Pedals Patents (Class 74/560)
  • Patent number: 11104400
    Abstract: A pedal slider assembly that allows for a normal pedal affixed to a normal bicycle to slide laterally outwardly away from the bicycle frame and back inwardly towards the bicycle frame allowing the rider to find their bodies natural pedal placement as it travels through the rotational pedaling path based on their specific skeletal structure restrictions, (those being the width of an individual's hips, knees, and ankles) as those positions dictate the center line of the user and as those positions are directly affected by the pedal relationship to the center line of the bicycle frame, additionally there is a multitude of lateral movement length options for the rider to utilize to garner specific exercise benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Scott Baker
  • Patent number: 11091221
    Abstract: A pedal slider assembly that allows for a normal pedal affixed to a normal bicycle to slide laterally outwardly away from the bicycle frame and back inwardly towards the bicycle frame allowing the rider to find their bodies natural pedal placement as it travels through the rotational pedaling path based on their specific skeletal structure restrictions, (those being the width of an individual's hips, knees, and ankles) as those positions dictate the center line of the user and as those positions are directly affected by the pedal relationship to the center line of the bicycle frame, additionally there is a multitude of lateral movement length options for the rider to utilize to garner specific exercise benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Scott Baker
  • Patent number: 11027708
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to a pedal assembly. The pedal assembly includes a housing, a pedal arm, a retaining member, and a block. The pedal arm has an upper end. The upper end is pivotally coupled to the housing. The retaining member is slidably engaged within the housing. The retaining member has a first angled portion. A portion of the retaining member in communication with the upper end of the pedal arm. The block is slidably mounted within the housing and perpendicular to the first angled portion of the retaining member. The block has a second angled portion that is complimentary to the first angled portion. Upon an impact, the second angled portion slidably engages with the first angled portion, which causes the retaining member to move and release the upper end of the pedal arm from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Vanheule, Matthew Vyskocil, Nack Sung
  • Patent number: 11009903
    Abstract: A brake pedal apparatus of an autonomous vehicle may include a brake pedal, wherein a lower end portion of a brake pedal is popped-up to be exposed to the interior of the vehicle so that a driver may operate the brake pedal in a manual driving mode situation for the driver to directly drive the vehicle, and the brake pedal is in a hidden state so that the driver may not operate the brake pedal as the lower end portion of the brake pedal is rotated to move forward by operation of an actuator in an autonomous running mode situation in which the driver does not drive directly the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10725493
    Abstract: A foot pedal assembly and method of moving a wheel assembly from a stowed configuration to a deployed configuration is provided. The foot pedal assembly can be moved to a locked configuration, thereby securing the wheel assembly in a deployed configuration, by allowing a foot pedal of the foot pedal assembly to move away from a second position after moving the foot pedal from a first position to the second position. When in the locked configuration, the foot pedal assembly can be moved to an unlocked configuration by moving the foot pedal assembly back to the second position, thereby allowing the foot pedal assembly and the wheel assembly to move towards the first configuration and the stowed configuration, respectively. A pin extending from a cam assembly into a raceway of a raceway body travels through the raceway as the foot pedal assembly is moved between configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brunson Instrument Company
    Inventors: Aaron A. Hudlemeyer, Mark J. Meuret
  • Patent number: 10527277
    Abstract: A system and method of illuminating one or more foot pedals with an optically brightened layer positioned to fluoresce responsive to activation of one or more ultraviolet (UV) illuminating devices positioned adjacent or attached to the one or more foot pedals. The optically brightened layer may include an optically brightened coating covering at least a portion of each of the one or more foot pedals, or may include an optically brightened material layer positioned to cover and protect each of the one or more foot pedals from debris or moisture during use. A friction portion may be attached to the optically brightened material layer, the friction portion being positioned adjacent a lower surface of the foot pedal when the optically brightened material layer surrounds the foot pedal, the friction portion being configured to prevent sliding of the foot pedal against the floor or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FACULTY PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    Inventors: Dalton Duane Baldwin, Michael R. Samardzija, Zoran Zivanovic
  • Patent number: 10363870
    Abstract: A passenger wake-up apparatus for use in a vehicle includes a detector configured to detect a state of a passenger and being capable of automated driving control or driving support control based on a result of detection by the detector. The passenger wake-up apparatus includes a rest on which the passenger can put a foot, and a driving unit configured to be able to move the rest. When determining that there is a decrease in a level of wakefulness of the passenger based on the result of the detection by the detector, the driving unit moves the rest to push the foot of the passenger, while the automated driving control or the driving support control of the vehicle is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10303198
