Hood, Grill, Or Trunk Patents (Class 362/496)
  • Patent number: 11370350
    Abstract: A component arrangement includes at least one basic component in which at least one additional component is integrated, the additional component forming at least one visible joint with the basic component. A holding device for the additional component is integrated in the basic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Riccardo Bauer, Tobias Posch, Ulrich Koenigs, Andreas Kieschke
  • Patent number: 11364840
    Abstract: A trim element for a motor vehicle front end includes a first trim part, a second trim part and a lighting device, which is at least substantially integrated into the first trim part and by which at least the second trim part is illuminated on the outside of the motor vehicle when the lighting device is activated. The lighting device has at least one illuminant, by which a front field in front of the motor vehicle front end can be specifically illuminated when the lighting device is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alf Guenther, Hans-Juergen Winkler
  • Patent number: 11333316
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optoelectronic module, comprising a housing (11) having a first housing part (11) having a first cover surface (11a) and an opening (4); a mechanically flexibly designed organic light source (2) having an illuminating surface (2a); and a cover element (3) which is mounted on the illuminating surface (2a) and has a light-transmissive surface (3a) facing away from the illuminating surface (2a), wherein the organic light source (2) is introduced at least at some points into the opening (14), the first cover surface (11a) is curved and/or bowed, the size of the illuminating surface (2a) is at least 1 cm2, preferably at least 5 cm2, and the distance between the illuminating surface (2a) and the first cover surface (11a) is at most 1 cm, preferably at most 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: PICTIVA DISPLAYS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Benjamin Claus Hoeflinger, Simon Schicktanz
  • Patent number: 11230226
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo area lighting system includes, among other things, a cover assembly and at least one cargo area light. The cover assembly is movable back and forth between a closed position and an open position. The cover assembly covers a cargo area of a vehicle when the cover assembly is in the closed position. The cover assembly has a top portion and a wall portion. The wall portion extends vertically downward from the top portion when the cover assembly is in the closed position. The cargo area light is secured to an interior side of the wall portion. The cargo area light is configured to illuminate the cargo area when the cover assembly is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Nicholas Aquilina, Michael Bryan VanBelle, Anthony Maraldo, Kyle Cendrowski
  • Patent number: 11130444
    Abstract: A truck storage box with integrated lighting and power is disclosed. In one embodiment, the lighting is a light assembly including a light emitting diode (LED) strip that is powered by drawing vehicle electrical power from a truck to trailer electrical socket of the vehicle, and routes the electrical power into the truck storage box mounted on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: WERNER CO.
    Inventor: Sang Oh
  • Patent number: 11041604
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle body that defines a cargo space. The cargo space includes a cargo floor. A trim member is disposed on the vehicle body within the cargo space. The trim member defines an opening. The housing is disposed within the opening. A light source is disposed on the housing. A first lens is disposed adjacent to the light source. The first lens defines a first optic. A second lens is spaced-apart from the first lens. The second lens defines a second optic. The light source is configured to emit light through the first lens and the second lens into the cargo space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Linsheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10926690
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, including a front hood (10) covering a front space (3) defined in a front part of a vehicle body (4) from above, a front panel (13) laterally extending along and under a front edge of the front hood and facing substantially in a fore and aft direction, the front panel defining an opening (13A) in an outboard part thereof, and a headlight (12) attached to the vehicle body and facing the opening of the front panel from behind the front panel, the headlight is attached to a rear side of the front panel via a bracket (40) which is positionally fixed to a periphery of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shinya Tanabe, Takafumi Miki, Yoshitaka Hirose, Masayoshi Takori, Toshiaki Ohnuki
  • Patent number: 10753568
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting system includes an illuminated grille assembly. The illuminated grille assembly includes a plurality of grille bars each having at least one light source. A control system is configured to control the illuminated grille assembly to emit combinations of lighting effects from the plurality of grille bars for indicating a plurality of visually distinctive operating behaviors of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, James J. Surman, Annette Lynn Huebner
  • Patent number: 10641458
    Abstract: A light emitting assembly, a lighting apparatus and a vehicle. The light emitting assembly includes: a mounting plate; a light source assembly mounted on the mounting plate and including a first light source configured for emitting light with a first color and a second light source configured for emitting light with a second color; and a light guide member having a light entrance section and a light guide section integrally formed, the light guide member being configured to couple the light emitted from the light source assembly into the light guide member. The first light source and the second light source of the light source assembly are mounted on different mounting sub-plates of the mounting plate respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Foshan Ichikoh Valeo Auto Lighting Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhixin Xiang, Zebin Ni
