Operators With Knobs Or Handles Patents (Class 292/336.3)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10438461
    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: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Rina Su, Keishi Yayama, Kazuhiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10435924
    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 controller may sense ice on the handle and determine ice thickness and may control the actuator to break the ice based on the ice thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Kosta Papanikolaou, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10435922
    Abstract: A handle bezel assembly for a vehicle includes a handle bezel and a cover. The handle bezel has a first fastener opening formed therein. The first fastener opening is configured to receive a first fastener to secure the handle bezel to a closure panel assembly. The cover is movably connected to the handle bezel. The cover is movable between a first position preventing access to the fastener opening and a second position allowing access to the fastener opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: David Kovie
  • Patent number: 10428562
    Abstract: A device to be integrated into a handle of a vehicle door for detecting a user's intention to lock or unlock the door, with a casing therein that includes a contact detection element that detects a contact of a user's hand on the handle, where an area of contact of the handle is defined by an elastically deformable part, and the contact detection element includes a non-magnetic metal target that moves along a predetermined axis, a coil, a pre-stressed compressible element between the non-magnetic metal target and the coil, means for transmitting a movement of the elastic part to the non-magnetic metal target, and means for comparing a measured inductance of the coil and a predetermined threshold value of inductance for detecting the user's intention to lock or unlock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Mickael Guibbert, Gabriel Spick, Pascal Perrot
  • Patent number: 10422167
    Abstract: An operating system for a motor vehicle door includes a handle that is displaceable between a latching position, a first unlatching position and a second unlatching position. The operating system also includes a latch mechanism including a latch and a cooperating receiver. The operating system further includes a mechanical connection feature connecting the handle to the latch whereby the motor vehicle door may be unlatched by displacing the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mario Alejandro Medina Huerta, Ernesto Zepeda Lopez, Jorge Arturo Ortiz Flores, Nathali Vasquez Henao
  • Patent number: 10415274
    Abstract: A vehicle handle device includes: a handle support member; 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 rotary member rotatable around a rotary shaft with respect to the handle support member; and a torsion coil spring having a main body portion extending to have a spiral shape and disposed on the periphery of the rotary shaft, and first and second engagement pieces extending from both ends of the main body portion, respectively, and generating a bias force causing the rotary member to rotate around the rotary shaft when the first and second engagement pieces engage with the rotary member and the handle support member, respectively, in a state where the main body portion is elastically deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Nagata, Nobukazu Araki, Jun Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10407953
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes a door, handle, shaft, and a latch assembly is provided. The latch assembly is coupled to the door to selectively secure the door. The latch assembly includes a security tether configured to prevent the shaft from moving the pawl when the lock lever is located in the locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Truck Accessories Group, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dylewski, II, Ernest M. McDonald, II
  • Patent number: 10385594
    Abstract: A power locking door handle with capacitive sensing is provided for heavy duty vehicles. The door handle includes a base surface mounted to the exterior of the vehicle door and a hand grip mounted or formed with the base. The handle may be a pull type or push button type. A power lock motor and printed circuit board with a capacitive sensor are sealed within the base. When an operator's hand is inserted between the hand grip and the base, the capacitive sensor sends a signal via the PCB to the motor to unlock the door latch. A key lock cylinder on the base overrides the lock motor if power to the motor is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TriMark Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Magner, Anita L. Reichling, Nicolas L. Kloxin, Todd Keaffaber, Santosh Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10385592
    Abstract: A door for vehicles includes a mechanism that prevents unlatching of the door if the door handle is moved at a high rate of speed, but permits unlatching during normal (e.g. manual) handle operation. The mechanism includes a wheel having a wheel tooth. The door mechanism also includes an inertia lever having a first pair of teeth. An input lever has a second pair of teeth that engage the wheel tooth and the first pair of teeth. This engagement prevents rotation of the input lever only when the input lever rotates at a rate above a predefined maximum rate thereby rotating the inertia lever relative to the wheel. Rotation of the input lever unlatches a door latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Constantin Manolescu, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Thomas Michael Herline
  • Patent number: 10370874
    Abstract: A vehicle lock arrangement for a vehicle door, having a vehicle lock with a lock element such as a pawl, at least one actuation lever to deflect the lock element and thereby to open the vehicle lock, and at least one elongate force transmission element, which couples the at least one actuation lever to a respective door handle. At least one crash detection element in the form of an elongate force transmission element for the transmission of pulling forces is provided, which in the installed state extends through a part of the motor vehicle door and is coupled to a control mechanism, which control mechanism may be switched to a disabling state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: David Rosales, Stepan Hanke, Nathalie Westhoff
