Foot Operated Patents (Class 74/512)
  • Patent number: 10808789
    Abstract: There is provided a translational inerter assembly for damping movement of a flight control surface of an aircraft with a support structure. The translational inerter assembly includes a press fit element rotatably disposed within the flight control surface. The translational inerter assembly further includes an inertia element disposed in the press fit element. The translational inerter assembly further includes a torsion bar coupled to the inertia element and to the support structure of the aircraft, such that when the flight control surface rotates, the inertia element translates, and movement of the flight control surface is dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael T. Fox, Jeffrey M. Roach, Eric A. Howell
  • Patent number: 10802529
    Abstract: A pedal apparatus for driver protection, may include a switch bracket rotatably coupled to a pedal member by a hinge pin; and a collision removal pin fixedly connected to the switch bracket and detachably coupled to the pedal member, wherein the switch bracket rotates a pedal arm forwards by contacting with the pedal arm while rotating around the hinge pin when the collision removal pin is detached from the pedal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10775829
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle pedal assembly is disclosed. The adjustable vehicle pedal assembly may include a tray sub-assembly and a push rod sub-assembly. The tray sub-assembly may include a vehicle pedal, a splined shaft, and a tray that is slidable, relative to the splined shaft, to permit a position of the vehicle pedal to be adjusted. The push rod sub-assembly may engage a valve based on actuation of the vehicle pedal. A mechanical linkage between the tray sub-assembly and the push rod sub-assembly being maintained when the position of the vehicle pedal is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Keegan Roach
  • Patent number: 10747255
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foot pedal control unit for an ophthalmic surgery system. The unit has a base and a treadle that is configured for pivotal pitch movement and for pivotal yaw movement relative to the base for generating control signals to an ophthalmic surgery system. The unit further comprises an inlay cover that is removably placed on the treadle. Optionally, the unit comprises a locking element that is movable between a lock position wherein the treadle is locked against pivotal yaw movement and a release position wherein the treadle is enabled to perform pivotal yaw movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V.
    Inventors: Mart Gahler, Wim Rosenquist, John Peter Kuntz
  • Patent number: 10747257
    Abstract: An adjustable pedal for a vehicle has readily accessible adjustment mechanisms. An adjustment component has a first leg and also has a cross leg secured in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A slot extends horizontally in the first leg with horizontal first alignment holes above and below the slot. Bolts couple a slide block to the first alignment holes at a vertical position of comfort to a driver. A brake pedal has an upper end pivotably coupled to the slide block and has a lower end adapted to be depressed by the driver. A foot pad is coupled to the lower end of the brake pedal. A plurality of elevationally spaced holes are in the brake pedal. Bolts couple the foot pad to the brake pedal at a horizontal position of comfort for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Ryan Frazier
  • Patent number: 10724584
    Abstract: A clutch-release control for a motorcycle includes a post having an aperture on a first end that telescopically receives a biased piston. The piston includes a cap at a distal end and a flange spaced therefrom. The piston is movable between a retracted position, where the cap is proximal the first end of the post, and an extended position, where the cap engages a clutch-release arm on a motorcycle. To use the device, a rider releases a latch to thrust the cap into engagement with the clutch-release arm. When the rider fully opens the throttle and releases the clutch, the piston applies a predetermined amount of resistance to the arm, preventing the clutch from suddenly engaging the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Stanley C Pausina
  • Patent number: 10703346
    Abstract: A brake pedal apparatus for a vehicle is provided. The brake pedal apparatus includes a fixing bracket fixedly installed in a vehicle, a pedal arm coupled to the fixing bracket to be rotatable about a first axis, and a collision rack coupled to the fixing bracket to be rotatable about a second axis which is different from the first axis. The collision rack is configured to rotate upon a collision with a collision bracket. The fixing bracket supports the pedal arm to allow the pedal arm to be movable in a predetermined direction. The collision rack blocks the movement of the first axis of the pedal arm, and upon the collision with the collision bracket, the collision rack allows the pedal arm to be disengaged from the fixing bracket, thereby reducing the risk of injuring the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventor: Intae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10689081
