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1. WO2020109493 - AGENCEMENT DE PORTE ET VÉHICULE

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CLAIMS

1. A door arrangement for providing access through an opening to a cabin within a body of a vehicle, the door arrangement comprising:

a first door;

a second door;

a first support mechanism configured to support the first door and to enable the first door to move between a closed position and an open position; and

a second support mechanism configured to support the second door and to enable the second door to move between a closed position and an open position,

wherein the arrangement closes the opening to the cabin when both the first door and the second door are in the closed position,

the arrangement further comprising:

a first connection means mounted on the first door;

a second connection means mounted on the second door;

at least one first-door belt comprising a first body portion for connection to the body of the vehicle, a first door portion connected to the first connection means, and a first support portion configured to enable the first door portion to move between its closed position and its open position; and

at least one second-door belt comprising a second body portion for connection to the body of the vehicle, a second door portion connected to the second connection means, and a second support portion configured to enable the second door portion to move between its closed position and its open position,

wherein the first connection means is connectable directly to the second connection means when both the first and second doors are in the closed position.

2. A door arrangement according to claim 1 , wherein the first support portion of the at least one first-door belt comprises flexible elements extending between the first door portion and the first body portion, and the flexible elements are arranged to bend to enable the first door portion to translate with respect to the first body portion as the first door moves between its closed position and its open position.

3. A door arrangement according to claim 2, wherein the first support portion of the at least one first-door belt is formed of a composite comprising the flexible elements embedded within a first protective material to protect the flexible elements from the environment.

4. A door arrangement according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the first door portion of the at least one first-door belt is formed of a composite comprising the flexible elements embedded within a second protective material.

5. A door arrangement according to any one of claims 2 to 4, wherein the first body portion of the at least one first-door belt comprises a fixing device configured to retain one end of the flexible elements, the fixing device having a connection portion for connection to the body of the vehicle.

6. A door arrangement according to any one of claims 2 to 5, wherein the first door comprises a panel formed of a composite and the flexible elements forming the door portion of the at least one first-door belt are included within the composite that forms the panel.

7. A door arrangement according to claim 6, wherein the panel is the outermost panel of the first door.

8. A door arrangement according to any preceding claim, wherein the second support portion comprises flexible elements extending between the second door portion and the second body portion.

9. A door arrangement according to claim 8 when depending through claim 2, wherein the second support portion of the at least one second-door belt is formed of the same types of material(s) as the first support portion of the at least one first-door belt.

10. A door arrangement according to any preceding claim, comprising a sill belt having a first end connected to the first connection means or the second connection means and a connector at a second end; the connector configured to locate in a socket on the body of the vehicle.

1 1 . A door arrangement according to claim 10, wherein the sill belt comprises a composite material including flexible elements and the connector is formed from the composite material as an end part of the sill belt.

12. A door arrangement according to any preceding claim, wherein the first connection means comprises one or more first connection devices, each first connection means connected to at least one of the first-door belts, and the second connection means comprises one or more second connection devices, each second connection means connected to at least one of the second-door belts.

13. A door arrangement according to any preceding claim, wherein the door arrangement comprises a plurality of first-door belts and a plurality of second-door belts, and wherein the plurality of corresponding first connection means are latchable to the plurality of corresponding second connection means by a single latch mechanism.

14. A door arrangement according to any preceding claim, wherein the second connection means defines a space for receiving the first connection means and a socket on each of two opposing sides of the space, and the first connection means comprises:

two latching members, each latching member having a first end configured to slide into a corresponding one of the sockets of the second connection means to latch the first connection means to the second connection means; and

a cam member defining a cam surface in contact with the latching members, the cam surface being configured to cause the latching members to slide apart and into the sockets of the second connection means as the cam member is moved from an unlatching position to a latching position.

15. A vehicle comprising the door arrangement of any one of claims 1 to 14.