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https://patentscope.wipo.int/search...48&tab=PCTDESCRIPTION&_cid=P12-KTSSYG-77064-1

Augmented Reality Detection for Locating Autonomous Vehicles


The statements in this section merely provide background information related to the present disclosure and may not constitute prior art.

Autonomous vehicles are of great interest for transportation applications and can provide benefits to the ride-sharing industry. Conventionally, when an intended passenger makes a request for a ride-sharing vehicle, the intended passenger may have to contact the driver or have human interactions with the driver of the vehicle to identify his/her particular vehicle, especially when in a crowded area such as a city or an airport. Such interaction, however, may be challenging, if even possible, when attempting to locate an autonomous vehicle within a pool of autonomous vehicles or a crowded area with obstructions.


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EXTENDABLE CROSSBAR FOR A VEHICLE


https://patentscope.wipo.int/search...67&tab=PCTDESCRIPTION&_cid=P12-KTSSYG-77064-1

Typically, cargo crossbars are a set length for a particular vehicle application. There may be many different use cases for crossbars on a vehicle, which could require different mounting locations of varying distance therebetween. It would be advantageous for a crossbar to easily accommodate varying distances between mounting locations of a vehicle.

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https://patentscope.wipo.int/search...67&tab=PCTDESCRIPTION&_cid=P12-KTSSYG-77064-1

Typically, cargo crossbars are a set length for a particular vehicle application. There may be many different use cases for crossbars on a vehicle, which could require different mounting locations of varying distance therebetween. It would be advantageous for a crossbar to easily accommodate varying distances between mounting locations of a vehicle.

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Does this mean we can only buy the crossbars from Rivian since they are patend? I figured this would be an item aftermarket would end up remaking cheaper.
 

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Does this mean we can only buy the crossbars from Rivian since they are patend? I figured this would be an item aftermarket would end up remaking cheaper.
Other manufacturers could easily make fixed-width crossbars for Rivian vehicles, but it might mean buying a set that only works on one of a) R1T roof, b) R1T bed, c) R1S roof, etc.

Of course, there might also be some other component that is also patented, like the connection and locking mechanism. In that case, yeah, you'll have to buy them from Rivian or someone who has licensed the patented design from Rivian. Or... from someone with fewer scruples.
 

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Does this mean we can only buy the crossbars from Rivian since they are patend? I figured this would be an item aftermarket would end up remaking cheaper.
These exact crossbars, yes (almost certainly). Rivian could conceivably license them to a third party (or may work with a third party like Yakima to produce them), but I wouldn't expect knockoffs right away.

But no doubt there will be various "universal" solutions that will work here if you want to save a buck.
 
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Would also depend on if they are integrated with lock system or not that is controlled via infotainment.
 

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Does this mean we can only buy the crossbars from Rivian since they are patend? I figured this would be an item aftermarket would end up remaking cheaper.
No, you should be able to mount most of the big names to the mount points provided on the Rivians. The difference is that with a single adjustable Rivian crossbar, you can move it from the roof to the bed quickly on the R1T, without having to have two separate width crossbars, or fussing the the width adjustment on a standard fixed-style crossbar, which are sometimes questionably adjustable.

Similarly with the R1S, you can take the same pair of crossbars, and use them either on the roof, or in the cargo area. Just gives them way more flexibility and utility. I like it.

As for mounting the components, that shouldn't matter either. If they don't utilize the T-slot on the Rivian crossbars, everything I've seen at least has a strap to secure it to any bar.
 

