Toyota Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170085209
    Abstract: An electric drive system includes a smoothing capacitor including at least one terminal, a bus bar electrically coupled to the at least one terminal, a thermoelectric device including a first side and a second side positioned opposite the first side, where the first side is thermally coupled to at least one of the at least one terminal and the bus bar, and a cooling element thermally coupled to the second side of the thermoelectric device, where the cooling element dissipates heat from the thermoelectric device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ercan Mehmet Dede, Feng Zhou
  • Publication number: 20170085187
    Abstract: A power transfer system includes DC-DC power conversion circuitry that has a first switch and a second switch on either side of a transformer connected via a common ground with a first capacitor and a second capacitor cross-connected across the transformer. A direction of power transfer is determined, and primary and secondary sides of the DC-DC power conversion circuitry are aligned based on the direction of power transfer. An amount of on-time for the first switch or the second switch is determined based on a quantity of power transfer through the DC-DC power conversion circuitry. The primary and secondary switches are controlled using switching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Masanori ISHIGAKI
  • Publication number: 20170085190
    Abstract: In an upper phase module 2, a second electrode terminal 24V is located at a center C1 of the upper phase module 2, and a first electrode terminal 24U and a third electrode terminal 24W, and a first P terminal 25P and a second P terminal 26P are located so as to be symmetric with respect to the second electrode terminal 24V in an X-direction. The first electrode terminal 24U, the second electrode terminal 24V, the third electrode terminal 24W, the first P terminal 25P and the second P terminal 26P of the upper phase module 2 are located at the same positions as those of a fourth electrode terminal 34U, a fifth electrode terminal 34V, a sixth electrode terminal 34W, a first N terminal 35N and a second N terminal 36N of a lower phase module 3, respectively, in the X-direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kiyofumi NAKAJIMA, Yuki IDE
  • Publication number: 20170080930
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention is applied to a vehicle having at least one device configured to acquire a road situation information from an outside of the vehicle. The apparatus determines whether or not a particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling occurs on the basis of the road situation information. The particular situation being a situation that a driver of the vehicle should be alerted. The apparatus can perform an informing for alerting the driver and execute a cruise control for causing the vehicle to travel automatically without an operation of an acceleration operator of the vehicle. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs, the cruise control is not executed and the acceleration operator is operated. The apparatus performs the informing when the particular situation occurs and the cruise control is executed, independently of whether or not the acceleration operator is operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro MATSUOKA
  • Publication number: 20170085139
    Abstract: A stator and a rotary electric machine include a stator core including a plurality of stacked annular electromagnetic steel plates with coupling portions. The coupling portions are arranged with a pitch of an integral multiple of a central angle. The central angle is defined as an angle between two adjacent magnetic poles of the same polarity relative to a rotational center of the rotor. When a number of the coupling portions is an odd number, fixing portions are arranged with the same pitch as the pitch of the coupling portions, or with a pitch corresponding to a divisor of the pitch of the coupling portions. When a number of the coupling portions is an even number, the fixing portions are arranged with a pitch corresponding to a divisor of the pitch of the coupling portions, or a divisor of 180°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ken NODA, Hiroyuki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20170084903
    Abstract: A secondary battery 100 comprises a positive electrode current collector 221 and a positive electrode active material layer 223 applied on the positive electrode current collector 221 and containing at least a positive electrode active material. The lithium-ion secondary battery 100 further comprises a negative electrode current collector 241 provided so as to oppose the positive electrode current collector 221 and a negative electrode active material layer 243 applied on the negative electrode current collector 241 and containing at least a negative electrode active material. The lithium-ion secondary battery 100 is also formed with a porous insulating layer 245 which contains stacked resin particles having insulating properties and is formed so as to cover at least one of the positive electrode active material layer 223 and the negative electrode active material layer 243 (in this case, negative electrode active material layer 243).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masakazu UMEHARA
  • Publication number: 20170084897
    Abstract: An electrode body comprising a positive electrode mixture layer, a negative electrode mixture layer, and a thermoplastic-resin separator layer interposed therebetween is manufactured. A manufacturing method of the electrode body includes a preprocessing step of preprocessing a portion to be cut in a long-strip shaped integrated structure in which the separator layer as an accumulated layer of resin particles are interposed at least between the positive and negative electrode mixture layers such that the positive electrode mixture layer, the negative electrode mixture layer, and the separator layer are lowered their volume porosities to 10 to 20%, 10 to 20%, and 5% or less, respectively, and a cutting step of cutting the portion of the long-strip shaped integrated structure having been lowered the volume porosity by a cutting blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakazu UMEHARA, Takahiro KUHARA, Shingo KOMURA
