Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Carrier, Blackman & Associates, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8348332
    Abstract: A partition structure for absorbing an impact energy applied to the partition for petitioning a vehicle room includes a cover, a plurality of reinforcing member (wires) arranged with an interval in the vehicle width direction inside the cover, and a belt arranged behind the reinforcing member so as to intersect the reinforcing member. An installation structure for an installation part fixes an installation part to an installation target member by engaging and screwing the bolt with nut. A fixing seat is formed on a back surface of the installation target member integrally with the installation target member. A bolt is arranged in the fixing seat through the installation target member, and a holding part holding a nut on a back surface side of the seating face to prevent the nut from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Nakamura, Hajime Seino
  • Patent number: 8348351
    Abstract: A brake control device is provided, which is capable of providing a precise diagnosis on a trouble on a hydraulic pressure valve etc., so as to provide an appropriate output hydraulic pressure corresponding to a stroke amount of a brake pedal. In this device, an electromagnetic valve is provided on a hydraulic pressure passage allowing an auxiliary hydraulic pressure chamber to communicate with an accumulator, and is controlled to open when such a trouble occurs that output hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pressure valve becomes lower than a predetermined range; and an electromagnetic valve is also provided on a hydraulic pressure passage allowing the auxiliary hydraulic pressure chamber to communicate with a reservoir, and is controlled to open when such a trouble occurs that the output hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pressure valve becomes insufficiently reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiharu Kanagawa, Yasushi Aoki, Makoto Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8342702
    Abstract: A mount structure of a vehicle door mirror on a side door, the side door including: a door body having an outer panel and an inner panel which are joined together; and a door sash provided at an upper part of the door body so as to form an outer frame of the door body, wherein a door mirror mounting unit which mounts the door mirror is provided at an upper edge of the door body and at a vehicle front side of the door sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Ohe
  • Patent number: 8346427
    Abstract: A vehicle travel support device is capable of properly controlling the operation of a steering device and the like from the viewpoint of supporting the travel of a vehicle stably even in a situation where a travel area is inappropriately demarcated by right and left lane marks at both sides. A virtual travel area can be set as a travel area when a first condition is satisfied, that is, when the separation between the right and the left lane marks in width direction of a road increases to an inappropriate extent from the viewpoint of demarcating the travel area because the separation therebetween gradually increases as the distance from the vehicle increases. The operation of a steering device and the like is controlled such that the vehicle will not depart from the virtual travel area set as the travel area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sachio Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8343263
    Abstract: To a canister assembly to be installed in a vehicle body having a differential device mounted on a rear part thereof without reducing the space above a floor panel while ensuring an adequate adsorption chamber volume. The canister assembly (22) comprises a first adsorption chamber (31) for adsorbing fuel vapor introduced from a fuel tank (8); a second adsorption chamber (32) for adsorbing fuel vapor introduced from the first adsorption chamber; and a chamber communication pipe (46) for communicating the first adsorption chamber with the second adsorption chamber; wherein the first adsorption chamber and second adsorption chamber are provided separately from each other on either side of the differential device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Murayama, Takeaki Nakajima, Shoichi Hokazono
  • Patent number: 8342570
    Abstract: An air bag system for a vehicle includes an air bag body formed by stitching base fabric material, an inflator that charges the air bag body with gas, and a vent hole that is a through hole provided in the air bag body so as to communicate the inside with the outside of the air bag body. The vent hole of the air bag body is formed to be slit-like and longer in a longitudinal direction thereof. The air bag body includes two base fabric pieces having overlapping side ends that are joined together, a tensile-force applying mechanism that applies tensile-force in the longitudinal direction of the vent hole, including a pair of V-shaped stitched lines bent in a sharply angled V-shape and formed on the side ends of the two base fabric pieces with a predetermined distance therebetween that defines the slit-like vent hole, and portions of the side ends aligned with vent hole along the gas discharge direction form a flow-passage restriction membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8342270
