Honda Patents

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. develops, produces and manufactures motor products, including engines, scooters, motorcycles, passenger cars, light trucks, and power tools and products. It markets its automobile products under the Honda and Acura brands. The company also provides financing to support the sale of its products.

Honda Patents by Type

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  • Honda Patent Applications: Honda patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20150013862
    Abstract: A window cover for an automobile integrally includes: a front sheet to cover an outer surface of an automobile windshield; and a pair of side sheets to cover outer surfaces of left and right front door glasses, respectively. The side sheets are fixed to a vehicle body by a fixing device. The device includes a plate-shaped tab fixed to a rear edge of each side sheet. The tab is fixed by being inserted into a clearance between a rear edge of each of the front door glasses and a front edge of a rear door glass of a rear door placed rearward of the rear edge. Accordingly, convenience is improved because the cover can be easily attached to the vehicle body with the front and rear doors remaining closed, and workability is not deteriorated because the cover is not twisted or entwined when the front doors are opened or closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nomura, Daisuke Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150015706
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior image capturing device is provided with a detecting unit, such as a sensor microphone and a sensor camera, that detects a predetermined change n conditions of an occupant in a compartment of a vehicle, an exterior image capturing unit that continuously images the exterior of the vehicle compartment and generates a series of exterior images, and a storage unit that stores a part of the series of exterior images when the predetermined occupant's condition change is detected by the detecting unit. The vehicle exterior image capturing device may further include an interior image capturing unit that continuously images the interior of the vehicle compartment and generates a series of interior images. In the latter case, the storage unit also stores a part of the series of interior images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hatori, Fumihiko Aizawa, Tomohisa Kato, Tokio Isono, Yasuyo Mitsumori
  • Publication number: 20150010348
    Abstract: A structure securely attaches a component to an opening portion in a plate-shaped member without stripping or turning over the member. Each of a pair of mount members includes a first engagement portion engaged with a rear surface of the plate-shaped member and a second engagement portion engaged with the component. The component includes projecting portions to be fitted between the mount members, thus the component can be fixed against coming off by engagement of the second engagement portion and the component. The projecting portions inhibit the mount members engaged with the opening portion from moving, thereby preventing the mount members from coming off the opening portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takita, Shoji Yokoyama
  • Publication number: 20150010345
    Abstract: In a structure, which securely attaches a component to an opening portion in a plate-shaped member without stripping or turning over the plate-shaped member, each of a pair of mount members includes a first engagement portion engaged with a rear surface side of the plate-shaped member and a second engagement portion engaged with the component. The component includes projecting portions to be fitted between the mount members to enable fixing against coming off by engagement of the second engagement portion and the component. The projecting portions inhibit the mount members from moving so as not to come off the opening portion. Since the second engagement portion is formed from the multiple step portions engageable with the component, engagement with the component may be done even if plate thickness of the plate-shaped member varies, enabling fixing without backlash and improving versatility to the plate-shaped member having different plate thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takita, Shoji Yokoyama
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140297133
    Abstract: An automatic child lock device includes an electrostatic sensor installed in a seat of a vehicle, for detecting electrostatic capacitance; a detection unit that applies AC voltage to the electrostatic sensor and detects a voltage value from a current generated in the electrostatic sensor in response to the application; an occupant judgment unit that judges that an occupant seated in the seat is a child when the detected voltage value is lower than or equal to a threshold, and judges that the occupant is an adult when the detected voltage value exceeds the threshold; a locking judgment unit that judges whether or not a child lock mechanism installed in a door is in a locked state; and a locking control unit that performs a control to lock the child lock mechanism when the occupant is a child and the child lock mechanism is not in the locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oikawa
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140285373
    Abstract: An on-board radar apparatus includes an antenna unit configured by combining one of a lens and a reflector, and a plurality of antenna elements, a transmission and reception unit configured to emit a radio wave using, for at least one of transmission or reception, a partial antenna of a plurality of patterns configured by the antenna elements that are part of the plurality of antenna elements, and to receive a reflection wave obtained by reflection of the radio wave from an object, and a detection unit configured to detect the object based on the reflection wave received by the transmission and reception unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicants: Honda elesys Co., Ltd., National University Corporation Shizuoka University
    Inventors: Yoshihiko KUWAHARA, Hiroyuki KAMO
  • Publication number: 20140285372
    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: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi KAMBE