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting and controlling a motor on a kayak are disclosed. A motor may be mounted to a kayak by a single interface on the kayak and rotated using foot pegs. The control system provides for responsive input and automatic directional stabilization of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Craig Shields
  • Patent number: 10682993
    Abstract: Provide is a vehicle pedal rearward displacement preventing structure exhibiting better collision performance. The pedal rearward displacement preventing structure 10 for a vehicle comprises: a cross car beam 1 having a given axial direction and extending along the axial direction; a pedal rearward displacement preventing member 7 attached to the cross car beam 1 to prevent a rearward displacement of a brake pedal; and a center stay 3 for supporting the cross car beam 1. The pedal rearward displacement preventing member 7 is disposed on a forward side of the center stay 3 in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Hazama, Toshiki Okauji, Norio Kasajima, Takeshi Kitagawa, Yoshiyasu Kajimoto
  • Patent number: 10654361
    Abstract: An accelerator pedal for a vehicle, which has a hysteresis generation structure may be provided. The accelerator pedal for a vehicle includes: a housing; a cylindrical hinge which is connected to the housing; a main pedal arm which is coupled to one side of the hinge and rotates in a first direction in close contact with a first action point of the one side of the hinge when a predetermined force is applied; an auxiliary pedal arm which is coupled to the other side of the hinge and rotates in a second direction in close contact with a second action point of the other side of the hinge by an elastic force when the force applied to the main pedal arm is removed; and a spring which is coupled to a bottom of one end of the auxiliary pedal arm and applies the elastic force to the auxiliary pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hee Han, Ki Chul Hyun, Hyeon UK Kim
  • Patent number: 10569648
    Abstract: An accelerator device includes: a support portion that is installable to a vehicle body; a shaft that is rotatably supported by the support portion; an operable portion that is rotatable integrally with the shaft and is depressible by a driver; an installation blocking portion that is formed in the support portion; and a full opening stopper that limits rotation of the operable portion in an accelerator opening direction when the full opening stopper contacts the operable portion. The installation blocking portion includes a space that opens toward the operable portion. A rib is formed in the space and joins between a top side inner wall and a bottom side inner wall of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiro Saito, Quoc khanh Vu
  • Patent number: 10551866
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a vehicle, including a pedal arm moveable between a first position and a second position, and a pivot shaft is operatively attached to the pedal arm. The pivot shaft defines a pivot axis. A housing having a mount adapted for attachment to the vehicle is provided. The housing defines a bore supporting at least a portion of the pivot shaft to permit rotation of the pedal arm about the pivot axis. A debris filtering mechanism is formed in at least one of the pivot shaft and the bore to direct contaminants away from the pedal assembly and out of the bore as the pedal arm moves between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kongsberg Power Products Systems I, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse L. Henrikson
  • Patent number: 10481630
    Abstract: A pedal effort generation device for a vehicle includes: a pedal arm rotatably mounted on a pedal member in a front and rear direction; a connection link having one end at a rear side of the connection link hinged to the pedal arm; a rotating cylinder connected with the other end of the connection link and rotatably mounted on the pedal member; a follower unit mounted on the rotating cylinder, slidably coupled to the other end of the connection link, and configured to convert linear motion of the connection link into rotational motion of the rotating cylinder according to a front rotation of the pedal arm; and an elastic mechanism connected with the pedal member and the rotating cylinder, elastically deformed upon a forward rotation of the rotating cylinder according to the front rotation of the pedal arm, and configured to provide a reverse restoring force to the rotating cylinder and the pedal arm with an accumulated elastic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10474181
