With Distinct Wind Deflector Patents (Class 296/180.1)
  • Patent number: 11390334
    Abstract: An active air dam assembly includes, among other things, an air dam configured to pivot relative to a vehicle bumper back and forth between a home position and a deflected position and an actuator system configured to transition the air dam vertically between a raised position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Aaron Peter Klop
  • Patent number: 11390335
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for increasing the safety of motor vehicles traveling at high speeds in the rearward direction is provided. An air dam hingedly secured to the aft end of a vehicle may remain in a stowed position while the motor vehicle is traveling in a forward direction so as not to interfere with aerodynamic performance. When a motor vehicle begins to enter a spin, the air dam may deploy and increase the downward force on the vehicle and as well as act as an air brake, thereby reducing the likelihood of the aft end of the vehicle lifting from the surface during a spin-out at high speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR STOCK CAR AUTO RACING, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas, John Probst, Eric Jacuzzi, Christopher A. Popiela, Timothy S. Murphy, Donald E. Krueger, Luca Pignacca, Alex Timmermans
  • Patent number: 11383772
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a rear air guide device for a vehicle. The rear air guide includes a first air guide element and a control device that moves the first air guide element between a first terminal position and a second terminal position such that the first air guide element prolongs a car body element of the vehicle. The first air guide element is pivotably mounted to the car body element such that first air guide element pivots between the first terminal position and the second terminal position. The rear air guide further includes a second air guide element coupled to the first air guide element. When the first air guide element is set at the second terminal position, the second air guide element spans a gap between the first air guide element and the car body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Theresa Göbel
  • Patent number: 11352074
    Abstract: Systems and methods for diverting airflow around a vehicle during forward motion are disclosed, having at least one inlet orifice, at least one duct, the at least one duct in fluid communication with the at least one inlet orifice, at least one outlet orifice, and a tailcone assembly having a rearwardly facing, convexly projecting rounded surface, the tailcone assembly abutting the rear surface of the vehicle, the outlet located on the rearwardly facing, convexly projecting rounded surface, the tailcone assembly defining an internal cavity, the at least one internal cavity in fluid communication with the at least one outlet orifice and the at least one duct. Further improvements adapted to encourage laminar flow about a land vehicle when in motion are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: David Owen
  • Patent number: 11352075
    Abstract: An aerodynamic fairing assembly for attachment to a trailer of a tractor-trailer. The aerodynamic fairing assembly may comprise a front skirt fairing and a rear skirt comprising a transition. The transition may extend outwardly of the side skirt fairing at a distance from the centerline of the trailer. The side skirt faring and rear skirt fairing are coupled to the trailer by one or more struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: Strehl, LLC, Great Dane LLC
    Inventors: Richard Senatro, Daniel J. McCormack, Christian Lee
  • Patent number: 11332201
    Abstract: In a work vehicle of the present invention, a load carrying bed includes a floor panel, a pair of left and right side panels, and a rear gate which is openable and closable. The rear gate includes left and right lock operational portions for maintaining the rear gate under a closing posture through engagement with locking engagement portions formed in the left and right side panels, a single handle disposed at an intermediate position in the left/right direction of the rear gate and supported to be pivotable about a horizontally oriented operational axis X, and left and right operational wires for operating left and right locking members in a direction for pulling these locking members out of the locking engagement portions by an operation of the handle about the operational axis X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Ishii, Takashi Fujii
  • Patent number: 11299218
    Abstract: An aerodynamic apparatus (10) for a vehicle (2), the aerodynamic apparatus comprising: a bonnet (12) having a leading edge (18) and a trailing edge (34); a bonnet spoiler (14) having a leading edge (30) and a trailing edge (32), and being positionable vertically above the bonnet (12) and separated therefrom to form an airflow duct (22) therebetween; and a grille (16) comprising a trailing edge (20) and a front face separated by a curved upper portion (28), wherein the trailing edge (20) of the grille (16) is positionable adjacent to the leading edge (18) of the bonnet (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Adrian Gaylard, Ross Turner, Matthew Beaven, Simon Tovey, Christopher Thompson
  • Patent number: 11292323
    Abstract: In a sunroof unit, a movable panel includes a front sliding portion and a rear sliding portion that position an arm by sliding with the arm. When the movable panel moves in a second sliding range being a movement range of the movable panel when the rear sliding portion slides with the arm, a gap is generated between the front sliding portion and the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Aisin Corporation