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140248535
    Abstract: An electrode active material has, as a main component, a mixture of an organic compound containing a rubeanic acid and cyanomethanesulfonylamide. The rubeanic acid is represented by the following general formula: In the formula, n indicates an integer between 1 and 20, and R1-R4 indicate hydrogen atoms, halogen atoms, or a prescribed substituent group such as a hydroxide group, a 1-3C alkyl group, an amino group, a phenyl group, a cyclohexyl group, or a sulfo group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicants: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,LTD., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaharu Sato, Tomoaki Onoue, Hidehisa Mokudai, Toru Sukigara
  • Publication number: 20140248536
    Abstract: An electrode active material has, as a main component, a mixture of an organic compound containing a rubeanic acid and oxamide. The rubeanic acid is represented by the following general formula: In the formula, n indicates an integer between 1 and 20, and R1-R4 indicate hydrogen atoms, halogen atoms, or a prescribed substituent group such as a hydroxide group, a 1-3C alkyl group, an amino group, a phenyl group, a cyclohexyl group, or a sulfo group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicants: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaharu Sato, Tomoaki Onoue, Masanori Mita, Hidehisa Mokudai, Toru Sukigara
  • Publication number: 20140224309
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a thin-film compound solar cell having an n-type buffer layer formed therein for providing a heterojunction with a p-type compound semiconductor light absorbing layer formed on a back electrode by applying a chemical bath deposition (CBD) process using an aqueous solution for dipping the light absorbing layer to deposit particles on the surface thereof. In this process, the temperature of the solution is controlled from low to high to increase sizes of the particles to be deposited on the light absorbing layer so as to form the buffer layer which possesses a high optical transmittance, tight adherence to the light absorbing layer and conformity with the transparent electrode formed thereon even if it would be made of InS material generally possessing a small bandgap and hard to pass light of short wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Aoki
  • Publication number: 20140229066
    Abstract: An electronic control device for an electric power steering apparatus includes a power relay connected between a positive electrode of an on-vehicle power supply and a first line connected to the positive electrode of the on-vehicle power supply, a capacitive element connected between the first line and a second line connected to a negative electrode of the on-vehicle power supply, and a control section configured to switch ON and OFF states of the power relay to thereby perform pre-charging of the capacitive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Harada
  • Publication number: 20140159972
    Abstract: An on-board radar includes a lens antenna which includes a lens, a substrate provided with a hole for disposing the lens, a plurality of parts provided on a portion of the substrate other than a portion on which the lens is provided, and a primary radiator which radiates electromagnetic waves onto the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: Honda elesys Co., Ltd., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHIZUOKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yoshihiko KUWAHARA, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140086715
    Abstract: An occupant transfer apparatus includes: guide rails arranged substantially along an up-down direction between a seat and a door; a slide unit raisable and lowerable along the guide rails; and a transfer board foldably supported by the slide unit. A long elastic member connects a floor panel and the slide unit, and elastic force of the elastic member biases the slide unit upward. By balancing the elastic force of the elastic member with the weight of an assisted person, the assisted person sitting on the transfer board can be raised and lowered with very small force. Moreover, because there is no need for a special drive source, the structure can be realized at low cost, and also be made compact. This prevents the structure from narrowing a vehicle-compartment space and obstructing an able-bodied person getting in and out of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Misonou, Shintaro Arimura
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140028493
    Abstract: An on-board radar apparatus includes a plurality of reception antennas that form a reception array antenna, the reception array antenna having two or more average pitches that do not have the relationship of integral multiplication, and an azimuth detecting unit configured to perform a phase shift so that an azimuth of the target is apparently changed by a predetermined angle, for a signal received by each reception array antenna, to perform an azimuth detection process of detecting the azimuth of the target based on the phase shift result, and to determine that the target is present in the azimuth detection range in the azimuth detection process when it is determined that the azimuths of the target detected based on the phase shift result for the signals received by the respective reception array antennas coincide with each other and to determine that the target is present outside the azimuth detection range when it is determined that the azimuths of the target do not coincide with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • 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: 8637204
    Abstract: In a solid polymer electrolyte membrane [film] type fuel cell of the invention, where a pair of electrodes are provided on opposite sides of a solid polymer electrolyte membrane [film], and the outside thereof is clamped by a pair of separators, and nonconductive picture frame-shaped members 61 are arranged at the outer edge portions of the separators, for allowing increase and decrease of a space between separators, while sealing a gap between the separators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiko Suenaga, Narutoshi Sugita, Takayuki Ogawa, Keisuke Andou, Masajiro Inoue
