Honda Patents Granted

Honda patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9551327
    Abstract: A power generation switch apparatus including multiple switch keys, a power generation apparatus that is driven to perform power generation by an operation force applied to the multiple switch keys, multiple switches being supplied with an electric power generated by the power generation apparatus and performing a switching movement by an operation of the multiple switch keys, and a switch signal transmission circuit being driven by the electric power from the power generation apparatus and outputting multiple switch signals that are different from each other in correspondence with the switching movement of the multiple switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Toshio Kaneko, Nobutaka Tsuneyoshi, Hidetaka Umeoka
  • Patent number: 9527442
    Abstract: A driver dangerous driving reporting device (100) is provided with a danger prediction unit (30) and a danger reporting unit (40). The danger predicting unit (30) associates a driver inside a vehicle with a subject outside the vehicle, and on the basis of a single image simultaneously representing the driver (subject outside vehicle), is capable of predicting dangerous driving of the vehicle by the driver. When dangerous driving by the driver is predicted by the danger prediction unit (30), the danger reporting unit (40) is capable of reporting the dangerous driving by the driver to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Shiro Iwai
  • Patent number: 9525206
    Abstract: A DBF antenna unit including one or more transmitting antennas and a plurality of receiving antennas arranged at a predetermined interval in a horizontal scanning direction. Each of the transmitting antennas and the receiving antennas includes a waveguide provided with a corner bend and a horn expanding in a pyramid-like shape from one end of the waveguide. The other ends of the waveguides of all the transmitting antennas and the receiving antennas are placed on the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Abe, Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9483692
    Abstract: A gesture recognition apparatus capable of recognizing a hand by means of a binary image regardless of direction of light contacting the hand. A binarizing processing section binarizes an input image from a camera to a hand recognizing section to prepare a first binary image by a predetermined method. A rebinarizing processing section only rebinarizes a predetermined area of the input image to prepare a second binary image. A contraction processing section performs a contraction processing on the second binary image. The rebinarizing processing can increase the possibility of recognizing the hand by classifying a portion of the hand that was classified into black in the first binary image into white. The hand is determined to be recognizable if the hand can be recognized in the first binary image and/or in the second binary image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: NIPPON SYSTEMWARE CO., LTD., HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kondou, Teruo Uchimura, Shinichi Horisaki, Atsuki Kakinuma, Toshiaki Hosogai
  • Patent number: 9476726
    Abstract: A navigation device 10 comprises: position detecting means 11 for determining the current position of a user from the absolute position in longitude and latitude by using the electric waves coming from a plurality of artificial satellites going around the earth; storage means 14 for storing the coordinates in longitude and latitude of nodes, as obtained by setting a starting point and a final place, on a scheduled route; display means 12 for displaying the current position and the scheduled route; and control means 16 for controlling the display on the display means 12 by converting the angular data of the absolute positions and the coordinates into distance data while making corrections according to the current position, and by calculating an element between the nodes thereby to calculate whether or not the current position is on the scheduled route, in dependence upon whether or not the distance between the element and the current position is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignees: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., HONDA GIKEN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Morita, Shinichi Kawada, Eiichi Murohashi
  • Patent number: 9428151
    Abstract: Provided is a system capable of reducing production costs. The system (on-board device) comprises an acquisition unit provided in a vehicle and comprising a camera unit that captures images and/or a microphone unit that captures sound; and an error detection unit that detects vehicle errors. The system sends the acquisition results from the acquisition unit, such as images and sound, to outside the vehicle in conjunction with a mobile information terminal provided in the vehicle, when the error detection unit has detected an error. Ideally, the mobile information terminal has a rechargeable battery unit and the acquisition unit and/or the error detection unit have power supplied thereto from the battery unit in the mobile information terminal, and can operate thereby. Also, the error detection unit ideally changes the error detection mode in accordance with the state of the battery unit in the mobile information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Shiro Iwai
  • Patent number: 9426553
    Abstract: A microphone array arrangement structure in a vehicle cabin is provided with multiple microphones arranged in a convex line. The microphones include a first microphone, and the direction of the axis of the first microphone faces the mouth of the driver. The microphone array arrangement structure is provided with covers housing the microphones and having multiple holes. The front surface of the covers form a convexly curved line, and each of the microphones is fixed inside of a cover to correspond to one of the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Shiro Iwai, Kazuhiro Nakadai, Hiroshi Tsujino
