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Motor vehicles February patent applications/inventions, industry category 02/09Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
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20090050379 - Track vehicle having drive and suspension systems: A track vehicle includes a cab operable to support an operator. Left and right motors each rotate an output shaft at a first speed, and a speed reduction system is operably coupled to each output shaft. Left and right drive shafts are driven by the speed reduction system at a... Agent: Westman Champlin & Kelly, P.A.
20090050380 - Transport unit: The invention provides a transport unit including at least one passenger transport vehicle and at least one attached driver vehicle; a set of networks including a train bus, first and second gateways, first and second vehicle buses each connected to the train bus via the first and second gateways respectively,... Agent: Davidson, Davidson & Kappel, LLC
20090050381 - Power wheelchair: A power wheelchair includes a frame having first and second pivot portions on each of opposite sides of one end thereof, a pair of first wheel sets each having a first wheel mount pivoted to one of the second pivot portions of the frame and a first wheel rotatably connected... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw
20090050382 - Fuel cell, fuel cell apparatus, vehicle and co-generation system including the same and fuel cell operation method: A fuel cell apparatus is capable of quickly heating a solid electrolyte to a proper temperature in order to perform effective electric power generation. The apparatus includes a fuel cell (1) for generating electric power by cell reacting a fuel gas on an anode-(3) side with oxygen on a cathode-(4)... Agent: Clark & Brody
20090050384 - Drivetrain of a hybrid motor vehicle: A drivetrain is proposed for a hybrid motor vehicle, which comprises an electric machine arranged between the vehicle's transmission (2) and a differential (8) of a driven axle in order to drive the axle via a Cardan shaft (7) or another shaft capable of torque transfer in which a transmission... Agent: Davis & Bujold, P.l.l.c.
20090050383 - Vehicle propulsion system with selectable energy sources and method of use: A propulsion system includes a first torque producing arrangement including an electric machine configured to a first energy source supplying electrical energy to the electric machine. The system also includes a second torque producing arrangement having an engine connected to a second energy source configured to supply gaseous fuel to... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C./fgtl
20090050385 - Selective closing of at least one vehicle opening at a front portion of a vehicle: Mechanisms are described for selectively closing grille and/or bumper openings. These mechanisms may be operated in response to one or more vehicle parameters. Closure mechanism control signals may be delivered to such mechanisms along a vehicle databus. In addition, vehicle parameters used in determining the control of such mechanisms may... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP
20090050386 - Straddle type vehicle: A straddle-type vehicle provided with a transmission air intake passage for sending air into a transmission case housing a continuously variable transmission prevents an increase in vehicle width and prevents sand or the like from entering the air intake passage by covering the front side of the air intake passage.... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.
20090050387 - Battery package mount bracket: A battery package mount bracket. An illustrative embodiment of the battery package mount bracket includes a body mounted bracket having a pair of spaced-apart bracket attachment flanges and an HEV mounted bracket detachably carried by the body mounted bracket. An HEV battery package is attached to the HEV mounted bracket.... Agent: Tung & Associates
20090050388 - System configured to lift hood of vehicle: A system configured to lift a hood includes: a first mounting member, provided on a rear part of the hood; a second mounting member, provided on a body of the vehicle body; a connecting member, including: a first portion, supported on a first position of the first mounting member; and... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch
20090050389 - Snowmobile suspension and drive train: A snowmobile suspension and drive train for supporting a snowmobile chassis and guiding an endless loop type track, the snowmobile suspension and drive train comprises an endless loop type snowmobile track supported by a suspension mechanism; wherein the track is being driven and guided at a rear track position with... Agent: Mark A. Koch Professional Corporation
20090050390 - Articulated suspension assembly for a tracked vehicle: A suspension assembly for a vehicle having an endless drive track is disclosed. The suspension assembly has a slide frame assembly and a rail extension assembly pivotably connected to a rear portion of the slide frame assembly and pivots about a first axis. The rail extension assembly is pivotable between... Agent: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (brp)
20090050392 - Motorcycle: An exhaust system for a motorcycle has a bent portion that extends upward from a position below a seat toward the seat and is then bent downward. A heat insulating plate is disposed in a space between the bent portion and the seat so as to cover the bent portion.... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.
