Door Or Window With Specified Vehicle Feature Patents (Class 296/146.1)
  • Patent number: 11247546
    Abstract: A slider window assembly for a vehicle includes at least one fixed window panel and a movable window panel that is movable along an upper rail and a lower rail at the at least one fixed window panel between a closed position and an opened position. The upper rail includes a channel, and a filler is disposed in the channel of the upper rail. The filler includes a filler body having opposite side walls, and the filler includes lips established along respective ones of the side walls. The lips are extruded onto and along the filler body. The lips include a compressible and flexible material and provide a dampening and cushioning function at the movable window panel when the movable window panel is disposed in the channel of the upper rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Troy F. Tooker, David L. Guillozet, Andrew D. Rohrer
  • Patent number: 11198477
    Abstract: Motor vehicle sub-assembly (10) comprising a first part (20) made of plastic material forming an outer bodywork skin, and a second part (30) made of plastic material forming an internal structure to which said first part (20) is attached, characterised in that the second part (30) comprises at least one mechanical reinforcement (40) made of thermoplastic material having a Young's modulus less than that of the plastic material of the second part (30), and a coefficient of elongation at break greater than that of the plastic material of the second part (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: Philippe Coudron
  • Patent number: 11180944
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly including a vehicle door pivotally arranged on a vehicle body, a force-transmitting device for adjusting and/or fixing the vehicle door relative to the vehicle body, wherein the force-transmitting device includes a transmission element for producing a flux of force between the vehicle door and the vehicle body in order to adjust the vehicle door relative to the vehicle body or hold it in position relative to the vehicle body, and a control device for controlling the force-transmitting device. In addition, there is provided a sensor device in the form of an acceleration sensor arranged on the vehicle door for measuring the acceleration of the vehicle door, or a gyrosensor arranged on the vehicle door for measuring the angular velocity of the vehicle door, or a force sensor arranged in the flux of force between the vehicle door and the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KG, BAMBERG
    Inventors: Christian Herrmann, Wolfgang Uebel
  • Patent number: 11008780
    Abstract: A power door presenter system for pivoting a vehicle door relative to a vehicle body between a closed position and a partially open deployed position includes a presenter assembly mounted to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door with an auxiliary striker fixed to the other one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. The presenter assembly has an extensible member configured for movement between retracted and extended positions corresponding to the closed and deployed positions and an auxiliary latch mechanism moveable between latched engagement with the auxiliary striker when the vehicle door is indicated as not being under manual control of a user to allow automated return of the vehicle door to the closed position and unlatched engagement from the auxiliary striker when the vehicle door is indicated as being under manual control of the user to allow the door to be moved to a fully opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Lance Oxley, Kristopher B. Rogers
  • Patent number: 10967714
    Abstract: A discloses latch module assembly includes a channel and a bracket supported on the channel. The bracket supports a handle assembly and is movable between a collapsed position and an installed position to enable assembly through small openings within a door. A method of installing a door latch module assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Eric Rinke, Andrew Cusator, Sheri Reck
  • Patent number: 10889265
    Abstract: A vehicular sensing device for a vehicular function control system includes a plurality of sensors and at least one illumination source operable to backlight a plurality of icons at a cover element, each icon of the plurality of icons representative of a respective vehicle function. With the vehicular sensing device disposed at a vehicle, and with the at least one illumination source activated to backlight the plurality of icons, the backlit icons are viewable at an exterior portion of the vehicle, and each sensor of the plurality of sensors has a respective field of sensing associated with a respective icon of the plurality of icons. Responsive to sensing by one of the sensors of proximity or movement of a user in the field of sensing of that sensor, a controller generates an output to control the vehicle function that is represented by the respective backlit icon associated with that sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, David P. O'Connell, Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10848150
    Abstract: A load driving device includes an H bridge circuit that includes a first upstream switching element, a first downstream switching element, a second upstream switching element, a second downstream switching element, a first output terminal between the first upstream switching element and the second downstream switching element, and a second output terminal between the second upstream switching element and the first downstream switching element. A first load is connected between the first output terminal and the second output terminal, and a second load is connected between a ground potential point and one of the first output terminal and the second output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: ANDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Yasuda, Manabu Morita
  • Patent number: 10826025
