Nissan Patents

Nissan Motor Company Ltd. manufactures and sells automobiles under the Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti brands.

Nissan Patents by Type

  • Nissan Patents Granted: Nissan patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Nissan Patent Applications: Nissan patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20180265021
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply control method includes switching, when a constant voltage is required of a power supply circuit in generating electric power by a power generator, the power supply circuit being connected to a primary storage battery and configured to be connected to a secondary storage battery that has a lower internal resistance than that of the primary storage battery, between connection of the secondary storage battery to the power supply circuit and disconnection of the secondary storage battery from the power supply circuit depending on the required constant voltage, current output to the power supply circuit by the power generator, and a state of charge of the secondary storage battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akifumi Koishi, Masahiko Tahara, Atsushi Tezuka, Tomoyuki Koike, Munemitsu Watanabe, Terumasa Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10076959
    Abstract: A vehicle regenerative braking control device is provided for a vehicle, which comprises wheels and a motor that brakes and drives the wheels. In this way, the vehicle travels by the motor driving the wheels, and brakes by applying a braking force to the wheels with a regenerative braking force of the motor. The vehicle regenerative braking control device comprises a vehicle controller configured to control the motor such that the regenerative braking force is to be decreased at a steady rate during a predetermined time before a state-of-charge of a battery used as a power source of the motor decreases to a level at which the regenerative braking force can no longer be generated as predetermined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yohei Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10076968
    Abstract: A drivable distance calculation device calculates a drivable distance that the vehicle equipped with the device can travel. The drivable distance calculation device includes a remaining battery capacity sensor which calculates a remaining capacity of a battery installed in the vehicle; and a arithmetic unit which calculates multiple power consumption ratios for different units of driving in accordance with variations in the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and calculates the drivable distance based on the remaining battery capacity calculated by the remaining battery capacity sensor and a power consumption ratio selected from among the calculated multiple power consumption ratios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satomi Ota, Naoki Yamamoto, Kenichi Gotou
  • Patent number: 10079409
    Abstract: A method for producing cell 1, which includes cell element 4 wherein positive electrode plate 41 and negative electrode plate 42 are laminated with an interposal of separator 43 therebetween; and outer case 5 which houses cell element 4 together with an electrolyte solution. An electrolyte solution injection step for forming cell 1 by having outer case 5 contain cell element 4 and electrolyte solution (step S1), a charging step for charging cell 1 (step S2), and an impregnation condition inspection step for inspecting an impregnation condition of the electrolyte solution into cell element 4 after charging cell 1 are conducted in the order of the electrolyte solution injection step, the charging step and the impregnation condition inspection step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: AUTOMOTIVE ENERGY SUPPLY CORPORATION, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Asako Kawashima, Shinichi Tasaki, Chika Amemiya, Daisuke Iga, Tomoyuki Nagaoka, Takeshi Yasooka, Hiroshi Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20180261866
    Abstract: Provided is a fuel cell electrode catalyst layer which includes a catalyst carrier having a large specific surface area and a polymer electrolyte having a form in which at least a portion thereof is agglomerated, the fuel cell electrode catalyst layer exhibiting excellent power generation performance in a high-humidity environment (for example, 100% RH).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi TAKAHASHI, Tetsuya MASHIO, Atsushi HORAI, Atsushi OHMA
  • Publication number: 20180259066
    Abstract: A transmission controller is configured such that if an input rotation speed sensor is determined to have a failure, the transmission controller executes a fail-safe control and inhibits a failure determination of a secondary pressure solenoid valve on the basis of a difference between a secondary instruction pressure and a detected value by a secondary pressure sensor. The fail-safe control is configured to set the secondary instruction pressure to be a predetermined high pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya SUDO, Youji ITOU, Kosuke ABE
  • Publication number: 20180257489
