Toyota Patents

Toyota Motor Corporation designs, manufactures, assembles and sells passenger cars, minivans and commercial vehicles under the Toyota and Lexus brands. The company also provides financial services products to customers and dealers seeking loans to purchase or leases of Toyota vehicles.

Toyota Patents by Type

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  • Publication number: 20180019301
    Abstract: A semiconductor device may include an element region and a peripheral voltage withstanding region. The peripheral voltage withstanding region includes inner circumferential guard rings; and outer circumferential guard rings having a width narrower than a width of the inner circumferential guard rings. An interval between the inner circumferential guard rings is narrower than an interval between the outer circumferential guard rings. Each of the inner circumferential guard rings includes a first high concentration region and a first low concentration region. Each of the outer circumferential guard rings includes a second high concentration region and a second low concentration region. A width of a part of each first low concentration region that is exposed on a front surface of the semiconductor device is wider than a width of a part of each second low concentration region that is exposed on the front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshifumi YASUDA, Tatsuji NAGAOKA, Yasushi URAKAMI, Sachiko AOI
  • Publication number: 20180014650
    Abstract: A cushion pad of a vehicle seat including: a cushion member including a soft pad and a hard pad which is harder than the soft pad, the soft pad being integrated with the hard pad so as to wrap the hard pad without covering a mounting side surface of the hard pad, wherein a groove, which is opened to the mounting side and having a size large enough to receive an exuding piece generated during molding of the soft pad, is provided in a periphery of the mounting side surface of the hard pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro NAKAO, Takeshi SHIMOSATO
  • Publication number: 20180015895
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement includes a body part extending in a vehicle width direction, and a terminal part, which extends in the vehicle width direction, is attached to an end part of the body part in a longitudinal direction, and is joined to the body part in a state of being superimposed on the end part of the body part. Rigidity of the end part of the body part in the longitudinal direction is lower than rigidity of a center part of the body part in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN KEIKINZOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanobu KANEKO, Hiroharu IIZUKA, Kiyoichi KITA, Jun SHOBO, Kyosuke MATSUI, Tamaki OBAYASHI, Hirofumi SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20180019680
    Abstract: A unit is equipped with a main battery, a pair of third wires that are connected to the main battery, a system main relay that is arranged on the third wires, a pair of fourth wires that is connected to the third wires between the system main relays and the main battery to the converter, a converter that is connected to the fourth wires, a case for accommodation, a main connector that connects the wire to a pair of first wires outside the case, and a sub-connector that connects the converter to a pair of second wires outside the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi NOZAWA, Kenjiro SHIBA
  • Publication number: 20180018874
    Abstract: Systems for presenting dedicated short range communication (DSRC) penetration metric information on route are provided. A system for DSRC presenting penetration metric information on route includes a screen, one or more processors, one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules. When executed by the one or more processors, the machine readable instructions may cause the system to generate at least one route between a start location and a destination, receive, from a cloud server, DSRC penetration metric information related to the at least one route, select one route among the least one route based on the DSRC penetration metric information, and display the selected route along with the DSRC penetration metric information for the selected route on the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John-Michael McNew
  • Publication number: 20180015878
    Abstract: An object detection and notification system includes an object detection system including logic that detects presence of a target object within a sensing range of a sensor and determines a direction of the target object relative to the autonomous vehicle. A notification system includes logic that provides a sound cue using a speaker to an occupant of the autonomous vehicle that is indicative of location of the target object relative to the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John-Michael McNew
  • Publication number: 20180015893
    Abstract: An in-vehicle device fixing structure includes: a base member including a bottom wall, a first side wall, and a second side wall; a box-shaped in-vehicle device including a first side face opposed to the first side wall, a second side face opposed to the second side wall, a third side face provided on a side opposite to the first side face, and a fourth side face provided on a side opposite to the second side face; a holding member including a third-side-face holding portion opposed to the third side face, a fourth-side-face holding portion opposed to the fourth side face, and a fastening portion attached to the bottom wall via a fastener and having a plate shape; and an in-vehicle device locking portion provided in at least the base member and the holding member, and configured to restrain a movement of the in-vehicle device toward the vehicle upper side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita ITO, Yasuhiro KONDO, Akira NISHINO
