Dashboards Patents (Class 296/70)
  • Patent number: 10261317
    Abstract: The image display device includes a light source, screens on which images are formed by being irradiated with light from the light source, a scanning unit that scans the screens by using the light from the light source, an optical system that generates a virtual image by using light from the screens, and a drive unit that includes a holder for integrally supporting the screens and moves the screens together with the holder The screens are aligned in a direction perpendicular to a movement direction of the holder caused by the drive unit, and are installed at positions that are shifted from each other by a certain distance in the movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Furuya, Akira Kurozuka, Yuta Yamamoto, Susumu Uragami
  • Patent number: 10142824
    Abstract: A communication system 20 includes a short-range wireless communication device 45 installed in a vehicle 10. The short-range wireless communication device 45 is a device capable of performing short-range wireless communication with a portable communication terminal 46. The short-range wireless communication device 45 is provided in the vicinity of a surface 12c of an instrument panel 12. A first groove portion 35 and a second groove portion 36 are formed in the surface 12c of the instrument panel 12, in the vicinity of the short-range wireless communication device 45.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Hagihara, Arata Isobe, Fuyuto Takeyama, Yosuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10093149
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body and an HVAC unit. The vehicle body has a first structure and a second structure that define a gap. The HVAC unit is fixed to the vehicle body and includes a motor and a case housing the motor. The case is disposed in the gap, abuts the first structure and the second structure, and reinforces the vehicle body between the first structure and the second structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Allen Bodey, Jr., Michael James Freeman, Kevin Brohl
  • Patent number: 10076957
    Abstract: An assembly structure for assembling the cluster panel with a vehicle body, the cluster panel being integrated with onboard equipment, the vehicle body including a receiving portion that can receive the onboard equipment integrated with the cluster panel, and a sliding surface disposed below the receiving portion, the sliding surface extending for a prescribed length from a position on a vehicle interior side to a position on a farther side of the receiving portion; and the onboard equipment including a sliding contact portion that can come in sliding contact with the sliding surface when the onboard equipment integrated with the cluster panel is put into and taken out from the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Inagaki, Toshinao Wada
  • Patent number: 9950745
    Abstract: A cockpit cross beam for a motor vehicle includes at least one structured metal section arranged on the driver's side, wherein the metal section exhibits cross-sectional areas varying in the axial direction and has connection elements for connecting the metal section to other structural parts of a motor vehicle body. A cockpit cross beam that permits variable steering column angles of inclination with identical steering column connection is achieved in that the metal section arranged on the driver's side in each case has rotationally symmetric cross-sectional areas as connection elements at its ends and the cross-sectional areas of the ends have a common rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Mark Hirt, Martin Hinz, Detlef Steinhöfer
  • Patent number: 9688147
    Abstract: An instrument cluster assembly is provided and includes a case assembly having a visor attached to a front side of the case assembly, the visor having at least one sound hole. The instrument cluster assembly also includes a dial sheet having at least one indicator. The instrument cluster assembly also includes a lens mounted to the visor such that the at least one indicator of the dial sheet is viewable through the lens. The instrument cluster assembly also includes a speaker that generates sound waves and a sound tube that directs the sound waves from the speaker to the at least one sound hole of the visor such that the sound waves generated by the speaker travel through the sound tube and exit the at least one sound hole of the visor without traveling through the dial sheet and the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Denso International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Koch, Ryo Kunitachi, Brandon Peterson, Joseph Falzon, Amol Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 9573627
    Abstract: An instrument panel reinforcement structure has: a housing (24), that is made of metal and is disposed within an instrument panel (16), of a head-up display device (20) that projects image information onto a front windshield glass (14); and an instrument panel reinforcement (18) that is made of metal, and extends along a vehicle transverse direction within the instrument panel, and is joined to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shizuo Sanjo
  • Patent number: 9547172
    Abstract: A heads up display system includes a computer that is programmed to receive data from one or more sources in a vehicle. The computer is further programmed to identify respective subsets of the data to be provided to respective ones of a plurality of display devices, and to provide the respective subsets of the data to the respective display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Anthony Gerald King, Jeff Allen Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9510482
    Abstract: A wire harness fixing structure includes a cooling medium tank provided with a cooling medium relief valve; a sensor that is installed in the cooling medium tank; a connection terminal that is located beyond the cooling medium relief valve as viewed from a position where the sensor is installed; a wire harness that electrically connects the sensor to the connection terminal; and a bracket that is fastened to the cooling medium tank and that fixes the wire harness. The bracket includes a fastened portion that is fastened to the cooling medium tank, and a retention portion that has a substantially U-shaped form closed at a side facing the cooling medium relief valve and that retains the wire harness in the U-shaped form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Tsuboi, Taketo Takeuchi, Takafumi Ogisu