  • Publication number: 20170084611
    Abstract: In a semiconductor device including an IGBT and a diode, an upper-side lifetime control region, which is provided in the drift region within a range located above an intermediate depth of the drift region, is provided in a diode area and is not provided in an IGBT area. A first inter-trench semiconductor region, which is adjacent to a second inter-trench semiconductor region in a diode area, includes a barrier region of an n-type located between the body region and the drift region and a pillar region of the n-type extending from a position being in contact with the upper electrode to a position being in contact with the barrier region. Each of the second inter-trench semiconductor regions in the diode area does not include the pillar region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinya IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170080934
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of the invention determines whether or not an informing condition is satisfied. The informing condition becomes satisfied when a particular situation regarding an own vehicle traveling that a driver of the own vehicle should be alerted occurs. The apparatus executes an informing control for alerting the driver when the informing condition is satisfied and executes a cruise control for causing the own vehicle to travel when a cruise condition is satisfied. The apparatus executes an adjustment process for forbidding the informing control and permitting the cruise control when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is accelerated or decelerated by the cruise control and for permitting both the informing and cruise controls when both the informing and cruise conditions are satisfied and the own vehicle is not accelerated nor decelerated by the cruise control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro MORIMOTO, Katsuhiro MATSUOKA
  • Publication number: 20170084177
    Abstract: When an own vehicle is highly likely to collide with an obstacle, a notification of prompting a driver to carry out a collision avoidance operation is appropriately given. When an output request for collision avoidance support information exists, a notification ECU notifies of the collision avoidance support information irrespective of absence/presence of an output request for vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information. When the output request for the collision avoidance support information does not exist and the output request for the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information exists, the notification ECU notifies of the vehicle-infrastructure cooperation support information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170080940
    Abstract: A control device detects a first vehicle traveling in front of an own vehicle using a front looking radar device, and detects a second vehicle which is predicted to cut in between the own vehicle and the first vehicle using the front looking radar device and/or front-side looking radar devices. The control device calculates a first target acceleration required for the own vehicle to maintain an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and the first vehicle at a first set inter-vehicle distance; and calculates a second target acceleration required for the own vehicle to maintain an inter-vehicle distance between the own vehicle and the second vehicle at a second set inter-vehicle distance. The control device selects either the first target acceleration or the second target acceleration and controls the own vehicle in such a manner that an actual acceleration of the own vehicle becomes closer to the mediated target acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya ITO
  • Publication number: 20170080793
    Abstract: A vehicle drive device, wherein the fluid coupling accommodating space is formed between the rotating electrical machine accommodating space and the speed change mechanism accommodating space in an axial direction of the speed change mechanism and is configured such that no oil is supplied to a region around the fluid coupling, the discharge oil passage has an introducing opening that opens to the second oil reservoir, and a lowest end of the introducing opening is located below a lowest end of the rotating electrical machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicants: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daiki SUYAMA, Katsuhiko HATTORI, Yukihiko IDESHIO
  • Publication number: 20170080941
    Abstract: A vehicle speed control device performs vehicle speed control for controlling the vehicle speed of a host vehicle so that the vehicle speed of the host vehicle becomes a preset vehicle speed that is set in advance when a preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the host vehicle is not detected and for controlling the vehicle speed of the host vehicle so that the host vehicle follows the preceding vehicle when the preceding vehicle is detected. The vehicle speed control device determines whether the host vehicle is positioned in an acceleration-control-inhibited area based on the position detected by a position detection unit and, when the preceding vehicle is not detected and a position determination unit determines that the host vehicle is positioned in the acceleration-control-inhibited area, the vehicle speed control device performs acceleration-control-inhibition vehicle speed control of the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sayaka ONO, Kazuaki ASO
  • Publication number: 20170080682