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Would also depend on if they are integrated with lock system or not that is controlled via infotainment.
i would assume that's in the socket not the bar if its electronic
 

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Fleet Charging Seems to include Pass Thru Charging for a Daisy Chain method (which could indicate V2L features)

https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US341178106&_cid=P10-KW3P86-50098-1

https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US341178119&_cid=P10-KW3P86-50098-1

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1. A charging dispenser comprising:
a direct current (DC) electrical power input;

a DC electrical power pass through output;

a DC electrical power charging output;

a switching unit coupled to the DC electrical power input, the DC electrical power pass through output, and the DC electrical power charging output;

a controller configured to provide control signals to the switching unit, the switching unit being configured, responsive to the control signals, to selectively electrically disconnect the DC electrical power input from the DC electrical power pass through output and electrically connect the DC electrical power input to the DC electrical power charging output of the charging dispenser and to selectively electrically connect the DC electrical power input to the DC electrical power pass through output and electrically disconnect the DC electrical power input from the DC electrical power charging output of the charging dispenser.

2. The charging system of claim 1, wherein the control signals include timing signals from a master controller.

3. The charging system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle identification signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC electrical power charging output.

4. The charging dispenser of claim 10, wherein the controller receives a vehicle diagnostics signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC dispenser output.

5. The charging system of claim 1, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle battery charge level signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC electrical power charging output.

6. The charging system of claim 2, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle identification signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC electrical power charging output and to send the vehicle identification signal to the master controller.

7. The charging system of claim 1, further comprising:
a power supply receiving DC electrical power from the charging power cabinet and providing DC electrical power to the controller.

8. The charging system of claim 1, wherein the electrical power charging outlet is an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) outlet.

9. A charging dispenser, comprising:
a dispenser input including:
a direct current (DC) electrical power input,

a control signal input, and

a controller power input;

a DC electrical power pass through power output;

a dispenser DC electrical power output;

a switching unit coupled to the (DC) power input, the DC electrical power pass through output, and the dispenser DC electrical power output;

a controller coupled to the control signal input and coupled to the controller power input, the controller configured to receive control signals from the control signal input from a master controller of a charging power cabinet,

wherein the dispenser DC electrical power output is configured to connect with a DC electrical power input of another charging dispenser.

10. charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is further configured to provide a switching signal to the switching unit.

11. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is further configured to provide a switching signal to the switching unit, the switching signal being configured to cause power from the DC electrical power input to flow through to the DC electrical power pass through output.

12. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is further configured to provide a switching signal to the switching unit, the switching signal being configured to cause electrical power from the DC electrical power input to flow through to the dispenser DC electrical power output.

13. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the control signal from the master controller includes a timing signal.

14. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle identification signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC dispenser output.

15. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle diagnostics signal from a vehicle coupled to the dispenser DC electrical power output.

16. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle battery charge level signal from a vehicle coupled to the dispenser DC electrical power output.

17. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the controller is configured to receive a vehicle identification signal from a vehicle coupled to the DC dispenser output and is configured to send the vehicle identification signal to the master controller of the charging power cabinet.

18. The charging dispenser of claim 9, further comprising:
a power supply receiving DC electrical power from the controller DC electrical power input and providing DC electrical power to the controller.

19. The charging dispenser of claim 9, wherein the dispenser DC electrical power output is an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) vehicle connector.

20. A method of providing charging power to a vehicle, the method comprising:
receiving, by a controller, control signals from a master controller of a charging power cabinet;

supplying direct current (DC) electrical power to a DC electrical power input of a charging dispenser;

responsive to the control signals, electrically disconnecting the DC electrical power input of the charging dispenser from a DC electrical power pass through output of the charging dispenser;

responsive to the control signals, electrically connecting the DC electrical power input of the charging dispenser to a DC electrical power charging output of the charging dispenser; and

providing DC electrical power to the vehicle through the DC electrical power charging output.
 

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These exact crossbars, yes (almost certainly). Rivian could conceivably license them to a third party (or may work with a third party like Yakima to produce them), but I wouldn't expect knockoffs right away.