    Inventor: Shuhei Nonami
  • Patent number: 11279210
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roof rack assembly and a hood light-blocking fabric assembly, the hood light-blocking fabric assembly capable of photovoltaic generation comprising: a lower photovoltaic generation plate fixedly installed to cover the hood of a vehicle and configured to prevent inflow of heat energy of sunlight into the vehicle, to absorb sunlight, and to produce electricity accordingly; and an upper photovoltaic generation plate installed on an upper portion of the lower photovoltaic generation plate and configured to change between a first position at which the upper photovoltaic generation plate overlaps the upper portion of the lower photovoltaic generation plate and a second position at which the upper photovoltaic generation plate covers a front glass of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SOLARSALT., CO.LTD
    Inventor: Sang Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 11273878
    Abstract: An active wheel air deflector arrangement for attachment to a motor vehicle, which comprises at least one actuator, wheel air deflectors for the front wheels of the motor vehicle, and swivelable holders for the wheel air deflectors, wherein the wheel air deflectors are reversibly mounted on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Knauer, Stefan Kleinfeld, Braendon Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11264693
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting antennas to a vehicle provide for reducing a height by which the antennas extend from a vehicle while maintaining the antennas as the furthest extending component in a vertical direction from the vehicle. The systems and methods also maintain antennas towards an interior of the vehicle, such as inward of a leading edge of the vehicle, in order to reduce risk of damage, displacement, or both of the antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Casey J. Hart, Amy C. Carlson, John S. Foltz, Nilesh T. Kumbhar
  • Patent number: 11230332
    Abstract: An active underbody panel system having a frame arrangement mounted under the vehicle and at least one deployable panel moveable between stowed and deployed positions to improve aerodynamics under the vehicle. A deployment/retraction mechanism is provided having a pair of linkage assemblies and driven by an actuator, which allows the deployable panel(s) to be moved automatically downward into the air flow as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mandl, Martin R. Matthews, Thomas E. Cobb
  • Patent number: 11230330
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising: a vehicle body comprising a first body panel; and a first variable aerodynamic device comprising: a first spoiler that is resiliently deformable between a lowered position and a raised position, the first spoiler being formed from part of the first body panel; and a first actuator configured to move the first spoiler between the lowered position and the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Dan Parry-Williams, Tom Cordingley-Clark, Alex Alexiev
  • Patent number: 11230232
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a screen which is arranged and secured in the region of an inner face of the vehicle roof in a passenger compartment. The screen extends continuously across at least half the width, preferably at least two thirds of the width, in particular substantially across the entire width, of the inner face of the vehicle roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Werner Haumayr, Richard Kastner-Puschl, Victor Kuehn, Ulla Staudacher
  • Patent number: 11208160
    Abstract: An adjustable airfoil system for a vehicle includes a first airfoil shaft, a first airfoil having a first end mounted on the first airfoil shaft, and a first airfoil support structured for mounting to a portion of a vehicle and for rotatably supporting a portion of the first airfoil shaft at a location spaced apart from a first end of the first airfoil shaft. The system also includes a second airfoil shaft, a second airfoil having a first end mounted on the second airfoil shaft, and a second airfoil support structured for mounting to a portion of a vehicle and for rotatably supporting a portion of the second airfoil shaft spaced apart from a first end of the second airfoil shaft. A shaft end support is rigidly coupled to the first airfoil support and the second airfoil support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Aisin Technical Center of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Welter, Eric Archambeau, Andres Garza
  • Patent number: 11180203
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a fascia having a first fascia portion that is selectively moveable relative to a second fascia portion, and an engine shield that has at least a first shield panel and a second shield panel. The first shield panel has a first portion that moves with the first fascia portion and a second portion that is connected to a vehicle static structure. The second shield panel is mounted for movement with the first fascia portion. At least one actuator selectively moves the first fascia portion relative to the second fascia portion in response to at least one predetermined vehicle input condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Peter Klop, Joseph James Gallo, Sudesh Woodiga, Jonathan David Gesek
  • Patent number: 11180202
