Adjustable Angle Patents (Class 296/180.5)
  • Patent number: 10960733
    Abstract: A vehicle body of a vehicle with a rear engine includes a rear structure that defines a receiving space for the rear engine; an assembly support connected to the rear structure and having at least one recess for passage of air; an air-guiding device mounted on the assembly support and having a retractable and extendable upper part and additionally having a fixed lower part with at least one recess for the passage of air; and a protective grille inserted into the respective recess of the lower part of the air-guiding device. The protective grille is assigned a covering element that is configured to be shiftable relative to the protective grille in order to open up or to close openings defined by the protective grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Weber, Tobias Posch
  • Patent number: 10953934
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aerodynamic deflector device for a motor vehicle wheel, comprising: a deflecting wall (5) mounted movable relative to a stationary frame (39) between a retracted position in which the deflecting wall (5) is raised and an extended position in which the deflecting wall (5) is lowered relative to the stationary frame (39). According to the invention, the deflecting device also includes a resiliently deformable resilient module (13), arranged so as to move the deflecting wall (5) towards the extended position when the deflecting wall is no longer in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Herlem
  • Patent number: 10933925
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody (1) has an underbody paneling (6) with at least one opening (3) for the at least temporary extension of a rear axle link (5) therethrough. The opening (3) is covered by a shiftable flap (4) and at least one a force accumulator (9) that biases the flap (4) toward a position for covering the opening (3). The flap (4) can be shifted counter to a restoring force of the force accumulator (9) to at least temporarily open the opening (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Eberhard Palmer
  • Patent number: 10933927
    Abstract: An airflow deflector for a vehicle protrudes downward from an inner fender having a wheel housing that houses a front wheel. The airflow deflector includes an airflow guide member extending in both a lateral direction and a vertical direction of the vehicle and provided in front of the wheel housing. The guide member has an inboard end portion and an outboard end portion. The inboard end portion is spaced inboard from an inner sidewall of the front wheel and the outboard end portion is spaced inboard from an outer sidewall of the front wheel. The outboard end portion includes a cutout to guide airflow around the outer sidewall of the front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Larry Travis Nichols, Michael R. Missig, Kurtis Ray Horner, Patrick G. Esber
  • Patent number: 10933924
    Abstract: An air guiding apparatus for a motor vehicle body includes a first air guiding element configured to be received in the motor vehicle body and to be moved, with the aid of an adjusting apparatus, into at least a first position and a second position. The first air guiding element is received in the motor vehicle body in the first position and, in the second position, the first air guiding element encloses an angle which has a value of less than 360° with the motor vehicle body. The first air guiding element is configured to extend in a direction of a vehicle transverse axis. The air guiding apparatus further includes a second air guiding element configured to extend, in an active position, in a direction of a vehicle longitudinal axis. The second air guiding element is further configured to be received at least partially in the first air guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Hinterbuchinger
  • Patent number: 10919582
    Abstract: An aerodynamic deflector device for a motor vehicle wheel may include a mounting configured to be mounted on a motor vehicle. A deflecting wall may be mounted on the mounting to be movable between a retracted position. In the mounted state, the deflecting wall is raised relative to the mounting, and an extended position in which, in the mounted state, the deflecting wall is lowered relative to the mounting and capable of being placed upstream from the wheel of the vehicle. An actuator may be configured to move the deflecting wall between the retracted and extended positions. The deflecting wall may have, in cross-section, a central part and two side parts flaring out from the central part to obtain a shape which diverges with respect to the direction of the air flow striking said wall. The aerodynamic deflector device may be arranged upstream from a vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Enzo Mitidieri, Sylvain Gerber, Nathalie Dion
  • Patent number: 10906598
    Abstract: An active front deflector assembly having a deflector panel, actuator, and linkage assemblies each with a predetermined ratio of the links to each other for motion of the deflector panel. The assembly deploys and retracts based on vehicle requirements, and, when deployed, redirects the air flow in the front of the vehicle to improve the vehicle aerodynamics for either fuel economy or performance characteristics. Additionally, it allows for the deflector panel to retract so the vehicle meets ground clearances, etc. The deflector panel is also both rigid and semi-rigid to absorb impact energy. The drive shaft transmits the drive from the actuator coupled to one linkage assembly to the other linkage assembly for moving the deflector panel between the deployed/retracted positions. The actuator is clutched to prevent damage to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Povinelli, Martin R. Matthews, Jeffrey B. Manhire
