Hand Wheels Patents (Class 74/552)
  • Patent number: 10792843
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a carbon fiber wheel rim is provided, including flowing steps of: preparing a core ring, including a core material which is disintegrable and annular; continuously obliquely winding at least one first dry carbon yarn around the core ring, to form a first semifinished rim; placing the first semifinished rim in a mold, and performing vacuuming, resin injection and thermoforming, to form a second semifinished rim; removing the second semifinished rim out of the mold, and disintegrating and removing the core material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MARSHAL INDUSTRIAL CORP.
    Inventor: Ming-Jen Tsai
  • Patent number: 10780908
    Abstract: Various implementations include a light bar system for a steering wheel of a vehicle that includes a high intensity light source, a light diffusing layer, and an outer lens. For example, in certain implementations, the light diffusing layer is disposed between a plurality of high intensity light emitting diodes (LEDs) and an outer lens, and the light diffusing layer causes the light from the LEDs to appear as a continuous stream of light across a length of the lens and provides sufficiently bright lighting to warn or communicate with the driver in various ambient lighting conditions. In certain implementations, the outer lens is colored to blend in with the rest of the steering wheel when the LEDs are not activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Valerie D. Gardner, Jason Carl Lisseman, David Ryan Varcoe
  • Patent number: 10773744
    Abstract: There is provided a steering wheel covering member which is capable of disposing a wire in an opening edge of a recessed portion of a rim section main body portion and which is easy to be attached to the rim section main body portion, a steering wheel, and a manufacturing method of a steering wheel. The steering wheel covering member includes sheet-shaped sheet member having dividing portion that is a cut-out portion. The steering wheel covering member includes wire that is held on sheet member excluding non-setting area A along dividing portion. The dividing portion is accommodated in recessed portion such that dividing portion and non-setting area A of wire are disposed inward of an opening edge of recessed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobutaka Uematsu
  • Patent number: 10759462
    Abstract: A steering wheel structure configured to control cooling and heating, the steering wheel structure including: an inner layer forming a rim of the steering wheel; and an outer layer surrounding at least a part of the inner layer; wherein the outer layer including, an outer circumferential part forming at least a part of outer circumference of the outer layer; at least one gap disconnecting the outer circumferential part; and a cold-hot adjusting part formed in the at least one gap; wherein the cold-hot adjusting part has a lower heat capacity and a higher thermal conductivity than the outer circumferential forming part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MI-SEOJIN, INC.
    Inventors: Seo Young Kim, Hang Cheol Choi, Keun Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 10748392
    Abstract: A tactile sensation providing apparatus includes a contact region to be touched by an operating body, a thermal sensation providing element that is disposed in the contact region and provides at least cold sensation information, and a warm sensation providing element that is disposed in the contact region and provides warm sensation information. The warm sensation providing element is disposed at least in regions that sandwich the thermal sensation providing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunio Sato, Daisuke Takai, Yuzuru Kawana, Katsunari Sato
  • Patent number: 10746280
    Abstract: A steering device includes: an input shaft main body portion including an input shaft first region, and protruding from the housing, and an input shaft second region received within the steering shaft receiving space; and an input shaft cover including; an input shaft cover main body portion surrounding a portion of the input shaft first region which is closer to the input shaft second end portion than the first input shaft seal portion in the rotation axis direction, and an input shaft cover seal portion provided to the input shaft cover main body portion, abutted on the first input shaft seal portion, and arranged to suppress moisture from entering between the input shaft and the input shaft cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Kamaguchi, Masato Kadokura
  • Patent number: 10730431
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an illuminated emblem assembly coupled to a steering wheel assembly and a method of assembling the same. The illuminated emblem assembly includes a conductive plate having a generally U-shape and formed from an electrically conductive material, a light source coupled to a PCB which is coupled to the conductive plate such that an electrical signal is provided to the light source from the vehicle control system via the PCB. The emblem assembly includes a base disposed on a top surface of the conductive plate also having a generally U-shape where the base includes an opening adjacent the light source for directing light emitted from the light source towards a U-shaped volume defined by a top surface of the base. Light is transmitted from the light source towards the user through an outer cap being disposed over the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Adorian Marc, Jason Nikolauk
  • Patent number: 10676119