  • Publication number: 20180015681
    Abstract: A voltage signal adaptor includes a housing, a die cable extending outward from the housing and terminating at a die cable end engageable with a manufacturing die comprising one or more die sensors, and a cable receptacle communicatively coupled to the die cable. The cable receptacle is engageable with a bolster cable of a machine press communicatively coupled to a press line programmable logic controller. The voltage signal adaptor further includes a step down power supply positioned between and communicatively coupled to the cable receptacle and the die cable and one or more signal conversion switches positioned between and communicatively coupled to the cable receptacle and the die cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A. Lewis, Edward F. Flaga, Ralph H. Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20180017007
    Abstract: A fuel injection control device learns a port injection learning value and a direct injection learning value separately for each of learning regions that are divided according to the engine operating state. It is assumed that a port injection learning condition and a direct injection learning condition are both satisfied in a learning region in which neither the learning of the port injection learning value nor the learning of the direct injection learning value has been completed. In such a situation, the fuel injection control device executes the port injection learning process if the ratio of the port injection amount is less than the ratio of the direct injection amount, and executes the direct injection learning process if the ratio of the direct injection amount is less than the ratio of the port injection amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryusuke KURODA, Masanao IDOGAWA
  • Publication number: 20180015953
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure comprising: a dash panel that extends in a vehicle transverse direction at a front portion of a vehicle and that partitions a vehicle cabin interior and a vehicle cabin exterior; a protruding portion that is formed by making a center of the dash panel in the vehicle transverse direction protrude towards the front of the vehicle; and a deforming component that is disposed in a vehicle cabin exterior space in front of the protruding portion, and can be deformed by receiving an impact from the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi AJISAKA
  • Publication number: 20180015917
    Abstract: In a drive control system for a vehicle configured to cause the vehicle to travel in a limp-home mode when a malfunction occurs in a selectable one-way clutch, when it is determined that a malfunction occurs in the SOWC, the cause of the malfunction is specified as one of a plate-open failure of a selector plate that is unintentionally placed in an open state, and a sensor failure. In the case of the plate-open failure, a first limp-home traveling mode is carried out in which the vehicle travels in the limp-home mode while keeping the SOWC in a negative rotational speed range. In the case of the sensor failure, a second limp-home traveling mode is carried out in which the vehicle travels in the limp-home mode while the SOWC is placed in the non-engaged state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji ITAGAKI, Naofumi Magarida, Koichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20180015957
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes: a framework member; an outer panel disposed at the outer side of the framework member, and that configures a design face of the vehicle; a foamed member disposed as a reinforcing material between the framework member and the outer panel, and that is formed from a material foamed at a first temperature from a precursor state and then solidifies at a second temperature lower than the first temperature; and a reinforcement member that is interposed between the outer panel and the foamed member in a state in which the outer panel and the foamed member are respectively joined together so as to fix the foamed member to the outer panel, and that is configured from a material having a smaller shrinkage ratio than a shrinkage ratio of the foamed member when the temperature is lowered from the first temperature to the second temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumihiko KISHIMA, Koji AMEMIYA
  • Publication number: 20180015896
    Abstract: An energy absorbing structure of a vehicle of the present invention has: a bumper reinforcement positioned at a vehicle front end portion or a vehicle rear end portion, the bumper reinforcement extending in a vehicle transverse direction; and a crash box made of a fiber-reinforced resin, the crash box being disposed at a side opposite a side of input of collision load to the bumper reinforcement, and the crash box being structured to include a crash box main body having a closed cross-sectional structure. An upper portion and a lower portion of the crash box main body do not overlap the bumper reinforcement as seen from a vehicle longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroki HASHIMOTO, Shintaro KITAKATA
  • Publication number: 20180015828
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide an automated driving system and a method for providing an indication of a driver's responsibilities in a vehicle having an automated driving system. The system includes a display device for displaying information to a driver of the vehicle, and a controller configured to display, at the display device, a driver and vehicle responsibility matrix (DVR matrix). The DVR matrix includes a first set of indicators each indicating a driving responsibility of the driver, a second set of indicators each indicating a driving responsibility of the automated driving system. In one example, the controller is configured to display the DVR matrix corresponding to an automation state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: John-Michael MCNEW
