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).
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  • Patent number: 9634348
    Abstract: A battery pressing device for pressing a battery cell, the battery cell including an external casing, an electrolyte, a battery element in which electrodes and a separator are arranged in layers in the external casing, electrode terminals extending out of the external casing from an end of the battery element, and an insulating member for preventing short-circuiting of the electrode terminals attached to the electrode terminals inside the external casing, the battery pressing device includes a pressing member configured to press the battery cell in a layering direction of the battery element over a region so as to avoid pressing the insulating member inside the external casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Automotive Energy Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yasooka, Hiroki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9630235
    Abstract: A roller hemming processing apparatus adapted to perform a hemming processing has a hemming die, on which a panel-like workpiece having a hemming flange portion on a periphery portion thereof, is positioned and supported, a roller hemming processing tool that is moved along a longitudinal direction of the hemming flange portion to bend the hemming flange portion at a root portion thereof while pressing the hemming flange portion toward the hemming die, and a nesting block disposed at a part of the periphery of the hemming die. The nesting block performs positioning of the workpiece by being brought into contact with the root portion of the hemming flange portion with which the workpiece is formed. The nesting block is elastically supported to be retractable in the pressing direction and to be swingably displaceable in the longitudinal direction of the hemming flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryoji Takai, Kazuya Aoki
  • Patent number: 9630653
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a sill structure, a roof rail structure, a pillar structure, and a reinforcement member. The roof rail structure has a box section defining a roof rail cavity. The pillar structure has a box section defining a pillar cavity in communication with the roof rail cavity. The reinforcement member extends through the pillar cavity and the roof rail cavity, the reinforcement member having a first end rigidly attached to the sill structure, and a second end terminating in the roof rail cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Emily Redmer, Taiji Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9630498
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vehicle operation assistance information management may include a vehicle, which may include a primary graphical display portion and a secondary graphical display portion. Vehicle operation assistance information management may include identifying vehicle operation assistance information, identifying an immanency, an urgency, and a utility for the vehicle operation assistance information. The urgency may indicate an advance urgency, and a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the secondary graphical display portion. The urgency may indicate an advisory urgency or a warning urgency, a first portion of a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the primary graphical display portion, and, subsequently, and a second portion of a graphical representation of the vehicle operation assistance information may be presented via the secondary graphical display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Heather Konet, Adrian Tan, Roy Goudy, Andrew Christensen, Neal Probert, Jeremy Chambers
  • Patent number: 9634342
    Abstract: A fuel cell system estimates a characteristic of an electric power generation of a fuel cell before a supply of an electric power is permitted from the fuel cell to an outside load, restricts or prohibits characteristic of the electric power generation of the fuel cell when a temperature of the fuel cell is equal to or lower than a first prescribed temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9630484
    Abstract: A vehicle engine mount structure includes a motor mount assembly, a motor bracket and a heat shield. The motor mount assembly has a first attachment part with a fastener receiving aperture, a vibration absorbing section and a second attachment part spaced apart from the first attachment part. The motor bracket has a first flange portion configured to support a vehicle engine and a second flange portion configured to attach to the second attachment part of the motor mount assembly. The heat shield is dimensioned to at least partially overlay the vibration absorbing section of the motor mount assembly and overlay the fastener receiving aperture with the heat shield being disposed between the motor mount assembly and the second flange portion of the motor bracket, and with the second flange portion of the motor bracket attached to the second attachment part of the motor mount assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Antonio Flores Valdez, Patrick Knight, Jeffrey Mazur, Tyler Burns
  • Patent number: 9630563
    Abstract: A vehicle center console includes a tray hinge that supports a tray for pivoting movement about a tray axis, the tray hinge being a friction hinge restricting movement of the tray. The tray is moveable between a lowered orientation where the tray is completely located within a storage compartment and at least partially covering a lower portion of the storage compartment, and a raised orientation at least partially extending out of the storage compartment and exposing the lower portion of the storage compartment. A lid hinge structure is attached to the main body and to a lid such that the lid moves about a lid axis relative to the center console. The lid is movable from a closed orientation covering the storage compartment and the tray, and an open orientation exposing the tray and the upper portion of the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsiao-Tung Yang, Jessica Buza
  • Patent number: 9630511