  • Publication number: 20130344385
    Abstract: An electrode active material has the general formula (I) or (II) in a constituent unit. In the formulas, X is C or Si; and Y1 and Y2, or Y3 and Y4 are different substituent groups selected from among S, O, Se, Te, NH, SR1?R2?, and SR3?R4?. R1 to R4 and R1? to R4? are predetermined substituent groups. Z is CH2, CF2, O, S, SO, SO2, Se, or N—Z? (where Z? is a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an oxygen radical). Thereby, high energy density, high output, and excellent cycle characteristics which has a small deterioration of capacity even in repeating charge and discharge are realized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicants: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Onoue, Masaharu Satoh, Toru Sukigara, Hidehisa Mokudai
  • Publication number: 20130300897
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8581777
    Abstract: In an electronic scanning radar apparatus, a receiving unit includes a plurality of antennas receiving a reflected wave arriving from a target having reflected a transmitted wave as a received wave. A beat signal generating unit generates beat signals from the transmitted wave and the received wave. A frequency resolving unit resolves the beat signals in 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 an order of a normal equation used to calculate a DOA of the received wave on the basis of eigenvalues of a primary order matrix having complex data calculated from the beat signals as elements, creates a secondary order normal equation based on the estimated order, and calculates the DOA of the received wave based on the created secondary order normal equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Kanamoto, Itaru Izumi, Hiroyuki Akimoto
  • Patent number: 8582586
    Abstract: In an onboard gateway apparatus, when data is received from one network, the received data is stored in the buffer. The buffer includes a first storage area for storing data in the order of priority of an identifier (ID) attached to the data and a second storage area for storing data in the order in which the data is received. A control means stores the received data in one of the first and second storage areas based on the attached identifier, and sends the data to another network in accordance with the priority of the ID of the data. As to data passing through the first storage area, sending in the order of priority is ensured. As to data passing through the second storage area, sending in the order in which the data is received is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michitaka Tsuboi, Makoto Ikeda, Yoshiaki Murata, Kazuhisa Yamamoto, Kazuo Hirabayashi, Tetsuya Yashiki, Kazunari Okada, Shuji Tomimatsu, Hiroshi Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20130287251
    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 windows, calculate a rectangular feature value, and extract a window in which a target object is recognized to be present using a classifier based on the calculated rectangular feature value through the use of a first recognition unit, and to calculate a predetermined feature value from the window extracted by the first recognition unit and recognize the target object using a classifier based on the predetermined feature value through the use of a second recognition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130278024
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Misono, Masahiro Abe, Hiroshi Takakura
  • Publication number: 20130278457
    Abstract: A direction detection apparatus includes antennas of a plurality of systems having polarization characteristics different from each other and configured to receive a signal reflected by an object, a determination unit configured to determine the polarization characteristic of the received signal, and an operation processing unit configured to select a detection range corresponding to the polarization characteristic which have been determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki KAMO
  • Publication number: 20130278456
    Abstract: A receiving and processing device includes an antenna extension unit configured to perform a process of arranging data of two or more continuous receiving antennas in which one or more intervals from one end are different from a regular interval at the other positions in a receiving antenna array in which a plurality of receiving antennas are arranged at two or more irregular intervals, a process of inverting phases of the arranged data of the two or more receiving antennas, a process of rearranging the phase-inverted data of the two or more receiving antennas so as to invert the arrangement of the data, a process of rotating the phases of the rearranged data of the two or more receiving antennas, and a process of connecting the phase-rotated data of the two or more receiving antennas to the data of the original two or more receiving antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8562073
    Abstract: A backrest frame is provided with a cushion plate of one substantially square plate form positioned behind the waist from the upper part of the back of a vehicle seat occupant, movably back and forth by way of a plurality of upper and lower parallel seat springs, one end of either one of a pair of right and left seat springs of the plurality of upper and lower parallel seat springs is connected to a pair of lower link mechanisms provided rotatably on the backrest frame, and a rear end collision sensor is formed by the cushion plate between the seat springs for moving a headrest forward, and a coupling part of the other end of the seat spring is directly attached to the lower link mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Niitsuma, Hirooki Negishi, Jinichi Tanabe, Koji Uno, Tatsuya Terauchi, Koji Sano
  • Patent number: 8562074
