Traffic Steering Device Or Barrier Patents (Class 404/6)
  • Patent number: 11453988
    Abstract: A crash cushion includes a number of spaced-apart supports or bulkheads, energy-absorbing modules positioned between the supports; and overlapping side panels that interconnect the supports and envelop the energy-absorbing modules. The crash cushion collapses upon itself in an accordion fashion when struck by a vehicle so as to transfer and absorb vehicle impact energy over a predetermined distance. The side panels are attached to the supports and to each other with fastener assemblies. Each fastener assembly comprises a slider bolt, a nut, and a spacer shim. The spacer shim maintain gaps between the slider bolts and the side panels so that the overlapping edges of adjacent side panels are not compressed together regardless of the torque applied to the slider bolt to allow the side panels to collapse and telescope together smoothly when the crash cushion is struck by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: LINDSAY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Lim
  • Patent number: 11447919
    Abstract: A vehicle gate assembly includes a first post and a latch post comprising a J-slot formed along a face of the latch post, the J-slot comprising a primary vertical slot extending from an open top end of the primary vertical slot at a top side of the latch post to a bottom end of the primary vertical slot, a horizontal slot extending from the bottom end toward the first post, and the horizontal slot comprising a trap extending toward the top side of the latch post and a beam movable between an open position to allow vehicles to drive through a vehicle passage and a closed position blocking the vehicle passage, and a pin extending from the beam, the pin disposed in the J-slot when the beam is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 11417191
    Abstract: An impact tracking system includes a sensor module that mounts to a fixed crash attenuator, sign, guardrail, or other roadway devices installed along a roadway. When the crash attenuator or other asset is impacted by an errant vehicle, the impact tracker, comprising a sensor system, senses and captures the impact data and sends an alert message to a remote receiver. The receiver may comprise known data receiving means, such as computers or phone systems, which may receive emails, text messages, photos, and the like in real or near real time. Received data may be analyzed, stored, and/or re-transmitted to additional receivers, which may include road authorities, such as transportation departments responsible for inspecting and repairing the impact attenuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Brent M. Kulp, Arthur Koroghlian, Bob L. Wielenga
  • Patent number: 11391006
    Abstract: A road safety rail system comprising at least one continuous rail, or a plurality of sequentially connected system rails, forming a main body of a barrier, which are supported above ground by one or more ground engaging posts, wherein the system also comprises a terminal end section (TES) having an upstream end and a downstream end, the TES including: a stationary component comprising one or more standard terminal end (STE)-rails at the downstream end connected to at least one formed terminal end (FTE)-rail located at the upstream end of the TES, the STE rails being supported at a set horizontal axis height above ground level by a plurality of posts; wherein the at least one FTE-rail(s)-include(s) a twist from a primarily vertical orientation to a primarily horizontal orientation; Wherein the at least one FTE rail(s) bends down from a set horizontal axis height Y above ground level to a horizontal axis height being at, or near ground level; a moving energy absorbing component comprising an impact head incl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Valmont Highway International Pty Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Karl Diehl, Andrew Michael Sarratt, Kenneth Lloyd Readman, Alexander Peter Hannibal Newman, Andrew John Beale, Christopher James Allington, Leigh Robert Brown
  • Patent number: 11386815
    Abstract: A system to improve the management of through traffic and vehicles entering and exiting a multilane roadway. The lanes are separated by at least one lane separator which should not be crossed by traffic along a designated portion of the roadway, such as within a predetermined distance from a roadway entrance or exit. The at least one lane separator may be any lane marking, barrier, or the like. The at least one lane separator can be any length and located anywhere with respect to the lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Robert C. Brasher
  • Patent number: 11326314
    Abstract: A cable anchor deflector bracket includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is coupled to a guardrail at a location adjacent to a cable anchor bracket, which is an attachment point where a cable couples to the guardrail. The second portion slopes outwardly away from the guardrail and is proximate to an end of the cable anchor bracket and the end of the cable anchor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
    Inventors: Roger P. Bligh, D. Lance Bullard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11313147
    Abstract: A modular fence unit integrates a base, a pair of end posts extending through slots formed in the base, and a fence panel design resting above the base between the pair of end posts. A tongue and groove combination provides the joint used to situate the fence panel design between the posts. The joint enables the fence panels to be releasably attachable to the end posts. The fence unit can incorporate a single panel, multiple vertically-oriented panels arranged horizontally, or multiple horizontally-oriented panels arranged vertically. The base includes an interior compartment space capable of holding fluid, such as liquid, to enable the base to serve as stabilizing ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Michael B. Maher
  • Patent number: 11313089