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-grid system connected to a power grid includes a first vehicle group of one or more vehicles connected to the power grid, a second vehicle group of one or more vehicles connected to the power grid, and a vehicle-to-grid controller. The vehicle-to-grid controller causes each vehicle from the second vehicle group to supply electrical power to the power grid at a nominal frequency and at an adjusted amplitude, and causes each vehicle from the first vehicle group to supply electrical power to the power grid at an adjusted frequency that is different than the nominal frequency and at a nominal amplitude that is different than the adjusted amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Higashi
  • Patent number: 9630564
    Abstract: A compartment housing defines a compartment opening. A pivoting structure is disposed within the compartment housing for pivoting movement about a pivot axis that extends through the compartment housing. The pivoting structure has first, second and third walls that extend away from the pivot axis. Distal edges thereof are spaced apart from one another relative to a circumferential direction about the pivot axis. The pivoting structure pivots between a first orientation and a second orientation. In the first orientation: the first and second walls are exposed thru the compartment opening; the third wall is concealed within the compartment housing; and a storage space between the second and third walls is concealed within the compartment housing. In the second orientation: the second and third walls, and the storage space are exposed thru the compartment opening; and the first wall is concealed within the compartment housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra Cano
  • Patent number: 9633559
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating projected vehicle transportation network information for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network may include receiving a remote vehicle message including remote vehicle information indicating remote vehicle geospatial state information and remote vehicle kinematic state information, identifying host vehicle information including host vehicle geospatial state information and host vehicle kinematic state information, generating projected vehicle transportation network information representing a portion of the vehicle transportation network based on the remote vehicle information and the host vehicle information, and traversing a part of the portion of the vehicle transportation network represented by the projected vehicle transportation network information using the projected vehicle transportation network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Chambers, Roy Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen
  • Publication number: 20170106786
    Abstract: A vehicle information presenting device used for an automated driving vehicle that automatically performs traveling control of the vehicle based on a traveling state of the vehicle and information on an outside of the vehicle includes: a steering wheel; a light-emitting unit that is disposed in the steering wheel and emits light; and a light-emitting control unit that causes the light-emitting unit to emit light, wherein the light-emitting control unit changes a light-emitting state of the light-emitting unit to induce a driver to switch from automated driving to manual driving in accordance with a system state of the automated driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihiko Ebina
  • Patent number: 9623809
    Abstract: A storage compartment assembly has a main body including an inboard panel and an outboard panel defining a storage compartment therebetween. With the storage compartment assembly installed to a side wall, at least a first portion of the main body extends under an overhanging portion of the side wall and a second portion of the main body extends inboard relative to the overhanging portion over an area of a cargo area floor. An upper end of the first portion of the storage compartment assembly includes at least one upwardly extending projection that extends upwardly adjacent to the overhanging portion within a space between the upper end of the side wall and a utility attachment track such that the utility attachment track restricts movement of the upper end in an inboard direction with the storage compartment assembly installed to the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Sterling, Robert Speights
  • Patent number: 9623867
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle clutch control device includes an engine, a motor generator, a first clutch, a second clutch and at least one controller. The first clutch interrupts a torque transmission between the engine and the motor generator. The second clutch interrupts the torque transmission between the motor generator and driving wheels. The controller starts the engine using torque from the motor generator, when switching from an electric vehicle mode to a hybrid mode. When starting the engine accompanying an accelerator depression, the allocation of the transmission torque capacity of the second clutch is increased when the accelerator position opening amount is equal to or less than a predetermined accelerator position opening amount, as compared to when exceeding the predetermined accelerator position opening amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ashizawa, Yutaka Takamura
  • Patent number: 9623777
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly has a seat bottom frame, a seat suspension structure, a strap structure and a cushion material. The seat suspension structure is fixed to the seat bottom frame and extends through a seat cushion receiving area of the seat bottom frame. The strap structure is attached to one of a front frame portion of the seat bottom frame and a front end of the seat suspension structure, and is attached to one of a rear frame portion and a rear end of the seat suspension structure. The strap structure extends through the seat cushion receiving area and is slack with a passenger seated on the cushion material. Downward movement of the seat cushion in response to a rapid change in momentum causes the strap structure to become taught restricting further downward movement of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Sammons
  • Patent number: 9623787