  • Patent number: 10364596
    Abstract: A lever device for a vehicle door handle connecting a door handle to a cable operating a door latch device while being pulled by the door handle, may include a handle lever having a handle lever shaft rotatably mounted at a door; a handle connection part mounted at one side of the handle lever shaft and connected to the door handle; and a handle body part mounted at another other side of the handle lever shaft and provided with a coupling groove; and a link lever having a link lever shaft rotatably coupled between the handle lever and the door handle; and a link body part, one end which is selectively inserted into the coupling groove of the handle body part and another end thereof is connected to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Dae Kim
  • Patent number: 10352072
    Abstract: A door handle assembly. The assembly includes a bezel including a depressed base and an integral support bracket. A latch handle is operatively disposed within a first chamber at the bezel interior and a lock knob including a resiliently compressible body is disposed within a second chamber. The lock knob is supported between a pair of opposing bosses. The latch handle is supported between a boss and an opposing wall aperture. The supporting bosses and wall aperture are concentrically oriented with the latch handle and lock knob being supported in rotatable relation about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel R Collado, Walter Belchine, III
  • Patent number: 10309133
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retractable door handle assembly for a vehicle. The assembly includes: a retractable door handle installed in a door of the vehicle to be projected or retracted further to the outside in a width direction of the vehicle than a outer door panel constituting the door; and a linkage connected to the door handle to support the door handle so that the door handle pops out to the outside in the width direction of the vehicle and pops in to the inside in the width direction of the vehicle. The linkage includes a main link having one end connected to the door handle, and an auxiliary link having one end connected to the main link to support a pivot movement of the main link, and as a result, pop-out and pop-in operations of the door handle can be stably performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, SEUNGWON IND. CO., LTD
    Inventors: Jungho Han, Sang Kil Park
  • Patent number: 10301855
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch configured to selectively retain the door in a closed position when the powered latch is latched, and permits the door to be opened when the powered latch is unlatched. The vehicle door further includes an exterior door handle having an outer side that faces away from the door structure, and an inner side that is spaced apart from an outer surface of the door to define a gap. A force sensor on the exterior door handle detects impact forces on the handle. The door also includes an unlatch switch that can be actuated by a user to request unlatching of the powered latch. A controller is configured to deny an unlatch request generated by actuation of the unlatch switch if the force sensor detects an impact on the exterior handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Kosta Papanikolaou, Robert Bruce Kleve, Michael Hrecznyj
  • Patent number: 10289904
    Abstract: A vehicle display system includes a display device, an authentication device, and a display controller. The display device is mounted on a vehicle. The authentication device is configured to perform authentication of an intended person present outside the vehicle. The display controller is configured to control, on a basis of a result of the authentication, the display device to perform displaying that is directed to the intended person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Subaru Corporation
    Inventors: Noeru Sato, Takeshi Torii, Ryuichi Sumikawa
  • Patent number: 10280654
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure and a movable door handle that is connected to a latch mechanism by a cable. A rotatably biased stop member is connected to the cable. The vehicle door further includes a housing having a channel that receives portion of the stop member. The channel includes first and second linear portions and a transverse stop portion that is engaged by the follower to prevent further lengthwise movement of the lock member and cable if a speed of the cable exceeds an allowable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Bhupendra A. Patel, David Manuel Rogers
  • Patent number: 10267067
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing a vehicle door from opening includes an outside handle having a pulling lever which extends from the outside handle into a housing. A release cable protector case is hingedly connected to an upper side of the housing to pivot. A release cable is connected to a lower side of the release cable protector case to be pulled. A handle associated lever includes a rotary shaft which is pivotally attached to a lower side of the housing, a locking lever which extends from the rotary shaft and is in contact with an outer surface of the pulling lever, and a cable-operating lever which is connected to an edge of the locking lever and pulls the release cable. A first return spring surrounds the rotary shaft of the handle-associated lever and has one end fixed to the rotary shaft and another end fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Chang Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10259350
    Abstract: A lock release mechanism comprising: an operation lever provided at a shoulder of a seatback of a vehicle seat, the operation lever being supported to be tiltable in a seat front-and-rear direction about an axis along a seat width direction; a rod, wherein the rod comprises a coupled portion, a main body portion, and a projecting portion; and a width direction limiting portion that limits movement of the rod in the seat width direction relative to the operation lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Shirai, Koji Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10253530
