With Distinct Wind Deflector Patents (Class 296/180.1)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10829168
    Abstract: The aerodynamic skirt assembly for attachment to a trailer may comprise a side skirt fairing, a transition, and a vented skirt fairing. The transition may be located aft of the side skirt fairing and forward of the vented skirt fairing. The vented skirt fairing may be located aft of the transition. The vented skirt fairing may comprise at least one longitudinal vent configured to allow air to flow therethrough. The vented skirt fairing may extend outwardly of the side of the trailer frame to accommodate the wheels. One or more mounting brackets may be used to couple the elongated skirt panel, the transition, and the vented skirt fairing to one or more transverse structural support members. A rear exhaust fairing may be located aft of the vented skirt fairing and coupled to one or more transverse structural support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Strehl, LLC
    Inventor: Richard P. Senatro
  • Patent number: 10807652
    Abstract: A method for producing a lower part of a rear spoiler of a motor vehicle includes providing at least one insert part and fibers, arranging the fibers and the at least one insert part in a mold, and incorporating a matrix into the mold. The method further includes molding the lower part of the rear spoiler in the mold, wherein the insert parts are laminated into the structure of the lower part, and milling the insert part after the molding of the lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Riccardo Bauer, Tobias Posch
  • Patent number: 10793055
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a chassis and a cab mounted on the chassis and including two side walls. The vehicle further comprises two side deflector panels, each having a front edge linked to a rear portion of the corresponding side wall of the cab and a rear edge, and extending vertically over at least one portion of the height of the rear portion of the corresponding side wall of the cab. A camera monitoring system, which includes a camera arranged on a supporting arm, is mounted on the cab to provide a captured image of an area located rearward of the cab. A lighting device is mounted on a side deflector panel and includes at least one infrared (IR) emitting light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicolas Berne, Olivier Hermann
  • Patent number: 10793217
    Abstract: A saddle-type vehicle is equipped with a rearview mirror. The rearview mirror includes a stay extending from a vehicle body outward in a vehicle width direction, and a housing connected to an extending end portion of the stay and extending outward in the vehicle width direction, the housing including a mirror body. The housing further includes an upper wall and a lower wall which are arranged at positions overlapping each other in the vertical direction of the vehicle body. The upper wall has an upper outer surface portion whose length in a front-rear direction is shorter than the length of a lower outer surface portion of the lower wall in the front-rear direction, as viewed in a cross-sectional view perpendicular to the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuhito Yokosuka
  • Patent number: 10787208
    Abstract: A torsion beam type of rear suspension comprising a pair of right-and-left trailing arms and a torsion beam connecting the trailing arms is provided. A floor under cover for airflow straightening is attached to a portion of a vehicle body in front of the rear suspension so as to cover a vehicle-body lower face. A arm cover is attached to a lower portion of the trailing arm so as to cover a lower face of the trailing arm. The arm cover is provided with an arm-cover enlarged portion which is configured to protrude outwardly, in a vehicle width direction, from the trailing arm in a vehicle bottom-face view. The floor under cover is provided with a floor-under-cover enlarged portion such that a rear end portion of the floor under cover faces closely to a front edge of the arm-cover enlarged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nishida, Yoshiatsu Kuga, Masaru Chikita, Hiroyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10752299
    Abstract: A surface shape variable device which comprises a board-like member comprising a plurality of strip elements capable of being elastically morphed which extend in parallel along a plane; and morphing control devises which elastically morph the strip elements due to buckling and the like toward a direction traversing the plane by applying stress to at least a part of the strip elements, wherein the strip elements are woven into a woven fabric-like state and extend intersecting with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KANAZAWA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Shinnosuke Shimokawa, Eiji Itakura, Hiroshi Tokutake, Atsumu Ohmae
  • Patent number: 10752301
    Abstract: The innovation includes a resilient or flexible skirt panel assembly having an integral bracing system. In operation, the bracing system need not attach to a trailer base rail. The innovation includes straight, straight-angled and curved skirt panel orientations. Additionally, angled braces, ‘v-braces,’ ‘v-wings,’ and integral rib bracing mechanisms are included. In aspects, the skirt panel and bracing mechanisms can absorb (or bend) under force while effectively having a ‘memory’ to return to their original shape upon removal of the force. The skirt assembly can include a hem along the bottom edge of the skirt panel thereby enhancing performance and longevity of the assembly. Additionally, an “anti-skid” clamping assembly can be employed to connect the skirt assemblies to the trailer I-beam, base rail or cross-members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ridge Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Alan Grandominico, Dominic Plauche Grandominico, Raymond Augustus McDonald, Jr., Bret Jameson Moss
  • Patent number: 10752302