  • Patent number: 10612760
    Abstract: A lighting device that includes a first panel of light sources, where the first panel has a first edge. The lighting device can also include a second panel of light sources, where the second panel has a second edge, where the second edge of the second panel of light sources is mechanically coupled to the first edge of the first panel of light sources. The first panel of light sources and the second panel of light sources can form an angle relative to each other. Adjusting the angle can adjust the light output from the light sources. Such an angle can be formed based on a target level of light received by a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Richard Rothenberger, Grant L. Gawronski
  • Patent number: 10529229
    Abstract: An exemplary vehicle system includes an illuminating vehicle assembly and a control system configured to communicate with a traffic control device and control the illuminating vehicle assembly to emit lighting effects that are synchronized with the traffic control device. An exemplary method for controlling the illuminating vehicle assembly includes receiving a wireless signal from a traffic control device, and controlling the illuminating vehicle assembly to produce a lighting effect that is synchronized with a corresponding lighting effect of the traffic control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Annette Lynn Huebner, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10495282
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp assembly, a vehicle and a method of providing illumination of a vehicular tail lamp. The assembly includes a combination lamp, lid lamp and one or more optic elements. The combination lamp has a first outer lens and one or more light sources disposed on an inward-facing side of the first outer lens. The lid lamp includes a second outer lens and a reflective element disposed on an inward-facing side of the second outer lens. The optic element is signally cooperative with the light source to convey at least a portion of its direct beam pattern to the reflective element which subsequently redirects a reflected portion into an indirect beam pattern through the lid lamp outer lens. In this way, the light source or sources may be housed solely within a region defined by the combination lamp while giving the appearance of illumination coming from both the combination lamp and the lid lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Francisco A. Ramos, II
  • Patent number: 10352523
    Abstract: A lens body includes a first lens portion and a second lens portion and is configured such that light from a light source exits through a first exit surface of the first lens portion after being partially blocked by a shade of the first lens portion, further exits through a second exit surface of the second lens portion, thereby forming a predetermined light distribution pattern by the shade, wherein the first exit surface is a surface for condensing the light from the light source that exits through the first exit surface with respect to a first direction and is configured as a semicircular cylinder surface, and the second exit surface is a surface for condensing the light from the light source that exits through the second exit surface with respect to a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and is also configured as a semicircular cylinder surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shota Nishimura, Kiichi Matsuno, Keisuke Kunori
  • Patent number: 10322756
    Abstract: A tractor which is a passenger work vehicle includes: a drive operating unit; and a hood arranged in front of the drive operating unit. In the tractor, the height of the hood from the ground is reduced from the rear end to the front end of the hood constituted of an upper surface, an upper left surface and an upper right surface, and is reduced from the center of the hood in the right-left direction to the right and the left of the hood. When viewed from a plane, the left-side ridge line on the upper left surface and the right-side ridge line on the upper right surface of the hood converge at the center of the front end of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Kawashiri, Kiyoyuki Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10155472
    Abstract: A lighting system for a lift gate of a vehicle is provided. The lighting system includes a light source that emits at least a first light beam. The light source is coupled to the vehicle at a first location remote from the lift gate. The lighting system includes an optical system coupled to the lift gate having a first optic member aligned with the light source that receives the first light beam. The optical system is illuminated by the light source at the first location remote from the lift gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Daniel H. Miller
  • Patent number: 10150409
    Abstract: A vehicle interior lighting apparatus for illuminating the interior of a vehicle, being equipped with a first lighting section having a light source emitting light and a light guide plate emitting light by virtue of the light from the light source, wherein the first lighting section has a planar light emitting section emitting light emitted from the light source in a planar manner and a linear light emitting section integrated with the planar light emitting section and emitting light emitted from the light source linearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonori Ohashi, Kazuya Sato
  • Patent number: 10137832
    Abstract: Systems, vehicles, and methods for controlling light are provided. In an exemplary embodiment a vehicle with a cabin includes a light senor positioned within the vehicle, where the light sensor is configured to send a light intensity signal. A lamp module is positioned within the vehicle, where the light sensor is in communication with lamp module. The lamp module is configured to trigger a darkness lighting scheme when the light intensity signal is at about a darkness set value or less. A lamp is positioned within the cabin, where the lamp is in communication with the lamp module. The lamp is configured to emit a darkness spectrum when the lamp is activated and when the lamp module triggers the darkness lighting scheme. The darkness spectrum has a maximum illumination wavelength less than about 555 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Houli Chen, Li Shen, Jie Zhu
