Seating Arrangements Patents (Class 296/64)
  • Patent number: 11186009
    Abstract: A controller for a concrete mixer vehicle includes a base, an elongated shaft extending from the base, and a control portion positioned at free end of the elongated shaft. The control portion has a grip portion and a button interface providing at least one of a plurality of controls. The plurality of controls facilitate selectively operating (i) a hopper actuator to reposition a charge hopper between a first position and a second position, (ii) a first chute actuator to pivot a chute about a lateral axis to raise and lower a distal end of the chute, (iii) a second chute actuator to pivot the chute about a vertical axis to move the distal end left and right, (iv) a drum driver to control at least one of a speed or a rotational direction of a mixing drum, and (v) a transmission of the concrete mixer vehicle in one of a plurality of modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Bjornstad, Jeremy Andringa, Eric Wall
  • Patent number: 11167712
    Abstract: A protective shield assembly for use on a bus is disclosed. The assembly includes a first fastener affixed to the luggage rack of the bus, a second fastener affixed to a rear surface of the backrest of the seats of a row of the bus, and a body extending between the luggage rack and the seats to form a barrier between adjacent rows. The body includes an upper end having a third fastener and a lower end having a lower edge, a cut-out, a fourth fastener, and a furled portion. The third fastener is attached to the first fastener and the fourth fastener is attached to the second fastener fixing the body in position. The cut-out divides the furled portion into a left portion and a right portion that selectively and independently uncurl as the body is pulled toward a planar configuration when one of the seats is reclined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Louis Sardo
  • Patent number: 11110820
    Abstract: A vehicle seat controller is provided to control a front seat assembly and a rear seat assembly positioned directly behind of the front seat assembly. The vehicle seat controller programmed to receive a first input indicating whether the rear seat assembly is occupied and receive a second input indicating a position of the front seat assembly. The vehicle seat controller is programmed to provide a signal to an actuator to move the front seat assembly forward if the first input indicates the rear seat is occupied and the second input indicates the position exceeds a rearward travel threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Karl Henn, Mark R. Keyser, Mladen Humer, Mark Sparschu
  • Patent number: 11072427
    Abstract: A four-suite unit positionable in an aircraft cabin to one side of a longitudinal aisle and including first and second suites positioned longitudinally-aligned and facing each other, a shared passageway positioned between foot ends of the first and second suites, third and fourth suites positioned longitudinally-aligned and to one side of the respective first and second suites, a first passageway positioned between a portion of the first suite and a portion of the third suite for accessing the third suite from the shared passageway, and a second passageway positioned between a portion of the second suite and a portion of the fourth suite for accessing the fourth suite from the shared passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Dowty, Tracy N. Pence, Matt Round, Vien Mcarthur Nguyen, Martin Hong Lun Mo, Erik Eivind Sutton Nilsen, Anthony Michael Charles, Brian Jeremy Conner, Harry Howard Hanson
  • Patent number: 10967761
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure may include a vehicle having one or more tires, a body, and an occupant compartment including: a rotatable platform, a central pod seat and one or more companion pod seats disposed on the rotatable platform, and one or more rear seats, wherein the rotatable platform is configured to rotate the central pod seat and the one or more companion pod seats toward a front of the vehicle in a first mode and toward a rear of the vehicle in a second mode, and wherein the central pod seat is further configured to translate linearly away from a center of the rotatable platform into a first position and toward the center of the rotatable platform into a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yimeng Li, Ricky Jukuei Hsu, Jean-Hugues Tuan Huy Nguyen, Michael McGee
  • Patent number: 10946741
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle includes a foldable accelerator pedal device and a foldable brake pedal device. The foldable accelerator pedal device is an organ-type foldable accelerator pedal device, a pendant-type foldable accelerator pedal device, or a pressure-operation-type accelerator pedal device. The foldable brake pedal device is an organ-type foldable brake pedal device, a pendant-type foldable brake pedal device, and a pressure-operation-type brake pedal device. The foldable accelerator pedal device and the foldable brake pedal device are mounted in a space below the driver's seat. The foldable accelerator pedal device, the foldable brake pedal device, and the space below the driver's seat are configured to accommodate any one of the foldable accelerator pedal devices in combination with any one of the foldable brake pedal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Kyung Chang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Hyeon Uk Kim, Sung Il Byun
  • Patent number: 10857913
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a swivel assembly coupled to a seat base and a rail bracket. The swivel assembly can be external to an impact load-path and can include a ring gear and a spur gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10858111
