Sliding Closures On Opposite Sides Of Body Patents (Class 296/155)
  • Patent number: 10899392
    Abstract: A side sill structure can be used with a vehicle mounted with opposite sliding doors. The vehicle includes a lower rail that is mounted at a lower side of a vehicle body in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body. The side sill structure includes a side sill that includes a side sill inner panel and a side sill outer panel coupled to define an opened cross section. The side sill inner panel is mounted on the vehicle body and extends in the front-rear direction. The side sill outer panel is coupled to the side sill inner panel to define a hollow portion between the side sill outer panel and the side sill inner panel. The side sill structure also includes a lower rail accommodating unit that is coupled to the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Huen-Sick Min, Sang-Gil Choi
  • Patent number: 10760310
    Abstract: A kit for use in realigning a door connected to a jamb includes a plurality of replacement hinges having different sized gaps formed between the leaves thereof when pivoted to extend in parallel, juxtaposed alignment, including gaps that are narrower and wider than a standard gap of the conventional hinges currently used to hang the door, prior to installation. A zero gap replacement hinge may have no gap between the leaves when in the closed position. The kit may include multiple reduced gap replacement hinges with varying sized gaps and multiple enlarged gap replacement hinges with varying sized gaps. To rehang a sagging door, the top conventional hinge may be replaced with a reduced gap replacement hinge and the bottom conventional hinge may be replaced with an enlarged gap replacement hinge. The reduced gaps and the enlarged gaps of the replacement hinges may be formed using a swaging technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Tyler L. Kessler
  • Patent number: 10752096
    Abstract: A sliding door (12) for a vehicle (1) comprises an outer panel (21) defining an outer side surface of the vehicle, and an inner panel (22) joined to the outer panel along an outer periphery thereof, and having a central part spaced from the outer panel (21) on an inboard side of the outer panel. The inner panel includes a first inner wall portion (41, 51) extending forward from a rear edge of the inner panel and having a major plane facing laterally, and a second inner wall portion (42, 52) extending in an inboard direction from a front end of the first inner wall portion and having a major plane facing in a fore and aft direction, and a light emitter (81) or a reflector (91) is affixed to a rear surface of the second inner wall portion so as to irradiate light rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sho Sannohe
  • Patent number: 10737734
    Abstract: A wind deflector arrangement includes a wind deflector configured to reduce air resistance, the wind deflector being arranged on a cab roof of a vehicle, the wind deflector being pivotable around a substantially transversal axis of the vehicle, wherein the wind deflector arrangement further includes at least one air pressure sensor for measuring an air pressure during traveling of the vehicle, wherein the at least one air pressure sensor is arranged within a space formed by the wind deflector and the cab roof of the vehicle. A method for controlling a wind deflector arrangement and a vehicle including such a wind deflector arrangement are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anders Tenstam
  • Patent number: 10742087
    Abstract: A resin waterproof cover for covering an outside of a motor apparatus is comprising a cylindrical cap, a cap cover, a lead wire guide portion for inverting and leading out a power supply lead wire from inside of a motor case to the outside of the waterproof cover into a U shape, and cap engagement portions. The resin waterproof cover further comprises a first seal portion made of a photo-curable adhesive formed between the outer periphery near the bottom of the motor case, the other end of the cylindrical cap, and an end bracket of a reduction gear structure, a second seal portion made of a photo-curing adhesive formed on the lead wire guide portion, and a third seal portion made of a light curable adhesive formed between the periphery of one end of the cylindrical cap and the cap cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: IGARASHI ELECTRIC WORKS LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Seshita, Ryo Nazawa, Yusuke Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 10717399
    Abstract: A wire harness includes: a flexible conductor; a flexible restricting member extending along the conductor and restricting a path of the conductor; a flexible armoring member through which the conductor and the restricting member are inserted; a first holding member including a first recessed part and fixed to the vehicle body, the first recessed part having a first end of the restricting member inserted therein; and a second holding member including a second recessed part and fixed to the movable body, the second recessed part having a second end of the restricting member inserted therein. Respective ends of the armoring member are fixed to the first holding member and the second holding member. The respective ends of the restricting member are held by the first recessed part and the second recessed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Kogure, Katsumi Sato, Kosuke Tomosada