  • Patent number: 9368001
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for handling banknotes. The device comprises a display unit having a display surface for displaying at least one graphical user interface. Moreover, the device comprises a drive unit for tilting the display unit about the axis of rotation. The display unit is connected to a gear segment formed along a circular arc, the axis of rotation extending through the center of curvature of the circular arc. A gear which is operatively connected to the drive unit engages with the teeth of the gear segment formed along the circular arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Rophie Rabanos, Hengky Wirawan, Lutz Bernhard
  • Patent number: 9266430
    Abstract: A multi-gauge pod integratable with a motorcycle windscreen includes a front panel having an upper edge of a curved configuration conforming to the curvature of a semi-conical wedge-shaped shell portion of the windscreen, a lower edge below and spaced from the upper edge, and plural openings formed in the front panel spaced apart from one another and disposed in a clustered arrangement between and spaced from the upper and lower edges such that the front panel provides a dashboard that integrates within the motorcycle windscreen with the openings providing sites for mounting gauges thereto. The pod also includes a base and may include a tunnel both rigidly connected along front edges thereof to the lower edge of the front panel and extending rearward therefrom so as to rigidly support the front panel in an upright position relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Carlos Ariel Perez
  • Patent number: 9254808
    Abstract: An inflatable active bolster for a vehicle occupant, the active bolster comprising a front wall and a rear wall, the front and rear walls being interconnected to form a hollow chamber. The front wall has deformable features that permit the hollow chamber to volumetrically expand upon inflation of the hollow chamber by an inflator. The active bolster further includes a reaction plate for attachment of the active bolster to a suitable vehicle mount structure. The hollow chamber is attached to the reaction plate through a releasable engagement mechanism. The active bolster provides for snap-in installation, and easier detachment for servicing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Salflex Polymers Limited
    Inventor: Raj S. Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 9227671
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel reinforcement capable of raising ease of vehicle installation is provided. The instrument panel reinforcement is formed with a cross-section profile of square shaped closed cross-section profile from an upper member and a lower member, is disposed along a vehicle width direction at the inside of a vehicle instrument panel. Plural first protruding portions are formed to one end portion of the upper member, and plural first projection portions are formed to another end portion thereof. Similarly, plural second protruding portions are formed to one end portion of the lower member and plural second projection portions are formed to another end portion thereof. The first protruding portions and the second projection portions, and the first projection portions and the second protruding portions, are projection welded together at plural points simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Aoki, Masayuki Azuma
  • Patent number: 9174600
    Abstract: An impact absorbing device includes a plate and a panel having a panel thickness. An intermediate portion has a portion thickness and extends between the plate and the panel. The intermediate portion defines a chamber between the plate and the panel. A port is in communication with the chamber. The portion thickness is less than the panel thickness. The impact absorbing device is movable to a deployed position to contact an occupant during a collision. Since the portion thickness is less than the panel thickness, the intermediate portion expands more quickly, providing an impact surface for the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Robert William McCoy, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 9140284
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a datum. The datum has a first portion configured to interface with a work-piece having a critical surface associated with a fit-and-finish surface, and a second portion configured to interface with a mating structure. The datum is adjusted in such a way that the datum facilitates placement of the critical surface within acceptable tolerance to the fit-and-finish surface once the datum is placed between the work-piece and the mating structure, and the work-piece is installed to the mating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dave Black
  • Patent number: 9056685
    Abstract: A method for mounting interior components in an aircraft includes premounting a first interior component and premounting a second interior component. At least one of the first and the second interior component is secured to a mounting device and the first and second interior components are connected to form an individual module. A plurality of individual modules secured to the mounting device are interconnected to form a large module which is secured to the mounting device. The large module is detached from the mounting device and transported to a final-mounting position in an aircraft fuselage element. The detached large module is then mounted in the aircraft fuselage element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Umlauft, Niklas Halfmann, Dieter Krause
  • Publication number: 20150123420
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a center stack assembly that has a main trim surface and an attachment surface with a peripheral edge surrounding the main trim surface. The peripheral edge includes a lower first side portion and a lower second side portion laterally opposite the lower first side portion. A first side trim surface extends from the lower first side portion of the peripheral edge and a second side trim surface extends from the lower second side portion of the peripheral edge. The first side trim surface and the second side trim surface are inclined toward one another such that the first side trim surface and the second side trim surface converge toward one another in a direction moving away from the main portion in a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael EBERLEIN, Aaron ANDERSEN