    Abstract: An adjustable pedal for a motor vehicle. A pedal arm is mounted at a bearing block so as to be able to pivot around a pedal axis and which has an articulation point for coupling to a device that is to be actuated by the pedal. The articulation point is spaced apart from the pedal axis by a first lever arm length; a pedal base body, which is mounted at the pedal arm and can be adjusted in relation to the pedal arm; a pedal plate, which is arranged in a bearing point at the lower end of the pedal base body. The bearing point of the pedal plate is spaced apart from the pedal axis by a second lever arm length; and an adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Oliver Schmidt, René Pahlig
  • Patent number: 10338627
    Abstract: A vehicle interior structure includes a pedal-backward-preventive bracket against which a supporting portion of a control panel abuts when the control pedal controlled by a foot of a driver moves backward, the pedal-backward-preventive bracket being fixed to an instrumental panel support member extending in a vehicle width direction, a mount bracket on which a head-up display is mounted, the mount bracket being fixed to the instrumental panel support member, and a load transfer portion that is provided between the pedal-backward-preventive bracket and the mount bracket to transfer a rearward load input to the pedal-backward-preventive bracket to the mount bracket via the supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shunsuke Nobuoka, Chikara Sato, Ryosuke Matsuo, Hitoshi Ochimizu, Ryo Oyama
  • Patent number: 10281947
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a control pedal of a vehicle includes two walls arranged in parallel in relation to each other, a pivot shaft extending between the walls, two locking structures arranged to pivotally retain the pivot shaft in a use position between the walls, and at least a control pedal rigidly provided on the pivot shaft. The control pedal and the pivot shaft are rotatable around an axis of rotation. Further, the mounting assembly is provided with a joint including at least one lock protrusion provided on at least true of the locking structures and an internal groove provided on at least one of the walls. The at least one lock protrusion is arranged to engage with the internal groove, when the locking structure is in a use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CJ AUTOMOTIVE AB
    Inventor: Bill Åström
  • Patent number: 10220703
    Abstract: An accelerator pedal unit for a motor vehicle, having a base body on which an accelerator pedal is accommodated rotatably mounted in a rotary joint and which, starting from a resting position, can be moved by actuation in an actuating direction. A sensor unit is accommodated in the base body, which senses the position of the accelerator pedal via a feeler element. A return spring is provided, with which the accelerator pedal is prestressed into the initial position. A moveable counter-stop element can be moved into a stop position in which, when the accelerator pedal is actuated, the stop element comes into contact with the counter-stop element and runs into the sprung unit when an additional force is applied to the accelerator pedal and can be moved into a release position in which, when the accelerator pedal is actuated, the stop element can move freely in a movement region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Claus Viethen
  • Patent number: 10166954
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly of a brake-by-wire system of a vehicle includes a support structure, a brake pedal pivotally engaged to the support structure at a first pivot axis, and a brake pedal emulator assembly. The brake pedal emulator assembly extends between and is pivotally engaged to the brake pedal and the support structure at respective second and third pivot axis. The brake pedal emulator assembly includes a brake pedal emulator and an adjustment mechanism aligned along a centerline intersecting the second and third pivot axis. The brake pedal emulator is constructed and arranged to displace axially when the brake pedal is actuated, and the adjustment mechanism is constructed and arranged to adjust axial displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Alan J. Houtman, Brandon C. Pennala, Paul A. Kilmurray, Eric E. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10146246
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal with a contacting sensor that comprises a pedal arm coupled to and rotatable relative to a pedal housing. A rotor includes a first end coupled to the pedal arm and an opposed end with contactors abutting and adapted to slide against a resistive element in response to the rotation of the pedal arm. A head on the rotor includes means for preventing the over-deflection of the contactors. In one embodiment, the means for preventing the over-deflection of the contactors comprises an extension on the head of the rotor that defines a stop limiting the deflection of the contactors. In another embodiment, the means for preventing the over-deflection of the contactors comprises the combination of a tab on the head of the rotor and a wall in the interior of the pedal housing. The tab abuts against the wall and prevents the movement of the rotor in the direction of the resistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas L. Ladocsi, Murray Kaijala, William S. Stewart
