Patents Assigned to Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220146693
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a relative position between a mobile device and a parked vehicle and causing one or more sounds to be emitted, wherein a volume or a pattern of the one or more sounds is based on the relative position between the mobile device and the parked vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11325481
    Abstract: Discloses embodiments disclosed relate to a cover assembly adapted to be mounted on a service plug socket of a high voltage battery. The assembly includes a brace member including a nesting feature to engage the service plug socket and a first opening for receiving a locking device, and a clamping member, slidably attached to the brace member to move between an open position and a closed position, the clamping member including a second opening for receiving the locking device. The clamping member and the brace member define a cavity, configured to receive the service plug socket, that reduces in size as the clamping member slides from the open position to the closed position. When the service plug socket is inserted in the cavity and the cover assembly is closed, the nesting feature engages with the service plug socket to prevent separation of the cover assembly from the service plug socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff M. Collins
  • Patent number: 11328602
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to selecting a route for a vehicle to travel. In one embodiment, the detection system generates a driving maneuver recommendation for a vehicle having a plurality of sensors configured to acquire information about an environment around the vehicle, the sensors including at least a camera to capture one or more images of a scene within the environment, by determining that at least a portion of each image in a set of images captured by the camera indicates an external display in the environment, tracking an object within the portion of each image in the set of images to determine a state of the object, the state including at least a trajectory estimate for the object, and determining a recommended driving maneuver based at least in part on the determined state of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rini Sherony, Paxton S. Williams
  • Patent number: 11329497
    Abstract: Methods and systems for charging, retaining, and cooling a mobile device in a vehicle. The system includes a tray configured to receive the mobile device, the tray having a plurality of apertures. The system also includes a wireless charger coupled to the tray and configured to wirelessly charge the mobile device. The system also includes a suction device configured to draw air through the plurality of apertures of the tray and create a suction force for reducing lateral movement of the mobile device and cooling the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Erik A. Wippler
  • Patent number: 11325596
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods relate to technology to control one or more systems to mitigate an oversteer condition of a vehicle or allow the oversteer condition, identify a curve in a roadway based on sensor data associated with the vehicle, based on the curve in the roadway, conduct an identification that the oversteer condition is to be allowed for at least a portion of the curve, and in response to the identification that the oversteer condition is to be allowed, controlling the one or more systems to allow the oversteer condition for the at least the portion of the curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ethan W. Pomish, Miles J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11325096
    Abstract: A microwave induced solvothermal method to prepare lithium thiophosphate composites including ?-Li3PS4 and crystalline Li7P3S11 is provided. The method is scaleable to commercial size production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Muldoon, Patrick J. Bonnick, Koji Suto, Erika Nagai, Keita Niitani
  • Patent number: 11328980
    Abstract: A power device embedded PCB includes a printed circuit board having a first major surface separated by a thickness and opposite a second major surface and an embedded power device. The embedded power device may include a power semiconductor device, an electrically and thermally conductive substrate bonded to the power semiconductor device along a first surface of the electrically and thermally conductive substrate and bonded to an electrical insulation layer on a second surface of the electrically and thermally conductive substrate opposite the first surface and a thermally conductive substrate bonded to the electrical insulation layer on a surface opposite the bonded electrically and thermally conductive substrate. The power semiconductor device, the electrically and thermally conductive substrate, the electrical insulation layer, and the thermally conductive substrate are disposed within the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Shohei Nagai
  • Patent number: 11325453
    Abstract: A mounting system is provided for positioning a battery in a vehicle, particularly between frame rails of a vehicle chassis. The system includes a battery housing that may include a base portion on which at least one battery is placed, a cover portion, and a side wall perimeter portion extending between the base portion and cover portion. A plurality of mounting brackets are coupled to the battery housing and configured for removably securing the battery housing to a structural component of the vehicle in a manner that allows for limited movement of the structural component, such as minor twisting of frame rails, without the displacement of the battery housing. Each mounting bracket may include at least one flexible portion that is elastically positioned to conform to a shape of at least a portion of the structural component. Methods for securing the battery housing in a vehicle chassis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Friedman
  • Publication number: 20220140706
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems provide technology that includes a first transistor, a second transistor stacked on the first transistor, at least one electrical conductor that is positioned between the first and second transistors and electrically connected to the first and second transistors, and a busbar that is electrically connected to the first and second transistors through the at least one electrical conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Fujioka, Shailesh N. Joshi, Danny J. Lohan
  • Publication number: 20220140377
    Abstract: A method of designing a fuel cell includes executing one or more programs on one or more computing devices having one or more processors to predict a location of one or more liquid regions and one or more vapor regions in microchannels at an air layer of a plate of the fuel cell. Based on the prediction, fluid flow networks for the air layer, a hydrogen layer, and a coolant layer of the fuel cell are simultaneously optimized via homogenized flow optimization. In response to the results of the homogenized flow optimization, one or more multi-scale Turing-patterned microstructures are generated for the air layer and the hydrogen layer. One or more multi-scale Turing-patterned microstructures are generated for the coolant layer by stacking the air layer and the hydrogen layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Yuqing Zhou, Ercan M. Dede
  • Publication number: 20220140362
