US 9,809,140 B2
Platform system for vehicle interior
Brian Saunders, Fort Collins, CO (US)
Assigned to Notel Enterprise LLC, Fort Collins, CO (US)
Filed by Notel Enterprise LLC, Fort Collins, CO (US)
Filed on Feb. 2, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/423,367.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/290,354, filed on Feb. 2, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2017/0217350 A1, Aug. 3, 2017
Int. Cl. B60N 3/00 (2006.01); A47C 17/80 (2006.01); A47C 17/64 (2006.01)
CPC B60N 3/008 (2013.01) [A47C 17/645 (2013.01); A47C 17/80 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A disassemblable platform system in a vehicle interior, comprising:
a plurality of panels relatively positioned to form a flat, raised rigid platform in the vehicle interior, the platform being elevated above lower seat cushions in the vehicle interior, said plurality of panels comprising two rear panels, a driver area panel, a passenger area panel, and a console area panel between said driver area panel and said passenger area panel;
horizontal supports that underlie at least two of said plurality of panels, said horizontal supports comprising at least two right-to-left horizontal support bars; and panel-attached horizontal supports that are each attached to a corresponding panel to which they are dedicated;
wherein said panel-attached horizontal supports extend horizontally beyond the corresponding panel to which they are attached so as to underlie at least one adjacent panel;
vehicle contacting, non-horizontal supports that directly contact at least some of said horizontal supports and provide support to said platform, wherein said non-horizontal supports comprise at least one vehicle contacting, under-platform, non-horizontal support, and a plurality of vehicle contacting, above-platform, non-horizontal supports, wherein at least some of said vehicle contacting, above-platform, non-horizontal supports are connected to at least one of: a vehicle-occupant assist handle, and a rear seat head rest support;
wherein said at least one vehicle contacting, under-platform, non-horizontal support comprises a cup holder post;
at least one inter-panel compression device operable to bring one panel of the plurality of panels toward another in a horizontal plane, the compression device being selected from the group consisting of: a clamp; telescoping and lockable panel-attached horizontal supports; and a tension-resistant strap.