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.

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  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130229300
    Abstract: An on-board radar apparatus includes a plurality of reception antennas that form a reception array antenna that receives a reception wave obtained by causing an object to reflect a transmitted wave, 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 an azimuth detection process of detecting an azimuth of the target based on signals received by the respective reception array antennas, and to determine that the detected azimuth of the target is a real azimuth when it is determined that the azimuths of the target detected based on the signals received by the respective reception array antennas coincide with each other and to determine that the detected azimuth of the target is a pseudo azimuth when it is determined that the azimuths of the target detected based on the signals received by the respective reception array antennas do not coincide with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Itaru IZUMI
  • Publication number: 20130222173
    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: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130212221
    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: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA ACCESS CORP., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyasu Yamane, Shinichi Ueda, Hiroto Sakai, Masahiko Takagi
  • Publication number: 20130182896
    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: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8480160
    Abstract: There is provided a structure for mounting an attachment for vehicle capable of absorbing the marginal difference of a front spoiler and reducing the procedures for controlling the dimension of the front spoiler. The structure for mounting a front spoiler on a front bumper includes: a male clip provided on the front spoiler; an insertion hole provided on the front bumper for inserting the male clip therethrough; and a female clip engaged with the male clip and allowing the front spoiler to be held by the front bumper. The male clip is loosely inserted through the insertion hole and engaged with the female clip around the insertion hole via an abutting brim, thereby producing a gap between the insertion hole and the male clip, thus increasing the degree of freedom of positional adjustment, reducing the steps for mounting and controlling the accuracy of the attachment, reducing the overall cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Mitsuo, Ryoichi Adachi, Jun Takada, Masanori Seo
  • Patent number: 8466830
    Abstract: An electronic scanning radar apparatus includes a transmission unit configured to transmit a transmission wave, and a receiving unit including a plurality of antennas receiving a receiving wave coming from a target. The receiving wave is formed from a reflection wave of the transmission wave reflected at the target. A beat signal generation unit is configured to generate beat signals in response to the transmission wave and the receiving wave. A frequency resolution processing unit is configured to obtain complex number data calculated from beat frequencies having signal levels obtained by performing a frequency resolution for the beat signals based on a predetermined frequency width. A peak detector is configured to detect an existence of the target by detecting peak signal levels of the beat frequencies, and a direction detecting unit is configured to calculate an incoming direction of the receiving wave based on a normal equation having an order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 8464683
    Abstract: An engine balancer system is provided in which a balancer housing (17) disposed so as to face an oil pan beneath a crankshaft is formed by joining an upper housing (29) and a lower housing (30) via mating faces (P), and the height of the mating faces (P) is lower on a vehicle front side than on a vehicle rear side. Oil discharge holes (45a, 46) for discharging oil that is within the balancer housing (17) are formed in the mating faces (P) on the higher side of the balancer housing (17) and in the upper housing (29) above the mating faces (P) on the lower side of the balancer housing (17). This enables the position of the oil discharge hole (45a) on the lower side to be as high as possible, thereby suppressing penetration of oil into the interior of the balancer housing (17) through the oil discharge hole (45a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hisayuki Hashimoto, Tomoji Suganami, Haruo Watanabe, Kazuhito Okazaki
  • Publication number: 20130147426
    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: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Misono
  • Publication number: 20130142388
    Abstract: An arrival time estimation device includes an image input unit configured to input an image signal to each frame, an object detecting unit configured to detect an object indicated by the image signal input through the image input unit, and an arrival time calculating unit configured to calculate a rotation matrix indicating rotation of an optical axis of an imaging device that captures the image signal based on a direction vector indicating a direction to the object detected by the object detecting unit, to calculate a change in a distance to the object based on a vector obtained by multiplying a past direction vector by the calculated rotation matrix and a current direction vector, and to calculate an arrival time to the object based on the calculated distance change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130137489
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Honda Access Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130137415
    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: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
  • Patent number: 8451178
    Abstract: There is provided an antenna small in its size but capable of achieving sufficient gain. The antenna comprises antenna elements connected to a power source. The antenna elements comprise upstanding vertical sections connected to the power source and horizontal sections substantially parallel with a ground pattern and having one end thereof connected to an end portion of the vertical sections. The antenna elements further comprise short stubs provided away from the vertical sections toward the other end of the horizontal sections and connected to the ground pattern, and open-ended open stubs provided away from the short stubs toward the other end of the horizontal sections and extending from the horizontal sections toward the ground pattern. The antenna elements are made of a metal foil and are provided on an antenna board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Hiroto Sakai
  • Patent number: 8446312
    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: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Akimoto
  • Publication number: 20130119908
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides an electronic control unit for electric power steering, including: a first board which is mounted with first surface-mount components; and only one second board which is mounted with second surface-mount components having larger allowable current capacities than the first surface-mount components, which have approximately the same components mounting area as the first board, and which is layered with the first board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8442756
