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Patent Issued for Motor Vehicle (USPTO 10,363,802): Audi AG

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08/14/2019 | 05:47pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Transportation Daily News -- From Alexandria, Virginia, NewsRx journalists report that a patent by the inventor Rossetti, Mario (Neudenau, DE), filed on November 19, 2015, was published online on August 12, 2019.

The patent’s assignee for patent number 10,363,802 is Audi AG (85045 Ingolstadt, Germany).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The invention relates to a motor vehicle having a body with a roof which can be adjusted between a closed position and an opened position.

“DE 10 2005 002 935 A1 discloses a generic motor vehicle. Since the side pillars, there referred to as C-pillars, cannot be lowered, this vehicle cannot provide the feel of a genuine convertible.

“In the general state of the art, most diverse convertible vehicles are also known, which, however, normally have a very restricted transport capacity.”

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, NewsRx correspondents also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent: “It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a motor vehicle which has a roof that can be adjusted between a closed position and an opened position and which on one hand exhibits a great transport capability in the closed position of the roof, and on the other hand conveys a genuine feel of a cabriolet in the opened position of the roof.

“According to the invention, this object is achieved by a motor vehicle which includes a body, a roof which is adjustable between a dosed position and an opened position and has at least one front roof part and a rear roof part, two opposite side pillars, and two opposite rear pillars, wherein the front roof part is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, wherein the rear roof part is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, wherein the two side pillars and the two rear pillars are movably connected to the body, wherein in the opened position of the roof, the rear roof part forms a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

“By virtue of the fact that the front roof part is rotatably connected to the two side pillars and the rear roof part is rotatably connected to the two rear pillars, both roof parts can also be pivoted into the body like the respective pillars themselves, when the side and rear pillars that are connected movably to the body are correspondingly moved. As a result, it is possible to bring the roof of the motor vehicle according to the invention in its opened position to such a position as to establish a feel that is comparable with ‘typical’ convertibles. Still, due to the presence of the side pillars and the rear pillars in the closed state of the roof, a motor vehicle is provided which has a far greater transport capacity than known convertible vehicles.

“A saving of components, combined with a weight reduction and simplification of the actuation of the roof of the motor vehicle according to the invention, is realized by the fact that the rear roof part forms a folding top compartment lid which is used to produce a flawless outer look of the motor vehicle by covering the front roof part, the two side pillars and the two rear pillars.

“In order to achieve a simple and reliable mobility of the side pillars, provision is made in accordance with a very advantageous refinement of the invention for a rotatable attachment of the two side pillars to the body at respective centers of rotation.

“Furthermore, provision can be made for a rotatable support of the two rear pillars in relation to the body and their shiftability in respective guides in relation to the body. As a result of this combination of a rotatable support and a shiftability of the two rear pillars, the latter can easily move into the body in the closed position of the roof, despite its virtually vertical position, in order to be ultimately covered by the rear roof part as a folding top compartment lid.

“In order to increase stiffness of the roof according to the Invention in both its closed and opened positions, provision can further be made for the two side pillars to be connected to one another in the transverse direction of the body.

“A simple protection of the passengers of the motor vehicle according to the invention is realized, when a windshield frame connected to respective A-pillars is arranged in such a position that it forms together with the folding top compartment lid in the opened position of the roof a rollover protection for persons present in the motor vehicle.

“Furthermore, when provision is made for the rear roof part to rest in the closed position of the roof on the two side pillars, a particularly high stiffness of the roof and thus of the body is realized in the closed position.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“What is claimed is:

“1. A motor vehicle, comprising: a body; two side pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body; two rear pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body, and a roof adjustable between a closed position and an opened position, said roof including a front roof part which is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, and a rear roof part which is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, said rear roof part forming in the opened position of the roof a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

“2. The motor vehicle of claim 1, wherein the two side pillars are rotatably mounted on the body at respective centers of rotation.

“3. The motor vehicle of claim 1, wherein the two rear pillars are supported for rotation relative to the body, and further comprising guides configured to guide a displacement of the two rear pillars relative to the body.

“4. The motor vehicle of claim 1, wherein the two side pillars are connected to one another in a transverse direction of the body.

“5. The motor vehicle of claim 1, further comprising A-pillars, and a windshield frame connected to the A-pillars and arranged such as to form in the opened position of the roof together with the rear roof part a roll-over protection for a person in the motor vehicle.

“6. The motor vehicle of claim 1, wherein the rear roof part rests on the two side pillars in the closed position of the roof.

“7. The motor vehicle of claim 1, wherein the two side pillars and the two rear pillars are driveable by at least one electric motor and/or by at least one hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder.

“8. The motor vehicle of claim 1, further comprising a tailgate having a lower edge which is rotatably connected to the body.

“9. The motor vehicle of claim 8, wherein the tailgate is configured for pivoting into an opening of the body.

“10. The motor vehicle of claim 8, wherein the tailgate has a rear window configured for movement in and out of the tailgate.”

For additional information on this patent, see: Rossetti, Mario. Motor Vehicle. U.S. Patent Number 10,363,802, filed November 19, 2015, and published online on August 12, 2019. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=10,363,802.PN.&OS=PN/10,363,802RS=PN/10,363,802

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