Having Sound Absorbing, Insulating, Or Light Reflecting Quality Patents (Class 296/211)
  • Patent number: 11121673
    Abstract: A solar cell module for a vehicle panel includes a solar cell that generates electric power using sunlight. The solar cell module further includes a connector that is electrically connected to the solar cell and that electrically connects a panel-side electrode formed on an inner surface of the vehicle panel and the solar cell. The connector extends from the solar cell in a coupling direction in which the solar cell is combined with the vehicle panel. The connector is connected to the panel-side electrode to electrically connect the panel-side electrode and the solar cell when the solar cell is mounted in a predetermined position of the vehicle panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sol Kim, Sang Hak Kim, Mi Yeon Song
  • Patent number: 11092832
    Abstract: A frame for a vehicle is provided such that a glass plate including a variable transparency region is installed. The frame includes a glass plate mount that is stepped to allow the glass plate to be inserted and mounted. A cable passage is defined in one side surface of the glass plate mount to allow a cable connected to a connection portion of the glass plate to pass through the cable passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 11027599
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to adjust dimming associated with dual panel sunroof are disclosed. A disclosed sunroof dimming system for a vehicle includes a first dimmable panel of a sunroof and a second dimmable panel of the sunroof. The first dimmable panel is moveable relative to the second dimmable panel to open or close the sunroof. The sunroof dimming system also includes a controller operatively coupled to the first and second dimmable panels. The controller is configured to adjust dimming associated with the first and second dimmable panels to maintain a brightness of an external light associated with a vehicle cabin that is experienced by a vehicle occupant when the sunroof changes between a closed state and an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Shintaro Katsura
  • Patent number: 10819272
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roof rack assembly and a hood light-blocking fabric assembly, the roof rack assembly comprising: a pair of roof racks coupled to the roof of a vehicle; a photovoltaic generation light-blocking module coupled to be able to move forward/backward along the pair of roof racks and configured to expose/cover the roof and to block sunlight; a light-blocking plate transfer portion for applying a driving force such that the photovoltaic generation light-blocking module moves forward/backward along the pair of roof racks and is unfolded over the roof of the vehicle or is folded; a converter for converting electric energy generated by the photovoltaic generation light-blocking module into power that can be used by the light-blocking plate transfer plate and the vehicle; an accumulator for storing power converted by the converter; and a controller for controlling supply of power by the converter and the accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SOLARSALT., CO. LTD
    Inventor: Sang Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10818809
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes: a sealing layer in which power generating elements are sealed; a front surface layer formed from resin and joined to a light-receiving surface side of the power generating elements in the sealing layer; and a rear surface layer joined to an opposite side from the light-receiving surface side of the power generating elements in the sealing layer, wherein the front surface layer has a solar cell installation area that forms a portion of a solar cell, and an antenna installation area that extends at a vehicle front side or a vehicle rear side of the solar cell installation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Motoya Sakabe, Kazuyoshi Ogata, Hirotaka Inaba
  • Patent number: 10737562
    Abstract: A cover of a vehicle roof, which has a glass panel, a cover frame arranged on the inside of the cover or glass panel and components arranged on the inside of the cover, in particular functional components and/or lighting components of a cover lighting device, wherein, according to one approach, the cover frame or blind forms an assembly unit that bears the components and that is fastened to the inside of the cover by a plastic foaming, by an adhesive or by mechanical connections and with correct positioning of the components on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventor: Jan Hammer
  • Patent number: 10414245
    Abstract: A vehicle ventilation system is provided to exhaust hot air from the interior of a motor vehicle to the ambient environment. The vehicle ventilation system includes a roof vent having an elongated housing pivotally disposed on a roof of a motor vehicle, wherein the roof vent is movable between an open and a closed configuration. A fan assembly is disposed within the opening and serves to exhaust hot air from the interior of the vehicle. Further, one or more front seat vents are provided that allow cool air to flow into the vehicle as hot air escapes through the roof vent. The vehicle ventilation system further includes a control circuit having a temperature sensor configured to actuate the roof panel and front seat vents when a predetermined temperature is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: David Horn
  • Patent number: 10224863