    Abstract: A terminal element (100) of a traffic barrier device (1), having a longitudinal axis, comprising a guide element (10) and an impact element (20). The impact element (20) is pivotally mounted on the guide element (10) about a vertical axis (A) so as to be rotatable or pivotable about a vertical axis. The impact element has a connecting side, for connection to an adjacent traffic barrier device, and an impact side, for damping or repelling an impact. The vertical axis is arranged between the connecting side and the impact side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Wenger, Projekte und Coaching
    Inventor: Hermann Wenger
  • Patent number: 11268293
    Abstract: An exemplary bollard fence includes bollards having bottom ends secured in a concrete base, the bollards spaced apart and extending axially from the concrete base; an elongated member moveably disposed inside of each of the bollards, and a header member laterally interconnecting the upper ends of the bollards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: William H Neusch
  • Patent number: 11242657
    Abstract: A flap for an asphalt hopper of an asphalt paver includes a sheet of a first material arranged to, in a non-deformed configuration, extend upwards from a base of the asphalt hopper and at least partially enclose one end of the asphalt hopper. The flap further includes a support member of a memory metal material coupled to the sheet. The support member has a deformed configuration and a non-deformed configuration. The support member experiences shape memory effect above a transition temperature that causes the support member in the deformed configuration to transition to the non-deformed configuration in response to heating at or above a transition temperature and also urges the sheet to return to the non-deformed configuration from a deformed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: BLAW-KNOX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bradley Feight
  • Patent number: 11234891
    Abstract: Multipurpose tactile warning panels for use in pedestrian walkways, and in particular tactile warning panels that are designed and built with multifunction/multipurpose capabilities that serve the visually impaired and enable the deployment of smart city technology by integrating tactile warning systems and subsurface enclosures that can withstand pressures of five (5) tons up to and exceeding sixty (60) tons and incorporate small cells, beacons, sensors, Fog Computing, electric energy generation, rechargeable power supplies, wireless M2M communication and a plethora of other smart city technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Brandbumps, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Gary Henshue, Gary LaVerne Henshue, James Cyrus Rice
  • Patent number: 11149391
    Abstract: An anti-ramming truck device may include at least one substantially horizontal arresting bar, at least one pivot bar. The pivot bar(s) and arresting bar(s) form, in a vertical plane, an angle of at least 100°. Each arresting bar is rigidly connected to a corresponding pivot bar. The arresting bar(s) are removably fitted into connectors, into which the pivot bar(s) are removably fitted. The connectors maintain a fixed angle of greater than 100° between the arresting bar(s) and the pivot bar(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: PITAGONE
    Inventors: Marc Weissberg, Shimon Bretholz
  • Patent number: 11149393
    Abstract: A system for impeding shore erosion includes a sea-facing barrier wall penetrated by large holes that allow water with entrained sand to enter the apparatus. Smaller holes provided in a rear wall allow the water to drain into an underlying reservoir after the entrained sand has settled. An extension can be abutted to a top of the barrier wall to enhance sand collection during a storm. Water that flows over the barrier wall is caused to flow over a top of the extension, whereby water with entrained sand falls through openings in the extension top. Sand collected by the extension remains on the shore when the extension is removed. The apparatus can include plywood, metal, or plastic. Embodiments can be disassembled and/or folded for transport and storage. Internal reinforcing partition walls can extend between the barrier and rear walls. The apparatus can be further anchored by stakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Gary E. Abeles
  • Patent number: 11060255
    Abstract: Molded plastic barrier segments, typically water or sand-ballasted, are engineered to be attached together, end-to-end, in a barrier array, with innovative features which result in low rotation between attached barrier segments. Such a low rotation barrier array will, upon impact by a vehicle, act as a re-directive barrier, rather than a capturing barrier, which is an important safety feature in some crash scenarios, particularly with respect to more recent safety specifications required by many governmental highway agencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Jack H. Kulp, Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Christopher A. Jaime
  • Patent number: 11035088
    Abstract: An anchorless crash cushion apparatus having a plurality of interconnected water-filled crash cushion elements and a non-water filled forward-most cushion element includes vehicle capture structure resisting upward tilting of an impacting vehicle and ramping of the impacting vehicle and stabilizing structure including a midnose structure resisting relative rotation between crash cushion elements in both vertical and lateral planes during vehicle impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Lindsay Transportation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Dacayanan Loya, Matthew A. Elmore, Jason T. Lim, Alvaro E. Morales Flores, Gerrit A. Dyke, Jeff M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11028583