  • Patent number: 10112527
    Abstract: A rear window assembly for a vehicle includes a fixed window panel. The rear window assembly may be a rear slider window assembly, with the fixed window panel fixed relative to a frame portion and defining an opening, and with a movable window panel movable along the frame portion between a closed position and an opened position. A lighting device is disposed at an inner surface of the fixed window panel and includes an interior lighting element that is operable to emit light that passes through a light transmissive portion of a housing of the lighting device so as to illuminate an interior cabin of the vehicle. The lighting device may also include an exterior lighting element that is operable to emit light that passes through the fixed window panel so as to be viewable by a person viewing the slider window assembly from exterior and rearward of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 10018322
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp includes a lamp body, a translucent outer cover, and a planar light source including a substrate and an organic EL light emitting layer formed on one side surface of the substrate. The planar light source has a bent portion in which the substrate having flexibility is bent at a predetermined position in a portion formed with the organic EL light emitting layer such that one end portion of the substrate is directed to one of a side of the outer cover and a side opposite to the outer cover, or the planar light source is provided such that at least part of an outer peripheral end of the organic EL light emitting layer emits light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ito, Yoshiro Ito, Masaya Shido
  • Patent number: 9982860
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp includes a lamp body, a translucent outer cover, and a planar light source including a substrate and an organic EL light emitting layer formed on one side surface of the substrate. The planar light source has a bent portion in which the substrate having flexibility is bent at a predetermined position in a portion formed with the organic EL light emitting layer such that one end portion of the substrate is directed to one of a side of the outer cover and a side opposite to the outer cover, or the planar light source is provided such that at least part of an outer peripheral end of the organic EL light emitting layer emits light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ito, Yoshiro Ito, Masaya Shido
  • Patent number: 9873369
    Abstract: An illumination device for vehicles, having a housing and having a plurality of holder devices for attaching the housing to a housing support and for aligning the housing with respect to a longitudinal dimension of the vehicle, a transverse dimension of the vehicle, and also a vertical dimension of the vehicle, wherein each holder device has an fastening clip connected to the housing, a hollow bolt which is functionally connected to the fastening clip when the holder device is installed, and a fastening screw for fixing the hollow bolt on the housing support, wherein at least one holder device is designed as a stabilizing device and comprises guiding means in such a manner that the housing is fixed by means of the stabilizing device in a maximum of two out of three spatial dimensions of the stabilizing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventor: Helmut Jakobsmeyer
  • Patent number: 9840193
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided herein that includes a door coupled to a body structure of a vehicle. The door is movable between a first and a second position to provide access to an interior portion of the vehicle. A photoluminescent structure is disposed on the door and is configured to luminesce in response to excitation light emitted by a light source. The light source is vertically disposed below the photoluminescent structure on the door in both the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vichit Chea, Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 9783122
    Abstract: A first LED lamp bracket is provided that can be fixed to an interior portion of a front grille section that is part of an engine hood assembly of a motorized vehicle. The LED lamps are located on the LED lamp bracket such that they are clearly visible through the engine hood front grille assembly. The LED lamp bracket assembly is designed such that it takes advantage of the spacing of the grille openings such that the LED lamps are visible when the LED lamp bracket is attached to the motorized vehicle. The first LED lamp bracket can be used with a 2014 Ford F150 truck. According to further aspects of the embodiments, a second LED lamp bracket assembly is provided that includes substantially identical design features, but which is fitted to a 2015 Ford F150 truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Randy VanEpps
  • Patent number: 9752759
    Abstract: A lamp unit has an organic EL panel in which an organic EL light emission portion is formed on a substrate, the organic EL panel being flexible, and a frame that fixes the light emission device so as to cover a light emission area of the organic EL, panel. The frame has a window or a transparent portion at least in a part of a portion, overlapping the light emission area, of the frame. The frame is formed with recess portions at both ends thereof to house both end portions of the organic EL panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ito, Haruhiko Iyoda, Hironori Tsukamoto, Masaya Shido, Yoshiro Ito, Yukihiro Onoda
  • Patent number: 9723686
    Abstract: A light emission device includes an organic EL panel and a molding resin. In the organic EL panel, an organic EL light emission portion is formed on a substrate. The organic EL panel is flexible. The molding resin shapes the organic EL panel so that the organic EL panel is in a curved state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Ito, Haruhiko Iyoda, Hironori Tsukamoto, Masaya Shido, Yoshiro Ito, Yukihiro Onoda
  • Patent number: 9714749