  • Patent number: 9022450
    Abstract: A vehicle instrument panel assembly includes a center stack assembly that has a main trim surface and an attachment surface with a peripheral edge surrounding the main trim surface. The peripheral edge includes a lower first side portion and a lower second side portion laterally opposite the lower first side portion. A first side trim surface extends from the lower first side portion of the peripheral edge and a second side trim surface extends from the lower second side portion of the peripheral edge. The first side trim surface and the second side trim surface are inclined toward one another such that the first side trim surface and the second side trim surface converge toward one another in a direction moving away from the main portion in a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Eberlein, Aaron Andersen
  • Patent number: 8997433
    Abstract: A trim assembly having a trim element and a first concealing element extending away from the trim element and being movable relative to the trim element. The trim assembly further includes at least one second rigid concealing element, extending from the trim element to the first concealing element and designed to conceal the space between the trim element and the first concealing element. The second concealing element is secured to the trim element and is biased against part of the first concealing element so as to bear against that part of the first concealing element in all positions of the first concealing element with respect to the trim element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Stéphane Fabris, Jacques Bergerioux
  • Patent number: 8993091
    Abstract: A foam-filled panel is provided. The foam-filled panel can have a substrate layer with a padded area, an unpadded area, an opening within said unpadded area, and a bounding region between the padded area and the unpadded area. A skin can extend across the padded area of the substrate layer and a foam layer can be present between the padded area of the substrate layer and the skin. In addition, a disposable foam injection port is attached to the substrate layer at the bounding region of the padded area and can extend into and be an obstruction to the opening. The disposable foam injection port can be in fluid communication with the foam layer and unattaching the disposable foam injection port from the substrate layer can remove the obstruction to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry Scott Zellner, Jr., Chase Nelson
  • Patent number: 8991772
    Abstract: A multimedia assembly and an instrument panel assembly for use in an automotive vehicle are provided. The multimedia assembly includes a multimedia device and an auxiliary device. The multimedia device has a faceplate which is disposed on the outer surface of the instrument panel so as to be exposed to the cabin space of the vehicle. The auxiliary device is disposed beneath the multimedia device and hidden behind the outer surface of the instrument panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Joseph King, II
  • Patent number: 8985679
    Abstract: An instrument panel crossmember for vehicles that have different configurations is intended to extend between two front pillars of a vehicle. The crossmember has a first portion extending opposite the vehicle driving seat. One end of the first portion connects to a front pillar of the vehicle, and another end of the first portion is connected to a fixing device. The fixing device is designed selectively to support a second portion of the crossmember that extends facing the vehicle passenger seat and/or to support a strut designed to connect the crossmember to the floor of the vehicle, depending on the configuration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Interieur Industrie
    Inventors: Sergio Da Costa Pito, Christian Brancheriau, Laurent Baudart, Albin Descamps
  • Patent number: 8979163
    Abstract: A holding device for fixing a portable driver information unit in the interior of a motor vehicle is provided. The holding device includes a first part and a second part. The first part and the second part are swivelable with respect to one another. The first part or the second part has, or both have, a material section through which the portable driver information unit is fixed between the first part and the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Heil
  • Publication number: 20150069776
    Abstract: A vehicle storage tray is a storage tray that is provided on an interior member of a vehicle and that is capable of storing an article includes: a tray bottom section having a placement surface on which the article is placed, wherein a groove section which is downwardly concave is formed on at least part of an outer edge portion of the placement surface of the tray bottom section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Takehiro Ishibashi, Yoshinori Asahi
  • Publication number: 20150061324
    Abstract: A sun screen for a vehicle having a windshield, an A-pillar and a dashboard includes a spool rotatably coupled with the dashboard and a guide moveably coupled with the A-pillar. The sun screen further includes a unitary, flexible substrate spanning a width of the windshield and having a trailing end coupled with the spool and a leading end coupled with the guide such that the substrate is selectively extendable over the windshield and retractable on the spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Joel A. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 8960759
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a brake master cylinder mounting surface that is formed in an arc shape toward a vehicle interior, a plurality of mounting surface beads that are formed on the brake master cylinder mounting surface only in a vertical direction and an inclined direction inclined with respect to the vertical direction, and a reinforcing plate that is joined to the plurality of mounting surface beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Naoi
  • Patent number: 8960760
    Abstract: A modular dashboard assembly for a vehicle, such as a tactical vehicle, is described. In some cases, the dashboard assembly includes a smart back plane and removably attachable front modules. The back plane may facilitate communications between components within the front modules and systems with the vehicle, or between components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Korry Electronics Co.