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal apparatus includes a pedal member installed to be fixed to a dashboard; and a pedal arm rotatably connected to pedal member, elongated in a vertical direction, and including a lower portion that is bent sideways with respect to a front-and-rear direction of a vehicle body, to extend in a first lateral direction and an upper portion that has a first side indented in a second lateral direction opposite to the first lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ki Young Song, Jae Sung Heo, Eun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10272969
    Abstract: An adjusted pedal is provided, including: a pedal body, having two clamp portions respectively configured to engage with a shoe; a pedal shaft, defining an axial direction; an engaging portion, disposed on the pedal body and movably engaged with the pedal shaft so that the pedal body is slidable positionly to the pedal shaft along the axial direction; wherein when the engaging portion is disengaged with the pedal shaft, the pedal body is slidable to the pedal shaft along the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Chung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 10013016
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a method of manufacturing and installing an electronic throttle control pedal to a bracket within a vehicle. The method includes the steps of making a customized pedal mounting bracket for a vehicle wherein the customized pedal mounting bracket has universal connecting features. The method further includes mounting the customized pedal mounting bracket to a vehicle and attaching the universal pedal housing to the customized pedal mounting bracket by means of the universal connecting features. An apparatus of the present invention including a universal pedal housing having a rear surface wherein the rear surface includes at least one locating protrusion. The pedal housing further including a plurality of compression tabs. The apparatus including a pedal mounting bracket having a front surface wherein the rear surface of the pedal housing connects to the front surface of the pedal mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings LLC.
    Inventor: Shaun Matthew Fuller
  • Patent number: 9846447
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a hollow operating lever that is easily manufactured with good operability. [Solution] A hollow operating lever (4), which is formed in such a manner that end portions (W1 and W2) of a flat plate-shaped workpiece (W) are joined to each other at a joint (31) and thus is rotatably provided with respect to a support shaft (3), is characterized by including: a first wall (10) that is an operation surface side on which rotational force (F) acts to rotate; a pair of second walls (20) that are provided with coaxial holes (21) through which the support shaft is inserted, and are bent continuously to both ends of the first wall; and a third wall (30) that is provided to face the first wall (10) and is configured to connect the pair of second walls to each other through the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: YOROZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Ishizuki, Yutaka Kuroi, Masaki Ueno
  • Patent number: 9663083
    Abstract: A retaining assembly for fixing a flange part, which is provided on a braking device, to a firewall of a motor vehicle, the firewall separating an engine chamber from a vehicle interior. A retaining plate is secured to the firewall face facing the engine chamber, and the flange part and the retaining plate are engaged with each other by both a form-fitting as well as force-fitting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Kristijan Tarandek, Thomas Sellinger, Peter Drott, Johannes Görlach, Horst Krämer
  • Patent number: 9632525
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal with a contacting position sensor. The pedal includes a housing with an interior housing wall that divides the housing into first and second interior housing chambers. The drum of the pedal arm is located in the first interior housing chamber and the sensor rotor is located in the second interior housing chamber. First and second housing side covers cover the first and second interior housing chambers respectively. The drum is mounted on and supported by the interior housing wall and the first housing cover for rotation of the drum in the first interior housing chamber relative to the pedal housing. A retainer with a pin and a clip extend through respective through-holes in the rotor and into respective slots in the drum and the clip engages against an interior shoulder in the drum for locking the rotor on the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: CTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Murray Kaijala
  • Patent number: 9581226
    Abstract: A barrel cam rudder pedal system is provided. The system includes an outer housing with a chassis assembly carried by the outer housing. A barrel cam arrangement is rotationally mounted within an interior space of the chassis assembly. A pair of pedal assemblies is mechanically coupled to the barrel cam arrangement such that linear movement of either of the pair of pedal assemblies results in a rotation of the barrel cam arrangement about a central longitudinal axis defined by the barrel cam arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Woodward MPC, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton A. Petrou, Maciej J. Piotrowski
  • Patent number: 9229469
    Abstract: In a reactive force pedal device, between a motor-side output shaft and a pedal member, a one-way clutch is provided which allows transmittance of rotational force when performing a depressing operation of the pedal member and disables transmittance of the rotational force when performing a revert operation of the pedal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Maruyama, Hideto Nebuya, Naoto Sen, Terumasa Hoshino, Tsuyoshi Maruyama, Yasunori Noro
  • Patent number: 9110490
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for simulating the feel of a standard pedal assembly in a vehicle. The pedal assembly includes a pedal pivotally mounted to a housing. A lever arm is further provided connecting the pedal to the housing. A kickdown subassembly is mounted within the housing. The kickdown subassembly includes a bead and an abutment portion. Depression of the pedal assembly results in movement of the bead towards the abutment portion and provides for kickdown when the bead contacts the abutment portion and then subsequently moves past the abutment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings LLC.