  • Patent number: 10124672
    Abstract: In a pedal structure of an automotive vehicle which includes a brake pedal and an accelerator pedal which are provided at a vehicle body side by side in a vehicle width direction, the accelerator pedal comprises an accelerator pedal body to receive a pressing operation by a right foot, a hinge portion pivotally supporting a lower end of the accelerator pedal body, and a pedal base supporting the accelerator pedal body via the hinge portion, and a heel support portion to support the right foot's heel is provided at the pedal base. The heel support portion is positioned on a left side of and adjacently to the hinge portion and spaced apart forward from the hinge portion by a specified distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Tabata, Yoh Yamazaki, Masayuki Tokumo
  • Patent number: 10094471
    Abstract: A park release system includes a park release handle assembly. The handle assembly comprises a base, a handle pivotally connected to the base, and a lock piece. The handle is pivotable between an open position and a closed position. The lock piece is uniquely designed to selectively lock the handle in open position and to release the handle and allow it to pass back to closed position after the handle is pulled from lock position. The park release system may include a cable connector assembly. The cable connector assembly may comprise a first cable section connectable to a second cable section. The second cable section includes a housing having a slider within a passageway and below a flexible retention beam. The slider is configured to receive and connect to the cable from the first cable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HI-LEX CONTROLS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew DeVos, Eldon Teets
  • Patent number: 10082821
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pedal 1 that includes a left bracket and right bracket that are combined such that a portion coupled to a hinge of a pedal arm and another portion fixed to a vehicle body are fitted to each other in an X-shape. A cover bracket is welded to the left and right brackets and over the X-shaped portion. A fixing pin welded to the left and right brackets and at a cross-point of the X-shape. The pedal arm is separated due to deformation in an impact direction in an oblique collision as well as a front, offset, or small overlap collision of a vehicle. Thus, the pedal makes it possible to prevent a driver from being injured by the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10036136
    Abstract: A floor support frame (8) is provided with a left side pilot valve (21). The left side pilot valve (21) is provided with a left side operating pedal (23) that is foot-operated. The left side operating pedal (23) is configured of a first foot board (26) that is mounted on the left pilot valve (21) to be rotatable in an upper-lower direction, a shaft (27) that is mounted in a rear portion of the first foot board (26), and a second foot board (28) that is mounted through the shaft (27) on the first foot board (26) to be rotatable in a horizontal direction. The second foot board (28) is rotatable between a storage position of overlapping the first foot board (26) and a use position of being rotated in the rear side of the first foot board (26). An operation regulating mechanism (29) is provided in the front side of the first foot board (26) to be engaged to the second foot board (28) when the second foot board (28) is rotated to the storage position to regulate a foot operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Higuchi, Kouhei Maeda, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Junya Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10017163
    Abstract: An adjustable pedal that includes a first body with a shoe, a second body pivotable about a shaft, the first body being movably coupled with respect to the second body, a third body being pivotable with respect to the second body and movably coupled with respect to the first body, the third body being coupled to an actuator through a coupling, and a control device suitable for adjusting the position of the pedal. The first body and the second body are telescopically coupled to one another, the control device controlling the distance between the rotating shaft and the coupling by moving the three bodies relatively to one another, keeping the ratio of the distance between the shaft and the shoe and the distance between the shaft and the coupling substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BATZ, S. COOP.