    Abstract: An on-board solar battery module includes: an encapsulant layer of power generating elements; a top surface layer joined to the encapsulant layer on the side corresponding to a light receiving surface side of the power generating elements; and a back surface layer joined to the encapsulant layer on the side opposite the side corresponding to the light receiving surface side of the power generating elements. Furthermore, an end portion of the back surface layer is positioned on the inner side of an end portion of the top surface layer in an extension direction of the top surface layer, and the top surface layer has a general portion that covers the power generating elements, and a peripheral edge portion that is formed at an end portion side thereof on the outer side of the general portion, and that has a thicker panel thickness than that of the general portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Motoya Sakabe, Kazuyoshi Ogata, Hirotaka Inaba
  • Patent number: 10150434
    Abstract: A power feed structure for movable body includes a flat electric wire having one end connected to a vehicle body and the other end connected to a sunroof, and an excess length absorbing mechanism for winding an excess portion of the flat electric wire. The excess length absorbing mechanism is arranged so as to be movable along a rail member. The excess length absorbing mechanism includes a rotating body having a wire winding part to wind the flat electric wire on the sunroof and the flat electric wire on the vehicle body, and a spiral spring for urging the rotating body to a winding direction to wind the flat electric wire on the sunroof and the flat electric wire on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiko Katsuramaki
  • Patent number: 9676259
    Abstract: A cover for a motor vehicle roof has a first sheet of planar extent with a main area, a second sheet of planar extent, which is arranged on the main area of the first sheet and has a main area facing away from the first sheet, the main area of the second sheet being smaller than the main area of the first sheet, so that the first sheet has a region projecting beyond the second sheet, a coupling element, which is coupled to the first sheet at the projecting region and is coupled to the main area of the second sheet, in order to fix the second sheet to the first sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Oliver Kleinert, Steffen Lorenz
  • Patent number: 9669712
    Abstract: A vehicle including a system for intuitive control of a vehicle component is disclosed. The vehicle may include the vehicle component, a sensor unit associated with the vehicle component that is configured to detect a touch command applied to the sensor unit by a user, a controller, and a drive. The controller may be operatively coupled to the sensor unit and the drive may be coupled to the vehicle component. The controller may generate a control signal based on the touch command applied to the sensor unit and may cause the drive to alter a condition of the vehicle component in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Cory Denis Borghi
  • Patent number: 9579957
    Abstract: An electric power transmission apparatus of a sunroof for a vehicle may include a moving glass mounted with an electric generator, and configured to slide between an opened position and a closed position, an upper electric conduction device coupled at a lower side of the moving glass, and including a moving spring that is electrically connected with the electric generator and coupled to protrude downward, a front electric conduction device including a front support portion that is a nonconductor, and a close spring that comes into contact with the moving spring when the moving glass moves to the closed position, and a rear electric conduction device including a rear support portion that is a nonconductor, and an open spring that comes into contact with the moving spring when the moving glass moves to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Webasto Donghee Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hoo-Sang Park, Yeon-Soo Eo, Sang-Hak Kim, Moon-Jung Eo, Su-Yun Choi
  • Patent number: 9573449
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus of a vehicle sunroof which uses a solar cell includes a sunroof glass that is slidably disposed on the roof of a vehicle, opens and closes an opening, and has a solar cell; upper transmission assemblies coupled to a support panel disposed around the sunroof glass and connected with the solar cell with a wire; first lower transmission assemblies that are coupled to the front portions of sunroof rails, disposed at both sides of the opening and come in contact with the upper transmission assemblies when the sunroof glass closes; and second lower transmission assemblies that are coupled to the rear portions of the sunroof rails and come in contact with the upper transmission assemblies when the sunroof glass opens. Accordingly, the apparatus can transmit power when the sunroof glass is both open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Hoo-Sang Park
  • Patent number: 9422006
    Abstract: A bend initiating structure or contact member is provided on or as part of frame. A tie rod associated with a wheel is engaged and bending initiated during a front or offset vehicle crash event where the subframe has detached from the frame. This engagement turns the wheel, so that there is more stroke space with which to absorb energy in a crash event. Detachment of the subframe from the frame during the crash event reduces the energy absorption capacity of the vehicle system because the subframe is no longer carrying load, however, the energy absorption stroke of the frame is increased by turning the wheel to a toe out position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jeremy P. Lucas
  • Patent number: 9352640