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system of bonded substrates may include a first substrate, a second substrate, and a composite bonding layer positioned between the first substrate and the second substrate. The composite boding layer may include an interior bond region, an exterior bond region, and a metal matrix. The material of the interior bond region may have a greater elastic modulus than the material of the exterior bond region. A portion of the metal matrix may be in the interior bond region and a portion of the metal matrix may be in the exterior bond region. The composite bonding layer may also include a plurality of soft material members positioned in the portion of the metal matrix in the exterior bond region, or a plurality of hard material members positioned in the portion of the metal matrix in the interior bond region, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh Joshi, Masao Noguchi, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Publication number: 20170080492
    Abstract: Provided is a powder molding apparatus including: a die; an upper punch and a lower punch; a middle platen attached to the upper punch; an upper platen mounted on a press machine and the upper platen being attached to a push rod; a link mechanism connecting the upper platen and the middle platen; a first actuator that fixes the link mechanism and cancels a fixation of the link mechanism; a bolster attached to the lower punch, and a lower platen attached to the die, in which descending of the upper platen and the push rod causes the lower platen and the die to be pushed downward by the push rod, and along with a downward movement of the die, the lower punch makes a upward movement inside the hollow with respect to the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Osamu YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20170080493
    Abstract: According to embodiments described herein, the properties of a transient liquid phase bond may be evaluated by a method that includes forming a bulk material sample. The bulk material sample may include the material of the transient liquid phase bond. Forming the bulk material sample may include providing a bonding material precursor and forming the bulk material sample by transient liquid phase bonding the bonding material precursor by spark plasma sintering the bonding material precursor. The bonding material precursor may include metal particles of a first metal composition and metal particles of a second metal composition. The method may further include testing the bulk material sample for one or more properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh N. Joshi, Masao Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20170080856
    Abstract: A vehicle alertness control system that executes alertness control to increase an alertness level of a driver of a vehicle includes an alertness level determination unit, an alertness controller, and a conversation controller. The alertness level determination unit is configured to determine an alertness level of the driver. The alertness controller is configured to select a level of a stimulus applied to the driver based on the determined alertness level. The conversation controller is configured to select a conversation category corresponding to the selected stimulus level from conversation categories categorizing a content of utterance in correspondence with each stimulus level and control conversation with the driver through a speaker and a microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki ENOMOTO, Satoshi NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20170080772
    Abstract: A stabilizer bushing including: a tubular main rubber elastic body configured to be disposed about and attachable to a stabilizer bar; an inside protrusion protruding in an axial direction from an inner peripheral part of the main rubber elastic body; and a bonding surface constituted by including an inner peripheral surface of the main rubber elastic body and an inner peripheral surface of the inside protrusion, the bonding surface being configured to be bonded to an outer peripheral surface of the stabilizer bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicants: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki MATSUMURA, Satoshi UCHIDA, Masaki SHIRASHIGE, Toru NEICHI
  • Publication number: 20170080871
    Abstract: A console device provided lateral to a vehicle seat on a vehicle floor, the console device includes a console box provided with a container portion having an open top and a lid provided on the console box to open and close the container portion. A clearance allowing conditioned air to flow out toward a person sitting on the seat is provided between an upper end of a lateral surface of the console box and a lateral end of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi MIZOBATA, Yasuhiro KATO, Fumitoshi AKAIKE
  • Publication number: 20170080884
    Abstract: A vehicle energy absorption structure includes an energy absorption member made of fiber reinforced resin. At least part, in a thickness direction, of that wall extending in a load input direction of the energy absorption member is provided with a plurality of discontinuous portions discontinued from each other in the load input direction, the plurality of discontinuous portions being arranged along the load input direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shintaro KITAKATA, Kouki IKEDA, Atsushi MIKUNI
  • Publication number: 20170080859
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle control apparatus configured to perform a first particular situation informing for providing information depending on a first particular situation regarding a vehicle traveling where a driver of a vehicle should be alerted and the vehicle should continue to be stopped when determining that a first particular situation occurs and perform a simultaneous operation informing for providing information depending on a simultaneous operation situation where both of an acceleration operator and a brake operator of the vehicle are operated when determining that the simultaneous operation situation occurs. The vehicle control apparatus is configured to perform the first particular situation informing without performing the simultaneous operation informing when determining that both of the first particular situation and the simultaneous operation situation occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiro MATSUOKA, Kazuhiro MORIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170081128