    Inventors: Dan O'Neill, Shaun Fuller
  • Publication number: 20150135892
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an adjustable pedal assembly using a main plate and upper link along with a motor to adjust the position of the pedal arm as a motor or other driver moves the upper link. As the motor moves the upper link, the link pivots about the main hub and moves the arm from a first position to a second position. The plate of the assembly remains stationary and is operable to hold the motor of the assembly. After the pedal arm is adjusted, the entire pedal arm rotates about the main hub, including the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Frank Vyskocil
  • Patent number: 9032836
    Abstract: A device for preventing an inward shifting of a brake pedal during a collision. The device includes a mounting bracket. A pedal housing is combined with the mounting bracket such that the pedal housing is movable in a rearwards direction from the mounting bracket. A pedal arm is hinge-coupled at upper and middle parts thereof with the pedal housing and a push rod, respectively. A unit for preventing the inward shifting of the pedal arm has a separating plate which, as the pedal housing is moved rearwards, presses against a fixing pin to decouple the fixing pin from the pedal arm, enabling the pedal arm to turn outwards about a hinge point at the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corp., Kyung Chang Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Seon Min, Eun Sik Kim, Yang Rae Cho, Sung Il Byun
  • Patent number: 9010216
    Abstract: Pedal assemblies for motor vehicles. In one implementation a pedal is pivotable around a shaft that is releasably fixed in a housing of a support piece by a retention member. The retention member is moveable between a first position corresponding to a normal operating condition and a second position corresponding to a head-on collision condition. In the first position a first part of the retention member rests against and holds the rotating shaft in the fixed position within the housing of the support piece and a first surface of the retention member rests against a guide surface of the support piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Batz, S. Coop
    Inventors: Fernando Burguera Albizuri, Yalam Dharma Martin Villarejo, Arturo Alonso Alonso, Iñaki Agirre Pichel, Lander Llona Furundarena
  • Patent number: 9003920
    Abstract: A pedal arm provided with an arm main body has a first end portion, a second end portion, a pedal pad portion, and a shaft portion. The arm main body includes a first wall portion and a second wall portion in a first direction, and a third wall portion and a fourth wall portion in a second direction. One of the first wall portion and the second wall portion includes an abutting portion where the first end portion and the second end portion contacts, and the third wall portion and the fourth wall portion include a first curved portion and a second curved portion. A first depressed wall portion and a second depressed wall portion are formed on the first curved portion and the second curved portion, which are formed in inward convex shapes, respectively, and parts of the first depressed wall portion and the second depressed wall portion contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: F-Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagahori, Tohru Izu, Shuichi Inoue, Takanori Matsumura
  • Patent number: 8984986
    Abstract: A pedal boss, to which an accelerator pedal is fixed, has a projection-receiving space, which circumferentially extends on a circumferential side of a closing-side end wall in an accelerator-opening direction and receives a projection. When the pedal boss is rotated in an accelerator-closing direction, the pedal boss is rotatable to an accelerator-full-closing position of the pedal boss without being stopped by the projection through engagement with the projection regardless of a rotational position of the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Inuzuka, Masahiro Makino
  • Patent number: 8978512
    Abstract: An operating pedal includes a joining portion at which a first member and a second member whose thickness is smaller than a thickness of the first member are overlapped with each other, and welded to each other along an end edge of the second member, a step portion being provided in the first member along the end edge of the second member by recessing a protruding portion that outwardly protrudes from the end edge so that the protruding portion is drawn back from the second member; and the first member and the second member being welded to each other at a portion extending from the end edge of the second member to the step portion of the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiro Himetani, Nobuyuki Kawahara
  • Patent number: 8973462
    Abstract: The pedal assembly is provided for an automotive vehicle having a mounting bracket and a stationary cross member. The pedal assembly includes a swing bracket, a striker plate, and a pedal arm. The swing bracket is pivotally mounted to the mounting bracket about a pedal pivot axis. The striker plate is pivotally connected to the swing bracket. The pedal arm includes a primary pivotal connection to the swing bracket at a first pivot axis. The pedal arm includes a secondary connection to at least one of the striker plate and the swing bracket, to allow the entire pedal assembly to pivot about the pedal pivot axis upon depression of the pedal pad. During a vehicle collision of sufficient magnitude, the cross member collides against and forcibly rotates the striker plate which disengages the secondary connection to allow the pedal arm to freely pivot about the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: KSR IP Holdings LLC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Olajos, Derreck Robert Heipel