  • Patent number: 10689888
    Abstract: An opening and closing body control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a lock device that has a latch mechanism; and a control device that controls an operation of the lock device. The lock device has a rotation member rotating in first and second directions, and the latch mechanism performs close and release operations according to a rotating direction of the rotation member. The control device executes a close control for rotating the rotation member from a neutral position to a first position in the first direction to cause the latch mechanism to perform the close operation. The control device includes a neutral return control portion. The neutral return control portion includes a counter, a neutral return determination portion, and a count holding portion. In a case where the neutral return control is restarted, the count-up of the counter is restarted from the count value at the time of interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kaino
  • Patent number: 10654345
    Abstract: Provided is an opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle capable of protecting a cable configured to open and close an opening/closing body even when a large external force is applied to the opening/closing body. A cross-sectional shape of a cable holding groove in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of a cable guide is an arc shape configured to be in surface contact with a closing-side cable and an opening-side cable. Accordingly, a pressing force applied to the closing-side cable and the opening-side cable can be dispersed in a wide range of the closing-side cable and the opening-side cable rather than only in one part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBA Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Urano, Yoshitaka Sekine, Takashi Ono
  • Patent number: 10562382
    Abstract: A vehicle sliding door, including: an outer panel; an inner panel; a module panel to which devices are fixed; a first reinforcement member for reinforcing a sliding-direction end portion of the inner panel; and a fixation part to which the inner panel, the module panel and the first reinforcement member are fixed is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahito Kobatake, Masato Asakura, Tomoaki Ando, Kenji Kudo, Katsuhiro Yoshiyama
  • Patent number: 10518616
    Abstract: A vehicular door assembly that can be opened by both sliding and pivoting movements includes an outer frame portion and an inner door portion. One of the outer frame portion and the inner door portion is slidably mounted on the vehicle, and the other of the outer frame portion and the inner door portion is pivotally mounted on the vehicle. In a first embodiment, the outer frame portion is slidably mounted on the vehicle, and wherein the inner door portion is pivotally mounted on the outer frame portion. In a second embodiment, the outer frame portion is pivotally mounted on the vehicle, and wherein the inner door portion is slidably mounted on the outer frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Riad M. Houmani
  • Patent number: 10486595
    Abstract: A vehicle rear viewing device includes an imaging device at a side portion of a vehicle configured to capture images toward a vehicle rear side. The device may also include a display device that has a display screen that displays images captured by the imaging device and a housing disposed at a vehicle front side of a side door glass of a sliding-type door and at a vehicle lower side of a front pillar. The housing may include an outer side portion that has a door handle mounted thereto and that structures a case of the imaging device and that includes an outer side through portion that exposes a lens portion of the imaging device. The housing may also include an inner side portion that structures a case of the display device and includes an inner side through portion that exposes the display screen toward a vehicle inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 10479418
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering a requested payload using an autonomous delivery vehicle are described herein. In some embodiments, a cargo system for use with an autonomous delivery vehicle can include a frame defining a cargo space having an opening. A plurality of partitions can be positioned within the cargo space and configured to divide the cargo space into compartments. In some embodiments, the partitions are movable so that the cargo space can be divided into efficiently-sized compartments based on, for example, size characteristics of the payload. The cargo system can further include an access system configured to selectively define an aperture over the opening of the cargo space. The access system can vary the size and position of the aperture to provide access to only a selected one of the compartments regardless of the size and/or position of the selected compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UDELV INC.