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle handle unlocking control device which includes: a motor vehicle door leaf handle, the handle including a member for receiving a command from outside the device, an output signal electronic processing unit of the member, and a mounting which is over-molded over at least a portion of the receiving member and separate from the unit, whereby the over-molded mounting does not cover any output signal electronic processing unit of the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: U-Shin Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Savant, Vittorio Giaccone, Guillaume Lesueur
  • Patent number: 10246909
    Abstract: A handle for a vehicle door is provided. The handle includes a fixed part, a grip lever being moveable according to a grip axis between at least an active position in which the rotation of the grip lever activates the opening of the door, and a rest position in which the grip lever does not rotate, an electronic active position, in which the grip lever activates an electronic unlatching of the door. A blocking element is moveable between a blocking position in which the grip lever is inhibited from rotating from the electronic active position to the mechanical active position and an unblocking position in which the grip lever is free to be moved to the mechanical active position. The present disclosure further relates to a corresponding vehicle that includes the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: U-Shin Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Arnaud Cousin, Anthony Guerin
  • Patent number: 10240369
    Abstract: A handle and latch assembly is provided for a vehicle door and includes a housing, a latch on the housing and a handle on the housing. A mounting bracket secures the housing to the door using screws with the door being sandwiched between the housing and the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket can be positioned in multiple orientations to accommodate doors having different thicknesses. The housing includes tapered pins that that press fit onto the mounting bracket to provide a temporary hands-free positioning of the assembly into the door until the mounting screws are installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TriMark Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher M. Lane, Scotty L. Marr
  • Patent number: 10240370
    Abstract: A latch system for vehicle doors includes a bypass mechanism that mechanically disconnects a linkage assembly if an exterior door handle is moved towards an open position at a high speed. The bypass mechanism ensures that the door latch mechanism does not unlatch in the event a crash causes the exterior door handle to move open at a high speed, while providing for normal unlatching operation if the exterior door handle is opened at a relatively low velocity by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10233678
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing a door of a vehicle from opening during a collision is provided. The door includes a cable that is connected to an exterior door handle and a connection bushing that is connected to the cable and coupled to an operating lever. When the exterior door handle is manipulated, the operating lever is moved upward to release a door latch. Additionally, an opening prevention unit is configured to allow the connection bushing to move upward under normal conditions, and when a vehicle collision occurs, the opening prevention unit is displaced from an original position to block upward movement of the connection bushing and prevent the door from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yong-Dae Seo, Jung-Ho Han
  • Patent number: 10208525
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle having a supporting housing includes a drive unit, a moveably supported camera unit for recording a surrounding area of the vehicle, an actuation element, a mechanical return element, and a support element, which is coupled to the mechanical return element, wherein the mechanical return element exerts a return force that retains the actuation element in the standby position, or forces the actuation element into the standby position when the camera unit is in the standby position. The return element is supported on the support element. An assembly is thus created in structurally simple manner, which is distinguished by a small installation space, and which can be operated in an energy efficient manner. The support element can be moved in relation to the supporting housing. Also, the drive unit is coupled to the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heiko Schuetz
  • Patent number: 10196838
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device which efficiently performs connecting a motion-transmitting member to an operating lever and attaching an auxiliary cover to a housing simultaneously from one direction is provided. The auxiliary cover comprises a holding portion which is capable of holding the motion-transmitting members to the side facing a coupling area; and positioning mechanism which can position coupling portions of the motion-transmitting member. Without fixing the auxiliary cover to the coupling area, the motion-transmitting members are held by the holding portion. The coupling portions are positioned by the positioning mechanism. By fixing the auxiliary cover to the coupling area, the coupling portions can be coupled to coupled portions of the operating levers which are stationary at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Nagaoka, Hideaki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 10189404
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle lighting device intended to improve convenience and safety. A vehicle lighting device includes a light disposed in a vehicle interior, a controller controlling the light, and a detecting unit detecting position or motion of a detecting object by detecting a detection object at a plurality of positions, and the controller controls the light when the position or motion of the detection object is detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: PIONEER CORPORATION, TOHOKU PIONEER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Abe, Satoshi Suzuki, Kenji Kawamura, Shingo Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10174528