  • Patent number: 10875588
    Abstract: A vehicle having a vehicle sensor configured to detect a vehicle state; an actuatable spoiler moveable into a deployed position and a stowed position; an actuator operable to move the actuatable spoiler into the deployed position and the stowed position; and a controller configured to selectively instruct the actuator to actively cycle the actuatable spoiler between the deployed position and the stowed position based on the detected vehicle state. The actuatable spoiler is retained in the deployed position for a longer length of time than in the stowed position. The vehicle also includes a human machine interface selectively actuated by an operator of the vehicle to retain the actuatable spoiler in the stowed position for a predetermined length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Welty, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10864949
    Abstract: An air-guiding arrangement for a motor vehicle has: a carrier, which is arranged on a body of the motor vehicle, and on which an air guide is provided such that it is driveable by a pneumatic drive with at least one air chamber for actuation, the at least one air chamber being arranged on the carrier such that the air guide is transferrable from a retracted basic position into a deployed maximum position, and at least one pneumatic supply line which, via at least one connector member, pneumatically connects the at least one air chamber to a pneumatics module of the pneumatic drive. The at least one pneumatic supply line is fixed to the carrier by at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dimitar Danev, Klaus Pfister, Markus Paulitsch, Steffen Hoelzel
  • Patent number: 10857872
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure comprising: a shutter unit comprising adjustable flaps arranged to receive an airflow to control the supply of air that passes through the shutter unit towards at least one vehicle component. An air duct extending in a rearward direction from a front part of the vehicle, the air duct comprising an inlet and an outlet. In a first state of the shutter unit, a first flap is configured to be in a closed state to thereby reduce the supply of air through the shutter unit, and allow an airflow to pass through the inlet of the air duct. In a second state of the shutter unit, the first flap is configured to be in an open state to increase the supply of air through the shutter unit, and to close the inlet of the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Vojtech Sedlak, Lennert Sterken
  • Patent number: 10850781
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body includes an air-guiding unit having an air-guiding element configured to be positioned flush with the motor vehicle body and movably connected to the motor vehicle body and an adjustment unit including an actuation element arranged fixedly on a support element of the motor vehicle body and configured to aid movement of the air guiding element. The motor vehicle body further includes a receiving space configured to receive the air-guiding element, wherein the receiving space is arranged in a rear region of the motor vehicle body. The support element is designed in a form of a torsional profile for reinforcing a rear lid, forming the receiving space, of the rear region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Weber, Joachim Paul
  • Patent number: 10829158
    Abstract: A skirt system for an automobile includes first and second side skirts and a driver assembly. The automobile has a frame including a first side sill and a second side sill. The first side skirt couples to the first side sill and the second side skirt couples to the second side sill. The side skirts are selectively movable relative to the side sills between a first position and a second position. The driver assembly is actuatable to move the side skirts between the first and second positions. The side skirts may be extendable. The side skirts may include an electrical charger. The automobile can include a front quarter that can be moved between raised and lowered positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Joe G Shen, Winifred Shen
  • Patent number: 10821815
    Abstract: A wind guiding device for an open-top passenger vehicle is disclosed. The wind guiding device has an inherently stiff, slat-shaped wind guiding element that can be adjusted between a retracted position and at least one wind guiding position relative to a windscreen frame. Several disruptive bodies are arranged on the underside of the wind guiding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Stefan Kroeber, Nicolai Melchger, Alexander Moessner, Stephan Reinberg, Hironori Tokuno, Joachim Wenzler
  • Patent number: 10823021
