Patents Assigned to Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10984657
    Abstract: Methods and systems of the present disclosure allow vehicle participants to issue vehicle statistical challenges to other vehicle participants using V2V communications. Accepted challenges are initiated and vehicle statistics relevant to the challenge are then recorded by the system in both vehicles. Once the challenge is complete, the system calculates and/or compares the results of the challenge, then communicates the results to the challenge participants. The system may also provide options for drivers to communicate via V2V messages, directions, routes, places of interest, or emergency locations in lieu of stopping and inquiring other vehicle participants in person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Abril A. Galang, Nathan C. Westover, Joshua D. Payne
  • Patent number: 10984933
    Abstract: Thermally annealed superparamagnetic core shell nanoparticles of an iron-cobalt ternary alloy core and a silicon dioxide shell having high magnetic saturation are provided. A magnetic core of high magnetic moment obtained by compression sintering the thermally annealed superparamagnetic core shell nanoparticles is also provided. The magnetic core has little core loss due to hysteresis or eddy current flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul Rowe
  • Patent number: 10985391
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices of a cooling system for controlling air or liquid flow. The fluid system includes one or more actuators that control the air or liquid flow. The fluid system includes multiple interconnecting pipes that transport the air or liquid flow. Each pipe may have a mass flow for the air or liquid flow. The fluid system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to determine an initial mass flow of the air or liquid flow. The electronic control unit is configured to determine the mass flow for each pipe based on the initial mass flow. The electronic control unit is configured to predict a cooling capability of the air or liquid flow within each pipe and control the one or more actuators to regulate or control cooling of one or more components of the vehicle based on the predicted cooling capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jared Farnsworth, Daniel Folick
  • Patent number: 10984299
    Abstract: Detection systems, apparatus, and related methods for use with vehicle sensor modules are disclosed. A disclosed detection system for one or more vehicles includes a vehicle sensor module and a positioning feature disposed on a vehicle exterior or infrastructure. The positioning feature includes a machine-readable code associated with predefined calibration data of the positioning feature. The detection system also includes a vehicle controller configured to detect, via the vehicle sensor module, the positioning feature when the positioning feature is visible to the vehicle sensor module. The vehicle controller is configured to obtain the predefined calibration data in response to reading the machine-readable code and calibrate the vehicle sensor module based on the predefined calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Wiesenberg, John-Michael McNew, Ethan Pomish
  • Publication number: 20210108938
    Abstract: An embodiment takes the form of a system that obtains application-usage data from a personal mobile device of a vehicle operator of a vehicle. The application-usage data reflects a usage, during operation of the vehicle, of an application on the personal mobile device. The system identifies a vehicle feature, of the vehicle, that provides a vehicle functionality similar to an application functionality provided by the application on the personal mobile device, and performs a comparison of the obtained application-usage data with feature-usage data. The feature-usage data reflects a usage, during operation of the vehicle, of the identified vehicle feature. The system determines, based on the comparison, a usage preference for the application during operation of the vehicle over the identified vehicle feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Clinton Williams
  • Publication number: 20210110708
    Abstract: A system for managing vehicles includes a plurality of first level managers, and a plurality of second level managers each being in a higher hierarchical level than the plurality of first level managers and managing a section. Each of the plurality of first level managers collects data using one or more sensors of a vehicle, abstracts the data to obtain first information, and transmits a first instruction to the vehicle based on the first information. One of the plurality of second level managers receives the first information from one or more of the plurality of first level managers in the section managed by the one of the plurality of second level managers, obtains second information based on the first information, and transmits a second instruction to the vehicle based on the second information. The first instruction is different from the second instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Yang, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Publication number: 20210111098
    Abstract: Direct-bonded metal substrates of electronic assemblies are disclosed. For example, the direct-bonded metal substrate includes a ceramic substrate and a first conductive layer. The first conductive layer is bonded to a first surface of the ceramic substrate, and the first conductive layer includes a first core and a first encapsulating layer that encapsulates the first core. The first core includes a phase change material having a first melting temperature, the first encapsulating layer includes an encapsulating material having a second melting temperature, and the second temperature is greater than the first melting temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh N. Joshi, Yanghe Liu
  • Publication number: 20210107409
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a center console assembly that includes a housing having a support surface and a receptacle recessed with respect to the support surface, a lid and a retaining mechanism. The lid includes an exterior surface, an opposite interior surface, and an opening extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface is coupled to the housing for movement between a closed position and a raised position. In the closed position, the interior surface faces the support surface of the housing and access to the receptacle is permitted through the opening of the lid. The retainer mechanism is coupled to the lid. The retainer mechanism is configured to retain an object between the support surface and the retainer mechanism when the lid is in the raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Salvia, III
  • Publication number: 20210109420
    Abstract: A display includes a plurality of elongated waveguides positioned adjacent to each other and extending along a first direction, a plurality of elongated upper electrodes positioned adjacent to each other on a first side of the waveguides and extending along the first direction, and a plurality of elongated lower electrodes positioned adjacent to each other on a second side of the waveguides opposite the first side and extending along a second direction transverse to the first direction. At least one of the waveguides comprises nonlinear materials having a third order susceptibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Rodrigues, Ercan M. Dede
  • Patent number: 10975968
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fluid seal to prevent fluid and lubricant loss during automotive transmission testing. The fluid seal may be disposed on a surface of an axle shaft such that a variety of transmissions may be evaluated without replacement of the axle shaft, a laborious and ergonomically stressful task. Moreover, the fluid seal may be disposed on a standard collar of the axle shaft for interaction with an internal surface of a transmission coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. McFarland, Andrea L. Hudson, Mike Taylor
  • Patent number: 10974570