    Abstract: A flexible display device includes: a display panel; a back cover on a rear surface of the display panel; and an optical adhesive layer between the display panel and the back cover, the optical adhesive layer including first and second hard layers and a soft layer between the first and second hard layers, at least one of the first and second hard layers having a first modulus and the soft layer having a second modulus less than the first modulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keun-Young Kim, Young-Sub Shin
  • Patent number: 10794104
    Abstract: Provided is a control device for an opening and closing member configured to drive a driving source of an opening and closing member that opens and closes an opening section of a vehicle, and the control device for an opening and closing member includes a power generation detector configured to detect power generation of the driving source, and a controller configured to control driving of the driving source, wherein the controller is changed to a sleep state upon stoppage of the opening and closing member, and is activated from the sleep state to control a braking of the driving source when the power generation detector detects power generation of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kimura, Ryosuke Kishino, Masahiro Fueki, Takayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10794107
    Abstract: A door entry system for a vehicle is provided. The door entry system for a vehicle includes a door, an actuator, a puddle lamp generating light beam, a light sensor configured to sense reflected light from the light beam, and a controller processing a light signal generated by the light sensor and controlling activation of the actuator to open the door in response to sensing a user entering the beam of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Bradley Johnson, James Kostrzewa
  • Patent number: 10787854
    Abstract: A vehicular opening/closing body control device includes: an opening drive control unit configured to control operation of a drive device configured to drive a vehicular opening/closing body to open the opening/closing body upward; a gravity descent detection unit configured to detect a descent of the opening/closing body opened upward due to gravity, a braking force imparting unit configured to impart a braking force to the opening/closing body whose descent due to gravity is detected; and an opening drive prohibition unit configured to prohibit opening drive by the drive device of the opening/closing body whose descent due to gravity is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoya Tsuboi, Ryo Asano
  • Patent number: 10711504
    Abstract: A power door actuation system for a vehicle door includes a power-operated presenter assembly fixed to one of the vehicle door and vehicle body and an auxiliary latch assembly fixed to the other one of the vehicle door and vehicle body. A latched relationship is maintained between the vehicle door and the vehicle body when the presenter assembly moves the door between a closed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Martin Roos, Francesco Cumbo
  • Patent number: 10690758
    Abstract: A structure for attaching an ultrasound sensor to a side portion of a vehicle includes a bracket via which the ultrasound sensor is attached to face the ground under the floor of the vehicle and to be inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the horizontal plane such that water drops adhering to the ultrasound sensor flow downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tamura, Ryoichi Enoki, Shoji Yokoyama, Jun Sugimoto, Tatsuya Tachibana, Yangjian Li, Takuya Tamura, Qi Chen, Kai-Wei Yeh, Cheng-Hung Tsai, Yu-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 10654342
    Abstract: A shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement (300) for a vehicle cab is provided. The shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement comprises a transparent polymer windscreen (301) having a height (Hw) and a width (Ww) and a metal frame (302, 303) comprising an inner portion (303) at least partially extending on an inside of the transparent polymer windscreen and configured to receive screws for fixating the transparent polymer windscreen. The shock absorbing vehicle window arrangement further comprises an additional transparent polymer windscreen (332) placed on the outside of the transparent polymer windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HAMMERGLASS AB
    Inventors: Peter Andersson, Fredrik Krook, Kenneth Svensson
  • Patent number: 10655379
    Abstract: An opening and closing system includes a drive unit which drives a closing openable member of a vehicle to be opened or closed, an opening and closing control unit which controls the drive unit to open or close the closing openable member, an image capturing unit which captures an image of a periphery of the closing openable member, and a detecting unit which detects an obstacle proximity to the closing openable member based on an image captured by the image capturing unit. When the detecting unit detects an obstacle, the opening and closing unit stops the closing openable member before it comes into contact with the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 10633906
    Abstract: A device for manually and/or electromotively adjusting or securing a first vehicle part and a second vehicle part relative to each other is provided. The device comprising an adjustment part which has a joint for pivotable arrangement on the first vehicle part, wherein the adjustment part is to be arranged on the first vehicle part in such a manner that, when the vehicle parts are adjusted relative to each other, the adjustment part moves relative to the second vehicle part, a traction cable which is fastened at a first end and at a second end to the adjustment part, and a cable drum which is to be arranged on the second adjustment part, is rotatable about a longitudinal axis and on which the traction cable is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. K.G.