    Abstract: There is provided a steering wheel to make it possible to install a covering member on a rim section main body portion in a wide range and with a good external appearance. A steering wheel base section includes the rim section main body portion that configures a rim section. The rim section main body portion is provided with a groove along the rim section main body portion. The groove is provided with a first line-shaped groove and a second line-shaped groove that is less bent than the first groove. The covering member is wrapped around the rim section main body portion of the steering wheel base section. The covering member is provided with divergence covering sections disposed along the first groove with the first groove interposed therebetween. The covering member straddles the second groove at a position of the second groove and connects the divergence covering sections by a covering base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamami, Katsuya Muramatsu, Masahiro Ooka
  • Patent number: 10532760
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein are directed to an adjustable steering wheel. According to one aspect, a steering wheel includes a center post, a plurality of arc segments, a plurality of telescoping arms, and a plurality of modular segments. The plurality of arc segments have a fixed arc length relative to a center post axis defined by the center post. Each arm of the plurality of telescoping arms has a first end portion affixed to the center post and a second end portion non-removably affixed to an arc segment of the plurality of arc segments. The plurality of modular segments have adjustable arc lengths relative to the center post axis. Together the plurality of arc segments and the plurality of modular segments cooperate to define a circumference of the steering wheel that is orthogonal to the center post axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew Wang
  • Patent number: 10471987
    Abstract: A damper for a steering wheel is provided. The damper may include a housing attached to the steering wheel and an energy-storage medium supported by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Christopher R. Trendov, Roger M. Cortina, Ryan J. Said
  • Patent number: 10449988
    Abstract: There is provided a steering wheel including (1) a resin body made of resin, (2) a decorative body that is provided separately from the resin body, and (3) a placement member that is disposed between the resin body and the decorative body and that is moved by the decorative body when the decorative body has been relatively displaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Maekubo, Ichiro Yamamoto, Taichi Hino, Tamio Harada, Hiroshi Ohira
  • Patent number: 10351171
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes: a cylindrical slider which is disposed on an outer side of a support member so as to slide in a front-to-rear direction and which is biased to the rear; a cap member which covers at least respective rear end portions of the support member and the slider from the rear; a movable-side contact portion which is provided inside the cap member; an annular damper holder which is mounted inside the cap member; an annular elastic member which is interposed between the slider and the damper holder; a transmitting portion which is provided in an inner circumferential portion of the damper holder; and a movement catch portion which is provided on an outer circumferential portion of the slider so as to be positioned immediately before the transmitting portion and to which a forward movement of the damper holder is transmitted through the transmitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ishii, Osamu Hirose, Kenji Sasaki, Toshihiko Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10352440
    Abstract: A shift-by-wire actuator and a method for selecting drive positions of a motor vehicle transmission is provided. The actuator comprises an actuating field, in which a scrolling surface for selecting one of the drive positions, and a release button, which transmits a release signal based on an actuation, are disposed. The actuator is characterized in that the scrolling surface and the release button are coupled via a locking and releasing mechanism, such that a shift-effecting selection of at least one of the drive positions can be executed by manipulation of the scrolling surface after release by the locking and releasing mechanism, based on the release signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Vitali Fribus, Alexander Kirilenko
  • Patent number: 10352221
    Abstract: Heating device (10), in particular for heating an operating fluid tank of a motor vehicle, preferably a tank for storage of aqueous urea solution, the heating device (10) comprising an electrical resistance heating trace (14) with a heating side (14b), on which, in intended operation, heat is emitted to a fluid to be heated, and the heating side (14b) opposing a carrier side (14a), on which the resistance heating trace (14) faces a mounting supporting it, wherein the resistance heating trace (14) is disposed between a flexible film (16) on its heating side (14b) and a substrate (12), rigid in comparison with the flexible film (16), as the supporting mounting on the carrier side (14a), which is characterized in that the resistance heating trace (14a) is connected to the rigid substrate (12) on the carrier side (14a) without intermediate arrangement of a further film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RÖCHLING AUTOMOTIVE SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Fabrizio Chini, Luca Marini, Ivan De Metri, Francesca Brunori, Stefano Dalpez
  • Patent number: 10300937
    Abstract: A decorative piece of a vehicle steering wheel decoration arranged to be mounted on a steering wheel of the vehicle includes a decorative core made from a decorative material, such as wood. A protective portion of the decorative core made from a transparent or translucent material covering at least part of a surface of the decorative core is arranged to be visible by a user. A fastening portion is arranged to fasten the decorative part on the steering wheel. The fastening portion is made from the same transparent or translucent material as the protective portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Mickael Peyrot, Frederic Moulinas
