Nissan Patents

Nissan Motor Company Ltd. manufactures and sells automobiles under the Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti brands.

Nissan Patents by Type

  • Nissan Patents Granted: Nissan patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Nissan Patent Applications: Nissan patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170175828
    Abstract: A vehicle lock-up clutch control device is provided to suppress engine racing when a lock-up clutch is engaged at the time a vehicle starts moving. The vehicle lock-up clutch control device is provided with a control unit that delays the rise in lock-up command pressure if a line pressure, which is the source pressure of the actual lock-up oil pressure, is rising when the lock-up clutch is engaged at the time the vehicle starts moving. The control unit executes a torque reduction in the engine at least during the delay in the lock-up command pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuzuru TOHTA
  • Publication number: 20170177958
    Abstract: A target detection apparatus acquires an image by imaging the surroundings of a vehicle, detects a self-position of the vehicle based on an amount of movement of the vehicle from an initial position thereof, and estimates a relative position of a target, located around the vehicle, with respect to the vehicle based on the self-position and information on a position of the target on a map. The target detection apparatus sets a detection area for the target within the image based on the relative position of the target with respect to the vehicle, and detects the target from the detection area. The target detection apparatus estimates error contained in the self-position based on the amount of movement of the vehicle from the initial position, and adjusts the size of the detection area for the target according to the error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Yamanoi, Hidekazu Nishiuchi, Toshiyuki Andou, Hiroshi Satoh, Haruo Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9685669
    Abstract: A power generation characteristic estimation device for fuel cell includes a reference characteristic setting unit for setting a reference power generation characteristic of a fuel cell, a current detection unit for detecting an actual current of the fuel cell, a voltage detection unit for detecting an actual voltage of the fuel cell, and a characteristic estimation unit for estimating an actual power generation characteristic of the fuel cell based on a voltage difference between a voltage on the reference power generation characteristic and an actual voltage at the actual current. The characteristic estimation unit estimates the power generation characteristic during a warm-up operation of the fuel cell when a pressure of a gas supplied to the fuel cell is not lower than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Michihiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9684837
    Abstract: A self-location calculating device projects a patterned light onto a road surface around a vehicle, as well as thereby captures and obtains an image of the road surface around the vehicle. Furthermore, the self-location calculating device detects a running condition of the vehicle. When it is determined that the vehicle is a running stable state, the self-location calculating device calculates a current position and a current attitude angle of the vehicle by adding an amount of change in an attitude to a predetermined initial attitude angle of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9685648
    Abstract: A bus bar attachment device includes a bus bar placing part for placing a bus bar onto a pallet, and a pressing part for causing first and second adjacent surfaces in the bus bar placed by the bus bar supply part to press against first and second adjacent wall surfaces in a bus bar positioning part of the pallet. The bus bar is placed by the bus bar supply part in a position where the first and second surfaces face the first and second wall surfaces in the bus bar positioning part, and the first and second surfaces are pressed the pressing part against the first and second wall surfaces in the bus bar positioning part to set the position of the bus bar relative to a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Automotive Energy Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kitagawa, Hiroyuki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9683861
    Abstract: An estimated route presentation apparatus including a control device is provided. The control device executes an image acquisition function to acquire a captured image captured by a camera provided on the vehicle, an estimated route calculation function to: detect an end part of a diagram displayed on a road surface from an image of the road surface included in the captured image; obtain a center of gyration of the vehicle traveling, on the basis of changes in the direction and distance of the movement of the end part as the vehicle travels; and calculate an estimated route of the vehicle with reference to the center of gyration, and a presentation control function to present the calculated estimated route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruhisa Takano, Akihiko Kouzai, Shinji Yasuhara
  • Publication number: 20170170495
    Abstract: A wet state control device for fuel cell includes a priority control unit for preferentially controlling either one of a pressure and a flow rate of cathode gas when a wet state of a fuel cell is adjusted, a water temperature control unit for controlling a temperature of cooling water when the wet state of the fuel cell is not completely adjustable by a control of the priority control unit, and a complementary control unit for controlling the other of the pressure and the flow rate of the cathode gas to complement a response delay of the water temperature control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya AOKI, Michihiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9677499