    Abstract: An air guiding arrangement is integrated into a rear underbody of a motor vehicle that is driven by an internal combustion engine. The air guiding arrangement includes a final silencer (1) in an exhaust system (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2). The final silencer (1) has an underside that faces an underlying surface on which the vehicle is supported. The underside of the final silencer (1) is shaped in an aerodynamic fashion with at least one duct (6) that runs essentially in the direction of travel (X). The duct (6) has an inverted U shape or inverted V-shape that is open in the underside of final silencer (1). Air deflector elements (7, 8, 9) may partly cover the air duct (6) for guiding the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Laube, Frank Repphun
  • Patent number: 10814921
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automobile, comprising an automobile body, wheels, a suspension device and a spoiler. The path of a fluid flowing through a lower spoiler surface is longer than the path of the fluid flowing through the upper spoiler surface, so that a lift force generated in the driving process of the automobile is reduced or even eliminated. The general understanding that the wheels bear the dead weight of the automobile, loads and all weights generated by the gravitational acceleration is changed. The dead weight of the automobile body is reduced by the lift force generated by the automobile body, the road holding of the automobile is improved after the wheels eliminate the lift force, and thus, the automobile can save more energy and can run more safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaoyi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10814922
    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: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mandl, Martin R. Matthews, Thomas E. Cobb
  • Patent number: 10807655
    Abstract: A front diffuser for disposal in a region of an underbody cladding of a vehicle includes a diffuser wall defining a diffuser duct having an inflow side and an outflow side and an air guide device mounted so as to be rotatable about a predefined rotation axis and configured to, by way of a rotating movement, move from a first rotary position at least partially into the diffuser duct to a second rotary position and move from the second rotary position at least partially out of the diffuser duct to the first rotary position. The air guide device is configured as a molding and includes a first external face and a second external face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10800467
    Abstract: A door handle that has an elongated shape and is mounted onto a vehicle door in a state where a longitudinal direction thereof is aligned with a vehicle front-and-rear direction, the door handle includes: a front part and a rear part each of which has a connection surface to be connected to the vehicle door; and a grip part provided between the front part and the rear part, wherein a rear end of the front part protrudes outward in the longitudinal direction more than the front end thereof on the connection surface of the front part, and a curvature radius of a protruding portion of the rear end of the front part on the connection surface of the front part is R4 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Yokota, Akihide Fukuyama, Shigeru Sato, Koshi Yamada, Hajime Ichikawa, Yoshihiro Fujiura
  • Patent number: 10766545
    Abstract: An aerodynamic deflector device for a wheel of a motor vehicle, including: a support that is elongate and designed to be mounted on a motor vehicle; a deflecting wall mounted such that it is movable on the support between a retracted position in which the deflecting wall is raised in relation to the support in the mounted state, and a deployed position in which the deflecting wall is lowered in relation to the support in the mounted state; and an actuator designed to move the deflecting wall between the retracted and deployed positions. The deflecting wall is mounted such that it can be rotatably moved on the support about an axis of rotation oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the support and driven by the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Christophe Thullier, Sylvain Gerber
  • Patent number: 10744859
    Abstract: A method of mitigating rear end contamination of a vehicle while driving using an active spoiler system includes providing an active rear spoiler to a square back vehicle. Next, determinations are if the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, if the rear end of the vehicle is contaminated, and if the vehicle wipers are on. The method then moves to deploying the active rear spoiler when the vehicle speed is greater than a predetermined threshold, the rear end is contaminated, and the vehicle wipers are on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10717480
    Abstract: Car having: a passenger compartment; a front hood, which is arranged before the passenger compartment; a rear hood, which is arranged behind the passenger compartment and has an upper surface; and an aerodynamic appendage, which is arranged in the area of the rear hood and on the upper surface of the rear hood. The aerodynamic appendage is provided with at least one movable element that is movably mounted to move between a lowered position, in which the movable element rests on the upper surface of the rear hood allowing an air flow only over the movable element, and a raised position, in which the movable element is raised and separated from the upper surface of the rear hood allowing an air flow both over the movable element and under the movable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Biancalana, Alessandro Calamita, Tommaso Innocenti
  • Patent number: 10703425