    Inventor: Dalibor Rietdijk
  • Patent number: 10603989
    Abstract: A multi function bracket for use in a motor vehicle door with a carrier, and an elastic seal arranged in a window guide for being compressed by a window pane, the carrier comprising a lock receptacle for fastening a motor vehicle lock, and the multi function bracket further comprising a motor vehicle lock fastened to the lock receptacle. The multi function bracket is characterized in that, a compensation section of the elastic seal is compressed between a counter structure of the multi function bracket and the motor vehicle lock to provide tolerance compensation between the carrier and the motor vehicle lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Oliver Keller
  • Patent number: 10589716
    Abstract: A vehicle function control system includes a sensing and projecting module disposed at an exterior portion of the vehicle and having an illumination source operable to project a plurality of icons onto a ground area at or near the vehicle or an exterior surface of the vehicle, with each of the projected icons being representative of a respective vehicle function. The module includes a sensing device operable to sense the presence of a user at or near one of the projected icons and, responsive to the sensing of the presence of the user, the system determines which of the projected icons is being selected by the user. A control is responsive to an output of the sensing device and, responsive to determination of the user at or near a selected particular projected icon, the control controls a function of the vehicle associated with the selected particular projected icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Justin E. Sobecki, David P. O'Connell, Kenneth C. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10563433
    Abstract: A handle for doors of motor vehicles includes an outer portion that can be grasped by a user, and an inwardly-extending plunger or hook that operably interconnects the handle to the door latch via a bell crank (that is part of the handle base or chassis depending on the type of handle architecture used). The plunger is made of a ductile material such as metal, and includes a crumple zone that causes the plunger to deform axially and/or bend sidewardly in the event an axial and/or a bending impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Rajesh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10549626
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes an engine mounted in a front portion of a travelling vehicle, and a post-processing device configured to purify exhaust gas from the engine. The engine and the post-processing device are covered with a hood. An upper surface side of the hood is inclined to extend diagonally upward from a front side to a rear side. The post-processing device is mounted on an upper side of the engine, and is positioned on a rear and inner side of the inclined upper surface side of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10518698
    Abstract: A system and method to generate a parking alert. The system comprises one or more circuits controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) in a first vehicle. The one or more circuits detect a second vehicle within a predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle. A parking violation alert is communicated to the second vehicle and one or more users associated with the second vehicle. The communication of the parking violation alert is based on the detection of the second vehicle within the predetermined distance with respect to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pralay Kumar Pal, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10518813
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar structure that includes: a first framework section that extends along a first vehicle width direction side edge of a front windshield of a vehicle; a second framework section that is provided so as to form a gap toward a vehicle rear and vehicle width direction outer side of the first framework section, that extends along the first framework section; and a see-through section that is formed so as to be see-through and that spans between the first framework section and the second framework section, wherein the first framework section and the second framework section are each formed with a closed cross-section as viewed along their length directions, and at least one of a rear edge corner of the first framework section or a front edge corner of the second framework section is formed with a beveled profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koki Ikeda, Motoya Sakabe, Kazuki Komoriya
