Door Or Window With Specified Vehicle Feature Patents (Class 296/146.1)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8919858
    Abstract: An assembly of a swing type tailgate checker includes: a checker assembly including a first base bracket on a vehicle body and having a hole at one side and an arm locking member at an outer side of the first base bracket to form a fitting space together with the first base bracket and partially bent toward the first base bracket; and an arm assembly including a second base bracket on a tailgate of a vehicle and including an arm extended from the second base bracket toward the vehicle body and having an arm roller provided at an end portion, wherein at the time of opening the tailgate, the arm roller is temporarily fixed while being locked by the arm locking member at a primary open angle and passes through the arm locking member to thereby be unlocked, such that it is completely opened while being again rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hee Tae Lee
  • Publication number: 20140333088
    Abstract: A single input, multi-output drive system adapted for use, for example, with a power seat or a vehicular door assembly, includes an input power source, such as a PMDC motor, and at least one transmission further including a plurality of output elements shiftable between engaged and disengaged conditions relative to the source, so as to be selectively driven thereby, and drivenly coupled, for example, to various functions of the power seat or door assembly, and a plurality of active material actuators drivenly and individually coupled to an associated one of the output elements, and configured to selectively engage the associated output element and input source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Steven C. Lang, Nilesh D. Mankame
  • Publication number: 20140259934
    Abstract: A trim panel system includes a vehicle trim panel movably coupled to a vehicle body. The vehicle body defines a vehicle body opening. The vehicle trim panel is configured to move between an open position and a closed position wherein the vehicle trim panel covers the vehicle body opening. The trim panel system further includes an arm movably coupled to the vehicle body and a cable coupled between the vehicle trim panel and the arm. As such, the vehicle trim panel is configured to move from the closed position toward the open position in conjunction with a corresponding movement of the arm relative to the vehicle body and through the vehicle body opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James K. Quandt, William J. Majewski, David L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140217770
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle includes a mount structure, a door handle, and a latch assembly. The door handle includes an interface portion and a mounting portion. The interface portion includes inner and outer surfaces. The mounting portion is pivotally coupled with the mount structure such that the door handle is pivotable about a first axis between first and second positions. The latch assembly includes a latch body and an actuator arm pivotally coupled with the latch body. The latch body is attached to the mount structure. The actuator arm is pivotable between released and actuated positions. The door handle is configured to contact the actuator arm during at least a portion of the pivotal movement of the door handle from the first position to the second position, forcing the actuator arm to pivot from the released position to the actuated position. Vehicles are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hirukawa
  • Patent number: 8783398
    Abstract: An improved cooling system compartment door for a landfill compactor is provided. The door comprises a door frame and a replaceable screen insert. The screen insert is configured so that it can be used in either a left side or right side cooling system compartment door frame. The screen insert can be easily replaced when the screen is damaged or clogged, thereby saving time, materials and expense. The screen insert is particularly suited for use with landfill compactor machines which operate in debris laden environments which can damage the ventilation screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Wlezien
  • Patent number: 8752882
    Abstract: An assembly method and a motor vehicle body having at least one marginal portion delimiting a bodywork opening is provided. The motor vehicle includes a plasma-treated gluing surface to which a seal is fastened in a materially joined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Klaus-Albert Priess, Michael Alhof, Robert Mann, Harald Schenk, Sharon Orlans
  • Patent number: 8752878
    Abstract: A utility vehicle according to the present invention includes a front seat, a rear seat, and a cargo bed in order from the front side, wherein the cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the cargo bed is expanded forward into a rear riding space on the front side of the cargo bed and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded in the rear riding space, a pair of left and right rear doors partitioning the rear riding space and left and right exteriors of a vehicle body in the non-expanded state is provided, and the rear doors serve as expansion side walls partitioning an expanded part of the cargo bed and the left and right exteriors of the vehicle body in the expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teruaki Yamamoto, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 8746762
    Abstract: The inventive device disclosed in the present application is a set of shock-absorbent panels that attach to the doors of a vehicle. The system is designed so each of the panels may be easily hooked onto the car doors and locked in place when the doors are closed, protecting the vehicle from collisions and objects which may inadvertently bump the doors, causing unsightly dents and scratches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Darrett
  • Patent number: 8733818
