Electrical Actuator Patents (Class 74/473.12)
  • Patent number: 10759495
    Abstract: An integrated handlebar for a bicycle includes a handlebar and at least one integrated control device, wherein the handlebar has at least two free ends and the integrated control device includes a base engaged with at least one of the free ends, a brake lever and an electronic controller. The brake lever has a front end pivotally connected with the base and a rear end. The brake lever has a mounting portion, being located at a distance not greater than ¾ length of the brake lever from the rear end and not directly on the rear end. The electronic controller includes an operation member disposed on the brake lever, which includes at least one operation part adapted to be triggered by fingers of a rider to control an action of the operation member so as to drive the electronic controller to output an electronic signal to an electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mark Vandermolen
  • Patent number: 10690235
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attachment mechanism, a gearshift lever housing, a force transmitting element, a shift device, and a method for attaching a shift device, which reduce a system noise that is transmitted from an engine compartment into a motor vehicle interior space. The attachment mechanism comprises an aperture for receiving the gearshift lever device, a bearing surface section at least partially encompassing the aperture, for bearing on a bearing element, a sealant receiver disposed in the bearing surface section, and a mount for supporting a section of a force transmitting device, by means of which the gearshift lever device can be connected to a motor vehicle transmission device in a shift-effecting manner, wherein the mount is disposed on a side of the bearing surface section facing away from the sealant receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Joachim Spratte, Andreas Salum
  • Patent number: 10591058
    Abstract: A shifter assembly having a housing supporting a detent locking wheel with a biasing return spring. A plunger housing subassembly is rotatably supported within the locking wheel and operating in response to an external input to be rotated between each of Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive gear shift positions. A solenoid is supported by the housing and is linked to a lock lever assembly pivotally engaged in the housing in proximity to the locking wheel, an extending portion of the lock lever assembly engaging the locking wheel. A PCB board is integrated into the housing and is communicable with at least one external sensor associated with a driver exit condition. Upon a triggering of the exit condition with the shifter in other than a Park position, the solenoid being energized to retract the lock lever assembly to permit the return spring to rotate said wheel to the Park position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Kuster North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Qiang Wang, Brian Mayville
  • Patent number: 10563756
    Abstract: The current embodiments provide a control lever. The control lever may have a first connection unit with a plurality of inputs and at least one output. The at least one output may be configured for outputting an operation signal that represents the position of the control lever. The number of inputs of the plurality of inputs may exceed the number of outputs of the at least one output. The first connection unit may be configured to couple a first input of the plurality of inputs to the at least one output at a first point in time, and the connection unit may be configured to connect a second input of the plurality of inputs to the at least one output at a second point in time subsequent to the first point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Lemförder Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Pfeifer, Andreas Peukert
  • Patent number: 10502313
    Abstract: A selector lever for a transmission of a vehicle may include a monostable control element. Actuation of the monostable control element, without moving the selector lever, may triggers engagement of a parked position of the transmission when the transmission is not in the parked position and the drive motor is running. Further, actuation of the monostable control element may trigger a start process of the drive motor when the drive motor is off. Further, actuation of the monostable control element may trigger a shutdown process of the drive motor when the transmission is in the parked position and the drive motor is in on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Peter Spoerl, Walter Hecht, Franz-Josef Schuler
  • Patent number: 10371252
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a device for regulating a movement of an operating element for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The device comprises a rotatable shaft and a bearing element for bearing the operating element. The bearing element can be moved together with the operating element relatively to the shaft with respect to a first axis of movement and between a rest position and a deflection position with respect to a second axis of movement. The device is characterized in that on the shaft are arranged a locking element for locking the movement of the bearing element from the rest position to the deflection position and/or a resetting element for resetting the bearing element from the deflection position to the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ludger Rake, Sascha Rosentreter, Karsten Straßburg
  • Patent number: 10371251
