Kishikawa
  • Patent number: 11008785
    Abstract: A dual pull latch assembly and method of unlatching a panel. The double cable pull assembly includes a pull rod, a selector lever, and a linkage, wherein the selector lever is selectively disposed in a first feature or second feature of the linkage. In another embodiment, the double pull latch assembly includes a release arm, a lever, and a hold open lever to hold the lever in the intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Sinai Perez, Eduardo Estrada, Manuel Escamilla, Donald M. Perkins, Luis Vazquez, Carlos Tostado
  • Patent number: 10988962
    Abstract: A retractable outside handle assembly for a vehicle include a retractable outside door handle protruding outward in a width direction of the vehicle from a door outside panel forming a door of the vehicle or being housed in an opening portion formed in the door outside panel and a base assembly with which retractable outside door handle is rotatably assembled wherein the base assembly includes two first and second door outside handle internal bases which are relatively movable with respect to each other, and a door outside handle external base housing first and second door outside handle internal bases, improving assemble workability and reducing weight and cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hoo Sang Park, Sang Hoon Gweon
  • Patent number: 10982469
    Abstract: A vehicle panel handle lever and a vehicle panel handle for opening a panel of an automotive vehicle having such a lever is disclosed. The handle lever has a lever body, a handle lever cover intended to be received on the lever body, and a mobile trigger part, which cooperates with a latch mechanism to actuate the handle and which is able to be mobile in rotation between a resting position where the mobile trigger part does not activate the latch mechanism, and an activating position where the mobile trigger part activates the latch mechanism enabling the opening of the vehicle panel. The trigger part includes an inner volume designed for receiving at least one electrical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Frattini, Alberto Gramaglia, Alberto Tropini
  • Patent number: 10975601
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle with a handle component is provided. The handle component includes a hollow body, and an inductive sensor device is arranged in a cavity in order to detect an actuation of the handle component. A support having a support fastening section and a self-supporting section connected to the latter are arranged in the cavity, wherein the support fastening section is secured to the vehicle door handle, and wherein the self-supporting section of the support extends in the interior of the cavity at a distance from the wall surfaces of the handle component such that the self-supporting section of the support is mechanically decoupled from the wall surfaces of the handle component. The inductive sensor device is held in the self-supporting section, wherein a metallic material is arranged in at least one section of those wall surfaces of the handle component which surround the self-supporting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Beck, Serdal Bitirim, Dirk Mueller, Martin Witte
  • Patent number: 10954697
    Abstract: An inside handle device of a vehicle includes a handle unit and a cable unit. In the handle unit, an operation member including an operation handle is rotatably connected to a handle base. The cable unit movably holds one end of a cable device configured to connect the operation member to a latch device fixed to a door on a cable cover. The cable cover has a first locking portion formed at a cable introduction edge and a second locking portion formed at an opposite-end edge. The first locking portion is rotatably locked to the handle base with the opposite-end edge as a rotating end. The second locking portion is elastically locked in a state of being rotated around the first locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ALPHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Sugimoto, Takao Toyama
  • Patent number: 10927573
    Abstract: A door lock operator (1) for a motor vehicle door (100) includes a first switch (10) and a first pivot arm (30) mounted so as to be pivotable about a first rotation axis (21.1) of a first articulation (21) along a first degree of freedom (31), wherein the first pivot arm (30) has a further degree of freedom (32) which is substantially perpendicular to the first rotation axis (21.1), and the first switch (10) is operable by way of movement of the first pivot arm (30) along a first direction of the further degree of freedom (32), wherein the first switch (10) is provided to be connected by way of a signal line (110) to an electric door lock (120) such that the electric door lock (120) is operable by the first switch (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Roland Och, Zsolt Wilke, Andreas Rudolf, Martin Weid
  • Patent number: 10894565
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes: an upper section that extends in a vehicle width direction and supports an upper portion of a radiator body; a latch structure that is attached to an upper portion of the upper section and locks a hood in a closed state; and a cable that is coupled to the latch structure and is used to operate the latch structure. At least two projections, each of which is projected to the rear of a vehicle and extends in the vehicle width direction, are provided on a vehicle rear surface of the upper section. The cable is arranged in a space that is defined by the two projections and the vehicle rear surface of the upper section. In this way, it is possible to provide the vehicle front structure capable of suppressing increases in mass and cost while preventing access to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoo Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 10860066