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seat including decoupled seat back and seat bottom elements configured to be selectively positioned with respect to spaced seat elements to allow the seat to be used for seating or storage as desired. The passenger seat is convertible by repositioning the seat back and seat bottom elements to provide conventional forward-facing seating, face-to-face seating with a longitudinally aligned and adjacent seat, or seat storage as desired. The seat back and seat bottom elements track along a track assembly affixed along facing inboard sides of fixed seat elements such as arm rest assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Horng Jaan Lin, Glenn A. Johnson, Charles Martin Hansson
  • Patent number: 10821928
    Abstract: A system includes an airbag including a first lobe, a second lobe, a first tether connected to the first lobe, and a second tether connected to the second lobe, a seat rotatable relative to the airbag from a first position to a second position, and a computer programmed to, based on whether the seat is in the first position or the second position, release one of the first tether or the second tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Deepak Patel, Krishnakanth E. Aekbote, Srinivas Reddy Malapati
  • Patent number: 10696188
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle including the following: a vehicle body having side walls on both sides in a width direction that is perpendicular to the direction of travel, and having an expanded portion between the upper end and the lower end of the side wall, the expanded portion being expanded further outward in the width direction than the upper end and the lower end; and a seat provided in the vehicle body and having a seatback along the side wall and a seat surface that extends inward in the width direction of the vehicle body from the seatback, the portion of the rear surface of the seatback that faces the side wall and that protrudes the farthest towards the side wall being disposed in a position facing the expanded portion of an in-vehicle-side lateral surface of the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Kanemori, Nobuyuki Fujio, Yoshiki Okubo, Ryuji Karasawa
  • Patent number: 10696405
    Abstract: A four-suite unit positionable in an aircraft cabin to one side of a longitudinal aisle and including first and second suites positioned longitudinally-aligned and facing each other, a shared passageway positioned between foot ends of the first and second suites, third and fourth suites positioned longitudinally-aligned and to one side of the respective first and second suites, a first passageway positioned between a portion of the first suite and a portion of the third suite for accessing the third suite from the shared passageway, and a second passageway positioned between a portion of the second suite and a portion of the fourth suite for accessing the fourth suite from the shared passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Dowty, Tracy N. Pence, Matt Round, Vien McArthur Nguyen, Martin Hong Lun Mo, Erik Eivind Sutton Nilsen, Anthony Michael Charles, Brian Jeremy Conner, Harry Howard Hanson
  • Patent number: 10688865
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a fuel tank main body portion, a first supporting pillar portion, and a second supporting pillar portion. The first supporting pillar portion is provided at a vehicle rear side of an inner side of the fuel tank main body portion. The second supporting pillar portion is provided at a vehicle front side of the first supporting pillar portion at the inner side of the fuel tank main body portion and is longer in the vehicle vertical direction than the first supporting pillar portion is in the vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinsuke Amano, Yuuki Nagase, Toshiaki Asahara
  • Patent number: 10676195
    Abstract: A passenger seat arrangement for a vehicle cabin includes at least one first group of passenger seats with a first passenger seat and a second passenger seat, at least one third passenger seat, and an aisle extending parallel to a longitudinal axis. The first passenger seat or the third passenger seat is arranged directly adjacent to the aisle and with a seating direction extending parallel thereto. A seating direction of the second passenger seat is rotated relative to the seating direction of the first passenger seat by a first angle of at least 2°, and the first group of passenger seats and the third passenger seat are arranged adjacent to one another and have a longitudinal offset along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Weifenbach
  • Patent number: 10675994
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a seat bottom and backrest is configured for movement between a forward-facing position and an inwardly-rotated position in a reconfigurable vehicle passenger cabin. The movement includes rotation about a vertical axis located along an inboard side of the seat and a rear side of the seat bottom. The vertical axis can be located within an inboard quarter of the seat, rearward of an occupant seating surface of the seat bottom, forward or rearward of a rear side of a bottom end of the backrest, and various combinations of these locations. In addition to providing a seat occupant with additional freedom of movement within the passenger cabin, the inwardly-rotated position of the seat can also provide a safer condition for the seat occupant with respect to structural portions of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Fitzpatrick, Matthew Benson, Desmond O'Regan, Markus Uhlig, Fabrice Aycoberry
  • Patent number: 10569669