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a device for adjusting a movement of an operating element for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The device comprises a rotatable shaft and a bearing apparatus for the supporting of the operating element. At the same time, by means of the operating element, the bearing apparatus can be moved with the operating element in relation to the shaft toward a first movement axis and between a resting position and a deflecting position toward a second movement axis. The device is characterized by a blocking element for blocking a movement of the bearing apparatus from the resting position to the deflecting position. An actuating element for actuating the blocking element and a resetting element for resetting the bearing apparatus from the deflecting position to the position are arranged on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Joerg Meyer, Sascha Rosentreter
  • Patent number: 10295049
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling automatic transmission includes: an automatic gear-shift mode for automatically selecting a gear position based on a driving condition of a vehicle; and a manual gear-shift mode for selecting the gear position based on an output of an up-shift instructing unit or a down-shift instructing unit, and sets a predetermined time period for maintaining the manual gear-shift mode when the up-shift instructing unit is operated, to be shorter than the predetermined time period when the down-shift instructing unit is operated, when the gear position is at or higher than a predetermined gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michio Kojima, Yuichiro Takemori
  • Patent number: 10234028
    Abstract: A gear shift control system may include an output mechanism, first and second drive members and a drivetrain. The first drive member may be coupled to the output mechanism to drive the output mechanism and cause a transmission shift. The drivetrain includes a first input driven by the drive member during a first mode of operation and an output coupled to both the first input and the output mechanism to drive the output mechanism as commanded by the drive member. During a second mode of operation a second input is coupled to the output and a second drive member is coupled to the second input to drive the output mechanism through the second input and the output to cause a transmission gear shift. The second drive member may be laterally offset from the drivetrain and axially positioned within an axial height of the drivetrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Jinseok Jeon, Brian D. Howe, Yang Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 10234030
    Abstract: A motor controller includes a first forward driver rotating a motor in a forward rotation direction, a torque short determiner determining short of a switch torque, a backward driver driving the motor up to an extreme position in the backward rotation direction in a switch torque short case, and a second forward driver rotating the motor from the extreme position to a target position. When the second forward driver drives the motor, a drive objet is rotated not only by a motor torque but also by a twist backlash torque from a rotation transmission part. Further, after a rotation of the motor in the forward rotation direction, the backward rotation operation of the motor is performed only in the switch torque short case, thereby reducing a shift position switch time in a switch torque sufficient case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10227104
    Abstract: A bicycle control device mounting assembly for mounting a bicycle control device to a bicycle handlebar having a handlebar central axis and a handlebar opening disposed in the handlebar a distance removed from an end of the handlebar. The bicycle control device mounting assembly comprises a connector assembly. The connector assembly comprises a first connector moveable relative to the handlebar central axis within a first mounting adjustment range and a second connector moveable relative to the handlebar central axis within a second mounting adjustment range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Yang, Chih-Min Chang, Nathan Schickel
  • Patent number: 10220915
    Abstract: A bicycle bar end attachment includes a main body, a shoe, a compression member, a rotation member, a transmission structure and a fixing structure. The main body is insertable into a bicycle handlebar, and includes a first threaded portion. The shoe is located between an inner surface of the handlebar and the main body. The compression member includes a second threaded portion engaged with the first threaded portion and a first pressing surface contacting one end of the shoe. The rotation member includes an exposed portion accessible from outside the handlebar and a second pressing surface contacting the other end of the shoe. The transmission structure transmits rotation of the rotation member to the compression member. The fixing structure holds the shoe between the compression member and the rotation member, and moves the shoe in a radial direction of the handlebar to fix the main body to the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Takafumi Katsura
  • Patent number: 10112678
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, a hydraulic unit, an electrical switch, a wireless communicator, and a power supply. The base member includes a first end to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar and a second end opposite to the first end. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis. The wireless communicator is electrically connected to the electrical switch to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional component in response to an input operation. The power supply is electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator. The hydraulic unit at least partly overlaps with at least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10113636