    Abstract: There is provided a control device of an engine that includes a turbo-supercharger and a variable valve mechanism, the control device including: a valve timing change means; an ignition timing change means; a fuel injection amount change means; an acceleration request detection means; a supercharging pressure detection means; and an acceleration control means that corrects, when the acceleration request is detected, retarding of ignition timing in a low supercharging region where the supercharging pressure is lower than a predetermined value, that completes the correction of the retarding of the ignition timing in a high supercharging region where the supercharging pressure is equal to or higher than the predetermined value to provide a valve overlap and that changes the fuel injection amount such that an air-fuel ratio at which a mixture air of a scavenging gas and an exhaust gas is easily burned within an exhaust passage is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsuyuki
  • Patent number: 9676292
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle control device is provided for controlling a drive system in a hybrid vehicle. The hybrid vehicle control device is provided with a hybrid control module that controls an operation start timing of a DC/DC converter at vehicle startup. When an ignition switch is pressed, after connecting a high power relay that is interposed between the motor/generator and the high power battery, the hybrid control module starts operation of the DC/DC converter upon determining that the outputtable electric power by the high power battery is a prescribed value or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Orita
  • Patent number: 9677611
    Abstract: A low friction assembly is desired. The present invention relates to a new low-friction lubrication assembly comprising a first member relatively slidable against a second member, the first member having chemical affinity with an OH-group on its sliding surface; and one or more oxygen containing compounds, provided on the sliding surface of the first member and being able to produce a tribofilm attached to the sliding surface of the first member through hydrogen bond interactions. Preferably the second member comprises a similar OH-terminated sliding surface wherein an oxygen containing compound (lubricant)-supported interface between the first and second sliding surfaces results in a H- and/or OH-terminated interface developing repulsive forces thereinbetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jean Michel Martin, Makoto Kano, Takumaru Sagawa, Masahiko Watanabe, Yutaka Mabuchi
  • Patent number: 9680150
    Abstract: To provide a means by which an electrical device such as a lithium ion secondary battery that has a positive electrode using a solid solution positive electrode active material can be provided with satisfactory performance in terms of rate characteristics while sufficiently making use of the high capacity characteristics that characterize solid solution positive electrode active materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9680167
    Abstract: A system for adjusting temperature of cooling-liquid comprises: a radiator; a cooling-liquid circulation flow-channel; a radiator bypass flow-channel; a thermostat valve; and a valve bypass flow-channel through which the cooling-liquid of the radiator bypass flow-channel is allowed to flow in a predetermined amount even if the thermostat valve is completely closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hayato Chikugo, Michihiko Matsumoto, Tetsuya Aoki, Masato Odashima, Shinichiro Takemoto
  • Patent number: 9679207
    Abstract: A traffic light detecting device includes an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of surroundings of a vehicle and a traffic light detecting unit configured to detect a traffic light from the image. The traffic light detecting unit extracts a synchronized pixel with a luminance which varies in synchronization with an alternating current cycle of electric power supplied to the traffic light, and sets a predetermined range including the synchronized pixel as a pixel group. The traffic light detecting unit, then, judges from the synchronized pixel whether or not the traffic light is present when the synchronized pixel is continuously extracted from the pixel group for a predetermined determination period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Oki, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9680168
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack includes cell units stacked on one another and each including a membrane electrode assembly and two separators defining gas passages on both sides of the membrane electrode assembly, a cooling fluid passage for flowing a cooling fluid provided between the separators of each adjacent two of the cell units, and a displacement absorber provided in the cooling fluid passage. The displacement absorber includes elastic protrusions provided in an array and configured to elastically absorb a displacement of the cell units in a stack direction, and flow-spread preventing protrusions provided in an array and configured to prevent the cooling fluid from flowing out of an active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keita Iritsuki, Yosuke Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 9679208