    Abstract: A vehicular display device, in execution of following cruise control with a preceding vehicle ahead of a host vehicle, causes a fixed indication to light up and displays a following mark in a superimposed manner with a following-target preceding vehicle. The fixed indication indicates that the following-target preceding vehicle has been detected. The vehicular display device includes a preceding vehicle detector that detects the following-target preceding vehicle, a display setter that sets the fixed indication to light up and sets the following mark to be displayed in a superimposed manner with the following-target preceding vehicle when the following-target preceding vehicle has been detected by the preceding vehicle detector, and a head-up display that displays images of the fixed indication and the following mark set by the display setter in a display region provided to be superimposed on a position of a windshield of the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Watanabe, Masayuki Shishido, Norio Kosaka, Kenji Maruyama
  • Publication number: 20180261869
    Abstract: A solid oxide fuel cell system includes a primary fuel supply passage for supplying fuel, plural fuel cell stacks each uses a solid oxide fuel cell and that are provided in line on the primary fuel supply passage and includes at least a first fuel cell stack and a second fuel cell stack, a first reformer that is provided on an upstream side from the first fuel cell stack on the primary fuel supply passage and reforms the fuel by utilizing endothermic reforming reactions, a second reformer that is provided between the first fuel cell stack and the second fuel cell stack on the primary fuel supply passage and reforms the fuel by utilizing endothermic reforming reactions and exothermic methanation reactions, and a secondary fuel supply passage connected between the first fuel cell stack and the second reformer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Maki HOSHINO, Tatsuya YAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180258871
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes an intake passage of the internal combustion engine, an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, an EGR passage connecting the intake passage and the exhaust passage. The internal combustion engine further includes a throttle valve provided downstream of a connected part to the EGR passage in the intake passage, and configured to control a quantity of intake air flowing into the internal combustion engine, and an intake throttle valve provided upstream of the connected part to the EGR passage in the intake passage. A control device controls the internal combustion engine, in which device an opening degree of the intake throttle valve is determined on the basis of an intake air quantity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki HAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 10072590
    Abstract: A control device for diesel engine controls a diesel engine with a turbo charger that coaxially joins an intake compressor and an exhaust turbine, and drives the intake compressor with energy of exhaust gas which flows into the exhaust turbine to pressurize intake air, and a fresh air/secondary air supply device that supplies fresh air or secondary air to an exhaust passage upstream of the exhaust turbine. The control device for diesel engine includes a gas flow stagnation region determination means that determines whether engine operation conditions or a state of the turbo charger are/is in a gas flow stagnation region, and a fresh air/secondary air supply means that supplies fresh air or secondary air to the exhaust passage upstream of the exhaust turbine by the fresh air/secondary air supply device when the engine operation conditions or the state of the turbo charger are/is in a gas flow stagnation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehisa Sano, Isshou Uehara
  • Patent number: 10072993
    Abstract: A torque estimating system for a synchronous electric motor having a permanent magnet includes: a superimposing unit configured to superimpose a voltage or current of a frequency different from a frequency of a fundamental wave driving the synchronous electric motor on at least a d-axis of the synchronous electric motor; a magnet temperature estimating unit configured to estimate a temperature of the permanent magnet from the superimposed voltage or current and a current or voltage obtained by the superimposing; and a torque estimating unit configured to estimate a torque of the synchronous electric motor from the estimated temperature of the permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: David Díaz Reigosa, Fernando Briz Del Blanco, Hideo Yoshida, Takashi Kato
  • Patent number: 10074112
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system includes one or more mobile computers, a server, and digital data storage accessible by the server. The storage includes records describing automobiles in an inventory, such as vehicle identification numbers (VINs) referenced to automobile site availability and specific automotive features from a set of available automotive features. The mobile computer is programmed to perform machine-executable operations to present a guided, interactive automobile specific demonstration checklist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Wilson, Jonathan M. Finkel
  • Patent number: 10074275
    Abstract: A determination processor, when determining a driving action of a subject vehicle traveling on a route, determines a scene which the subject vehicle encounters. The determination processor extracts a plurality of events which the subject vehicle encounters when traveling on a first route, and rearranges the extracted plurality of events in the order of encounters with the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Tomoko Kurotobi, Noriaki Fujiki, Susumu Fujita, Hikaru Nishira