  • Patent number: 8960049
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a vehicle brake system having a high degree of mounting freedom. The present vehicle brake system is configured in such a manner that an input device into which braking operation of the operator is inputted and a motor cylinder device which generates hydraulic brake pressure on the basis of an electric signal according to at least the braking operation are disposed so as to be separated from each other in the engine room partitioned in front of the dashboard. The vehicle brake system is characterized in that the input device is disposed behind a power device in such a manner that at least a part of the input device overlaps the power device in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Murayama, Takaaki Ohnishi, Toru Mabuchi, Kaoru Akahane, Kazuyoshi Akutsu, Tomoaki Kotaki, Takehiro Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 8960048
    Abstract: A mechanism for the adjustment of an accelerator pedal, comprising a support part (2) which is fixed to the vehicle, a control part (3) which can move in relation to the support part (2), a pedal (4) which pivots in relation to a rotary shaft (5) which is connected to the control part (3), and actuation means (6) for moving the control part (3) in relation to the support part (2). Each side of the control part (3) is equipped with at least two pins (7,8) which are housed in respective guide grooves (9,10) in the support part (2), such that the actuation means (6) can move said control part (2) along a curvilinear path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Batz S. Coop
    Inventors: Bruno Souza, Fernando Burguera
  • Publication number: 20150033905
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control pedal (1), in particular for a motor vehicle. The control pedal (1) is characterized by a pedal arm (3) which has in the lengthwise direction (5) at least one organo-sheet reinforcement part (7) with a cross-sectional area (17) that is open perpendicular to the lengthwise direction (5) of the pedal arm (3). The open cross-sectional area (17) of the at least one organo-sheet reinforcement part (7) is at least in sections dosed by a cover part (9) for increasing the bending stiffness and the torsional stiffness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andreas HOFFMANN, Keit Wagener, Thorsten Kamphaus, Burkhard TIEMANN
  • Patent number: 8939045
    Abstract: A control pedal assembly includes a pedal bracket, a control pedal, an urging device and a communicating portion. The pedal bracket is secured to a vehicle body and has a housing space. The control pedal is swingably supported by a support shaft disposed in the housing space of the pedal bracket. The urging device is to urge the control pedal toward a rear of a vehicle body. The communicating portion is provided at a rear of the support shaft relative to the vehicle body between the control pedal and the pedal bracket to connect a space above the control pedal and a space below the control pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayumu Yamaguchi, Kiyohiro Mando, Kenso Imamura, Akio Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8931368
    Abstract: A clevis pin (connecting pin) (26) is inserted into a clearance hole (72), and is displaceable relative to an operating pedal (16). A pivotal moving link (68) is disposed between the clevis pin (26) and a sensor pin (64) of a load sensor (30). A reaction force applied from the clevis pin (26) to the load sensor (30) always acts in a substantially constant direction (substantially leftward in FIG. 1A) even if the operating pedal (16) and an operating rod (22) are pivoted relatively around the axis of the clevis pin (26) in accordance with the depressing operation of the operating pedal (16). Thus, the detecting accuracy of the load sensor (30) is heightened, and variation in detecting accuracy is prevented, rendering the high reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Amano
  • Patent number: 8931367
    Abstract: A connecting opening portion is provided at the portion that is an outer circumferential portion of a hollow-structured operating pedal and is connected to connecting links inside the connecting opening portion, a reinforcing member having a U-shaped section is integrally weld-joined so as to open outward. End portions of the connecting links are inserted inside the reinforcing member, and are relatively pivotablly connected by a first link pin. Accordingly, the rigidity of the operating pedal is improved, and at the same time, the stress concentration is relieved, whereby buckling and deformation are suppressed. As a result, the plate thickness of the hollow-structured operating pedal can be kept small to minimize the weight thereof, and also, the width dimension of the operating pedal in the vehicle fore and aft direction can be reduced to achieve a compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiro Himetani
  • Patent number: 8910543