  • Patent number: 10428559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for control systems for facilitating situational awareness of a vehicle are provided. Sensors located around a stationary vehicle may detect moving objects that pose potentially dangerous situations for the vehicle occupants and for the object. This can cause the doors to lock automatically in order to make the situation safer. Additionally, electromagnetic radiation sensors located around the vehicle may detect the lights and sounds of emergency vehicles. If the electromagnetic data from the electromagnetic radiation sensors match a known pattern of electromagnetic data emitted by emergency vehicles stored in a library an alarm may be sounded through the speakers of the vehicle in order to alert the vehicle occupants of an emergency vehicle in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Leo Chan, Steven C. Cielocha, Roxane Lyons, Matthew S. Megyese, William J. Leise, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Jennifer L. Crawford, Jeremy Myers, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Rajiv C. Shah
  • Patent number: 10421417
    Abstract: A belt molding attachment structure includes an outer panel and a belt molding. The belt molding includes a main body part, an end member, and a weather strip. The main body part has a U-shaped cross-section. The end member is attached to an end part of the main body part, and includes a locking part on a lower side. The weather strip protrudes toward a vehicle width center side in a vehicle width direction from the main body part. The outer panel includes a flat part. The locking part includes a tip part, is configured to be elastically deformed in the extending direction of the main body part, and is adjacent to at least one of edges of the flat part in the extending direction of the main body part. The tip part of the locking part abuts against a lower surface of the flat part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daisuke Itoh
  • Patent number: 10350972
    Abstract: A mid-gate assembly includes a mid-gate and a first access panel received in the mid-gate. A window pocket extends through the mid-gate and the first access panel. Further, a window is displaceable between an extended position projecting from the mid-gate and a retracted position held in the window pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Musa Azzouz, Sino Johan Van Dyk, Noah Barlow Mass
  • Patent number: 10337227
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a two-door closure system for a motor vehicle including a body having an A-pillar and a C-pillar being spaced from one another. According to an aspect of the disclosure, the closure system includes a front door having a front edge that is pivotably connected to the A-pillar. The closure system also includes a rear door that has a rearward edge that is pivotably coupled to the C-pillar of the vehicle body. At least one swivel hinge unit is provided that has a first pivot pin that is pivotably connected to the rearward edge of the rear door, and a second pivot pin for being pivotably connected to the C-pillar of the vehicle body to allow the rear door to initially pivot and translate away from the front door prior to pivoting the rear door between an open and closed position about the second pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Frank Stoof, Kris Tomaszewski, Roman Cetnar, Kurt M. Schatz, Peter Lance Oxley, James J. Ferri, Jeffrey Richard F. Domenchini, Joseph Scheuring
  • Patent number: 10279851
    Abstract: A method for producing a door element comprising a planar panel (30) and protruding edges (32a, 32b, 32c), each edge (32a, 32b, 32c) being joined to at least one adjacent edge (32a, 32b, 32c) by a joining edge, comprising: —providing a rectangular planar blank, —cutting out said blank to retrieve a corner part being adapted to form a joining edge (34), —stamping the cut-out blank to obtain a door element part (52) comprising the panel (30) and the edges (32a, 32b, 32c), said edges (32a, 32b, 32c) being separated one from the others, —joining the adjacent edges (32a, 32b, 32c) by attaching a joining part (54) to the door element part, said joining part (54) being made of a material different from the material of the door element part (52) and forming a joining edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ArcelorMittal
    Inventor: Nicolas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10254088
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for a removable ballistic resistant windshield for vehicle egress. The windshield includes a ballistic resistant glass panel in a rectangular windshield frame with a perimeter portion configured to fit within a rectangular opening in a vehicle cab. The windshield frame may further include an exterior flange configured to overlay an outside surface of the opening in the vehicle cab, and an interior flange extending from the windshield frame opposite the exterior flange. The exterior and interior flanges define an open channel on a first side of the windshield frame configured to fit around a vertical portion of the opening in the vehicle cab when the windshield is seated in the opening. A spring-loaded latch on the windshield frame is operable from inside the vehicle cab to release a second, opposite side of the windshield frame from the opening in the vehicle cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Armorworks Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Luster
  • Patent number: 10227809
