Patents by Inventor Akihiro Tamaoki

Akihiro Tamaoki has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9987908
    Abstract: A sun visor includes: a first light-blocking plate having a base attached to a seat width direction inside surface of a head rest of a front seat disposed in a vehicle via a fastener whose axial direction coincides with the seat width direction and selectively assuming a stored state in which the first light-blocking plate lies along the seat up and down direction about the fastener and a use state in which the first light-blocking plate lies along the seat front and rear direction about the fastener; a second light-blocking plate having a base end portion attached to a seat width direction outside surface of the head rest of the front seat via the fastener and selectively assuming the stored state and the use state; and a third light-blocking plate that interconnects in the seat width direction the first light-blocking plate and the second light-blocking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Tamaoki
  • Patent number: 9956855
    Abstract: A vehicular door structure includes a door outer panel that constitutes a door exterior panel; a door inner panel that constitutes a door interior panel and is made of a resin, the door inner panel having a first side that is provided to the door outer panel; and a door interior member located on a second side of the door inner panel, the door interior member facing to the vehicle interior, wherein the door inner panel includes a panel part that has a plurality fragile portions, the fragile portions having a linear shape or a dotted line shape and being provided in parallel with each other while being spaced from each other in at least one direction of a door width direction and a door vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Tamaoki
  • Patent number: 9663147
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a collision load is input to an outside protruding portion of a gusset when a portion farther to a vehicle width direction outside than a front side member of a vehicle collides in a frontal collision with a colliding object (here, barrier (B)) such as an oncoming vehicle (i.e., when a so-called small overlap collision occurs). This gusset is fixed in a cross section of a front portion of the front side member, so the collision load is able to be better transmitted to a vehicle width direction inside portion of the front side member. Moreover, this gusset abuts against a front end portion of the outer panel of the front side member from a vehicle front side, so the collision load is also able to be better transmitted to a vehicle width direction outside portion of the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Masanobu Ohmi, Akihiro Tamaoki
  • Patent number: 9623812
    Abstract: A groove extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction in a roof side garnish positioned on a terminal portion of a ceiling portion. As a result, a curved surface appears to be divided into a curved surface on a center side of the ceiling portion and a curved surface on a terminal portion side of the ceiling portion. Consequently, an illusion in which the ceiling portion appears as though it were divided into the center side and the terminal side of the ceiling portion. As a result, the cabin space appears spacious, so an occupant is able to feel less closed in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Sakurai, Akihiro Tamaoki, Toru Kondo
  • Patent number: 9561824
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure that is able to secure collision performance for a collision with a small overlap amount of a collision object with respect to a bumper frame portion is obtained. A vehicle-body front structure includes: paired frame members elongated in a vehicle front-rear direction and arranged side by side in a vehicle width direction; a bumper frame portion elongated in the vehicle width direction and provided over front ends of the paired frame members in the vehicle front-rear direction; and a load transmission member. The load transmission member is placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to at least one of the frame members so as to be opposed to a load receiving portion placed between the paired frame members from at least one of a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction and an outer side in the vehicle width direction within a range where the load transmission member overlaps with the frame member in a vehicle up-down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Tamaoki, Kosuke Sakakibara, Masanobu Omi, Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Wataru Kawashima, Motoyuki Tanaka, Nobuaki Kitaura
  • Publication number: 20160263970
    Abstract: A sun visor includes: a first light-blocking plate having a base attached to a seat width direction inside surface of a head rest of a front seat disposed in a vehicle via a fastener whose axial direction coincides with the seat width direction and selectively assuming a stored state in which the first light-blocking plate lies along the seat up and down direction about the fastener and a use state in which the first light-blocking plate lies along the seat front and rear direction about the fastener; a second light-blocking plate having a base end portion attached to a seat width direction outside surface of the head rest of the front seat via the fastener and selectively assuming the stored state and the use state; and a third light-blocking plate that interconnects in the seat width direction the first light-blocking plate and the second light-blocking plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro TAMAOKI
  • Publication number: 20160152273