    Abstract: A vertical circulating conveyor includes a lowering path part (3) and a raising path part (4) that connect end portions of a conveyance path part (1) and a return path part (2) vertically positioned in a linear arrangement. The lowering path part (3) includes front wheel lowering guide rails (8A) to guide front wheels (F) of a transport vehicle (5) and rear wheel lowering guide rails (8B) to guide rear wheels (R) of the transport vehicle (5). The transport vehicle (5) is moved in the lowering path part (3) by falling under its own weight in almost the horizontal state in a powerless manner while the front wheels (F) of the transport vehicle (5) are guided by the front wheel lowering guide rails (8A) and the rear wheels (R) of the transport vehicle (5) are guided by the rear wheel lowering guide rails (8B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicants: NAKANISHI METAL WORKS CO., LTD., TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro OKAZAKI, Haruyuki YAMAGUCHI, Tomonari SHIBAYAMA, Yuji SEKINO, Tomohiro YAMAKAWA, Toshihiro NARUSE, Ken SHIOJIMA
  • Publication number: 20170084370
    Abstract: A magnetic compound represented by the formula (R1(1-x)R2x)a(Fe(1-y)Coy)bTcMd wherein R1 is one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Sm, Pm, Er, Tm and Yb, R2 is one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Zr, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho and Lu, T is one or more elements selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, Mo, Si and W, M is one or more elements selected from the group consisting of unavoidable impurity elements, Al, Cr, Cu, Ga, Ag and Au, 0?x?0.7, 0?y?0.7, 4?a?20, b=100-a-c-d, 0<c<7.7, and 0?d?3, the magnetic compound having a ThMn12-type crystal structure, wherein the volume fraction of ?-(Fe, Co) phase is less than 12.3%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noritsugu SAKUMA, Masao YANO, Akira KATO, Akira MANABE, Shunji SUZUKI, Kurima KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20170080784
    Abstract: A door trim includes a first board member having a plate shape and a hole that is through the first board member, and a second board member having a plate shape and including a functional part integrally therewith. The second board member overlaps the first board member, and the functional part is in the hole and exposed to a vehicular interior side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kanji KOBAYASHI, Kazuhiro TAWADA, Kenji OKAMOTO, Kimihiro IZUMI
  • Publication number: 20170083757
    Abstract: A data-to-be-recorded generating section generates a piece of data-to-be-recorded by associating an emotion level of a user estimated through an emotion level estimating section with a piece of lifelog data obtained through a lifelog data obtaining section. A log managing section manages whether the piece of data-to-be-recorded should be stored in a memory device based on a selectivity based on the emotion level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaaki ENOMOTO, Satoshi NAKAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20170082039
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine and an electric power output device that is configured to output electric power generated by using the engine to the outside of the vehicle. The engine includes an EGR device for recirculating exhaust gas of the engine to an intake side. The vehicle further includes a controller for controlling a recirculation amount of the exhaust gas by the EGR device in accordance with a load of the engine. The controller restricts the recirculation amount of the exhaust gas under the same load in the case where the electric power output device outputs the electric power to the outside of the vehicle in comparison with a case where the electric power output device does not output the electric power to the outside of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoki SUGIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170081998
    Abstract: An oil separator includes a case, electrode plates, filters, and a power supply unit. The electrode plates are arranged in the case with a space in between such that any two adjacent electrode plates face each other. The filters are made of an electrically insulating material and each arranged between any two adjacent electrode plates. The power supply unit is connected to the electrode plates and applies voltage between any two adjacent electrode plates, thereby creating a potential difference between the adjacent electrode plates. The filling factor of each filter is in a range from 0.005 to 0.03. The voltage applied between any two adjacent electrode plates by the power supply unit is in a range from 0.5 to 5 kV. The distance between any two adjacent electrode plates is in a range from 3 to 20 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideto MORISHITA, Yoji HORIUCHI, Naritsune MIYANAGA, Naoki TAKEUCHI
  • Patent number: 9597695
    Abstract: An electrostatic coating apparatus includes a coating gun that sprays a coating material toward a coated matter, a high-voltage application apparatus that applies a high voltage to the coating gun, a bell-side current calculation unit that calculates a bell-side current to flow from the coating gun to the coated matter, an earth-side current measurement unit that measures an earth-side current to flow from the coated matter to the earth, and an earth check unit that detects an abnormal earth state of the coated matter, depending on a magnitude relation between the bell-side current calculated at the time of electrostatic coating and the bell-side current when the earth is properly connected, and a magnitude relation between the earth-side current measured at the time of the electrostatic coating and the earth-side current when the earth is properly connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Isamu Yamasaki, Kimiyoshi Nagai, Ryuta Ishikura
  • Patent number: 9597984