    Abstract: A tie-down assembly includes a clamping member configured to engage an accessory track of a vehicle. The clamping member is movable between engaged and disengaged positions. A cleat receives the clamping member and has a first side that engages the accessory track. A shaft of the clamping member passes through the cleat. A tightening member receives a free end of the shaft of the clamping member. The tightening member engages the shaft on a second side of the cleat opposite the first side. An indicator is fixed to the clamping member and is movable with the clamping member between a locked position in which the clamping member is in the engaged position and an unlocked position in which the clamping member is in the disengaged position. The indicator indicates the locked and unlocked positions when viewed from the second side of the cleat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Shawn Sterling
  • Patent number: 9623734
    Abstract: A sunroof structure for a vehicle has a left side frame disposed on a left side of a vehicle body roof, extending along a vehicle front-rear direction, a right side frame disposed on a right side of the vehicle body roof, extending along the vehicle front-rear direction, a roof panel disposed between the left side frame and the right side frame, having a sunroof opening, a sunroof disposed in the sunroof opening and having at least two glass panels arranged next to each other in the vehicle front-rear direction, in which at least a foremost glass panel of the at least two glass panels is configured to be openable and closeable, and a sunroof side rail disposed below a peripheral portion of the sunroof opening, extending along the vehicle front-rear direction, and having a drain groove and a drain portion configured to discharge water accumulated in the drain groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Tomokazu Maeda, Kozo Ohdoi, Takashi Sasaki, Toru Shibue
  • Patent number: 9623767
    Abstract: A torque control apparatus is provided which facilitates a positioning between a position of the vehicle and a predetermined parking position when the vehicle is parked. The torque control apparatus according to the present invention includes: accelerator opening angle detecting means for detecting an accelerator opening angle; torque setting means for setting a torque to drive the vehicle (100) on a basis of an accelerator opening angle detected by the accelerator opening angle detecting means; and torque control means for correcting the torque set by the torque setting means in accordance with the relative position between the predetermined parking position and the position of vehicle (100), and driving the vehicle (100) according to the corrected torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Imazu, Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9627695
    Abstract: An electrical conductive member (20) includes a metal substrate (21), an intermediate layer (23) formed on the metal substrate (21), and an electrical conductive layer (25) formed on the intermediate layer (23). The intermediate layer (23) contains a constituent of the metal substrate (21), a constituent of the electrical conductive layer (25), and a crystallization inhibiting component that inhibits crystallization in the intermediate layer (23). According to this configuration, the electrical conductive member having excellent electrical conductivity and resistance to corrosion can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomokatsu Himeno, Keisuke Yamamoto, Atsushi Miyazawa, Motoki Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 9626823
    Abstract: A system and method of predicting future demand of a charging station include collecting probe data from a plurality of electric vehicles. The probe data includes charging activity history of the plurality of electric vehicles. A usage pattern of a charging station is determined based on the probe data for the charging station. A future demand for the charging station is predicted by applying the usage pattern to a factor associated with a requesting electric vehicle. The predicted future demand for the charging station is provided to the requesting electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Daisuke Saito, Toshiro Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 9627151
    Abstract: An electrical storage module in which a plurality of electricity storage elements are electrically connected by conductive member, includes: a voltage detection board having voltage detection conductor that detects terminal voltage of the electricity storage element; a first external threaded component that connects the voltage detection conductor of the voltage detection board to the conductive member; and a cover that covers the voltage detection board; wherein: the cover is made from an insulating material; the conductive member has a first internal threaded portion into which the first external threaded component is to be screwingly engaged; and the distance between the inside surface of the cover that faces a head portion of the first external threaded component and an upper surface of the head portion of the first external threaded component is shorter than the distance between an end portion of the first internal threaded portion towards the cover side and an end of shaft portion of the first external
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eisuke Sengoku, Toshikazu Maeshima, Hiroshi Hoshi, Akira Kotaki, Shigeyuki Kiyota, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Toyoki Iguchi, Hiroaki Saitou, Masayoshi Saeki
  • Patent number: 9627684
    Abstract: An anode active material for a lithium-ion battery cell comprises low density silicon. The anode active material is provided in an anode for a lithium-ion battery. Also disclosed are methods of making the anode active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nagappan Ramaswamy, Peter Aurora, Taehee Han
  • Patent number: 9625539