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle roof (1) with a roof opening (3) which is closable by a roof element (4), and a side outer panel (7) which, in an erected open position of the roof element (4), covers a lateral gap between the roof element (4) and a side wall frame (5). According to the invention, the side outer panel (7) is mounted pivotably in the longitudinal direction (x) of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Kurt Ritthaler
  • Patent number: 9278610
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a vehicle roof closure that can prevent pinching of obstructions within a roof opening. Example vehicles include a roof having an opening, a panel disposed adjacent to the opening and moveable by a first motor, a shade disposed below the panel and moveable by a second motor having a lower output than the first motor, and a controller configured to close the shade before closing the panel during a close panel operation, and stop the shade if an obstruction is detected within the opening. Example methods include upon receiving a command to close a panel over an opening, causing a shade motor to start closing a shade disposed below the panel by unrolling the shade; stopping the shade motor upon detection of an obstruction within the opening; and causing a panel motor to start closing the panel upon receiving a shade closed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Publication number: 20150084379
    Abstract: The present invention involves a roofing assembly of a plurality of structural components arranged unattached as a frame in a mold. The frame is sprayed with foam and the structural components are encapsulated within the foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis R. Vance
  • Publication number: 20150015031
    Abstract: A roof shell structure for a motor vehicle has a roof shell with an outer shell and an inner roof lining. A sound absorption element is integrated into the roof shell or into the roof shell structure. The sound absorption element is arranged between the outer shell and the inner roof lining in an opening in an inner shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Kai Geissenhoener, Lars Schulz
  • Patent number: 8925286
    Abstract: A window module for a vehicle includes a first glass pane and a second glass pane in a substantially parallel arrangement and separated by a spacer. The first glass pane, second glass pane, and spacer define a closed interior volume. An electropolymeric shutter is disposed within the interior volume and configured to selectively obscure the passage of light through the first and second glass pane. The electropolymeric shutter includes a deployable tinting material configured to selectively extend across the first glass pane in response to a voltage difference applied between the deployable tinting material and the first glass pane, a photovoltaic cell coupled with the second glass pane and configured to generate electrical energy when exposed to light, and a controller configured to receive the generated electrical energy from the photovoltaic cell and to selectively apply the voltage difference between the deployable tinting material and the first glass pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas D. Hagen, Paul R. Dynes
  • Publication number: 20140327275
    Abstract: A high stiffness waterproof roof panel pad for a vehicle, which is configured by stacking and laminating a waterproof reinforcing layer coated with PE layers on both surfaces of a urethane foam pad, thereby reinforcing the stiffness of a vehicle body panel, preventing the pad from becoming wet due to dew condensation and thus increasing noise and vibration reduction effects and having a waterproof function. Additionally, a method of manufacturing the waterproof roof panel pad includes preparing a hard urethane foam pad, preparing a waterproof reinforcing layer of which both surfaces are coated with PE layers, stacking the waterproof reinforcing layer on both surfaces of the urethane foam pad, laminating the PE layer in contact with the urethane foam pad and integrally forming the urethane foam pad and the waterproof reinforcing layer, and performing a cutting operation according to a shape and a size of a roof panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: DAEHAN SOLUTION CO., LTD
    Inventor: Choong Ho KWON
  • Patent number: 8876199
    Abstract: Provided is a sunshade apparatus disposed under a sunroof panel installed in a fixed roof of a vehicle, comprising a frame having a plurality of frame openings arranged in a width direction of the vehicle, and a plurality of polarizing panel sets each of which is disposed correspondingly to one of the frame openings. The frame is formed to be higher in the middle portion thereof than both end portions thereof in the width direction so as to follow the shape of the fixed roof, and each polarizing panel set inclines to be higher as approaching the middle portion of the vehicle in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Murasawa
  • Patent number: 8864218
    Abstract: A vehicular ceiling assembly includes a ceiling board, a functional component, a bracket including a mount and a shock absorber. The bracket is mounted to an upper surface of the ceiling board to fix the functional component to the ceiling board. The bracket is arranged such that the mount is positioned above the functional component in a vehicle height direction and the shock absorber is in contact with a lower surface of a roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Hamada, Haruo Horikawa
  • Patent number: 8814256