    Abstract: A traffic light detecting device includes an image capturing unit configured to repeatedly capture images in a travelling direction of a vehicle to obtain a series of multiple images and a traffic light detecting unit configured to detect traffic lights from the images. The traffic light detecting unit detects phase information of an electric power system used in an area around the vehicle including the traffic lights from a cycle of a luminance variation in the series of multiple images and extracts from the images a synchronized pixel with a luminance which varies in synchronization with an alternating current cycle of electric power supplied to the traffic light by using the phase information of the electric power system. The traffic light detecting device judges from the synchronized pixel whether or not the traffic light is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Oki, Hidekazu Nishiuchi
  • Patent number: 9677435
    Abstract: Cover (25) is mounted on wall surface (12) on the front side of cylinder block (10). Sub gallery (26) through which engine oil flows is formed between cover (25) and wall surface (12). Chain tensioner (17) is mounted on cover (25), and the engine oil in sub gallery (26) is supplied to chain tensioner (17) through oil supply port (31) formed through cover (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Mochida, Hideaki Tooyama
  • Publication number: 20170159541
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes: a cylinder block in which a cylinder is formed; a cylinder head including an intake port and an exhaust port, the cylinder head being integrally formed with the cylinder block; a water jacket covering circumferences of the cylinder, the intake port, and the exhaust port; a partition wall dividing the water jacket into a cylinder block side and a cylinder head side; and a knock sensor mounting boss provided on a side surface of the internal combustion engine, at a position on an extension line of the partition wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: YU KUBO, Takao ITO
  • Publication number: 20170162886
    Abstract: A control device for fuel cell includes, comprising a compressor configured to supply cathode gas to a fuel cell, a driving device including at least two compressor driving sources including a drive motor and a driving body using a power source other than the drive motor, the driving device configured to drive the compressor by the driving sources; and a control unit. The control unit configured to control a state of the power source on the basis of an operating state of the fuel cell, and the control unit selects the driving source to be used out of the compressor driving sources on the basis of the state of the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Youhei KANEKO
  • Publication number: 20170159549
    Abstract: A piston of a direct injection type diesel engine has a re-entrant type cavity, and a fuel injection nozzle with multiple nozzle holes is arranged on the center line thereof. The cavity has a lip portion, which is the portion thereof having the smallest diameter, positioned below a piston crown surface and a pocket portion formed above the lip portion. The pocket portion is positioned at a height to which a pilot injection injected prior to the top dead center under engine idling is directed, and the position of a wall surface is so set that a leading part of the injection spray does not collide strongly therewith. The fuel from the pilot injection temporarily stays in the pocket portion and moves into the cavity by means of a subsequent squish flow. Accordingly, an increase in unburned hydrocarbons is suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Isshou Uehara, Naohide Tsuji, Masahiko Emi
  • Publication number: 20170158082
    Abstract: An electric circuit used in a vehicle having an idling stop function of automatically stopping and automatically restarting an engine includes an electric generator, a first electricity storage capable of charging and discharging electric power generated by the electric generator, a second electricity storage connected in parallel to the first electricity storage, capable of charging and discharging the generated electric power, and having high durability against repetitive charge and discharge compared to the first electricity storage, an engine restarter, which is connected to the first electricity storage and the second electricity storage, configured to crank the engine at a time of the automatic restart, and a switch, which is connected between the engine restarter and the first electricity storage, configured to block a flow of current between the engine restarter and the first electricity storage. The switch includes at least a semiconductor switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko TAHARA
  • Publication number: 20170159829
    Abstract: Extraction valve (4) for an highlypressurised gas flowing from a compressed gas reservoir (2), having a pressure sleeve (9) hermetically sealed on one side and a mobile extraction piston (17), which by moving releases or seals an extraction cross-section, and which on the open side of the pressure sleeve (9) protrudes at least partially into the same. An anchor (16) made of magnetisable material which is mobile in the pressure sleeve (9); an anchor which co-operates with an electromagnetic coil (12). A pilot bore (23) in the extraction piston (17), which connects the inside of the pressure sleeve (9) to a discharge opening (8) for the extracted gas and a sealing element (24), which is pressed by a spring element (26) in a seal-forming manner against the pilot bore (23) and is released in case of movement of the anchor (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Philipp HAUSMANN