    Abstract: An air-guiding device for a motor vehicle includes an air-guiding profile having at least two air-guiding elements that are movable relative to one another in order to realize different air-guiding profile cross sections. The air-guiding elements are at least partially connected to one another in elastically flexible fashion and by way of connecting elements in a fin-ray-type configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Tobias Posch
  • Patent number: 10703424
    Abstract: A front active spoiler apparatus for a vehicle may include a spoiler housing fixed to a front end module and having a duct protruding forwards and configured to guide air flow; a spoiler lip configured to operate to open or close the duct; an actuator configured to connect the spoiler housing and the spoiler lip to operate the spoiler lip; and a controller configured to control the operation of the actuator using vehicle speed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Young Yoon, Hyun Kyung Kim, Seung Hyeok Chang, Ki Hong Lee, Dong Eun Cha
  • Patent number: 10676140
    Abstract: A rear diffusor unit includes a base element configured to be mounted in a fixed position on a body of a vehicle; a movable diffusor element; and a drive device with which the movable diffusor element is movable relative to the base element between two end positions. The diffusor element is a box diffusor element having two fixed side walls, a fixed rear wall, and a fixed base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Wolf, Markus Keller, Sven Wallrabe, Dominik Beierl
  • Patent number: 10647194
    Abstract: An active grill shutter assembly including a plurality of airflow control blades. At least two of the airflow control blades have different curvatures or chord lengths configured to optimize airflow over a curvature of an air duct that the active grill shutter is mounted in. An actuator is linked to the plurality of airflow control blades with a linkage assembly to rotate the plurality of airflow control blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joseph Burtch
  • Patent number: 10625791
    Abstract: A splitter system for a vehicle having a vehicle body including a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow when the vehicle is in motion includes first and second splitter portions. The first splitter portion is configured to be fixed to the vehicle body. The second splitter portion is mounted to the first splitter portion. The first and second splitter portions together are configured to generate an aerodynamic downforce on the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion. The splitter system also includes a mechanism arranged between the first and second splitter portions. The mechanism is configured to vary position of the second splitter portion relative to the first splitter portion to thereby control movement of the oncoming ambient airflow relative to the vehicle body and vary a magnitude of the aerodynamic downforce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Fahland, Joshua R. Auden
  • Patent number: 10627072
    Abstract: A lighting system is employed in a motor vehicle that includes a vehicle body arranged along a longitudinal axis and having a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface. The vehicle also includes a second vehicle body end opposing the first vehicle body end, and an aerodynamic-element having an aerodynamic-element body mounted to the second vehicle body end and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The lighting system includes a light source mounted to the vehicle body and configured to direct at least one beam of light at the aerodynamic-element body. The lighting system also includes a light-reflecting feature arranged on the aerodynamic-element body and having an orientation configured to reflect the at least one beam of light along the longitudinal axis in a direction away from the first vehicle body end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Dziurda, Anthony A. Bosco, Jake T. Krapes
  • Patent number: 10618573
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body. A movable member with first and second positions having distinct aerodynamic profiles is disposed on an exterior portion of the body. An actuator is coupled to the movable member and configured to actuate the movable member between the first and second positions. A sensor is configured to, during a drive cycle, detect a relative road load between the second aerodynamic profile and the first aerodynamic profile. A controller is configured to, during a drive cycle, control the actuator to move the movable member to the first position in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, to control the actuator to move the movable member to the second position in response to satisfaction of a second operating condition, and to, in response to the relative road load being positive, control the actuator to move the movable member to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy D. Demetrio, Joshua R. Auden, Frederick P. Miesterfeld
  • Patent number: 10611417
    Abstract: A rear spoiler apparatus for a vehicle may include a main flap which is deployed by an operation force from an actuator and a support flap which is additionally deployed from the main flap, in which the support flap rotates to open together when the main flap rotates and the open angle of the support flap is greater than the open angle of the support flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp.