    Abstract: Provided is a mounting structure for mounting a film-shaped electric device to a glass panel, comprising: a resin panel attached to a surface of the film-shaped electric device to form a panel-shaped electric device having first and second edges; and first and second retaining members attached to one surface of the glass panel in correspondence with the first and second edges of the panel-shaped electric device, respectively, each first and second retaining member defining a groove such that the groove opens toward a region of the glass panel to be covered by the panel-shaped electric device, wherein the panel-shaped electric device is retained by the first and second retaining members with the first and second edges of the panel-shaped electric device being received in the corresponding grooves such that the surface of the film-shaped electric device having the resin panel attached thereto faces away from the glass panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuaki Uehara, Shigehito Horiuchi, Junya Yoshioka, Tsutomu Iwaya
  • Publication number: 20140203596
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic insulation device for a mobile vehicle in which sound transmitted to the exterior of the vehicle body is blocked by being reflected or diffracted by acoustic insulation bodies provided upright to the vehicle body; and the amount of noise that an observer or local residents are subjected to is further reduced. Movement of a mobile vehicle generates noise in, and in the vicinity of, a power collector or a similar device provided upright on the roof (3) of the vehicle. Acoustic insulation bodies (1L), (2L), (1R), (2R) are provided upright on the roof (3), and block noise travelling directly ahead. The noise is diffracted or reflected by the acoustic insulation bodies (1L), (2L), (1R), (2R), and moves so as to be transmitted to the vehicle exterior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Takeshi Kurita, Fumio Mizushima
  • Patent number: 8781676
    Abstract: An electrically-adjustable light transmitter changes its light transmissivity responsive to an electric signal. By applying the electrically-adjustable light transmitter to a window and thereafter changing the electric signal to it, a window can be tinted and un-tinted. Jurisdictions that prohibit tinted vehicle windows are listed in a data base. A current location determined by a GPS is compared to data base entries. If the location is within an area where tinted windows are prohibited, a controller automatically un-tints the windows, or reduces the window tint to comply with applicable local laws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. McIntyre, Jr., Jerremy H. Anderson, Tod R. Whitmore
  • Patent number: 8701825
    Abstract: In order to mitigate transmission to the passenger compartment of noise generated in the engine compartment, a dash silencer is installed on the passenger-compartment-side surface of the dash panel of an automobile, wherein the mounting operation is facilitated by improving the mounting structure for the dash silencer. A stud pin is provided to the passenger-compartment-side surface of the dash panel, a chevron-shaped slit is formed in the mat-shaped dash silencer, and the stud pin is inserted through the slit, whereby the dash silencer is mounted on the passenger-compartment-side surface of the dash panel, wherein, when the chevron-shaped slit is formed in the dash silencer, a lower portion separated by the slit is caused to project farther than the upper portion toward the passenger compartment, and the lower portion is caused to inflect into the passenger compartment so as to form a stepped shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Howa Textile Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamamoto, Shuichi Mizata
  • Publication number: 20130307292
    Abstract: A roof apparatus for a vehicle includes a movable panel configured to open and close an opening portion, a sunshade configured to be opened in association with an opening operation of the movable panel, a guide rail, a sliding member causing the movable panel in a fully-closed state to move to a tilt state and to perform the opening operation, an engaging member mounted on a front portion of the movable panel and including an engaging portion and a mounting portion at which the engaging member is mounted on the movable panel, the engaging portion is arranged at a vehicle front side relative to the mounting portion, and an engaged member provided at the sunshade, the engaged member is pressed by the engaging portion when the movable panel performs the opening operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshitaka IDE, Tatsuya MATSUI, Ryuta FUKADA, Makoto MURANAKA
  • Patent number: 8382200
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided with transparent roof area having at least one roof window tailored to fit into the roof structure. An adjustable darkening against exposure to incident light is provided toward the passenger compartment. The roof area has a first optically structured, immovably fixed surface and a second optically structured, movable surface. The first and second surfaces are arranged one over the other. The second surface here abuts the first surface so that it can slide over it. While the first surface takes up the entire roof window, the second surface is arranged at least in partial areas of the roof window. The second surface is arranged so that it can move relative to the first surface in such a way that the optical structures lying one over the other alter the incident light as a function of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Mathes, Gunther Heim, Dino Demma
  • Patent number: 8348336
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to sunroof for a vehicle having an opening in its fixed roof. The sunroof comprises a stationary part to be attached to the vehicle, and at least a front closure member and a rear closure member, movably supported by the stationary part. The closure members are movable between a closed position within the roof opening and an open position in which they are moved at least partly away from the roof opening. An intermediate member is supported by the stationary part in the area of the rear end of the front closure member and the front end of the rear closure member when they are in their closed position. An electrical part on each of the closure members requires electrical connections between each closure member and the stationary part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventor: Sander De Bie