  • Patent number: 9673493
    Abstract: A battery temperature regulating device a battery module, a temperature detection device, a battery temperature regulating device, and a battery pack case. The battery temperature regulating device includes a cooling heat exchanger configured to cool air that passes therethrough, a condensed water reservoir configured to store condensed water generated in the cooling heat exchanger, and an air blowing device configured to blow the air in the vicinity of the cooling heat exchanger and the condensed water reservoir and circulate the air within the battery pack case. The battery temperature regulating device is configured to cool the air that passes through the cooling heat exchanger, drive the air blowing device to execute the cooling of the battery module when the temperature of the battery module is higher than a predetermined temperature, and drive only the air blowing device regardless of the temperature of the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Oshima, Kentaro Hatta, Qiye Yang, Yuuki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9670974
    Abstract: A device for controlling a start of a vehicle includes a rotation speed obtaining unit that obtains an actual engine rotation speed of the engine, a target rotation speed computing unit that computes a target rotation speed of the engine in the slip control, a control target value computing unit that computes a control target value, which is a target value for controlling the engine rotation speed to the target rotation speed based on the actual engine rotation speed and the target rotation speed, and an instruction value computing unit that computes an instruction value for the lock-up clutch necessary to control the engine rotation speed to the control target value based on the control target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takateru Kawaguchi, Akito Suzuki, Kenji Nakashima, Aki Hayakawa, Yasuhiro Endo, Hiroshi Sekiya, Akihiro Tanabe, Tetsuya Izumi, Masaaki Uchida
  • Patent number: 9673461
    Abstract: To prevent inflow of liquid water into a power generating portion even if the liquid water remains in a manifold, and to enable size reduction by making constant the contact or surface pressure. According to the present invention, in a fuel cell comprising a power generating section including an electrolyte membrane joined between an anode and a cathode, and a manifold to cause inflow and outflow of an hydrogen containing gas and an oxygen containing gas separately from each other to the anode and cathode; the manifold is formed with an inflow preventing portion to prevent inflow of a liquid water remaining in the manifold, into the power generating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigetaka Uehara, Hidetaka Nishimura, Kazuhiro Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9669756
    Abstract: A vehicle is constructed to include an upper body and an underbody underlying the upper body. The upper body includes a longitudinal first side section and an opposing longitudinal second side section, and the underbody has a first perimeter portion underlying the upper body's first side section and a second perimeter portion underlying the upper body's second side section. The vehicle further includes a lighting system for illuminating the ground beneath the vehicle. The lighting system includes one or more first side lighting elements mounted at the underbody's first side perimeter portion. At least one of the one or more first side lighting elements is oriented to emit light across the vehicle's underbody and illuminate the ground beneath the upper body's second side section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Oliverio, Randall Johnson
  • Patent number: 9669713
    Abstract: An auxiliary power pack for a vehicle includes an energy harvesting system for converting energy from an ambient environment into electrical power, a storage device in communication with the energy harvesting device for storing energy in response to the electrical power, and an output interface in communication with the storage device for supplying the stored energy to an electronic device. The power pack further includes a portable housing for the energy harvesting system, the storage device and the output interface. The housing is configured for removable mounting to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhargav Sura, Randall Johnson, Quan Cat, Nelson Phan, Sonia Rief
  • Patent number: 9670893
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with: an injection timing detection unit; an engine rotation speed detection unit; an engine load detection unit; and a storing unit for storing control data of the variation in optimal ignition timing with respect to engine speed and engine load, and control data of correction coefficient pertaining to optimal ignition timing with respect to the engine load at a specific fuel injection timing. Referring to the control data, the variation in the optimal ignition timing is determined based on the detected fuel injection timing and the detected engine rotation speed; and, referring to the control data, the variation in the optimal ignition timing is determined based on the specific fuel injection timing and the detected engine speed, and the deviation between the respective variation in the optimal injection timing is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9669746