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein and includes a light-transmissive grille. At least one light guide is contained within the grille and a light source is configured to supply light to the at least one light guide to illuminate the grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 9586518
    Abstract: A vehicle grille assembly is provided herein. The grille assembly includes a plurality of grille bars, each including a housing having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion of each grille bar illuminates in a first color and the second portion of at least one grille bar illuminates in a second color that is visually distinct from the first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 9470388
    Abstract: A design part installation structure includes a lamp body exposed on a vehicle design surface, an outer panel having an installation section for installing the lamp body and defining the design surface, and a parting line, which includes a curved third parting line segment, is formed between the lamp body and the outer panel. The outer panel has an orthogonal flange portion and an inclined flange portion. The orthogonal flange portion is provided in a section corresponding to the third parting line segment, extends from the installation section toward a vehicle inside, and is orthogonal to a main body. The inclined flange portion is provided in a section corresponding to the third parting line segment, extends from an extending end of the orthogonal flange portion toward the vehicle cabin, and inclines toward the lamp body as a position thereon shifts in the direction from vehicle outside to vehicle inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Maeshima
  • Patent number: 9457713
    Abstract: Herein, there is disclosed an LED illuminator installed to illuminate an inner space of a hood of a vehicle when the hood is open. The LED illuminator comprises a protection frame positioned in an inner space of the hood; and an LED module having a light emitting portion, wherein the light emitting portion is installed to be concealed into and exposed to the outside of the protection frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Pil Kim, Byeong Gil An
  • Patent number: 9376055
    Abstract: An emblem device includes a back plate, an emblem and a lighting device. The emblem overlies the back plate, and has a translucent portion and an opaque portion. The lighting device is disposed between the emblem and the back plate, and is configured and arranged to be able to disperse light though the translucent portion of the emblem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bhargav Sura, Sean Oliverio
  • Patent number: 9250377
    Abstract: A light guide plate includes a plate body and a supporting unit. The plate body has a light-exiting face and a lateral side, wherein the supporting unit is disposed along the lateral side. The supporting unit has a top surface and an outer lateral surface, the top surface is above the light-exiting face, the lateral surface protrudes from an end surface of the lateral side of the plate body, wherein a portion of the end surface away from the light-exiting face is exposed to form a recess. A backlight module includes the light guide plate mentioned above and a back plate having the light guide plate disposed thereon. A periphery of the back plate has a side wall formed thereon and extending into the recess. A display device includes the above light guide plate and a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Wu, Han-Ping Kuo
  • Patent number: 9242594
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicular lamp having a light source and a light guide body. In the vehicular lamp, the light guide body is configured by a first and a second rod shaped light guiding portions disposed at positions spaced apart from each other, and a planar light guiding portion disposed to connect the circumferential surface portions of the first and second rod shaped light guiding portions with each other. Further, the light source configured to include a first light source and a second light source disposed to cause light to be incident from an end portion surfaces of the first and the second rod shaped light guiding portions, respectively, and then configured to make each of the first light source and the second light source to emit a different color light with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Asami Nakada
  • Patent number: 9134474
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automotive headlamp assembly having a light pipe. The present invention provides use of at least one incandescent light bulb to illuminate the light pipe. Power consumption is reduced from approximately 35 watts to 10 watts. The present assembly consists of a light pipe, at least one light source positioned at either end of the light pipe, the light source being an incandescent light bulb, at least one reflector and an elongated reflector positioned adjacent the light pipe. The reflector is positioned adjacent the light source to capture light from the light bulb, concentrate the light into a beam and reflect the light into the light pipe. The reflector aims light directly down the light pipe without the use of cable or LED mounted to the light pipe. The reflector prevents lost light and creates a more efficient headlamp assembly. The light pipe is a generally cylindrical elongated member having a plurality of attachment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., II Stanley Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Leonard Lindsay, Yasuo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9067530
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interior equipment component for a vehicle, comprising a light emission element for emitting light and a strip-shaped light guide element. The light guide element has here a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface is one of the two largest surfaces of the light guide element, and the second surface is a surface which deviates therefrom, and the first surface comprises an input face. In addition, the light guide element and the light emission element are arranged and configured in such a way that light from the light emission element can be input into the light guide element via the input face and can be output via the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Lisa Dräxlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Bayersdorfer, Daniel Forster, Heinz Husseck