    Abstract: Technologies for reducing vehicle door collisions include an in-vehicle compute device configured to determine a proximity between a door of a vehicle and a structure while the door is being opened and activate a door collision avoidance system of the vehicle to slow or restrict the opening of the door in response to a determination that the proximity of the door to the structure is within a proximity threshold. The door collision avoidance system may include one or more electro-magnets, one or more actuators, and/or one or more electro-active polymer devices. The in-vehicle compute device may also control the operation of the door based on a context of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Hong Wei Teh
  • Patent number: 10146317
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle computing system (VCS) and a vehicle accessory system that may be a window wiper mechanism, a power lift gate, a door lock mechanism, a convertible mechanism or a sunroof mechanism. The VCS communicates with an activity tracking band worn on a wrist of a vehicle occupant. The activity tracking device detects motion of the wrist of the occupant, and is capable of exchanging that data with the VCS. The VCS generates at least one output signal based on data from the activity tracking device. For example, a controller may activate a window wiper mechanism based on signals indicative of a detected long wiping motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hsin-hsiang Yang, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 10071706
    Abstract: The inventive relates to a method for external operation of an actuator of a vehicle having an optical sensor. The following steps are provided: obtaining an approach of a person in an approach area of the optical sensor; determining, within an obtaining area of the optical sensor, a targeted approach of a person's steps towards an operating area of the optical sensor; and operating the actuator when a step made into the operating area of the optical sensor is determined. It is the object of the invention to simplify the operation of an actuator of a vehicle by a gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernd Ette, Volker Wintsche
  • Patent number: 10065581
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar structure comprising: a pillar member configuring a skeleton of a vehicle; a reinforcement member disposed inside the pillar member, bridging a pair of side portions of the pillar member, and reinforcing the pillar member; and an infrared transmission inhibition member, the infrared transmission inhibition member covering the reinforcement member at least from a design surface side of the pillar member and inhibiting transmission of infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Terada, Yoshinori Yamada
  • Patent number: 10046624
    Abstract: A vehicle back door including: an inner panel; an outer panel that has an attached member attached to a vehicle outer portion of the outer panel; a first adhesive that has at least a part arranged in a region overlapping the attached member as viewed from a vehicle rear side, and that joins the inner panel and the outer panel together; and a second adhesive that has a higher elasticity than the first adhesive, that has at least a part arranged in a region overlapping locations of the outer panel excluding a location where the attached member is attached as viewed from the vehicle rear side, that forms a frame shape together with the first adhesive, and that joins the inner panel and the outer panel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Motohashi
  • Patent number: 10029544
    Abstract: A glass run channel and applique attachment for a door having a door frame and an openable window includes a glass run channel, an applique, and a fastener. The glass run channel has a first locating feature adapted for attachment to the door frame and a first snap-fit feature. The applique has a second locating feature and a second snap-fit feature. The applique is located relative to the glass run channel in a located position when the first locating feature contacts the second locating feature and is attached to the glass run channel in the located position when the first snap-fit feature engages the second snap-fit feature. The fastener mounts the first locating feature to the door frame and is concealed from view on the interior surface of the door by the door frame and on the exterior surface of the door by the applique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Henniges Automotive Seeding Systems North America, Inc
    Inventors: Keith A. Kramar, Kevin Parent, Dale French, Todd Russell, Shayne Bigelow
  • Patent number: 10000947
    Abstract: A lateral impact retention system for a vehicle door includes a door window frame retainer configured for mounting to the vehicle body and a pivoting catch configured for mounting to a window frame of the door. The pivoting catch engages the retainer when the door is subjected to a door-displacing lateral impact, but is not connected to any door-operating mechanism of the door. During normal operation of the door between the fully closed and open configurations, the pivoting catch automatically inserts into and displaces from the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Jesus Alfonso Alarcon Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9937777