  • Patent number: 8336954
    Abstract: There is provided a feeder apparatus for a slide panel so as to reduce the thickness of a panel of a car body the slide panel is attached to. The feeder apparatus 1 includes a wire harness 14 routed between a roof portion 2 and a sunroof 3, and a protector 15. The protector 15 includes a first protector 18 that is attached to rails 5a provided in the roof portion 2 and formed in the long-length shape parallel to the sliding direction of the sunroof 3 and accommodates one end portion 17a of the wire harness 14, and a second protector 2 that includes a protector body 26 slidably provided in the first protector 18 along the sliding direction of the sunroof 3 and a hook portion 27 the other end portion 17b of the wire harness 14 is attached to being attached to the sunroof 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Masataka Yamamoto, Keiji Mori, Takehiko Uehara
  • Patent number: 8129003
    Abstract: A vehicle panel (10) includes a core layer (12) and a layer of metalized film (14) bonded to the core layer (12). In one embodiment, the core layer (12) is made of a material with heat absorption or insulation properties. The layer of metalized film (14) is made of a material having heat reflective properties that can be bonded to the core layer (12). Alternatively, a compatible bonding agent can be applied to the core layer, the metalized film, or both. To form the vehicle panel (10), the layer metalized film (14) is positioned on one half of a mold tool and the core layer (12) is positioned on the other half of the mold tool. Heat is applied to the core layer (12) and the mold tool is closed such that the heat from the core layer (12) causes the metalized film (14) to be in a formable state and bonds to the core layer (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Intier Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: James Daniel Asbury, Larry Kocher, Paul Alan Forgette
  • Patent number: 8091685
    Abstract: A sound absorbing structure is constituted of a vibration plate and a rear air layer and is installed in a luggage compartment or trunk which is separated from a cabin in a vehicle. Sound waves entering into the luggage compartment drive the vibration plate to vibrate so that acoustic energy is converted into mechanical energy and is consumed by way of vibration of the vibration plate. By appropriately setting parameters and dimensions, the sound absorbing structure efficiently absorbs low-frequency sound such as road noise occurring due to friction of wheels of the vehicle traveling on a road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutaka Nakamura, Rento Tanase, Atsushi Yoshida, Masaru Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8029040
    Abstract: A vehicle including a window fastened to a body wall and a method of assembling the vehicle. The window is lined with a safety film adhering to an inner face of the window. A border at the periphery of the window is free of film such that a peripheral limit of the film is situated at a distance from the edge of the window, the distance separating the edge of the window and the limit of the film being alternately variable such that first peripheral portions of the film are in contact with a strip of adhesive, which fastens the window to a vehicle body wall, and second peripheral portions of the film are free with respect to the strip of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Vincent Perrin, Eric Rouffignac
  • Publication number: 20110203025
    Abstract: A waterproof and airtight laminated fabric is disclosed. The fabric is suitable for the manufacture of dry suits, or for the manufacture of a convertible car soft top hood. A dry suit and a car hood made from the fabric, and methods of manufacturing the fabric, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Duncan Cannon
  • Patent number: 7823693
    Abstract: The invention relates to an acoustic panel assembly. There is a need for a simple and inexpensive acoustic panel assembly. An acoustic panel assembly includes a rigid panel with an opening. The panel has an edge rib surrounding the opening, and a wall spaced apart from and surrounding the edge rib. The panel assembly also includes a frame member and a sound control sheet. The frame member has an outer border and a plurality of cross-pieces extending between different parts of the border. A compression rib projects forwardly from an inner edge of the border. The sound control sheet is mounted in and fills the opening. The sheet has an outer edge portion held between the rib of the rigid panel, the wall of the rigid panel, the border of the frame and the compression rib of the frame. The compression rib projects into a rear side of the sheet. The sheet forms a shoulder. The shoulder and the edge rib form a coach joint. The frame cross-pieces engaging a rear surface of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Dean Arden Boyce
  • Patent number: 7641274
    Abstract: An arrangement for closing an opening of a vehicle and a corresponding manufacturing method, in which a shattering protection element (30, 30A, 30B) is fixed to a pane or to a functional element (60) fixed at the pane. The pane and the shattering protection element are connected via a permanently elastic adhesive connection (12) to the vehicle body or to a holding element (18) connected to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Webasto AG