    Abstract: The present invention is transportable economically in a flat state, and easy to attach and detach, and can provide a curved surface simply while maintaining decoration and strength without craftsmanship and absorb sound. Slits are provided on a rectangular board panel comprising two or more layers of a hard material and a soft material. Two or more layers comprising a hard material and a soft material are laminated on a rectangular board panel, and slits having a length of ½ to ¾ of the vertical side are provided thereto. The use of slits makes formation of curved surfaces easy. Since there is no need to reinforce the outside to maintain the strength thereof, the board panel can be removed easily. Even if an external pressure is applied to the board panel, the flexibility of the hard material divided by the slits and the elastic characteristic of the soft material cause the pressure to be dispersed and absorbed, and sound to be absorbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Kenichi Sato
  • Patent number: 11028545
    Abstract: A traffic barrier system of series connectable barriers, each barrier having a body with a skirt section, an intermediate section comprising a lower portion, a central portion, and an upper portion, and a head section extending above the intermediate section. The skirt section and lower portion have positive slopes. The upper portion and head section have negative slopes. A vertical end channel is formed on each of the opposite first and second ends. A lower tension bar is cast in the skirt section and an upper tension bar is cast in the head section. Within the body of the barrier, the tension bars are articulated in relation to each other. The tension bars have tabs extending out of the body for overlapping pivotal connection to an adjacent barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin Fraser Powell, Dean Clinton Alberson, Mohammad Talha Ghuman
  • Patent number: 11015310
    Abstract: A queue management system comprises a plurality of dynamic pedestrian barriers, each comprising a plurality of movable barrier arms carried by a barrier post, the plurality of dynamic pedestrian barriers being arranged in a two-dimensional grid pattern over a queuing area; and a controller configured to control the movable barrier arms of the dynamic pedestrian barriers to be reconfigurable between at least a first configuration, in which the plurality of dynamic pedestrian barriers define a first queue path between a queue entry and a queue exit, and a second configuration, in which the plurality of dynamic pedestrian barriers define a second queue path between the queue entry and the queue exit, the second queue path having a different path length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: ULTINOUS Zrt.
    Inventor: György Balogh
  • Patent number: 10968584
    Abstract: A security gate actuator includes a main ball screw, a main ball nut, and a drive shaft stage. The main ball screw may further include a circular channel disposed on an outer surface of the main ball screw and at least one drive ball disposed in the circular channel. The main ball nut may be disposed on the main threads of the main ball screw and configured to translate rotational motion of the main ball screw to linear motion of the main ball nut. The drive shaft stage may include a drive shaft end and a drive shaft tube attached to the drive shaft end, the drive shaft end coupled to the main ball nut. The drive ball may push against the drive shaft tube to translate the rotational motion of the main ball screw to rotational motion of the drive shaft tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: K12 Defense Consultants, LLC
    Inventors: David Russell Gardner, Charles Lee Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10961675
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mounting assembly (3) for mounting a traffic barrier (1) to a surface, comprising: an attachment base (5) configured to be stationary connected with the traffic barrier; and a ground connecting element (7), configured to be stationary connected with the ground by means of fastening means, such as screws, pins or bolts. The invention further relates to a traffic barrier comprising such a mounting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Laura Metaal Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Nicky Joseph Gerardus Ramaekers, Michael Sean Van der Vlist
  • Patent number: 10920384
    Abstract: A safety trailer is shown including first and second platforms, at least one of said first and second platforms having an axle and wheels attached thereto; a plurality of interconnected wall sections positioned between and connected to the first and second platforms, the plurality of wall sections defining a protected work area on a side of the trailer; The axle of the trailer is engaged with a vertical adjustment member configured to selectively adjust a vertical position of the surface of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Groeneweg, David Meyerink, Duane Meyerink, LeRoy Severson
  • Patent number: 10900181
    Abstract: A vehicle gate assembly includes a base having a width extending laterally to provide a vehicle passage and a depth extending perpendicular to the width from a front edge to a back edge, a hinge post extending vertically from the base on a first lateral side of the vehicle passage, a latch post assembly extending vertically from the base on a second lateral side of the vehicle passage, the latch post assembly includes first and second latch posts each having an inner face, a J-slot formed on the inner face of each of the first and second latch posts, and a barrier beam having a first end pivotally connected to the hinge post and a second end connectable with the J-slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Neusch Innovations, LP
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 10822756
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Patent number: 10774489