  • Publication number: 20180016828
    Abstract: A vehicle sliding door assembly includes a rail that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction, a hard stop spaced apart from the rail in a vehicle vertical direction, a slide assembly including a follower member that is slidably engaged with the rail, and a closing member pivotally coupled to the follower member, where the closing member is repositionable between an open position, in which the closing member is spaced apart from the hard stop in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and a closed position, in which the closing member contacts the hard stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Young
  • Publication number: 20180015914
    Abstract: A vehicle brake device includes a hydraulic pressure control portion which performs a feed-back control so that an actual hydraulic pressure of the brake fluid approximates an instruction target pressure and a target pressure setting portion which sets the instruction target pressure to a value closer to the actual hydraulic pressure side than an operating target pressure, when a pressure deviation between the operating target pressure which is a target value of the hydraulic pressure of the brake fluid corresponding to a brake operation and the actual hydraulic pressure is larger than a first pressure difference and at the same time when the actual hydraulic pressure is approaching to the operating target pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro OKANO, Masaki NINOYU
  • Publication number: 20180018027
    Abstract: A multimedia system for a vehicle is provided. The multimedia system includes a processor and a multi-function control knob communicatively coupled to the processor. The multi-function control knob is configured to provide control signals to the processor such that the multi-function control knob operates in a first mode or a second mode and switch between the first mode and the second mode in response to a double actuation of the multi-function control knob.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Kowalk
  • Publication number: 20180015942
    Abstract: An operating lever is fitted to an operating shaft and pivots with the operating shaft. A first cam brought to pivot by the operating lever and a second cam cam-engaged with the first cam to push a column jacket are supported by the operating shaft. The first cam includes a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion that are disposed on opposite sides of a central axial line in a manner as to face each other in a radial direction. The operating lever has a first hole into which the first projecting portion is fitted and a second hole into which the second projecting portion is fitted. The second hole has a larger dimension than the second projecting portion in the radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: JTEKT CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonori SUGIURA, Shoji ISHIMURA, Tatsuro KUBOTA, Yuji TAKAHASHI, Shigeru HOSHINO
  • Publication number: 20180019549
    Abstract: The electric shielded wire connection structure includes: a lower side case that accommodates a rotary electric machine; an upper side case that is positioned immediately above, and facing, the lower side case and accommodates an inverter; a plurality of electric wires that is arranged in a state where one end thereof is connected to a lower side terminal block immediately under the upper side case, the other end thereof is connected to an upper side terminal block at a wall surface side end part of the upper side case, and the plurality of electric wires is bent from the position immediately under the upper side case so as to face the wall surface; and a braided shielding member that shields the plurality of electric wires and is arranged for the plurality of electric wires only at the side opposite to the surface facing the upper side case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro MAKIDO, Yousuke KURONO, Haruki KUSAMAKI, Tetsuya IIDA, Junpei NAKAMOTO, Takuya TATE, Hiroyuki MATSUOKA, Kouji FUKUMOTO, Daisuke HASHIMOTO, Toshiya HIROOKA
  • Publication number: 20180015916
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine (10), a first motor generator (MG1), a second motor generator (MG2), a transmission unit (power transmission unit) (40), a differential unit (50), a clutch (CS) and a mechanical oil pump (501). The hybrid vehicle is able to switch between series-parallel mode in which power of the engine is transmitted via the transmission unit and the differential unit and series mode in which power of the engine is transmitted via the clutch. The differential unit (50) is a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear (S2) connected to the first motor generator (MG1), a ring gear (R2) connected to the second motor generator (MG2), and a carrier (CA2) connected to a ring gear (R1) that is an output element of the transmission unit (40). The mechanical oil pump (501) is driven by power that is transmitted from the carrier (CA2) of the differential unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidehiko BANSHOYA, Kiyonori TAKAGI, Atsushi KAWAMOTO, Haruhisa SUZUKI, Tatsuya IMAMURA, Toshiki KANADA, Atsushi TABATA
  • Publication number: 20180016994