But no doubt there will be various "universal" solutions that will work here if you want to save a buck.
I had asked RJ at the Denver event about "Crossbars" for the bed that would be as high as the roof for long things and his reply was we definitely want to make that happen
(Same exact reply to flat towing)
I got the impression that Yamaka (whatever) is doing that
So I imagine that should be coming any day now
We might be able to speed up the process by making requests for them

I know I want "a set" or whatever it is called
 
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https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=US345562356&_cid=P12-KXSGBG-69202-1

VEHICLE PANEL REMOVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A door comprising:
a first door inner structure having an angled wedge bearing surface and being configured to receive a first removable attachment mechanism;

a second door inner structure configured to receive a second removable attachment mechanism;

a door outer structure having an outer panel coupled to an attachment structure, the attachment structure having an angled wedge bearing surface and having a bearing surface, the bearing surface being configured to receive the second removable attachment mechanism, the second bearing surface being configured to abut an inner surface of the second door inner structure; and

an adjustment wedge having a receiving aperture configured to receive the first removable attachment mechanism and having a first bearing surface configured to abut the angled wedge bearing surface of the first door inner structure and a second bearing surface configured to abut the angled wedge bearing surface of the outer door structure.

2. The door of claim 1, wherein the first door inner structure is configured to receive the first removable attachment mechanism through a first door inner structure aperture.

3. The door of claim 1, wherein the second door inner structure is configured to receive the second removable attachment mechanism through a second door inner structure aperture.

4. The door of claim 1, wherein the second door inner structure is configured to receive the second removable attachment mechanism through a second door inner structure aperture and the second door inner structure aperture is configured to be accessible on a side opposite the door outer structure.

5. The door of claim 1, wherein the door outer structure attachment structure includes a post.

6. The door of claim 1, wherein the door outer structure attachment structure includes a post and the bearing surface is a portion of the post that receives the second removable attachment mechanism through an aperture in the post.

7. The door of claim 1, wherein the adjustment wedge and the first removable attachment mechanism are configured to provide relative adjustment of the door outer structure relative to both the first and second door inner structures.

8. The door of claim 1, wherein the first removable attachment mechanism includes a screw.

9. The door of claim 1, wherein the second removable attachment mechanism includes a screw.
 
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DEPLOYABLE BED COVER FOR A VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED DEPLOYMENT METHOD

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1. A deployable bed cover assembly for a vehicle, comprising:
a bed cover structure that is deployable from a stowed configuration to a covered configuration at least partially enclosing a rear cargo space of the vehicle;

a deployment mechanism operable to deploy the bed cover structure from the stowed configuration to the covered configuration with respect to the rear cargo space of the vehicle; and

a vehicle speed sensor coupled to a controller and the deployment mechanism operable to initiate the deployment of the bed cover structure based on the vehicle reaching a predetermined speed.

2. The deployable bed cover assembly of claim 1, wherein the bed cover structure comprises one or more of:
a flexible planar structure;

a rigid planar structure; and

a plurality of coupled rigid panel structures.

3. The deployable bed cover assembly of claim 1, wherein the deployment mechanism comprises one or more of:
a roller mechanism operable to extend the bed cover structure along a pair of track structures disposed on opposed sides of the rear cargo space of the vehicle;

an extension mechanism operable to translate the bed cover structure above the floor of and one of partially and wholly enclosing the rear cargo space of the vehicle; and

an expansion mechanism operable to expand the bed cover structure along the pair of track structures disposed on the opposed sides of the rear cargo space of the vehicle.

4. The deployable bed cover assembly of claim 1, wherein, in the covered configuration, the bed cover structure is disposed parallel to and spaced apart from the floor of the rear cargo space of the vehicle.

5. The deployable bed cover assembly of claim 4, wherein the bed cover structure is further deployable from the covered configuration to a third angled configuration in which the bed cover structure is disposed at an angle to and spaced apart from the floor of the rear cargo space of the vehicle.
 
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Crash Test Results Incoming with all the Crash Patent information Filing ? Note See Also Dryer Hose Patent Filing!
 
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Is Rivian getting into the Ebike Game?
 
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