    Abstract: The omni-directional drive device comprises a main wheel (2) comprising an endless annular member rotatable around a center of cross section perpendicular to a corresponding tangential line, electric motors (5R and 5L) for producing rotative forces around the rotation axis of the main wheel (2) and around the center of cross section perpendicular to a corresponding tangential line of the main wheel (2) and an arrangement (rotary members (4R and 4L) fitted with free rollers (3R and 3L)) for converting the rotational forces of the electric motors (5R and 5L) to the rotational forces around the rotation center of the main wheel (2) and around the center (C) of cross section perpendicular to a corresponding tangential line of the main wheel (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Makoto Hirano, Hideharu Izumi, Kazuya Kuwabara, Taiji Koyama, Shinichiro Kobashi
  • Patent number: 8346460
    Abstract: When a revolution speed of the engine (crankshaft) changes faster or slower, the vibration from the engine is propagated to an occupant in the vehicle, and the occupant may feel a sense of discomfort. For this reason, the present invention provides an active vibration isolating support apparatus and method for controlling the same to suppress the propagation of the vibration from the engine to the vehicle body so that the occupant may feel less sense of discomfort even if the revolution speed of the engine changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Okamoto, Hirotomi Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8342358
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a first fuel chamber for receiving liquid fuel; a communication chamber communicated with the first fuel chamber and having a bottom higher than a bottom of the first fuel chamber; and a second fuel chamber communicated with the communication chamber, the second fuel chamber having a bottom lower than the bottom of the communication chamber. The fuel tank also includes a sleeve member having a lower end opening toward the bottom of the communication chamber, and configured so that fuel evaporative emissions are discharged while liquid fuel is supplied to the first fuel chamber. The first fuel chamber, the communication chamber, and the second fuel chamber are all molded integrally by resin blow molding. The communication chamber is provided with a protrusion which is convex when viewed from inside the communication chamber, and a depression which is concave when viewed from outside of the communication chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Takeaki Nakajima, Shoichi Hokazono, Shinya Murabayashi, Yutaka Utsumi
  • Patent number: 8342230
    Abstract: A molten metal is fed from a distributor provided in a molten metal introduction portion of a casting die to a cavity of the casting die so as to perform a casting operation. A portion of the distributor to be in contact with the molten metal is made of a copper or a copper alloy. The casting is performed while setting a cavity temperature of the casting die in an initial stage of casting to a predetermined temperature and setting a temperature of the distributor in the initial stage of casting to 65° C. or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsuura, Eiji Masuda, Tomohiro Tsuchiya, Akinori Higuchi
  • Patent number: 8336866
    Abstract: A stage is provided on which is mounted a substrate that has a concavo-convex portion such as a circuit formed on the underside thereof. A channel 3 through which a coolant such as water flows is formed in a stage 1. An annular flange portion 4 is formed on the top surface of the stage 1. The inner side of the flange portion 4 forms a concave portion 5. The top surface of the flange portion 4 is provided with a smooth finish in order to mount a peripheral section of the underside of a substrate W thereon. Holes through which are passed three positioning pins 6 and lift pins 7 are provided in the flange portion 4 at regular intervals in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Fujii, Takuma Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8338692
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an electrolyte for photoelectric conversion elements, and a photoelectric conversion element and a dye-sensitized solar cell using the electrolyte, wherein high energy conversion efficiency can be achieved while substantially not including iodine. The electrolyte for a photoelectric conversion element of the present invention includes an ionic liquid (A) and a carbon material (B) having a specific surface area of from 1,000 to 3,500 m2/g, wherein a content of the carbon material (B) is from 10 to 50 parts by mass per 100 parts by mass of the ionic liquid (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Imazaki, Tsukasa Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8340870
    Abstract: The vehicle maneuver assistance device includes: a plurality of external environment imaging units; a converter that performs a view point conversion; a display unit provided in an interior of the present-vehicle; a steering angle status value detector which detects status values of the steering angle representing an actual steering angle of the present-vehicle, and outputs a steering angle status value; a display controller that causes the display unit to display the converted image, and, overlaid thereon, a guidance display which assists a parking maneuver of the present-vehicle, wherein the display controller controls the guidance display according to the steering angle status value, so that the guidance display includes: an initial positioning guide line representing an initial location of the present-vehicle at the beginning of the parking maneuver; and a steering-switching start positioning guide line representing a starting location of a quick steering direction switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Ohshima, Yukihiro Fujiwara, Yoshitaka Katashima, Hiroyuki Kawagoe, Shigenobu Saigusa, Yasushi Shoda, Manabu Shimizu, Yasuhiro Konishi
  • Patent number: 8333442