    Inventors: Akshat Patel, Daniel Laury
  • Patent number: 10472866
    Abstract: An opening and closing body control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a lock device that has a latch mechanism; and a control device that controls an operation of the lock device. The lock device has a rotation member rotating in first and second directions, and the latch mechanism performs close and release operations according to a rotating direction of the rotation member. The control device executes a close control for rotating the rotation member from a neutral position to a first position in the first direction in order to cause the latch mechanism to perform the close operation. The control device includes a neutral control portion, a vehicle state detection portion, and a restart control portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kaino
  • Patent number: 10449840
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure includes a vehicle body side portion in which a door opening portion allowing an occupant to enter or leave a vehicle is formed, the vehicle body side portion being configured to include a center pillar dividing the door opening portion into front and rear portions, a slide door disposed such that the door opening portion is openable and closable, the slide door in a closed state being disposed across the center pillar in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, and an elongated reinforcing member disposed inside the slide door with a longitudinal direction of the reinforcing member directed in the front-rear direction of the vehicle and intersecting with the center pillar in side view of the vehicle in the state where the slide door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 10443288
    Abstract: A roller unit includes a base bracket (2) that supports a slide door, a cable holder (11) formed integrally with the base bracket (2) and that holds cable ends (112a and 113a) of cables (112 and 113), and a cable guide (40) detachably installed at the cable holder (11) and that guides the cables (112 and 113), wherein the cable guide (40) is formed to separate the cables (112 and 113) from the base bracket (2), and a load applied to the cable guide (40) by tensile forces of the cables (112 and 113) is received by the cable holder (11) and the base bracket (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10442390
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a front fascia having a lower bumper region extending outwardly in a vehicle longitudinal direction at a bottom of a front end assembly. An undercover assembly is located rearward of the front fascia and has an undercover body including a front edge located at the lower bumper region. The undercover assembly includes an undercover reinforcement member that is connected to a surface of the undercover body and extends along a length of the undercover body to increase a stiffness within at least a region of the undercover body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Hinduja Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingher Fred Shen, Nicholas H. Augustyn, Revathy Dasan Muthiah
  • Patent number: 10422170
    Abstract: Dual pivoting laterally translating hinges that attach between a stationary first substrate such as a vehicle body, and a rotating second substrate such as a vehicle door, and extend laterally when the second substrate is rotated. In some examples, the hinges include a knuckle and leadscrew mechanism that changes the hinge geometry when the second substrate is rotated, causing the leadscrew to rotate by either a set of gears or a rack and pinion. In some further examples, the hinges include a jackscrew that changes length as the second substrate is rotated, causing the hinge to extent laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Trentin, Dave Spink
  • Patent number: 10378265
    Abstract: A door opening and closing device includes a motor that outputs driving force causing a back door of a vehicle to be opened or closed, and a controller that controls the motor. The controller executes automatic opening and closing control for automatically opening or closing the back door by the motor, and if the controller detects a stop command causing the back door to be stopped when the automatic opening and closing control is being executed, the controller decreases a target velocity of the back door at a predetermined deceleration ?1 until the back door stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10358846
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening and closing apparatus includes: a closing latch mechanism having a first latch and a first ratchet; an opening latch mechanism having a second latch and a second ratchet; a release electric mechanism configured to operate the first ratchet to a released position; an opening latch interlocking mechanism configured to operate in a cancel direction from an initial position in association with movement of the second latch from the unlatched position to the latched position; a relay mechanism configured to enable returning of the first ratchet stopped at the released position by switching over from a connected state to a disconnected state; and a cable that is routed through inside of a door trim and that transmits the operation of the opening latch interlocking mechanism in the cancel direction to the relay mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Hanaki, Kohei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10323444