    Abstract: A magnet evaluating device evaluates an evaluation magnet by passing the evaluation magnet, which is formed by connecting a plurality of magnetic sections with insulating material in between, and a master magnet of the same form through an alternating magnetic field generated by an excitation coil, measuring the eddy current occurring in the magnetic section as voltage or current occurring in a detection coil and comparing the measured value for the evaluation magnet and the measured value for the master magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Higaki, Kimio Nishimura, Masahiro Omata, Hideki Watanabe, Yasuhisa Koike, Takashi Sekikawa, Yasushi Matsushita, Akihisa Hori, Takumi Ohshima, Michito Kishi, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Hiroaki Shibukawa, Kazuhiro Takaichi, Hideo Sakuyama, Yuhei Yamane, Yoshito Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9627706
    Abstract: A method is provided for manufacturing a fuel-cell stack that has a laminate including of a plurality of fuel cells that are laminated together. In each of these fuel cells, an MEA has an anode and a cathode joined respectively to the two sides of an electrolyte membrane is sandwiched between a pair of separators. The aforementioned method has the following steps: a sealing member layout step, in which fuel cells with sealing members applied at least between adjacent fuel cells are laminated together, forming a fuel cell module; and a pressure application step, in which pressure is applied to the fuel cell module in the lamination direction of the fuel cells, forming sealed regions from the sealing members. The lamination-direction thickness of the fuel cell module is controlled by controlling the amount of pressure applied to the fuel cell module in the pressure application step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Ichihara, Akio Hoshina, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kazuhiro Kageyama
  • Patent number: 9627902
    Abstract: A method for controlling charge after judging as to whether a charging cable CC connected to a charging inlet E1 of a vehicle conforms to standards has detecting whether a control signal is outputted from the charging cable CC and whether power is supplied from the charging cable CC after the charging cable CC is connected to the charging inlet E1 until a main switch E5, E6 of a power feed line E8 of the vehicle is switched ON; judging that the charging capable CC does not conform to the standards at least when no control signal is detected and the power is detected; and forbidding the charge or limiting a charging current through the charging cable CC when judging that the charging cable CC does not conform to the standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Utaka Kamishima
  • Patent number: 9623901
    Abstract: A steering control device is provided that calculates a white line approach suppression steering reaction force that is based on a distance in which a host vehicle is separated from either a left or a right white line when the host vehicle approaches the left or a right white line. The steering control device applies a steering reaction force to a steering unit that receives steering input from a driver, based on the white line approach suppression steering reaction force, and upon determining that the other among the left and right white lines cannot be detected and a distance between the host vehicle and the left or right white line is decreasing, the white line approach suppression steering reaction force is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuya Takeda
  • Patent number: 9624824
    Abstract: In a case where EGR is started in a supercharging region, an opening degree of a waste gate valve (17) is changed at a timing T1 at which an EGR ratio in a first predetermined position changes by valve open of an EGR control valve (21). In a case where EGR is started in a non-supercharging region, a throttle valve (5) is changed at a timing T2 at which an EGR ratio in a second predetermined position changes by valve open of the EGR control valve (21). With these controls, it is possible to suppress an occurrence of torque step upon start of the EGR without distinction between the supercharging region and the non-supercharging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ayumi Komiya, Hirofumi Tsuchida, Mitsuhiro Akagi
  • Patent number: 9625906
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for passenger docking location selection are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Meuleau, Siddharth Kumar Thakur, Naoki Kojo, Daisuke Saito, Nikhil Lele
  • Publication number: 20170103275
    Abstract: A traffic signal recognition apparatus acquires image data by imaging the surroundings of a vehicle, detects a self-position of the vehicle, and detects, in the image, a traffic signal around the vehicle. The traffic signal recognition apparatus identifies two or more of the traffic signal predicted to be captured in the image, based on information on the self-position and map information containing positional information on the traffic signals, and assigns a priority level to each of the two or more traffic signals thus identified, based on a possibility of the traffic signal being blocked out of sight. When the two or more traffic signals are identified, the traffic signal detected in the image is a traffic signal with a highest priority level among the two or more traffic signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Yamanoi, Toshiyuki Andou, Hidekazu Nishiuchi, Haruo Matsuo, Hiroshi Satoh
  • Publication number: 20170104230
    Abstract: A separator of a fuel cell to be laminated while sandwiching a membrane electrode assembly forming a power generation region includes a source connection point tab for inputting and outputting an alternating current for internal resistance measurement, a sense connection point tab for detecting a potential of the alternating current input and output to and from the source connection point tab and separation portion configured to separate the sense connection point tab from a current path of the alternating current for internal resistance measurement from the source connection point tab to the power generation region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya AOKI, Masanobu SAKAI, Kei SUGIMOTO
  • Patent number: 9616882