    Inventors: Hubert Boehm, Gerit Erbeck, Werner Paetz, Helmut Teschner, Swen Vilsmayer
  • Patent number: 7503424
    Abstract: A vehicle cab noise suppressing system includes a cab interior panel having an opening exposed to acoustic noise in the cab, an acoustic resonator chamber, and a conduit communicating the resonator chamber to the opening. The resonator chamber is formed by a plurality of walls which are spaced apart from the interior panel and which are formed by a second panel. A third panel cooperates with the walls to enclose the resonator chamber. The chamber volume and the diameter and length of the conduit are chosen so as to acoustically tune the chamber to a noise frequency in the cab and thereby reduce noise in the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Adam Joe Shuttleworth, Jeffrey John Girard, Paul Thomas Bruss, James Reginald Byrd, Jason Michael Edgington, Loren Avan DeVries
  • Patent number: 7503429
    Abstract: The invention relates to an acoustic panel assembly. There is a need for a simple and inexpensive acoustic panel assembly. An acoustic panel assembly includes a parent panel and an insert panel. The parent panel has a higher density body and a sound reflecting skin. The insert panel is mounted to the parent panel, and includes a sound absorbing body, a lower density rim and a sound transmitting skin. The parent panel includes a border portion which surrounds an opening which engages an outer edge of the insert panel. The border portion and the edge engage each other and form an interlocking joint. The border portion defines an annular groove which receives the outer edge of the insert panel. The body of the parent panel comprises a higher density expanded polypropylene material, and rim body of the insert panel comprises a lower density expanded polypropylene material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Dean Arden Boyce
  • Patent number: 7503616
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in which at least one microphone (8) is mounted in the headlining 94) of a passenger cell of the vehicle. The microphone is mounted in a location, which is concealed by a sun visor (6) that is pivotally mounted on the headlining (4) when said visor has been pivoted to lie against the headlining (4). At least the area (7) of the sun visor (6) that conceals the microphone is configured to conduct sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Klaus Linhard, Norbert Niemczyk, Christian Weiss
  • Patent number: 7445275
    Abstract: A vehicle sunroof including a sunroof frame mounted to a vehicle roof opening and having opposing lateral sides. The sunroof frame has an outer edge adjacent to the outer surface of the vehicle roof and an inner edge located within the vehicle cabin. The vehicle sunroof also includes a number of solar panels. Each solar panel includes a solar collection surface for collecting sunlight for producing solar energy. The solar panels extend between and are connected to the opposing lateral sides of the sunroof frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Tyler Blake, Freeman Thomas
  • Publication number: 20080211266
    Abstract: Uncontrolled take-up of a shade and often unexpected noise development are perceived as disturbing by the operator. Therefore, it is provided that a shade arrangement with a length of shade material (10) and a take-up roll (12) to which the length of shade material is attached and which is pretensioned by spring force in the take-up direction of the length of shade, has a pressure volume (46) coupled to the free end (16) of the length of shade material (10) such that, when the length of shade material is unrolled from the take-up shaft (12), a pressure is built up in the pressure volume which, when the length of shade material is released from a position in which it is at least partially unrolled from the take-up roll, the take-up motion of the length of shade is braked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: WEBASTO AG
    Inventors: Alexander Bergmiller, Peter Oberhaus, Michael Koelbl, Thomas Rudolph, Horst-Martin Schulz, Christian Adlhoch, Sebastian Glasl
  • Publication number: 20080185877
    Abstract: A composite material for a folding vehicle roof of a convertible vehicle is provided in which a lower layer that faces the interior of a vehicle when the vehicle roof is closed is constructed at least in part as a woven textile layer, which is bonded on its side that faces away from the interior of the vehicle when the vehicle roof is closed to a leather layer via an intermediate layer and characterized in that on the side of the leather layer that faces an intermediate layer, which serves to improve the water impermeability of the composite material, an intermediate layer that impregnates the leather layer and also serves to improve the water impermeability of the composite material, along with strengthening a bond between the leather layer and the intermediate layer, is applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: WILHELM KARMANN GMBH
    Inventor: Jutta Sommer
  • Publication number: 20070262618
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a concealment device for vehicle roofs with a transparent element comprising a group of technical solutions in the blocking means which enable unblocking and smooth opening and closing movements without losing efficiency in respect of retention. It is characterised by the use in the rail of an elastomeric body with a distortion capacity such that when the braking brake shoe attempts to advance a front of elastomeric material forms in front and a traction zone forms behind, checking the advance. The device also incorporates blocking means which make use of an appropriately configured lever which multiplies the release force of the retention brake shoes applied by means of a wire or similar, by power obtained from the handle device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: GRUPO ANTOLIN-INGENIERIA, S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Gonzalez Merino, Ricardo Iglesias Sedano, Cesar Marcos Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 7267386