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus includes a base unit fastenable to a dashboard at a driver's seat of a vehicle, a front panel unit attachable to and detachable from the base unit and with a display displaying map data, and a microcomputer adapted to perform a navigation function to indicate a determined location of the vehicle on the map data. The navigation apparatus is configured such that a part of the front panel unit projects from a surface of the dashboard toward a user seated in the driver's seat, as viewed from side, when the front panel unit is attached to the base unit. With this, the degree of freedom of front panel unit attachment/detachment with respect to the base unit is improved without sacrificing the appearance of the navigation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Masuda, Jun Tokue, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Shuichi Watanuki, Yoshinori Takahashi, Tsutomu Kogure, Yasuo Oishi, Yukihiko Suzaki, Toshiaki Hosogai
  • Patent number: 8441395
    Abstract: An electronic scanning radar apparatus includes a transmission unit configured to transmit a transmission wave, a receiving unit including a plurality of antennas receiving an incoming wave coming from a target, a beat signal generation unit configure to generate beat signals in response to the transmission wave and the incoming wave, a frequency resolution processing unit obtaining complex number data calculated from beat frequencies having signal levels obtained by performing a frequency resolution for the beat signals based on a predetermined frequency width, a peak detector detecting an existence of a present target by detecting peak signal levels of the beat frequencies, a target link unit associating between the present target detected in a present detecting cycle and a past target detected in past detecting cycles; and a direction detecting unit calculating a direction of the incoming wave based on the weighted averaging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji Kanamoto
  • Publication number: 20130101376
    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: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Misono
  • Patent number: 8416328
    Abstract: According to the embodiments, there is provided an image processing apparatus including: an acquisition section configured to acquire 3×3 pixel block data to have one red pixel at a center; an estimation section configured to compute blue value differences between blue values of diagonal pairs of blue pixels in the block data, and to estimate a direction of a contrast boundary based on the blue value differences; and a processing section configured to compute a computed blue value based on the blue values of the four blue pixels within the block data according to the estimated direction of the contrast boundary, to compute a computed green value based on green values of two green pixels within the block data, and to output a color image pixel to have a red value of the red pixel and the computed blue and green values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Publication number: 20130082496
    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: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA GIKEN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA GIKEN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Patent number: 8412453
    Abstract: A navigation device includes a base unit 10 which is mounted to a body of a vehicle, a front panel unit 14 which is detachably mounted to and connected to the base unit 10, the front panel unit having a navigation function of displaying map data on a front panel and displaying a location of the vehicle on the map data, and an authentication unit 30 which performs authentication to confirm that the base unit 10 and the front panel unit 14 have been connected to each other and, when confirmed, permits operation of an electrical control unit of the vehicle. The navigation device can be used as an antitheft device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Suzaki, Yoshitaka Terasoma
  • Publication number: 20130076087
    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: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA GIKEN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TS TECH CO., LTD., HONDA GIKEN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130051695
    Abstract: An image compressing device includes a block generating unit configured to divide an image into blocks having a predetermined size and to generate data corresponding to a plurality of blocks, a discrete cosine transform unit configured to perform a discrete cosine transform on the data corresponding to the plurality of blocks generated by the block generating unit for each block and to generate frequency domain data of the image, and a data adjusting unit configured to extract only components of a limited frequency domain from the frequency domain data of the image generated by the discrete cosine transform unit and to generate compressed data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd. of YBP Hi-tech Center
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20130049396
    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: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Kana Harata, Tohru Ohba, Tatsuya Shiono, Hirobumi Kikuchi, Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130047372
    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: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Kana Harata, Tohru Ohba, Tatsuya Shiono, Hirobumi Kikuchi, Mitsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130033404
    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: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira ABE
  • Publication number: 20130026776
    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: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Jun Abe, Hideki Oino
  • Publication number: 20130020821
    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: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Jun Abe, Kazuya Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8356948
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a structure for mounting a camera on a vehicle, including: a base fixed to a vehicle body; a camera; a slide mechanism configured to allow the camera to slide in a sliding direction so as to be detachably engaged with the base; and a spring member configured to generate a pressing force in a direction perpendicular to the sliding direction between the base and the camera in an engaged state, thereby holding the camera with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignees: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoyasu Onishi, Tadahiro Matori
  • Publication number: 20130002470
    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: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi KAMBE, Kazuyuki SEKINE
  • Patent number: 8337099
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a structure for mounting a camera on a vehicle, the structure including: a base unit fixed to a vehicle body; a camera; a slide mechanism configured to allow the camera to slide in an attaching direction so as to be detachably engaged with the base unit; protrusions provided on one of the base unit and the camera, the protrusions being disposed at front left and right sides and rear left and right sides with respect to the attaching direction; and contact portions provided on the other of the base unit and the camera, the contact portions laterally contacting the front left and right protrusions and the rear left and right protrusions, respectively, thereby positioning the camera with respect to the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoyasu Onishi, Tadahiro Matori
  • Patent number: 8330609