  • Patent number: 9371028
    Abstract: A vehicle towing apparatus 1 includes a wheel cradle 5 provided on a rear of a automobile 2 serving as a towing vehicle and holds a front wheel 7 serving as a wheel of a vehicle 6 to be towed in the wheel cradle 5, the wheel cradle 5 including two arm members 21, 21 forming a space receiving a width of the front wheel 7 in a lateral direction, the each arm member 21 connecting a first end thereof to the automobile 2 with an attachment body 4 and connecting a second end to each other, thereby forming a closed holding region 24 holding the lower portion of the front wheel 7 to be inserted therein. Therefore, the structure of the wheel cradle 5 can be simplified, and the front wheel 7 can be stably held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Misono
  • Patent number: 9372260
    Abstract: An object detecting device includes a signal transmitting and receiving unit configured to generate an intermediate frequency signal based on a transmission signal and a reception signal which is a reflected wave thereof, a processing unit configured to determine that an image of a target peak frequency is a virtual image based on noise when it is determined that a peak frequency of predetermined n times the target peak frequency is not present in information based on the intermediate frequency signal generated by the signal transmitting and receiving unit and to detect an object based on the determination result, where n is an integer of 2 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kambe
  • Patent number: 9346386
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle floor mat reducing a load on a mat main body. The vehicle floor mat includes at least one fastening device for fastening the mat main body to a vehicle. The fastening device includes a first fastening member fixed to the vehicle and a second fastening member fixed to the mat main body. The first fastening member includes a vertical rotating knob, and the second fastening member includes: an insertion receiving section for the rotating knob to be inserted thereinto and engaged therewith; and upper and lower half bodies sandwiching the mat main body and being connected to each other through a half body connecting portion for the rotating knob to be inserted thereinto and at least one outer connecting portion disposed outside the half body connecting portion provided around the insertion receiving section, thus improving a connecting strength between the upper and lower half bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: HONDA ACCESS CORP., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Kana Harata, Tohru Ohba, Tatsuya Shiono, Hirobumi Kikuchi, Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9347474
    Abstract: A clip for attaching a mounting component to a base component, and the clip comprises: a pin including a head portion for engaging the mounting component, and a shaft portion which is contiguous to the head portion, and a lock pins which extends downward from the head portion; and a grommet including a flange and a shank contiguous to the flange and partially defining an aperture operable to receive the pin in one of a temporary fitted position and a permanent fitted position; and wherein the temporary fitted position, the lock pin abuts a recessed portion in the grommet for maintaining the temporary fitted position, and wherein in the permanent fitted position, the lock pin collapses on the inside, and is contained on the inside of the shank portion of the grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: NEWFREY LLC, HONDA GIKEN KOGYO CO, LTD
    Inventors: Suguru Mizukoshi, Mii Miyazaki, Toshiya Ohba
  • Patent number: 9323999
    Abstract: An image recognition device includes an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image, and an object recognition unit configured to extract feature points from the image acquired by the image acquiring unit, to detect coordinates of the extracted feature points in a three-dimensional spatial coordinate system, and to determine a raster scan region which is used to recognize a target object based on the detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Akimoto, Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 9248791
    Abstract: An in-vehicle battery charging system adaptable to a wide variety of objects to be charged. A charging system 1 includes a battery charger 3 with a built-in primary coil 2 used to charge an object 7 with a secondary coil 5 and a rechargeable battery 6. By allowing the battery charger 3 and the object 7 to come close to each other, the rechargeable battery 6 is charged through an electromagnetic inductive action between the coils. The battery charger 3, provided in a vehicle instrumental panel 4, includes a slider assembly 23 for adjusting a position of the secondary coil 5 of the object 7 with respect to the primary coil 2 of the battery charger 3. This slider assembly 23 enables a positional relationship between the coils to be properly adjusted, enabling a proper charge condition to be maintained for a variety of objects to be charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Misono
  • Patent number: 9250318
