August 3, 2021 – The patents extend Tesseract’s automotive crash energy absorption platform to save lives.
The company has received a Notice of Granting and Publication of its second patent “Uniform Deceleration Unit” June 1, 2021 by the US Patent Office Patent number 11,021,120:
An apparatus and method for improving the safety and performance of an automobile in crash events is disclosed. The safety device includes first and second crash pad regions and a connecting member region disposed between the first and second crash pad regions. At least a portion of the connecting member region is arranged to move in one of an upward and downward direction at the initial moment of a crash to absorb crash energy. The safety device is arranged to collapse on itself upon continuation of the crash. In some embodiments, the safety device collapses in a horizontal direction upon continuation of the crash.
The company also received a Notice of Granting and Publication of its patent application “Uniform Deceleration Unit Crash Box” June 22, 2021 by the US Patent Office Patent Number 11,040,680
A crash box may include one or more layers arranged to absorb crash energy. In some embodiments, the crash box includes a first layer having an outer skin defining a periphery of the first layer and at least one of: 1) a rib and web structure, and 2) an array of tubes disposed within the outer skin for absorbing crash energy, and a second layer adjacent to the first layer, the second layer having an outer skin defining a periphery of the second layer and at least one of: 1) a rib and web structure, and 2) an array of tubes disposed within the outer skin for absorbing crash energy.
Automobile accidents are an unfortunate reality in the world today. Every year, tens of thousands of accidents occur in the United States alone. These accidents can cause, at a minimum, a financial strain on the automobile’s owner and insurance companies, and, in worst case scenarios, can result in the fatality of the driver and/or other occupants in the vehicle. In recent decades, the automotive industry has seen great advances in safety with innovations such as frontal air bags, side curtain airbags, electronic crash avoidance systems, and structural crumple zones to name a few. Still, with the safety innovations we have today, there is a demand to further improve the safety of automobiles.
Both patents follow the company’s first U.S patent 10,556,559 from February 11, 2020 and are supported by World Organization patents in major automobile manufacturing countries and regions such as Japan and Europe. Multiple additional patents are still pending that extend the safety platform further.