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly is moveable between an uninstalled orientation and an installed orientation in which the storage compartment assembly is directly fastened to a side wall of a cargo area. The storage compartment assembly defines an opening along an upper end thereof providing access to the storage compartment. A lid is pivotally supported to the storage compartment assembly by a hinge mechanism. The hinge mechanism extends in a direction parallel to the side wall with the storage compartment assembly in the installed orientation. The lid is movable between a closed orientation covering the opening and concealing the storage compartment, and an open orientation uncovering the opening and exposing the storage compartment. The lid contacts the elongated support projection in the open orientation such that the lid is supported by the elongated support projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shawn Sterling
  • Patent number: 9669869
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension apparatus is constructed to improve stability and controllability. Suspension apparatus includes; a tire wheel to be equipped with a tire; a wheel hub mechanism to support the tire wheel; a first link member connecting the wheel hub mechanism and a vehicle body on a lower side of an axle in an vehicle up and down direction; a second link member connecting the wheel hub mechanism and the vehicle body on the lower side of the axle in the vehicle up and down direction and intersecting the first link member in a vehicle top view; and a steering rack moving in a vehicle widthwise direction and steering the wheel hub mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kageyama, Yutaka Mikuriya
  • Patent number: 9670860
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis apparatus applied to an internal combustion engine, including a supercharger, a communication path, an opening/closing valve, and a downstream intake air temperature sensor and not having a cooling device on the upstream side of the downstream intake air temperature sensor and conducting abnormality diagnosis of the downstream intake air temperature sensor diagnoses that the downstream intake air temperature sensor is abnormal if an operation state of the internal combustion engine is a low load and a low rotation region and a detected value of the downstream intake air temperature sensor is at a predetermined high temperature or more and prohibits the subsequent abnormality diagnosis if the operation state of the internal combustion engine becomes a higher load or a higher rotation than the low load and low rotation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiko Kubota
  • Patent number: 9670865
    Abstract: In a hybrid electric vehicle in which an internal combustion engine and an electric motor/generator are connected via a clutch, the controller performs the following processing before the operation of the internal combustion engine stops in a stationary state of the vehicle while the clutch is engaged. Specifically, it is determined whether or not the clutch can be disengaged within a predetermined time period. If the clutch can be disengaged within a predetermined time period, the clutch is disengaged. If the clutch cannot be disengaged within the predetermined time period, a driving torque of the internal combustion engine is lowered to an engine stoppable torque set in advance while the clutch is engaged. Then, the operation of the internal combustion engine stops. Through this control, it is possible to prevent a vibration sound or an abnormal sound that may be generated when a driver turns off the ignition button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Amemiya
  • Patent number: 9670868
    Abstract: When a first automatic stopping condition is established while a vehicle (1A, 1B) is stationary or a second automatic stopping condition is established during travel, an internal combustion engine (2) of the vehicle is automatically stopped. The first automatic stopping condition is established when a battery voltage or a battery state of charge of a battery (21) equals or exceeds a first threshold, and the second automatic stopping condition is established when the battery voltage or the battery state of charge of the battery (21) equals or exceeds a second threshold. By setting the second threshold to be greater than the first threshold, opportunities for automatically stopping the internal combustion engine (2) are secured while satisfying a power requirement of an electrical load (26, 27) during restarting of the internal combustion engine (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Patent number: 9670872
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine (1) is designed so that the center axis P of a cylinder (4) is offset relative to a main journal part (2a) of a crankshaft (2). A bearing cap (17) is designed so that the side toward the cylinder center axis from a main bearing part (18) is secured to a bulkhead (7) by two fastening bolts (24a, 24c) while the side away from the cylinder center axis from the main bearing part is secured to the bulkhead by one fastening bolt (24b) and that the bearing cap securing force on the side toward the cylinder center axis from the main bearing part (18) is greater than the bearing cap securing force on the side away from the cylinder center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Hoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9669720
    Abstract: A V2X system includes an electrical power distribution system configured to draw electrical power from a grid, support the supply of the drawn electrical power to one or more primary electrical systems and support the exchange of electrical power with a battery bank including at least one rechargeable vehicle battery. A controller manages the exchange of electrical power between the electrical power distribution system and the battery bank by identifying a change rate in electrical power drawn by the electrical power distribution system from the grid, selecting an amount of electrical power for the electrical power distribution system to exchange with the battery bank based on the change rate, and signaling for the exchange of the selected amount of electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Higashi, Yukinari Kato