    Inventors: Fernando Burguera Albizuri, Ibai Santamaria Teran
  • Patent number: 9958896
    Abstract: A bearing member for a pedal arm, which is a tubular bearing member which is disposed so as to connect a first mounting hole and a second mounting hole formed respectively in a pair of plate members constituting right and left side walls of the pedal arm and through which a connecting shaft is passed so as to be rotatable relative to the bearing member, the bearing member includes: a large-diameter tubular portion configured to have an external diameter larger than a diameter of the first mounting hole and to be located between the pair of plate members; a first connecting portion configured to have an external diameter smaller than the diameter of the first mounting hole, to be formed so as to project from one end face of the large-diameter tubular portion coaxially with the large-diameter tubular portion, to be passed through the first mounting hole, and to be fixedly fitted to the first mounting hole by being compressed in an axial direction to be swaged so that a peripheral portion of the first mounting h
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Kawahara, Masanobu Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9896069
    Abstract: Provided herein is an adjustable pedal assembly for a vehicle for operating a push rod of a brake system, for example. The assembly includes an activation link connected via a pivot member to an elongated lever structure of the pedal arm, a link member for connection to the push rod to activate the brake system that is operatively connected to the activation link, and an adjustable slide pin for moving a pivot axis of the elongated lever structure between a first pivot position and a second pivot position. The pedal arm and pedal plate are thus moved between a first position and a second position, while maintaining a substantially constant ratio between each of the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: VENTRA GROUP, CO.
    Inventor: Nick Porco
  • Patent number: 9889826
    Abstract: Provided herein is a variable ratio pedal assembly for a vehicle for operating a push rod of a brake system, for example. The assembly includes at least one activation link connected via a pivot tube to an elongated lever structure of the pedal arm, an input link for connection to the push rod to activate the brake system that is operatively connected to the activation link, and an intermediate link connected to the input link and a vehicle bracket. The intermediate link pivots relative to the input link and the vehicle bracket, resulting in a variation in angle between the input link and the intermediate link. The variation in angle between the input link and the intermediate link creates a ratio that varies as the pedal arm is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ventra Group Co.
    Inventors: Ramesh Periasamy, Dusit Sukonthapanich, Steve Jarjoura
  • Patent number: 9886053
    Abstract: An electronic vehicle pedal activation system for eliminating the need to have more than one person when working on vehicle where using a pedal of the vehicle is required. The electronic vehicle pedal activation system includes a support assembly including a shaft having a length and adapted to be removable and in contactable relationship with a floor board; a pedal activation assembly in communication with the support assembly for moving a pedal of a vehicle; and a control assembly in operable communication with the pedal activation assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy Buse, James F. Buse
  • Patent number: 9846448
    Abstract: A pedal-side rotating member is composed of a boss portion rotatably supported by a pedal shaft, a spring holding portion for holding one end of a return spring, a stopper arm being operatively in contact with an inner wall surface of a supporting body, and a mechanically-weaker portion, wherein the boss portion, the spring holding portion, the stopper arm and the mechanically-weaker portion are integrally formed as one unit. The spring holding portion is so configured as to be broken away from the boss portion at the mechanically-weaker portion, if an acting force larger than a predetermined value is applied to the stopper arm when the rotating member is rotated in a direction to an acceleration fully-closed position. A broken piece is held at a position inside of the supporting body, so that rotation of the boss portion is not adversely affected by the broken piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pham Van Viet, Takehiro Saito, Masahiro Makino
  • Patent number: 9840243
    Abstract: Provided is a brake device which improves energy efficiency. The brake device includes a stroke length adjusting unit configured to adjust rod stroke SR (stroke length of a piston in a master cylinder) relative to pedal stroke SP (quantity of operation of brake pedal by the driver).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Saito
  • Patent number: 9821777