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for window short drop for a vehicle with an electronic latch. An example door of a vehicle includes a door control unit communicatively coupled to an electronic latch. The electronic latch, in response to detecting a user touching an exterior handle, requests authorization from the vehicle. In response to receiving authorization, the electronic latch sends a request to the door control unit to lower a window of the door. Additionally, in response to receiving a confirmation from the door control unit, the electronic latch unlatches the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Patrick Brombach, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, John Thomas Ricks
  • Patent number: 10309139
    Abstract: Provided is a guide roller for a vehicular slide door. The guide roller has an annular metal inner ring; a retainer holding a bearing; an annular metal outer ring and a sliding layer including a synthetic resin. When the sliding layer is sectionalized into a sliding surface side area, an intermediate area and an interface side area, from the sliding surface to an interface with the outer ring, the synthetic resins in the sliding surface side area, the intermediate area and the interface side area have, respectively, a degree of crystallizations X1, X2 and X3 and nanoindenter hardnesses Y1, Y2 and Y3 wherein X2?X1 is less than 5%, and X2?X3 is less than 5% and wherein Y2 is not less than 115% of Y1, and Y2 is not less than 115% of Y3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DAIDO METAL COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10273723
    Abstract: An opposed opening and closing type door structure of a vehicle is provided. The opposed opening and closing type door structure includes a front door and a rear door that are rotatably disposed in the vehicle to be oppositely opened and closed. A center pillar is rotatably disposed in the rear door and an active striker is disposed in the front door. A latch locked with or released from the active striker and is disposed in the center pillar. Accordingly, the weight of the vehicle and the number of parts of the vehicle is reduced and the front door and the rear door are independently opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Duck Young Kim, Jung Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 10259299
    Abstract: A sliding door structure in which a position where a door side end-section of a vehicle body rail support member is coupled to a door main body being further to a door closing direction side than a center-of-gravity position of a door, and a position of a door side end-section of a door rail support member in a fully open state being further to a door closing direction side than the center-of-gravity position of the door and further to a door opening direction side than a position where the door side end-section of the vehicle body rail support member is coupled to the door main body, and that further includes: an inclination suppressing wall provided at a vehicle body and configured so as to be abutted, from a vehicle lower side, by a reaction force generating section at least in the fully open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironari Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10220890
    Abstract: A deflector arrangement for a tractor is provided, the tractor being connectable to a trailer that forms an aerodynamic drag source. The deflector arrangement includes a deflector, a mount for connecting the deflector to the tractor, an arrangement for selectively deploying and retracting the deflector relative to the tractor, a sensor arranged to sense that the trailer that forms the aerodynamic drag force is attached to the tractor and send a loaded signal in response thereto, and a controller arranged to receive the loaded signal from the sensor and to control the selectively deploying and retracting arrangement to deploy the deflector in response to the loaded signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventor: Pascal Amar
  • Patent number: 10144386
    Abstract: A belly pan is provided for a motor vehicle. The belly pan includes a body having at least one stiffener with a forwardmost zone of peak section force F1, an intermediate zone of peak section force F2 and a rearwardmost zone of peak section force F3 where F1<F2<F3. Advantageously, the belly pan functions to provide pedestrian protection while simultaneously limiting vehicle damage resulting from a low-speed collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Aileen M. DeVoe, Se Kyoon Shin, Laike Misikir, Luis Rafael Reyes Flores, Djamal Eddine Midoun
  • Patent number: 10132112
    Abstract: A door operation apparatus for a vehicle is provided to open or shut a door at a speed corresponding to a user's force or information selected by the user. In particular, the door operating apparatus installed in a body to open and shut an internal room of the body includes: a power member connected to the door for applying a moving force to the door; a detector for detecting a force applied by the user to the door; a controller for determining an open and shut speed corresponding to the detected force and controlling the power member to be driven to open and shut the door at the determined open and shut speed; and a driver for driving the power member based on a command from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Seung Won Yu, Ki Eun Kim
  • Patent number: 10006235