  • Publication number: 20170152787
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes: a cylinder block in which a cylinder is formed; a cylinder head including an intake port and an exhaust port, the cylinder head being integrally formed with the cylinder block; a water jacket covering circumferences of the cylinder, the intake port, and the exhaust port; and a partition wall dividing the water jacket into a cylinder block side and a cylinder head side, the partition wall being inclined so that an exhaust port side is positioned nearer to a cylinder head side than an intake port side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu KUBO, Takao ITO
  • Patent number: 9662700
    Abstract: A thin plate-shaped substrate molding device for pressing molding a pre-molded article to a prescribed irregular shape. The thin plate-shaped substrate molding device comprises a first die, a second die, a plurality of tensioning portions and a controller. The first and second dies are movably disposed to be moved towards and away from each other. The second die has protruding portions that protrude towards the first die for forming stretched portions and forming bent portions. The controller controls the first die, the second die and the tensioning portions. The bent portions are tensioned and stretched by the tensioning portions, while the stretched portions of the pre-molded article are still pressed by the first die and the protruding portions of the second die, to impart the shape of the protruding portions to the pre-molded article along the side edges of the protruding portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Taguchi, Masaaki Yoshitome, Manabu Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9663098
    Abstract: A control system for a plug-in hybrid vehicle includes a drive system including a starter motor, a transverse engine, and a motor/generator, and a power supply system including a high voltage battery, a capacitor, and a hybrid control module that controls charging and discharging of the capacitor. A cell voltage monitor for detecting the voltage of the capacitor is provided, the control system being capable of normal external charging and quick external charging of the high voltage battery. The hybrid control module starts the starter, performs charge and discharge control, and maintains a capacitor voltage at and above a starter start-up enabling voltage at which it is possible to start the starter during ignition off and external charging is set to the quick external charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kodawara
  • Patent number: 9664123
    Abstract: A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle with an engine includes a target engine output calculation unit configured to calculate a target engine output based on a target drive force, a vehicle speed and an air density, and a target engine torque calculation unit configured to calculate a target engine torque based on the target engine output and the air density. The target engine output calculation unit is configured to set a smaller target engine output when the air density is low than when the air density is high, and the target engine torque calculation unit is configured to set a larger target engine torque when the air density is low than when the air density is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo Kageyama, Takahiro Yoshino, Masashi Ono, Masahiro Iriyama
  • Patent number: 9662998
    Abstract: A drivetrain from a drive source to drive wheel is provided with a motor-generator for implementing regeneration during deceleration and an automatic transmission having an engaging clutch as a shifting element. The electric vehicle has a gear shifting controller that is programmed to assess whether to grant gear shifting permission based on whether a deceleration grade difference occurring as a result of a reengagement gear shifting is less than a prescribed acceptable deceleration fluctuation when a reengagement gear shift request involving disengaging or engaging the meshing clutch is made during deceleration or regeneration. Shifting is initiated according to the gear-shift request if a decision to grant gear shifting permission is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryohey Toyota
  • Patent number: 9664169
    Abstract: An engine start control system includes a manual transmission, an upper switch, a lower switch, and an engine start control unit. The upper switch detects a pedal depression start operation by detecting a resting foot state from a foot released state. The lower switch detects a pedal depression terminating operation when the clutch pedal is depressed to an end position. The engine start control unit is configured to start the engine from a stopped state when signals of the upper switch indicates the pedal depression start operation and of the lower switch indicates the pedal depression terminating operation, and the engine start control unit being configured to prohibit starting of the engine, when the signal of the upper switch indicates switching from the foot released state to the pedal depression start operation, in response to detection of the signal of the lower switch indicating the pedal depression terminating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Hosaka, Hiromoto Shimizu, Munemitsu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9664744