    Abstract: A body part of a vehicle, the body part having: an outer sheet that will form a part of the vehicle exterior surface; an inner part disposed between the outer sheet and the passenger compartment when the body part is assembled to the vehicle; a first infrared radiation reflecting layer on the outer surface of the outer sheet; and a second infrared radiation reflecting layer on the surface of the inner part that faces the outer sheet. The inner part includes a thermal insulation material. The outer sheet and the inner part delimit an air flow path for supporting a flow of air adjacent the outer sheet and in the direction of the length of the vehicle. The air flow path is distributed transversely to the length of the vehicle for transporting heat convectively away from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Rolf Hesch
  • Patent number: 7226122
    Abstract: Previously used packing and shipping material, including foam based packaging and support products, may be recycled in a manner so as to reduce the manufacturing costs associated with insulating the structural enclosures of recreational vehicles. By finely shredding pieces of recycled packing material, an adaptive insulation material may be produced such that, when introduced into spatial cavities within structural enclosures of recreational vehicles using, for example, forced air, the adaptive insulation material substantially conforms to regular and irregular contoured structures. Utilizing recycled packing materials as insulation provides many advantages which result in an effective and valuable means for reducing production costs, reducing adverse environmental impact, and maintaining insulation efficiency of recreational vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Alfa Leisure, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnnie R. Crean
  • Patent number: 7185947
    Abstract: Described is a wall structure used, for example, in the form of an instrument panel in a motor vehicle interior. The wall structure is embodied in the form of a laminated material consisting of a top layer, a hollow layer and a lower layer. The top layer is oriented towards the interior of the motor vehicle, and the hollow layer is arranged near a ventilation system of the motor vehicle so that a heat energy is removed from the top layer or is supplied thereto using an airflow. Described is also a method for producing the wall structure which allows to air-conditioning the interior of the motor vehicle or control the temperature of the surface layers inside thereof with low energy consumption and in a quick manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Boehm
  • Patent number: 7128366
    Abstract: The vented heat shield is a device with a plurality of shapes, materials or colors which prevents sunlight from heating the roof or exposed surface of a vehicle by blocking the sunlight from the roof or exposed surface of the vehicle and creating an air gap allowing the movement of air in the gap to dissipate heat from both the protected surface and the heat shield. The action of blocking the heat from the sun reduces the rate of heat build up inside the vehicle and the air gap provides a means for ambient air flow to dissipating the heat from the protected surfaces of the vehicle and the heat shield. The shield can be permanent or removable. It is intended that the device be functional whether the vehicle is moving or stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: John David Russell
  • Patent number: 7059568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fastening an in-fill panel element to a plane panel element of a covering for an aircraft, the in-fill panel element and the panel element being releasably interconnected at longitudinal sides facing each other, a transverse pin being arranged at least in the end portion of a longitudinal side so that a hook element arranged in the corresponding end portion of the other longitudinal side is able to clampingly engage with a hook opening, in such a manner that a covering surface of the in-fill panel element is arranged so as to be even with a covering surface of the panel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Goodrich Hella Aerospace Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: André Hessling, Bodo Wisch
  • Patent number: 7055896
    Abstract: A roof module of a motor vehicle, wherein the roof module is manufactured from a plastic and a roof box device is integrally formed with the roof module in one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Decoma (Germany) GmbH
    Inventors: Kerim Ozkok, Michael Konig, Hans-Joachim Ludwig
  • Patent number: 6988765
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure has a heat radiation insulating arrangement that improves the thermal environment inside a vehicle cabin when the vehicle is positioned at a sunny location during hot weather by increasing the insulation effects of the automobile body along with blocking radiant heat. The heat radiation insulating arrangement of vehicle body structure forms a first space by arranging a light shielding shade on the inside of a windowpane, a second space formed between the exterior roof panel and ceiling material, and an air passageway that links the first space and the second space to allow the air to flow from the first space to the second space. A reflective material is provided on the surface of the second space of the ceiling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nagayama, Hiroaki Harata, Toshiya Shibukawa