    Abstract: A belt molding includes: a molding body, which includes an inner wall, an outer wall, and a connection wall that connects an upper end of the inner wall and an upper end of the outer wall; a design lip, which is formed at the upper end of the inner wall of the molding body; and a design portion, wherein the design portion includes a first portion, which covers at least a part of the molding body, and a second portion, which covers at least a part of the design lip, and wherein a step is formed between the first portion and the second portion, such that a level of a surface of the first portion is different from a level of a surface of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Harada, Katsuhisa Fukui, Yasuhisa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9789753
    Abstract: A door of a utility vehicle includes a door body including a grip portion utilized for opening and closing the door, an attachment portion provided to the door body, and a replaceable portion detachably attached to the attachment portion and enabling visual recognition from inside to outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Kazumasa Hisada
  • Patent number: 9786418
    Abstract: A cable splitter includes a main body. The main body includes a top wall and an end portion. The top wall defines a splitting slot, a first guide slot, a second guide slot running through the top wall. The end portion includes a first guide arm and a second guide arm extending from the end portion and corresponding to the first guide slot and the second guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: NANNING FUGUI PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Tao Wang, Hua-Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 9718332
    Abstract: A frame structure for a vehicle door and a method of manufacture thereof is disclosed. In particular, a tailgate includes at least two tubular parts which are flexurally deformed in the direction of their longitudinal extension and connected to each other to form a ring structure. The ring structure is incorporated into a structural unit with the frame structure in a tailgate of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9637965
    Abstract: This solution will help to detect oncoming traffic and/or nearby external objects when the vehicle door is being opened, and it would automatically stop the vehicle door from opening further if there is a possibility of an accident involving the vehicle doors or its users. This solution will notify vehicle users using an indicator on the vehicle door and/or an existing notification systems in vehicle that vehicle door has been restricted from opening further due to potential of an accident. This invention also has an external alert mechanism, which would generate alert externally that vehicle door is about to be opened, and therefore, help to prevent accidents. This invention will also comprise of an artificial intelligence module within the proactive vehicle door system, where such module would constantly gather data, analyze and provide proactive suggestions or even take necessary actions in order to help prevent any vehicle door related accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Ankit Dilip Kothari
  • Patent number: 9259995
    Abstract: An energy absorber for improving passenger safety in a vehicle during an impact to the vehicle, the energy absorber comprising a hollow body having a base defining a proximal end of the body, the base being configured to affix the body to a portion of the vehicle, the body further including a sidewall extending from the base and terminating in a distal end of the body, the sidewall having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the interior surface including a portion defining an interior step transition, the exterior surface including a portion defining an exterior step transition, the interior and exterior step transitions being provided at locations axially offset from each other along the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Steinbrecher, Michael G. Morrison, Michael Zielinski
  • Patent number: 9234378
    Abstract: A power tailgate system for a vehicle includes an actuator for moving a tailgate of the vehicle between an open position and a closed position. The power tailgate system also includes a spring spaced apart from the actuator for counter-balancing a weight of the tailgate and a coupler assembly for removably coupling the tailgate to the power tailgate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC
    Inventor: Eric R. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9074402
    Abstract: Obstacle detection for a sliding door of a vehicle including a sensor apparatus located on or near a hinge of the sliding door and arranged to detect an obstacle in a path of the hinge of the sliding door. A controller connected to the sensor apparatus is configured to receive an obstruction signal from the sensor apparatus indicating detection of an obstacle in the path of the hinge of the sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Higgins, Jay L. Sackett
  • Patent number: 9061569