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle includes a coast stop control section (60) which stops a fuel supply to an engine (E) when a vehicle speed is equal to or lower than a predetermined vehicle speed, an accelerator pedal is not depressed, a brake pedal is depressed, and a select position of a continuously variable transmission (1) is in a traveling position; and a low return control section (50) for retuning a transmission ratio of the continuously variable transmission (1) to a low side after the engine (E) is restarted in a case where the transmission gear ratio of the continuously variable transmission (1) is a midway ratio which is higher than a predetermined transmission gear ratio, when detecting that the coast stop control section (60) is operated and the vehicle is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hironori Miyaishi
  • Patent number: 9616762
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply device includes: a plug socket to supply an external device with electrical power; and an external output switch configured to be switched between an on state in which the electrical power is supplied from a battery to the plug socket and an off state in which the supply of the electrical power is stopped. In a case where the external output switch is in the on state, when the vehicle transitions from a ready mode to an OFF mode, the switch control unit sets the external output switch to the off state along with the transition, and when the vehicle transitions from an ACC mode or an ON mode to the OFF mode, the switch control unit maintains the on state of the external output switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9620971
    Abstract: A battery charger is provided on which power conversion components for converting commercial power to direct current (DC) power are mounted. The power conversion components include a power breaker for switching input alternate current (AC) power on/off, a power conversion circuit for converting the input AC power to a predetermined AC power, a voltage conversion circuit for converting the predetermined AC power to a predetermined voltage, and a rectifier circuit for converting the AC power that has been converted to the predetermined voltage to DC power. The power conversion components are mounted on a core frame, and an outer housing is mounted to the core frame in a manner so as to cover the core frame. The power breaker, the power conversion circuit, the rectifier circuit, and the voltage conversion circuit are mounted in this order to the core frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Hamada, Tatsuharu Taima, Hideyuki Yanase, Yoshiaki Yano
  • Patent number: 9617926
    Abstract: In a vehicle with an automatic transmission, an internal combustion engine is provided with a variable compression ratio mechanism. A target compression ratio of the variable compression ratio mechanism is determined based on a demand load and an engine rotation speed with reference to a compression ratio map. A reverse-drive compression ratio map is selected when the automatic transmission is in a reverse drive position; a first compression ratio map is selected when an actual speed reduction ratio of the transmission is low; and a second compression ratio map is selected when the actual speed reduction ratio of the transmission is high. A variable control range of the compression ratio is narrower in the second compression ratio map than in the first compression ratio map and is narrower in the reverse-drive compression ratio map than in the first and second compression ratio maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9620755
    Abstract: A part has separator layers of resin laminated on each other with heat-resistant layers interposed among them and a sheath (laminated sheet) laid on each side of the laminated separator layers. The part is held, pressurized, and vibrated by a pressure vibrator and a jig receiver. The pressure vibrator and jig receiver are provided with projections that pressurize, vibrate, and break the heat-resistant layers, thereby melting and welding together the resin of the separator layers at the broken part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taewon Kim, Kazumi Hisajima, Yasuhiro Sawada, Miyuki Nakai, Akiko Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9617912
    Abstract: A multi-link engine is provided with an upper link, a lower link and a control link. The upper link is pivotally connected to a piston by a piston pin. The lower link is rotatably mounted on a crankpin of a crankshaft and connected to the upper link by an upper pin. The control link is rotatably connected to the lower link by a control pin and pivotally mounted on a pivot portion of a control shaft. The links are configured and arranged with respect to each other such that inertia forces of a prescribed second or higher order in terms of an engine rotational speed act on at least the upper link and the control link in a transverse direction of the engine with a sum of leftward and rightward inertia forces of the prescribed second or higher order being substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuusuke Satou
  • Patent number: 9616885
    Abstract: A vehicular acceleration suppression device reduces the degradation in the drive performance due to the acceleration suppression control activated outside the parking region. A parking frame line candidate which is a candidate of a parking frame line is extracted from a bird's-eye view image acquired by performing a bird's-eye view conversion on a captured image around a vehicle, and a parking frame line candidate corresponding line corresponding the parking frame line candidate is extracted from the captured image of the front of the vehicle. Then, the parking frame line candidate corresponding to the parking frame line candidate corresponding line length of which is longer than a parking frame line length threshold is eliminated from the candidate to be detected as the parking frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Osamu Fukata, Akira Morimoto, Daisuke Oiki, Daisuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9616778