    Abstract: Drag reducing systems for vehicles are provided. In one aspect, a drag reducing system generally includes an airfoil rotatably couplable to the vehicle and configured to provide a lift force to the vehicle as a result of differential airflow velocity over the upper surface with respect to the lower surface. The drag reducing system may further include a flow alignment vane to rotationally align the airfoil to the direction of airflow. In another aspect, a drag reducing system generally includes an air vane hingedly couplable to a surface of a vehicle and configured to rotate from a first stowed position to a second deployed position. The air vane includes a flared leading portion to provide a force to bias the air vane toward the first position and a flared lateral portion to provide a force to rotate the air vane to the second deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: PACCAR INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 11155311
    Abstract: System and apparatus for improving aerodynamics of a vehicle including: a plurality of stiffeners offset from each other; a first airfoil configured as a thin-form sheet; a second airfoil coupled to the first airfoil using the plurality of stiffeners, wherein a trailing edge of the first airfoil overlaps a leading edge of the second airfoil; an airflow inlet defined by a leading edge of the first airfoil and a pair of stiffeners of the plurality of stiffeners; and an airflow outlet defined by the trailing edge of the first airfoil, the leading edge of the second airfoil, and the pair of stiffeners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Strehl, LLC
    Inventor: Jesse Regan
  • Patent number: 11155333
    Abstract: An aircraft control structure includes first and second outer surfaced joined to a side wall. Stiffening webs extends between the first and second outer surfaces, each stiffening web at least partially surrounding an associated aperture formed in either the first or second outer surface and defining a stiffening recess. Skin plates are sized to extend over an associated stiffening recess and are shaped to conform to an associated aperture. Each skin plate is joined to an associated stiffening web by a friction stir welded seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bryan J. Gruner, Lisa G. Schleuter
  • Patent number: 11136074
    Abstract: A front deflector configured to be provided on a surface ahead of a front wheel of a vehicle. The front deflector includes a first opening forward of the vehicle, the first opening configured to receive air into an inner space of the front deflector when the vehicle travels forward; a guide wall that directs the air received into the inner space from the first opening to at least a vehicle-width-direction outer side in the inner space; and a second opening that opens rearward of the first opening in a position that overlaps with a front wheel of the vehicle, and exhausts the air in the inner space to the vehicle-width-direction outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Nakata, Masaaki Bessho, Kentaro Nomura, Yohei Izumi, Takashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11124249
    Abstract: A deflector structure of an automotive vehicle comprises a deflector. The deflector comprises a traveling-wind control part to control a flow of a traveling wind generated in forward traveling of an automotive vehicle. The traveling-wind control part comprises an outside control section and an inside control section. The outside control section and the inside control section are shaped such that an atmospheric pressure of an outside space portion which is positioned just in front of an outside part, in the vehicle width direction, of a front wheel is lower than that of a central space portion which is positioned just in front of a central part, in the vehicle width direction, of the front wheel at a level position from a lower end of the deflator to a vicinity below the lower end of the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nishida, Yoshiatsu Kuga, Akihiro Nakata
  • Patent number: 11125256
    Abstract: Provided are: an adhesive sheet-shaped member for airflow, in an optimum form that can improve fuel efficiency and travel performance as a result of more effectively suppressing a large airflow separation phenomenon that becomes air resistance; and a travel vehicle using the same. A sheet-shaped member that is: provided thinly so as to prevent, as far as possible, the thickness thereof providing air resistance; adhered to a surface in contact with an airflow provided by a material that charges negative static electricity; formed in a long sheet shape in a flow direction of airflow, compared to the width direction of the airflow, so as to be adhered along the direction of the airflow; and provided using a material that charges a negative static electricity and has a different ease of static electrical charge than the surface in contact with the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Shinichi Takizawa
  • Patent number: 11110974
    Abstract: A fairing assembly for at least one axle of a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The fairing assembly includes at least one forward fairing configured to be arranged at least partially in front of a drive wheel of the axle with respect to the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and at least one rear fairing configured to be arranged at least partially aft of the drive wheel. Each of the fairings includes at least one first portion made of a first material and at least one second portion adjoining the respective first portion where the second portion is made of a second material different from the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Carlos Cosme, Manjul Gupta, Morris Henry, Nathan Hill, Scott Sargeant, Paolo Zanetti