    Abstract: A vehicle sliding door assembly includes a rail that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a hard stop spaced apart from the rail in a vehicle vertical direction, a slide assembly including a follower member that is slidably engaged with the rail, and a closing member pivotally coupled to the follower member, where the closing member is repositionable between an open position, in which the closing member is spaced apart from the hard stop in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and a closed position, in which the closing member contacts the hard stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Young
  • Patent number: 9932763
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening device opens and closes a door with a motor. In the vehicle door opening device, an opening reversible member on which an opening cable is wound is disposed on a top surface of a center guide rail, and a closing reversible member on which a closing cable is wound is disposed under a lower surface of the center guide rail. A moving member moves along the center guide rail and comprises a closing coupling portion to which the closing cable is coupled and an opening coupling portion to which the opening cable coupled. The closing cable moves along the lower surface of the center guide rail, and the opening cable moves along the top surface of the center guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Naoya Seto, Hirotsugu Kinoshita, Shuntaro Kimura, Hiroshi Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 9896873
    Abstract: A tension applying apparatus includes a tension applying member applying a tensile force to a drive cable by being pressed against the drive cable, a biasing member generating a biasing force for pressing the tension applying member against the drive cable, a holding member including a guide portion which restricts a moving direction of the tension applying member and a housing member housing the tension applying member and the holding member. The holding member is configured to change the moving direction of the tension applying member which is guided by the guide portion in a state where the holding member including a rotation shaft is housed within the housing member. The housing member includes a holding structure holding the holding member at a position to which the holding member rotates in a direction where a pressing angle of the tension applying member relative to the drive cable becomes shallow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Uchitsunemi, Kazuhiro Nakashizu, Yoshichika Ito, Tetsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9889818
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an information processing method and an information processing system. The information processing method is used for controlling a vehicle door, which includes: detecting an action of a vehicle door controlled by an user and feedbacking the action to a processing module through a detecting module; transmitting a control command to a control module according to the detected action through the processing module; and performing the control command to select at least one vehicle door from all vehicle doors and operate the selected vehicle door through the control module. In the technique scheme of the present disclosure, the processing module transmits the control command to the control module according to the detected action; the control module performs the control command to select at least one vehicle door from all vehicle doors and operate the selected vehicle door, thereby increasing the convenience of operating the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEAUTO INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Wenrui Li, Yong Xu, Yu Zou, Kunsheng Chen, Wei Lin, Peng Liu, Dan Li
  • Patent number: 9885402
    Abstract: A ring gear (82) of a planetary gear speed reducer (80) is fixed to a casing (31) provided with a core metal (31) fixed to a vehicle panel via a rubber damper (92). Therefore, the driving unit can be reduced in size through adoption of a speed reducer (80) formed of gears (82) made of spur gears, and the rubber dumper (92) can suppress low frequency vibrations which are transmitted from the speed reducer (80) to the vehicle panel. Therefore, the vehicle body of the vehicle having a low characteristic frequency is prevented from resonating with the incoming low frequency vibrations to generate noises which are transmitted to the vehicle interior, and which give an occupant an unpleasant feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Urano, Yasushi Yoshida, Yoshitaka Sekine
  • Patent number: 9834066
    Abstract: A sliding window for a vehicle includes: a sliding panel with an electrical equipment, which is attached to a vehicle body in a slidable manner; a guide rail which is integrated with the vehicle body and extending in the slide direction of the sliding panel; and a sliding bracket which integrally includes a sliding portion coupled to the guide rail in a slidable manner and a fixed portion fixed to the sliding panel. Then, an electrical power supply cord is disposed along the guide rail to be extended and contracted in one direction, and the electrical power supply cord supplies electric power to the electrical equipment of the sliding panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR LIGHT TRUCK CO., LTD., HI-LEX CORPORATION, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Sudou, Masanao Asaoka, Ryota Nishikawa, Makoto Iwata