    Abstract: A vehicle seat structure having a seat back section, a latch mechanism and a striker member. The latch mechanism is connected to the seat back section. The striker member has a first attachment end, a striker bar portion, a serpentine portion and a second attachment end. The striker bar portion is located between the first attachment end and the serpentine portion. The serpentine portion is located between the striker bar portion and the second attachment end. The first and second attachment ends are adapted to be attached to an upright rear wall of the passenger compartment. The striker bar portion is configured to releasably engage the latch mechanism to limit movement of the seat back section with respect to the rear wall of the passenger compartment. The serpentine portion is configured to deform in response to application of force to the seat back section in excess of a predetermined level of force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisle Bates, Makoto Haraguchi, Peihao Qi
  • Patent number: 9620014
    Abstract: A vehicle intersection monitoring method includes exchanging host vehicle information and remote vehicle information between a host vehicle and a remote vehicle, identifying a road intersection based on at least one of the host vehicle information and the remote vehicle information, and selecting an intersection scenario from a plurality of intersection scenarios based on the host vehicle information and the remote vehicle information. The method further includes monitoring, by operation of a processor, a location relationship between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle according to an algorithm that is determined based on the selected intersection scenario, to determine whether a possibility of contact between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle exists proximate to the intersection, and performing a threat mitigation operation while the possibility of contact exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Roy W. Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen, Jeremy Chambers
  • Patent number: 9618347
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating projected vehicle transportation network information representing an intersection for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network may include receiving a remote vehicle message including remote vehicle information indicating remote vehicle geospatial state information and remote vehicle kinematic state information, identifying host vehicle information including host vehicle geospatial state information and host vehicle kinematic state information, generating projected vehicle transportation network information representing a portion of the vehicle transportation network including an intersection based on the remote vehicle information and the host vehicle information, and traversing the intersection represented by the projected vehicle transportation network information using the projected vehicle transportation network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Chambers, Roy Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen
  • Patent number: 9620801
    Abstract: An ion exchanger configured to remove an impurity ion of a coolant for cooling a fuel cell, the ion exchanger includes an inflow portion having an inflow path where the coolant enters, a discharge portion having a discharge path for discharging the coolant, an outer casing having an upstream end where the inflow portion is provided and a downstream end where the discharge portion is provided, an inner casing housed inside the outer casing, an outer path formed between the inner casing and the outer casing to cause the inflow path and the discharge path to communicate with each other, and an inner path that is formed inside the inner casing to cause the inflow path and the discharge path to communicate with each other and is configured to enclose an ion exchange resin capable of removing an impurity ion of the coolant. The inner casing has a through-hole that causes the inner path end the outer path to communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ROKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Takemoto, Satoshi Shirayanagi
  • Patent number: 9620782
    Abstract: Wettability of positive and negative electrode active material layers is improved by having the ratio of the liquid absorption speed of an electrolyte to the positive and negative electrode active material layers in an appropriate range when an aqueous binder is used in the negative electrode active material layer. The non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery has a power generating element having a positive electrode active material layer on a surface of a positive electrode current collector, a negative electrode active material layer containing an aqueous binder on a surface of a negative electrode current collector, and a separator, and Tc/Ta is in the range of 0.6 to 1.3 when Tc is the soak-in time of the electrolyte liquid into the positive electrode active material layer and Ta is the soak-in time of the electrolyte liquid into the negative electrode active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuuta Yamaguchi, Takashi Honda, Kosuke Hagiyama, Hiroshi Ogawa, Takeshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9620797
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Aoki, Michihiko Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9616883
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes a mechanical oil pump that is driven by an engine and an electric oil pump that is driven by an electric motor, and is configured to activate the electric oil pump when traveling in an electric traveling mode, in which the engine is stopped and traveling is executed by a driving force from a driving motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., JATCO LTD
    Inventors: Morihiro Nagamine, Akira Takano, Shintaro Oshio, Takuro Hirano, Yoshihisa Kodama, Akihiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D783465
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinwook Choi, Genta Oohashi, Takashi Noguchi
  • Patent number: D783867
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Munakata, Naoyuki Ohkoshi
  • Patent number: D783868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Munakata, Jaesang Lee
  • Patent number: D784217
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oda
  • Patent number: D784218
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D784868
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D784869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Yamamoto