    Abstract: A device and method for manually controlling a system including a first lever movable between multiple positions and a movable component. The method including: activating a manual engagement device; engaging a manual control to couple a first lever and a movable component; disengaging an automatic control coupling the first lever and the movable component; and moving the movable component by moving the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Rice, Ian J. Dow, Donald M. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10107393
    Abstract: A method of providing improved control and response to an electronic transmission range selection system comprehends providing a virtual null position for the electronic transmission range selection device including the steps of determining the current position of the shift lever, confirming the position of the shift lever, virtual Null and physical Reverse to Neutral confirmation timer thresholds are selected, the timers are incremented, a determination is made that the timers have started, a determination is made that the virtual Null timer has expired, whereupon a virtual Null request is generated. Subsequent steps determine if the physical Neutral timer has expired and command the transmission to Neutral. In related method steps, a current range of the transmission is determined, the state of a shift interlock button is determined, and certain shift changes are accepted or rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Ming Zhao
  • Patent number: 10102724
    Abstract: An operating device for operating an electrical bicycle component includes an annular base element, annular actuating element and first electrical contact switch. The annular base element is configured to be non-rotatably mounted about a bicycle handlebar. The annular actuating element is rotatable relative to the annular base element from a neutral position to a first actuating position. The annular actuating element is pre-loaded into the neutral position. The first electrical contact switch is actuated when the annular actuating element is moved from the neutral position to the first actuating position to generate a first sensory feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SRAM DEUTSCHLAND, GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Baumann, Jochen Bierwerth, Wolfram Frank, Chris Hilton
  • Patent number: 9963200
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is basically configured to control at least one shifting device having a plurality of gear stages. The bicycle control apparatus includes a shifting input device, at least one detection sensor and a controller. The at least one detection sensor detects the gear stage of the at least one shifting device. The controller controls the at least one shifting device. The controller controls the at least one shifting device to upshift or to downshift in a state in which the detected gear stage matches a prescribed condition, upon receiving the prescribed shift command is input via the shifting input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 9939060
    Abstract: In a shift lever device, at a time when a shift lever is pivotally operated in a front-rear direction, a retainer and a link are pivoted integrally with the shift lever, and a pivot portion is pivoted in the front-rear direction. Further, at a time when the shift lever is pivotally operated in a left-right direction, the shift lever is pivoted with respect to the retainer, and the link is pivoted, and the pivot portion is thereby pivoted in the left-right direction. Moreover, a position of the pivot portion is detected by a detecting mechanism, and a shift position of the shift lever is detected. Therefore, the shift position of the shift lever can be detected via the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Daisuke Kato, Wataru Yumoto, Reiji Higuchi, Takehiro Niwa
  • Patent number: 9903467
    Abstract: A button-type electronic shift system is provided. The electronic shift system executes a gear-changing operation to a target shift position by the rotation and the forward movement of a shift lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9829099
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a powertrain having a transmission capable of operating in a plurality of modes to propel the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a steering wheel first switch to receive user input indicative of a desired transmission operating mode. The vehicle further includes a controller programmed to in response to a user input at the steering wheel first switch while a brake is applied, cause the transmission to shift into a drive mode from a non-drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon M. Aselage, Jeffrey Singer
  • Patent number: 9809231
    Abstract: A method and system for executing gesture based control of a vehicle system that include receiving at least one signal that pertains to at least one muscle movement from sensors disposed within a gear shift knob. The method and system also include determining at least one gesture based on the at least one signal. Additionally, the method and system include determining an interaction command with the vehicle system based on the at least one gesture. The method and system further include outputting the interaction command to the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Calvin Ling, Michael Nehmad
  • Patent number: 9765878
    Abstract: A shift lever is movable from a home position in a left or rear direction. A reverse mode selection position is set in a route extending in the left direction from the home position. A drive mode selection position is set in a route extending in the rear direction from the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamoto, Katsushi Miwa
  • Patent number: 9682694