    Abstract: A vehicle includes first and second rows of seats and a rail system. The rail system includes lateral and longitudinal tracks. First, second, and third seating assemblies are each coupled to the rail system. The first and third seating assemblies are actuatable along the rail system to be positioned between a pair of rearward wheel wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10569881
    Abstract: A multiple seat set for use in a transport vehicle such as an aircraft is disclosed. The seat set increases seating room and comfort for passengers without increasing the footprint of the seat set. The seat set includes a staggered seating arrangement where seating surfaces of adjacent seats are disposed in alternating heights (e.g., vertical heights) while the seating surfaces and seat backs of such adjacent seats are disposed in alternating forward and back positions. The staggering of the seat surfaces and seat backs results in misalignment of shoulders and hips of passengers in adjacent seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Molon Labe, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Matthew Scott, Kevin Lee Van Liere
  • Patent number: 10549857
    Abstract: Passenger seating arrangements for an airliner or other conveyance including a plurality of individual suites arranged into longitudinal columns. Lateral aisles extending from longitudinal aisles lead to branch aisles that provide access to suites spaced apart from the longitudinal aisles, and each lateral aisle can be shared to provide access to two outboard suites. Suites are arranged to maximize seating density and privacy, and each suite is equipped with premium features and amenities for use by occupants during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Dowty, Tracy N. Pence, Matt Round, Vien McArthur Nguyen, Martin Hong Lun Mo, Erik Eivind Sutton Nilsen, Anthony Michael Charles, Brian Jeremy Conner, Harry Howard Hanson
  • Patent number: 10507856
    Abstract: A beach cart is formed from a frame that has a pair of wheel trucks depend downwardly from either end thereof. A handle is attached at one end of the frame, either to the frame or to the wheel truck thereat, to pull the cart. A pair of chairs is attached to the frame and each has a base, a back, and a leg rest with the back capable of reclining and the leg rest capable of rotating with respect to the base. A table is located on either end of the frame and each rotates between an upright folded position and a deployed horizontal position. The chair back and leg rest as well as the tables act as sidewall when items are being transported by the cart between two locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Malson, Tom Malson
  • Patent number: 10414280
    Abstract: A selective battery control system includes a battery exchange station and an at least partially electric vehicle communicably coupled to the battery exchange station. The at least partially electric vehicle includes processing circuitry configured to determine a number of batteries needed for a trip, determine if the at least partially electric vehicle has a correct number of batteries, and in response to the at least partially electric vehicle having an incorrect number of batteries, add or remove batteries until the at least partially electric vehicle has the correct number of batteries for the trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Colby S. Williams, Scott L. Frederick
  • Patent number: 10406903
    Abstract: A golf car includes a floor panel between front wheels and rear wheels. The floor panel includes first and second panels. An opening is provided in the second panel. A groove communicates with the opening, and is continuous from the second panel to the first panel. The groove is covered by a lid. External air from the groove is supplied by a fan into a shroud which covers a cylinder body and also into a muffler cover which covers a muffler. External air from an air intake duct, which faces the groove, is cleaned by an air cleaner and then supplied into the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA MOTOR POWER PRODUCTS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Yamamoto, Yoshio Ataka, Takeshi Ito, Yoshiki Tonooka
  • Patent number: 10370108
    Abstract: A passenger seating arrangement for use in an aircraft cabin, wherein the seat units are arranged in an inwardly facing herringbone layout. A screen is arranged to separate a passenger in each aft seat unit from a passenger in a fore seat unit in front of it in the column. The screen comprises an upper part and a lower part below the upper part, the upper and lower parts of the screen being offset relative to each other, for example to create an overhang on the side of the screen facing the aft seat unit, such that, the upper part provides shoulder space for a passenger seated in the fore seat unit, and the lower part provides arm space, in which there is an arm rest, for a passenger seated in the aft seat unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ACUMEN DESIGN ASSOCIATES LTD
    Inventor: Andrew Williams
  • Patent number: 10144471
    Abstract: A vehicle straddle seat has a base extending generally in a first direction from a first edge. A backrest, formed integrally with the base, is spaced from the first edge and extends away from the base in a second direction generally perpendicular to the first direction. The backrest includes a first surface facing generally towards the first edge and a second surface facing away therefrom. A plurality of ribs formed on at least one of the first and second surfaces extends at least in the second direction. The plurality of ribs is configured to allow flexing of at least a portion of the backrest with respect to the base towards the first edge and away therefrom. The first surface is rigidly connected to the second surface so that the first and second surfaces flex together with respect to the base. Latch mechanisms and vehicles having the seat are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Serge Lang, Richard Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 9889769