    Abstract: A display stand cavity accepts an information handling system secured with a cover over the cavity held in place by a latch. The latch interacts with a locking element of the display stand to maintain the cover in position and slides to an unlocked position to release the cover for removal. An anchor engages with the latch to hold the latch in the unlocked position while the cover remains in place. The anchor releases the latch when the cover is removed from the display stand. If the cover remains in place, application of greater than a predetermined force on the latch towards the closed position overcomes the anchor to re-engage the latch to couple the cover to the display stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Barnard, Mark A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10815701
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a safety device for a vehicle door handle. The device includes an activation element configured to activate a latch by rotating from a rest position to an activation position and includes at least one activation protuberance. The device also includes a blocking element having first and second blocking protuberances and being configured to rotate between a disengaged position in which the blocking element allows the activation element to rotate, and first and second blocking positions in which the first or second blocking protuberance interact with the activation protuberance so as to block the activation element in a first or second intermediate positions disposed between the rest and activation positions of the activation element in case of a crash. The present disclosure further relates to the corresponding vehicle door handle and vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: U-Shin Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Simone Ilardo
  • Patent number: 10815702
    Abstract: An outside handle device for a vehicle includes an outside handle being rotatably supported at a vehicle door between an initial position and an operation position, the operation position in which a lock device being provided at the vehicle door is switched from a latched state to an unlatched state, a first actuator generating a drive force that rotates the outside handle to a grip position that corresponds to a position between the initial position and the operation position, a first switch being disposed at a portion of the outside handle, the portion disposed inwardly of the vehicle, the first switch operating the first actuator when being pressed, and a switch operation lever rotating when the outside handle rotates inwardly of the vehicle from the initial position and pressing the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10794084
    Abstract: A reinforcing assembly may be configured for use in conjunction with a door latch mechanism. The reinforcing assembly is configured to reside within a recess or mortise defined within a body of the door. A body of said door latch mechanism is configured to be received, at least in part, within said reinforcing assembly. The reinforcing assembly includes a body having a back plate and one or more walls thereby defining a latch receiving cavity. At least one fastener is configured to secure the reinforcing assembly to the body of the door. The at least one fastener may be oriented substantially normal to the transverse plane of the door when securing the reinforcing assembly within the body of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John Brennan
  • Patent number: 10774564
    Abstract: Provided is a door handle device which can prevent rattling of a handle grip using an existing base member. A door handle device includes: a base member having a first shaft portion or a first bearing portion formed on one end side thereof, and having a guide hole which has a restricting portion projecting into an inner space formed on the other end side thereof; a handle grip having a second bearing portion which rotatably supports the first shaft portion or a second shaft portion which is rotatably supported by the first bearing portion on one end side thereof, and having an inserting portion advanceable into and retractable from the guide hole formed on the other end side thereof; and a slide guide having a slide contact portion which is brought into slide contact with the restricting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Naka
  • Patent number: 10759290
    Abstract: Fuel charging or electricity charging port lid lock includes an elevating shaft provided with an elevating thread on an exterior wall thereof. The port lid lock also includes a worm gear configured to drive the elevating shaft. The worm gear is sleeved outside of the elevating shaft. The port lid lock also includes a worm configured to drive the worm gear. The elevating shaft is configured to be capable of moving up and moving down along an axial direction of the elevating shaft and rotating about the axial direction of the elevating shaft when driven by the worm. A head portion of the elevating shaft is used to drive a fuel charging or electricity charging port lid so as to control the opening and closing of the fuel charging or electricity charging port lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Wenquan Sha