    Abstract: Included are systems and methods for child restraint monitoring. Some embodiments include determining that a child restraint seat has been installed in a vehicle seat of a vehicle, determining whether the child restraint seat is being properly utilized, and detecting an issue with the utilization of the child restraint seat. Some embodiments include determining that a guardian is remote from the vehicle and, in response to detecting the issue with the utilization of the child restraint seat and determining that the guardian is remote from the vehicle, sending a communication to a third party, wherein the communication provides an option to contact the vehicle to regarding improper utilization of the child restraint seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 9597980
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes: a pair of lower rails; a pair of upper rails, each of which is slidably assembled to the corresponding lower rail; an electric drive mechanism; a pair of brackets, each of which is assembled to an upper surface of the corresponding upper rail; and a pair of buffer members, each of which is arranged between the upper surface of the upper rail and the bracket. The electric drive mechanism includes a drive source fastened to one of the brackets; a shaft; a pair of screws assembled one to each rail of the lower rails or the upper rails; a pair of nuts; and a pair of gear subassemblies. The electric drive mechanism electrically slides each upper rail with respect the corresponding lower rail by the screw moving relative to the nut or by the nut moving relative to the screw, by rotation of the shaft when the drive source is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentarou Morishita, Keiichi Kondou, Tomohiro Enokijima, Hideyoshi Kishida, Masayuki Kanehira, Eiichiro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9597660
    Abstract: A catalytic converter (10) includes a base material and a catalyst layer (3). The catalyst layer has a lower catalyst layer (4) and an upper catalyst layer (5). The upper catalyst layer is constituted by a first upper catalyst layer (6) and a second upper catalyst layer (7). The first upper catalyst layer is formed of a first carrier, which is formed of a ceria-containing oxide, and rhodium supported on the first carrier. The second upper catalyst layer is formed of a second carrier and rhodium supported on the second carrier. The second carrier does not contain ceria and is formed of one oxide selected from among zirconia and alumina. A length of the first upper catalyst layer is X % (30 to 70%) of an overall length of the base material. A length of the second upper catalyst layer is 100?X % of the overall length of the base material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Aoki
  • Patent number: 9597985
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes a seat back; a seat cushion; a first link member; and a second link member. The floor or the seat cushion is connected to the seat back by the first and second link members. The first link member is shorter than the second link member. The seat back is able to be moved in a front-rear direction such that the first link member and the second link member do not intersect with each other. The seat back is able to be laid on or over the seat cushion such that the first link member and the second link member intersect with each other. A lock device is provided, and the lock device stops movement of the seat back while the seat back is moved in the front-rear direction such that the first link member and the second link member do not intersect with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetaka Nagayasu
  • Patent number: 9597960
    Abstract: In a driving assistance device 1, when an execution determination unit 12 determines that a driving assistance unit 11 performs driving assistance, a consciousness degradation determination unit 13 performs control such that a warning unit 9 is less likely to issue a warning than that when the driving assistance is not performed. Therefore, even when the position of a host vehicle is changed by the steering of the host vehicle by a driving assistance unit 11, it is possible to reduce the discomfort of a driver due to a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Okuda
  • Patent number: 9598072
    Abstract: An ECU determines whether or not fuel in a fuel tank deteriorates. A heating system is configured to be able to perform heating (engine heating) using heat of an engine which heating uses the engine under operation as a heat source, and heating (heat-pump heating) using a heat pump cycle without using the engine as a heat source. When it is determined that the fuel in the fuel tank deteriorates, the ECU controls the heating system and the engine so as to give priority to the engine heating over the heat-pump heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takanori Aoki
  • Patent number: 9597989
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes a seat frame, and a rod that extends to a region on a seat inside, and that is connected to the seat frame. The rod is connected to the seat frame via a shaft member. The shaft member includes a tubular portion having a through-hole, and a protruding portion protruding toward an outside in a radial direction from one end of the tubular portion in an axial direction. The shaft member is assembled to the seat frame in a state in which the tubular portion is inserted through the seat frame from a seat outside, and an insertion position of the shaft member in the axial direction is restricted by a position where the protruding portion abuts against an outside surface of the seat frame. The rod is inserted in the axial direction through the through-hole in the shaft member, and assembled to the shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Hattori, Hayato Matsui
  • Patent number: 9598066
