Lyft has been granted a patent for a micromobility transit vehicle with a unique steering assembly. The assembly includes a fork, steer tube, stiffening brace, and stem, allowing for secure rotation and axial adjustment. This innovation aims to enhance the stability and control of micromobility vehicles. GlobalData’s report on Lyft gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Lyft, Autonomous delivery vehicle navigation system was a key innovation area identified from patents. Lyft's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Micromobility transit vehicle with adjustable steering assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Lyft Inc

A micromobility transit vehicle patent (Publication Number: US11919600B2) has been granted, detailing a unique steering assembly design. The vehicle includes a fork, a steer tube, and a stiffening brace with engagement surfaces that allow for rotational locking of the stem and stiffening brace. The stem is coupled to the stiffening brace via a slotted hole, enabling axial adjustment along the steer tube. The planar shear joint between the stem and stiffening brace ensures secure locking, with additional features like a cockpit housing and fasteners enhancing the assembly's stability.

Moreover, the patent describes a method for assembling the micromobility transit vehicle, involving positioning the steer tube and stiffening brace before coupling the stem to secure the steering assembly to the headtube. The method includes engaging complementary surfaces, inserting fasteners, and utilizing a preload assembly to adjust headset bearing preload. Additionally, the method involves routing cables through the steering assembly and concealing the engagement points with a cockpit housing. The patent also introduces a lock triangle feature for docking stations, providing flexibility for ground surface variances and ensuring secure engagement with a spring mechanism for neutral positioning.

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