Lucid Group has been granted a patent for a car door handle that lies flush with the car door surface when not in use. The handle rotates out and presents a grip-through loop for easy door control when engaged. The patent also includes a deployment and retraction system for the handle. GlobalData’s report on Lucid Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Lucid Group's grant share as of September 2023 was 53%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for a retractable car door handle with grip-through loop

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11732515B2) describes a unique vehicle door handle design that is integrated into the door itself. The door handle is configured to rotate about an axis and has a front handle face that is flush with the exterior door surface when in a retracted position. The front handle face is visible as a continuous, curvilinear loop when the handle is retracted, creating an aesthetically pleasing design.

The handle also features a grip-through loop that is hidden from view when the handle is retracted but becomes visible and graspable when the handle is deployed. The grip-through loop is positioned vertically above the front handle face and separates the second front handle face portion from the exterior door surface when the handle is deployed.

The patent claims include various additional features such as a deployment system and a retraction system. The deployment system is responsible for rotating the handle from the retracted position to the deployed position, and this rotation can be triggered by different mechanisms such as a touch-sensitive switch, a micro-switch integrated into a key fob, or a proximity sensor utilizing RFID technology.

The retraction system, on the other hand, is responsible for rotating the handle back to the retracted position. The retraction can be triggered by different factors, including the completion of an open-close door sequence, de-activation of the proximity sensor, or the passage of a preset period of time since deployment.

The patent also mentions the inclusion of a door unlatching mechanism that can be activated when the handle is rotated past the deployed position. Additionally, an over-ride system is described, which prevents the retraction system from rotating the handle back to the retracted position when a user is engaged with the grip-through loop.

Overall, this patented vehicle door handle design offers an innovative and visually appealing solution for integrating door handles into vehicles. The various features and mechanisms described

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