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a collision load is input to an outside protruding portion of a gusset when a portion farther to a vehicle width direction outside than a front side member of a vehicle collides in a frontal collision with a colliding object (here, barrier (B)) such as an oncoming vehicle (i.e., when a so-called small overlap collision occurs). This gusset is fixed in a cross section of a front portion of the front side member, so the collision load is able to be better transmitted to a vehicle width direction inside portion of the front side member. Moreover, this gusset abuts against a front end portion of the outer panel of the front side member from a vehicle front side, so the collision load is also able to be better transmitted to a vehicle width direction outside portion of the front side member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKA KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki KURIYAMA, Kosuke SAKAKIBARA, Masanobu OHMI, Akihiro TAMAOKI
  • Publication number: 20160121931
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure that is able to secure collision performance for a collision with a small overlap amount of a collision object with respect to a bumper frame portion is obtained. A vehicle-body front structure includes: paired frame members elongated in a vehicle front-rear direction and arranged side by side in a vehicle width direction; a bumper frame portion elongated in the vehicle width direction and provided over front ends of the paired frame members in the vehicle front-rear direction; and a load transmission member. The load transmission member is placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to at least one of the frame members so as to be opposed to a load receiving portion placed between the paired frame members from at least one of a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction and an outer side in the vehicle width direction within a range where the load transmission member overlaps with the frame member in a vehicle up-down direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro TAMAOKI, Kosuke SAKAKIBARA, Masanobu OMI, Tomoyuki KURIYAMA, Wataru KAWASHIMA, Motoyuki TANAKA, Nobuaki KITAURA
  • Publication number: 20160059678
    Abstract: A vehicular door structure includes a door outer panel that constitutes a door exterior panel; a door inner panel that constitutes a door interior panel and is made of a resin, the door inner panel having a first side that is provided to the door outer panel; and a door interior member located on a second side of the door inner panel, the door interior member facing to the vehicle interior, wherein the door inner panel includes a panel part that has a plurality fragile portions, the fragile portions having a linear shape or a dotted line shape and being provided in parallel with each other while being spaced from each other in at least one direction of a door width direction and a door vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventor: Akihiro TAMAOKI
  • Publication number: 20160052558
    Abstract: A groove extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction in a roof side garnish positioned on a terminal portion of a ceiling portion. As a result, a curved surface appears to be divided into a curved surface on a center side of the ceiling portion and a cured surface on a terminal portion side of the ceiling portion. Consequently, an illusion in which the ceiling portion appears as though it were formed by two portions (a ceiling portion and a ceiling portion) is able to be created. As a result, the cabin space appears spacious, so an occupant is able to feel less closed in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Hideyuki SAKURAI, Akihiro TAMAOKI, Toru KONDO
  • Patent number: 9266485
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a front side member that is arranged on a side portion of a vehicle body front portion and extends in a vehicle body front-rearward direction; an extending portion that extends farther toward an outside in a vehicle width direction than the front side member; and a load transmitting member that connects the extending portion and the front side member together, and is configured such that a pushing portion on a front end side is guided toward a receiving portion on a rear end side by an intermediate portion deforming in response to a frontal collision load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Omi
  • Publication number: 20160023686
    Abstract: A vehicle ceiling includes: a ceiling main body that is formed in a generally rectangular flat sheet shape, one surface of the ceiling main body being a ceiling surface; and a linear design portion that extends in a straight line or a curved line in a length direction of the ceiling main body such that at least a portion that is positioned on a ceiling front side is not parallel to a first center line, and that forms an accent that is visibly recognizable by a rear occupant when the vehicle ceiling is mounted to a vehicle. The first center line extends in the length direction and passes through a width direction middle position of the ceiling surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Hideyuki SAKURAI, Akihiro TAMAOKI
  • Patent number: 9242675
    Abstract: According to a vehicle-body front structure, when a collision load caused at the time of a front end collision is input into a front part of a connecting member fixed to a front end of an apron upper member, a protruding member protruding outwardly in a vehicle width direction from a front part of a side-member main body is able to interfere with the front part of the connecting member from a vehicle rear side. This makes it possible to improve a transmission efficiency of the collision load between the connecting member and the front side member. Besides, the front part of the connecting member is reinforced by a bulk head, thereby making it possible to restrain the front part from being deformed by the collision load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Ohmi, Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 9180828