    Abstract: A door and an integrated safety net system for a recreational vehicle having a chassis with a step-through door opening. The door includes a forward end and a rearward end, and a hinge coupled between the rearward end of the door and the chassis of the vehicle. A door panel or upper and lower safety nets are coupled to the door frame forward of the hinge and coupled to the chassis of the vehicle on or rearward of the rearward side of the door opening. The safety net and the door are collectively and cooperatively movable as the rear-hinged door moves to the open position or closed position. The door includes a latch at the forward end of the door to provide one operational step to release or secure the door and the integrated safety nets to the chassis upon ingress or egress of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Spindler, Mark Esala
  • Patent number: 9061707
    Abstract: A mounting bracket mounts a distal end of a body panel to an adjacent distal end of a structural frame member of a motor vehicle. The mounting bracket comprises a single piece extruded fender attachment bracket having a first horizontally projecting ear attached to a first surface of the distal end of the structural frame member, a second horizontally projecting ear attached to the distal end of the body panel, and a depending projecting ear extending perpendicularly to and adjacent the first horizontally projecting ear, the depending projecting ear being attached to a second surface of the distal end of the structural frame member. The mounting bracket rigidly attaches the distal end of the body panel to the structural frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Courtright, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Patent number: 9016759
    Abstract: A utility bed includes a bed frame, a side wall, and a door. The door at least partially defines a passageway and is pivotally coupled with the side wall and pivotable between an opened position and a closed position. A securing portion is configured for selective routing through the handle and releasable coupling to an adjacent portion of the utility bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Brandon Ricketts, Hidemi Minami, Yoshiaki Noda, Darin D. King, Casey Heit, Tsuyoshi Kumasaka
  • Patent number: 8997537
    Abstract: A door (200) of a motor vehicle has an outer panel (100) and an opening apparatus. The opening apparatus has a door handle (30) and a door lock (20) with a lock barrel (10). The lock barrel (10) and the door handle (30) are arranged completely on the inner side of the outer panel (100) of the door (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jens Zimmer
  • Publication number: 20150084366
    Abstract: A side door extension support assembly for a vehicle includes a side door movably mounted on a vehicle body of the vehicle and an extension member mounted to the vehicle body. The side door is longitudinally moveable between a closed position and an open position. The extension member is moveable between a retracted position and an extended position for supporting the side door. Movement of the extension member corresponds to movement of the side door such that the extension member moves to the extended position when the side door is moved from the closed position to the open position, and the extension member moves to the retracted position when the side door is moved from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Erik R. Anderson, Steven R. Thiele
  • Patent number: 8955257
    Abstract: A vehicle width direction wall portion (29) and a front-rear direction wall portion (33) are formed in a stiffener (7) provided inside a front door (1), the vehicle width direction wall portion (29) extending in a vehicle width direction, the front-rear direction wall portion (33) extending from a vehicle width direction inner end (31) of the vehicle width direction wall portion (29) in a vehicle front-rear direction. Additionally, a locking member (23) is provided on the front-rear direction wall portion (33) at a portion, and faces a lock lever (25). The locking member engages the lock lever, after a load is inputted to an outside handle and a door outer panel thereby deforming the door outer panel, to prevent movement of the lock lever after the deforming the door outer panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohei Moriya, Takanori Yagi, Masatsugu Mori
  • Patent number: 8946936
    Abstract: An electromagnetic coupling device electromagnetically connects a door handle side circuit of a door handle with a door main body side circuit of a door main body. This electromagnetic coupling device includes a door handle side coupling unit, a door main body side coupling unit, a door handle side coupling unit, a handle side support unit that supports the door handle, and a connector body that supports the door main body side coupling unit in a vehicle door main body. The door handle side coupling unit is electromagnetically coupled with the door main body side coupling unit without making contact therewith. At least one of the handle side support unit and the connector body restricts the relative movement, caused by rotation of the door handle, of the door handle side coupling unit and the door main body side coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Kiyokazu Ieda, Yuichi Murakami