Plasan Sasa‘s patent describes a modular slave vehicle that can be connected to another slave vehicle and a master vehicle simultaneously. The design includes a mechanical coupling system to constrain movement between vehicles. The system allows for articulation while maintaining specific offset distances for optimal functionality. GlobalData’s report on Plasan Sasa gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Plasan Sasa, Autonomous seating was a key innovation area identified from patents. Plasan Sasa's grant share as of April 2024 was 36%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Modular slave vehicle with mechanical stress absorbing coupling mechanism

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Plasan Sasa Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11945529B2) discloses a modular slave vehicle designed to be articulatable at one end to another slave vehicle and at the other end to an independently driven master vehicle. The modular slave vehicle includes a body with a driving system, a slave structural frame, and a master coupling system that allows for articulation while constraining translational degrees of freedom (DOF) and leaving at least one rotational DOF unconstrained. The vehicle features first and second slave coupling devices that can be connected to form a tandem coupling, maintaining specific offset distances between vehicles when articulated. Additionally, the patent describes a load carrying platform that aligns with adjacent slave vehicles to create a common bed.

Furthermore, the patent details a control system integrated into the modular slave vehicle, which receives input signals related to driving parameters of the master vehicle, the number of slave vehicles in the chain, and dimensions of the master vehicle. The control system processes these signals to adjust the driving parameters of the slave vehicle accordingly, enhancing coordination and efficiency in multi-vehicle operations. The driving parameters considered include the angle of rotation of the wheels, ensuring synchronized movement within the vehicle chain. Overall, the patented modular slave vehicle offers a versatile and interconnected system for efficient transportation and operation in various settings.

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