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Title: US5456184: Lateral energy absorbing device for slot guided vehicle
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Fritz, Edward B.; Valencia, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1995-10-10 / 1993-08-19

Application Number: US1993000109174

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 25/00; B62D 1/26;
Core: B62D 1/00; more...
IPC-7: B61F 13/00;

ECLA Code: A63G25/00; B62D1/26B;

U.S. Class: Current: 104/139; 104/053; 105/171; 180/401; 180/408;
Original: 104/139; 104/053; 105/171; 180/131;

Field of Search: 104/053,139,140 105/72.2,157.1,171 180/131,140 280/091,168

Priority Number:
1993-08-19  US1993000109174

Abstract: A lateral energy absorbing device for an amusement ride vehicle includes a vehicle chassis with a driver for moving the vehicle along a path, and a vehicle body having an area for holding one or more passengers. Appropriate steering mechanisms are provided to permit lateral motion of the vehicle with respect to the path. The lateral energy absorbing device comprises an actuator having one end pivotally connected to the chassis and another end pivotally connected to a follower apparatus adapted to follow a predetermined route along the path. The actuator includes an energy absorber for limiting the lateral travel of the vehicle and for absorbing lateral kinetic energy of the vehicle when its lateral motion with respect to the path reaches or exceeds a predetermined distance.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Oberleitner, Robert J.; Morano, S. Joseph

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I claim:     1. A lateral energy absorbing device for a vehicle having a chassis adapted to follow a path, wherein the vehicle is permitted to move freely in a lateral direction with respect to a predetermined route along the path, the device comprising an actuator having one end pivotally connected to a follower apparatus adapted to follow the predetermined route along the path, and having another end connected for movement with the chassis along a second route along the path, wherein the actuator includes an energy absorber that operates in a passive mode when the lateral travel of the vehicle with respect to the path is within a predetermined distance, and wherein the actuator operates in an active mode for limiting the lateral travel of the vehicle and for absorbing lateral kinetic energy of the vehicle when the lateral travel of the vehicle with respect to the path exceeds the predetermined distance.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 6pp US717457  1902-12 Schofield   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 5pp US788886  1905-05 Citron   DEVICE FOR ILLUSORY ENTERTAINMENT.
Get PDF - 8pp US794511  1905-07 Knapp   AMUSEMENT DEVICE.
Get PDF - 6pp US858624  1907-07 Reckweg   PLEASURE-RAILWAY.
Get PDF - 5pp US1311703* 1919-07 Meyer    
Get PDF - 5pp US1352969  1920-09 Kalix   Carrier
Get PDF - 5pp US1571434* 1926-02 Ray    
Get PDF - 3pp US1721353* 1929-05 Meling    
Get PDF - 8pp US1840988  1932-01 Traver   Amusement ride and vehicle therefor
Get PDF - 16pp US1890137  1932-12 Traver   Amusement railway
Get PDF - 6pp US2058279* 1936-10 Watkins    
Get PDF - 11pp US2135230* 1938-11 Courtney    
Get PDF - 10pp US2196093* 1940-04 Bartlett    
Get PDF - 8pp US2685003* 1954-07 Barnes    
Get PDF - 4pp US2718194* 1955-09 Ruhlmann    
Get PDF - 5pp US3006286* 1961-10 Bacon    
Get PDF - 8pp US3067697* 1962-12 Doolittle    
Get PDF - 4pp US3113528* 1963-12 Morgan    
Get PDF - 7pp US3410223  1968-11 Miller   RACE TRACK WITH COOPERATING RACE CAR RETAINING MEANS
Get PDF - 7pp US3554130  1968-04 Broggie  Wed Enterprises, Inc. AMUSEMENT RIDE SYSTEM
Get PDF - 13pp US3590743  1969-03 Larson   MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM
Get PDF - 12pp US3672308  1972-06 Segar  Westinghouse Electric Corporation ROADWAY SWITCHING ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM HAVING CENTER GUIDERAIL BELOW TRACK LEVEL
Get PDF - 4pp US3704027  1972-11 Laudadio   SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES
Get PDF - 4pp US3916798  1975-11 Ishii et al.  Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry Guiding system for a computer controlled vehicle
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Get PDF - 6pp US4491073  1985-01 Dozer  Charles S. Dozer Enterprises, Inc. Train system with variably tilting rail
Get PDF - 25pp US5016540  1991-05 Barber   Amusement ride
Get PDF - 14pp US5134940  1992-08 Fujita et al.  Daifuku Co., Ltd. Self-propelled platform car type conveying system
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Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
  CA0455464 1949-03       
Buy PDF GB1331678 1973-09  B62D 1/00 HAWKER SIDDELEY DYNAMICS LTD VEHICLE STEERING MEANS 
Buy PDF SU0759062 1980-09  A01B 69/04 OD NI STANTSIYA G SOYUZNOGO NI TRAKTORNOGO INSTITUTA APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY GUIDING TRACTOR ALONG CLOSED PATH 
Get PDF - 31pp WO8800544 1988-01  B61B 13/00 FERROVIAIRES & METALL CONSTR SELF-GUIDING SYSTEM FOR A FAST VEHICLE WITH GUIDING WHEELS FITTED WITH PNEUMATIC TYRES 


Other Abstract Info: DERABS G95-357572 DERG95-357572

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