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a crash box provided in a front part of a front side member is broken by applying pressure due to a collision load, so that a second load transmission member moves backward toward a first load transmission member. This allows the second load transmission member to abut with the first load transmission member, thereby making it possible to transmit the collision load input into the second load transmission member, to a body portion of the front side member via the first load transmission member. Besides, since the second load transmission member is not provided in a bumper reinforcement, it is possible to replace the bumper reinforcement separately from the second load transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kosuke Sakakibara, Masanobu Omi, Akihiro Tamaoki, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 9004576
    Abstract: When a collision load is transmitted to a gusset, the load is transmitted to an inner side in a vehicle width direction via an inclined wall. Accordingly, moment that causes a front side member to be projected and bent inward to the inner side in the vehicle width direction with an intersection being a starting point acts on the front side member. Then, the front side member, which has been projected and bent inward, collides with a power unit that is disposed in an engine compartment from an outer side in the vehicle width direction. Accordingly, a lateral force to the inner side in the vehicle width direction can be obtained for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kosuke Sakakibara, Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Akihiro Tamaoki, Kenjiro Yamada, Shintaro Kitakata, Yasuyuki Hihara, Yasutaka Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20150069785
    Abstract: When a collision load is transmitted to a gusset, the load is transmitted to an inner side in a vehicle width direction via an inclined wall. Accordingly, moment that causes a front side member to be projected and bent inward to the inner side in the vehicle width direction with an intersection being a starting point acts on the front side member. Then, the front side member, which has been projected and bent inward, collides with a power unit that is disposed in an engine compartment from an outer side in the vehicle width direction. Accordingly, a lateral force to the inner side in the vehicle width direction can be obtained for a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke SAKAKIBARA, Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Akihiro Tamaoki, Kenjiro Yamada, Shintaro Kitakata, Yasuyuki Hihara, Yasutaka Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20150035316
    Abstract: According to a vehicle-body front structure, when a collision load caused at the time of a front end collision is input into a front part of a connecting member fixed to a front end of an apron upper member, a protruding member protruding outwardly in a vehicle width direction from a front part of a side-member main body is able to interfere with the front part of the connecting member from a vehicle rear side. This makes it possible to improve a transmission efficiency of the collision load between the connecting member and the front side member. Besides, the front part of the connecting member is reinforced by a bulk head, thereby making it possible to restrain the front part from being deformed by the collision load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Ohmi, Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Publication number: 20140375081
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure includes a front side member and a wheel house. The front side member is arranged at a side part of the vehicle-body front portion so as to extend in a vehicle front-rearward direction, and configured such that a front wheel is arranged at an outer side of the front side member in a vehicle width direction. The wheel house covers the front wheel from an upper side in a vehicle up-down direction, and is curved along a circumferential direction of the front wheel. The wheel house includes a closed-section portion having a closed-shaped section when viewed from the vehicle front-rearward direction, the closed-section portion being formed at least in an intermediate part of the wheel house in the vehicle front-rearward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Omi, Kosuke Sakakibara
  • Publication number: 20140361559
    Abstract: In a vehicle body front structure, a crash box provided in a front part of a front side member is broken by applying pressure due to a collision load, so that a second load transmission member moves backward toward a first load transmission member. This allows the second load transmission member to abut with the first load transmission member, thereby making it possible to transmit the collision load input into the second load transmission member, to a body portion of the front side member via the first load transmission member. Besides, since the second load transmission member is not provided in a bumper reinforcement, it is possible to replace the bumper reinforcement separately from the second load transmission member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kosuke Sakakibara, Masanobu Omi, Akihiro Tamaoki, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Publication number: 20140361561
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a front side member that is arranged on a side portion of a vehicle body front portion and extends in a vehicle body front-rearward direction; an extending portion that extends farther toward an outside in a vehicle width direction than the front side member; and a load transmitting member that connects the extending portion and the front side member together, and is configured such that a pushing portion on a front end side is guided toward a receiving portion on a rear end side by an intermediate portion deforming in response to a frontal collision load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kuriyama, Kosuke Sakakibara, Akihiro Tamaoki, Masanobu Omi