    Abstract: The vehicle brake pedal device includes a pedal bracket fixed to a partition wall, a brake arm and a coupling arm assembled to the pedal bracket, a clevis and a movable plate assembled to the coupling arm, and a fixed member and a coupling bracket assembled to a vehicle body component. In the event of a front collision of the vehicle, the pedal bracket is moved backward, and the movable plate is brought into abutment against the fixed member to rotate. As a result, a push part of the movable plate is brought into abutment against the clevis, and a breakable part of the clevis is broken so that the clevis and the coupling arm are decoupled from each other. Then, the coupling arm is rotated forward with respect to the pedal bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Uchida, Satoshi Yasue, Shinichiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 9760109
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly includes an assembly frame, a pedal arm pivotally carried by the assembly frame, a booster input rod, a booster washer carried by the booster input rod, a rod actuating element carried by the pedal arm and engaging the booster input rod and a biasing device interposed between the booster washer and the rod actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adil Khan, Mark Warren Muddiman
  • Patent number: 9671815
    Abstract: A pedal assembly having a hysteresis creating configuration in communication with a sensor of a pedal assembly. The assembly includes a housing and a pedal arm wherein the pedal arm is pivotally mounted by bushings to the housing. A connector and sensor assembly is provided connected through the pivot point (hub) where the pedal arm connects to the housing of the pedal assembly. A spring connects to a spring carrier wherein the spring is depressed upon depression of the pedal arm of the pedal assembly. As the spring applies a force to the spring carrier, the spring carrier slides down an inclined wall and applies a force to a friction shoe. The friction shoe is in contact with the generally circular hub of the pedal arm thus providing a hysteresis effect as the friction shoe contacts the hub of the pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Shaun Matthew Fuller, Dan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9541944
    Abstract: A device for mounting a pedal of a vehicle including a support on which the pedal is mounted by a principal rotary shaft and a shearing mechanism connected to a fixed bodywork element of the vehicle, the shearing mechanism configured to radially shear off the principal shaft in a case of a displacement of the support relative to the bodywork element, to detach the pedal from the support. A secondary shaft is fixed to the pedal and is configured to position the pedal, which has been sheared off, in a new operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventor: Catalin Nicusor Calciu
  • Patent number: 9527383
    Abstract: A pedal effort adjusting apparatus for vehicles may include a fixed part rotatably coupled with a pedal member, a moving part configured to linearly move with respect to the fixed part, an elastic member configured to support the fixed part and the moving part, and a lever protrusion coupled to a hinge shaft of a pedal and configured to rotate together with the pedal and have an end rotatably coupled to the moving part to linearly move the moving part at a time of the rotation of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kyung Chang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Jong Hee Han
  • Patent number: 9523998
    Abstract: Provided herein is a pedal assembly for a vehicle with an intermediate link releasably connected to an actuation link of a push rod. The push rod is connected to a pedal arm via the actuation link and the intermediate link. The intermediate link has two parallel links that are capable of movement from a first position to a second position during vehicle collision using a release lever. Upon rotation to its second position, the release lever disconnects and forces the parallel links of the intermediate link away from each other, thus disconnecting the push rod and pedal arm. Energy is prevented from being transmitted to the driver's foot, thereby reducing injury to the driver. An actuation mechanism, such as a reaction bracket, is mounted to a vehicle structure adjacent the release lever, and may actuate rotation of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: VENTRA GROUP CO.
    Inventor: Dusit Sukonthapanich
  • Patent number: 9506540
    Abstract: There is provided a pedal apparatus in which connection bracket is prevented from falling off from a pedal arm even if there is a welding defect. A pedal apparatus includes a pedal arm provided with an inclined portion, an upper retaining hole, and a lower retaining hole passing therethrough. A connection bracket, having a connecting face, an upper attachment face, a lower attachment face, an upper retaining projection and a lower retaining projection, is coupled with the pedal arm, with the upper retaining projection and the lower retaining projection respectively passing through the upper retaining hole and the lower retaining hole. Each edge of the upper attachment face and the lower attachment face is welded to the inclined portion of the pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., HIRUTA-KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motomasa Suzuki, Hiroshi Saito, Junji Ishii, Yoshitaka Noda, Kenji Fujioka, Takurou Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9501083