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an electrical load may be automatically activated to consume electrical energy produced during driveline braking so that driveline braking may be extended. The electrical load may be a windscreen heater or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Nathan Banker, Alex O'Connor Gibson, Jeffrey Allen Doering, James William Loch McCallum, David Oshinsky
  • Patent number: 9671212
    Abstract: A position sensor that detects operation positions of an operation member includes an element array having three stages, each including one or more detection elements. A detected subject is detected by each detection element in two adjacent upstream and downstream stages to determine an operation position of the operation member. Whenever the operation member is shifted by one operation position, the detected subject is moved relative to the element array by one stage. Each detection element outputs a detection result of the detected subject. The element array includes at least three detection elements of which the detection results change whenever the operation member is shifted by one operation position. A detection element in the upstream side stage detects the detected subject before the operation position shifting, and a detection element in the downstream side stage detects the detected subject after the operation position shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Masayoshi Iwata
  • Patent number: 9568096
    Abstract: A gear position locking mechanism of a vehicle is presented. The vehicle has a gear lever unit and a gear box. The gear box is provided with a gear position sensor. The gear position locking mechanism of the vehicle includes a driving unit and a rocker arm. After receiving a target position signal sensed by the gear position sensor, the driving unit drives the rocker arm to automatically lock the gear lever unit, so that a gear lever of the gear lever unit cannot be shifted by hand. As the rocker arm is provided to prevent a gear position from being directly shifted by hand, the structural design inside the gear lever unit or the gear box does not need to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventors: Tzu-Jung Lan, Chien-Ping Tseng
  • Patent number: 9441730
    Abstract: A shift lever assembly for an automatic transmission vehicle may include a shift lever installed rotatably front/rearward and left/rightward with respect to a shift lever housing through a ball joint, a cable bracket disposed on a front of the shift lever and connected to the shift lever housing to be moved front/rearward with respect to the shift lever housing, and a cable connection protrusion is provided on a tip end of the cable bracket to connect with a shift cable, and an engaging lever disposed on the front of the shift lever for connecting the shift lever and the cable bracket. The shift lever assembly can have a reduced size and prevent formation the shaking angle of the shift cable, and accordingly, improve the power transmission efficiency and a transmission efficiency of the shift cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Deok Ki Kim, Myung Lyul Na, Min Keun Kwon, Won Jin Jeong
  • Patent number: 9209729
    Abstract: An actuator control unit has a first pattern in which the energization phase is switched on every switching of pulse signals, and a second pattern in which, even when a switching timing of the energization phase due to the switching of the pulse signals exists, the energization phase is not switched during a predetermined period, and, in an acceleration period before a specific position in which the actual rotation angle position of the detent plate is going toward the target rotation angle position and then the rotation becomes stable, the energization phase is switched with the first pattern set, then, in a deceleration period after the specific position in which the rotation of the motor is stable and then the actual rotation angle position generally matches the target rotation angle position, the energization phase of the motor is switched with the second pattern set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiaki Maruo, Takeshi Hashimoto, Takahiko Ono
  • Patent number: 9097507
    Abstract: A non-contact shift lever position detector includes a housing, a gear position shift lever, a magnet, a plurality of magnetic sensors, and a processor. The gear position shift lever is disposed partially within the housing and is moveable to at least a first position, a second position, and a third position. The magnet is disposed within the housing, and is coupled to the gear position shift lever and is movable therewith. The magnetic sensors are fixedly disposed within the housing and each magnetic sensor is spaced apart from the magnet and is configured to supply an output voltage representative of its proximity to the magnet. The processor is coupled to receive the output voltage supplied from each of the magnetic sensors and is configured, upon receipt thereof, to determine when the gear position shift lever is in the first position, the second position, and the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Shakil Moonamkandy, Girish Krishnaiah, Prerana Deepak Kapure
  • Publication number: 20150143938
    Abstract: A default-to-park mechanism for a transmission includes an output member, a rotatable plate, a latching mechanism, and a biasing member. The output member is rotatable to park, reverse, neutral, and drive positions. The rotatable plate is coaxial with the output member. The plate and the output member interfere with one another such that the plate is moved in a first direction of rotation by the output member and the output member is moved in a second direction of rotation by the plate. The plate is releasably held by the latching mechanism to prevent rotation in the second direction of rotation when the output member is in the reverse, neutral, and drive positions. The biasing member biases the plate to rotate in the second direction of rotation to return the output member to the park position when the plate is released by the latching mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC, Stoneridge Control Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Swaita, David A. Provenza, Brian Ganter, Robert DiTommaso, Karthik Kayyer, William Harrop