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a front seat and a rear seat, each having a backrest and a squab. The front and rear seats are arranged in a staggered duplex overlapping relationship. A portion of a front edge of the rear seat squab overlaps a portion of a rear edge of the front seat squab. An inboard edge of the rear seat squab overlaps a portion of an inboard edge of the front seat squab. A longitudinal distance measured from a front edge of the front seat squab to a rear edge of the rear seat squab is less than the sum of the longitudinal lengths of the front and rear seat squabs. A transverse distance measured from an outboard edge of the front seat squab to an outboard edge of the rear seat squab is less than the sum of the widths of the front and rear seat squabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 9889936
    Abstract: A forward concave trapezoidal seating system and methods are presented. Trapezoidal seats comprise a front side smaller than a rear side. The trapezoidal seats are aligned in a forward arc from a straight seat to a most-angled seat. A straight side of the straight seat is configured to substantially align with a center line of an aircraft fuselage. A most-angled side of the most-angled seat is angled inboard relative to the straight side, and the most-angled seat is outboard of the straight seat. A side unit is coupled to the most-angled side and supports the trapezoidal seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lowell Bruce Campbell, Gregory J. Oakes
  • Patent number: 9855860
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to vehicles capable of autonomous driving. These vehicles may include seats for accommodating different numbers of passengers. In some cases, the seats may be reconfigurable. For instance, a vehicle may include a first row of seating having a first, passenger use configuration. The first row may allow a passenger to sit in a seat of the first row of seating and access user input controls for the vehicle. The first row of seating may also have a second, folded configuration where the first row is in a folded configuration and no longer usable for passenger seating. The vehicle may also have a second row of seating. When the first row of seating is in the second, folded configuration, the second row of seating may still be usable for seating and may include additional legroom for the passenger as compared to when the first row of seating is in the first passenger use configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: YooJung Ahn, David Tse-Zhou Lu, Min Li Chan, Brian Douglas Cullinane, Adam Lee Frost, Philippe Robert Agostino Holland, Hassan Rashid Mir, Marcos Aniceto Villalón Caro, Isaac Lopes Nogueras
  • Patent number: 9616759
    Abstract: An electric vehicle comprises an electric motor which rotates a wheel; a battery which is an electric power supply unit for the electric motor; and a battery accommodating space which is provided in a vehicle body and accommodates the battery therein; wherein the battery accommodating space includes a first accommodating section which stores a standard battery pack including a first battery as the battery, and a second accommodating section which accommodates an optional battery pack including a second battery as the battery such that the optional battery pack is removable from the vehicle body, and wherein a voltage of the first battery is a value corresponding to an activation voltage of the electric motor, and the electric vehicle is capable of driving with an electric power supplied from at least the first battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimoto Matsuda, Kazuma Waida
  • Patent number: 9551272
    Abstract: A power system including an engine, a first heat transfer circuit, and a second heat transfer circuit. The first heat transfer circuit includes a first heat exchanger that cools a first circuit fluid. The first circuit fluid cools a block and a head of the engine. The second heat transfer circuit includes a second heat exchanger that cools a second circuit fluid. The second circuit fluid cools a lube oil cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan D. Sheidler, Matthew R. Evers, Craig W. Lohmann
  • Patent number: 9518748
    Abstract: Biosafety units, methods of making, and sealing the same are disclosed herein. The units comprise at least one controlled air, sealable, sterilizable cleanroom; and a mechanical system room adjacent to the cleanroom comprising: at least two air handling units in a support room adjacent the cleanroom that provide redundant air to the cleanroom with at least Class 100,000 air purity, the air handling units connected to a one or more supply ducts to the cleanroom, and an exhaust duct in communication with the cleanroom and the air handling unit exhaust, wherein a pressure gradient is formed between the cleanroom and the exterior of the structure; and at least two power supplies that provide redundant power to electrical outlets in the cleanroom, wherein the at least two power supplies are connectable to one or more external power sources and the structure is pre-validatable or validated for pharmaceutical manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: G-CON MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventors: R. Barry Holtz, Troy Arledge, Phillip B. Maples, David M. Shanahan
  • Patent number: 9469215