    Abstract: A flood mitigation system comprises a number of barrier units connected end-to-end to form a flood barrier wall wherein each individual barrier unit includes gripping structure along a bottom wall to resist dislocation when impacted by flood water and floating debris and a seal is placed on an end wall of each barrier unit so that the barrier wall resists leakage of flood water between adjacent units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: LJ Yodock & Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Leo J. Yodock, Jr., Guy Yodock
  • Patent number: 10724191
    Abstract: A movable car arrester module and a car arrester are disclosed. The movable car arrester module includes an L-shaped support including a base and a vertical column connected to the base. At least one connecting assembly is arranged on the L-shaped support and is used for assembling two adjacent car arrester modules of the same structure into the car arrester. At least one traveling assembly is arranged on the L-shaped support and is mounted on the base. A plurality of car arrester modules are detachably assembled to form the array-type modular car arrester so that the police can intercept and control a vehicle in a short time, and the work efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NINGBO LIDU POLICE EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xuede Pan
  • Patent number: 10723237
    Abstract: An inductive power transfer pad for inductive power transfer to a vehicle includes a stationary part and a movable part, wherein the movable part comprises a primary winding structure for generating a magnetic or electromagnetic field while an electric current flows through windings of the primary winding structure, wherein the inductive power transfer pad comprises at least one actuator for actuating motion of the movable part, wherein the movable part is movable at least into a first direction by the at least one actuator so as to move between a retracted state and an extended state, wherein the inductive power transfer pad comprises a heating for heating the inductive power transfer pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Bombardier Primove GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Wechsler, Roman Gunt
  • Patent number: 10718133
    Abstract: A modular fence unit integrates a base, a pair of end posts extending through slots formed in the base, and a fence panel design resting above the base between the pair of end posts. A tongue and groove combination provides the joint used to situate the fence panel design between the posts. The joint enables the fence panels to be releasably attachable to the end posts. The fence unit can incorporate a single panel, multiple vertically-oriented panels arranged horizontally, or multiple horizontally-oriented panels arranged vertically. The base includes an interior compartment space capable of holding fluid, such as liquid, to serve as a stabilization ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Michael B. Maher
  • Patent number: 10697140
    Abstract: A crash barrier section (1) comprising a deflection body with at least one traveling gear (3) that is movable between a standby position and a displacement position. The at least one traveling gear (3) is retracted into the standby position in a receptacle (4) of the deflection body and is extended in the travel position from the receptacle (4) in such a manner that the crash barrier section (1) is movable on a support (5), in particular a road section. The crash barrier section (1) additionally comprises a lifting device (6) by which the crash barrier section (1) can be raised from the support (5) for extending and retracting the traveling gear (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: WENGER, PROJEKTE UND COACHING
    Inventor: Hermann Wenger
  • Patent number: 10662597
    Abstract: An exemplary modular vehicle barrier includes a rigid, generally L-shaped frame having a base and an upright portion. The base including two or more joists spaced apart and extending orthogonal to a foot plate, wherein the foot plate is attached to a bottom surface at a front end of the two or more joists, the upright portion configured in a ladder arrangement having spaced apart vertical posts secured at bottom ends to a bottom beam and at top ends to a top beam, wherein the bottom beam is attached to a top surface at a back end of the two or more joists, and a wedge point formed the bottom surface of the second end of the two or more joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: William H. Neusch
  • Patent number: 10458236
    Abstract: A roadway conduit system includes a roadway conduit section that includes a floor portion with roadway surface configured to receive traveling vehicles, a ceiling portion, and at least one sidewall portion coupled to the floor portion and the ceiling portion such that the floor, ceiling, and at least one sidewall portions define a roadway conduit volume through which the traveling vehicles traverse the roadway conduit section. The roadway conduit section includes at least two fixedly connected preformed segments. The roadway conduit system also includes a roadway conduit ingress coupled to a first location of the roadway conduit section; a roadway conduit egress coupled to a second location of the roadway conduit section; and at least one air mover configured to circulate an airflow in the roadway conduit volume in a direction of at least one of the traveling vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Electricwaze LLC
    Inventor: Ross Tessien
  • Patent number: 10457280
    Abstract: A control system for maintaining a traffic warning triangle at a constant speed when deployed, notwithstanding rises and falls in the road surface, includes a driver, a driving controller, a detector, and a processor. The driving controller controls the driver to drive the mobile warning triangle to move on a road at a predetermined speed. The detector obtains information as to the road. The processor outputs control signals to the driving controller to control the mobile warning triangle to move at the constant predetermined speed when moving. A control method of the mobile warning triangle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TIANJIN)CO., LTD.