  • Patent number: 10179541
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a steering apparatus for a vehicle having a including a light element providing indication and warning light signals to the user of the vehicle. The light element can be associated with a PCB mounted to the steering wheel grip for controlling the operation of the light element. The PCB may be thermally coupled to a heat exchange component such that heat from the light element is transferred from the PCB to the steering wheel grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Jason Carl Lisseman, Valerie Dawn Gardner, Dwayne Van'tZelfde, Erick Paul Staszak, Norbert Hubert Mueller, David William Andrews
  • Patent number: 10173713
    Abstract: A steering wheel decorative member is used for being attached to a resin member covering a periphery of a ring core of a steering wheel. The decorative member includes a hollowed-out portion including an opening that is formed on a surface of the decorative member facing the resin member and that extends in a longitudinal direction of the decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Taichi Hino
  • Patent number: 10173712
    Abstract: A stitchless steering wheel fitted with leather, which is formed by covering a grip body with leather may include a first rim bezel mounted in a wheel groove of the grip body, and including a bezel groove to receive end portions of the leather, and a second rim bezel fastened in the bezel groove of the first rim bezel and fixing the end portions of the leather received in the bezel groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SECO KOMOS
    Inventors: Eung Joo Kim, Un Jae Jung, Joon Mo Park, Ho June Sung
  • Patent number: 10167017
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a steering hub portion, a wheel portion and a spoke portion. The spoke portion extends from the steering hub portion and is connected with the wheel portion. The wheel portion includes a core metal and a cover layer. The core metal circles around the steering wheel. The cover layer covers the core metal. A vibrator housing portion is provided at a part in a circling direction of the core metal. The core metal includes a U-shaped cross section in the vibrator housing portion in a radial direction of the wheel portion. A partition wall is provided inside of the core metal to divide and form the vibrator housing portion. A case is attached to the core metal to cover the vibrator housing portion. The vibrator is disposed in the vibrator housing portion between the core metal and the case. The vibrator is attached to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAKATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka Haba, Kenshi Nagata, Takuya Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10112551
    Abstract: An bluetooth audio steering wheel knob is quickly attachable and detachable without tools and includes a bluetooth circuit and at least one audio transducer. The bluetooth audio steering wheel knob includes a housing having a shaft inserted into a bracket mounted to a steering wheel. The shaft may include a spring loaded ball detent which engages a recess ring inside a shaft passage in the bracket, allowing the bluetooth audio steering wheel knob to be detached by a firm tug, or a mounting block may include a spring loaded lock which engages a stud extending down from a housing base. The batteries, a bluetooth circuit and at least one audio transducer is housed inside the bluetooth audio steering wheel knob and is rechargeable using a plug in charger or separate base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Lee Manes
  • Patent number: 10086863
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes: a boss part; a ring part that is located at an outer circumferential side of the boss part; a plurality of spoke parts that connect the boss part and the ring part; and a core including: a core boss part; a core ring part that is located at an outer circumferential side of the core boss part; and core spoke parts that connect the core boss part and the core ring part, wherein: the plurality of spoke parts include true spoke parts having the core spoke parts, and a pseudo spoke part that does not have the core spoke parts; and the pseudo spoke part is mounted on the core ring part, and includes a separate retaining member that retains a shape of the pseudo spoke part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiteru Banno
  • Patent number: 9975568
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a steering wheel cover with inflatable bladders thereon that provide the driver with a comfortable place to position his or her hands on the steering wheel while preventing injuries associated with maintaining a tight grip on the steering wheel for long periods of time. Said inflatable bladders are placed at roughly the four o'clock and eight o'clock positions and at locations roughly equidistant between the ten and eleven o'clock positions and roughly equidistant between the one and two o'clock positions on the steering wheel, where drivers tend to rest their hands. The bladders are inflatable so that they fit comfortably within the driver's cupped hands, thus avoiding the need to grip the wheel. When the driver's hands are on the bladders, his or her wrists remain in line with the palm of his or her hand, thus relieving fatigue while reducing vibration from the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel John Williams, Geneva JoAnn Williams
  • Patent number: 9884641