  • Patent number: 9761070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for hand-free opening and/or closing of a vehicle door. The method includes the steps of detecting when an authorized person is in the vicinity of a vehicle door, opening that vehicle door after the authorized person has been in the vicinity of the vehicle door for a least a first time interval, the opening being performed automatically and without action by the authorized person, and providing a perceptible warning of impending opening of the vehicle door, the warning being provided after the authorized person has been detected in the vicinity of the vehicle door and before the vehicle door is opened. An analogous door closing process is performed when the authorized person leaves the vicinity of the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: David L. Juzswik
  • Patent number: 9718497
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body framework including a side roof rail structure that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction that includes a slide rail portion including an upper slide rail channel panel and a lower slide rail channel panel connected to the upper slide rail channel panel forming a slide rail channel for receiving a slide door assembly. The side roof rail structure includes a side roof reinforcement portion including a rail reinforcement panel that is connected to the upper slide rail channel panel providing a space there between. A cross support member extends in a vehicle lateral direction toward the side roof rail. A vehicle side reinforcement member is located in the space and is connected at an inboard end to the cross support member and at an outboard end to the rail reinforcement panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Nakayama, Corinne Uskali
  • Patent number: 9701183
    Abstract: A sliding door locking device of a vehicle may include a rail mounted to a vehicle body along a length direction thereof, a slider inserted in and slidably coupled to the rail, a connection structure of which one end is relatively rotatably coupled to the slider and another end is coupled to a door of the vehicle to slidably support the door of the vehicle, a latch rotatably mounted to the slider to lock the connection structure to the rail or release the connection structure from the rail, and a locking groove formed in the rail and to which the latch is detachable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jaehong Choi
  • Patent number: 9593520
    Abstract: A sliding door module structure for a vehicle may include a module bracket on which a door associated component is mounted, and a door rail formed integrally with the module bracket and coupled with a slider configured to be connected to a vehicle body to be movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hong Choi
  • Patent number: 9573448
    Abstract: A yard tractor incorporating a fluid cylinder pressurized by fluid from a control valve actuated by a switch accessible from the driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SSA Terminals (Long Beach) LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Clark, Robert P. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9566850
    Abstract: An exterior member-equipped sealing structure includes: a vertical seal extending downward from a portion above a door opening toward a front of a vehicle body; a front corner pane located forward of the door opening in the vehicle body; and a decorative member for sealing a gap between a lower end of the front corner pane and a front side door. The decorative member includes: a decorative portion for sealing a gap between the lower end of the front corner pane and the front side door; and a receiver extending from the decorative portion to a space under the lower end of the vertical seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yohei Inai
  • Patent number: 9493056
    Abstract: A front door device for a vehicle may include a front door, an upper rail mounted to the front door in a width direction, an upper slider inserted in the upper rail to support the upper rail, a lower rail mounted to a vehicle body, a lower slider inserted in the lower rail and movable along the lower rail, an upper support structure having one end connected to the upper slider and the other end mounted to the vehicle body for supporting the upper slider, and a connection structure for connecting the lower slider to the upper rail. The front door device permits the front door to be opened by sliding it forward in the length direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hong Choi
  • Patent number: 9475369
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening and closing apparatus includes: a first detector installed in a vehicle, and detecting a foot portion of a detection target in the vicinity of a door of the vehicle a second detector detecting the detection target standing in a predetermined range from the door; and a control device determining whether the detection target has an intention of opening or closing the door based on whether a detection signal indicative of detecting the foot portion is input from the first detector, determining whether the door can be opened or closed based on the detection signal from the second detector, and determining whether a control unit outputs a drive signal for an opening or closing drive of the door to a door drive apparatus based on determination results from the first and second detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takehiko Sugiura, Hiroshi Kiriyama
  • Patent number: 9308833
    Abstract: A harness wiring apparatus wires a harness between a floor of a car and a seat, which is supported by a supporting member mounted at a long-tube-shaped support rail fixed at the floor. The harness wiring apparatus 1A includes a slider 10 holding the harness 4, which is led through an opening arranged at one end 7a in a direction of lengthwise of the support rail 7 into the support rail 7, and sliding interlockingly with the seat and the supporting member 11, and leading the harness 4 out of the support rail 7 through a slit 75 arranged at the support rail to the seat; and a receiving section 8 arranged in parallel to the support rail 7, and receiving an extra-length of the harness 4, which is led to an outside of the support rail 7 and folded to U-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tsukasa Sekino, Tomoyasu Terada, Shinji Katou