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle motor is a control apparatus for a vehicle motor configured to control a motor that can realize a plurality of characteristics in which output upper limits of torque are different from each other. The control apparatus for the vehicle motor is provided with: a characteristic switching device configured to switch a characteristic of the motor between a first characteristic in which the output upper limit is first predetermined torque and a second characteristic in which the output upper limit is second predetermined torque, which is lower than the first predetermined torque; a characteristic switching abnormality determining device configured to determine whether or not there is an abnormality in switching of the characteristic of the motor; and a fail-safe performing device configured to perform a fail-safe process according to the characteristic of the motor if it is determined that there is the abnormality in the switching of the characteristic of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Kawai, Takuro Kumada
  • Patent number: 9598068
    Abstract: In a control system, a transfer is connected to a rotation member between a driving power source and primary driving wheels and distributes dynamic power of the driving power source to secondary drive wheels. A driving power transmission shaft transmits the dynamic power of the driving power source distributed by the transfer to the secondary drive wheels. A connection-disconnection mechanism is disposed between the rotation member and the driving power transmission shaft. First and second clutches are disposed respectively between the driving power transmission shaft and right and left wheels of the secondary drive wheels. The electronic control unit is configured, when switching from a two-wheel-drive running state to a four-wheel-drive running state on the basis of a vehicle running state, to generate a transmission torque in the first clutch or the second clutch after controlling the connection-disconnection mechanism to engage the connection-disconnection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Maeda, Kunihiro Iwatsuki, Hiroyuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 9598082
    Abstract: In consideration of an amplification effect of a braking force at the time of brake operation, upper-limits (?, ?) of a brake operation force (Brk) with which the execution of free-run coasting and neutral coasting is started may be different, on the basis of whether or not a brake booster can be filled with a negative pressure. Therefore, while the braking force at the time of brake operation is secured, the range of the brake operation force (Brk) with which coasting is executed can be enlarged, and an improvement in fuel economy can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Rentaro Kuroki, Takuya Hirai, Masaki Mitsuyasu, Jonggap Kim, Masaki Matsunaga, Yasunari Kido, Takeaki Suzuki, Takayuki Kogure, Yukari Okamura, Akihiro Sato, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9598075
    Abstract: A vehicle-behavior control apparatus according to an embodiment includes a collision determining unit that determines whether a vehicle collides with an obstacle when the vehicle is decelerated while going straight based on at least a detection result of the obstacle in front of the vehicle and a detection result of a running state of the vehicle in a condition in which wheels are being braked, and a vehicle-behavior control unit that performs at least one of the control of steering rear wheels and the control of giving a difference in braking conditions between the left and right wheels such that the vehicle is decelerated while detouring around the obstacle without steering front wheels when it is determined to collide with the obstacle by the collision determining unit, as one example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takafumi Makino, Yoshiaki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9598079
    Abstract: The engine control device is applied to a vehicle equipped with a suspension control device for driving stepping motors for changing damping forces of shock absorbers. The suspension control device performs an initializing process for resolving the step-out of the stepping motors by driving the stepping motors when an initialization performing condition is satisfied. The engine control device continues the engine operation when a signal for inhibiting the automatic stop of the operation of the engine is sent to the engine control device and the engine control device judges that no malfunction occurs in the suspension control device even if the engine stop condition is satisfied. The engine control device automatically stops the operation of the engine when the engine stop condition is satisfied and the engine control device judges that a malfunction occurs in the suspension control device even if the signal is sent to the engine control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Ishii, Hiroto Miura, Hideki Ohashi, Yosuke Yamashita, Masataka Okuda
  • Patent number: 9597987
    Abstract: A rear end portion of a cushion cover that covers a surface of a seat cushion in a rear end portion thereof is provided with a hook that clips the rear end portion of the cushion cover at a frame wire of the seat cushion, and that is formed with a clip mounting hole for mounting a clip. The clip is mounted to the hook by the clip mounting hole, and an electric wiring is held by the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Ushiyama
  • Patent number: 9598083
    Abstract: A controller is capable of controlling a coupled engine running mode, in which an engine is coupled to wheels and an engine brake is activated by driven rotation of the engine, and a coasting mode, in which an engine brake force is reduced with respect to that in the coupled engine running mode with mode with the engine brake on, and starts the coasting mode on the basis of the steering angle of a steering member. The controller starts the execution of a first coasting mode when the steering angle is equal to or less than a preset upper limit value and starts the execution of a second coasting mode when the steering angle is greater than the upper limit value. In the first coasting mode, the engine rotation is stopped, and in the second coasting mode, the engine remains rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeaki Suzuki, Masaki Matsunaga, Yasunari Kido, Takayuki Kogure, Yukari Okamura, Rentaro Kuroki, Takuya Hirai, Masaki Mitsuyasu, Jonggap Kim, Akihiro Sato, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9598012