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a ring-shaped rim is to be gripped by a driver (the rim includes a rim core and a rim molding portion covering the rim core), a boss disposed at the center of the rim, plural spokes connecting the rim with the boss, an arm whose base end portion is integrated with the rim core and that is extended toward the inside of the rim core in a cantilever manner, and a vibration generator attached to the arm for generating vibrations that are to be transmitted to the rim through the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Mitobe, Yohei Kiuchi, Ken Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9845064
    Abstract: Provided is a steering-wheel power generation device that, when operating in-vehicle equipment wirelessly from an operation unit provided on a steering wheel, can supply power having high power generation efficiency and space efficiency in line with practical use. A ring-shaped rack and a gear power generator fitted to the rack are provided in the gripping portion of the steering wheel, and a guide groove portion is provided on an inner wall of the gripping portion, thereby enabling a guide portion to absorb shock other than the shock in the power generation direction, and enabling stable power supply even when the steering wheel is being rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ADAMANT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohide Aoyagi, Yasuhiro Hyakutake
  • Patent number: 9789896
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a haptic device including a flexible and deformable tube, a liquid or gel-like substance, a sensor and an actuator. The flexible and deformable tube is affixed to a grip area to be gripped by a user. The liquid or gel-like substance is sealed within the tube and configured to transmit a pressure or/and pressure vibration vibration/pressure therethrough. The sensor is configured to detect the pressure or/and pressure vibration vibration/pressure generated in the tube. The actuator is configured to generate a haptic signal in the tube and/or the substance so as to be transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO, FUKOKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Grigori Evreinov, Ahmed Farooq, Roope Raisamo, Arto Hippula, Daisuke Takahata
  • Patent number: 9738302
    Abstract: A steering wheel provided with a vibration device. The vibration device includes a vibration motor with an eccentric weight attached to a rotational axis protruding out of a motor body and a mounting bracket which mounts the motor on a mounting section located at a region continuous with a ring section on a steering wheel core. The mounting section includes a vibration receiving section and a mounting base. The mounting bracket includes a pressing section which presses the motor body against the vibration receiving section and a mounting tongue which is secured to the mounting base. The mounting bracket is mounted on the mounting base with the motor body disposed on the pressing section in such a manner as to press a region of the motor body facing the vibration receiving section against the vibration receiving section and transmit a vibration of the motor body to the vibration receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Sakurai, Norio Umemura, Naoki Tsukamoto, Hisatoshi Ota
  • Patent number: 9643350
    Abstract: A light guide system includes a light guide and a carrier substrate having a barrier layer disposed therebetween. The barrier layer is introduced during a dual injection process to provide a permeable barrier between a first resin, used to form the light guide, and a second resin used to form the carrier substrate. The barrier layer allows for the first and second resins to bond, while acting as a wet-out inhibitor between the resins. The molded dual injection light guide system of the present invention provides for a unitary light guide and carrier substrate that has been molded with a barrier layer such that wetting out of a surface of the light guide is prevented along with the deleterious effects wetted out surfaces have on light transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Robert Emrich, Inshirah Hillawi, Megan May Lovejoy, Steven J. Antilla
  • Patent number: 9610967
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly includes an armature, and a plurality of exterior shell sections. Each of the exterior shell sections include an inner layer, an intermediate layer, and an outer layer, and have a counterpart or corresponding exterior shell section. The armature may include a hub, a generally U-shaped rim and at least two spokes connecting the hub and the generally U-shaped rim. The first layer of each of the plurality of exterior shell sections includes a protrusion that extends into and conforms to the generally U-shaped rim. Also, the intermediate layer of each of the plurality of exterior shell sections is molded over the inner layer. Each of the plurality of exterior shell sections and its counterpart are interlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Dean, James Robert Chascsa
  • Patent number: 9598099
    Abstract: Handle consisting of a gripping knob internally provided with a housing cavity in a stable position of a pin, the pin consisting of at least a portion with a larger-diameter section and of a portion with a smaller diameter projecting therefrom. At the top end of the smaller-diameter portion, a retaining member is provided, having a larger diameter with respect to that of the smaller-diameter portion. An elastic bush is housed on the smaller-diameter portion for engagement with the inner surface of the knob. Between the retaining member and the elastic bush, a washer is arranged of a material aimed at minimizing friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ELESA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Bertani
  • Patent number: 9511790