  • Patent number: 9033561
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting unit can include LEDs and at least two long light guide bodies arranged adjacent to each other. At least two light transmitting lenses can be disposed in front of the at least two light guide bodies. The at least two light guide bodies each can include a gap portion interposed therebetween. A first end portion of the light transmitting lens can be positioned at the gap portion so that the first end portions of the light transmitting lenses overlap with each other in a front-rear direction. The first end portions of the at least two light transmitting lenses can have a surface processed portion on its front surface. The surface processed portions can be configured to direct light exiting through the respective first end portions of the at least two light guide bodies forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Tokieda, Toshiyuki Okuno, Hirokuni Osugi
  • Patent number: 8854201
    Abstract: A safety light system integrated into a vehicle. The safety light system includes a safety light assembly receptacle carried by a body panel of a vehicle. The safety light assembly receptacle includes a light assembly receiving cavity for receiving and temporarily retaining a removable light assembly. The removable light assembly includes elements to provide a user controlled continuous red light, a flashing red light, and a continuous white light. The flashing red light provides a roadside flare configuration. The continuous white light provides a flashlight configuration. The continuous red light in conjunction with the flashing red light configuration provides a driving light configuration. The removable light assembly can include a securing mechanism for attaching the removable light assembly to an object to warn others of the extended object and/or support legs enabling operation as a roadside flare, spotlight, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Allen D. Hertz, Eric L. Hertz
  • Patent number: 8833986
    Abstract: A lighting assembly for illuminating a work area, such as the area underneath the hood of a vehicle or the area underneath the body of a vehicle. The lighting assembly has a light, support rod having an adjustable length and two clasping members, the two clasping members being able to attach the lighting assembly to the hood or body of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mark 10 Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Paul MacGregor
  • Patent number: 8833988
    Abstract: A convenience light for the rear storage area of a motor vehicle also serves as a breakdown warning light. A light source on an underside of the storage compartment lid is a warning light visible from behind the when the compartment lid is open. A reflective panel is disposed on a lid-receiving portion of the vehicle body to reflect light from the light source toward the lid when the lid is open, so that the light and reflective panel combine to serve as a convenience light for the storage area. The light is detachably attached to the compartment lid and has a battery to power the light when detached from the compartment lid. The light source has three lighted segments foldable relative to one another when detached from the compartment lid to form a triangle. The light is thus usable as a warning triangle for a disable vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Annika Larsson
  • Patent number: 8823506
    Abstract: A system is provided for causing audible sounds, and/or visible actions, and/or an electronic visual image, and/or motion to occur by, or in relation to, a vehicle's mark emblem. The system may cause such actions to be initiated manually or automatically as a result of vehicle operation or operator action. Controls may be provided to prevent the audible sound, visible action, visual image, or motion to occur if the vehicle speed is above a selected speed limit. In addition, when operated from a position remote from the vehicle, the audible sound associated with the mark emblem may be adjusted to a volume that will prevent persons from becoming startled when they are in proximity to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Jepp Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson Smith, Marcus Smith
  • Patent number: 8752989
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicle emblem assembly is provided that includes a power source, a backing member, and a light-producing assembly coupled to the power source and supported by the backing member. The light-producing assembly may include an electroluminescent light source. The illuminated vehicle emblem assembly further includes a translucent base region over the light source, a chromatic layer over the translucent base region, and a translucent sealing structure configured to seal the backing member, the light producing assembly, and the chromatic layer. The illuminated vehicle emblem assembly exhibits a chrome- or mirror-like finish when viewed under ambient lighting conditions. Further, the illuminated vehicle emblem assembly possesses a glowing appearance when activated under low-light or night-time conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Colonial Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Roberts, LaRon Michelle Brown, Cornel Lewis Gardner
  • Patent number: 8714792
    Abstract: A bumper adapted for mounting to a trailer is provided. The bumper comprises a tail skirt extending horizontally across the rear of the trailer. Upright bars mount to and intersect the tail skirt. The tail skirt comprises a groove for receiving a recessed light bar comprising multiple signal lights. The wiring harness extends from the light bar into a space behind the upright bars and passes through openings in the tail skirt behind the upright bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20140078762