  • Publication number: 20150135877
    Abstract: An organ type electronic automatic shift lever may include a shift lever portion, a step motor unit, an operating arm, a position recognition unit, and a gear shift stage control unit. The shift lever portion may have a lower end at which a magnetic unit is mounted. The step motor unit may be fixed on a console surface of a vehicle and include a step motor. The operating arm may be rotatably connected to the shift lever portion and the step motor. The position recognition unit may recognize a position of the magnetic unit and output information of the recognized position. The gear shift stage control unit may control the step motor unit, preset position recognition information, compare position information and output gear shift information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Eun-Sik KIM, Jeong-Seop Lee
  • Patent number: 9027429
    Abstract: An electronic shift lever includes a case through which a hollow is formed in a longitudinal direction. A shift lever cover covers the hollow and is connected to the case. A rod housing is located adjacent the bottom of the case where a through-pipe is disposed in a longitudinal direction. A rod is disposed in the through-pipe and slides frontward and rearward. A recognition sensor is disposed in a longitudinal direction at an inner lower side of the rod housing. Shift stage magnets are arranged in a longitudinal direction spaced apart from a lower side of the shift lever cover and are able to stop the rod temporarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Eun-Sik Kim, Jeong-Seop Lee
  • Patent number: 9027428
    Abstract: A non-contact sensor includes a substrate having a groove, two pattern coils arranged on opposite sides of the groove, a detected object connected to the shift lever and moved in cooperation with the shift lever along the groove, and a signal processing circuit that calculates a movement amount of the shift lever based on an output value provided from the pattern coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Masayoshi Iwata
  • Patent number: 9021911
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, electronic shift lever including a PRND button and a scroll wheel configured to operate an H-Matic function, which are formed within one region of an upper surface of the shift lever, respectively, in which the shift lever is formed to be attached to and detached from a fixing device which is formed within one region inside a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eun-Sik Kim
  • Publication number: 20150114157
    Abstract: An electronic shifter can include a base, a shift lever assembly, a detent system and a clutch system. The shift lever assembly can include a pivot base having a coupling member. The detent system can include a biasing member and a detent member associated with the shift lever assembly. The biasing member can bias the detent member into engagement with a cam member. The clutch system can include a flexible clutch member and a bearing area having a bearing surface. The bearing area can be associated with the base and can receive the coupling member and clutch member to pivotably couple the shift lever assembly to the base. The detent system can apply a downward force onto the coupling member thereby forcing the clutch member against the bearing surface and providing frictional damping of the shift lever assembly during movement thereof proportional with a biasing force of the biasing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jay T. TenBrink, Robert L. Brown, Donald Niskanen, Kirk Ypma
  • Publication number: 20150107392
    Abstract: A system for selecting a transmission range in a vehicle includes a plurality of range selection buttons configured to individually select corresponding ones of a plurality of ranges. A plurality of sensing circuits are configured to generate sense signals based on positions of corresponding ones of the plurality of range selection buttons. A park range selection button is configured to select a park range. A park sensing circuit is configured to generate sense signals based on a position of the park range selection button. A button state module is configured to output state signals corresponding to the plurality of range selection buttons based on the sense signals from the plurality of sensing circuits. A control module is configured to select a range based on the sense signals from the park sensing circuit and the state signals from the button state module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Orson S. Wang, David R. Worpell
  • Patent number: 9004218
    Abstract: A system for controlling a work vehicle is disclosed. The system may include a controller configured to control motion of the work vehicle and an electronic joystick communicatively coupled to the controller. The electronic joystick may be configured to transmit signals to the controller as it is moved between a neutral position and a full stroke position. The joystick may also be configured such that a varying joystick force is required to move the joystick between the neutral and full stroke positions. In addition, a rate of change of the joystick force may be varied as the electronic joystick is moved across a start/stop position defined between the neutral and full stroke positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Navneet Gulati, Duqiang Wu, Aditya Singh