    Inventors: Michael Y. Utsugi, Shawn M. Doyea, Ryan Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8953244
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a front face cover that covers a front face of a display section for displaying information of the vehicle, and an antireflection film provided on a surface of the front face cover. The surface of the front face cover has a curved face which is formed so that an observation color of the curved face viewed from an eye range of a person sitting on a seat of the vehicle differs depending on an observation position in the eye range due to a difference in an interference wavelength of reflection light reflected by the antireflection film, the reflection light advancing toward the eye range from the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 8939493
    Abstract: An instrument panel trim apparatus mounts in a vehicle to frame an instrument cluster above a collapsible steering column. An integrally molded plastic panel has an upper collar section, a lower bridge section, and a shroud section, wherein the upper collar section and lower bridge section are configured to form a frame around the instrument cluster. The upper collar section and lower bridge section converge along a pair of tear seams. The shroud section extends downward from the lower bridge section and has an arched shape to receive the steering column. A plurality of risers are disposed between the shroud section and the lower bridge section for concentrating stress at the tear seams when the shroud section is impinged by the steering column when collapsing, so that the tear seams separate and the lower bridge section and the shroud section can deflect upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Barthlow, Alan M. Perelli, Jeff S. Vinton
  • Publication number: 20150001876
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including a secondary dash including a center portion constructed and arranged to be attached to a primary dash of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, Artur Wyszynski, Terry A. Swartzell, Johnny Ristoski
  • Patent number: 8919845
    Abstract: A vehicle interior trim part having a molded skin, an intermediate layer, a substrate, at least one reinforcing element arranged in the intermediate layer, and at least one fixing element formed as a part of the skin which acts to fix the position of reinforcing element so that its position cannot inadvertently change as the vehicle interior trim part is being produced. The fixing element is formed as at least one rib-shaped, elevated portion from the same material as the remaining molded skin. A method for producing the vehicle interior trim part is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Teichmann, Heinrich Raussen
  • Patent number: 8919855
    Abstract: The invention relates to a metal-plastic hybrid support structure applicable to a dashboard support of a vehicle, wherein the hybrid support structure comprises a metal tubular body (10) having a closed cross section profile and suitable length to be assembled between two elements of a frame of an automotive vehicle, a plurality of projecting metal fastening elements (14) distributed along said metal tubular body (10) and fixed thereto, and a plastic body defining a plurality of plastic functional elements (11, 12) overmolded on different separate regions of the metal tubular body (10), each plastic functional element (11, 12) embedding at least one of the projecting metal fastening elements (14). In one embodiment, the projecting metal fastening elements (14) are stems with outer screw threading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Barcelona Technical Center, S.L.