  • Patent number: 10071740
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a first target driving force calculation unit that calculates a first target driving force based on an accelerator pedal opening; a target speed ratio calculation unit that calculates a target speed ratio of a continuously variable transmission based on the first target driving force; a target torque calculation unit that calculates a target torque of a driving source based on the first target driving force; an air density detection unit that detects air density; and a first correction unit that corrects only the target torque, out of the target speed ratio and the target torque, in accordance with the air density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Ono, Takahiro Yoshino, Yuuzou Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10074975
    Abstract: A power supply device (1) includes a parallel connection of a plurality of series circuits each including a secondary battery (11A, 11B) and a relay (12A, 12B) connected in series with the secondary battery. A control apparatus for controlling ON/OFF timings of the relays (12A, 12B) includes a control device (2) to set a time difference between the ON/OFF timings of the relays (12A, 12B) to control the supply of power at optimum timings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukari Tsukamoto, Takeshi Fujita, Chiduru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10072774
    Abstract: This intermediate grasping tool of a charging cable is mounted on a charging cable that extends from a charging stand, is provided with a cylindrical part which is hung on a hook provided on the charging stand and which is formed such that the charging cable passes through said cylindrical part, and is also provided with a gripping part which extends from the cylindrical part and is grasped. By means of such a configuration, charging operations can be performed while grasping the intermediate grasping tool of the charging cable with the hand that is not grasping the charging connector. In this way, the operability during charging can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Hamada, Masato Inoue
  • Patent number: 10074022
    Abstract: A lamp detection device detects an edge portion from a camera image, the edge portion having a luminance difference equal to or above a predetermined value, and generates a smoothed image by diminishing the luminance difference of the edge portion. Then, the lamp detection device extracts synchronized pixels from the smoothed image, the synchronized pixels having luminances varying synchronously with an alternating current cycle of power supplied to a lamp, and detects the lamp from the synchronized pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiko Oki, Haruo Matsuo, Daiki Yamanoi
  • Publication number: 20180252167
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine includes an intake passage of the internal combustion engine, an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine, and an EGR passage connecting the intake passage and the exhaust passage. The internal combustion engine further includes a throttle valve provided downstream of a connected part to the EGR passage in the intake passage, and configured to control an intake air quantity toward a downstream side of the connected part, and an intake throttle valve provided upstream of the connected part to the EGR passage in the intake passage. In a control device of the internal combustion engine, an opening degree of the intake throttle valve is determined on the basis of an opening degree of the throttle valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke SUZUKI, Takayuki HAMAMOTO, Tetsuya KOBARA
  • Publication number: 20180254499
    Abstract: A method for enriching the oxygen fed to a fuel cell cathode intake comprises receiving at the cathode intake an oxidant from the air, storing oxygen in an adsorber coupled to the cathode intake, and adding the stored oxygen from the adsorber to the oxidant at the cathode intake during high current density operation. A fuel cell system comprises a membrane, an anode on one side of the membrane, and a cathode, coupled to a blocking member, on a second side of the membrane. The cathode comprising an intake configured to allow an oxidant to flow through the cathode, and an outlet configured to discharge unreacted oxygen from the cathode, an adsorber, coupled to the blocking member, configured to store oxygen for adding to the oxidant flowing through the cathode intake during high current density operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Amod Kumar
  • Publication number: 20180252156
    Abstract: A jig (31) is placed on a cylinder block (11) set in an inverted position, and a crankshaft (5) is lifted upward from a main bearing part (17) and held at a predetermined height position. A lower link (7) temporarily fitted to a crank pin (6) in the previous step is rotated about the crank pin (6) as a cener by a robot hand, and held in a predetermined inclined position in which a dividing surface (28) becomes vertical. In this state, a pair of bolts (29) is horizontally fastened from the right and the left by using a nut runner (55).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo TOUSE, Yoshihiro KOBAYASHI, Shigeru NAKAJIMA, Kazuhiko TAKASHIMA, Kazuto WAKI, Daisuke WATANABE, Takeshi CHIHARA, Kousuke INOUE