    Abstract: An on-board radar apparatus includes a transmission wave generating unit configured to generate a first modulated wave, a second modulated wave, and a third modulated wave which are different from each other, a transmitting antenna configured to transmit a transmission wave based on the first modulated wave, the second modulated wave, and the third modulated wave, a receiving antenna unit configured to receive a reception wave arriving by allowing the transmission wave to be reflected by an object, and an azimuth detecting unit configured to detect a signal based on the first modulated wave, the second modulated wave, and the third modulated wave from the reception, wave and to detect an azimuth of the object based on the detected signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Itaru Izumi
  • Patent number: 9208686
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle rear monitor displaying an image suitable for backing a vehicle, without requiring a switching operation. A rear camera mounted on a vehicle captures an image of a rear side of the vehicle, such image being processed to generate a top-down or perspective view displayed on an image output unit. The vehicle rear monitor comprises an image display control unit for setting a displayed image. When a gear detection unit has detected that a back gear is selected through a transmission, an image switching unit allows a predetermined top-down or perspective view to be displayed on the image output unit. When the gear detection unit has detected that the back gear is again selected after being thrown out, the image switching unit allows the image output unit to display the top-down or perspective view displayed before the back gear is thrown out, or a desired view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshito Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 9185550
    Abstract: A vehicle wireless communication apparatus, including: a first portable device; a second portable device; a first receiver; a second receiver; a control apparatus; an in-vehicle communication network; and a relay unit, wherein, on receiving first directive data transmitted from the first portable device, the first receiver transmits first identification data of the first portable device to the relay unit; on receiving second directive data transmitted from the second portable device, the second receiver transmits second identification data of the second portable device to the relay unit; and on receiving the first identification data transmitted from the first portable device or the second identification data transmitted from the second portable device, the relay unit transmits more-recently received data to the control apparatus as identification data continuously at predetermined regular intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Katsuyasu Yamane, Shinichi Ueda, Hiroto Sakai, Masahiko Takagi
  • Patent number: 9136605
    Abstract: An antenna device includes antennas, each of which includes antenna elements arranged in a longitudinal direction, arranged side by side in a transverse direction intersecting the longitudinal direction, wherein an interval between the antennas arranged side by side in the transverse direction is approximately 2? where ? is a free space wavelength corresponding to an operating frequency, and each of the antenna elements includes a horn formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Abe
  • Patent number: 9097801
    Abstract: An obstacle detection apparatus includes a transmission antenna transmitting radio waves, a reception antenna receiving radio waves transmitted to and reflected by an obstacle, an obstacle detection unit configured to detect the obstacle based on the received radio waves, a false detection determination unit configured to determine presence or absence of a false detection characteristic, which is set in advance, with regard to the detected obstacle, a camera capturing an image, and an obstacle existence determination unit configured to determine, based on the image captured by the camera, presence or absence of the obstacle on which it is determined that the false detection characteristic is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kambe, Kazuyuki Sekine
  • Patent number: 9097797
    Abstract: An antenna device includes transmitting units each of which includes elements arranged parallel to a baseline, wherein the transmitting units are arranged side-by-side in a first direction and stepwisedly with steps in a second direction in a first region and a second region, the first direction being perpendicular to the baseline, the second direction being parallel to the baseline, the first region and the second region being partitioned by the baseline, and transmitting units positioned more remotely from the baseline being positioned further in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Abe
  • Patent number: 9098750
    Abstract: A gradient estimation apparatus includes a feature point extracting unit configured to extract feature points on an image captured by an imaging unit, an object detecting unit configured to detect image regions indicating objects from the image captured by the imaging unit, and a gradient calculating unit configured to calculate a gradient of the road surface on which the objects are located, based on the coordinates of the feature points extracted by the feature point extracting unit in the image regions indicating the objects detected by the object detecting unit and the amounts of movements of the coordinates of the feature points over a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Azuma
  • Patent number: 9064182
    Abstract: An image recognition device includes an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image, and an object recognition unit configured to calculate gradient directions and gradient values of intensity of the image acquired by the image acquiring unit, to scan the gradient values of each acquired gradient direction with a window, to calculate a rectangular feature value, and to recognize a target object using a classifier based on the rectangular feature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Mitsui, Hiroyuki Akimoto, Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 9041596