  • Publication number: 20150096398
    Abstract: An automatic transmission having an operator control which has at least one manually actuable switching rocker which is arranged on a steering wheel. A sensor senses the actuation of the switching rocker and is connected via a signal path to a transmission control device of the automatic transmission. The switching rocker and the transmission control device are additionally connected to one another via a second signal path which is independent of the signal path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Martin Bauer, Johann Eichler, Hennig Schmahl, Iwo Heidrich
  • Patent number: 8996262
    Abstract: Method and system providing manual skip-shift for operating the automatic transmission of a vehicle. The method includes accepting the input of gear states by operating a selector mechanism to select a value. The system accepts input of a selected sequence of gear states from a plurality of available gear states, the selected sequence including fewer gear states than the number of available gear states. The system then operates a selector mechanism to select the gear state from the selected sequence. The system also includes an electronic control module, a selector mechanism, and a power train control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuji Fujii, Davor Hrovat, Gregory Michael Pietron, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Alex O'Connor Gibson, Nimrod Kapas, Joseph F Kucharski, Diana Yanakiev, James Dottavio
  • Publication number: 20150082931
    Abstract: A method for determining a transmission range selection of a shift-by-wire system, which includes a shift lever, a park button, and a controller, is provided. The shift lever is movable between a plurality of transmission range positions, each corresponding to a transmission range, and a null position. The park button is switchable between a pressed position corresponding to a Park transmission range, and a released position. The method includes determining, by the controller, if at least one predetermined condition exists. If it does, then the controller determines the transmission range selection to be the Park transmission range. Otherwise, the controller determines the transmission range selection to be the transmission range corresponding to the transmission range position in which the shift lever is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Bialas, Orson S. Wang, Anne Bliss
  • Publication number: 20150068343
    Abstract: In a shift device of the present invention, a shift range is switched to a drive range or a reverse range when a switch portion is operated additionally to moving of an operational member. Switching to a drive range is executed when the switch portion is operated further in a state in which the mount of move of the operational member tilted in a first direction from a home position exceeds a first threshold, and switching to a reverse range is executed when the switch portion is operated further in a state in which the mount of move of the operational member tilted in a second direction from the home position exceeds a second threshold which is greater than the first threshold. Accordingly, quick and easy selection of a traveling range can be conducted, ensuring the safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayuki TOKUMO
  • Publication number: 20150068342
    Abstract: Provided is a transmission device of a vehicle, that can use a manual transmission without modifications, and can perform automatic gear shifting. A transmission is provided with shift blocks for regulating shifting between gear positions so as to achieve the automatic gear shifting. This vehicle transmission device includes the shift block for the reverse-1st speed (B1), the shift block for the 4th speed-5th speed (B4), the shift block for the 2nd speed-3rd speed (B2), and the shift block for the 6th speed (B6) arranged in this order in a selection operation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Enami
  • Publication number: 20150059510
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission including a plurality of operating modes, a shift selector including a switch mechanism associated with at least two operating modes of the plurality of operating modes, and a controller operably coupled to the transmission and to the shift selector. The controller is configured to receive a signal associated with the switch mechanism, identify a current operating mode associated with the transmission, and selectively shift the transmission from the current operating mode to one operating mode of the at least two operating modes. The one operating mode is determined based at least in part on the current operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Blake Otis Knisely
  • Publication number: 20150053039
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle transmission (11) is disclosed in which a sensor (18) used to produce an indication of position of a selector (17) is calibrated such that positioning the selector (17) at a peak force feedback position produced by a peak and trough force feedback mechanism (24) connected to the selector (17) will always result in the selection of a drive mode of the transmission (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Rob Jerger, Pete Stares, Hardev Mandair
  • Patent number: 8960040
    Abstract: A latching shifter mated with a shift-by-wire transmission in which the gear cam includes a momentary shift lever position which is spring biased toward the drive gear notch. A driver is enabled to shift the transmission into a desired gear by passing the shift lever into and out of the momentary shift lever position in the event of autonomous shifting by the transmission or to otherwise provide a selected gear of the transmission. Preferably a dynamically changeable gear shift display is provided, the indicia of which is responsive to the gear status of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Orson S. Wang