    Abstract: A surroundings monitoring system includes a first sensor subsystem operable to provide image data from around the vehicle; a second sensor subsystem operable to provide non-image data from around the vehicle; a control subsystem in communication with the first sensor subsystem and the second sensor subsystem, the control subsystem operable to generate manipulated image data symbology from the image data and arrange the manipulated image data symbology in response to the non-image data to generate a driver perspective view; and a display in communication with the control subsystem to display the driver perspective view. A method of monitoring surroundings for use in a vehicle includes obtaining image data from around the vehicle; obtaining non-image data from around the vehicle; manipulating the image data in response to the non-image data to generate a driver perspective view; and displaying the driver perspective view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Charan Lota
  • Patent number: 9598031
    Abstract: A vehicle capable of running by using dynamic power of a motor includes: a battery to perform input/output of electric power for the motor; a fuse to be connected in series with the battery and to melt when an electric current exceeding a permissible value flows; and a control apparatus to restrict magnitude of the input/output electric power of the battery to less than an upper limit electric power. The control apparatus calculates a degradation level of the fuse such that degradation proceeds whenever temperature of the fuse exceeds a threshold temperature, and reduces the upper limit electric power when the degradation level of the fuse exceeds a target degradation level. The target degradation level is a value that is lower than a limit degradation level corresponding to a degradation level when the degradation of the fuse reaches a limit and that becomes higher as mileage of the vehicle increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9598034
    Abstract: One resin part has an engaged portion at an end portion. The engaged portion has a fit-together hole at an inner wall and a first extending piece disposed at a peripheral edge portion of the fit-together hole extends-out from a first side wall that connects the inner wall and the end portion of the one resin part. Another resin part is to be made integral with the one resin part, and the other resin part has an abutment wall and a second extending piece that extends-out from a distal end portion of the abutment wall. The abutment wall abuts the first side wall of the engaged portion, and the second extending piece abuts the first extending piece in a state in which the second extending piece has been inserted in the fit-together hole and the abutment wall is abutted the first side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 9598044
    Abstract: A far side airbag device includes: a side airbag that is configured to receive a gas supply and, while being supported at a seatback of a seat, expand and inflate at a vehicle width direction middle side relative to a range at least from the chest to the head of an occupant of the seat; and a limiting structure that limits a thickness in the vehicle width direction of the side airbag in an inflated and expanded state such that a region that inflates and expands at the vehicle width direction middle side relative to the head of a small occupant is thinner than a region that inflates and expands at the vehicle width direction middle side relative to the head of a large occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9598049
    Abstract: A method of operating a hands free access system for a vehicle includes authenticating a user of the vehicle, determining whether the authenticated user is burdened, and selectively opening a vehicle closure in response to the determination. A hands free access system for a vehicle includes a user recognition system operable to authenticate a user of the vehicle and a control system operable to determine whether the authenticated user is burdened and to operate the vehicle closure in response to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rini Sherony
  • Patent number: 9598051
    Abstract: A power consumption suppression system enables effective reduction of power consumption of an electronic key terminal. A position information acquisition section (210) provided on an electronic key terminal (200) acquires locking location information concerning the locking position of a vehicle (100) and terminal location information concerning the position of the electronic key terminal (200). A power consumption suppression section (220) provided on the electronic key terminal (200) reduces the power consumption when the distance between the locking location of the vehicle (100) indicated by the locking location information and the location of the electronic key terminal (200) indicated by the terminal location information is equal to or longer than a prescribed distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 9598059
    Abstract: A controller for a vehicle includes: an engine controller that outputs a stop request to stop an engine when a stop condition is satisfied, and that outputs a start request to start the engine or resume the engine from a stop preparation state when a start condition is satisfied; a brake controller that, at least in a period between the outputs of the requests by the engine controlling part, automatically generates a braking force for keeping parking regardless of a driver's brake operation and that in a case where an accelerator operation amount is smaller than a predetermined ratio, when the start request has been output and the engine is being resumed from the stop preparation state to a normal rotation state, the brake controller reduces a brake pressure to a first predetermined pressure in a shorter time than when the engine is being started from a stopped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokazu Kato, Hiroaki Seguchi, Jumpei Kakehi
  • Patent number: D782088
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Honda