Kongsberg Automotive has patented a throttle assembly for vehicles with a handlebar and grip. The assembly includes a housing, link, thumb trigger, and track mechanism to allow for smooth movement of the thumb trigger along a curvilinear path. GlobalData’s report on Kongsberg Automotive 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 Kongsberg Automotive, Heater-integrated de-icing windows was a key innovation area identified from patents. Kongsberg Automotive's grant share as of January 2024 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Throttle assembly for vehicle handlebar with sliding thumb trigger

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Kongsberg Automotive ASA

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11827093B2) discloses a throttle assembly designed for a vehicle with a handlebar and grip. The assembly includes a housing with a mount for attachment to the handlebar, a link supported by the housing, a thumb trigger, and a track mechanism. The thumb trigger is coupled to the link and moves between trigger positions, sliding away from the housing along a curvilinear path. The track mechanism guides the movement of the link and thumb trigger, restricting rotation and ensuring smooth operation.

Furthermore, the patent describes a control system for a vehicle with a handlebar, including a throttle assembly and grip elements. The system allows for adjusting the position of the grip elements without actuating the throttle, providing enhanced control for the rider. Additional features such as a rotation dampener, detent mechanism, and collar are included to improve the functionality and safety of the control system. Overall, the patent highlights innovative designs and mechanisms aimed at optimizing the operation and control of vehicles, particularly motorcycles, enhancing the overall riding experience for users.

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