Patents Assigned to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10150349
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control method includes starting, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, inertial traveling during which a vehicle travels while stopping fuel supply to an engine of the vehicle, measuring, from a start of the inertial traveling, a temperature decrease amount occurring in a heat exchanger for heating a cabin of the vehicle with heat generated by the engine, and stopping the inertial traveling when the temperature decrease amount is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 10152885
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance device has a stopping vehicle detector configured to detect stopping vehicles failing to pass through a traffic light while a light is green, the traffic light being installed beside a plurality of lanes extending in a same direction, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire a starting characteristic of each detected vehicle, and a simultaneous passage line calculator configured to calculate a simultaneous passage line including a first line and a second line based on the acquired starting characteristics, when a vehicle having a lower starting characteristic than a reference starting characteristic is included in the vehicles stopping on a first lane included in the plurality of lanes, and when a vehicle having a higher starting characteristic than starting characteristics of the vehicles on the first lane is included in the vehicles stopping on a second lane included in the plurality of lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiji Shimodaira, Hiroya Fujimoto, Junichi Kasai, Yasuhisa Kishi, Satoshi Kawai
  • Publication number: 20180347522
    Abstract: An air intake device for an internal combustion engine of the present invention includes a water discharge passage extending from a bottom surface of a control valve housing part recessed in a housing passage forming part of an air intake passage to an air intake port. The water discharge passage is formed independently from the air intake passage, and includes: a water collection groove recessed in the bottom surface; a water discharge hole formed penetrating a cover of a valve control housing; and a water discharge hole penetrating a flange part of an insert inserted into the air intake port. The downstream end of the water discharge hole is connected to a space defined between an air intake port inner wall surface and an insert cylindrical part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu OOKI, Kazuki IIJIMA
  • Patent number: 10148130
    Abstract: A non-contact power supply system has a conversion circuit that converts power of a power transmission-side power supply, and outputs power to a power transmission coil. A power transmission-side controller controls the conversion circuit. A power reception coil receives power from the power transmission coil in a non-contact manner. The power reception coil supplies power to a load electrically connected to the power reception coil. A smoothing circuit smooths power received by the power reception coil. A sensor detects current or voltage in the smoothing circuit. A power reception-side controller acquires an encoded value from a detection value of the sensor. The power transmission-side controller measures an elapsed time between a previous rise and a current rise in a detection voltage that is detected by the sensor, and compares the elapsed time and an elapsed time threshold that is set in advance to acquire the encoded value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomofumi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10145693
    Abstract: An own-position estimation device: detects positions of landmarks present around a vehicle; accumulates the detected positions of the landmarks as landmark position data based on a movement amount of the vehicle; extracts straight lines from the accumulated landmark position data; selects pieces of the landmark position data used for own-position estimation based on angles formed by intersecting ones of the extracted straight lines; and estimates a position of the vehicle by matching the selected pieces of the landmark position data and positions of landmarks in map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10146221
    Abstract: An information presenting apparatus is used in an autonomous vehicle capable of switching between autonomous driving control and manual driving control. The information presenting apparatus determines a response action for checking that the driver is ready to take over when the autonomous driving control is switched to the manual driving control, performs control for requesting the driver to perform the response action determined, and detects the response action performed by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masami Funakawa
  • Patent number: 10144300
    Abstract: A power receiving portion is installed in a middle in a vehicle width direction at a front portion on a lower surface of a floor panel close to steered front wheels. Therefore, the power receiving portion can be accurately aligned with a power supply portion on the road surface side so as to face each other with a sense of steering in such a manner as to align the center of a vehicle with the power supply portion when the vehicle advances to a predetermined stop position in a parking space. Moreover, a high-current system wire harness for transmitting electric power from a battery located on the lower surface of the floor panel to a motor unit in a front compartment passes above the power receiving portion so as to improve the safety of the wire harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10146211
    Abstract: A variable magnetization machine controller including a hysteresis control component configured to receive an ideal magnetization state signal, output an actual magnetization signal based on the ideal magnetization state signal for control of a variable magnetization machine, and modify the actual magnetization state signal in accordance with an error value between the ideal magnetization state signal and the actual magnetization state signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Takashi Fukushige, Chen-yen Yu, Robert D. Lorenz
  • Patent number: 10147954
    Abstract: A positive electrode (10) for an air cell of the present invention includes: a catalyst layer (11) composed of a porous layer containing electrical conductive carbon (1), a binder (2), and a catalyst component (3); and a fluid-tight gas-permeable layer (12) composed of a porous layer containing an electrical conductive carbon (1a) and a binder (2). The fluid-tight gas-permeable layer is stacked on the catalyst layer. This configuration can facilitate series connection of the air cells while preventing electrolysis solution from leaking out of a positive electrode. It is therefore possible to enhance the manufacturing efficiency and handleability of the air cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiko Tsukada, Kazufumi Kodama, Shigemasa Kuwata, Atsushi Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 10144373
    Abstract: A power supply system control device for controlling a power supply system including an electric generator, a first electricity storage configured to be charged with and to discharge electric power generated by the electric generator, a second electricity storage configured to be charged with and to discharge the generated electric power, two paths connecting between the first electricity storage and the second electricity storage, a switching unit including a first switch configured to switch between a conductive state and a non-conductive state of one of the paths, and a second switch configured to switch between a conductive state and a non-conductive state of the other of the paths, and an electric load of a vehicle that is connected to the first electricity storage side of the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Tahara, Terumasa Tsuchiya, Atsushi Tezuka, Tomoyuki Koike, Munemitsu Watanabe, Akifumi Koishi
  • Patent number: 10144055