    Abstract: When an electrical fluid pressure generator fails and a wheel cylinder is operated by brake fluid pressure generated by a master cylinder, if a first fluid pressure system leading to a rear fluid chamber of the electrical fluid pressure generator fails and is opened to the atmosphere, braking is performed by brake fluid pressure of a second fluid pressure system transmitted from the master cylinder through a front fluid chamber of the electrical fluid pressure generator to a wheel cylinder. At this time, a front supply port, which communicates through a front second cup seal, does not communicate with the master cylinder but with a reservoir. Such configuration prevents leakage of the brake fluid pressure generated by the master cylinder through the front supply port, the front second cup seal and the rear fluid chamber, thereby ensuring braking by the second fluid pressure system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Takaaki Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 8330718
    Abstract: A cursor positioning control device is provided. The device includes a cursor movement measuring unit configured to measure a measurement value corresponding to a movement amount of a cursor on a display every certain time, a cursor deceleration determination unit configured to subtract an N-th measurement value from an (N?1)-th measurement value of the cursor movement measuring unit, and configured to determine that the cursor is being decelerated if the subtracted value is greater than a predetermined threshold value, wherein N is a natural number. When the number of successive times that the subtracted value is greater than the predetermined threshold value exceeds a predetermined number of times, the cursor deceleration determination unit generates an instruction signal for at least further decelerating a movement of the cursor than a cursor movement deceleration speed that a user instructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Miyazaki, Takashi Kashino, Naoki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8329014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing a vehicle body, which, without removing protrusions on an electrophoretic coating, improves the coating quality. The outer surface of the vehicle body is sanded prior to a pre-treatment, where the vehicle body is degreased and washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Yasuhiro Kume
  • Patent number: 8331607
    Abstract: A speaker includes an elongated diaphragm and a coupling member including forward and rearward segments, wherein at least two protrusions are provided at the rear side of the diaphragm along the major axis direction, the forward segment is engagingly disposed between the opposing end faces of two adjacent protrusions and also between the two portions of a rib of the diaphragm opposing each other in the minor axis direction, and wherein the outer circumferential surface of the voice coil bobbin is connected to the inner circumferential surface of the rearward segment, whereby the voice coil bobbin having a diameter larger than the dimension of the diaphragm measured along the minor axis direction can be successfully attached to the diaphragm. In the speaker described above, the diameter of the voice coil bobbin can be increased without decreasing the width of a surround thus enabling the withstanding of higher power input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Onodera
  • Patent number: 8328297
    Abstract: In a brake system, two first fluid pressure chambers of a master cylinder respectively communicate with two second fluid pressure chambers of a motor cylinder. The two second chambers communicate with four wheel cylinders through an ABS. The wheel cylinders are operated by brake fluid pressure generated by the master cylinder in an abnormal situation where the motor cylinder is non-operational. The brake system includes two separate independent fluid pressure lines: one line extending from one of the first chambers in the master cylinder to the wheel cylinders via one of the second chambers in the motor cylinder; and the other line extending from the other first chamber in the master cylinder to the wheel cylinders via the other second chamber in the motor cylinder. Thus, even if an abnormality occurs in one of the two fluid pressure lines, a minimum necessary braking force is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunimichi Hatano
  • Patent number: 8332116
    Abstract: A reaction force apparatus incorporated in a vehicle includes a reaction force controller for setting an acceleration intention boundary threshold value, which comprises a threshold value with respect to a rate of depression of an accelerator pedal, and which determines whether the driver of the vehicle intends to accelerate the vehicle quickly or gradually. The reaction force controller reduces the reaction force when the rate of depression exceeds the acceleration intention boundary threshold value, whereas the reaction force controller maintains the reaction force when the rate of depression is less than the acceleration intention boundary threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Takiguchi, Yoichi Sugimoto, Go Suzaki
  • Patent number: 8331653
    Abstract: An object position area is calculated according to a position in the space of a detected truck. A template corresponding to the object position area recorded at the previous time is then called. The template is moved to a position on a reference image Ib where the similarity is highest. Overlap rate of the object position area and the template is calculated. A decision is made whether the object is identical to that detected in the past by using the overlap rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihito Seki, Masatoshi Okutomi