  • Patent number: 11104390
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a body; an air-guide, fastenable to the body; a drive to adjust the air-guide when the air-guide is fastened to the body; and connectors that connect the drive to the body. The connectors include first fastening elements and second fastening elements. The first fastening elements are insertable through cutouts in the body into the second fastening elements via a first position up to a second position. An orientation of the drive relative to the body is possible in the first position, and the second fastening elements exert a clamping force on the first fastening elements in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Felix Hermann
  • Patent number: 11097792
    Abstract: A mounting holder for a rear spoiler of a motor vehicle includes a fastening portion for fastening the mounting holder to a body component of the motor vehicle and a holding portion configured to be connected to a lower part of the rear spoiler. The holding portion is of elastic design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Weber, Riccardo Bauer, Tobias Posch
  • Patent number: 11084541
    Abstract: An inflatable structure includes a top end cap, a bottom end cap, a bladder, a plurality of tethers, and an adjustment mechanism. The bladder is attached to the top and bottom end caps and configured to hold pressurized air therebetween. The plurality of tethers are disposed within the bladder. Each tether in the plurality of tethers has a first end coupled to the top end cap and a second end coupled to the bottom end cap. When the bladder is inflated, the plurality of tethers restrict a number of degrees of freedom of the inflatable structure and a type of the degrees of freedom. The adjustment mechanism is operable to move the second end of at least one tether in the plurality of tethers to adjust at least one of the number of the degrees of freedom and the type of the degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC, THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Wonhee M. Kim, Paul W. Alexander, Jonathan E. Luntz, Diann Brei, Noah Luntzlara, Yun Ju Kim, Zining Zhang, Laura Alejandra Giner Munoz, Koray Benli
  • Patent number: 11077891
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that deflects or changes the direction of vehicle's vertical side wind, hence reducing the generated force, which prevents vehicle's flipping over caused by this side wind. This device consists of three parts: a deflector part comprising multiple deflector blades and deflector axis shaft. And a hook part comprising a hook piece, a hook blade piece, and a hook axis shaft. And a spring part. the deflector device has a primary position and a secondary position; in primary position the deflector part's plane is parallel to vehicle's side surface plane and hook piece is locking deflector part and spring part is squeezed; in secondary position high wind velocity rotates hook part away from deflector part, hence freeing the spring so it extends and pushes the deflector part away from vehicle's side surface, hence increases space between them, hence facilitates air flow and wind deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Rakan Elias Jamil Alhourani
  • Patent number: 11077893
    Abstract: A deflector structure for an automobile. The deflector structure includes a protruding structure having an outer surface positioned to be hit by traveling air when the automobile travels forward. The outer surface of the protruding portion includes a first inclined portion located on a vehicle-width-direction outer side and inclined upward toward the automobile front side; and a second inclined portion located on a vehicle-width-direction inner side and inclined upward toward the automobile front side. An angle of inclination of the second inclined portion on an acute angle side of the second inclined portion with respect to a horizontal direction is smaller than an angle of inclination of the first inclined portion on an acute angle side of the first inclined portion with respect to the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Nakata, Michiya Mizokane, Shuhei Nishida, Yoshiatsu Kuga, Ryo Yanagisawa, Masaaki Bessho
  • Patent number: 11072379
    Abstract: A tire deflector device configured such that a deflector is disposed on a bottom portion of a vehicle in front of a front wheel is provided. The deflector includes a guide surface extending substantially horizontally in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a vertical wall portion including a surface extending downwardly on a rear portion of the guide surface and extending in a vehicle width direction. An angle defined by a lower portion of a vertical wall portion including at least a lower end of the vertical wall portion and an imaginary orthogonal plane orthogonal to the guide surface lies within a range from 20 degrees to 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Ikawa, Masaru Chikita
  • Patent number: 11059417
    Abstract: A disclosed light activation system includes a movable lighting element movable to adjust a direction of light, an actuator for moving the movable lighting element, a driver detection device and a controller configured to command operation of the actuator for moving the movable lighting element based on a detected direction of sight of the driver. A disclosed method of operating a vehicle lighting system includes monitoring a direction that a driver of a motor vehicle is looking, determining a lighting element within a region corresponding with the direction the driver is looking, and actuating a lighting element within the region based in response to the determined direction that the driver is looking and in response to a secondary condition being fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Anthony Dwayne Cooprider, Dave Brian Glickman, Justin Teems, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 11059441