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door handle for locking and/or activating a door of a motor vehicle, having a handle housing and a pulling handle arranged in the handle housing, wherein in a closed position the pulling handle terminates flush with the handle housing and/or rests in the handle housing and can be moved into an operating position in which the pulling handle protrudes outward from the handle housing and it can be gripped from the rear, wherein when the pulling handle is pulled manually in the operating position the door lock and/or the door opens, wherein the pulling handle has two articulation points spaced apart from one another, wherein the pulling handle is mounted at the first articulation point in an articulated fashion at one end of a first rotary lever, and is mounted spaced apart therefrom at the second articulation point in an articulated fashion at one end of a second rotary lever, wherein the two rotary levers rotate about rotational axes in order to move the pulling handle f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HUF HUELSBECK & FUERST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Mensur Velicanin
  • Patent number: 10145155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door handle having a handle for a motor vehicle, which handle is arranged in a handle housing and which is displaceable from a rest position into an operating position by means of a rotation around a rotation axis, wherein a handle hook arranged on the free end of the rear side of the handle is kinematically coupled with a deflection lever, wherein the deflection lever directly or indirectly acts on a motor vehicle door lock when being displaced from the rest position into the operating position in order to effect a release of the lock and to enable opening the motor vehicle door, the handle hook comprising at least one guidance element by means of which the handle hook is guided in a corresponding profile of the handle housing, the guidance element performing a form-fit with the handle hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HUF HUELSBECK & FUERST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Reinhold Mathofer
  • Patent number: 10099540
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door is provided. That door includes a door body that carries a door handle and a decorative trim feature remote from the door handle. A key cylinder is carried on the door body behind an access door in the decorative trim feature. The positioning of a hidden key cylinder at a position remote from the door handle frees designers to provide a motor vehicle door with a cleaner and more aesthetically appealing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paulina Vazquez Orpinel, Jeffrey Scott Mayville
  • Patent number: 10094150
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle includes a lever rotationally mobile between a rest position and a release position, a handle mechanism that allows opening of a vehicle door when actuated by the lever when the lever is in the release position, and an insertable body. The lever and the insertable body include a rolling surface and a pivot forming a hinge around which the lever is rotationally mobile, the lever includes one of the rolling surface and the pivot, and the insertable body includes the other of the rolling surface and the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Gramaglia, Franco Brando
  • Patent number: 10072447
    Abstract: An outer handle device for a vehicle door is provided in which an actuator can drive the outer handle to a pop-up position where the operating portion of the outer handle projects outward from the outer panel, wherein in a state in which the outer handle is in a pop-up position, a drive lever of the actuator is held at an operated position by holding means, a release lever is pivoted by a handle lever pivoting with the outer handle when the outer handle pivots from the pop-up position to the full stroke position, the holding of the drive lever by the holding means is released by the pivoting of the release lever, and the drive lever is forcibly returned to the initial position. This enables an outer handle to be returned to a housed position even if there is a malfunction of an actuator-side electric drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventor: Hiroto Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10072448
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure having an interior space and a ramp disposed within the interior space. The vehicle door further includes a latch and a handle that is pivotably connected to the door structure. The handle includes a pair of inwardly and forwardly extending hooks. The vehicle door also includes a cable or other linkage connected to the latch. The cable has a fitting that is pushed along the ramp by the hooks upon pivoting of the handle to thereby shift the cable and unlatch the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Rajesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10017969
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for an automobile comprising a grab section being manually actuatable from the outside or the inside of the door of an automobile, which grab section is moveably mounted between a resting position and an opening position on a bearing component to be mounted on the door, and which is connected to an actuating lever, which is also moveably mounted on the bearing component such that the actuating lever upon a movement of the grab section between its resting position and its opening position is also moved between a resting position and an opening position, wherein the grab section is biased into its resting position and wherein the grab section or the actuating lever can be coupled with a lock of the door such that the lock is opened when the grab section is moved from its resting position into its opening position, further comprising a fly weight which is moveably mounted between a releasing position in which it allows a movement of the grab section into its opening position and at least o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Roland Och, Andreas Rudolf
  • Patent number: 10006229
    Abstract: A door handle arrangement for a motor vehicle, includes a support, a handle that is swivel-mounted on the support to be moved between a rest position and an actuated position along a first movement path, a locking cylinder and a resetting device. The handle can be pivoted with respect to the locking cylinder into a release position in such a way that it can be lifted off the locking cylinder and the locking cylinder is released for inserting a key. The handle is designed in such a way that it can be pivoted from the actuated position along a second movement path, which is adjacent to the first movement path, into the release position, wherein in the release position of the handle, the handle is retained in its release position by a locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Beck