  • Publication number: 20180254678
    Abstract: A terminal block of a rotating electric machine includes a terminal block main body, a high-current electrical wire connecting section to which a high-current electrical wire of the rotating electric machine is connected, multiple neutral wire connecting sections to which neutral wires of the rotating electric machine are connected, and a bus bar that connects the neutral wire connecting sections to each other
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu MATSUZAKI, Masahide KIMURA, Toshiaki TANNO, Hiroshi NAKAHARA
  • Publication number: 20180250893
    Abstract: To provide a manufacturing method for a composite material, a manufacturing apparatus for a composite material, a preform for a composite material, and a composite material capable of reducing a molding time and an equipment cost by controlling flowing of resin in a cavity. A method of manufacturing a composite material 100 provided with a reinforcement 510 and a resin 600 infused into the reinforcement, includes: an applying process of applying an adhesive 520 to the sheet-shaped reinforcement having first and second regions 501 and 502 such that a content density of the adhesive of the second region is lower than that of the first region; a preforming process of forming a preform 500 by preforming the reinforcement; and a process of molding a composite material 400 by infusing the resin 600 into the preform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi KURODA
  • Patent number: 10065634
    Abstract: An energy management control device for a hybrid vehicle has an energy management controller that suppresses an occurrence of a condition in which an EV start is not possible due to insufficient battery charge capacity when an engagement clutch fails. When the energy management controller has determined that one of the engagement clutches has failed that is used to carry out an EV start using a first motor generator as a drive source that receives electrical power from a high-power battery when starting the vehicle, energy management maps are used in energy management control, which have a usage SOC range that is broader than the usage SOC range of the normal energy management map, which is used during normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10065639
    Abstract: A lane keeping assist device assists a steer-by-wire vehicle to stay in a traveling lane. The lane keeping assist device controls the turning angle of the turning wheel using a first turning angle calculated to keep the vehicle in the traveling lane and using a second turning angle corresponding to the steering amount of the steering wheel. The lane keeping assist device detects a vehicle speed of the vehicle. The lane keeping assist device calculates a first reaction force command value to the steering wheel corresponding to the first turning angle and a second reaction force command value to the steering wheel corresponding to the second turning angle. The lane keeping assist device controls a steering reaction force to be imparted to the steering wheel to correspond only to the second reaction force command value when the vehicle speed is higher than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10065646
    Abstract: An engine stop control device is provided for a vehicle that ensures a sufficient operation frequency of coast stop operation during travel on a congested road, thereby to improve practical fuel economy. The vehicle has an engine that is capable of being restarted. A controller is configured to stop the engine automatically when the vehicle, after experiencing a travel with a vehicle speed VSP exceeding a first threshold value, decreases the speed below a CS (coast stop) start vehicle speed. The controller is further configured to set a second threshold value below the first threshold value. The controller is further configured, after starting from an engine automatic stop due to the coast stop control and when the vehicle experiences travel exceeding the second threshold value without exceeding the first threshold value, to permit the automatic engine stop due to the coast stop control at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Yamada
  • Patent number: 10065687
    Abstract: A composite material structure is provided a metal member and a resin member. The metal member is formed in a planar shape that has a main surface. The resin member is bonded to the main surface of the metal member. The metal member has a thermal expansion coefficient in a first direction along the main surface is larger than a thermal expansion coefficient in a second direction along the main surface. The second direction is orthogonal to the first direction. The resin member is formed of a fiber-reinforced resin having a fiber quantity in the second direction that is larger than a fiber quantity in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukihiro Hamada, Hiroshi Ookubo
  • Patent number: 10066721