    Inventors: Hak Lim Kim, Min Sik Chung, Sang Hyun Park, Ui Chang Hwang, Seung Hwan Kim, Dong Guk Lee, Koo Cheol Kang
  • Patent number: 10603995
    Abstract: A car having: a passenger compartment; a windshield, which defines the passenger compartment at the front; a roll bar, which defines the passenger compartment at the rear; a pair of seats, which are arranged inside the passenger compartment between the windshield and the roll bar; a rear parcel shelf, which is arranged inside the passenger compartment behind the seats; and a protection panel, which is arranged inside the passenger compartment and projects for the rear parcel shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Biancalana, Giuseppe Cuzzillo
  • Patent number: 10597088
    Abstract: An apparatus is for use with a pillar adjacent to a vehicle window, such as a windshield. The apparatus includes a molding for positioning adjacent to the pillar, the molding forming a channel in a deployed condition for receiving moisture from the vehicle windshield, or for reducing the effects of wind throb when a single vehicle window is open. An actuator may be associated with the molding for activating a non-deployed condition of the molding for reducing the effects of wind noise. The molding may include a passage for receiving an airflow and transmitting it to an outlet for directing fluid away from the molding, the pillar and adjacent side window. In the deployed condition, the molding may project from a surface of the pillar and in the non-deployed condition may be substantially flush with the surface of the pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William S Gulker, Jonathan B Barnes, Travis S Garland, Mark George Vojtisek, Jamal Kanso, Douglas Richard Olson
  • Patent number: 10589804
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a fore portion, an aft portion, and an underbody portion. The vehicle additionally includes a panel pivotably coupled to the underbody portion proximate the aft portion of the body. The panel has a fore edge and an aft edge and is pivotable about the fore edge. The panel is pivotable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position the aft edge is spaced a first distance from a driving surface and in the deployed position the aft edge is spaced a second distance from the driving surface. The second distanced is less than the first distance. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator configured to move the panel between the stowed position and the deployed position in response to satisfaction of an operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Del Gaizo, John H. Bednarchik, Suzanne M. Cody-Gump, Donnell B. Johnson, Darren T. Luke, Danilo A. Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10583876
    Abstract: A device for fixing an air guiding means to a motor vehicle includes an articulator including a plurality of joints configured to be pivoted relative to one another, a first of the plurality of joints configured to be connected to the air guiding means, wherein the first joint is translationally displaceable relative to a second of the plurality of joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESSELSCHAFT
    Inventor: Pierre Charpentier
  • Patent number: 10577034
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide airflow apparatus for a vehicle comprising: an airflow duct extending rearwardly from a front region of said vehicle, the airflow duct having an airflow inlet and an airflow outlet; a cooling duct, separate from the airflow duct, the cooling duct having a cooling inlet and a cooling outlet, wherein the airflow outlet is in proximity to the cooling outlet such that, in use, airflow through said airflow outlet influences airflow through said cooling outlet, the cooling outlet and/or the airflow outlet is in a bonnet of the vehicle and, in use, airflow exits the airflow outlet substantially parallel said bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Thompson, Adrian Gaylard
  • Patent number: 10561432
    Abstract: A loading unit assembly includes a tool assembly having first and second jaw members and a pivot pin configured to pivotably couple the first and second jaw members. The first jaw member is movable with respect to the second jaw member between spaced and approximated positions, wherein the pivot pin includes a base portion and first and second stepped portions extending radially outward from the base portion. The first and second stepped portions are configured to pivotably engage the first and second jaw members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Russell Estrella, David Farascioni, Daniel Butkievich
  • Patent number: 10554167
    Abstract: A solar carport module including a support structure to provide shelter to a vehicle, the support structure having a pair of trusses rotatably affixed to a ground surface on which vehicle is parked, a plurality of photovoltaic panels mounted between the pair of trusses to provide solar electricity, a battery assembly that electrically connects the plurality of photovoltaic panel to receive, regulate, and store the solar electricity, an articulation system that rotates the pair of trusses between a shelter position and a service position, and an electrical control unit configured to detect a maximum sunlight exposure position and to operate the articulation system to place the plurality of photovoltaic panels in the maximum sunlight exposure position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Mohannad Bayoumi
  • Patent number: 10525818