    Abstract: A cell module includes a unit cell, a sensor, a calculation device, a storage device, an assessment device and a controller. The sensor is connected to the unit cell. The calculation device is for calculating a value indicating the state of the unit cell on the basis of a value measured by the sensor. The storage device is for recording calculated values calculated by the calculation device. The assessment device is for assessing illegitimate usage of the cell module. The controller is for controlling the calculation device, the storage device, and the assessment device, the control device deleting calculated values recorded in the storage device and prohibiting recording of calculated values to the storage device when the assessment device assesses that illegitimate usage has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasutaka Nakamura, Jyun Ikezawa, Daijirou Sakurai, Junya Kohno, Naoki Nishio, Toshifumi Fukushige, Yoshio Shimoida
  • Patent number: 9665781
    Abstract: A moving-body-detecting device is provided with an image capture unit, an image conversion unit, a three-dimensional-object-detecting unit, a turn detecting unit, and a control unit. The image capture unit captures images of the rear side of a vehicle. The image conversion unit performs viewpoint conversion of the captured images into bird's-eye view images. The three-dimensional-object-detecting unit generates differential waveform information based on a differential image of bird's-eye view images taken as different points in time, and detects three-dimensional objects based on the differential waveform information. The control unit suppresses detection of the three-dimensional object based on the differential waveform information, in cases in which turning of the vehicle has been detected as compared with cases in which the vehicle is not turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Chikao Tsuchiya, Masanori Furuya, Osamu Fukata
  • Patent number: 9666066
    Abstract: An unexpectedness prediction sensitivity determining apparatus determines a standard driving operation level of a driver when turning to the right or left at an intersection for each intersection based on intersection travel information received from plural vehicles. Subsequently, the unexpectedness prediction sensitivity determining apparatus determines the unexpectedness prediction sensitivity of the driver when turning to the right or left at the intersection based on the intersection travel information associated with the intersections where determined standard driving operation levels of the drivers are identical to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Machiko Hiramatsu, Takashi Sunda
  • Patent number: 9667079
    Abstract: A charge control device includes a charge state (SOC) calculation unit that calculates the SOC of a battery using the voltage and current of the battery. A chargeable power calculation unit calculates the power with which to charge the battery and a charge power calculation unit calculates the charge power to be supplied from the charger. A charge time calculation unit uses a map that correlates in part combinations of charge state values and charge power values to output charge time values is used by the charge state calculation unit when the chargeable power is greater than the outputtable power. When the chargeable power for charging is less than the outputtable power, the charge time calculation unit calculates the remaining charge time by using the map to reduce the remaining charge time determined from the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takano, Tsutomu Soga
  • Patent number: 9666917
    Abstract: In air cells which are stacked on one another and used as an assembled battery, an electrolytic solution layer is formed between a positive electrode material and a negative electrode material, and one or two or more deformation prevention materials are arranged for preventing deformation by abutting the positive electrode material or the negative electrode material or abutting both of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Miyazawa, Keita Iritsuki, Tomokatsu Himeno, Mori Nagayama, Yoshiko Tsukada
  • Patent number: 9666858
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a secondary battery according to the present invention has a collector and a negative electrode active material layer formed on a surface of the collector and containing negative electrode active material particles. In the negative electrode active material layer, an insulating material is arranged between the negative electrode active material particles so as not to develop conductivity by a percolation path throughout the negative electrode active material layer. It is possible in this configuration to effectively prevent the occurrence of a short-circuit current due to an internal short circuit and the generation of heat due to such short-circuit current flow in the secondary battery while securing the battery performance of the secondary battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ohara, Sohei Suga, Yasuo Ohta, Tomoya Kubota, Kazuyuki Sakamoto, Takaaki Abe, Satoru Ichikawa, Kenji Hosaka, Kosuke Hagiyama, Hiroshi Miyakubo
  • Patent number: D788657
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Genta Oohashi, Koji Wakabayashi, Tooru Yamashita
  • Patent number: D789259
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuniharu Seo
  • Patent number: D789844
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Sakai, Masaki Aikawa
  • Patent number: D789845
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Genta Oohashi, Koji Wakabayashi, Tooru Yamashita