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting in a door aperture of a vehicle. The apparatus includes a mounting element for mounting the apparatus in the door aperture. The mounting element is adapted to cooperate with a fixing disposed on the vehicle. The apparatus can include one or more seats for use when the vehicle is stationary. A method of mounting the apparatus to a vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Belinda Mason, Mark Truman, Thomas Scola, Robert Egan
  • Patent number: 9381962
    Abstract: The van can be produced by a van modification wherein a portion of the bed in front of the rear doors and behind the rear wheels is removed. A pan is installed; the pan floor lies below the space occupied by the portion removed. A shelf is installed above the pan floor to define a suitcase rack. Seats are installed upon the shelf. An oversized windshield is installed. A seat grouping is arranged behind the driver and below the shelf. A seating row is arranged in front of the shelf row and immediately behind the grouping and disposed above the grouping and below the shelf. A seating row is arranged immediately in front of the shelf row and immediately behind the row of seats arranged immediately behind the grouping. The row arranged immediately in front of the shelf is below the shelf and above the seats immediately behind the grouping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: DUR-A-BUS COACH BUILDERS LTD.
    Inventor: Lorenzo D'Urso
  • Patent number: 9327621
    Abstract: A storage structure of an off-road vehicle includes a front row seat, a back row seat capable of switching between a usage position where a passenger sits, and a stowed position, a back row floor where a passenger seated in the back row seat places his feet when the back row seat is in the usage position or forms a portion of the storage structure, creating a storage space when the back row seat is in the stowed position, and rear doors. In the stowed position, the back row seat covers an upper part of the upper space of the back row floor, and the rear doors cover a side part of the upper space of the back row floor forming a rear storage section and the back row seat concurrently provide a load-carrying platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Oshima
  • Patent number: 9211818
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, including a substructure and a backrest articulated on the substructure, can be transferred from a sitting position to a floor position by folding the backrest forward. A first rocker and second rocker, on the two outer seat faces, articulate the backrest on the substructure. The substructure, the first rocker, the backrest, and the second rocker form a four-bar linkage. Each of the second rockers is rotatably connected to the substructure by a respective second joint and to the backrest by a respective third joint. A transverse tube extends in the transverse vehicle direction between the two second rockers. The transverse tube has two ends, each of which is fastened to the associated second rocker in an area between the second joint and the third joint of the respective four-bar linkage. At least one connection point of a child seat fastening system is provided on the transverse tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Components GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Markel
  • Patent number: 9211821
    Abstract: An anti-pinch system for vehicle seating includes a front seat that has an actuator configured to automatically slide the front seat between the driving position and entry/exit position. A rear seat is fixed rearward from the front seat and has a seatbelt that releasably engages a clasp. A memory module prevents the front seat from automatically moving rearward to the entry/exit position when the seatbelt is engaged to the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Alan Kreder
  • Patent number: 9162766
    Abstract: A layout for a cabin in a passenger transport vehicle, that includes at least one longitudinal aisle and seats for passengers arranged in rows, each accessible by a longitudinal aisle. At least one row of at least two seats is arranged so as to be inclined relative to a longitudinal aisle. The seats of the row are arranged side by side and oriented perpendicularly to the row and to the aisle enabling access to the row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS
    Inventors: Bruno Saint-Jalmes, Jason Zaneboni, Bernard Rumeau
  • Patent number: 9102243
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a passenger vehicle includes a vehicular central longitudinal axis. A front seat and a rear seat each include a central longitudinal axis. The respective central longitudinal axes of the front and rear seats are arranged on opposite sides of the vehicular central longitudinal axis in a staggered relationship. The front seat is mounted high and at least one of the seats is positioned such that the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat measured at a rear edge of the respective seat is mounted closer to the vehicular central longitudinal axis than is possible with a symmetrical side-by-side seating arrangement by mounting the respective seat such that a distance measured from the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat at a rear edge of the seat to the vehicular central longitudinal axis is less than half the width of the rear edge of the respective seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 8973965
    Abstract: A rear-facing seat for a vehicle comprises: a seat portion connected to the vehicle by a hinge so that the rear-facing seat assumes at least a stowed position and an unstowed position; and a back portion connected to the seat portion, wherein in the unstowed position the back portion assumes at least an up position and a down position, wherein in the up position (i) a hook on the back portion engages a first striker on a vehicle wall, and (ii) a latch on the back portion engages a second striker of a back of a forward-facing seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl Zalan, Sohel Merchant