    Abstract: A final drive device includes a housing and a final drive gear mechanism. The final drive gear mechanism is provided in the housing, and comprises a drive pinion and a ring gear meshed with the drive pinion and a differential gear mechanism. The differential gear mechanism includes a pinion rotatably supported by a pinion mate shaft, and a pair of side gears meshed with the pinion from both sides in an axle direction. The final drive device has a pinion carrier that is rotated in a direction around the axle integrally with the pinion mate shaft supporting the pinion, and which is secured to the ring gear. The pinion carrier is provided with a pinion housing unit that houses the pinion while permitting the pinion to rotate around its own axis. The side gears are fixedly located relative to the housing while being permitted to rotate around their own axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsumitsu Tanaka, Jitsuyuki Endou, Kenichi Sonowa, Mitsuo Yokozawa, Kazuhiro Takaki, Teppei Maki, Masakatsu Koide
  • Publication number: 20180244131
    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: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi Iwamoto
  • Publication number: 20180245689
    Abstract: In a vehicle equipped with a torque converter (4) having a lock-up clutch (3), learning control for obtaining a learning value (L_n) on the basis of meet-point information, with which the lock-up clutch (3) initiates torque transmission, is carried out. After acquiring the current learning detection value (M_n), a meet-point learning control unit (12c) calculates the current detection error (E_n) on the basis of the difference between the current learning detection value (M_n) and the previous learning value (L_(n?1)) that is stored. When the current and previous detection errors (E_n) and (E_n?1) have the same plus/minus sign, the current learning value correction amount is set to a larger value if the absolute value |(E_n?1)| of the previous detection error (E_n?1) is large than if the absolute value |(E_n?1)| is small. The sum of the previous learning value (L_(n?1)) and the current learning value correction amount is set as the present learning value (L_n).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu ARAKI, Seiji KASAHARA, Hideshi WAKAYAMA, Hiroyasu TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180245686
    Abstract: In a transmission control device for controlling a transmission, a controller determines failure of a SOL corresponding to a hydraulic secondary-pressure actuator. The controller variably controls line command pressure, and in a case where the failure is determined, fixes the line command pressure to a line pressure set value. The controller variably controls primary command pressure, and in a case where the failure is determined, continuously changes a speed ratio of a variator by variably controlling the primary command pressure. The controller variably controls secondary command pressure, and in a case where the failure is determined, fixes the secondary command pressure to a secondary pressure set value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro HAMANO, Youji ITOU, Kosuke ABE, Haruka OZONO
  • Publication number: 20180244284
    Abstract: An automatic transmission includes an oil temperature detecting unit configured to detect an oil temperature of the hydraulic oil, and a controller configured to perform the control of the speed ratio on a basis of the oil temperature obtained from the oil temperature detecting unit. The controller is configured such that if the controller has failed to obtain the oil temperature from the oil temperature detecting unit, the controller outputs a command to restrict an output from the driving force source, and such that if the controller has obtained the oil temperature from the oil temperature detecting unit again, the controller gradually cancels the command to restrict the output from the driving force source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihira AMANO, Youji ITOU, Kosuke ABE
  • Publication number: 20180245528
    Abstract: An exhaust gas recirculation control method of an internal combustion engine, the internal combustion engine including: a turbo supercharger; an exhaust gas recirculation passage communicating an exhaust passage with an intake passage at a part upstream of a compressor of the turbo supercharger; an exhaust gas recirculating amount control valve disposed in the exhaust gas recirculation passage; a differential pressure generating valve disposed upstream of a merging portion of fresh air gas and exhaust gas in the intake passage; and a controller adapted to control an opening of the exhaust gas recirculation amount control valve and an opening of the differential pressure generating valve, wherein in the method, the controller cooperatively controls the opening of the exhaust gas recirculation amount control valve and the opening of the differential pressure generating valve to make an exhaust gas recirculation ratio change to a target exhaust gas recirculation ratio at a change rate that prevents abnormal comb
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya KOBARA, Takayuki HAMAMOTO, Kazuhiro TERAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180245688