  • Patent number: 10760307
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handle that includes an activation member for activating a latch of a vehicle door to unlatch the door and a grip member that cooperates with the activation member to unlatch the door. The grip member has a gripping part and is movable between a flushing position in which the gripping part extends flush to an external panel of the door, an active position in which the gripping part projects with respect to the external panel, becoming graspable, and an opening position in which the grip member drives the activation member to unlatch the door. The handle has a driving mechanism and an actuator lever cooperating with the grip member to drive the latter between the flushing and the active position. When the grip member is pulled in an opening direction, the grip member drives the activation member which unlatches the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Rocci, Anthony Guerin
  • Patent number: 10676969
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle door handle that prevents the door from opening in the event of a collision, and in particular, a side collision. The door handle also minimizes the sound attendant with the return of the door handle to a closed position. The handle for the vehicle door includes: a handle base having a rotatable base lever; and a handle grip connected to the handle base, wherein the base lever includes a shaft and a damping unit installed in the shaft, and wherein the damping unit is configured to buffer the rotation speed of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ho Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10676970
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a door, lock and a protector block. The door includes an inner panel, a lock including a cable mounting plate and an inner surface, the inner surface faces the inner panel and connects to the inner panel such that an inner space is created between the cable mounting plate and the inner panel, and a protector block connected to the inner surface of the rear lock within the inner space present between the cable mounting plate and the inner panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kimberly A. Strigle, Josh D. Fraley, Joseph C. Walusek
  • Patent number: 10655370
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for preventing the unintentional operation of a flush mounted handle assembly for a power slide door of a vehicle. A dual-directional handle base may be provided, pivotally coupled to a case fixed in a recess of a power slide door of a vehicle. The handle base may have a first end and a second opposing end. The first and seconds ends may be configured for a selective pivotal movement in opposite directions about a pivot axis. A bell crank may be provided, coupled to the case, and configured to rotate upon engagement with the handle base in order to actuate a switch assembly sending a signal to an ECU. Methods may include determining, at the ECU, that the signal was not transmitted as a result of a vehicle impact. After such determination, the method includes activating operation of the power slide door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Richards, Tarakorn Soonthornwinate, Yoshiki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10647290
    Abstract: An activation module, intended to be fitted to a motor vehicle for the purpose of activating a function of the vehicle from a portable access device carried by a user, the module including: a single coil; a first controller for a device for detecting pressure from the hand of the user; a second controller for a near-field communication device; a selector, connected to the single coil, having two positions: a first position in which the selector connects the single coil to the first controller in order to constitute the pressure detection device; a second position in which the selector connects the single coil to the second controller in order to constitute the near-field communication device; a target having a void, the target being located facing the single coil; an impedance-adjuster that is connected to the target; and a controller for the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Gabriel Spick, Yannis Escalante, Vincent Marimoutou
  • Patent number: 10633895
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle is provided that includes a deployable handle body located on a door, keypad contacts on an outer side of the handle body, an actuator configured to deploy the handle to a deployed position, a plurality of proximity sensors located on the handle body and generating activation fields, and a controller processing signals generated by the sensors to determine an input command for controlling the actuator and to determine a keypad input. The handle body may include one or more light sources for illuminating the handle body and/or areas proximate to the vehicle when in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Patent number: 10612280
    Abstract: An inside door handle structure according to technology of the present disclosure includes: an opening recess formed in a recessed shape in an armrest of a door trim at a side door of a vehicle, the opening recess opening toward a vehicle upper side, and a part of the armrest acting as a door gripping section when fingers are inserted into the opening recess in a case in which the side door is opened or closed; and an inside door handle provided in the door trim at the vehicle upper side of the opening recess, an end section of the inside door handle at a vehicle front side being configured as a rotational fulcrum, and the inside door handle releasing a door lock of the side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Yoshimatsu, Yuji Kariya