    Abstract: A rear spoiler arrangement is provided for a motor vehicle having a rear mounted engine, an intercooler for the rear mounted engine and a holding member for a spoiler apparatus being provided in a rear region of the motor vehicle. In each case at least one opening is provided in the spoiler apparatus and the holding member as an air guide to the intercooler. The rear spoiler arrangement includes an air guiding arrangement with at least one air guiding slat provided at least in the opening of the spoiler apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sebastian Weber, Tobias Posch, Riccardo Bauer
  • Patent number: 10518815
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body with an upper surface defined by a front fascia disposed proximate a fore end, and a closure panel with a fore edge proximate the front fascia. A deflector with a first end and a second end is movably coupled to the upper surface and is movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the stowed position the second end projects a first distance from the upper surface and in the deployed position the second end projects a second distance from the upper surface. The second distance is greater than the first distance. A controller is configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control an actuator to move the deflector from the stowed position to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Del Gaizo
  • Patent number: 10501128
    Abstract: A rear view device for a vehicle for optimizing airflow includes a spoiler, the spoiler including a flexible surface layer (which is reversibly deformable and which is arranged to cover an opening in a surface of the rear view mirror. The spoiler may include at least one stamp having active material for deforming the flexible surface layer where the at least one stamp is adapted to translate between a retracted and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Andreas Herrmann, Urszula Kosidlo, Erhart Volker
  • Patent number: 10479193
    Abstract: A grille shutter device includes a decorative surface curved in a convex shape toward a front side of a vehicle in a vehicle width direction of a vehicle front portion and provided with an opening in a part; and a fin provided in the opening and configured to rotate about a shaft so as to open and close the opening. In the open state in which the opening is opened, a tip end on a front portion of the fin in a front-rear direction of the vehicle is in a linear shape as viewed from the front side of the vehicle, and in the closed state in which the opening is closed, an opposing tip end on the opposite side of the fin from the tip end is enlarged in the vehicle width direction to form a curve in a convex shape toward the front side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10450011
    Abstract: A motor vehicle (1) has a front-end diffuser (7) that is open toward a ground surface, and has a device arranged in the region of the diffuser (7) and for varying the downforce of the motor vehicle in the region of a front axle of the motor vehicle. The device has an air conduit (12) with an inlet (13) in the region of a front-end positive pressure area of the motor vehicle and has an outlet (14) in the region of the diffuser (7), and has means (16) for opening and closing the air conduit (12). The device enables the downforce of the motor vehicle in the region of the front axle can be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sebastian Harter, Mathias Roll, Michael Soso
  • Patent number: 10450013
    Abstract: A vehicular spoiler system that adjusts airflow based on environmental factors, may include a spoiler device disposed to a vehicle to vertically pivotably rotate to be deployed or retracted, the spoiler device controlling an airflow when the spoiler device is deployed under predetermined operation conditions; and a controller configured to receive environmental information regarding a surrounding environment and to pre-store information regarding control of the spoiler device based on the environmental information, the controller performing control to deploy or retract the spoiler device based on local information when the local information, among the environmental information, is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Jin Young Yoon, Hyun Gyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10392055
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and vehicles are provided for mitigating turbulent air for vehicles. In accordance with one embodiment, a vehicle includes one or more downforce elements, one or more sensors, and a processor. The one or more sensors are configured to obtain one or more parameter values for the vehicle during operation of the vehicle. The processor is processor coupled to the one or more sensors, and is configured to at least facilitate determining whether turbulent air for the vehicle is likely using the parameters, and adjusting a downforce for the vehicle, during operation of the vehicle, by providing instructions for controlling the one or more downforce elements when it is determined that turbulent air for the vehicle is likely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Fahland, Joshua R. Auden, David Dominguez, Samantha J. Bray
  • Patent number: 10377431
