Patents by Inventor Akinobu Kubota

Akinobu Kubota 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).

  • Publication number: 20210229638
    Abstract: A camera unit is configured to capture an image of an outside area of a vehicle. A translucent cover covers the camera unit. A first air cleaner is configured to jet gas toward an area on the translucent cover located within an angle of view of the camera unit. The first cleaner is located above the area in an up-down direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi WATANO, Shigeyuki WATANABE, Akinobu KUBOTA
  • Publication number: 20210039670
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system are mounted on an autonomous driving vehicle including a vehicle control unit capable of selectively executing an autonomous driving mode and a manual driving mode. The vehicle cleaner system includes: a cleaner unit configured to clean an external sensor; and a cleaner control unit configured to control the cleaner unit. When the vehicle control unit switches from the manual driving mode to the autonomous driving mode, the vehicle control unit is configured such that, after the cleaner control unit causes the cleaner unit to clean the external sensor or after a diagnosis is performed to ascertain whether or not the external sensor needs to be cleaned, the manual driving mode is switched to the autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru SAKAI, Kazuki KAWAMURA, Akinobu KUBOTA, Masaaki SATO
  • Publication number: 20210031729
    Abstract: Provided is an air cleaner for vehicles, configured so that objects to be cleaned can be easily maintained in as clean state. This fair cleaner (1) for vehicles is provided with: ejection openings (20, 30) for ejecting air toward the surfaces (21, 31) to be cleaned of objects (2, 3) to be cleaned and a non-positive displacement blower means (10) for continuously delivering air to the ejection openings (20, 30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro MATSUNAGA, Akinobu KUBOTA, Yasuhiro ICHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20210001816
    Abstract: A cleaner-equipped sensor system for a vehicle includes: an external sensor capable of acquiring information on an outside of a vehicle; a cleaner unit including a liquid cleaner capable of discharging a cleaning liquid toward the external sensor, and an air cleaner capable of discharging air toward the external sensor; and an electronic processing device configured to output an output of the external sensor to a vehicle control unit controlling the vehicle, and to control the cleaner unit depending on an output of the vehicle control unit. The external sensor and the electronic processing device are integrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu KUBOTA, Kazuki KAWAMURA
  • Publication number: 20200406864
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system includes: a cleaner unit mounted on a vehicle and configured to clean an external sensor acquiring information on outside of the vehicle; an advanced notification information acquiring unit configured to acquire expressway advanced notification information notifying that the vehicle has arrived within a predetermined distance from an entrance of an expressway; and a cleaner control unit configured to, when the advanced notification information acquiring unit has acquired the expressway advanced notification information, control the cleaner unit to clean the external sensor or diagnose whether or not the external sensor needs to be cleaned by the cleaner unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru SAKAI, Kazuki KAWAMURA, Akinobu KUBOTA, Masaaki SATO
  • Publication number: 20200324738
    Abstract: A cleaner for cleaning an object to be cleaned includes a generation unit configured to generate high-pressure air, a nozzle configured to inject the high-pressure air toward a cleaning surface of the object to be cleaned, and a control unit configured to control an injection of the high-pressure air. Even when foreign objects do not adhere to the cleaning surface, the control unit executes an operation mode in which the high-pressure air is generated and injected when a predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Yasuhiro Ichikawa, Junji Baba, Kazuki Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20200262397
    Abstract: A foreign matter removal device that removes foreign matters adhering to a lens (101) included in an in-vehicle camera (100), including a camera bracket (91) that attaches the in-vehicle camera (100) to a rear bumper panel (200b) of a vehicle in a state in which the lens (101) is exposed toward the outside of the rear bumper panel (200b) of the vehicle, a high-pressure air generation unit disposed inside the rear bumper panel (200b) and configured to generate high-pressure air, and a nozzle unit provided with a nozzle (22) that injects the high-pressure air toward the lens (101), wherein a through-hole (92) is formed in the camera bracket (91), and the high-pressure air generated by the high-pressure air generation unit passes from the inside to the outside of the rear bumper panel (200b) through the through-hole (92), and is injected from the nozzle (22) toward the lens (101).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kimura, Junji Baba, Akinobu Kubota, Yasuhiro Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20200254980
    Abstract: This vehicle cleaner unit, for cleaning a to-be-cleaned object mounted on the vehicle, is provided with: a single motor; a single pump comprising a cylinder which extends in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle cleaner unit and into which air is introduced, and a piston which can carry out linear motion in the longitudinal direction inside of the cylinder and which blows air to outside of the vehicle cleaning unit at high pressure; a biasing spring which biases the piston to a first side in the longitudinal direction; and a single worm mechanism which transmits rotary motion of the motor to cause the piston to carry out linear motion to the second side opposite of the first side. The rotation axis of the motor and the longitudinal direction are parallel, and the motor and the pump are positioned on the same side of the worm mechanism in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki KONDO, Akinobu KUBOTA
  • Publication number: 20200198591