    Abstract: A multi-cylinder head casting device includes a casting mold and a port core. The casting mold includes dies that define a cavity corresponding to an outer shape of a cylinder head. The port core includes body parts for forming the ports, and a base part connecting the body parts. A lower die has intake and exhaust hole formation surfaces on the combustion chamber side of the port, and a port core support surface corresponding to the mounting surface of the cylinder head. Side dies have a port core pressing surface that faces the port core support surface. The port core is supported inside the cavity by distal ends of the body parts contacting the air intake and exhaust hole formation surfaces. A lower surface of the base part contacts the port core support surface, and an upper surface of the base part contacts the port core pressing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsu Kurashita, Kenji Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 10144351
    Abstract: An information presentation system includes an onboard device including a camera provided on a vehicle, and a terminal device having portability and performing wireless communication with the onboard device. The terminal device is configured to acquire an image around the vehicle captured by the camera, superimpose a distance marker on the image, the distance marker representing a distance from the vehicle, determine a delay state including a delay time of the wireless communication between the onboard device and the terminal device, and present the image on which the distance marker is superimposed. When the wireless communication is not delayed, the terminal device superimposes the distance marker on the image at a reference position at which a distance from the vehicle is a distance represented by the distance marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masafumi Tsuji
  • Publication number: 20180340783
    Abstract: A vehicle reach area presentation device sets a unit area in which a start point exists as a start area among unit areas into which a region on map data is divided and extracts pieces of probe data including records of past travels within a certain range from the start area. The device sets the unit areas, including goal points recorded in the extracted pieces of probe data, as reach areas, calculates energy consumptions from the start area to the reach areas by using the pieces of probe data, and presents the reach areas to a user while changing display of the reach areas depending on the calculated energy consumptions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Suzuki, Hirofumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10137828
    Abstract: The vehicular notification device comprises luminescent devices provided on the roof of a vehicle and a notification control device configured to control the luminescent devices to emit light when a person existing around the vehicle is detected. The luminescent devices are provided so as to extend in the vehicle's front-back direction on both sides in the vehicle's width direction of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Takae, Nariaki Etori, Akira Morimoto, Takahiro Yano, Tatsuya Shino
  • Patent number: 10138858
    Abstract: An engine control method includes determining an intention of a driver for acceleration during vehicle traveling, stopping fuel supply to an engine when a determination is made that the driver does not have the intention for acceleration, detecting a speed of the vehicle during inertial traveling, with fuel supply to the engine kept stopped, permitting restart of the engine when a determination is made that the driver has the intention for acceleration after stopping the fuel supply to the engine, prohibiting the restart of the engine until an engine rotational speed drops to or below a predetermined rotational speed threshold, even when the restart of the engine is permitted, restarting the engine after the engine rotational speed drops to or below the predetermined rotational speed threshold, and changing the rotational speed threshold depending on the detected speed. The rotational speed threshold increases with increase in the detected speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakane
  • Patent number: 10138847
    Abstract: An evaporated fuel processing device includes: an evaporated fuel passage connecting a fuel tank and a canister; a purge passage connecting the canister and an intake passage of an internal combustion engine a first purge control valve arranged to open and close the purge passage; a tank open passage connecting a position on an upstream side of the first purge control valve in the purge passage, and the tank; and a second purge control valve arranged to open and close the tank open passage, when the fuel tank becomes a negative pressure, the second purge control valve being opened to introduce an atmospheric pressure through the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Watanabe, Kazuki Toyoda, Hitoshi Oohashi
  • Patent number: 10141587
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a supply unit configured to supply cathode gas to a fuel cell, a bypass valve configured to bypass the cathode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell by the supply unit, a detection unit configured to detect a state of the cathode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell without being bypassed by the bypass valve, a pressure adjusting unit configured to adjust a pressure of the cathode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell, a calculation unit configured to calculate a target flow rate and a target pressure of the cathode gas to be supplied to the fuel cell according to an operating state of the fuel cell, an operating state control unit configured to control an operation amount of at least one of the pressure adjusting unit and the supply unit on the basis of a flow rate and the pressure of the cathode gas detected by the detection unit and the target flow rate and the target pressure calculated by the calculation unit, a bypass valve control unit configured to open and close the bypass valv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Asai, Hiroshi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10140858
    Abstract: A vehicle management system for managing vehicles used by users has a usage managing unit that accepts a user's request for using the vehicle and to set a return space among parking spaces as a planned return space when the user's request is accepted, the return space being a space to which the vehicle is to be returned by the user after the vehicle is used by the user, a return determining unit that determines whether or not the vehicle is returned to the planned return space set by the usage managing unit when the vehicle is actually used and returned by the user, a return permitting unit that permits a return of the vehicle in a case where the return determining unit determines that the vehicle is returned to the planned return space, and a notification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Chinomi, Kayoko Hara
  • Patent number: 10138998
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle including a variable compression ratio mechanism arranged to vary an engine compression ratio of an internal combustion engine, and a torque converter which includes a lock-up mechanism, and which is disposed between the internal combustion engine and a transmission, has a controller configured to switch the engine compression ratio from a high compression ratio to a low compression ratio, and to switch the lock-up mechanism from a lock-up OFF state to a lock-up ON state. When the controller is switching the engine compression ratio from the high compression ratio to the low compression ratio, the controller starts switching the lock-up mechanism to the lock-up ON state when a current engine compression ratio is equal to or smaller than a permissible compression ratio which is between the high compression ratio and the low compression ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10138797
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes: a cylinder block in which a cylinder is formed; a cylinder head including an intake port and an exhaust port, the cylinder head being integrally formed with the cylinder block; a water jacket covering circumferences of the cylinder, the intake port, and the exhaust port; a partition wall dividing the water jacket into a cylinder block side and a cylinder head side; and a knock sensor mounting boss provided on a side surface of the internal combustion engine, at a position on an extension line of the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Kubo, Takao Ito