    Abstract: A control system for an internal combustion engine is provided with a crankshaft, an intake camshaft with an intake cam, a timing chain, an intake variable valve timing mechanism configured to be able to change at least one of an opening timing and closing timing of an intake valve by controlling a phase of the intake cam, and an electronic control unit configured to set in advance a periodic correction coefficient to vibrate by a period identical to a rotational period of the timing chain and to control the intake variable valve timing mechanism by the periodic correction coefficient to make the phase of the intake cam a target phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yukihiro NAKASAKA
  • Publication number: 20180016973
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine provided with a cylinder block able to move relative to a crankcase is provided with a block movement mechanism arranged just at one side of the internal combustion engine, a pair of guide walls provided at the crankcase, a support member supporting a side surface of the cylinder block, and a pushing member pushing against a side surface of the cylinder block. Further, at the guide wall at the side of arrangement of the block movement mechanism, the support member is attached to the top side from the position of attachment of the other end part of the connecting member and the pushing member is attached to the bottom side from the position of attachment of the other end part of the connecting member, while at the guide wall at the opposite side from the side of arrangement of the block movement mechanism, the support member is attached to the bottom side (bottom side of cylinder block) a predetermined space from pushing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki WATANABE
  • Publication number: 20180016961
    Abstract: A basic regeneration completion pressure difference value is set based on a predicted deposition amount of incombustible deposits produced steadily on a particulate filter, and a corrected regeneration completion pressure difference value higher than the basic regeneration completion pressure difference value is set based on a deposition amount of incombustible deposits deposited unsteadily on the particulate filter. After regeneration processing starts, when a time for which a pressure difference value is maintained to be equal to or greater than the basic regeneration completion pressure difference value after decreasing to the corrected regeneration completion pressure difference value exceeds a prescribed regeneration completion time, the regeneration processing ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kensuke KITAGAWA, Akira YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20180017398
    Abstract: A navigation apparatus (including configurable circuitry) and method for displaying a plurality of control parameters to carry out a process for generating at least one optimum route for use in navigation of an autonomous vehicle, receiving a plurality of weights corresponding to the plurality of control parameters to generate a route score corresponding to the at least one route, transmitting the plurality of control parameters and the plurality of weights to a server implementing an optimization algorithm to calculate the at least one optimum route using the plurality of control parameters and the plurality of weights, receiving the at least one optimum route and the route score generated by the server, and displaying the at least one optimum route and the route score to enable selection of the at least one optimum route for navigation of the autonomous vehicle from the start location to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: John-Michael MCNEW
  • Publication number: 20180017514
    Abstract: A gas sensor element with suppressed response deterioration even when poisoned with S when fuel or exhaust gas contains ethanol and the ethanol content is high. The element includes a detection portion, which includes a solid electrolyte layer having a pair of electrodes on opposite sides thereof, a shielding layer defining a measurement target gas space with a porous diffusive resistance layer, and a reference gas space protective layer; a heat-generating portion stacked on the detection portion; and a porous protective layer surrounding the detection portion and heat-generating portion. The porous protective layer includes a first porous protective layer surrounding at least the porous diffusive resistance layer, and a second porous protective layer surrounding the first porous protective layer, the detection portion and the heat-generating portion. The first porous protective layer contains none of La, Ca, or Mg, while the second porous protective layer contains at least one of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya KATO, Satoshi NAKAMURA, Hiroki NISHIJIMA, Makoto ITO
  • Patent number: 9868176
    Abstract: A friction stir spot welding structure includes a pair configured of an upper side flange portion and a lower side flange portion that are friction stir spot welded together by being pressed by a rotating pin rotating from one thickness direction side at a mutually overlapping location. A pair of protruding portions that project out in a protruding shape from the upper side flange portion toward the lower side flange portion are formed to the upper side flange portion. A pair of engagement holes into which the pair of protruding portions are inserted are formed to the lower side flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kohei Chiashi, Yutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 9868111
    Abstract: A process of forming a direct NOx catalyst includes the steps of providing a palladium salt, providing a silicon oxide support material, mixing the palladium salt and silicon oxide support material in an aqueous solution, evaporating the aqueous solution forming a solid, calcining the solid, and then exposing the calcined solid to a pretreatment gas at a specified temperature to form a desired direct NOx catalyst. When the process includes exposing the calcined solid to helium gas at a temperature of from 650 to 1000° C. the catalyst may include a mixture of palladium and palladium oxide having a particle size of from 5 to 150 nm where the palladium particles are discrete particles without sintering and the mixture may include 41% by weight palladium oxide and 51% by weight palladium metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Reddy Gunugunuri, Torin C. Peck, Chen Ling, Hongfei Jia
