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Vehicle charging apparatuses and methods connect a vehicle to an external power source, the vehicle having a battery that is capable of being charged from the external power source and having a receptacle configured to receive a plug connected to the external power source. An alignment target receives at least one visual alignment beam from a vehicle, the position of the alignment beam providing visual indication to a vehicle operator that the vehicle is properly aligned relative to the charging station. A robotic arm is mounted to a structure and has a plug at a distal end thereof, the plug interconnected to the external power source and adapted to engage the vehicle receptacle to transfer power to or from the vehicle. A module may be provided for controlling the robotic arm such that said plug engages with the vehicle receptacle when the vehicle is properly aligned to receive the plug.
Michael J. Suchar1
Estimated H-index: 1
An automatic recharging docking station for electric vehicles or hybrid electric vehicles in which standardized uniform charging stations are positioned in public parking facilities, private parking facilities, rest stops, or the like, and by means of a retractable vehicle probe, allow the owner/user of the vehicle to attach to the charging station and recharge the batteries or storage cells of th...
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Bracket assemblies are disclosed for securing one or more flags on a motorcycle. In one embodiment, the bracket assembly mounts to the backrest of a motorcycle and includes opposing plate members which fasten together, with the backrest sandwiched between the plate members. Rubber gaskets and spacers between the plate members prevent damage to the backrest. One or more receptacles, each sized and ...
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Norimoto Minoshima4
Estimated H-index: 4
Yasuharu Odachi8
Estimated H-index: 8
An inductive coupler for use in a battery charging system for an electric vehicle has a primary device having a primary coil and a core and a secondary device having a secondary coil and core. The primary and secondary devices are coupleable together with the primary coil placed within an open space defined by the secondary coil. The secondary coil is formed and sized so as to have a greater dimen...
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Heiji Kuki6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Sumitomo Chemical),
Sho Miyazaki8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Sumitomo Chemical),
Tsutomu Tanaka9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Sumitomo Chemical)
... (5 others)
To facilitate the charging of an electric automotive vehicle, a primary coil 31 connected with a charging power source is so provided as to project from a wall surface W of a parking space. An electric automotive vehicle E is advanced toward the wall surface W and parked in a position where the primary coil 31 is accommodated in a receptacle 11 provided below a front bumper B of the vehicle E. The...
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Nicholas J. Pellegrino1
Estimated H-index: 1
Edward Farrell1
Estimated H-index: 1
A charging station for a hybrid energy vehicle includes a housing, a controlled access power receptacle coupled to the housing, the power receptacle having a connector coupled to a power source, the connector for receiving a connection to supply an electrical charge to a vehicle, logic circuitry contained within the housing coupled to the power receptacle for controlling access by a user to one of...
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Harry F. Smith2
Estimated H-index: 2
Mark F. Harrington2
Estimated H-index: 2
Method and apparatus providing supplementary navigation data to be used with a vehicular navigation system. The supplementary navigation data can be superimposed over primary navigation data on a navigation system display or can be presented as a split-screen display. The supplementary navigation data may contain information such as locations of local facilities, local road information, types of l...
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Jeffrey J. Ronning9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Delphi Automotive)
An apparatus for supplying an electrical charge to a vehicle having a plurality of contact members and a plurality of elastic members secured to the inner surface of the plurality of contact members at one end and a plurality of relays at the other end. The relays are suspended behind the inner surface of the plurality of contact members and the elastic members allow the plurality of relays to tra...
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A power supply paddle of a charger is provided at one end of a cable extending from a power source apparatus. A paddle holder casing which receives and holds therein the power supply paddle is obliquely provided on one side wall of a housing of the power source apparatus, so that an opening of the paddle holder casing is oriented slightly upwardly from the horizontal direction. The power supply pa...
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Cited by21
Hee Jin Lee (Hyundai Motor Company), Chae Mo Yang (Hyundai Motor Company)
A transmitter apparatus of a wireless power transmission system for charging a vehicle includes a parking stopper configured to be fixedly mounted on a ground of a parking space. A transmitter is configured to be connected to the parking stopper and to include a transmitter coil which generates a magnetic field at the time of parking the vehicle.
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Douglas Raymond Martin13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Ford Motor Company),
Kenneth James Miller8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Ford Motor Company),
William David Treharne13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Ford Motor Company)
A vehicle guidance system is provided with a controller configured to receive input signals indicative of an instantaneous charging port position relative to an external charging pad and a charging status. The controller is further configured to transmit a vehicle status signal in response to the input signals. An interface communicates with the controller, and is configured to display a vehicle p...
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Norbert Bendicks1
Estimated H-index: 1
A charging station for charging a vehicle includes a charger, a camera, a positioner, and a controller. The charger has a transformer part by which electrical energy can be transferred to a corresponding transformer part arranged behind the vehicle license plate when the charger is in a position relative to the license plate at which the transformer parts sandwich the license plate. The camera gen...
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Jeffrey Michael Hickox4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Delphi Automotive)
A vehicle parking assist system (10) of a wireless battery charger for positioning a capture resonator (16) or receiving plate attached to a vehicle (14) over a source resonator (18) or charging pad residing on a parking surface (20) under the vehicle (14). The system (10) includes a target (30) positioned relative to the source resonator (18) at a location that is viewable by an operator (28) of ...
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Shinji Ichikawa30
Estimated H-index: 30
Masaru Sasaki9
Estimated H-index: 9
Toru Nakamura15
Estimated H-index: 15
... (2 others)
In a noncontact electric power feeding system by means of a resonance method, an electric power receiving apparatus includes a plurality of secondary self-resonant coils. The noncontact electric power feeding system makes a switch between these secondary self-resonant coils to detect a distance between the electric power receiving apparatus and an electric power transmitting unit, and selects, acc...
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Björn Elias7
Estimated H-index: 7
Christian Ohlen2
Estimated H-index: 2
Anca Ebner2
Estimated H-index: 2
A secondary transformer unit for mounting on a vehicle having an electric drive includes at least one secondary core, and at least one secondary coil that is arranged on the secondary core. At least one outer skin is provided to envelope the secondary core and contains reinforcing fibers. The outer skin is configured to retain inside the at least one outer skin fragments produced when the at least...
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An automotive safety device, specifically, an automobile safety device that assists drivers to remain in their proper driving lane when driving a moving vehicle. One embodiment of the present invention can include a flat planar body member, a plurality of light emitting members connected to the planar body member, wherein the light emitting members are configured in a predetermined arrangement, a ...
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