    Abstract: An aerodynamic vehicle attachment is disclosed that includes a body being triangular and having a base, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a face. The base has a base contour, and the base, the first sidewall, the second sidewall and the face define an interior storage compartment. A lid covers the interior storage compartment and has a lid contour and a lip extending upward external relative to the interior storage compartment. A hinge is coupled to the face of the body and the lid, and has a fastener. The fastener is configured to removably couple to an outer surface of a top of a tailgate of a vehicle so that the aerodynamic vehicle attachment is coupled to the outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory Jerome Prince
  • Patent number: 10745067
    Abstract: An active wing apparatus (100) configured to be attached to a boot lid of a motor vehicle, the apparatus (100) comprising a wing assembly (120) configured to reversibly deploy in a first direction from a stowed condition to a deployed condition, the apparatus (100) further comprising anchor means (113L,113R) configured releasably to couple the apparatus (100) to a structural member being a portion of the vehicle body (50B) other than the boot lid, when the apparatus transitions from the stowed to the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Jag Virdie, Ian Bossons
  • Patent number: 10730569
    Abstract: A vehicle or trailer assembly is disclosed comprising at least one fan positioned on an exterior of the vehicle or trailer, wherein the at least one fan redirects or accelerates air moving over, around, or through the exterior of the vehicle or trailer. Also disclosed is a fan assembly comprising a manifold configured to be positioned on an outside surface of a vehicle, along an axis transverse to a direction of travel of the vehicle. The fan assembly also includes a plurality of motorized fans rotatably mounted along the axis of the manifold, such that the motorized fans are configured to accelerate air passing along the outside surface or within an exterior of the vehicle, in the direction of travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Inventure Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Brereton, Joseph A. Schetz
  • Patent number: 10696336
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having an exterior surface and an aerodynamic member movably coupled to the exterior surface. The aerodynamic member has a first position with respect to the exterior surface and a second position with respect to the exterior surface. The first position presents a distinct aerodynamic profile from the second position. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator coupled to the aerodynamic member and configured to actuate the aerodynamic member between the first position and the second position. The vehicle further includes a damper coupled to the aerodynamic member. The damper is provided with magnetorheological fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Fahland, Joshua R. Auden
  • Patent number: 10697512
    Abstract: A shield assembly is employed for a friction brake used to decelerate a road wheel of a vehicle. The vehicle has a body with a first body end configured to face an incident ambient airflow, a second body end opposite of the first body end, and an underbody section spanning a distance between the first and second ends. The shield assembly includes a first shield component arranged proximate the brake and rotationally fixed relative to the vehicle body. The shield assembly also includes a second shield component operatively connected to the first shield component for shifting relative thereto. The shield assembly additionally includes an actuator employing a shape memory alloy element to shift the second shield component relative to the first shield component in response to a temperature of the brake to thereby direct at least a portion of the airflow to the brake and control temperature thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Skurkis, Paul W. Alexander, Anthony L. Smith, David Begleiter, Mark T. Riefe, Steven J. Weber
  • Patent number: 10689043
    Abstract: There is provided a method of securing a strut portion to an I-beam of a vehicle, the securing mechanism comprising a pair of opposed clamps, each including a gripping portion, a securing portion, an abutting portion and a fastener adapted to apply tension on the clamps toward each other for moving the clamps toward each other and compress the strut portion to the I-beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Transtex Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Boivin, Walid Deir, Georges Bassily, Swaroop Mulenahalli Kantharaju, Elizabeth Tome, Sylvain Daoust
  • Patent number: 10679437
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing a vehicle having an air dam for improving vehicle aerodynamics. In one example, during steady-state vehicle cruising, a baseline fuel economy for the vehicle is established with the air dam deployed. Then, the air dam is actively retracted and air dam hardware issues are identified based on a change in fuel economy following the commanded change in air dam position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10654531
    Abstract: An exemplary automotive vehicle includes a body having a wheelhouse, the wheelhouse including a wheelhouse edge defining a wheelhouse opening, and a wheel disposed in the wheelhouse opening, a suspension system including a suspension component adjacent to the wheelhouse, the suspension component configured to vertically deflect during vehicle operation, an aerodynamic system including an aerodynamic member disposed within the wheelhouse opening and coupled to the suspension component, the aerodynamic member having a first position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel and a second position with respect to the wheelhouse edge and the wheel, wherein the aerodynamic member moves from the first position to the second position with deflection of the suspension component such that a distance between the aerodynamic member and the wheel is greater when the aerodynamic member is in the second position than when the aerodynamic member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, William Fang, Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Jeffrey L. Konchan
  • Patent number: 10632826