  • Patent number: 9868253
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a tank comprises providing a covered liner by winding a fiber impregnated with a thermosetting resin on a liner; and performing a heat curing process that cures the thermosetting resin by heating the covered liner in a heating furnace. The heat curing process comprises controlling the heating to prevent temperature of the thermosetting resin that is changed by the heating from exceeding a heat resistant temperature of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sakuma Emori
  • Patent number: 9868467
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicle body front portion structure including: a front side member main body to which a bead is formed at rear portion of an outer-side side wall portion, and is joined to a front side member base portion such that the front side member base portion covers a portion of an outer circumferential surface of the front side member main body located at vehicle body rear side of the bead. Abutting ribs extending in vehicle body front-rear direction are provided at a portion of the front side member base portion. The abutting ribs include a front-side extended portion located at a side portion of the bead and extends towards vehicle body front side beyond a portion that protrudes in vehicle body transverse direction, and include an abutting portion that faces towards vehicle body front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9868469
    Abstract: A vehicular object detection device including: a rocker section that extends substantially along a vehicle front-rear direction, at a lower side of a side section of a vehicle, and that is configured by plural rocker configuration members; and an object detection sensor that is disposed in the rocker section and that detects an object at at least one of a side or the lower side of the vehicle, wherein: among the plural rocker configuration members, a rocker configuration member disposed at a vehicle width direction outer side of the object detection sensor is configured by a resin, or the rocker configuration member disposed at the vehicle width direction outer side of the object detection sensor is formed with a detection opening that is open toward a vehicle outer side at a position corresponding to a transceiver of the object detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Sakakibara, Masanobu Ohmi, Seiji Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Matsumura, Kazuki Sugie, Misato Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9868414
    Abstract: An occupant protection device comprises a pair of bag bodies, that is provided in left and right side support sections in a seat width direction of a seatback of a vehicle, and that displace the side support sections by inflating when supplied with gas; a first gas supply mechanism that supplies gas to the pair of bag bodies during everyday use; and a second gas supply mechanism that supplies gas to at least one out of the pair of bag bodies and that inflates the bag body earlier than in cases in which the pair of bag bodies are inflated by gas supplied by the first gas supply mechanism, in the event that a collision has been predicted or detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyoshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 9868377
    Abstract: A heated cup holder system for a vehicle includes a sleeve receivable onto a container, the sleeve of a predefined inductance, and a cup holder including an induction-heating element operable to induce a current within the sleeve, thereby heating the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenan Kurtovic
  • Patent number: 9868437
    Abstract: A driving force control system for a hybrid vehicle is provided to reduce frequency of engagement and disengagement of engagement devices involved in a shifting operation to a hybrid mode. A controller is configured: to determine whether or not the engine is required to be started; to determine an operating mode to be established after starting the engine; to engage at least one of the first engagement device and the second engagement device to achieve the determined operating mode; and to start the engine while engaging said one of the first engagement device and the second engagement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigetsugu Iwata, Atsushi Tabata, Tatsuya Imamura
  • Patent number: 9868439
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is provided to execute a turning performance improving control for stabilizing vehicle behavior by controlling drive force during turning. The vehicle control system is provided with: a steering detecting means that detects a steering operation of a driver; a drive force limiting means that restricts the drive force during execution of a turning performance improving control; and a restriction relaxing means that temporarily changes the drive force in a direction of changing the drive force by the turning performance improving control, if the steering operation of the driver detected by the steering detecting means while restricting the drive force by the drive force limiting means is carried out to increase a steering angle during execution of the turning performance improving control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hitoshi Matsunaga, Kazuya Okumura
  • Patent number: 9868441