    Abstract: A passenger detection system includes a satellite sensor circuit; and a master determination unit. The satellite sensor circuit includes an antenna electrode which is provided in at least one of a seating face or a back face of a seat; and an electric field generation unit which generates an electric field around the antenna electrode, and generates a current signal based on the electric field. The master determination unit includes a current detection unit which detects a variation of the current signal; and a control unit which determines a sitting situation of a passenger by comparing signal data with threshold data, the signal data being related to a current signal which flows based on the electric field which is obtained from the current detection unit and which is generated at the antenna electrode, the threshold data being related to the sitting situation of the passenger. The satellite sensor circuit and the master determination unit are connected via a power supply line and a ground line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Miyamori, Satoshi Baba, Shinji Kato, Shinya Deguchi, Shusuke Hayashida
  • Patent number: 8322786
    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 body provided inside a backrest that is positioned at a rear of the seat occupant, wherein a backward movement of the back-and-forth movable body forwardly moves the headrest to support the head of the seat occupant. The back-and-forth movable body is attached to each side frame through a link member and is provided with a backward protrusion protruding backward, and the backward protrusion extends laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    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: 20120300074
    Abstract: A detection apparatus includes a control unit configured to switch an exposure time of an imaging device at a predetermined time, an image acquiring unit configured to acquire image data captured under different exposure times, and an object detecting unit configured to detect objects from the image data of the different exposure times acquired by the image acquiring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd. of YBP Hi-tech Center
    Inventor: Keiichi HASEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20120300021
    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: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Publication number: 20120296522
    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: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi OTUKA
  • Publication number: 20120295469
    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: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya TAKEDA, Kenji KUMAGAI
  • Patent number: 8313140
    Abstract: A backrest frame 5 is provided with a cushion plate 31 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 34B of the plurality of upper and lower parallel seat springs is connected to a pair of lower link mechanisms 35 provided rotatably on the backrest frame 5, and a rear end collision sensor 40 is formed by the cushion plate 31 between the seat springs 34B for moving a headrest 4 forward, and a coupling part 39 of the other end of the seat spring 34B is directly attached to the lower link mechanism 35.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    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: 8308115
    Abstract: There is provided an in-vehicle holder support device to which an in-vehicle holder unit can be easily attached, with an improved rigidity thereof in an attached condition. In the in-vehicle holder support device, there is provided, in a base portion 12, a sloping surface 12c which slopes toward a side of a right seat frame cover 4 that is an object for attachment. An attaching portion 6 is allowed to slide via the sloping surface 12c and is guided to a gap G to be fitted thereinto. Besides, own weight of a pocket 2 can be certainly received by an opposed surface 14b that is formed flat in a holding portion 14. Thus, the pocket 2 can be easily attached to the in-vehicle holder support device and further rigidity of the in-vehicle holder support device 3 can be improved with the pocket 2 attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Goto
  • Patent number: 8304030
    Abstract: A bi-laterally surfaced substrate in which the first surface consists of one or more than one of cerium oxide, aluminum oxide, tin oxide manganese oxide, copper oxide, cobalt oxide, nickel oxide, praseodymium oxide, terbium oxide, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, iridium, platinum and gold and the second surface consists of one or more than one of ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, iridium, platinum and gold and micro channel micro component reactors including such substrates in a predetermined formed shape and methods for making the same utilizing a thermal spray on one side and a physical deposition process on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ting He, Eisuke Kimura, Tadashi Nomura
  • Publication number: 20120274501
    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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicants: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHIZUOKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yoshihiko KUWAHARA, Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Publication number: 20120268314
    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 being reflected and arriving from a target in response to the transmission wave, a control unit configured to select a beam element used for transmission and reception out of the plurality of beam elements so as to change a field of view, and a processing unit configured to apply a Fourier transformation to beam element data which are data of a received wave received through the beam element used for transmission and reception selected by the control unit 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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicants: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHIZUOKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yoshihiko KUWAHARA, Junji Kanamoto, Hiroyuki Kamo
  • Publication number: 20120268316
    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: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junji KANAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20120263383
    Abstract: A road profile defining apparatus includes an image acquisition configured to acquire an image, a lane marking recognition 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 configured to output gradient information indicating a gradient change of the road based on directions of the left and right lane markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Honda elesys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi OTUKA
  • Publication number: 20120257056
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes image acquisition units which are mounted in a vehicle, and each of which is configured to acquire an image, a vehicle information acquisition unit configured to acquire vehicle information indicating a movement state of the vehicle, and an image correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of image correction based on positional relationship between a first image acquired by one of the image acquisition units and a second image acquired by the other image acquisition units, wherein the positional relationship is estimated based on the vehicle information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA ELESYS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Otuka
  • Patent number: D669010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Tadashi Nakano
  • Patent number: D682178
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Access Corp.
    Inventor: Tadashi Nakano