    Abstract: A protective panel for a vehicle substantially conforming to a portion of a vehicle. The protective panel having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, the lower surface having a reduced surface area in order to limit force applied to the protective panel and the vehicle. The panel further having an edge portion disposed along a perimeter, between the upper and lower surface, for deflecting obstacles, and one or more mounting points for removably attaching the protection panel to a portion of the exterior of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SCRAPE ARMOR, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Whitehead
  • Patent number: 11052954
    Abstract: A vehicular straightening device includes: a straightening member disposed in front of a front wheel of a vehicle so as to be movable upward and downward with respect to a vehicle body; a drive unit that moves the straightening member up and down with respect to the vehicle body between a storage position on a vehicle body side and a straightening position where the straightening member protrudes downward from the vehicle body; and a connecting mechanism that connects the straightening member and the drive unit and releases a connection between the straightening member and the drive unit when an external force acts on the straightening member at the straightening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tokuhiro Shiga, Yukihide Shibutani, Hideki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11034221
    Abstract: A retractable aerodynamic panel for an automotive truck cargo bed comprises a first support rail adapted to be mounted onto a top edge of a first side wall of an automotive truck bed and a second support rail adapted to be mounted onto a top edge of a second side wall of an automotive truck cargo bed, a panel adapted to be mounted onto a tailgate of the automotive truck cargo bed, the panel adapted to extend between a retracted position, wherein the automotive truck cargo bed is substantially open, and a deployed position, wherein the panel extends outward from the tailgate across a portion of the automotive truck cargo bed between the top edges of the first and second side walls, the panel supported between side walls within the support rails, and an actuator adapted to selectively extend the panel between the retracted and deployed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Chih-hung Yen, Taeyoung Han, Wonhee Kim, Kuo-huey Chen, Bahram Khalighi
  • Patent number: 11008052
    Abstract: An air guiding device for a motor vehicle includes a rear wing, a wing supporting device configured to secure the rear wing and to forward forces which act on the rear wing, and connecting components configured to connect the rear wing and the wing supporting device to one another. A first of the connecting components is configured as a trough-shaped receiving device on the rear wing and/or the wing supporting device. A second of the connecting components which interacts with the first connecting component is configured as a hammer component on the other of the rear wing and/or the wing supporting device. The hammer component has a hammer handle and a hammer head which is connected to the hammer handle, extends transversely with respect thereto, and is received in the trough-shaped receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Kieschke, Riccardo Bauer, Tobias Posch, Florian Karl, Simon Fischer, Andreas Wallmann
  • Patent number: 10994792
    Abstract: An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is adaptable for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus consists of a series of nesting shapes and/or frameworks that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Breidenbach
  • Patent number: 10988923
    Abstract: Provided in one embodiment is a method of modifying an air flow at least one location of a building structure, comprising: generating a first air flow at the at least one location of the building structure; and modifying a second air flow exterior to the building structure using the generated first air flow. An apparatus configured to modified an air flow is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Michael Amitay, Peter Stark, Ajith Rao, Edward DeMauro, David Menicovich
  • Patent number: 10981611
    Abstract: An active front deflector assembly for a vehicle capable of moving between an extended position and a retracted position or any position there between. The active front deflector assembly has a cross member for attaching to an underbody of a vehicle. The frame member also includes a plurality of slip joint connections for connecting to the underbody of the vehicle. The cross member is a fixed link of an actuator link assembly that has an actuator, drive link, floating link and a blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS, INC
    Inventors: Martin R. Matthews, Braendon R. Lindberg, Yao Wang
  • Patent number: 10974774