  • Patent number: 10604971
    Abstract: A door handle system for a vehicle door has a door handle and at least one flap for reversibly closing a grip recess set back to the rear of the door handle. An actuating device pivots the one or more flaps between a closed position that covers the handle recess and an open position that exposes the handle recess. A distance sensor is disposed on the flap. A control and evaluation unit uses a first measurement signal that is output by the distance sensor in the closed position, to deduce that a vehicle user is approaching so as to activate the actuation device to move the one or each flap into the open position. A second measurement signal that is output by the distance sensor in the open position indicates that the door handle is grasped by the vehicle user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Florian Pohl, Christian Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10563705
    Abstract: An electric lock includes a cover, a clutch rod, a driving module, a clutch member and a handle. The clutch rod is movably connected to a latch. The driving module is disposed on the cover. The driving module includes a driving member abutting against and rotatable relative to the cover, and a motor configured to drive the driving member to rotate. The handle is connected to the clutch member. Wherein, when the motor drives the driving member to rotate relative to the cover along a first rotating direction, the driving member drives the clutch rod to move toward the handle to be engaged with the clutch member for allowing the handle to drive the latch to move through the clutch rod when the handle is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN FU HSING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shih-Min Lu
  • Patent number: 10563437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handle device (10) for a closing device (80) for a movable part (70), such as a door, flap or the like, of a vehicle (100) comprising a handle part (20) which can be supported in a movable manner relative to the movable part (70). The closing device (80) can be connected to the handle part (20) via a connection element (16), and the handle part (20) is used to actuate the closing device (80). The handle part (20) can be moved at least between a rest position (Ia) and an operating position (Ib). In the rest position (Ia), the handle part (20) can be designed to be flush with the outer contour of the movable part (70) in particular, and in the operating position (Ib), the handle part (20) can protrude from the movable part (70) such that the handle part (20) can be gripped by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Bartels, Michael Rhein, Martin Porada, Mario Christensen
  • Patent number: 10563903
    Abstract: An appliance, e.g., a refrigerator, and method utilize a transitioning handle that is usable in both a recessed and an extended position. As an example, a refrigerator may include a housing that defines at least a food compartment, a door attached to the housing that provides access to the food compartment and includes an exterior surface and a handle recess extending inwardly from the exterior surface of the door, and a handle attached to the at least one door and movably mounted within the handle recess between a recessed position and an extended position, where the handle is manually grippable in both the recessed position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scalf, Phillip C. Hombroek
  • Patent number: 10550610
    Abstract: A motor vehicle emergency handle door release comprises a housing having a pair of opposed walls and one of a pair of opposed pivot bosses disposed on an interior surface of each of the opposed walls. A pivotable handle comprises a pivot mount, a lever disposed on one side of the pivot mount, and a door latch release cable end fitting disposed on another side of the pivot mount. The pivot mount includes a pair of opposed pivots extending laterally from the pivot mount of the pivotable handle that are received within the pivot bosses disposed on the interior surface of each of the opposed walls. A spring having a first leg is disposed against a surface of the housing and a second leg is disposed against a surface of the pivotable handle, urging the pivotable handle to a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Constantin Manolescu, Kostandinos D. Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski
  • Patent number: 10540866
    Abstract: The door switch (1) includes an actuator (20) and a sensor (10). When a door is closed, a front surface (S1) of the sensor (10) and an opposite surface of the actuator (20) are in contact with each other, and separated when the door is open. The sensor (10) includes a light source part (150) for emitting detection light according to a reception state of a detection signal outputted from the actuator, a collector (122) for collecting the detection light, a diffuse light guide part (123) formed to be connected to the collector and for diffusing and emitting the detection light collected by the collector, and a back surface display part (121) formed on a back surface (B1) side of the sensor to be in contact with the diffuse light guide part and having a main surface (125) for emitting the detection light emitted from the diffuse light guide part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Rina Su, Keishi Yayama, Kazuhiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10533353