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure includes a rear roof having: a pair of side wall portions located on an outer side in a vehicle width direction with respect to a pair of seats, and extending rearward of the seats; and a rear window for closing a window opening formed between the paired side wall portions. An upward standing deflection plate is provided between the paired seats and on a rear side of the seats. The deflection plate integrally includes a pair of outer air receiving portions away from each other in the vehicle width direction, and a middle air receiving portion connecting the outer air receiving portions in the vehicle width direction, and is made of a material having transparency. A length of the middle air receiving portion in an up-down direction is set shorter than a length of the outer air receiving portion in the up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Saka, Hiroki Ohira, Masanori Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10625794
    Abstract: An assembly of mating subassemblies having dimensional control features for a motor vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a composite molded first subassembly having a first set of molded-in dimensional control features. The assembly also includes an injection molded second subassembly having a second set of molded-in dimensional control features. The first and second sets of dimensional control features are integrally formed on their respective subassemblies to permit contact between the first and second sets of control features when the subassemblies are assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Global IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allen Grajek, Jesse Brian Straight, Dustin Martin Fowler, Shane Caird Morse
  • Patent number: 10618574
    Abstract: An assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a plastic molded part having an exterior surface and a low load region adapted to accommodate a low load. The low load region is formed using thin wall injection molding (TWIM) technology. The assembly also includes at least one load bearing spacer adapted to accommodate a high load that is greater than the low load. The spacer is configured to extend along a load path to accommodate and forward a load on a top portion of the part to a bottom portion of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Global IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Allen Grajek, Jesse Brian Straight, Dustin Martin Fowler, Shane Caird Morse
  • Patent number: 10604196
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rear spoiler for a motor vehicle, intended for being arranged in a region of a rear edge of the roof above a rear window, said spoiler including a first portion provided with an upper surface substantially aligned with an imaginary extension of an air-flow line of the roof. The spoiler is characterised in that it includes a second portion, mounted movable relative to the first portion, between a retracted position (upstream) and an extended position (downstream), in which the spoiler portion projecting above the rear window is increased, and a passive movement system capable of moving the second portion as a function of the air flow on the upper surface of the spoiler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: Frédéric Stablo
  • Patent number: 10604198
    Abstract: Motor vehicle spoiler intended to be positioned in a region of a rear edge of a roof above a rear screen, the spoiler including an upper face substantially aligned with an imaginary continuation of a stream line of the roof, and at least one through-opening that opens above a region of the rear screen, the opening being equipped with at least one internal wall designed to channel a stream of air coming from the roof over the region through the opening, characterized in that the wall is mounted with the ability to move with respect to the spoiler so as to be able to open towards the rear screen to channel the air stream over the region and so as to be able to close off the opening in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Arnaud Escoffier, Bertrand Hache, Philippe Coudron, Pascal Depardon, Pascal Barbier
  • Patent number: 10597096
    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: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Kibler, Eric R. Sabo
  • Patent number: 10589801
    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 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: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10589803
    Abstract: An active bed cover system having at least one deployable panel and at least one actuator. The deployable panel extends and retracts based on vehicle requirements and provides reduction in vehicle drag, thereby reducing emissions and improving fuel economy. Additionally, it allows for the system to retract within the tailgate and/or cargo bed liner allowing for access to the bed and improved usability and aesthetics. The active bed cover provides a fully deployable system with object detection, declutching of the actuator to help prevent damage, and communication with the vehicle to determine proper deployment and function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Povinelli, Martin R. Matthews
  • Patent number: 10589802
    Abstract: This invention relates to an actuated aerodynamic air drag reducing apparatus for reducing the air drag of a vehicle, the actuated aerodynamic air drag reducing apparatus being adapted to move between an expanded configuration and a retracted configuration by an actuator on a basis of a signal associated to the behavior of the vehicle. The actuator being connected to a slider selectively connected to a pair of pivotable elongated members for being used between a plurality of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Transtex Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Boivin, Sylvain Daoust, Alexandre Derny, Alfredo Javier
  • Patent number: 10583875
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, providing a spoiler body having a plurality of tunnels defining an open area between the spoiler body and a vehicle exterior surface. Each tunnel has an uppermost wall having an airfoil section. The spoiler body includes at least one vehicle attachment area that is positioned between at least two of the tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Sylvester, Matthew Arthur Titus, Andrew Thomas Cunningham, Joseph Ovalles Quinones