    Inventors: You-Yun Lee, Ling-Chieh Tai, Kai-Fan Lee, Shih-Yin Tseng
  • Patent number: 10428476
    Abstract: A device (10) for non-impact stopping of a wheeled vehicle includes a net structure formed from flexible elements (2) extending in a first direction interconnected with flexible elements (3) extending in a second direction, non-parallel to the first direction. Tire-penetrating elements (12) are mechanically linked to the net structure. At least part of the net structure is formed from tear-webbing deployed so as to irreversibly absorb energy applied to deform the net structure. Most preferably, at least part of each of the flexible elements (2, 3) extending in one or both of the first and second directions is formed from tear-webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Yoav Barzilai
  • Patent number: 10385528
    Abstract: Security barrier apparatus (10) comprising a support (12, 14) and a barrier member (18, 20) movable relative to the support between a stowed position and a deployed position, the support (12, 14) having an upper part (16) for positioning substantially at ground level. The barrier member (18, 20) has at least two telescopic posts one within the other, the inner post (20) being lowermost in the deployed position. A linkage is provided between an outer post (18) and the inner post (20). In use, motion of the outer post (18) between the stowed position and the deployed position causes corresponding motion of the inner post (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HEALD TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventor: Jonathan Roderic Heald
  • Patent number: 10236670
    Abstract: A cable housing system includes a housing positioned below a travel path having a crown surface. A plurality of surface lid sections are connected to the housing. The surface lid sections generally lie flush with the surface crown of the travel path when in a closed position and define gaps between the surface lid sections when in an open position. A surface lid interlocking mechanism connects at least two adjacent surface lid sections, and an attachment mechanism provides for surface lid sections to be selectively moved relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Michael John Lamore
  • Patent number: 10119230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security barrier apparatus 10, 70, 100 comprising a support 12 having at least three upright posts 14, 16, 18, 72 thereon. Two of the posts 14, 18 being fixed to the support 12 and at least one post 16, 72 being translatably movable relative to the two fixed posts 14, 18. The two fixed posts 14, 18 being spaced apart from one another and comprise a first plane 19 therebetween. The movable post 16, 72 being mounted to a slide device 24 of the support 12 for providing said translatable movement. The slide device 24 to operate the apparatus 10, 70 between an open position and a closed position such that in the closed position the movable post 16, 72 is between the fixed posts 14, 18 for inhibiting the passage of a vehicle, and in the open position the movable post 16, 72 is out of alignment with the first plane 19 and adjacent to one of the fixed posts 14, 18 for allowing the passage of a vehicle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Heald Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Roderick Heald
  • Patent number: 9902278
    Abstract: A wireless power-supplying system includes a power-supplying coil installed within a predefined parking space, a balloon provided to cover the power-supplying coil and configured to expand to occupy a space between the power-supplying coil and a power-receiving coil of the vehicle parked in the parking space, and fix the vehicle from below, and a power supply control unit configured to cause the balloon to fix the vehicle until payment of a usage fee of the parking space is completed when the vehicle has been fixed from below by the balloon, wherein power is wirelessly supplied from the power-supplying coil to the power-receiving coil of the vehicle in a state in which the vehicle is fixed to the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuji Maekawa
  • Patent number: 9840817
    Abstract: A road module for regulating a passability of vehicles on a roadway. The road module includes an elongated container immersed across the roadway and having an upper plane being essentially at level with the roadway. A lid is pivotally arranged and hinged along an edge of the container. The edge extends along a longitudinal side of the container facing vehicles approaching the road module. The lid forms at least a part of the upper plane of the container. An eccentrically mounted cylindrical roller is configured to support the lid at an opposite longitudinal side of the container. The roller is rotatable between an upper or a lower position. An actuator is configured to rotate the roller to lower and raise the lid, thereby forming a downward ramp in a passing direction of the vehicles when the roller is in the lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: EDEVA AB
    Inventor: Jonas Wallinder
  • Patent number: 9714492