    Abstract: A vehicle side structure of a pickup truck includes a cabin; and a loading platform that is disposed adjacent to a rear side of the cabin in the vehicle forward-rearward direction, is configured to include a bottom plate, a pair of right and left side panels, and a tail gate, and is formed in a box shape that opens toward a vehicle upper side. Each of the right and left side panels includes a traveling wind inlet part that is disposed at an outer part of each of the right and left side panels in a vehicle width direction, opens toward a vehicle front side, and includes a first opening, a traveling wind blowing part that is disposed at an upper end part of each of the right and left side panels, opens toward the vehicle upper side, and includes a second opening, and an intermediate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihiko Kishima
  • Patent number: 10343594
    Abstract: A rear structure of a vehicle includes a lamp and a dividing member. The lamp includes at least one lamp part, and is disposed on a rear portion of the vehicle. The dividing member is a member for dividing the lamp at least in a vehicle up-down direction. The dividing member is formed in such a manner that blinking of a single lamp part of the lamp is directly viewable both from above and below the dividing member when viewed from the rear side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakamura, Norihito Iwao
  • Patent number: 10336181
    Abstract: A grille shutter device includes a fin unit including slat members inside an opening provided at a part of a decorative side of a vehicle front. The fin unit is configured to selectively assume a closed state and an open state, and the closed state is a state where the slat members are each disposed so as to close the opening in a vehicle front view. The open state is a state where the slat members have been moved from respective positions in the closed state to a vehicle rear side of the opening and arrayed in a row substantially along a vehicle front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaya Kubo, Hitoshi Aoyama, Tatsuya Shimizu, Soichiro Matsui
  • Patent number: 10315710
    Abstract: Disclosed are self-calibrating load sensor systems for active aerodynamics devices, methods for making or using such load sensor systems, and motor vehicles equipped with a self-calibrating load sensor system to govern operation of the vehicle's active aero device(s). An active aero sensing system includes a load sensor that mounts to the vehicle body, and detects downforces on the vehicle. A memory device stores mapped vehicle downforce data calibrated to the motor vehicle. A vehicle controller receives downforce signals generated by the load sensor, and calculates an average downforce value from these signals. The controller determines if the average downforce differs from a calibrated downforce value retrieved from the memory device. If so, the controller responsively applies an offset value to subsequent downforce signals received from the load sensor, and dynamically controls operation of the active aero device based, at least in part, on these signals modified by the offset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Jason D. Fahland, Joshua R. Auden, Olamide Akintewe
  • Patent number: 10315712
    Abstract: A support device for an air guiding means of a vehicle includes a basic body and at least one adjustment device fastened to the basic body, the adjustment device configured to adjust the air guiding means in a Z direction. The at least one adjustment device has at least one adjustment element which is mounted displaceably in a guide device of the adjustment device. The at least one adjustment element has an adjuster for displacing the adjustment element from a first Z position into a second Z position. The at least one adjustment element has a fastening interface for fastening to a drive unit for moving the air guiding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Pierre Charpentier, Riccardo-Valerio Rume, Martin Siefer
  • Patent number: 10315711
    Abstract: A system is configured to control aerodynamics of a vehicle. The vehicle includes a vehicle body having a first end facing an ambient airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface and a second end arranged opposite the first end. The system includes an air deflector moveably mounted to the vehicle body. The system also includes a mechanism configured to selectively vary a height of the deflector relative to the road surface and a position of the deflector relative to the vehicle body. The system additionally includes a controller configured to determine a ride-height of the vehicle and correlate the determined vehicle ride-height to a target height of the deflector relative to the road surface. The controller is further configured to regulate the mechanism to select the target height of the deflector relative to the road surface to thereby control the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Demetrio, Caleb Potvin, Rebecca Tjoelker
  • Patent number: 10293871
    Abstract: An air guiding apparatus for a motor vehicle includes an air guiding element and a coupling device configured to positively couple movement of lateral air guiding element sections directed transversely with respect to a longitudinal direction of the vehicle to a movement of the air guiding element between a rest position and an operating position. The coupling device includes a piston configured to be guided in a cylinder in such a way that the piston carries out a rotational movement during a linear movement in the cylinder, and a rotary rocker configured to act on the piston via a cardan joint, configured to also carry out the rotational movement of the piston, and configured to convert the rotational movement of the piston into movement of the lateral air guiding element sections directed transversely with respect to the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Pierre Charpentier