  • Patent number: 8960039
    Abstract: A mouse AT lever includes a pair of A/B buttons generating control signals when being pressed and an operation dial turning to implement P, R, N, D, and M shift ranges, and can implement a basic function of outputting operation signals for the positions of the selected shift ranges and implementing operation feeling according to the shifting in various ways using the pressing time of A/B buttons, a function of preventing mis-operation in the shifting by using H-MATIC functions, a shift-lock function that prevents the ranges from being switched under a predetermined condition, a function of starting the engine by using a button, a customer-directional safety control function that is set by the customer, and an interface function for communicating with an DIS (Driver Information System) controlling the devices mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eunsik Kim
  • Patent number: 8958962
    Abstract: An electric shift operating device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, a clicking mechanism, a signal generating arrangement and a controller. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle. The first operating member is movably supported on the base member from a rest position to an operated position. The clicking mechanism is operated by the first operating member to produce a haptic feedback response upon the first operating member reaching the first operated position. The signal generating arrangement generates a first shift start signal prior to or upon the first operating member reaching the first operated position. The controller controls a gear position of the electric gear changing device. The controller receives the first shift start signal and operates the electric gear changing device towards a target gear position upon receiving the first shift start signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Miki, Satoshi Shahana
  • Patent number: 8948985
    Abstract: A shift control device for a motorcycle includes a transmission that allows switching between a neutral state and a number of engaged shift positions, a shift control section that controls a shift state of the transmission, and an N/D changeover switch that switches between the neutral state and a drive mode for executing automatic shift among the plural shift positions. The shift control device also includes a hand-operated shift switch that allows manual shifting among the plural shift positions, and a foot operated shift control unit that allows manual shifting among the plural shift positions during the drive mode according to an operation of a shift pedal. The N/D changeover switch and the hand-operated shift switch are arranged around a handlebar of the motorcycle. The shift control section is operable to switch between the neutral state and the drive mode by the foot operated shift control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Sakamoto, Kenichi Machida, Makoto Tsuyuguchi, Satoru Okoshi
  • Patent number: 8928187
    Abstract: An operating control device for adjusting the power of a heating device has a rotary knob that has an off position in which said rotary knob is deactivated, and a working position into which said knob can be brought to adjust the power. The working position is predetermined by a lock-in position, and the rotary knob can be rotated over a working angle of a rotation range in at least one direction of rotation from the working position counter to a counterforce that rises as the angle of rotation increases. The operating control device can detect the angle of rotation and uses a control system of the operating control device for adjusting the power. The control system is configured in such a manner that the power is adjusted more rapidly as the angle of rotation increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Alfred Hamm, Martin Baier
  • Patent number: 8926473
    Abstract: The invention refers to a locking unit, in particular a transmission locking unit. It consists of a coil encircling at least partly an armature space. The coil has a wire that can be energized by electric current. An armature rod projecting out of the armature space and carrying an armature is provided, as well as an operating element locking unit interacting with the armature rod. This holds or releases, depending on the position of the armature rod, an operating element, wherein the armature rod or the armature is held in a first position by a permanent magnet, and a current flow through the wire of the coil compensates the holding force of the permanent magnet, and the armature rod gets in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SVM Schultz Verwaltungs—GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Georg Scherer, Helmut Mang
  • Publication number: 20150000449
    Abstract: A range switch device has a range switch control without an abutment control of a motor. The range switch control detects an encoder count at a slack removed rotation position of the motor during a rotation to a target rotation position at a shift range switch time. Then, the range switch control sets the target rotation position based on the slack removed rotation position of the motor and a by-design rotation amount of the motor, in which the slack removed rotation position is detected by an encoder count that marks an output change start time of a rotation sensor and a by-design rotation amount between pre- and post-switching rotation positions regarding pre- and post-switching shift ranges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Koji SAKAGUCHI, Kazuhiro YOSHIDA