    Abstract: A fuel cell may include a first fuel cell bipolar plate defining an air layer, a second fuel cell bipolar plate defining a hydrogen layer, and a coolant layer defined by the air layer and the hydrogen layer. The coolant layer includes a plurality of coolant microchannels that facilitate flow of a coolant. One or more support members are to extend between the air layer and the hydrogen layer to define one or more additional coolant flow paths between the air layer and the hydrogen layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Yuqing Zhou, Ercan M. Dede
  • Publication number: 20220141991
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems to provide for technology to that includes a plurality of transistors including first transistors and second transistors. The first transistors are disposed opposite the second transistors in a lateral direction with a first space between the first transistors and the second transistors in the lateral direction. A gate driver is electrically connected to the plurality of transistors to operate the plurality of transistors. The gate driver has a first portion disposed between the first transistors and the second transistors in the first space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Fujioka, Shailesh N. Joshi, Feng Zhou, Danny J. Lohan
  • Publication number: 20220140376
    Abstract: One or more methods of obtaining an optimal design of a fuel cell having fluid flow networks. In one or more methods, air, hydrogen, and coolant flow networks are simultaneously designed using porous media optimization and Turing pattern dehomogenization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Yuqing Zhou, Ercan M. Dede, Tsuyoshi Nomura
  • Publication number: 20220140360
    Abstract: A fuel cell that includes an air fuel cell bipolar plate and a hydrogen fuel cell bipolar plate respectively having a Turing-pattern microstructure configuration. The spatial arrangement of the air fuel cell bipolar plate and the hydrogen fuel cell bipolar plate is such that the air layer of the air fuel cell bipolar plate and the hydrogen layer of the hydrogen fuel cell bipolar plate are opposed to each other to define a microstructure configuration for a coolant layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Yuqing Zhou, Ercan M. Dede, Tsuyoshi Nomura
  • Publication number: 20220142017
    Abstract: A cold plate includes a first cooling surface comprising a first cooling structure bonded to an inner surface of the first cooling surface, a second cooling surface comprising a second cooling structure bonded to an inner surface of the second cooling surface, a manifold comprising an internal cavity defined by a first length, a first width, and a first height, and a flow divider defined by a second length, a second width, and a second height. The manifold is enclosed by the first cooling surface and the second cooling surface on opposing surfaces of the manifold separated by the first height. The flow divider is positioned within the internal cavity of the manifold. The flow divider supports and separates the first cooling structure and the second cooling structure by a portion of the second height of the flow divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Shohei Nagai, Shailesh N. Joshi, Hitoshi Fujioka, Danny J. Lohan, Hiroshi Ukegawa, Ercan Mehmet Dede
  • Publication number: 20220136847
    Abstract: A method comprises determining a plurality of available parking spaces within a threshold distance of a destination; determining an initial utility score for each of the available parking spaces based on a distance between each of the available parking spaces and the destination; determining a safety score associated with each of the available parking spaces based on crime data and a distance between each of the parking spaces and a major street, an entrance to a parking facility in which each available parking space is located, or an entrance to a point of interest; determining an adjusted utility score for each of the available parking spaces based on the initial utility score and the safety score associated with each of the available parking spaces; and selecting a parking space among the plurality of available parking spaces based on the adjusted utility score for the parking space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takamasa Higuchi, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20220138889
    Abstract: A parking seeker detection system and method for updating an availability of one or more parking spots of a parking spot database is provided. The method includes determining whether a target vehicle is a registered member vehicle, and in response to determining that the target vehicle is not a registered member vehicle, identifying a target parking spot in which the target vehicle is intending to park and updating an availability of a parking spot of a parking spot database corresponding to the target parking spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takamasa Higuchi, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20220140359
    Abstract: A fuel cell may include a first fuel cell bipolar plate defining an air layer, a second fuel cell bipolar plate defining a hydrogen layer, and a coolant layer defined by the air layer and the hydrogen layer. The coolant layer includes a plurality of coolant microchannels that facilitate flow of a coolant. A permeable support layer is arranged between the air layer and the hydrogen layer to define a gap therebetween to prevent flow blockage of the coolant microchannels while facilitating coolant flow therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Ercan M. Dede, Yuqing Zhou
  • Publication number: 20220139224
    Abstract: A method for performing correlation-based parking availability estimation is provided. The method includes retrieving a plurality of parking availability correlation models, wherein each of the parking availability correlation models estimates parking availability for a target parking block based on parking availability for one or more other parking blocks; selecting a subset of the parking availability correlation models, wherein the subset comprises parking availability correlation models that estimate parking availability of the target parking block based on parking availability for one or more other parking blocks for which current parking availability is known; selecting a parking availability correlation model from the subset based on a model quality indicator associated with each parking availability correlation model; and estimating parking availability for the target parking block based on the selected parking availability correlation model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takamasa Higuchi, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20220142013
    Abstract: A configurable, double sided, manifold micro-channel cold plate includes a one or more manifold micro-channel cold plate cells. Each cold plate cell includes a manifold body, a manifold insert, a plurality of heat sinks, and a plurality of longitudinal openings configured for fluidic communication with the fluid channels. The manifold body has fluid channels to permit flow of a fluid coolant. The manifold insert has a plurality of manifold insert fluid channels, and is configured for receipt in the one of the modular body recesses. The heat sinks are configured for receipt in the modular body recesses, and include an impingement surface configured for fluidic communication with the manifold insert fluid channels, and a heat transfer surface for thermal communication with one or more heat generating devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc
    Inventors: Feng Zhou, Ercan M. Dede, Hiroshi Ukegawa