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus for implementing inter-vehicle distance control of a subject vehicle carrying the apparatus behind a preceding vehicle based on reflected waves from a target that is a reflecting portion of the preceding vehicle. In the apparatus, a controller is configured to implement the inter-vehicle distance control based on an inter-vehicle distance between a rear end of the preceding vehicle and the subject vehicle acquired from the detected distance. A control switcher is configured to, when target information for identifying the rear end of the preceding vehicle becomes unacquirable during implementation of the inter-vehicle distance control, suspend the inter-vehicle distance control and make a switch to the direct operation by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Tokimasa, Youhei Masui, Minoru Nakadori
  • Patent number: 9868465
    Abstract: A frame structure of a vehicle has: a frame member that is formed in a closed cross-sectional shape having plural first wall portions and plural first corner portions, and that configures a frame of a vehicle; and a reinforcing member that is made of a fiber reinforced resin, and that is formed in a closed cross-sectional shape having plural second wall portions and plural second corner portions, and that is disposed within the closed cross-sectional shape of the frame member such that the plural second corner portions contact the plural first wall portions or the plural first corner portions respectively, the plural second wall portions facing the plural first wall portions or the plural first corner portions respectively, forming plural closed cross-sectional shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9868370
    Abstract: A seatback frame structure includes a reclining mechanism, a joining member that is joined to the reclining mechanism, a fastening member, a seatback frame, and a restricting member. The seatback frame forms a frame of a seatback that can support a back of a seated occupant. The seatback frame is fastened to the joining member by the fastening member. The restricting member includes a restricting portion. The restricting portion is fastened, together with the seatback frame, to the joining member by the fastening member. The restricting portion is configured to restrict relative movement of the seatback frame with respect to the joining member when a vehicle is involved in a rear collision. The seatback frame is made of resin, and the seatback frame is fixed in a state sandwiched by the restricting member and the joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Kaneko, Hiroshi Tamura, Takuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9868448
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a power storage device, a motor generator that receives electric power from the power storage device to generate travel driving force, and an ECU. The ECU selects one of a CD mode and a CS mode, and switches a traveling mode between EV traveling and HV traveling in accordance with a traveling condition in each of the CD mode and the CS mode. Responsiveness of a vehicle driving torque to an operation of an accelerator pedal is higher in the CD mode than in the CS mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keita Sato
  • Patent number: 9868478
    Abstract: A vehicle rear portion structure includes: a moving portion that is disposed at a vehicle rear end portion at an inner side of each of two corner portions of the vehicle width direction, the moving portion including a wall face that extends in a vehicle front-and-rear direction and a vehicle up-and-down direction, and the moving portion being movable to a stowed position and to a protruded position at which the moving portion protrudes from the stowed position to a rear side in the vehicle front-and-rear direction; a control section that moves the moving portion from the stowed position to the protruded position in a case in which a speed of the vehicle exceeds a specific speed; and a light-emitting portion that is disposed at the moving portion and emits light to the rear side in the vehicle front-and-rear direction relative to the vehicle rear end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihiko Kishima
  • Patent number: 9868645
    Abstract: The object of the disclosure is to provide a method for efficiently producing fine particles with low crystal growth of the raw material components, in particular fine particles with a plurality of raw material components in a highly complexed state and having low crystal growth, without blockage of the nozzle. The method of the disclosure for producing particles includes injecting a good solvent solution that includes a good solvent and one or more raw material components dissolved in the good solvent, with a nozzle into a precipitating poor solvent that has been heated to a temperature higher than the boiling point of the good solvent, to evaporate the good solvent solution and precipitate a plurality of particles, and running a cleansing poor solvent through the nozzle before starting and after completing injection of the good solvent solution into the precipitating poor solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuo Yanagi, Hirokazu Kawaoka
  • Patent number: 9869558
    Abstract: A map data storage device, a map data updating method, and a computer program that can shorten the time required for a map data updating process. In the case where map data stored in a navigation-side local DB of a navigation apparatus are to be updated, the navigation apparatus updates the map data stored in the navigation-side local DB on the basis of map updating data received from a map distribution center, and prepares a data reference index that associates a PID (universal identification information) included in the map data with a record number (internal identification information) included in the map data on the basis of the updated map data. After that, in the case where an application is executed by the navigation apparatus, the prepared data reference index is referenced to access the map data stored in the navigation-side local DB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiji Takahata, Kimiyoshi Sawai, Motohiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kodan, Toshio Nomura