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel provided with controls for the turn indicators; the steering wheel has: a central hub, which is mounted so as to rotate; an outer crown, which extends around the central hub, is suited to be held by the driver, and is rigidly coupled to the central hub by means of at least two spokes; two upper controls, each of which is mounted on an upper surface of a corresponding spoke and operates the right turn indicators or the left turn indicators; and two lower controls, each of which is mounted on a lower surface of a corresponding spoke on the opposite side of the relative upper control, and operates the turn indicators that are opposite to the turn indicators operated by the relative upper control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Patrizio Spaggiari
  • Patent number: 9463824
    Abstract: A first spoke connects a first point of a boss and a first joining point of a rim. A second spoke connects a second point of the boss different from the first point of the boss and a second joining point of the rim opposite to the first joining point of the rim to the boss. Each of the first and second spokes is in a plate shape. The first spoke has a circular first hole in a portion of the first spoke located at a middle in a longitudinal direction of the first spoke and at a center in a widthwise direction of the first spoke. The second spoke has a circular second hole in a portion of the second spoke located at a middle in a longitudinal direction of the second spoke and at a center in a widthwise direction of the second spoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Kiuchi, Akito Urushibata
  • Patent number: 9452771
    Abstract: A steering wheel cover that includes an outer cover layer and an inner core layer coupled to the outer cover layer is disclosed herein. The inner core layer includes an inner surface shaped to form and self-maintain an annular channel sized to receiving an automobile steering wheel therein. The inner core layer has a composition that includes ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and one or more hardening agents. The composition of the inner core layer may also include a flexibility agent, a de-molding agent, a flowing agent, an emollient, an oxidizing agent, a cross-linking agent, a coloring agent, a curing agent, and a foaming agent. The inner core layer may also include one or more ribs extending from an inner surface of the inner core layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Yu He, Jiangqiang You
  • Patent number: 9452770
    Abstract: A steering wheel of the present invention is provided with: a spoke cored bar portion configured to couple a boss cored bar portion and a rim cored bar portion to each other. At least a surface of a respective one of the rim cored bar portion and the spoke cored bar portion is covered with a synthetic resin. An inclined longitudinal wall portion is coupled to the spoke cored bar portion at a connection portion, and at an intermediate part of the connection portion, an easily deformable portion is formed. In this manner, it is possible to provide a steering wheel which is not degraded in appearance quality, even if a rib for preventing shrinkage of a resin is increased in size, the steering wheel having an excellent dynamic performance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomotaka Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9415791
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly includes an armature having a hub, a rim and at least two spokes extending between the hub and the rim, and a damper. The damper connects the at least two spokes and the hub and prevents contact between the spokes and hub. The at least two spokes and hub may include interdigitating projections which the damper prevents from contacting one another. The damper substantially fills a gap between the interdigitating projections and envelops the interdigitating projections. In one embodiment, the damper is annular and the interdigitating projections extend radially and include a base and a distal end having a length greater than a length of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Dean, James Robert Chascsa
  • Patent number: 9318281
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly comprises a plurality of control elements disposed on a user-accessible surface of the steering wheel assembly. Each of the plurality of control elements has a plurality of user-selectable operational states and is electrically coupled to a corresponding branch of an electric circuit. The electric circuit defines an output node and is configured to produce a single output signal at the output node. Each of the plurality of control elements is configured for affecting the single output signal based on an active one of the plurality of user-selectable operational states of the respective one of the plurality of control elements. The single output signal is indicative of the active ones of the plurality of user-selectable operational states for each of the plurality of control elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gerald M. McCann, Andrew D. Moran, Frederick J. Berg, Richard P. Nash
  • Patent number: 9308930
    Abstract: A steering wheel is provided that may include a central member, a rim, a structural member, a switch-frame and a switch assembly. The rim may be spaced apart from the central member. The structural member may extend between the central member and the rim. The switch-frame may be secured relative to the structural member and may include first, second, and third members cooperating to define an opening. The first member may be disposed between the central member and the rim and may extend laterally across the structural member. The second and third members may be spaced apart from each other and may extend from the first member toward the rim. The switch assembly may be mounted to the switch-frame and may at least partially extend through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: AUTOLIV ASP, INC.