    Abstract: An air guide device for a vehicle has: a static carrier, which is installable via installation brackets on a body structure of the vehicle, which are connected at a first portion to the body structure and at a second portion to a carrier; an air guide displaceable relative to the static carrier between a retracted rest position and a deployed operating position; a kinematic link arrangement, which has multiple links via which the air guide is displaceable relative to the carrier, wherein the links of the kinematic link arrangement are mounted on first installation brackets; and an adjusting motor, which acts on the kinematic link arrangement for the purposes of displacing the air guide relative to the carrier. The adjusting motor is mounted on a second installation bracket. The carrier, which is made of plastic, is connected by a clip connection to the installation brackets, which comprise plastic or metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fred Woelfle, Sebastian Weber, Joachim Paul
  • Patent number: 10974647
    Abstract: A tailgate position indicating device for preventing loss of cargo and accidents includes a coupler that is configured to couple to a tailgate of a pickup truck proximate to an upper panel of the tailgate. An object is coupled to and extends from the coupler so that the object extends from the tailgate past the upper panel of the tailgate. The object is configured to be viewed in a rearview mirror of the pickup truck when the tailgate is closed to indicate to a driver of the pickup truck the position of the tailgate to prevent loss of cargo while driving and damage to the tailgate while operating the pickup truck in reverse gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chambers
  • Patent number: 10960940
    Abstract: A system having an inwardly disposed trailer skirt combined with an inner wheel skirt panel, with each being located laterally inset toward the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle. The system inhibits lateral displacement of air under the vehicle to increase the effective air pressure developed immediately behind the vehicle, thereby reducing overall vehicle drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Garth L. Magee
  • Patent number: 10953933
    Abstract: A wheel spoiler apparatus encompassing a flow impingement body, a displacement drive system, and a displacement guidance system, the flow impingement body being displaceable between a retracted inactive position and an extended active position, the displacement guidance system comprising a vehicle connection region in which it is connectable to a vehicle body, and comprising a flow impingement body connection region in which it is connected to the flow impingement body, the displacement guidance system encompasses two four-joint linkages coupled to one another via a common pivot joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Röchling Automotive SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Schmitt, Karsten Grebel, Juliane Nies, Peter Dill, Virgil-Catalin Petrisor, Patrick Urbach, Nagaraj Koppad
  • Patent number: 10953935
    Abstract: A motor vehicle rear-end for a motor vehicle includes a spoiler configured to influence aerodynamics of the motor vehicle, an actuator configured to move the spoiler between a retracted position of rest and an extended position of use, and a rear-mounted camera configured to monitor an observation area to a rear of the motor vehicle. The observation area comprises the spoiler when in the retracted position of rest and the spoiler when in the extended position of use. The motor vehicle rear end further includes an image evaluation unit connected to the rear-mounted camera and configured to detect the spoiler in the position of rest and/or in the position of use. The image evaluation unit is coupled to the activation actuator system in such a way that when the spoiler is detected in the position of rest and/or in the position of use, the actuator can be stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Huebener
  • Patent number: 10946902
    Abstract: A wind-diverting panel centrally located under the body of a vehicle inhibits air from otherwise being displaced laterally inward by the passing wheels of the moving vehicle. Maintaining air to remain generally static while passing under the vehicle through the central open-space between the wheels increases the effective air pressure developed immediately behind the vehicle to reduce overall drag between the front and rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Garth L. Magee
  • Patent number: 10926814
    Abstract: A motor vehicle active wing apparatus comprising a wing assembly, wherein the wing assembly comprises pitch adjustment means for adjusting a pitch angle of the wing assembly, the pitch adjustment means comprising a pitch adjustment actuator for adjusting the pitch angle, the apparatus being configured to allow adjustment of the pitch angle by means of the pitch actuator in real time whilst the vehicle is travelling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Jag Virdie, Ian Bossons
  • Patent number: 10919583
    Abstract: There is provided an active drag-reduction system having first 22 and second 24 fluid outlets located on a vehicle 10 adjacent to a low pressure (drag) region 12, wherein fluid ejected from the second fluid outlet 24 is at a higher pressure/ejection velocity than from the first fluid outlet 22. Turbulent and/or low pressure regions adjacent to vehicles are not uniform, but rather have a varying intensity. For instance, the centre of a region may have a lower pressure and/or more turbulent nature than the periphery of the region. The system may inject relatively higher pressure air (or relatively higher speed air) into the relatively lower pressure/more turbulent part of the low pressure/turbulent region, and relatively lower pressure air (or relatively lower speed air) into the relatively higher pressure/less turbulent part of the low pressure/turbulent region, compared to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ogab Ltd.