  • Patent number: 8973966
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a stepped floor that has an upper portion and a lower portion. A front seat is disposed on the lower portion. A rear seat is arranged in a staggered relationship behind the front seat. The front seat is mounted high and has an upright backrest and the rear seat has a backrest that is more reclined than the backrest of the front seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 8950796
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a central longitudinal axis extending through the vehicle. A front seat is configured for use by a driver and defines a front seat central longitudinal axis. A rear seat is configured for use by a passenger and defines a rear seat central longitudinal axis. The front and rear seats are substantially arranged on opposite sides of the central longitudinal axis in a staggered relationship. The central longitudinal axis of the front seat is arranged at a different angle with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the vehicle than the central longitudinal axis of the rear seat. At least one of the seats is positioned such that the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat measured at a rear edge of the seat is mounted closer to the central longitudinal axis of the vehicle than is possible with a symmetrical side-by-side seating arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Publication number: 20150028634
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, in particular a passenger seat for a bus, includes a seat member with a seat upholstery carrier and seat upholstery, which is rigidly arranged on the seat upholstery carrier; the vehicle seat also includes a backrest with a back upholstery carrier and back upholstery, which is rigidly arranged on the back upholstery carrier; and a support structure for receiving forces which act on the vehicle seat. The support structure is constructed as a rigid carrier frame arranged at the peripheral side outside the seat member and the backrest and which is connected to the seat upholstery carrier and the back upholstery carrier. The carrier frame has carrier rails which are arranged in pairs and which extend along opposing lateral edges of the seat member and the backrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Michael SCHERELLO, Achim BURMEISTER
  • Patent number: 8911016
    Abstract: A seat structure is configured to allow three passengers to be seated, respectively, in a left seat (1L), a right seat (1R), and a region striding across a boundary between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). The left seat (1L) can be slid leftward to create a walk-through space (S) between the right and left seats (1R, 1L). A headrest (1c) for a middle seat passenger seated between the right and left seats (1R, 1L) is split into right and left split headrests each supported on a top of a seat back of a corresponding seat. The middle seat passenger's left split headrest (1c-L) is moved with the left seat (1L) when sliding the left seat (1L) to allow the right and left seats (1R, 1L) to become spaced apart from each other so as to unblock the walk-through space (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140353956
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground engaging members and a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members. The frame assembly extends generally along a longitudinal axis of the utility vehicle. The utility vehicle further includes a front seating section coupled to the frame. The front seating section is configured to support an operator and a first passenger. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes a rear seating section coupled to the frame. The rear seating section is configured to support a second passenger and a third passenger. The rear seating section has an angled panel configured as a dead pedal for the second and third passengers, and a portion of the rear seating section extends forwardly into the front seating section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Bjerketvedt, Jordy A. Reed, Ricky G. Jaeger, Phillip B. Swain, Gordon J. Steinmetz, Daniel L. Goffman, Andy T. Ives, Curtis C. Carruth
  • Patent number: 8888160
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a single occupancy front seat configured for use by a driver of the vehicle. A single occupancy rear seat is configured for use by a passenger of the vehicle and arranged in a staggered relationship with respect to the front seat. A child seat is mounted asymmetrically on the rear seat such that the child seat is positioned further from the front seat than it would be if symmetrically mounted on the rear seat. Mountings secure the child seat on the rear seat and are positioned to mount the child seat asymmetrically on the rear seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Tosten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 8851547
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a vehicle having at least three seats, comprising two rear passenger seats aligned substantially transversely, and a driver's seat arranged substantially centrally and in front of said two rear passenger seats. The driver's seat extending rearward beyond the front of the legs of the rear passengers when seated in the passenger seats. The seats being arrangeable in multiple configurations: a three-seat configuration with a storage space behind the passenger seats, a two-seat configuration with one of the passenger seats folded down to extend said storage space and a one-seat configuration in which both passenger seats are folded down to extend further said storage space. A vehicle engine is mounted in a space beneath said storage space behind the passenger seats and/or beneath the passenger seats and a fuel tank, batteries or other power source is mounted beneath the driver's seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gordon Murray Design Limited