20090050391 - Straddle type vehicle: A straddle-type vehicle with enhanced heat exhaust efficiency in a transmission case housing a continuously variable transmission. The continuously variable transmission and an engine are arranged forward of a rear wheel 4. An air intake duct introduces outside air into the transmission case and an air exhaust duct exhausts air... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.
20090050393 - Seatbelt safety system: Disclosed is a seatbelt safety system for an automobile that includes a latch mechanism configured to fixedly engage with a male of a seatbelt, a release button disposed on the latch mechanism that is configured to release the latch from engagement with the male member, an engagement sensor disposed with... Agent: Cantor Colburn LLP - IBM Austin
20090050395 - Colliding object determination device and collision information detector for vehicle: A colliding object determination device for a vehicle having a bumper reinforcement member (12) includes a sensor (20) and a determination circuit (40). The sensor (20) is located in a front portion of a vehicle for measuring a collision state quantity correlating with a collision load generated in a collision... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090050394 - Pedestrian protecting apparatus for vehicle: A pedestrian protecting apparatus is provided with a pedestrian protecting unit which is mounted at a hood of a vehicle to protect a pedestrian in a collision with the vehicle, a detecting unit for measuring an inclination angle of the obstacle entering a predetermined region at an upper side of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090050396 - Material handling vehicle with ergonomic dual control handle system: A material handling vehicle includes first and second control handles positioned at opposing ends of an operator compartment. The first control handle is positioned adjacent the forks for driving the vehicle in a fore or forks first direction, and the second control handle is positioned adjacent the back of the... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP
20090050397 - Steering system for vehicle: A steering system including a pair of operating members operable independently of each other, wherein a target wheel-turning amount and a return force for returning operating members to their reference position are determined based on an operation amount of the operating members. At least either a steering gain, set for... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20090050398 - Variable effort steering actuator: A magnetic actuator, comprising, an inner ring, an outer ring disposed around the inner ring, a first pair of inner teeth disposed on the inner ring that partially define a gap between the first pair of inner teeth having a first angular dimension, a second pair of inner teeth disposed... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP
20090050399 - Electric power steering device: In an electric power steering device, the performances of a reduction unit and a rack unit are easily warranted independently of each other, the reduction unit and the rack unit are simply assembled, the degree of freedom for the fastened positions of the reduction unit and a rack housing are... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20090050400 - Electric power steering apparatus: The vehicle front side end portion of a lower column tube 2 is bent and fixed to the vehicle rear side end of a gear housing 13 by a screw bolt 18. A seal member 20 is press-fitted and fixed at a predetermined position between a radially inner circumference of... Agent: Miles & Stockbridge PC02/19/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category
20090044990 - Screw driven mobile base: The present invention is a screw driven, mobile base for traversing a wide range of outdoor soft or rough surfaces and terrains. The device has three degrees of freedom in a plane and, thus, is highly maneuverable, able to travel in any horizontal direction relative to its orientation and able... Agent: Timothy Carl Lexen
20090044991 - High efficiency vehicle: Here invented are efficient road vehicles having special aerodynamic shapes, with stabilizing devices that enable aerodynamic efficiency. An embodiment is a articulated vehicle that is tall and narrow. It includes a carriage part that encloses a driver and passenger riding in tandem. This car is only wide enough for persons... Agent: James K. Bullis
20090044992 - Underdeck pto/gearbox/compressor combination: A combination integrates a power take-off unit, a gear box and air compressor into a single component that is mounted to and suspended from the side mount PTO provision of a vehicle transmission. The combination eliminates the need for a separate drive line and provides a reduced footprint for underdeck... Agent: R. Tracy Crump
20090044993 - Control strategy for dc emergency direct current motor for an emergency hydraulic pump: A control system for a hybrid-vehicle equipped with power takeoff equipment provides control over primary and redundant, relatively low output systems so that the redundant system is not damaged by concurrent operation of the primary system.... Agent: International Truck Intellectual Property Company,