  • Patent number: 9995065
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle assembly includes an actuating element, which is actuated by a user gripping the handle from behind. The actuating element protrudes outward through a recess in the handle from an inner cavity through a wall of the handle over an outer contour of the handle. The actuating element is movable through the recess in the direction of the handle inner cavity against an elastic restoring force. The actuating element is at least in sections made of a metal. Located inside the handle is a stationary electric module with an inductive distance sensor so that when the actuating element moves, the distance of the actuating element in relation to the inductive distance sensor changes. An evaluation unit detects the signals of the inductive distance sensor, detects an actuation as a function of the signals, and provides an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Witte, Andreas Beck
  • Patent number: 9970220
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device includes: a latch unit configured to keep a vehicle door in a door-closed state by engaging with a striker of a vehicle body; a power release mechanism configured to make the vehicle door openable by releasing engagement between the latch unit and the striker; a disengagement mechanism installed in a path coupling the power release mechanism with the latch unit, the disengagement mechanism being configured to be switched between a connected state and a disconnected state; and a lever configured to switch the disengagement mechanism from the connected state to the disconnected state. The lever is configured to be connectable to both of a full-open position holder, operating when the vehicle door reaches a full-open position by door-opening slide, and a disengagement operating unit for manual operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigenori Hiramoto, Naoki Hanaki, Kohei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9879451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handle device (10) for a lock unit (12) for a movable door (11) or the like on a vehicle, comprising a handle part (51) which is movably mounted relative to a door (11) of the vehicle and which can be displaced between a rest position (Ia) and an operating position (Ib,c), the handle part (51) being flush with the exterior of the door (11.5) in the rest position (IA) and projecting from the exterior of the door (11.5) in the operating position (Ib,c). The handle part (51) can be actuated to open the door (10) when in the operating position (Ib,c). An actuating unit (33) is used to transfer the handle part (51) at least from the rest position (Ia) to a first operating position (IB). According to the invention, the actuating unit (33) is pivotably mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HUF HULSBECK & FURST GMBH & CO.
    Inventors: Dirk Muller, Mario Christensen, Stefan Monig, Cristof Brauner, Martin Witte, Norbert Heller
  • Patent number: 9844900
    Abstract: A first part having an attachment having an elongated body configured to release from a second attachment of a second part under a desired force, and a method of manufacturing the same is provided. The first attachment includes a generally elongated body extending outwardly from the first wall with respect to the first support surface, the first wall further including at least one indent, the at least one indent formed on the first wall and open to a peripheral side edge of the elongated body, the indent extending into the wall a predetermined depth so as to provide the elongated body with a predetermined resiliency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel F. Gillay, Que-Whang Rhee
  • Patent number: 9845622
    Abstract: Described herein is a motor vehicle lock arrangement that includes a motor vehicle lock, with an operable functional element and a securing device which is associated with the functional element, wherein the securing device is coupled or it being possible to couple the securing device to the functional element in order to counteract an automatic operating movement of the functional element due to a crash acceleration phenomena which can occur in the event of a crash. In one embodiment, the securing device has a deflectable blocking element which can be deflected into a blocking position in which an operating movement of the functional element can be blocked by the blocking element, and the blocking element has an associated latching arrangement which latches in when the blocking element is deflected into the blocking position, and the latched-in latching arrangement holds the blocking element in the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Simon Brose, Roman Joschko, David Rosales, Ihsan Alisan
  • Patent number: 9843734
    Abstract: A front or rear camera on a rotating arm where rotation of the camera is coupled to movement of the rotating arm such that when the rotating arm is against the front or rear of the car (parallel thereto) the camera points away from the vehicle. When the arm is rotated away from the car, the camera rotates towards the car pointing to one of a left blinker, right blinker, or license plate. This can be controlled via a manual switch in the car which rotates one or both of the camera and rotating arm or automatically as a function of placing the car in reverse or using a turn signal, such as by way of acting on output from a car's diagnostic port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: David DiMenichi
  • Patent number: 9834963
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock module. The aim of the invention is to provide a lock module which can contribute to a reduction in the complexity of assembly. In order to achieve said aim, the lock module comprises a plurality of components, that is to say at least two components, which are selected from the following: a lock having a locking mechanism consisting of a pawl and a rotary latch, in particular a servolock; a drive, in particular an electric drive for the lock, particularly preferably for the servolock; an actuating lever system; a locking lever system; and a handle module having an opening handle, in particular an outer opening handle. The lock includes at least one drive which is movably mounted within the lock module. The drive can therefore be moved relative to the other one or more components of the lock module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Bernhard Drost