    Abstract: An on-board multibeam radar apparatus includes a plurality of beam elements that constitute an antenna transmitting a transmission wave and receiving an incoming wave reflected by and arriving from a target in response to the transmission wave, and a processing unit configured to apply a Fourier transformation to beam element data which are data of a received wave received through the plurality of beam elements based on the number of elements and the element interval of a desired virtual array antenna so as to create virtual array data, and to perform a predetermined process based on the created virtual array data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: National University Corporation Shizuoka University, Honda Elesys Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Kuwahara, Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Patent number: 9033207
    Abstract: An electronic component unit manufacturing method includes: preparing a circuit board including a heat generating element mounted thereon and a bonding metal foil layer formed thereon, a heat transfer board including an insulative layer formed on one face thereof and a heat transfer metal foil layer formed on the insulative layer, and a heat sink; applying a cream solder to form a solder layer on the board bonding metal foil layer or the heat transfer metal foil layer; superimposing the bonding metal foil layer and the heat transfer metal foil layer with each other via the solder layer; re-melting the solder layer to solder the bonding metal foil layer and the heat transfer metal foil layer; and superimposing the other face of the heat transfer board with the heat sink to thereby assemble the circuit board with the heat sink via the heat transfer board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Yamashita, Tamotsu Teshima, Amane Murao, Hiroshi Ishizaki, Takashi Honda, Hitoshi Kuroyanagi, Tomoyuki Masubuchi
  • Patent number: 9020566
    Abstract: A system to link a mobile device with a vehicle on-board unit includes an interface section that allows communication between the mobile device and the on-board unit, a linkage determining section that, on the basis of information obtained by the interface section, determines whether or not the mobile device and the on-board unit are linked together, a vehicle travel determining section that determines whether or not the vehicle is in motion, an application start control section that starts a launcher application provided on the mobile device, the launcher application being configured to restrict use of a registered application of the mobile device while the vehicle is in motion, and an illumination control section that causes a screen of a display section of the mobile device turn off when the launcher application is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Keiichi Takikawa
  • Patent number: 9016756
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle floor mat reducing a load on a mat main body. The vehicle floor mat includes at least one fastening device for fastening the mat main body to a vehicle. The fastening device includes a first fastening member fixed to the vehicle and a second fastening member fixed to the mat main body. The first fastening member includes a vertical rotating knob, and the second fastening member includes: an insertion receiving section for the rotating knob to be inserted thereinto and engaged therewith; and upper and lower half bodies sandwiching the mat main body and being connected to each other through a half body connecting portion for the rotating knob to be inserted thereinto and at least one outer connecting portion disposed outside the half body connecting portion provided around the insertion receiving section, thus improving a connecting strength between the upper and lower half bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Honda Access Corp., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Kana Harata, Tohru Ohba, Tatsuya Shiono, Hirobumi Kikuchi, Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8964058
    Abstract: An on-board camera system includes an imaging unit configured to capture an image around a vehicle, a wide-angle image generation unit configured to generate a wide-angle image of a desired size by performing reduction processing of the image obtained by the imaging unit, a standard image generation unit configured to generate a standard image of the desired size by extracting an image of a predetermined region from the image obtained by the imaging unit such that an optical axis of the image and the image size are the same as those of the wide-angle image, and an application processing unit configured to execute application processing using each of the wide-angle image and the standard image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Patent number: 8960752
    Abstract: There is provided an interior decorative resin component allowing mounting holes to be further precisely bored on a mounting portion thereof without using a pattern paper. This interior decorative resin component comprises a mounting portion to be fixed to a pocket section of an instrument panel inside a vehicle, and an auxiliary portion having a shape conformable to the pocket section with a three-dimensional shape. This interior decorative resin component can be applied to even more types of vehicles due to an improved merchantability thereof. Particularly, the interior decorative resin component is easily mounted in a sense that positioning procedures thereof are reduced by a significant degree by not using a pattern paper, thus minimizing variations in the precisions of positioning performed by each worker. Further, costs spent on the pattern paper and parts such as jigs or the like can thus be omitted to improve a profit ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Ryoichi Enoki