20090044995 - Hybrid vehicle: A hybrid vehicle which can determine slope ascending and slope descending without using GPS radio waves. The hybrid vehicle includes a control unit determines a slope ascending state or a slope descending state of the vehicle by making use of an inclination sensor which detects an inclination with respect to... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC
20090044996 - Method for controlling the operating characteristics of a hybrid electric vehicle: A control method for operating internal combustion engine electric hybrid vehicles with smaller battery packs, particularly in configurations where an electric motor (E/M) or electric motor/generator (E/MG), a battery, and associated controls are inserted between the engine and a continuously variable or automatic transmission. The interaction between the combustion engine... Agent: John P. O'banion O'banion & Ritchey LLP
20090044994 - Fuel cell stack flow diversion: A fuel cell system has a compressor delivering compressed gas to a fuel cell stack and a control valve affecting the flow of compressed gas. A load dump condition is determined for the fuel cell stack. The flow through the compressor is increased and the additional flow diverted away from... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C./fgtl
20090044997 - Battery fixing device: The invention relates to a device (10) for fixing a battery (11), consisting of a support tray (12) comprising an essentially-flat support face (16) and two longitudinal flanges (17a, 17b). According to the invention, the first longitudinal flange (17a) comprises fixed lugs (20) which serve as positioning stops for a... Agent: Baker & Daniels LLP 111 E. Wayne Street
20090044998 - Hood support: A hood support for a vehicle having a hood moveable between open and closed positions is provided. The hood support includes a spring assembly disposable between the vehicle hood and another portion of the vehicle. The spring assembly is moveable into an extended position to accommodate movement of the hood... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC
20090044999 - Steering wheel with stationary hub mounted portion: A steering wheel having a stationary portion supporting a DAB or similar module, comprises an armature (1) having a hub (2, H) directly mounted to a vehicle steering shaft and provided with an opening (3) through which a coiled element (5) passes. A non-rotating housing (41) is assembled with the... Agent: Key Safety Systems, Inc. Patent Department
20090045000 - Air ride system for a tractor cab: An air ride system is provided for tractors and other agricultural vehicles to provide a smooth operator ride. The system includes a bracket mounted to the transmission housing beneath the cab. A pair of shock absorbers and a pair of air bags extend between the bracket and the cab so... Agent: Mckee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C
20090045001 - Method for calibrating of an actuator of an all-wheel drive clutch: A method for the readjustment of an actuator of an all-wheel drive clutch of a motor vehicle that includes determining a clutch slip value corresponding to a difference between the speed of a primary axle and the speed of a secondary axle; determining a reference secondary axle torque corresponding to... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090045002 - Wheelchair: The invention relates to a wheelchair provided with a support frame that is suspended on at least a rear wheel and a front wheel by means of a rear and front coupling. At least one coupling comprises means that can shift the support frame with respect to at least one... Agent: Demont & Breyer, LLC
20090045003 - Construction vehicle: The construction vehicle includes an engine, an accelerator pedal, a main pump configured to be driven by the engine, first and second traveling motors driven by pressured oil discharged from the main pump to generate driving force for traveling, a driving shaft configured to receive the driving force from the... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP
20090045004 - Steering group of the wheels of an axle of a vehicle: A steering group (10) of the wheels of an axle of a vehicle (30) comprising two structural extensions (11, 11′) respectively connected at one end to a wheel-holder group (13, 13′) and at another end to a central portion (12) of the axle integral with or oscillating with respect to... Agent: Hedman & Costigan P.C.02/12/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category
20090038861 - Omni direction vehicle: An omni direction vehicle with a frame having a round surface about its perimeter with no apparatus mounted on the frame extending beyond the perimeter. Two independent drive wheels located on an axis through the center of the frame are mounted at the same distance from a central vertical axis... Agent: Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.
20090038862 - Omni-directional vehicle with full circumferential revolvable hitch: An omni-directional vehicle (ODV) with a circular frame revolvably coupled to an appendage ring using a full circumferential coupling assembly. The appendage ring serves as a point of attachment for a push bar, trailer, tool, vehicle chassis, or other device. Two independent drive wheels located on an axis through the... Agent: Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.