    Abstract: In a vehicle on which a torque converter having a lock-up clutch is mounted between an engine and a transmission, a meet point learning controller is provided to perform learning control for obtaining a learning value based on information on a meet point at which the lock-up clutch starts torque transmission. The meet point learning controller estimates a LU transmission torque based on a difference between an engine torque signal value and a torque converter transmission torque when the lock-up clutch moves from a non-engaged state to an engaged state during traveling of the vehicle, and uses, as the meet point information, a meet point detection pressure at a time when the LU transmission torque estimated value is determined to have entered an upward trend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshimitsu ARAKI, Seiji KASAHARA, Hideshi WAKAYAMA, Kouji SAITOU, Hiroyasu TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180245525
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control method includes detecting a remaining fuel amount in a fuel tank including a fuel chamber in which a suction port of a fuel pump is disposed for sucking fuel to be supplied to an engine, the fuel tank being configured to generate negative pressure for sucking fuel to the fuel chamber by ejecting a part of fuel sucked by the fuel pump into the fuel chamber via a fuel line, permitting, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, inertial traveling during which a vehicle travels, with the engine kept stopped, operating, when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a first threshold, the fuel pump despite the engine stopped owing to the inertial traveling, and prohibiting stop of the engine when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a second threshold smaller than the first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Koike, Munemitsu Watanabe, Akifumi Koishi, Terumasa Tsuchiya, Masahiko Tahara, Atsushi Tezuka
  • Publication number: 20180245691
    Abstract: A control device for a continuously variable transmission mechanism of a vehicle includes: a stepwise variable transmission mechanism which is disposed in series with the continuously variable transmission mechanism, and which has at least two or more forward gear stages; and a controller configured to increase the belt capacities to be greater than the belt capacity set when an accelerator opening degree is zero, at least in a time period from a timing when the accelerator opening degree becomes zero, to a timing when a braking force is generated by a depression of a brake pedal, the controller being configured to set an increase amount with respect to the belt capacity set when the accelerator opening degree is zero, to a smaller value as a transmission gear ratio of the stepwise variable transmission mechanism is higher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu KAWAMOTO, Norio ASAI, Hiroyasu TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180248208
    Abstract: A control device of fuel cell system includes an anode gas circulation flow rate control unit configured to control the anode gas circulation flow rate on the basis of the wet/dry state of the electrolyte membrane detected by the wet/dry state detecting unit, a priority setting unit configured to set priority levels of a normal manipulation to a plurality of physical quantities manipulated by the wet/dry state control unit, and the anode gas circulation flow rate control unit includes an anode gas circulation flow rate limiting unit configured to limit a change rate per unit time of the anode gas circulation flow rate during a transient operation for changing the wet/dry state of the electrolyte membrane, and a control quantity compensating unit configured to, if the change rate is limited, compensate an insufficiency in a control quantity of the wet/dry state due to the limitation of the anode gas circulation flow rate, the compensation being carried out by manipulating a physical quantity with a lower prior
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya AOKI, Nobuhisa IKEDA, Toshikazu KOTAKA, Daigo IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20180244158
    Abstract: the control device for electric vehicle in the first embodiment, in the electric vehicle including the motor that functions as the traveling driving source and provides a regenerative braking force to the vehicle, and the friction brakes that provide the friction braking force to the vehicle, detects the motor rotation speed proportionate to a running speed of this electric vehicle, estimates the disturbance torque that acts on the motor, and performs the control such that the motor torque command value converges to the disturbance torque estimated value as the motor rotation speed decreases. Then, when the motor rotation speed becomes almost 0, the control device performs the control such that the friction-braking-amount command value with respect to the friction brakes converges to a value determined on the basis of the disturbance torque estimated value, and causes the motor torque command value to converge to almost 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KOMATSU, Ken ITOU, Takashi NAKAJIMA, Yuuji KATSUMATA, Akira SAWADA
  • Publication number: 20180248210
    Abstract: In a fuel cell system, a preceding-stage fuel cell and a following-stage fuel cell are connected via a fuel flow path. The fuel cell system includes a reformer that supplies reformed gas to the preceding-stage fuel cell; an acquisition unit that acquires the amount of heat generation and the amount of heat absorption of the preceding-stage fuel cell; and a control unit that controls at least one of the amount of current of the preceding-stage fuel cell, the flow rate of air to be supplied to the reformer, and the temperature of the preceding-stage fuel cell if the amount of heat absorption acquired by the acquisition unit is larger than the amount of heat generation acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya YAGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180245687