  • Patent number: 9259996
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Erik R. Anderson, Steven R. Thiele
  • Patent number: 9248723
    Abstract: A slide door apparatus includes a body-side guide rail provided at a vehicle body, a door-side guide rail provided at a slide door, connection members each of which includes a guide roller rolling on a path formed by each of the guide rails, each of the connection members being connected to each of the guide rails, the slide door being configured to open and close a door opening portion formed at the vehicle body based on a movement of the slide door, facing portions formed at the slide door and the vehicle body respectively, the facing portions facing each other in a state where the slide door is in a fully open position, and a widthwise displacement restraint mechanism restricting a relative movement between the facing portions of the slide door and the vehicle body in a width direction of the vehicle by connecting the facing portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryoichi Fukumoto, Tomohide Kato
  • Patent number: 9238399
    Abstract: A slide structure that slides a door of a vehicle, including a roller hinge attached to the door; a guide roller that rolls within a rail of the door; a cable end that transmits a sliding force to the roller hinge to slide the door; and a guide roller pin that attaches the guide roller and the cable end to the roller hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignees: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OR AMERICA, INC., AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Emiko Okuma, Tomohide Kato
  • Patent number: 9162711
    Abstract: A vehicle body side section structure provided with a bracket that is disposed on a connection section between a roof side rail and a center pillar. The bracket includes a rail side member that is joined to the roof side rail and forms a rail closed section in the gap with the roof side rail, a pillar side member that is joined to the center pillar and forms a pillar closed section in the gap with the center pillar, and a linking member that links the rail side member and the pillar side member on the forward side of a forward end wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitomi Yasukata, Norihiko Nakamine
  • Patent number: 9163443
    Abstract: A linear center rail structure for a sliding door includes a linear center rail, a roller part, a base, and an arm. The linear center rail is disposed on a side outer panel of a vehicle. The roller part is guided by the center rail, slid along the center rail, and has hinge holes formed at an end portion thereof. The base is fixed to a sliding door panel and has slots formed in a pop-up direction of the sliding door panel. The arm has one end at which a first hinge shaft rotatably coupled to the hinge holes of the roller part is disposed and the other end at which a second hinge shaft fitted into the slots of the base to thereby be slidably and rotatably coupled to the base is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyung In Yun, Young Jin Kwon
  • Patent number: 9151098
    Abstract: A front cable and a rear cable are wound about a drum, are made to change direction by being caught onto a front pulley and a rear pulley, respectively, disposed on a center rail, and are respectively connected to a guide roller unit at respective terminals. The closing cable section of the front cable is routed to the outside of the center rail, the corresponding terminal being connected to the guide roller unit farther rearward than a load roller, and the opening cable section of the rear cable is routed to inside the center rail, the corresponding terminal being connected to the guide roller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Yamada, Tetsuya Ikeda, Masayuki Uchitsunemi, Taisuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9045024
    Abstract: A lower rail structure of a sliding door for a vehicle fixed to a side sill inner upper panel and slidably supporting a lower roller mounted on a door includes a central support part by which the lower roller is slidably supported; an upper support part extended from one side of the central support part and coupled to one side of the side sill inner upper panel; and a lower support part extended from the other side of the central support part and coupled to the other side of the side sill inner upper panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: O Sung Kwon, Sung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 9033397
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiichi Sumiya, Ryoichi Fukumoto, Kenta Mori
  • Publication number: 20150123424
    Abstract: A side door extension support assembly for a vehicle includes a side door moveably mounted on a vehicle body of the vehicle for longitudinal movement between a closed position and an open position and an extension member mounted to the side door and moveable between a retracted position and an extended position for supporting the side door. Movement of the extension member corresponds to longitudinal 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: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Erik R. Anderson, Steven R. Thiele