    Abstract: A retractable handle arrangement comprising a handle comprising a first end and a second end and being movable between stowed and deployed positions; the handle being pivotally mounted about a handle pivot axis disposed between the first and second ends; an operating member extending from the handle; a first lever arm for moving the handle from the stowed position to the deployed position; a second lever arm for operating a release mechanism in response to movement of the handle from the deployed position to an operative position; and a drive mechanism; wherein the drive mechanism is coupled to the first lever arm and operable, in use, to cause the first lever arm to operatively engage with the operating member to move the handle from the stowed position to the deployed position; and wherein the operating member is arranged to operatively engage with the second lever arm when the handle is moved from the deployed position to an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Sean Smart, Andy Mascia, Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 10494838
    Abstract: A powered door latch may be actuated by a capacitive sensor or by movement of a mechanical release device. A controller may be utilized to prevent unlatching of the powered latch unless the vehicle is in Park and/or certain operating conditions are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajesh K. Patel, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10487548
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door handle (30) for a vehicle door (40) of a vehicle with a tension means (10), wherein the tension means (30) can in particular be mechanically operatively connected with a detachable cover element (31), and a container element (20), wherein the container element (20) is situated inside of the door handle (30), and designed to accept a functional element (33) of the door handle (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Beck, Martin Witte, Ulrike Fichert, Igor Gorenzweig, Stefan Mönig
  • Patent number: 10458161
    Abstract: An inside handle support member for a vehicle door includes: a base member that is a frame having an opened vehicle interior side end portion, in which the base member is detachably mounted to a trim constituting a vehicle interior side surface of the vehicle door through an aperture formed in the trim, and rotatably supports an inside handle configured to operate a lock device provided in the vehicle door; and a bezel that is a frame detachably mounted to a peripheral edge of the vehicle interior side end portion of the base member, in which the bezel includes: an engagement hole; and an engagement hole forming portion that defines a vehicle exterior side edge of the engagement hole, and the base member includes: an engagement claw protruding on an outer peripheral surface of the base member; and a guide protrusion having a guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukinobu Kunimatsu, Atsushi Kamiya, Yuusaku Miki, Masamichi Morita, Haruyasu Hasegawa, Futoshi Harada
  • Patent number: 10458156
    Abstract: A mechanism for a double-pull type door latch is described. A return mechanism is described that includes a final lever coupled to rotate about a pivot. A position wheel is rotationally coupled to the pivot, the position wheel having a first notch and a second notch, the position wheel being rotatable in a first direction. A cam member is coupled to the position wheel, the cam member having a cam surface. A drive lever is arranged to engage the first notch and the second notch. A biasing member is arranged to apply a force on the cam surface to move the position wheel in the first direction when the drive lever is moved into the second notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Ian Dow
  • Patent number: 10457183
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body, a handle, and at least one connection site for the handle at which the handle is selectively connectable to the vehicle. The body defines a passenger compartment and a door opening, and includes a door over the door opening. The at least one connection site includes a home connection site on the door. When connected to vehicle at the home connection site, the handle, from its corresponding location on the door, is subject to being operated by a user to allow the door to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Frederick, Scott P. Robison
  • Patent number: 10443275
    Abstract: A vehicle handle device: a resin handle support member having one surface in a vehicle width direction which faces one surface of a metal panel of a vehicle door; a handle rotatably supported by the handle support member and causing a locking device to perform a transition from a latched state to an unlatched state; a metal bolt penetrating through a through-hole and a bolt inserting hole, and having a head portion facing the other surface of the handle support member; a metal nut facing the other surface of the panel and screwed with the bolt; and a metal spacer positioned between the head portion and the other surface of the panel, and whose both end portions come into contact with the head portion and the one surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Nagata, Nobukazu Araki, Masaki Yoshino, Jun Hasegawa, Kazuki Takenaka