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a pedal device in which the pad member can be fixed to the stopper member easily at the time of mounting, and which does not tend to be degraded over the years. In order to achieve the above object, the present invention provides a pedal device including: a stopper member attached to a floor of a driver's seat of a vehicle; and a pad member which has a pad fitted into the stopper member and receives a depression force exerted by a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., F-Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Hideto Nebuya, Shinji Oka, Toru Ebara, Masato Kobayashi, Teruo Kato
  • Patent number: 8914210
    Abstract: A device for generating an additional reset force on the gas pedal for motor vehicles, wherein a position change of the gas pedal relative to the initial position thereof, induced by a corresponding actuating force, against a reset force leads to an increase in the motive power of the engine and, when there is a decrease in the actuating force, a reset force moves the gas pedal back in the direction of the initial position thereof, and wherein an actuator is provided, which applies an additional reset force that acts in the reset direction of the gas pedal, and wherein the motor vehicle has a unit for determining the shifting point of a manually shifted transmission. Moreover, the invention relates to a method for operating the device according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Continental Engineering Services GmbH, Conti Temic Microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Schmitt, Frank Drews, Andreas Zell, Thorsten Gerbig
  • Patent number: 8894082
    Abstract: A bicycle having rotatable drive member in the form of a hollow drum (22) with pedals (48, 49). Each pedal is mounted in a foldable manner to a crank arm (24, 25) which in turn is mounted to the drum (22) by a pivoting mechanism (26, 27) allowing the pedals to be moved between an operative configuration in which each pedal projects outwardly from the drum (22), and an inoperative configuration in which each pedal (48, 49) and each crank arm (24, 25) is contained within the interior of the drum (22). The bicycle can thus be used as a training aid without the use of pedals, or in a conventional manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Early Rider Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Loveland
  • Patent number: 8893579
    Abstract: An operating pedal device for a vehicle, includes: an operating pedal disposed at a pedal support fixed to a vehicle so as to be pivotable about an axis of a support shaft, and depressed by a driver; a reaction force member connected to the operating pedal through at least one connecting portion connecting paired members in a manner such that the paired members are relatively pivotable about a connecting pin, an output in accordance with an operating force of the operating pedal being transmitted to the reaction force member, and a reaction force corresponding to the output being applied to the reaction force member; a strain detecting element disposed in an elastic portion deformed by the reaction force, the strain detecting element electrically detecting the operating force by being deformed together with the elastic portion; in one of the paired members connected by one of the at least one connecting portion, an opening provided near the connecting pin to permit the connecting pin to be relatively displace
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Fujiwara, Takumi Uno
  • Patent number: 8887857
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a safety arrangement for a vehicle pedal, comprising a pedal structure including a pedal arm with an elongated shape for carrying a pedal plate; a bracket, which is fixedly connected to the pedal arm; a pedal hub, to be arranged in order to transfer a movement of the pedal structure to a vehicular system. The pedal structure is in a first position relative to the pedal hub during normal operation of the pedal structure. Further, the pedal structure is displaceable from the first position relative to the pedal hub to a second position relative to the pedal hub, wherein, when in the second position, the pedal structure is at least partly operatively decoupled from the pedal hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Marcel Kapocs, Mattias Ulenius
  • Patent number: 8881878
    Abstract: A brake device for a vehicle includes a brake pedal rotatably supported on a support shaft and extending in a front ward direction from the support shaft in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. A master cylinder is located on the rear side of the support shaft in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle for generating a braking hydraulic pressure according to the rotational operation of the brake pedal. An operational amount detector is mechanically connected to the brake pedal for detecting the rotational amount of the brake pedal. The master cylinder includes an axis that is arranged vertically and is located above the support shaft with the operational amount detector being located on the rear side of the support shaft in the longitudinal direction of the motorcycle. Thus, the master cylinder and the operational amount detector can be densely arranged in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Nishikawa, Makoto Toda, Kazuhiko Tani
  • Patent number: 8863614