    Abstract: An accelerator and brake pedal device includes a connecting lever, a brake pedal assembly, an accelerator pedal assembly, an accelerator control circuit, and a resisting member. The brake pedal assembly is coupled to the connecting lever. The accelerator pedal assembly is rotatably coupled to the brake pedal assembly. The accelerator control circuit has an accelerator control switch. The resisting member is positioned on the connecting lever away from the brake pedal assembly. The accelerator control switch is resisted to turn off by the resisting member and break the accelerator control circuit. The resisting member is moved by the accelerator pedal assembly toward the accelerator control switch. The accelerator control circuit is rendered inoperative when the resisting member is moved by the accelerator pedal assembly toward the accelerator control switch. The accelerator control circuit is rendered operative when the accelerator pedal assembly is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao-Gang Zhou, Wei-Min Yang
  • Patent number: 9499138
    Abstract: A connecting pin fitting assistive device that prevents erroneous fitting in which, instead of a proper connecting pin, another connecting pin that is larger in length than the proper connecting pin is erroneously fitted, at the time of connecting a prescribed connecting member to a pedal arm via a connecting pin by passing the connecting pin through a connection hole formed in the pedal arm and retaining the connecting pin with use of a retaining member, the connecting pin fitting assistive device having a contact face disposed in a vicinity of the connection hole of the pedal arm and located at a position apart from a side face of the pedal arm by a protrusion restriction dimension S, and the connecting pin fitting assistive device bringing a distal end of the connecting pin passed through the connection hole into contact with the contact face, so that a protruding dimension by which the connecting pin protrudes from the side face of the pedal arm is restricted to the protrusion restriction dimension S, and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiro Takeshima, Yoshinobu Fukatsu
  • Patent number: 9454176
    Abstract: A pedal operating apparatus for a vehicle includes a pedal member fixed to a vehicle body panel, having a hinge shaft provided at a back end thereof, and having a height controller above the hinge shaft. A pedal arm has an upper end rotatably installed at the hinge shaft of the pedal member, the upper end being provided with a protrusion protruding forward. A pedal effort controller is configured to include an elastic member rotatably installed at a front portion of the pedal arm. A switching member extends and is bent downwardly from the elastic member. The switching member has the bent portion contacted to the height controller. The pedal effort controller presses the protrusion downwardly through the switching member with an elastic force at an initial position of the pedal arm, and pushes the protrusion upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Jong Hee Han
  • Patent number: 9429976
    Abstract: In a vehicle operation pedal apparatus, an engagement hook is formed in one end portion of a return spring, an engagement hole or cutout into which the engagement hook is hooked is formed in a bracket plate member disposed on an operation pedal, and a surface direction of a portion of the bracket plate member, in which the engagement hole or cutout is formed, is set such that a contact point at which the engagement hook contacts one of a pair of edges that are ridgelines between an inner wall surface of the engagement hole or cutout and one surface and an other surface of the bracket plate member is a relative pivot point of the return spring that pivots relative to the operation pedal in accordance with a pivoting operation of the operation pedal in an entire operation angle range of the operation pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nozomu Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9342092
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle that can be operated in a manual driving mode and in an automatic driving mode and has at least one foot actuation device, which in the manual driving mode projects from a plane of a resting surface and can be actuated by a vehicle driver, wherein a switch from the manual driving mode to the automatic driving mode is detected and thereupon the at least one foot actuation device and/or the resting surface are moved relative to one another in such a way that the at least one foot actuation device and the resting surface form a substantially continuous plane or the resting surface forms a substantially continuous plane and the foot actuation device is covered by the plane of the resting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Elmar Baur, Linn Hackenberg, Lennart Bendewald
  • Patent number: 9298208
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing a clutch pedal effort may include a switching lever that is rotatably assembled to a pedal member and selectively engaged with a pedal arm and a reaction providing unit, a first end of which is engaged with the pedal member and a second end of which is engaged with the switching lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., Dong Hee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Seon Min, Young Seok Song
  • Patent number: 9298209