    Inventor: Ian Gordon Murray
  • Patent number: 8764035
    Abstract: With a motor vehicle having a front axle and rear axle, underbody and shock absorbers, each of which extend between an upper point of action on the underbody and a control arm on the rear axle extending adjacent to a rear wheel, and at least one back seat the upper point of action of one of the shock absorbers is located vertically below the back seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Stefan Gloger
  • Publication number: 20140152040
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a front seat and a rear seat, each having a backrest and a squab. The front and rear seats are arranged in a staggered duplex overlapping relationship. A portion of a front edge of the rear seat squab overlaps a portion of a rear edge of the front seat squab. An inboard edge of the rear seat squab overlaps a portion of an inboard edge of the front seat squab. A longitudinal distance measured from a front edge of the front seat squab to a rear edge of the rear seat squab is less than the sum of the longitudinal lengths of the front and rear seat squabs. A transverse distance measured from an outboard edge of the front seat squab to an outboard edge of the rear seat squab is less than the sum of the widths of the front and rear seat squabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Publication number: 20140152043
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a single occupancy front seat configured for use by a driver of the vehicle. A single occupancy rear seat is configured for use by a passenger of the vehicle and arranged in a staggered relationship with respect to the front seat. A child seat is mounted asymmetrically on the rear seat such that the child seat is positioned further from the front seat than it would be if symmetrically mounted on the rear seat. Mountings secure the child seat on the rear seat and are positioned to mount the child seat asymmetrically on the rear seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Publication number: 20140152041
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a stepped floor that has an upper portion and a lower portion. A front seat is disposed on the lower portion. A rear seat is arranged in a staggered relationship behind the front seat. The front seat is mounted high and has an upright backrest and the rear seat has a backrest that is more reclined than the backrest of the front seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Publication number: 20140152042
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a central longitudinal axis extending through the vehicle. A front seat is configured for use by a driver and defines a front seat central longitudinal axis. A rear seat is configured for use by a passenger and defines a rear seat central longitudinal axis. The front and rear seats are substantially arranged on opposite sides of the central longitudinal axis in a staggered relationship. The central longitudinal axis of the front seat is arranged at a different angle with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the vehicle than the central longitudinal axis of the rear seat. At least one of the seats is positioned such that the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat measured at a rear edge of the seat is mounted closer to the central longitudinal axis of the vehicle than is possible with a symmetrical side-by-side seating arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Publication number: 20140152039
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a passenger vehicle includes a vehicular central longitudinal axis. A front seat and a rear seat each include a central longitudinal axis. The respective central longitudinal axes of the front and rear seats are arranged on opposite sides of the vehicular central longitudinal axis in a staggered relationship. The front seat is mounted high and at least one of the seats is positioned such that the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat measured at a rear edge of the respective seat is mounted closer to the vehicular central longitudinal axis than is possible with a symmetrical side-by-side seating arrangement by mounting the respective seat such that a distance measured from the central longitudinal axis of the respective seat at a rear edge of the seat to the vehicular central longitudinal axis is less than half the width of the rear edge of the respective seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Torsten Gerhardt, Robert Spahl
  • Patent number: 8714618
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame, a utility bed, a seat, and a locking device. The utility bed includes a bed frame and is pivotally coupled with the frame between a hauling position and a dumping position. The seat includes a seat back that is pivotally coupled with the bed frame between a stowed position and a deployed position. The locking device is coupled with the bed frame and includes a latch. The latch is moveable relative to both the bed frame and the seat back, between a lock position and an unlock position. When the seat back is in the stowed position, the latch is in the unlock position and disengaged from the frame. When the seat back is in the deployed position and the utility bed is in the hauling position, the latch is in the lock position and engaged with the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Casey Heit, Eric B. Stevens