    Abstract: A check link assembly for a vehicle closure is configured to be operable in two phases: a detent check phase and an infinite check phase. The vehicle closure is pivotably connected to a vehicle body and has a closed position and an open position. The check link assembly includes a detent assembly having a detent configured to provide a detent check position between the closed position and the open position. The check link assembly also includes a hydraulic or pneumatic strut operatively connected to the detent assembly and configured to provide check positions at all positions between the detent check position and the open position. The detent assembly and the strut are configured to operate in series as the door is pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joel S. Hooton, Kevin K. Parkila
  • Patent number: 8714624
    Abstract: The belt molding body includes a vehicle exterior-side portion which faces a pillar and an upper edge of an outer panel from the vehicle exterior side; a vehicle interior-side portion, an entire end face of the vehicle interior-side portion being positioned between a pair of pillars as a receded end face; and an engaged portion formed on an inner surface of the belt molding body. The end cap includes a covering end which covers an end face of the vehicle exterior-side portion, an insertion portion extending from the covering end to a position in front of the receded end face, and an engaging portion formed on a vehicle exterior-side surface of the insertion portion and engaged with the engaged portion to prevent the end cap from moving toward the vehicle interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhisa Fukui
  • Patent number: 8708396
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to index the door window glass of a vehicle to disengage the glass from the window sealing interface prior to opening the door. A door latch including an unlatching lever selectively connectable to the inside and outside door handles is configured such that moving either handle to actuate the latch causes an initial change in the position of the unlatching lever prior to latch release. A sensor in the latch detects the initial change in position of the unlatching lever and signals an indexing mechanism to move the glass to the indexed position prior to latch release, such that the glass does not substantially interfere with the sealing interface when the door is moved from a closed position. The system may be configured such that the door lock mechanism must be unlocked prior to the indexing mechanism moving the window to an indexed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Konchan
  • Patent number: 8650799
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening warning system for a car includes a sensor for sensing the approaching of another car from behind when a person is opening the car door, a car door-opening control unit stops the car door from being opened when the sensor senses the approaching of the other car from behind, and a warning light and a buzzer are activated to give a visual warning signal and an audio warning signal when the car door is being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Chung-Hsien Chen
  • Patent number: 8646828
    Abstract: A sunshade assembly wherein the sunshade is secured in a deployed position at a single location, and wherein when the sunshade is retracted, the field of view through the window is unobstructed by securing members or the like. More particularly, the sunshade assembly utilizes a recessed hook or hook retainer within a trim panel adjacent the window as an anchor point, while a handgrip secured to the window shade is configured to pivot into a position to permit a hook or hook retainer associated therewith to be inserted into the recessed anchor point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Charles Stephen Haase, Shinichi Yamase, Generoso Tan Sia, Jr., Ruben E. Guanzon, Ryuichi Fukuyama
  • Publication number: 20130320704
    Abstract: A rail unit includes a lower rail, which guides the movement of a guide member connected to a sliding door, a front bracket, which is provided on the lower rail and fixed to a vehicle body, a rear bracket, and a center bracket. The rail unit is inserted into a first insertion hole, which is located below a lower panel provided on the vehicle body at a position below a door opening and opens outward in the vehicle body in the lateral direction of the vehicle. A drive unit is inserted into a second insertion hole, which is formed in the lower panel and opens upward in the vehicle. The drive unit is layered on an upper side of a drive pulley provided in the center bracket to rotate the drive pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiichi Sumiya, Ryoichi Fukumoto, Kenta Mori
  • Publication number: 20130293245
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor unit is not susceptible to failure and remotely actuates a door of a vehicle. The sensor unit contains an electrode assembly having an elongated sensor electrode and a supply line for electrically connecting the sensor electrode to an evaluation unit. The supply line is surrounded by a shield. An additional ground conductor, which is electrically conductively connected to the shield over the entire length of the supply line, is connected in parallel to the supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: THORSTEN KUHNEN, ANDRE GUNREBEN, HOLGER WUERSTLEIN
  • Publication number: 20130270855
    Abstract: The belt molding body includes a vehicle exterior-side portion which faces a pillar and an upper edge of an outer panel from the vehicle exterior side; a vehicle interior-side portion, an entire end face of the vehicle interior-side portion being positioned between a pair of pillars as a receded end face; and an engaged portion formed on an inner surface of the belt molding body. The end cap includes a covering end which covers an end face of the vehicle exterior-side portion, an insertion portion extending from the covering end to a position in front of the receded end face, and an engaging portion formed on a vehicle exterior-side surface of the insertion portion and engaged with the engaged portion to prevent the end cap from moving toward the vehicle interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Katsuhisa FUKUI