    Inventor: Rafael Ruiz Rincón
  • Patent number: 8911002
    Abstract: A driver seat is disposed at a position offset by a predetermined distance to the left from a vehicle width center line and an ingress-egress opening through which a driver gets on and off the vehicle is provided on a lateral side of the driver seat. A door is attached to a left upper frame via a door hinge and the ingress-egress opening is opened and closed by using the door. A parking brake lever is disposed near the left upper frame and the door hinge is provided on the same left upper frame. Since the door hinge and the parking brake lever are disposed close to each other, there is no possibility of the parking brake lever hindering ingress and egress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Takahashi, Futoshi Miyakawa, Yukinori Kurakawa
  • Patent number: 8910990
    Abstract: A portable electronic device dock includes a storage unit and a lid, wherein the lid is adapted to clamp a portable electronic device between a portion of the lid and a portion of the storage unit to retain the portable electronic device in a user-accessible display position. The device dock includes a slide assembly adapted to bias the lid to an open position and a clutch assembly adapted to retain the lid in a clamped position on the portable electronic device. The slide assembly is coupled to an axle member, which is further coupled to support arms disposed on the lid. The slide assembly is further coupled to the clutch assembly on an opposite end such that the clutch assembly can limit movement of the slide assembly to further limit movement of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Oldani, Scott Simon
  • Patent number: 8894125
    Abstract: The invention refers to a interior paneling component for a motor vehicle made substantially of plastic, wherein at least a portion of the surface of the interior paneling component is heatable and the temperature of the at least one portion can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: SMP Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Eckhard Johannboeke, Michael Klipfel
  • Publication number: 20140339849
    Abstract: An operator control element system for a vehicle has an operator control element. The operator control element has a plurality of operator control areas and a region which faces an operator and a region which is located in a vehicle trim panel. The operator control element is distinguished in that it is mounted such that it can pivot about a rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Johann Schneider, Michael Wachinger
  • Patent number: 8888174
    Abstract: A pass-through element for a motor vehicle front of dash panel system includes a body portion having an outer edge that surrounds a central web. A conductor pass-through member is provided in the central web, and a sound enhancing element provided in the central web alongside the conductor pass-through member. The sound enhancing element is configured and disposed to condition and conduct motor vehicle engine sound from an engine compartment to a passenger compartment through the motor vehicle front of dash system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Roggenkamp, Alan V. Parrett
  • Patent number: 8870271
    Abstract: A cowl member for a vehicle includes a grill portion with grill openings formed therein for taking in external air, a hood sealing portion disposed forwardly of the grill portion, and a hood seal integrally formed with the hood sealing portion. The cowl member further includes a vertical wall portion integrally formed with the hood sealing portion and extending downwardly relative thereto, and a plenum sealing portion integrally formed with a terminal edge of the vertical wall portion and extending forwardly relative thereto for sealing with a flange of a dashboard that separates an engine compartment from a passenger compartment on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick J. Ellison, David M. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8870270
    Abstract: Structure for lower vehicle body of vehicle front part is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, structure includes suspension frame fastened to connection parts of front side members and floor side members; dash side members extend from fastening parts obliquely rearward and outward in vehicle width direction; outer end parts of dash side members connected to front end parts of side sills; front surfaces of lower parts of side outer panels arranged ahead of front end parts of side sills; dash side outer panels, side outer panels, and dash side inner panels connected together by flanges extending in vehicle up-down direction of front end part of each thereof, at positions of front surfaces of lower parts of side outer panels, side outer panels formed into an inclined surface inclined obliquely downward toward vehicle rear in side view and inclined obliquely rearward toward outside of vehicle in top view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Shinei Mochizuki
  • Publication number: 20140265420
    Abstract: A pocket assembly for accommodating a portable electronic device in a vehicle includes a storage compartment and at least one port disposed within the storage compartment for operatively connecting to the portable electronic device. The storage compartment is disposed within the vehicle and is defined by at least one wall. An aperture is defined in the at least one wall for receiving an excess portion of a connecting cord adapted to operatively connect the portable electronic device to the at least one port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Myers, Neal W. Luginbill, Yousuf Riad, Stephen Walser
  • Patent number: 8833796
    Abstract: A knee air bag mounting system is provided that includes an air bag mount for a heavy truck-type vehicle. Such an air bag mount includes a front wall having an air bag aperture therein adapted for passage of an air bag module of the knee air bag system. The air bag mount also includes a first side wall extending away from the front wall, a second side wall extending away from the front wall in opposed-spaced relation to the first side wall, a top wall extending away from the front wall, and a bottom wall extending away from the front wall. A bracket structure is disposed within an interior space of the air bag mount and configured to provide a connection point for the air bag module. Each of the first and second side walls and top and bottom walls are free from direct connection to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. LaVere, Bruce A. Crume, Steven R. Siler
  • Publication number: 20140252792
    Abstract: A pass-through element for a motor vehicle front of dash panel system includes a body portion having an outer edge that surrounds a central web. A conductor pass-through member is provided in the central web, and a sound enhancing element provided in the central web alongside the conductor pass-through member. The sound enhancing element is configured and disposed to condition and conduct motor vehicle engine sound from an engine compartment to a passenger compartment through the motor vehicle front of dash system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Roggenkamp, Alan V. Parrett
  • Patent number: 8820810
    Abstract: An acceleration pedal is arranged on one side, in a vehicle width direction, of a steering column cover covering a steering column so as to move forward or slant forward through a press operation of a press face thereof. A guide face is provided at a specified portion of a lower face of the steering column cover which is positioned in front of a lower-face rear end portion in a steering-shaft axis direction and on an acceleration-pedal-arrangement side, wherein the guide face is configured to project downward below an extension line extending from the lower-face rear end portion in the steering-shaft axis direction and extend forward. Accordingly, a passenger's foot can be properly restrained from moving, in the vehicle width direction, off the pedal in a vehicle head-on collision, ensuring an appropriate ingress-and-egress performance of a passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Ohtsubo, Hiroshi Kushida, Masaki Takemura, Tomoshi Mitsunari, Matsuhiro Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140239663
    Abstract: An instrument panel according to an example of the present disclosure includes a plurality of modules and first and second sections. Each section includes at least one module-receiving area configured to interchangeably receive at least one of the plurality of modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: NYX, Inc.