    Inventors: Bill Bostick, Gregory Hamman, Eugene Kahn, Richard Matsu
  • Patent number: 9298207
    Abstract: A temperature control device for a climate control loop comprising at least one handle piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GENTHERM GMBH
    Inventor: William Wei Li
  • Patent number: 9272725
    Abstract: A steering wheel for a motor vehicle, with a steering wheel base body and a jacket that comprises at least one strip surrounding the steering wheel base body on the outer circumference. A first free end of the at least one strip is held in position securely in a groove formed in the steering wheel base body. A second free end of the at least one strip is also held in position securely in a groove formed in the base body of the steering wheel. In addition, the invention concerns a process for the production of such a steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Schipek GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Pekari
  • Patent number: 9180614
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a decorative part, comprising the method steps, in sequence, of: placing and locating a decorative element in a mold, applying an initially substantially liquid plastics coating over the entire surface of the decorative element, reinforcing the decorative element by solidifying the plastics coating, and subsequently applying a support structure to the substantially solidified plastics layer of the reinforced decorative element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NBHX TRIM GMBH
    Inventor: Ulrich Arlt
  • Patent number: 9139217
    Abstract: A steering wheel has a rim having an armature encapsulated by a cover of resilient material. The cover has a fixing groove or recess formed therein so as to extend around the rim generally circumferentially with respect to the steering wheel. An outer skin is formed from flexible material and is provided over and around the cover such that two opposed edges of the outer skin are both positioned within the fixing groove or recess and fixed therein. The outer skin includes at least one seam terminating in a seam-end located along one of the opposed edges of the outer skin such that each edge of the outer skin positioned within the fixing groove or recess has at least one seam-end, and wherein each seam-end formed along one of the edges is circumferentially offset around the rim from each seam-end formed along the other edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Olivier Bertrand, Hugues Doursoux, Laurent Groleau, Patrick Guerin, Emmanuelle Baloge
  • Patent number: 9096257
    Abstract: A plurality of steering wheel sections can be joined to form a steering wheel. A member is partially disposed within a first steering wheel section cavity and partially disposed within a second steering wheel section cavity. A plurality of support arms each have disposed therein a support arm extension. At least one separation mechanism is configured to break a joint between first and second steering wheel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9073508
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel has an airbag module received and mounted within a recess having an opening of a predetermined shape. A cover having an outer surface and inner surface is disposed over and proximate the airbag module and substantially occludes the opening of the recess. The cover has a predetermined shape corresponding to the shape of the opening of the recess and an outer edge corresponding to an inner edge of the recess. The outer edge of the cover comprises a flexible loop proximate the inner edge of the recess about the outer edge of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Robert Chascsa, II, Ishak Zaman
  • Patent number: 9033366
    Abstract: A system includes a fan and a duct system. The fan is configured to be attached to the steering wheel. The duct system has a first portion and a second portion, and is configured to be coupled to an exterior surface of an armature of the steering wheel and enable air from the fan to be communicated from the fan to a surface of the steering wheel. The first portion includes a section extending along the armature of the steering wheel, and the second portion includes a plurality of nozzles extending radially from an outer surface of the first portion toward an outer surface of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Downey
  • Publication number: 20150114168
