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Retractable vehicle cover

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Arkadiy Brodskiy, Boris Brodsky, Leonid Brodsky

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The vehicle cover of the invention consists of three pivotally interconnected cassettes with rolls of a flexible protective cover material stored in each of the cassettes and unwoundable therefrom through a slit in the side of the cassette, similar to a photo film that can be pulled out from a film cassette. In a folded state the cassettes are arranged side by side parallel to each other. Each cassette consists of two parallel sections with the flexible material in each section wound in mutually opposite directions so that the protective flexible materials of each section can be pulled out in mutually opposite directions. The first and third cassettes are pivotally connected to the second, i.e., the intermediate cassette so that they can be turned by 90° with respect to the intermediate cassette. The ends of the flexible materials may be provided with hooks or other means for securing the materials to the vehicle body in a retracted position. Device can be provided with a guide frame attachable to the luggage rack on the vehicle's roof.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a simplified general three-dimensional view of a vehicle cover assembly in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of a doubled cassette unit along line II—II of FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a three-dimensional view of the cover assembly of FIG. 1 in a deployed state over a vehicle.

FIG. 4 is a front view of the vehicle cover of FIG.

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FIG. 5 is a three-dimensional view of a guide frame that can be used for supporting and storing the vehicle cover assembly of the invention on the vehicle's roof.

FIG. 6 is a fragmental three-dimensional view of a part of the guide frame of FIG. 5 with one of the doubled cassette units inserted into the guide frame.

FIG. 7 is a sectional view of the cover, which is placed onto the cassette units for protection.

FIG. 8 is a three-dimensional view on the end of the cassette supporting carriage slidable in the guide frame and turned down by 90° into a working position for covering the lateral side of the vehicle.

FIG. 9 is a top view on a cassette unit of the embodiment with the motor-driven retraction of the protective webs into the respective cassette.

Claims

1. A retractable vehicle cover for a deployment from the roof of a vehicle into a deployed position over the vehicle's roof and both sides, said vehicle having a longitudinal direction which coincides with the direction of movement of said vehicle, said retractable vehicle cover comprising:

2. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 1, wherein each said cassette of each said pair has a slit for pulling out said web material through said slit, and each said web material has an inner end fixed in each said cassette and an outer end with means for attachment of said web material to said vehicle, said means for attachment having dimensions greater than said slit in order to prevent penetration of said means for attachment into each said cassette.

3. The retractable cover of claim 2, further provided with spacers placed between said web material and said vehicle in said deployed position of said retractable cover.

4. The retractable cover of claim 3, wherein said spacers comprise suction cups.

5. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 1, wherein said means for attachment comprises a hook.

6. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 2, further comprising a guide frame with means for securing said retractable vehicle cover to said vehicle's roof, said guide frame having a first guide for insertion and guiding said first cassette unit, a second guide for insertion and guiding said second cassette unit, and a third guide for insertion and guiding said third cassette unit in a direction transverse to said longitudinal direction.

7. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 6, wherein each said guide has means for preventing each said cassette from falling out from said guide at the end of said guiding in said direction transverse to said longitudinal direction and radially outwardly from said vehicle.

8. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 6, further provided with a cassette locking means for locking each said cassette unit against movement in a vertical direction, said locking means having first engagement means, each said cassette unit having second engagement means which engages said first engagement means when said locking means is placed onto each said cassette unit for locking each said cassette unit in said guide frame against movements in a vertical direction.

9. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 8, wherein said means for attachment comprises a hook.

10. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 2, wherein each said cassette unit contains spring means connected to web material and normally tending to return said web material into each said cassette.

11. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 10, further comprising a guide frame with means for securing said retractable vehicle cover to said vehicle's roof, said guide frame having a first guide for insertion and guiding said first cassette unit, a second guide for insertion and guiding said second cassette unit, and a third guide for insertion and guiding said third cassette unit in a direction transverse to said longitudinal direction.

12. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 9, wherein each said guide has means for preventing each said cassette unit from falling out from said guide at the end of said guiding in said direction transverse to said longitudinal direction and radially outwardly from said vehicle.

13. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 10, further provided with a cassette locking means for locking each said cassette unit against movement in a vertical direction, said locking means having first engagement means, each said cassette unit having second engagement means which engages said first engagement means when said locking means is placed onto each said cassette unit for locking each said cassette unit in said guide frame against movements in a vertical direction.

14. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 11, wherein said means for attachment comprises a hook.

15. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 6, where each said cassette unit has rollers rolling in each said guide.

16. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 11, where each said cassette unit has rollers rolling in each said guide.

17. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 2, wherein each said cassette unit further comprises drive means for retracting each said web material into each said cassette.

18. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 17, wherein each said cassette has a shaft onto which said web material is wound and to which said inner end of said web material is attached, said drive means comprising a pair of meshed gears each attached to said shaft of each said cassette and a drive motor connected to one of said shafts.

19. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 6, wherein each said cassette unit further comprises drive means for retracting each said web material into each said cassette.

20. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 19, wherein each said cassette has a shaft onto which said web material is wound and to which said inner end of said web material is attached, said drive means comprising a pair of meshed gears each attached to said shaft of each said cassette and a drive motor connected to one of said shafts.

21. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 11, wherein each said cassette unit further comprises drive means for retracting each said web material into each said cassette.

22. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 21, wherein each said cassette has a shaft onto which said web material is wound and to which said inner end of said web material is attached, said drive means comprising a pair of meshed gears each attached to said shaft of each said cassette and a drive motor connected to one of said shafts.

23. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 6, further provided with a common protective cover that covers said entire vehicle cover from above, has means for attachment to said guide frame.

24. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 8, further provided with a common protective cover that covers said entire vehicle cover from above, has means for attachment to said guide frame.

25. The retractable vehicle cover of claim 11, further provided with a common protective cover that covers said entire vehicle cover from above, has means for attachment to said guide frame.