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for disabling a ground engaging traction device of a land vehicle includes at least one penetrator configured to breach the traction device, an articulated strap configured to move the apparatus between a retracted arrangement and an extended arrangement, a mass configured to deploy the apparatus to the extended arrangement, and a retractor configured to retract the apparatus to the retracted arrangement. The penetrators can be arranged in sections and the penetrators can be arranged so as to be multi-directional within each section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona) LLC
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert Arthur McCoy, Brian D. Rosner, Patrick J. Barnhill, Gregg D. Spendlove, Edwin Allen Spomer, Martin A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 9706847
    Abstract: A chair comprising: a support structure, a seat fixed to the support structure, and a backrest connected to the seat by means of at least one upright of plastic material, wherein said at least one upright is elastically deformable to allow a movement of the backrest between a rest position and a tilted position, wherein said at least one upright is provided with at least one vertical rib having at least one localized bending zone wherein at least one through-cut is formed, which allows bending of the vertical rib, and wherein said at least one through-cut has a first and a second stop surface that come into mutual contact in the backwards inclined position of the backrest to stop the backward bending of the upright, wherein said at least one through-cut has the shape of a closed arched slot, which extends generally along a vertical axis of said upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PRO-CORD S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Piretti
  • Patent number: 9702100
    Abstract: A non-lethal vehicle device provides for the selective, remotely-deployed controlled stop of a targeted vehicle regardless of wheel or undercarriage configuration. The device includes a combination of a remote arm/safe mechanism, a remote deployment controller, spike/membrane deployment mechanism(s), a “speed bump” type housing that can protrude (be driven over until deployed) or be submerged, and one or more membranes with a plurality of spikes. A combination of sensors may provide independent deployment once armed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Robert A. McCoy, William G. Seeglitz, Edwin A. Spomer
  • Patent number: 9688198
    Abstract: A vehicle back-up assist system that can be set up by the vehicle driver or a spotter and provides a unique visual aid to assist with safely and efficient unloading, loading, or parking a vehicle without requiring assistance from another person. The back-up assist system includes a pair of differently colored portable markers. The markers can be placed near a target location toward which the vehicle is backing. The markers can be positioned for alignment with opposite sides of the vehicle during backing. The markers can be illuminated for better visibility and can include advance features, such as onboard measuring devices and/or lasers, to assist in proper placement of the markers and to provide enhance backing guidance to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ConeSafe, LLC
    Inventor: George Owens
  • Patent number: 9689121
    Abstract: A piston-type variable-speed control device. The piston-type variable-speed control device comprises a plurality of piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses installed on a road surface, a vehicle speed detection device, a speed controller and an electrical power supply. Each of the piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses comprises a ridge platform. A height by which the ridge platform is raised, a time to raise the ridge platform, and a duration for which the ridge platform is raised are controllable to cause a jolting motion to one or more front wheels, one or more rear wheels, or a single wheel of a speeding vehicle. When the speed of a passing vehicle exceeds a predetermined speed limit, the piston-type speed bump structure apparatuses stay at moderately raised position to cause an obvious yet safe jolting motion to the passing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jianjun Shi, Jizhen Guan, Yafei Liu
  • Patent number: 9677232
    Abstract: A retractable speed barrier system includes a winged speed barrier assembly, a lateral pivoting assembly that includes a plurality of trapezoidal hinges, a hollow frame assembly, and an electrically activated linear actuator. The winged speed barrier assembly is attached to the hollow frame assembly by the lateral pivoting assembly. The linear actuator causes the winged speed barrier assembly to laterally pivot on the trapezoidal hinges in a direction perpendicular to the flow of traffic between a retracted position and a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Robert C. Zwerneman
  • Patent number: 9527603
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recovery system comprises a base and a pneumatic capture net, including a set of upwardly extending, flexible, inflatable tubes, supported by a capture net support assembly. Drag forces are exerted on a UAV by the set of tubes when the UAV flies into them. In some examples the recovery system includes a plurality of decelerators, each decelerator having a supply of a restraint strap, connected to the pneumatic net, which can be pulled from the decelerator upon the application of a sufficient force so that movement of the pneumatic net is resistible by forces exertable by the decelerators on the pneumatic net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ARCTURUS UAV LLC