    Abstract: A steering wheel of the present invention is provided with: a spoke cored bar portion configured to couple a boss cored bar portion and a rim cored bar portion to each other. At least a surface of a respective one of the rim cored bar portion and the spoke cored bar portion is covered with a synthetic resin. An inclined longitudinal wall portion is coupled to the spoke cored bar portion at a connection portion, and at an intermediate part of the connection portion, an easily deformable portion is formed. In this manner, it is possible to provide a steering wheel which is not degraded in appearance quality, even if a rib for preventing shrinkage of a resin is increased in size, the steering wheel having an excellent dynamic performance thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Tomotaka ISHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9016168
    Abstract: A steering wheel and associated control system to execute a corresponding algorithm, the steering wheel including a rim which is rotatable about a first axis to steer a vehicle, and a throttle dial disposed in a surface of the rim. The throttle dial controls a throttle of the vehicle and has a variable output to control an amount of the throttle in proportion to an amount the throttle dial is displaced from a nil output position. A similar brake dial is also provided, and is also disposed in the surface of the rim at another location, thus providing hand operation of a throttle and brake of a vehicle without having to remove one's hands from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 9007190
    Abstract: A sensor for installation on a steering wheel includes a pressure sensitive material mounted on a base material of the steering wheel. The pressure sensitive material is configured to provide an electrical signal to a controller when pressure is applied. The controller provides a command to a vehicle system based on the electrical signal. The pressure sensitive material has at least one of a variable resistance and a variable capacitance based on the amount or type of pressure that is applied to the material. The electrical signal is based on the at least one of a variable resistance and a variable capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Bosch, David Andrews, Jason Lisseman
  • Patent number: 8984988
    Abstract: In a lower end of a finisher having a substantially I-shape, an extending portion extending along a rim is provided. The finisher has an upper locking portion to be locked to an upper spoke and a lower locking portion provided in the extending portion and to be locked to a lower spoke. The lower locking portion has a protruding portion and a locking piece both standing upright from a back surface of the extending portion. The protruding portion and the locking piece are arranged away from each other in an up-down direction. The lower spoke has an engagement receiving portion for the protruding portion to be fitted and for the locking piece to be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nihon Plast Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuya Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 8973701
    Abstract: An assembly includes a steering column, a steering wheel coupled to the steering column, and a shifter coupled between the steering column and the steering wheel. The shifter includes a shifter body and a shift actuator movably coupled to the shifter body. The assembly further includes a coupler movable through the shifter body between a first coupler position and a second coupler position. The coupler is configured to couple the shifter body to the steering wheel when the coupler is in the first coupler position to permit the shift actuators to rotate along with the steering wheel. The coupler is configured to couple the shifter to the steering column when the coupler is in the second coupler position to maintain the shifter body stationary relative to the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Holihan, Charles M. Tomlinson
  • Publication number: 20150047457
    Abstract: The object of the invention is an adjustment wheel for a pipette, which adjustment wheel solution comprises members for returning the adjustment wheel to its initial position when the wheel is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SARTORIUS BIOHIT LIQUID HANDLING OY
    Inventor: Ville Hintikka
  • Publication number: 20140366681
    Abstract: A first spoke connects a first point of a boss and a first joining point of a rim. A second spoke connects a second point of the boss different from the first point of the boss and a second joining point of the rim opposite to the first joining point of the rim to the boss. Each of the first and second spokes is in a plate shape. The first spoke has a circular first hole in a portion of the first spoke located at a middle in a longitudinal direction of the first spoke and at a center in a widthwise direction of the first spoke. The second spoke has a circular second hole in a portion of the second spoke located at a middle in a longitudinal direction of the second spoke and at a center in a widthwise direction of the second spoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Yohei KIUCHI, Akito URUSHIBATA