  • Patent number: 10583873
    Abstract: A side skirt assembly for attachment to a trailer of a tractor-trailer, particularly to a trailer frame comprising transverse structural support members extending between sides of the trailer. The side skirt assembly comprises an elongated skirt panel, an elongated support and one or more skirt support members. The side skirt assemble comprises an inner surface and an outer surface. The elongated support is coupled to the elongated skirt panel on the inner surface thereof proximate an upper edge of the elongated skirt panel and extends at least a portion of the length of the elongated skirt panel. The more skirt support members couple the elongated skirt panel to a corresponding one or more or of the transverse structural support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Strehl, LLC
    Inventor: Richard P. Senatro
  • Patent number: 10576869
    Abstract: A cargo assembly arranged vertically on one of the side panels of a vehicle trunk may include a spool including a roll arranged between two caps, a net configured to be wound around a spool, and a rod arranged on an end of the net and including at least one cargo hook configured to engage with a vehicle hook arranged on a side of a trunk opposite the spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Diego Fabricio Villacres Mesias
  • Patent number: 10577032
    Abstract: A dynamic gap at a vehicle interface can be actively managed using an interface seal. The interface can be defined between a first vehicle component and a second vehicle component. A gap can be defined between the first vehicle component and the second vehicle component. The gap can have an associated width. The width of the gap can vary during vehicle operation. An interface seal can be provided at least partially within the first vehicle component. The interface seal can be movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position, the interface seal can be located substantially entirely within the first vehicle component. In the deployed position, the interface seal can extend at least partially out of the first vehicle component in a direction toward the second vehicle component. As a result, the width of the gap can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Frederick, Scott P. Robison
  • Patent number: 10577026
    Abstract: Drag reducing systems for vehicles are provided. In one aspect, a drag reducing system generally includes a flow restricting deflector couplable to a mount and positioned upstream in a path of airflow to an object. The flow restricting deflector generally includes a body portion and a plurality of flow choking orifices configured to provide a choked airflow condition. In another aspect, the drag reducing system is configured for positioning adjacent a wheel and tire combination of a vehicle upstream in a path of airflow to the wheel and tire combination. The flow restricting deflector may be coupled to and extending downward from a splash shield adjacent the wheel and tire combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PACCAR INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10556629
    Abstract: An inner wheel skirt panel centrally located under the body of a vehicle reduces overall vehicle drag by inhibiting 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 developed between the front and rear of the vehicle. See FIGS. 27-30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Garth L. Magee
  • Patent number: 10532780
    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: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan A. Reeder, John Vogel, James R. Tuerk
  • Patent number: 10464281
    Abstract: A composite sandwich structure for a vehicle includes a first sheet that has a first surface and an opposing second surface. The composite sandwich structure also includes a second sheet opposite the first sheet and a core coupled between the first and second sheets. The core is formed from a shape memory alloy and is configured to reversibly transform between (a) a substantially fully austenite state in response to the composite sandwich structure being within an expected operating temperature range and being subjected to a relatively low transverse force, and (b) an at least partially martensite state in response to the composite sandwich structure being within the expected operating temperature range and being subjected to a relatively high transverse force. Each of a plurality of first portions of the core correspondingly changes shape to accommodate the application of the relatively high force, such that the core reversibly deforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen D. Oehler, Frederick T. Calkins
  • Patent number: 10457339
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention comprise an active wing apparatus for a motor vehicle, the apparatus comprising a wing assembly configured to reversibly deploy in a first direction from a stowed condition to a deployed condition and reversibly expand telescopically along a second direction transverse to the first direction from a compact condition to an expanded condition, wherein the wing assembly is configured to expand telescopically when the wing apparatus deploys from the stowed condition to the deployed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Jag Virdie, Ian Bossons
  • Patent number: 10458821
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a peripheral information detection sensor includes an aeropart that is disposed above a cabin of a truck, the aeropart including a wall surface that faces toward a front direction, a wall surface that faces toward an upper direction, wall surfaces that face outward in a transverse direction, and a wall surface that faces toward a rear direction. The peripheral information detection sensor is mounted within a space enclosed by the wall surfaces, and a cover is provided on at least one wall surface that lies opposite the peripheral information detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanobu Ohmi, Seiji Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Matsumura, Kosuke Sakakibara, Kazuki Sugie, Misato Kinoshita