    Inventors: Mark Cameron Allen, D'Milo Dean Hallerberg, Greg P. Timm
  • Patent number: 9476303
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for effecting autonomous operations within a defined geographical region (1110). A plurality of localized zones (1102, 1104, 1106, 1108) having operation-defined geographical boundaries are specified within the region. A plurality of control modules are established associated with respective ones of the localized zones and autonomous operations are effected under the supervisory control of the control module associated with the localized zone in which the autonomous operation occurs. The geographical disposition of the boundary of at least one of the localized zones is varied within the defined geographical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Sydney
    Inventors: Eric Nettleton, Ross Hennessy, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Ali Haydar Göktogan
  • Patent number: 9435088
    Abstract: A vehicle crash barrier constructed primarily of structural tube members having an energy-absorbing connection between horizontal rail members and vertical post members. Horizontal rail members are provided with one or more deformable flanges adjacent to each end to be connected to a vertical post member. Vertical post members include a channel adjacent a top end for receiving the rail end and flange. The rails are connected to the vertical members by downwardly sliding the flanged end into the vertical channel until the rail rests upon a bottom stop. A reinforcing cap is positioned on the top end of the vertical member to prevent upward movement of the rail and to strengthen the vertical post structure. Shims may be installed between the flange and the channel walls to limit horizontal rail movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ROSS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Kemper, Jay P. Otto, Timothy J. Manzella
  • Patent number: 9423319
    Abstract: A rigid barrier system includes a base piece and a face piece. The face piece may be configured to be to be mounted to the base piece, such that the face piece is laterally movable while mounted to the base piece in an unfixed mode. Alternatively or additionally, the rigid barrier system may include a steel floor plate resting on a base layer. A mass of the base layer may be at least ten times a mass of the face piece and the base piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney Simon, Jerome Ng, William McDonald
  • Patent number: 9416506
    Abstract: An apparatus to be positioned at the side of a roadway for ensnaring tires of an oncoming land vehicle. The apparatus comprises a plurality of segments flexibly attached end-to-end. At least a subset of the segments further comprise a spike ramp. The segments are connected at the ends via hinges. The segments are adapted to house a net package in a stowed-away configuration. The net package includes a set of spikes tethered to netting. A deployment hose is connected to a subset of the segments to cause the segments to become unstacked for deployment when the deployment hose is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company (Arizona) LLC
    Inventor: Mynor J. Castro
  • Patent number: 9410298
    Abstract: A vehicle crash barrier gate constructed primarily of structural tube members and having an energy-absorbing connection between horizontal movable gate member and vertical post members. The gate member is provided with one or more deformable flanges adjacent to each end. Each post includes a vertically extending channel for receiving a respective gate member end and the flanges. An inwardly facing, vertically aligned opening in each channel allows the gate member to extend therethrough and span the space between the posts. The vertical extent of the openings spans the required vertical movement of the gate member. One or more reinforcing elements are disposed on the posts proximate to the elevation at which the gate member is positioned to prevent vehicle passage to strengthen the vertical post structure. A drive apparatus is provided to move the gate member vertically between an open position, typically at grade level, and a closed position, typically elevated above grade level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: ROSS TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Kemper, Jay P. Otto, Timothy J. Manzella, Scott E. Espensen
  • Patent number: 9404231
    Abstract: A module suitable for use in a crash barrier has a diaphragm with opposite first and second sides. First and second cellular foam blocks are coupled to the first and second sides of the diaphragm respectively. A wrap layer surrounds a periphery of the first and second cellular foam blocks. A sealant layer may be applied to the wrap layer. The wrap layer is configured as a metal cover member. A crash barrier may be configured with one or more modules. A method of manufacturing a module includes adhering first and second cellular foam blocks to opposite sides of a diaphragm and wrapping a wrap layer around a periphery of the first and second cellular foam blocks. A transition rail may be connected between first and second crash barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: Dean C. Alberson, D. Lance Bullard, Jr., C. Eugene Buth, Michael S. Brackin