20090038863 - Virtual-wheeled vehicle: A virtual wheel provides a leg pair as a conveyance mechanism for a land vehicle. The virtual wheel propels the vehicle across a surface using a repetitive motion of the legs that contact the ground as would a wheel, due to their geometry. Vehicle embodiments include at least two-, three-,... Agent: Glenn Patent Group
20090038864 - Remotely controllable golf cart and method for steering a cart: The invention relates to a cart for carrying one or more a golf bags and/or other things, which cart is moveable on wheels and operable in response to transmission of one or more command signals generated in response to activation of at least one operator input device, preferably mounted on... Agent: Aaron L. Patton
20090038865 - Cooling structure for in-wheel motor: A cooling structure for an in-wheel motor includes an in-wheel motor mounted within a wheel of a vehicle to drive the wheel or to be driven by the wheel, and an oil channel and a fin serving as “heat radiating portions” to facilitate cooling of the in-wheel motor. The in-wheel... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20090038867 - Mobile body mounted with fuel cell: A vehicle 1000 is equipped with a fuel cell system 100 and a secondary battery as power sources. A water level of water present on a water-covered road surface is measured by a water level sensor 72. When the measured water level reaches or exceeds a preset threshold value, drive... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20090038866 - Power unit: A power unit which makes it possible to attain the reduction of the size and manufacturing costs thereof, and improve turnability. A power unit drives left and right rear wheels. A first rotating machine and a second rotating machine are configured to be capable of inputting and outputting energy. A... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
20090038868 - Battery charger for vehicles: p
20090038869 - Endless track vehicle with light weight drive train having a sprocket and chain reduction: Disclosed is a snowmobile with a drive train arrangement that saves weight by eliminating the jack shaft and retains a chain drive final reduction while maintaining a balanced weight distribution. A sprocket and chain final reduction and the continuously variable transmission are disposed together on a common side of the... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC
20090038870 - Motor-driven cycle having a foot-operated throttle control: A motorcycle (10) has a foot-operated accelerator pedal (32) for operating the throttle (58) of the engine (12). The pedal (32) and an adjacent brake pedal (34) have shapes correlated to not interfere with each other when they are depressed. The pedals may be provided as original equipment, or retrofitted... Agent: George Lawrence Boller
20090038871 - Motorcycle: A motorcycle is provided with a vehicle body, front and rear wheels, an engine and a power transmission mechanism for connecting the engine to the rear wheel. A centrifugal clutch and a transmission having a plurality of gears are arranged in the power transmission mechanism. A handle is provided on... Agent: Jones Day
20090038872 - Fuel safety control apparatus for vehicle: A fuel safety control device includes a fuel pump disposed in a fuel tank and coupled to a vehicle engine with a fuel piping system, a fuel system safety controller coupled to the fuel pump for controlling the driving direction of the fuel pump, and an impact detector coupled to... Agent: Charles E. Baxley, Esquire
20090038873 - Method and device for controlling automatic emergency braking: A method and a device for controlling automatic emergency braking of a motor vehicle to reduce the severity of a collision of a vehicle with an object, the position and/or speed of the object with respect to the host vehicle being determined via an object detection device, and this information... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20090038874 - Locking assembly and vehicle having same: A locking assembly is provided for installation on a saddle-type vehicle such as an ATV. The locking assembly has a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration and comprises a removable portion and a receptacle. The receptacle is configured to engage the removable portion. The locking assembly is configured to unlock... Agent: Ulmer & Berne, LLP Attn: Diane Bell
20090038875 - Off-road engine configuration with noise reduction system: An off-road vehicle for traveling over land includes a frame, an engine, a transmission, and a seating arrangement. The vehicle may include side-by-side or tandem seating positions. An engine cover is configured to substantially cover the engine and operate as a sound insulator to reduce engine noise from reaching an... Agent: Black Lowe & Graham, PLLC
20090038876 - Steering system:
20090038877 - Electrical steering device for motor vehicles: The invention relates to an electrical steering device having a ring gear arrangement made of one ring gear (31), at least one flange (32), and at least one damper that couples the ring gear (31) and flange (32), wherein either the damper has a single damper element that is made... Agent: The Nath Law Group02/05/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. patent applications/inventions, industry category
20090032314 - Drive system for a machine: A machine is provided. The machine has a frame, an implement attached to a front end, a power source, a first and a second drive motor, a left front and rear axle, and a right front and rear axle. The first and second drive motors are powered by the power... Agent: Caterpillar Inc. Intellectual Property Dept.