    Abstract: The invention is characterized in that, when protrusion parts 30 are raised from a substrate W and the protrusion parts 30 are formed into spacers 12 with a predetermined outer diameter D and height H, the protrusion parts 30 are temporarily formed so as to have a diameter larger than a predetermined outer diameter D and a height larger than a predetermined height H, and the protrusion parts 30 are crushed, and leading end portions 30b of the protrusion parts 30 are protruded in a radially outward direction so as to have a double-layered structure, and then through-holes 35 are opened at the leading end portions 30b. Accordingly, the leading end portions 30b have strength due to a double-layered structure, and side portions 30a also have high strength due to contraction by pressing, whereby the sleeve-integrated member includes the entirely high-strength spacers 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Yorozu Corporation
    Inventors: Masaharu Ishizuki, Hiroshi Kimura, Chitoshi Ogata, Akira Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 8833201
    Abstract: A pedal device for a vehicle may include a brake pedal and an accelerator pedal which may be pivotally installed in a movable panel, an electric device selectively moving the movable panel, and an eco device transferring a motion of the electric device to the accelerator pedal to adjust a pedal effort of the accelerator pedal or vibrate the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Donghee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eunsik Kim, Hojong Oh, Yangrae Cho, Jeehyuck Choi
  • Patent number: 8827048
    Abstract: A tractor steer-by-braking pedal arrangement. The pedal arrangement has a central brake pedal connected on one side to a right side pedal, and on the other side to a left side pedal. The central brake pedal acts on a brake system to produce the desired braking action. Each of the two side pedals when foot-operated by the driver, generates an activating signal to activate an electronic brake system, which only activates the brake required to steer-by-braking in the desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Franco Mazzucchi, Eugenio Sereni, Roberto Mazzucchi
  • Patent number: 8794102
    Abstract: An accelerator pedal assembly for a vehicle includes a pedal arm having a first end portion pivotally secured to the vehicle, a pedal pivotally mounted to a second end portion of the pedal arm, and a guard plate secured to the pedal arm forwardly of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eric Heitkamp
  • Patent number: 8794103
    Abstract: An accelerator pedal apparatus includes a pedal arm rotating around a first rotation axis line and having a contact portion, a return spring and a reaction force adding mechanism including a drive source and a rotation member rotating around a second rotation axis line in a state of being contacted to the contact portion which adds reaction force to return the pedal arm toward the rest position. A first distance from the contact position of the rotation member with the contact portion to the first rotation axis line is longer than a second distance to the second rotation axis line. The rotation member includes a contact section having the contact portion displaced while being contacted so that the contact portion is to be closer to the second rotation axis line when rotating toward the maximum depression position and to be farther from the second rotation axis line when rotating toward the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Mikuni Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Osawa, Masato Kumamoto, Yoshitomo Fukushima, Kouji Kikuchi, Tsuyoshi Shimizu, Hisashi Kawade, Hiromutsu Touhachi
  • Patent number: 8783129
    Abstract: A limiting portion of a support member, which rotatably supports an accelerator pedal, forms a gap between a contacting portion of the accelerator pedal and the limiting portion in a state where the accelerator pedal is rotated in a depressing direction. A cover member is provided to one of the support member and the accelerator pedal and covers the gap at any rotational position of the accelerator pedal within a rotatable range of the accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiro Saito, Haruhiko Suzuki, Takashi Hamaoka, Yoshinori Inuzuka
  • Patent number: 8763481
    Abstract: A reciprocating pedal transmission for a pedal-powered vehicle. Two pedals are selectively connected to a driveshaft by one way clutches. A reversing gear mechanism forces the non-pushing pedal to travel in a direction which is opposite to the direction of the pushing pedal. The non-pushing pedal may also be used to input force (a pulling force) if desired. The arcuate range of motion is infinitely variable. The user may reverse the pedal travel at any time using only the forces applied by the feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gordon Harold Hansen
  • Patent number: 8726760
    Abstract: An adjustable pendant and organ type accelerator pedal device can vary the position of a pedal assembly including a pedal pad forwards and backwards according to driver's will to thereby allow a driver to operate pedal pad in a convenient state, such that convenience is remarkably improved and merchantability is significantly improved by greatly decreasing a sense of fatigue due to operating pedal pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Donghee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eunsik Kim, Yangrae Cho, Hojong Oh
  • Patent number: 8726759