  • Patent number: 9810003
    Abstract: An impact resistant releasable retainer is for a door, such as for covering a glove box or other vehicle storage compartment. A pawl retains the door closed and releases to allow the door to open. A pivotally mounted catch engages the pawl, such as within a notch, when the door is closed or moved in a forward direction, opposite the opening direction. An actuator moves the catch allowing the pawl to move, such as by engagement with the actuator following the engagement with the catch, for releasing the door to open. The catch otherwise remains secured to the pawl for preventing the inadvertent release of the door, such as during movement in the forward direction as the result of an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Raj S. Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 9804251
    Abstract: A fiber optic directional sensor has a substantially hemispherical dome surface and a substantially flat surface. The sensor is formed from a plurality of optical fibers fused to one another, and each optical fiber extends from the dome surface to the flat surface. One end of each optical fiber is substantially perpendicular to the sensor's dome surface, and the opposite end of the fiber is substantially perpendicular to the sensor's flat surface such that an end face of the fiber is substantially tangent to the dome surface, and another end face of the fiber is substantially tangent to the flat surface. The sensor further includes an optical element which expands the field of view of the sensor and chromatically controls the incoming light. Using the sensor, light from projectiles, such as missiles, bullets, and other weaponry, can be detected, and the locations of the projectiles can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, for and on behalf of the University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Inventor: Patrick John Reardon
  • Patent number: 9797542
    Abstract: One example of a latch and bezel system for a device enclosure can be implemented as a system for mounting electronic equipment. The system includes a support structure. A head unit is configured to receive electronic equipment, and to connect to the support structure. A bezel is positioned in the head unit. The bezel is configured to retain the electronic equipment in the head unit. A release system is configured to be inaccessible when the head unit is connected to the support structure. Upon activation, the release system is configured to release the bezel within the head unit to release the electronic equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Lilitab LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Rudolf Grziwok, Adam Scott Aronson
  • Patent number: 9790709
    Abstract: A key cylinder device includes a key cylinder attached inside a cylinder portion of a cylindrical mounting member and locked/unlocked by a mechanical key, and a packing insertion portion that is integrally formed on an outer surface of the key cylinder so as to have a shape without an undercut portion and includes an opening for insertion of a packing member in a vertical direction along the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsuruta, Takumi Tamezane, Tomonori Kawachi
  • Patent number: 9771743
    Abstract: A glove box latch system for an automotive vehicle is provided. A glove box door is mounted in an instrument panel housing. The glove box door comprises a movable latch rod and an adjacent lock plate. In the event that the vehicle is involved in a collision, the lock plate engages the latch rod. The engaged lock plate arrests movement of the latch rod, securing the latch rod in the closed position and preventing the glove box door from opening. Exemplary methods and structures for restraining movement of latch rods are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raj S. Roychoudhury, Stacey H. Raines
  • Patent number: 9765553
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an opening between an upper frame and a door when the vehicle is seen from the side. The vehicle includes a lever pivotally attached to a portion of an inner wall of the door that is located above a middle position of the door in an up-down direction and forward of a latch mechanism, and an interlocking shaft linked to the lever and the latch mechanism. The interlocking shaft is configured to move in a vehicle front-rear direction as the lever is pivoted, thus interlocking the latch mechanism with the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9752359
    Abstract: An exemplary locking system includes an outer actuator, an outer spindle coupled to the outer actuator, a center spindle coupled to a latch assembly, and a lock control assembly selectively coupling the outer spindle and the center spindle. The lock control assembly is operable in a locked state wherein rotation of the manual actuator is prevented, and an unlocked state wherein the manual actuator is operable to rotate the center spindle. The lock control assembly is configured to transition from the locked state to the unlocked state in response to rotation of the center spindle, for example by an inner actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Maksood Ali, Rohith Badhya, Sajil John Mathachan
  • Patent number: 9724985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover flap arrangement for a handle arrangement of a motor vehicle door, the handle arrangement having an, in particular, elongate handle section with a gripping region and two gripping openings which are arranged on both sides of the handle section towards the gripping region. It is proposed that the cover flap arrangement has two cover flaps which can be adjusted in each case between a covering position, in which, in the installed state, they in each case cover a gripping opening, in particular sealingly, and an exposing position, in which, in the installed state, they in each case expose a gripping opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Schilesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dirk Leve