    Inventors: Chain Sandhu, Lev Lilov, Jeffrey Michael Bisson
  • Patent number: 8801082
    Abstract: A vehicle body front part structure according to a first aspect of the present invention includes: a center frame which extends along a vertical direction of a vehicle, a top end flange part that bends toward a rear being formed on a top end of the center frame; and a dashboard lower which has a first vertical wall, a bent part that is bent toward the rear being formed on a top edge of the first vertical wall. The top end flange part and the bent part are joined overlapping each other, and a closed cross-section structure part is formed between the center frame and the bent part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Naoi
  • Patent number: 8794696
    Abstract: A structure for the front of a vehicle body includes front side frames. The front side frames have bend portions in the rear portion thereof, the bend portions sloping downwards along a dashboard lower panel as the front side frames extend towards the back of the vehicle body. Side sill-side extensions curve to the side of side sills from the end parts of the bend portions. Curving tunnel-side extensions curve towards a tunnel portion. The side sill-side extensions and the tunnel-side extensions form branched portions branching at substantially the same angle. Triangular load support portions are formed at the back of the branched portions between the side sill-side extensions and the tunnel-side extensions. Rear end support portions for supporting the rear ends of sub frames are provided to the bend portions and the fronts of the load support portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashige Iseki, Kosaku Tomozawa, Manabu Ishizono, Takeshi Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 8777290
    Abstract: A vehicle dashboard instrument assembly includes a gauge faceplate having front and rear faces and a gauge-receiving opening extending through the gauge faceplate from the front face to the rear face, a gauge, a bracket, and a collar. The collar is applied directly against the front face of the gauge faceplate to encircle the gauge-receiving opening, a front end of the gauge is applied to the gauge-receiving opening to locate an outer rim of the gauge directly against the collar, and locate a measurement display of the gauge for viewing near the gauge-receiving opening. The gauge extends rearwardly from the rear face of the gauge faceplate to the rear end of the gauge, and the bracket is coupled between the gauge and the rear face of the gauge faceplate to clamp the collar between the outer rim of the gauge and the front face of the gauge faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Donna J. Boese
  • Publication number: 20140191530
    Abstract: A motor vehicle cockpit is provided that includes, but is not limited to, an instrument unit with an instrument, an at least partially transparent cover arranged on the instrument unit, a shadow region, which is arranged relative to the cover so that the shadow region is mirrored in the cover viewed from a driver's eye. The shadow region is closed on a side facing the driver's eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Markus FROMMANN
  • Publication number: 20140183897
    Abstract: A modular dashboard assembly for a vehicle, such as a tactical vehicle, is described. In some cases, the dashboard assembly includes a smart back plane and removably attachable front modules. The back plane may facilitate communications between components within the front modules and systems with the vehicle, or between components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: KORRY ELECTRONICS CO.
    Inventors: Michael Y. Utsugi, Shawn M. Doyea, Ryan Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8764103
    Abstract: A front portion structure of a vehicle body includes: a dashboard lower panel extending in a vehicle width direction; an outrigger provided under the dashboard lower panel and extending outwards from the front side frame in the vehicle width direction; and a side sill extending from the outer portion of the outrigger in the vehicle width direction, toward the back of the vehicle; a footrest portion for a passenger, formed to the dashboard lower panel; and a reinforcing plate to reinforce the footrest portion, joined to the dashboard lower panel and covering the footrest portion from the passenger space side. A flange is formed to the reinforcing plate, and is joined to a side face of a side sill inner panel of the side sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Toba