    Abstract: A pedal arrangement (1) with a standing pedal (2) features a friction element (9) which can be pressed against a housing wall (8) of the housing (6) accommodating the associated parts; the friction element is formed by an actuating lever (10) with two lever arms (12 and 13) arranged on both sides of its pivot bearing (11). The actuating lever (10) cooperates simultaneously with one or a plurality of restoring springs or compression springs (7) which cause a backward adjustment of the actuating lever (10) after cessation or reduction of the force on the pedal (2) and via a transmission element (19) of the pedal (2). The actuating lever (10) or one of the lever arms thereof thus itself forms the friction element (9) which reduces the number of required parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Erik Mannle
  • Patent number: 8707820
    Abstract: A load-sensor-equipped vehicle operating pedal device includes a load sensor (30) having a case member (34) formed with a pair of mounting wall portions (62a, 62b) converged in a convex shape at a predetermined apex angle ?. The pair of mounting wall portions (62a, 62b) are held in surface contact with a pair of rest surfaces (28a, 28b), formed in a sensor-mounting hole (28) in a fixed and positioned state. Thus, even if a direction of an input load (reactive force), applied to a clevis pin (26) varies with an operating pedal 16 being progressively depressed, the pair of rest surfaces (28a, 28b) always bear the input load via the pair of mounting wall portions (62a, 62b). This suppresses the case member (34) from flexure deforming due to stress concentration. As a result, positional displacement of a sensor is prevented regardless of a variation in the direction of the input load, improving detecting precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8701522
    Abstract: A pendant type adjustment pedal apparatus includes an adjustment accelerator pedal that adjust a pedal clearance by the rotation of a motor, and an adjustment brake pedal that receives the rotation of motor through a rotary drive cable. Accordingly, convenience in adjusting a pedal clearance is provided, and particularly, adjustment accelerator pedal achieves a vibration mode in addition to a foot effort mode, which is an eco mode, by an electric mode generating device, such as a solenoid or a linear motor. Therefore, it is possible to improve fuel efficiency and to provide a danger recognition function using an accelerator pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Donghee Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eunsik Kim, Yangrae Cho, Jongsang Noh, Jonggeun Cha, Hojong Oh, Donghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8684126
    Abstract: In a rearward pedal movement restraint assembly for a vehicle, an intermediate portion of a clutch pedal, which moves rearward by the impact of a frontal collision of the vehicle when the frontal collision occurs, contacts a forward portion of a knee panel so that the clutch pedal pivots toward the front of the vehicle so that the amount of rearward movement of the clutch pedal is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Publication number: 20140069227
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a hollow component that presents no problem in its strength and working environment and the cost standpoint although it is made of thin sheet metal members, and a method manufacturing such a component. [Means of Solving the Problem] It is characterized in applying a flow drilling process on a sheet metal member 20 of a pair of sheet metal members 20 and 21 having a gap G between them to form a first collar part C1, and applying a flow drilling process on a sheet metal member 21 to form a second collar part C2 as well as to cause an inner tip of the second collar part C2 to fuse with an inner tip of the first collar part C1 so as to form a cylindrical connection member C to strengthen a flat sheet metal members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: YOROZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shuichiro Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8656805
    Abstract: A pedal covering having an elastic covering cap. The pedal covering includes a plurality of protuberances, a plate including a base that is disposed on the elastic covering cap and which includes a plurality of holes in which the protuberances are inserted. The plate has at least one main projection including a first segment that extends continuously from the base and a second segment continuous to the first segment, the maximum width of the second segment being greater than the maximum width of the first segment. In addition, the elastic covering cap includes, for each main projection, a housing with a groove, the width of the groove being smaller than the maximum width of the second segment, and the groove being passed through by the main projection, with the result that the second segment comes up against the elastic covering cap once it has passed through the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Batz, S. Coop.
    Inventors: Joseba Palacio Argüelles, Fernando Burguera Albizuri, Asier Guijarro Plaza
  • Patent number: 8650986
    Abstract: It is provided a vehicle operation pedal in which a pedal sheet is integrally fixed to a sheet fixed portion of a pedal arm in such a posture that a depressed face of the pedal sheet, which is depressed by a driver, faces a driver's seat, comprising a fitting hole through which the sheet fixed portion of the pedal arm extends formed in the pedal sheet; and the sheet fixed portion being fitted into the fitting hole from a rear face that is on the side opposite to the depressed face, and a peripheral portion around the fitting hole being integrally fixed to the sheet fixed portion by welding performed from the depressed face side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Iron Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akiyoshi Yamamoto