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a curved lighting fixture that is symmetric about a longitudinal axis of the curved lighting fixture. The curved lighting fixture includes end caps that are parallel to the longitudinal axis. Each end cap includes two mounting studs that secure the lighting fixture to mounting brackets, where a first mounting stud provides an axis of rotation for the lighting fixture and a second mounting stud facilitates the rotation. The two mounting studs do not enter into an interior portion of the lighting fixture so as to facilitate externally serviceable hardware. A bushing provides an external retention mechanism to retain the two mounting studs within each end cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen P. Adams, Pete D. Sibitzky
  • Patent number: 8674595
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicular lamp including a planar light source. The planar light source made of a flexible band-type light-emitting material is provided within a lamp chamber formed between a housing and a transparent cover. The band-type light-emitting material of the planar light source is bent along a longitudinal direction such that a first light-emitting surface faces the rear side of the vehicle and a second light-emitting surface faces the lateral side of the vehicle. In particular, the first and second light-emitting surfaces are alternately formed in parallel in the planar light source, and the angle formed between the first and second light-emitting surfaces is set to be obtuse such that light from one light-emitting surface is not incident to other light-emitting surface. An organic EL formed by sealing an organic light-emitting layer using a flexile transparent resin is used as the band-type light-emitting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazunori Natsume
  • Patent number: 8636396
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a positioning bracket including a hood-mounting reference, a headlight-mounting reference, and a front-bumper-mounting reference are fixed to a front bulkhead. A hood, a headlight, and an upper beam of a front bumper grille are positioned with respect to the hood-mounting reference, the headlight-mounting reference, and the front-bumper-mounting reference, respectively, of the positioning bracket and are fixed to a body of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hirofumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8585263
    Abstract: An illuminated vehicular sign is provided including a vehicle and luminescent planar sheet. The luminescent planar sheet is constructed to provide illuminated alpha-numeric characters which are mounted to the horizontal planar surfaces of a vehicle. The alpha-numeric characters are mounted substantially horizontally so as to be seen from the air such as by helicopters or planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Shipman
  • Patent number: 8552852
    Abstract: A safety light system comprising a trailer hitch mounted configuration. The safety light system includes a safety light assembly receptacle carried by a trailer hitch mounting member. The safety light assembly receptacle includes a light assembly receiving cavity for receiving and temporarily retaining a removable light assembly. The removable light assembly includes elements to provide a user controlled continuous red light, a flashing red light, and a continuous white light. The flashing red light provides a roadside flare configuration. The continuous white light provides a flashlight configuration. The continuous red light in conjunction with the flashing red light configuration provides a driving light configuration. The removable light assembly can include a securing mechanism for attaching the removable light assembly to an object to warn others of the extended object and/or support legs enabling operation as a roadside flare, spotlight, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Allen D Hertz, Eric L Hertz
  • Publication number: 20130250594
    Abstract: A loading floor for a vehicle including a plurality of elongate profiled elements in a longitudinal direction, arranged adjacent to one another and connected together, wherein the loading floor has at least one through-channel in the longitudinal direction and at least one lamp for illuminating an interior of the vehicle, wherein at least one supply line is guided in the channel for supplying power to the lamp. A profiled element for such a loading floor is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lothar Baldsiefen, Dino Valter, Rene A. Huth
  • Publication number: 20130182450
    Abstract: An optical device is incorporated into an external part of a motor vehicle and comprises at least one sub-assembly including a light curtain or light curtain plus light guide and, on either side thereof, transparent plates each of which has at least one part being transparent and at least one other part being semi-transparent. At least one light source is connected to an electric source and emits rays of light that spread in a thickness of the light curtain or light curtain plus light guide. The sub-assembly and light source are incorporated into a housing, and the optical device collaborates with at least one lamp incorporated into a body-shell of the vehicle or LED on a suitable plate included in a sub-housing incorporated into the housing and emits rays of light through at least a portion of the light curtain or light curtain plus light guide that is transparent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOMOTIVE LIGHTING REAR LAMPS FRANCE S.A.S.
    Inventor: Alain Buisson
  • Publication number: 20130155709
    Abstract: Herein, there is disclosed an LED illuminator installed to illuminate an inner space of a hood of a vehicle when the hood is open. The LED illuminator comprises a protection frame positioned in an inner space of the hood; and an LED module having a light emitting portion, wherein the light emitting portion is installed to be concealed into and exposed to the outside of the protection frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: SEOUL SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Pil Kim, Byeong Gil An
  • Patent number: 8430195
    Abstract: A tractor comprising a hood having a radiator grille, at least one front light assembly and a support designed to keep the front light assembly detached from the grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Theo Ernest Jansen, Guido Bianco