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that limits the speed of the compressor to allow for the adoption or use of an internal heat exchanger. The HVAC system includes a compressor configured to drive refrigerant flow and an inverter configured to control a speed of the compressor. The HVAC system includes a first sensor configured to measure a temperature of the inverter and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain, from the first sensor, the temperature of the inverter. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a range of speeds for the compressor based on the obtained temperature of the inverter. The electronic control unit is configured to operate the compressor within the determined range of speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Netsanet S. Chevers, Hidekazu Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10974657
    Abstract: A rack system for a vehicle includes a first rack member rotatably coupled to a support element in a cargo bed of the vehicle, a second rack member rotatably coupled to the first rack member, and a third rack member coupled to first rack member so as to be rotatable with respect to the first rack member independently of the second rack member. The rack members may be stowed when not in use, and deployed when the vehicle is stationary to enable various accessories to be mounted from the rack members. This enables the accessories to be spatially arranged for use according to user preferences and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: David Wentworth
  • Patent number: 10978038
    Abstract: An invisible sound barrier includes a periodic array of spaced apart, columnar unit cells. Each unit cell includes a pair of joined, and inverted, columnar Helmholtz resonators, having neck portions that point in opposite directions. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can be formed of a sound absorbing material and coated with a light reflective material causing light to reflect around the resonators, thereby conferring invisibility. Each of the Helmholtz resonators can alternatively be formed of a light reflecting material, and positioned in between vertical mirrors, with a transparent material filling space between the resonators and the vertical mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Taehwa Lee, Hideo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10974732
    Abstract: A host vehicle includes a plurality of sensors communicably coupled to the host vehicle. Additionally, the host vehicle includes processing circuitry configured to map-match a location of the host vehicle in response to approaching a traffic intersection, receive traffic intersection information from the plurality of sensors in response to approaching the traffic intersection, the plurality of sensors having a predetermined field of view corresponding to a host vehicle field of view, estimate a driver field of view based on the host vehicle field of view, determine whether navigating through the traffic intersection is safe based on the driver field of view, and modify driver operation in response to a determination that navigation through the traffic intersection is not safe based on the driver field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Vladimeros Vladimerou
  • Patent number: 10975457
    Abstract: A magnetic core of superparamagnetic core shell nanoparticles having a particle size of less than 200 nm; wherein the core is an iron cobalt ternary alloy and the shell is a silicon oxide is provided. The magnetic core is a monolithic structure of superparamagnetic core grains of an iron cobalt ternary alloy directly bonded by the silicon dioxide shells. A method to prepare the magnetic core which allows maintenance of the superparamagnetic state of the nanoparticles is also provided. The magnetic core has little core loss due to hysteresis or eddy current flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul Rowe
  • Patent number: 10975488
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat transfer device includes manipulating the microstructure of a metal alloy to thereby remove one or more chemical components of the alloy to form resultant heat pipe structure having an envelope composed of the precursor metal alloy and a porous wick structure composed of the dealloyed metal. Manipulation of the microstructure may be conducted by selective etching of a substrate composed of a metal or metal alloy using a dealloying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan B. Fleming, Gaohua Zhu
  • Publication number: 20210103284
    Abstract: Embodiments herein are directed to a wheelchair system that includes a wheelchair. The wheelchair includes a coupling mechanism, a processing device, and a non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium in communication with the processing device. The non-transitory, processor-readable storage medium includes one or more programming instructions that, when executed, cause the processing device to determine the location of an accessory, position the wheelchair with respect to the accessory, and couple the wheelchair to the accessory via the coupling mechanism. The positioning of the wheelchair is independent from a user physically controlling the positioning of the wheelchair with respect to the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Katsumi Nagata
  • Publication number: 20210104970
    Abstract: An integrated power control assembly mounted on an axial end of a three-phase motor includes a substrate, two input busbars each of positive and negative polarities alternatively spaced apart on the substrate, a plurality of sets of paired devices, and three output busbars corresponding to the three phases of the motor, wherein a set of paired devices includes a switching semiconductor and a diode. An inner input busbar has edges adjacent to an inner input busbar of opposite polarity and an outer input busbar of opposite polarity and configured to have at least twice as many devices as the outer input busbars. One or more sets of paired devices are disposed axially on outer input busbars and on inner input busbars along the edges. An individual output busbar is disposed over and electrically coupled to one or more sets of paired devices disposed on adjacent input busbars of opposite polarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shohei Suenaga, Shailesh N. Joshi, Danny J. Lohan, Yanghe Liu
  • Publication number: 20210103740
    Abstract: A method for tracking a non-connected vehicle is provided. The method includes obtaining one or more features of the non-connected vehicle, assigning an ID to the non-connected vehicle, the ID including information about the one or more features of the non-connected vehicle, predicting one or more locations of the non-connected vehicle in response to the non-connected vehicle being out of a field of view of a connected vehicle at a first location, identifying a vehicle at a second location, the second location corresponding to one of the predicted one or more locations, and determining whether the identified vehicle at the second location corresponds to the non-connected vehicle based on a comparison of one or more features of the identified vehicle and the ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hao Yang, Rui Guo, Baik Hoh, Kentaro Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10971748
    Abstract: A system for controlling airflow through a fuel cell circuit includes a fuel cell stack. The system also includes a valve having a valve position that affects a pressure of the gas and a valve area corresponding to a cross-sectional area of the valve through which the gas may flow. The system also includes a memory designed to store a map or function that correlates the valve area to the valve position. The system also includes an ECU to determine or receive a desired mass flow rate of the gas through the valve, and calculate a desired valve area to achieve the desired mass flow rate. The ECU is also designed to compare the desired valve area to the map or function to determine a desired valve position that provides the desired valve area, and to control the valve to have the desired valve position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jared Farnsworth, Daniel Folick, Shigeki Hasegawa, Naoki Tomi