  • Patent number: 8919870
    Abstract: Provided is a structure enabling mounting at a lower position and on a forward side of an opening section. A sunroof visor is to be installed in a vehicle including: the opening section formed on a roof portion; and a sunroof capable of freely opening the opening section. The opening section possesses an edge portion extending downward and having a thin-walled structure vertically composed of: corner edge sections as vertically short edges; slanted edge sections; and vertically elongated edge sections. The sunroof visor is to be fixed to the forward side of the opening section through brackets. Each bracket includes: an extended supporting portion extended forward from the opening section and used to fix the sunroof visor; and an engagement portion engageable with one vertically elongated edge section after being moved thereto from one corner edge section or slanted edge section, for coupling the sunroof visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Misono, Masahiro Abe, Hiroshi Takakura
  • Patent number: 8907840
    Abstract: An electronic scanning radar apparatus mounted on a moving object includes a receiver unit including a plurality of antennas receiving a received wave arriving from a target having reflected a transmitted wave, a beat signal generating unit generating a beat signal from the transmitted wave and the received wave, a frequency resolving unit resolving the beat signal into beat frequencies having a predetermined frequency bandwidth and that calculates complex data based on the beat signal resolved for each beat frequency, and an azimuth detecting unit estimating a wave number of the received wave based on singular values calculated from a matrix created based on the complex data calculated based on the beat signal and calculating a direction of arrival of the received wave based on coefficients calculated based on a pseudo-inverse matrix of the matrix included in a signal subspace determined by the estimated wave number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 8898878
    Abstract: There is provided a method for attaching an exterior component. When attaching an exterior component to a bumper, an attachment member for a first attaching hole of the bumper fixed to the vehicular main body is detached, and then the attachment member is inserted into a first through-hole of the exterior component and the first attaching hole and fixed, thereby temporarily fixing the exterior component. A marking is put on a temporarily fixed portion where a second through-hole faces the bumper, and the exterior component is temporarily detached. A third attaching hole is formed by boring a hole in the marking of the bumper, and then a well nut is fitted into the exterior component, enabling the exterior component to be attached through the first and second through-holes. Accordingly, the marking and positioning of the exterior component can be easily performed without detaching the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8897764
    Abstract: A system that links a mobile device with a vehicle on-board unit includes a data control section that restricts use of at least one of a plurality of registered application software products provided on the mobile device, and a data output section that outputs an indication representing the at least one registered application software product to a display section of the vehicle on-board unit when the at least one application software product is available according to conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Keiichi Takikawa
  • Patent number: 8882171
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle floor mat that can reliably maintain a fixed state and includes a mat main body and at least one fastening device for fastening the mat main body to a vehicle. The fastening device includes a first fastening member fixed to the vehicle and a second fastening member fixed to the mat main body. The first fastening member includes a rotating knob rotating about a vertical axis and a lever pivotally provided on an upper section of the knob. The second fastening member includes an insertion receiving section for the knob to be inserted thereinto, and engaged therewith by rotating the knob inserted into the insertion receiving section. A rotation of the knob in an engaged state is restricted by laying the lever. The knob and lever allow the mat main body to be fixed to the vehicle through a two-step fixation mechanism, thus enabling strong fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Access Corp., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Kana Harata, Tohru Ohba, Tatsuya Shiono, Hirobumi Kikuchi, Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8866901
    Abstract: A motion calculation device includes an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a range including a plane and outputs the captured image, an extraction unit configured to extract a region of the plane from the image, a detection unit configured to detect feature points and motion vectors of the feature points from a plurality of images captured by the image-capturing unit at a predetermined time interval; and a calculation unit configured to calculate the motion of the host device based on both of an epipolar constraint relating to the feature points and a homography relating to the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Azuma, Masatoshi Okutomi, Shigeki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8847815