20090032315 - Systems for powering vehicles using compressed air and vehicles involving such systems: Systems for powering vehicles using compressed air and vehicles involving such systems are provided. In this regard, a representative system includes: a power source configured to power an air compression system, the air compression system comprising at least one air compressing piston; a compressed air storage system, comprising at least... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP
20090032316 - Double-ended inverter system with isolated neutral topology: Systems and methods are provided for an inverter system for use in a vehicle having a first energy source and a second energy source. The system comprises a motor having a first set of windings and a second set of windings. The first set of windings is electrically isolated from... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (gm)
20090032317 - Superefficient hydraulic hybrid powertrain and method of operation: Total energy recuperation including regenerative braking and regenerative acceleration decreases prime mover size at least 1.5 times and preserves acceleration magnitude of conventional car. Extremely compact design of prime mover arranged along one side of vehicle creates cost-effective seven seats mid-size car instead of five seats without change of overall... Agent: Grigoriy Epshteyn
20090032319 - Double-ended inverter drive system for a fuel cell vehicle and related operating method: Systems and methods are provided for a double-ended inverter drive system for a fuel cell vehicle. An electric drive system for a vehicle comprises an electric motor configured to provide traction power to the vehicle. A first inverter is coupled to the electric motor, and is configured to provide alternating... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (gm)
20090032318 - Fuel cell vehicle: A high-pressure tank is disposed on a rear side of a vehicle, a fuel cell for consuming a fuel gas in the high-pressure tank is disposed on a front side of the vehicle, and a supply pipe for supplying the fuel gas to a fuel cell from the high-pressure tank... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20090032321 - Electric wheel motor assembly: A drive axle assembly for driving a wheel of a vehicle includes a moveable suspension arm and a wheel spindle fixed to the suspension arm. A planetary gearset includes a sun gear, a ring gear and a carrier rotatably supporting a plurality of planet gears in meshed engagement with the... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C
20090032320 - Power converter assembly with symmetrical layout of power modules: A power converter assembly is provided. The power converter assembly includes first, second, and third power modules. The second power module is coupled to the first power module such that the second power module is separated from the first power module by a first distance. The third power module is... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (gm)
20090032322 - Preemptive torque control of a secondary axle to optimize traction: A method of preemptively applying torque to a secondary axle of an all wheel drive vehicle is provided. A determination is made of a preemptive torque value based at least upon throttle rate. A determination is made if a minimum throttle rate has been met. If the minimum throttle rate... Agent: Warn, Hoffmann, Miller & Lalone, .p.c
20090032323 - Coaxial two-wheel vehicle: The coaxial two-wheel vehicle includes: a step plate for a driver to ride; a vehicle body that supports the step plate to be capable of changing a posture in a roll direction of rotating around a roll axis as the center, when a traveling direction is made the roll axis;... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.
20090032324 - Vehicle with dual steering mechanisms: A vehicle having front and rear wheels includes a front wheel steering mechanism for providing a steering angle to a front wheel. Also, a rear wheel steering mechanism provides a steering angle to a rear wheel. The rear wheel steering mechanism has a first and second operational position; wherein the... Agent: Jones Day
20090032325 - Motor vehicle with a cargo compartment lid: A motor vehicle with a cargo compartment lid, such as a hinged trunk lid or tailgate, which can be moved between an open position and a closed position around a pivot axis includes, at least one lid position sensor is integrated into the cargo compartment lid in such a way... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP
20090032326 - Navigation system: In a navigation system, e.g., for a motor vehicle, for determining the route from a location of the navigation system to a destination point, the navigation system includes an output device for outputting the route and/or a direction indication that corresponds to the route, and an input device for inputting... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20090032327 - Steering assisting system for vehicle: A steering assisting system has a variable transfer ratio steering apparatus and an electric power steering apparatus. The variable transfer ratio steering apparatus has an electric motor for a rotation transfer ratio varying operation. When a predetermined failure occurs in the electric power steering apparatus, the motor is driven to... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20090032328 - Torque sensor type power steering system with solid steering shaft and vehicle therewith: A steering apparatus includes a rotatable steering shaft having an exterior, an input end for connecting a steering member and an output end for connecting to at least one steerable wheel of a vehicle. An electric motor is operatively connected to the steering shaft for rotating the steering shaft. The... Agent: Cameron IpPrevious industry: Telegraphy
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