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided comprising a seat back frame having right and left side frames, a headrest for supporting a head of a seat occupant, and a back-and-forth movable plate member provided inside a backrest that is positioned at a rear of the seat occupant, wherein a backward movement of the plate reduces a distance between the head of the seat occupant and the headrest. The plate is attached to each side frame through a link member and a link support shaft swingably supports the link member. A bracket member that supports the link support shaft and is attached to the side frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Niitsuma, Hirooki Negishi, Jinichi Tanabe, Koji Sano, Koji Uno, Tatsuya Terauchi, Tomoki Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20130271310
    Abstract: An on-board radar apparatus includes a transmitting unit configured to transmit a transmitted wave, a receiving unit configured to receive a reflected wave obtained by causing an object to reflect the transmitted wave, to generate a reception signal, and to detect the object by performing a signal process on the reception signal, a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the on-board radar apparatus is located in a vehicle interior, and an adjustment unit configured to adjust transmitting characteristics of the transmitting unit or receiving characteristics of the receiving unit so as to compensate for an attenuation in a propagation path of the transmitted wave or the reflected wave when the determination result of the determination unit is affirmative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itaru IZUMI, Takeshi KAMBE
  • Patent number: 8558733
    Abstract: According to embodiments, there is provided a radar apparatus including: a transmission antenna configured to transmit an electromagnetic wave; a reception antenna configured to receive an electromagnetic wave when the transmitted electromagnetic wave has been reflected by an object; a reception wave acquisition section configured to acquire the received electromagnetic wave at specific intervals in time; a reception power calculator configured to compute the power of the received electromagnetic wave as a function of the acquisition time number by the reception wave acquisition section; a representative point extractor configured to extract plural representative points from the function; and a determination section configured to determine whether or not the object is an overhead object positioned higher than the optical axis of the receiving antenna based on the representative points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kamo, Takeshi Kambe
  • Publication number: 20130268173
    Abstract: An object detecting device includes a signal transmitting and receiving unit configured to generate intermediate frequency signals based on transmission signals obtained by frequency modulation in multiple modulation periods and reception signals corresponding to reflected waves of the transmission signals, a distance detecting unit configured to calculate distances based on peak frequencies of the intermediate frequency signals generated by the signal transmitting and receiving unit, and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the distances calculated by the distance detecting unit and corresponding to the multiple modulation periods are equal to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi KAMBE
  • Patent number: 8552907
    Abstract: In accordance with one of embodiments of the present invention, a frequency resolution processing unit calculates complex number data based on a beat signal caused by a receiving wave coming from a target and a transmission wave. A target detection unit detects a peak value from the intensities of beat frequencies, and then detects an existence of the target. The target link unit makes association between a target detected in the present detecting cycle and the target detected in the past detecting cycle. A direction estimating unit generates a generative complex number data based on the complex number data so as to correspond to a data generation unit. The direction estimating unit calculates, for each antenna, an incoming direction of the receiving wave based on each of normal equations formed by use of the complex number data of the beat frequency which an existence of the target is detected and the generative complex number data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Publication number: 20130257643
    Abstract: A radar apparatus includes a transmitting antenna, a triangular wave generating unit that generates a first modulated wave and a second modulated wave which are transmitted from the transmitting antenna at a predetermined interval, a receiving antenna that receives radio waves obtained by causing an object to reflect the transmitted first and second modulated waves, and a signal intensity calculating unit that makes a determination, on peaks equal to or greater than a predetermined value appearing in received signals which are received by the receiving antenna and which correspond to the first and second modulated waves, as to whether the peaks are due to a signal obtained by causing the object to reflect the transmitted wave emitted from a host radar device or the peaks are due to a signal obtained by causing a reflecting object including the object to reflect the transmitted wave emitted from another radar device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naofumi INOMATA, Takeshi KAMBE
  • Patent number: 8545238
    Abstract: An electronic device having a connector includes a case including an open end and a closed end, a circuit board housed in the case, an inner connector including a conduction terminal which is connected to the circuit board via a connecting portion, an outer connector including a contact face coming in contact with the circuit board, the outer connector being engaged with the open end, and a play preventing portion fixed in the case, and engaged with the circuit board by causing the circuit board to move from the open end to the closed end, wherein a position of the contact face is determined so that the circuit board is pressed by the contact face so as to cause the circuit board to be engaged with the play preventing portion, and the outer connector does not press the inner connector toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Takeda, Kenji Kumagai
  • Publication number: 20130229301
    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: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji KANAMOTO, Hiroyuki Akimoto