  • Patent number: 9868087
    Abstract: A core-shell oxide material comprises: a core which comprises a ceria-zirconia based solid solution powder having at least one ordered phase of a pyrochlore phase and a ? phase; and a shell which comprises an alumina based oxide disposed on at least a portion of a surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Kumatani, Toshitaka Tanabe, Akira Morikawa, Masahide Miura, Hiromasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9869385
    Abstract: A powder metal component for a transmission includes a body portion defining a substantially planar major surface, and at least three radially spaced-apart retention features formed in the body portion in a green state, prior to sintering. Each retention feature may include a bore having a shaped geometry extending between an upper region adjacent the major surface of the body portion, and a lower region defining a radius of curvature. Each bore may be defined by two opposing, substantially parallel sidewalls and a substantially U-shaped bottom portion. The U-shaped bottom portion may include a center region defining the radius of curvature connecting two angled bottom walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shail N. Shah, Nicholas S. Vernon, Sean I. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9868340
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle closure body includes an electronic control unit configured to measure a position of the body, measure a speed of the body, determine an opening or closing direction in which the body is operated by a user, and move the body in the determined opening or closing direction with use of a drive unit when the speed of the body measured at the measured position of the body is equal to or higher than a speed threshold at the measured position of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishikibe, Ryo Asano, Yoshinori Hitomi
  • Patent number: 9869239
    Abstract: A wastegate valve is arranged in a communication passage that bypasses the exhaust turbine of a turbocharger arranged in the exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine. When the opening degree of the wastegate valve is controlled to the fully closed opening degree, a determination value is calculated based on the operation state of the internal combustion engine, and the turbo rotation speed is detected. When the turbo rotation speed is less than the determination value, a drive force is increased in the direction for closing the wastegate valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Saeki
  • Patent number: 9868434
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, a motor generator, an electrical storage device, a keeping switch, and a controller. The controller is configured to (a) cause the vehicle to travel by using the output of at least one of the engine and the motor generator, (b) control the state of charge of the electrical storage device, (c) when the keeping mode is requested in response to the signal output from the keeping switch and when the state of charge is higher than a threshold, execute a first keeping control for keeping the state of charge at a current value, and (d) when the keeping mode is requested in response to the signal output from the keeping switch and when the state of charge is lower than the threshold, execute a second keeping control for recovering the state of charge from a current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taishi Hisano
  • Patent number: 9869284
    Abstract: Vehicle engine systems and inserts for such systems are presented. The insert can be positioned between an air intake system and a cylinder bank of an engine. In some arrangements, the insert can be positioned such that a first abutment surface directly contacts portions of a surge tank and a second abutment surface directly contacts portions of a cylinder head cover. The insert can be constructed, positioned, and/or oriented to absorb or transfer forces acting upon the engine system during impacts. For instance, the insert can be arranged such that it extends between the surge tank and the cylinder head cover along an axis that is substantially parallel to a predetermined force direction of a predetermined impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin E. Dominic
  • Patent number: 9868344
    Abstract: A holding mechanism includes: a holding plate capable of holding an electronic device for an electric vehicle; a leg portion supporting two long sides of the holding plate; first and second fixing portions provided in the leg portion and separated from each other in a short direction of the holding plate; and a third fixing portion located at or near one of two sides of the holding plate along the short direction and located higher than the first and second fixing portions, wherein the first and second fixing portions can be respectively fixed to first and second mount parts provided in a vehicle body structural member at a front side of the electric vehicle and separated from each other in a width direction or front-rear direction of the electric vehicle, and the third fixing portion can be fixed to a third mount part provided in the vehicle body structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeaki Murata, Yasuji Nishi
  • Patent number: D807658
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Carlos David Gonzalez Uribe, Kohshi Katoh
  • Patent number: D807799
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Kimura