    Inventors: Osama Elogab, Hatem Elogab
  • Patent number: 10889170
    Abstract: A deflector device includes a deflector that is arranged at a front edge portion of a roof opening portion, an arm that supports the deflector, a holder that rotatably supports the arm, and a spring member that is interposed between the holder and the arm and thereby rotationally biases the arm in a direction in which the deflector is spread. To the holder, an engaging piece that has a claw portion engaging with an edge portion of a mounting hole formed at a fixing position (a support surface of a base member) at which the holder is fixed is disposed. To the engaging piece, a pressed portion against which the spring member pressing the holder is pressed and that thereby reinforces an engagement state of the claw portion with the edge portion of the mounting hole is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akinori Osamura, Ryuta Fukada, Aisei Kawazu
  • Patent number: 10875587
    Abstract: An air fairing device is connected below the bottom a frameless trailer to improve aerodynamic efficiency and improve fuel economy. One embodiment of the air fairing device provides an air deflector positioned forward of a trolley which supports the frameless trailer at a rear end. A second embodiment of the air fairing device provides two deflectors mounted below the frameless trailer. The first deflector is attached and extends downward from an articulating arm, said arm connecting the trailer to a semi-tractor or truck. The second deflector connected to below the bottom of the frameless trailer and positioned rear of the first deflector and forward of the trolley. A third embodiment is similar to the second but further includes a third deflector positioned between two axles of the trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Kibler, Eric R. Sabo
  • Patent number: 10864948
    Abstract: A drag reducing device for a vehicle includes an air flow turning component having a curved surface adapted to turn air flow passing over the curved surface, a first mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to a rear door of the vehicle, and a second mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to one of the opposite side walls of the vehicle. The mounting components are configured so that the air flow component is automatically in a deployed position when the rear door is closed, in which position the air flow turning component turns air flow passing along the side the vehicle inward to thereby reduce drag. The mounting components are further configured so that the air flow component is automatically stowed between the rear door and the vehicle side wall when the door is fully opened. The air turning component is an extrusion sized for a minimal prominence in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, John Vogel, James R. Tuerk
  • Patent number: 10850779
    Abstract: An inwardly disposed trailer skirt panel assembly disposed laterally inset toward the longitudinal centerline of the vehicle. The trailer skirt panel assembly is suspended underneath a rearward body component of a truck or semitrailer, extending forwards in front of a rearward wheel assembly. The trailer skirt panel assembly stabilizes the generally static air passing under the central portion of the moving vehicle, further increasing the effective air pressure being developed immediately behind the vehicle to reduce drag thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Garth L. Magee
  • Patent number: 10843748
    Abstract: A spoiler assembly for a vehicle includes a first air-guiding element adjustable between a basic position and an activated driving position by a first adjustment device (6) and a second air-guiding element adjustable between a basic position and an activated driving position by a second adjustment device (7). In a first partial adjustment during the adjustment from the basic positon into the driving position, the first air-guiding element is adjustable and the second air-guiding element is not adjustable. In a second partial adjustment following the first partial adjustment, the second air-guiding element, preferably the two air-guiding elements, is or are adjustable. second adjustment device (7) is activated via a first position-switching device (15) switchable between an open position for actuating the second adjustment device (7) and a blocking position depending on an adjustment position of the first air-guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Umut Gencaslan, Olaf Mentzendorff, Gandert Marcel Rita Van Raemdonck