    Abstract: In a transmission control device, a controller determines failure of a rotation sensor. A hydraulic control circuit and the controller variably control a speed ratio of a variator. The hydraulic control circuit and the controller variably control a gear position of a sub-transmission mechanism, and in a case where the failure is determined, fix the gear position of the sub-transmission mechanism to first speed. The hydraulic control circuit and the controller fix the gear position of the sub-transmission mechanism to the first speed during a vehicle stop in a case where the gear position of the sub-transmission mechanism upon a determination of the failure is second speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: JACTCO Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruka OZONO, Masahiro HAMANO
  • Publication number: 20180248200
    Abstract: To provide catalyst particles that can exhibit high activity. Catalyst particles, which are alloy particles formed from platinum atoms and non-platinum metal atoms, each alloy particle having a main body that constitutes a granular form; and a plurality of protrusions protruding outward from the outer surface of the main body, in which the main body is formed from a non-platinum metal and platinum, the protrusions are formed from platinum as a main component, and the aspect ratio (diameter/length) of the protrusions is higher than 0 and lower than or equal to 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki ARIHARA, Hiroyuki TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20180244157
    Abstract: A control device is provided for an electric vehicle that generates a braking force corresponding to an opening degree of an accelerator pedal to decelerate the electric vehicle. The control device for the electric vehicle includes a motor configured to generate a driving force or a regenerative braking force of the electric vehicle, a friction braking unit configured to generate a friction braking force, and a controller configured to control at least one of the motor and the friction braking unit corresponding to the opening degree of the accelerator pedal. The controller determines whether all of regenerative electric power generated by the motor is consumed in the electric vehicle when the motor is caused to perform a regenerative braking. The controller causes the motor to perform the regenerative braking when the regenerative electric power is determined to be consumed in the electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi HIRAKAWA, Ken ITOU, Yuji KATSUMATA, Hiroyuki KOMATSU
  • Patent number: 10062286
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network may include determining a codeword based on host vehicle information and remote vehicle information, and wherein the codeword indicates whether an expected path for the remote vehicle and an expected path for the host vehicle are convergent, and traversing a portion of the vehicle transportation network in response to the codeword. Determining the codeword may include determining an orientation sector based on a geodesic between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle, determining relative position information for the host vehicle and the remote vehicle based on the orientation sector, determining relative elevation information for the host vehicle and the remote vehicle based on the remote vehicle information and the host vehicle information, and determining relative heading information for the host vehicle and the remote vehicle based on the remote vehicle information and the host vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Goudy, Neal Probert, Andrew Christensen, Jeremy Chambers
  • Patent number: 10059162
    Abstract: An unsprung power supply apparatus is provided for an in-wheel motor vehicle. The unsprung power supply apparatus includes a steering knuckle, an in-wheel motor and a third link. The steering knuckle is configured to turn and steer a tire of the in-wheel motor vehicle. A virtual kingpin axis is an axis passing through a knuckle side coupling point at which the third link couples with the steering knuckle. In the unsprung power supply apparatus, a power supply cable connects the in-wheel motor and a power supply unit with a part of the power supply cable on a vehicle body side being fixed to the third link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Matayoshi, Sakiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: D827515
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seonwook Whang, Akio Shimizu
  • Patent number: D827516
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoya Ashida, Kazuki Aoyama
  • Patent number: D827517
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seonwook Whang, Akio Shimizu, Kazuki Aoyama
  • Patent number: D827518
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Komuro, David Beasley
  • Patent number: D827519
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Komuro, David Beasley
  • Patent number: D827549
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomihisa Igarashi, Toshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: D827886
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Komuro, David Beasley