    Abstract: An electronic scanning radar apparatus mounted on a moving object includes a receiving unit including a plurality of antennas receiving a received wave arriving from a target having reflected a transmitted wave, a beat signal generating unit generating a beat signal from the transmitted wave and the received wave, a frequency resolving unit resolving the beat signal in beat frequencies and to calculate complex data based on the beat signal resolved for each beat frequency, and an azimuth detecting unit calculating a direction of arrival of the received wave based on original complex data calculated based on the beat signal, wherein the azimuth detecting unit includes a data extending unit generating extended complex data by extending the number of data based on the original complex data, and a first computation processing unit calculating the direction of arrival of the received wave based on the extended complex data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 8836812
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an image acquiring unit, a storage unit, and an image processing unit, wherein the image region is divided into a plurality of sub-regions in the vertical direction, and wherein when the rectangular range set in the image region extends over two or more sub-regions, the image processing unit acquires the cumulative value at a pixel position in the lowermost sub-region of the two or more sub-regions by adding the cumulative values in the upper sub-regions at the pixel position in the same column of a lowermost row in the upper sub-regions, over which the rectangular range extends, to the cumulative value in the lowermost sub-region at the pixel position in the lowermost sub-region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Kanamoto, Tomokazu Mitsui
  • Patent number: 8737075
    Abstract: According to embodiments, there is provided an electronic component unit, including: a circuit board including: a heat generating element that generates a heat; and a bonding metal foil layer formed on a face thereof; a heat transfer board including: a board body having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the circuit board; an insulative layer formed on a first face of the board body; and a heat transfer metal foil layer formed to cover the insulative layer; and a heat sink, wherein the circuit board is assembled with the heat sink via the heat transfer board such that (1) the heat transfer metal foil layer is soldered to the bonding metal foil layer and (2) the second face of the board body is superimposed on the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Yamashita, Tamotsu Teshima, Amane Murao, Hiroshi Ishizaki, Takashi Honda, Hitoshi Kuroyanagi, Tomoyuki Masubuchi
  • Patent number: 8730096
    Abstract: An electronic scanning type radar device mounted on a moving body includes: a transmission unit transmitting a transmission wave; a reception unit comprising a plurality of antennas receiving a reflection wave of the transmission wave from a target; a beat signal generation unit generating a beat signal from the transmission wave and the reflection wave; a frequency resolution processing unit frequency computing a complex number data; a target detection unit detecting an existence of the target; a correlation matrix computation unit computing a correlation matrix from each of a complex number data of a detected beat frequency; a target consolidation processing unit linking the target in a present detection cycle and a past detection cycle; a correlation matrix filtering unit generating an averaged correlation matrix by weighted averaging a correlation matrix of a target in the present detection cycle and a correlation matrix of a related target in the past detection cycle; and a direction detection unit compu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Akimoto
  • Patent number: 8730099
    Abstract: An electronic scanning type radar device mounted on a moving body includes: a transmission unit transmitting a transmission wave; a reception unit comprising a plurality of antennas receiving a reflection wave of the transmission wave from a target; a beat signal generation unit generating a beat signal from the transmission wave and the reflection wave; a frequency resolution processing unit frequency computing a complex number data; a target detection unit detecting an existence of the target; a correlation matrix computation unit computing a correlation matrix from each of a complex number data of a detected beat frequency; a target consolidation processing unit linking the target in a present detection cycle and a past detection cycle; a correlation matrix filtering unit generating an averaged correlation matrix by weighted averaging a correlation matrix of a target in the present detection cycle and a correlation matrix of a related target in the past detection cycle; and a direction detection unit compu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Akimoto
  • Patent number: 8708386
    Abstract: An assist grip for a vehicle to which a force can be easily applied from above when a passenger gets in and out of the vehicle, facilitating the movement of the passenger at that time. The assist grip includes a grip main body 4 vertically provided along a door opening of a vehicle 2. The grip main body 4 includes the grip head portion 6. The passenger can vertically apply a force to the grip head portion 6 when getting in and out of the vehicle, and thus he/she is allowed to easily get in and out of the vehicle. Moreover, a supporting member 5 is provided in the grip head portion 6 and an attachment position of the grip head is adjustable in relation to the grip main body 4, enabling the attachment position to be adjusted according to a passenger's physical size, further improving its convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Jun Abe, Kazuya Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8698344