  • Patent number: 8550534
    Abstract: A working machine has a machine room cover and a bonnet on an upper rotating body. The bonnet has a frame-like raising member and a dome-like hood member that covers an opening in the upper part of the raising member. The lower part of the raising member is attached so as to surround an opening portion formed in the upper surface of the machine room cover, and the hood member is attached to the raising member so as to be able to be rotationally opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Tsukamoto, Shintaro Sakitani
  • Patent number: 8534738
    Abstract: A door hole cover which is intended to be attached to a door inner panel of a vehicle to cover an opening formed in the door inner panel, and which has an average of loss coefficients at frequencies of 150 Hz or less of 0.085 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo Matsumoto, Katsuhiko Tachibana, Daisuke Tsuchiya, Eiji Matsuda, Kazuyuki Yagura, Natsuko Kagehisa
  • Patent number: 8508159
    Abstract: A device for controlling the movement of a both motorically and manually movable vehicle part includes a drive unit controllable in its rotational speed for motorically moving the vehicle part, a coupling device for coupling the drive unit with the vehicle part, and a control unit which controls the drive unit and the coupling device such that during manually moving the vehicle part the coupling device couples the drive unit with the vehicle part if the vehicle part has reached a pre-defined position. The control unit controls the rotational speed of the drive unit depending on the moving speed of the vehicle part. In this way, a device and a method are provided which in an easy and low-wear manner allow for a control of the movement of a both motorically and manually movable vehicle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Christian Herrmann, Stephan Deister
  • Patent number: 8469440
    Abstract: A closure assembly includes a striker assembly and a latch mechanism. The striker assembly includes a first wedge block and a second wedge block disposed opposite each other across a path. The first wedge block rotates about a first axis and includes a first cam surface defining a continuously variable distance to the first axis for engaging the latch mechanism. The second wedge block rotates about a second axis and includes a second cam surface defining a continuously variable distance from to the second axis for engaging the latch mechanism. Abutting engagement between the latch mechanism and the first cam surface limits lateral movement of the latch mechanism relative to the path in a first direction, and abutting engagement between the latch mechanism and the second cam surface limits lateral movement of the latch mechanism relative to the path in a second direction, which is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Thorpe, Matthew J. Nelson, David P. Zink, Altaf S. Imam, Shawn G. Quinn, Michael E. McGuire
  • Patent number: 8459722
    Abstract: A long door, particularly for a four-passenger cope vehicle, is provided to allow passengers in the back seat to get in or out while the passengers in the front seat remain seated. An intermediate member stands between a door and a car body. A first connection member in which the door and the intermediate member are connected to enable rotational or horizontal motion, and a second connection member in which the intermediate member and the car body are detachably connected are provided. A control drives the second connection member located at the front or back end of the door when the front or back part of the door is opened, so that the connection between the intermediate member and the car body is released and the remaining second connection member, the intermediate member connected to that member, and the first connection member cooperate to support the weight of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Takashi Yano
  • Publication number: 20130140844
    Abstract: A window assembly is used in a vehicle. The window assembly comprises a transparent pane having an inner surface and an outer surface spaced from the inner surface. The window assembly also comprises a ceramic frit disposed on a portion of the transparent pane. A primer is disposed on at least one of the transparent pane and the ceramic frit for providing a bonding surface. An encapsulation is coupled to the primer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS R&D, INC.
    Inventor: Dan Bennett
  • Patent number: 8454077
    Abstract: A pair of opposing hinged doors includes a first door and a second door having a first window panel and a second window panel respectively. The first window panel moves along a first path that initially guides the first window panel away from the second window panel and then guides the first window panel vertically downward when moving from an extended position into a retracted position. Similarly, the second window panel moves along a second path that initially guides the second window panel away from the first window panel and then guides the second window panel vertically downward when moving from an extended position into a retracted position. The movement of the first window panel and the second window panel along the first path and the second path respectively allows for the first door and the second door to be independently openable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Charnesky, Kerry A. Charnesky
  • Publication number: 20130127202
    Abstract: Embodiment of a strengthened glass laminate comprise at least one layer of strengthened glass having a first surface and a second surface disposed opposite the first surface, and one or more coatings adhered to the first surface of the strengthened glass, wherein the one or more coatings impart an asymmetric impact resistance to the glass laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Shandon Dee Hart