    Abstract: A pedal apparatus for a vehicle includes a pedal bracket fixed to a dashboard, a cowl bracket fixed to a cowl panel, and a pedal arm hinge-coupled to the pedal bracket and having a reverse-swivel protrusion and a pedal on both sides of the pedal arm. Also, a reverse-swivel lever is hinge-coupled to the pedal bracket, and on an upper side of the reverse-swivel lever has an extension extending upwards and being positioned in front of the cowl bracket, and, on a lower side of the reverse-swivel lever has a reverse-swivel pin positioned below the reverse-swivel protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Dong Hee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Jeong Seon Min, Yang Rae Cho, Sung Il Lee, Wi Sang Park
  • Patent number: 9283934
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly for a brake-by-wire system or vehicle having a traction battery. The brake pedal assembly has both a pedal feel simulator and an adjustable brake pedal. The pedal feel simulator has a fixed cam surface and a moving cam follower that provides increased resistance that simulates that of an actual brake system as the brake pedal arm is depressed. The brake pedal assembly has a pivotal adjustment subassembly that the cam follower may extend from. The adjustment subassembly may also have a brake pedal arm adjustably connected to and extending therefrom. The adjustment subassembly provides a consistent path of rotation per brake pedal depress allowing for the cam follower to have substantially consistent movement across the fixed cam surface, providing substantially consistent pedal feel feedback, regardless of where the brake pedal has been adjusted to within a vehicle foot-well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Allen Shand
  • Patent number: 9266507
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly for a vehicle having a brake pedal arm having an initial position and an adjustment subassembly configured to adjust the initial position. The brake pedal assembly is further provided with a preload spring configured to provide a preload force to the brake pedal arm and a preload adjustment cam in cooperation with the brake pedal arm. The adjustment subassembly and the preload spring are configured to change the preload force in response to a change in the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allen Shand, Daniel A. Gabor
  • Patent number: 9261895
    Abstract: A vehicle operation pedal apparatus includes an elongate hollow pedal arm provided with a pedal sheet, the vehicle operation pedal apparatus transmits a pedal operating force applied to the hollow pedal arm to an output member connected to the hollow pedal arm. The hollow pedal arm is formed of a pair of a front half and a rear half each having a U-shaped section and combined with each other; the vehicle operation pedal apparatus comprises a plate-shaped connection plate having a connecting portion connected to the output member so as to be pivotable relative to the output member and fixed integrally with the hollow pedal arm; in the front half and the rear half, slit-shaped through-holes are formed, respectively; and the connection plate is passed through the hollow pedal arm in a vehicle front-rear direction through the through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Tsuguma
  • Patent number: 9260088
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly for a hybrid electric vehicle having a brake pedal arm and a cam follower extending from the brake pedal arm is provided. The cam follower is configured to cooperate with a stamp bracket having a cam surface to provide brake pedal feel resistance as the brake pedal arm is actuated by a user of the hybrid electric vehicle. This brake pedal feel resistance increases as the cam follower traverses along the cam surface of the stamp bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Allen Shand, Robert E. Stewart, Nicholas Strumbos
  • Patent number: 9256243
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing an effort of a clutch pedal for a vehicle may include a pedal member through both sides of which a guide slot that may be extended frontwardly and then rearwardly may be formed integrally to pass the both sides, a pedal arm lever provided at an upper part of a pedal arm so as to be protruded towards the guide slot, a guide bar engaged to the pedal arm lever and passing through the guide slot, wherein the guide bar is movable along the guide slot when the pedal arm pivots, and an elastic member, a first end of which is connected to the pedal member, and a second end of which is connected to the guide bar, such that a turnover force is generated thereto when the pedal arm pivots forwardly and a recovery force is generated thereto when the pedal arm pivots rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jeong Seon Min
  • Patent number: 9256242
    Abstract: A driver's injury prevention type pedal may include a pedal arm which is rotatably coupled, at an upper portion to a pedal arm hinge which acts as a center of rotation of a pedal stroke, and a universal reverse rotation member which reversibly rotates the pedal arm about the pedal arm hinge and away from a driver which may include a mounting bracket to which the upper portion of the pedal arm is fitted and coupled, and a reverse rotation lever which presses the upper portion of the pedal arm by counterclockwise direction rotation formed by pushing of the pedal arm. In particular, the driver's injury prevention type pedal may be converted into a brake pedal, a clutch pedal, or an acceleration pedal, thereby allowing pedal manufacturing costs to be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Eun-Sik Kim