    Abstract: In a navigation apparatus having a cradle unit that is fastenable to a vehicle and is equipped with at least a microcomputer; and a front panel unit that is attachable to and detachable from the cradle unit and is equipped with at least a display displaying map data and a microcomputer performing a navigation function to indicate a determined location of the vehicle on the map data, it is configured such that a panel is integrally formed at bottom of the cradle unit to be attachable to the vehicle. With this, it becomes possible to provide the navigation apparatus configured such that a member having a microcomputer performing a navigation function is attachable/detachable to/from the main body, i.e., the base unit, thereby improving ease of use, that the member can be easily attached to the dashboard of the vehicle, and that unnatural impression is prevented from arising in the appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Jun Tokue, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Hiroaki Masuda, Yasuo Oishi, Yukihiko Suzaki
  • Patent number: 8666599
    Abstract: A driving support system includes a first, a second, and a third imaging units capturing images of front view, right rear view, and left rear view from the vehicle, respectively, a turn signal indicator operation detection unit detecting an operation state of a turn signal indicator of the vehicle, a steering control unit controlling a steering operation of the vehicle, a lane keeping support unit performing driving support for lane keeping, and a lane change support unit performing a lane change by instructing the lane keeping support unit to cancel lane keeping based on the the image of the rear view from the vehicle when an operation of the turn signal indicator is detected, and withholding a lane change and wait until there is no obstructing vehicle and then cancelling withholding of the lane change when it is determined that there is no obstructing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Patent number: 8655023
    Abstract: A road profile defining apparatus includes an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, a lane marking recognition unit configured to extract from the image a left lane marking located at a left end of one lane painted on a road and a right lane marking located at a right end of the lane, and a road profile determination unit configured to output gradient information indicating a gradient change of the road based on directions of the left and right lane markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Patent number: 8648745
    Abstract: An electronic scanning radar apparatus in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a frequency resolving unit resolves beat signals into beat frequencies having a predetermined frequency bandwidth and calculates complex data based on the resolved beat signals for each beat frequency. An azimuth calculating unit estimates a number of received waves based on eigenvalues of a matrix being part of a primary normal equation having complex data as elements calculated from the beat signals, creates coefficients calculated as a solution of a secondary normal equation of a signal subspace created based on eigenvalues and eigenvectors corresponding to the number of the estimated waves, and calculates a DOA of a received wave based on the created coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 8641117
    Abstract: There is provided an assist grip for a vehicle capable of gripping a grip main body easily when in use and applying force thereon and facilitating movement of getting off. The assist grip 1 for the vehicle includes the grip main body 2 for supporting getting out movement from the seat 51 of the occupant, which is provided in the lower part of the door opening 10 beside the seat 51, where the grip main body 2 is provided in a manner capable of raising and lowering in an outward direction of the vehicle. Accordingly, since the grip main body 2 falls outward of the vehicle at the time of use of the assist grip 1, a portion to which a hand of the occupant is applied becomes large, and a flexibility of posture change increases, and getting out of the occupant becomes easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Jun Abe, Hideki Oino
  • Patent number: 8639414
    Abstract: An operation apparatus includes image capturing device capable of capturing images of a plurality of mark members provided in assembled members in a compartment; determining device capable of determining individually whether each of the mark members is or is not shielded on the basis of the image data taken and outputted by the image capturing device; and operation instructing device configured to output an operation command to on-board devices in accordance with a result of the determining by the determining device. Accordingly, it is easy for an operator to understand operational steps, thereby effectively preventing an erroneous operation due to the operator's misunderstanding. Furthermore, it is possible to simplify a determination logic of the operation instructing device, and also possible to easily provide a retrofitted option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Suzaki, Yasuo Ooishi, Toshiaki Hosogai, Atsuki Kakinuma, Takeo Tokunaga
  • Patent number: D723402
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D724978
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Abe, Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D727761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Abe, Takayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: D765572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Masaru Umehara
  • Patent number: D774437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Tadashi Nakano