    Abstract: A foreign matter removal device is configured to remove foreign matters on a lens (101) of an in-vehicle camera (100) attached to a vehicle so that the lens (101) of the in-vehicle camera (100) is exposed toward an outside of a body panel of a vehicle. The foreign matter removal device includes a generation unit configured to generate high-pressure air and a nozzle unit (2) having a nozzle (22) configured to inject the high-pressure air toward the lens (101) and an attachment part (21) formed integrally with the nozzle (22) and attachable to a housing (102) of the in-vehicle camera (100). A tip end of the nozzle (22) is positioned with respect to the lens (101) in a state where the attachment part (21) is attached to the housing (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu KUBOTA, Yasuhiro ICHIKAWA, Hiroaki KIMURA, Junji BABA
  • Publication number: 20200189528
    Abstract: An electromagnetic valve includes a solenoid; a sealing portion provided on a movable element; an urging member; a first pipe including a first outlet side end portion; and a second pipe including an inlet side end portion and a second outlet side end portion. The first pipe includes a receiving seat being in close contact with the sealing portion. In a first state where the sealing portion is separated from the receiving seat, a liquid flows to the first outlet side end portion. In a second state where the sealing portion is in close contact with the receiving seat, the liquid flows to the second outlet side end portion and does not flow to the first outlet side end portion, and a pressing force by the urging member and a hydrostatic pressure of the liquid in the merging portion act to press the sealing portion against the receiving seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Masaaki Sato
  • Publication number: 20200189530
    Abstract: A flow path switching box includes a housing, a chamber and a plurality of solenoid valves. The housing including an inflow port and a plurality of discharge ports. The chamber connected to the inflow port. The plurality of solenoid valves provided in the housing, the plurality of solenoid valves each including a stator and a movable element movable relative to the stator. The plurality of solenoid valves have inlets connected to the chamber and outlets connected respectively to the discharge ports. The plurality of solenoid valves are configured to switch to permitting and not permitting discharge of a fluid from the outlets independently of each other. The plurality of solenoid valves are arranged in parallel to each other in a moving direction of the movable element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Masaaki Sato
  • Publication number: 20200195831
    Abstract: A left infrared camera module includes a left infrared irradiation unit configured to emit infrared toward a left side region of a vehicle, a left infrared camera configured to acquire infrared image data indicative of a surrounding environment in the left side region of the vehicle, and a control unit configured to control an operation of the left infrared irradiation unit. The control unit is configured to change an intensity of the infrared to be emitted from the left infrared irradiation unit, in correspondence to a condition relating to a traveling state of the vehicle. The left infrared camera module configured as described above can detect the surrounding environment in the side region of the vehicle without causing an uncomfortable feeling to other vehicle, a pedestrian and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Muramatsu, Shigeyuki Watanabe, Masaaki Sato, Akinobu Kubota
  • Publication number: 20200180567
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system that includes a single pump and a plurality of cleaners which are connected to the single pump and clean different cleaning target objects with a cleaning medium is disclosed. The cleaning target objects include a sensor which detects information on outside of a vehicle and a cleaner control unit which operates the plurality of cleaners in accordance with input of a signal. The cleaner control unit is capable of operating the plurality of cleaners such that cleaning methods of the plurality of cleaners are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Sakai, Masayuki Kondo, Kazuki Kawamura, Akinobu Kubota
  • Patent number: 10661761
    Abstract: A foreign matter removal device of the present invention is a foreign matter removal device that removes foreign matters adhering to a lens (101) included in an in-vehicle camera (100), including a camera bracket (91) that attaches the in-vehicle camera (100) to a rear bumper panel (200b) of a vehicle in a state in which the lens (101) is exposed toward the outside of the rear bumper panel (200b) of the vehicle, a high-pressure air generation unit disposed inside the rear bumper panel (200b) and configured to generate high-pressure air, and a nozzle unit provided with a nozzle (22) that injects the high-pressure air toward the lens (101), wherein a through-hole (92) is formed in the camera bracket (91), and the high-pressure air generated by the high-pressure air generation unit passes from the inside to the outside of the rear bumper panel (200b) through the through-hole (92), and is injected from the nozzle (22) toward the lens (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kimura, Junji Baba, Akinobu Kubota, Yasuhiro Ichikawa
  • Publication number: 20200139939
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system includes: a window washer configured to clean a front window of a vehicle; a lamp cleaner configured to clean a headlamp; a sensor cleaner configured to clean a sensor that detects information outside the vehicle; and a cleaner control unit configured to operate at least one of the window washer, the lamp cleaner, and the sensor cleaner in accordance with input of a signal. The cleaner control unit is configured to operate the window washer, the lamp cleaner, and the sensor cleaner such that at least two or more of a number of operations of the window washer, a number of operations of the lamp cleaner, and a number of operations of the sensor cleaner are different in accordance with a predetermined number of signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Masayuki Kondo, Kazuki Kawamura, Masaru Sakai
  • Patent number: 10604122
    Abstract: A foreign matter removal device is configured to remove foreign matters on a lens (101) of an in-vehicle camera (100) attached to a vehicle so that the lens (101) of the in-vehicle camera (100) is exposed toward an outside of a body panel of a vehicle. The foreign matter removal device includes a generation unit configured to generate high-pressure air and a nozzle unit (2) having a nozzle (22) configured to inject the high-pressure air toward the lens (101) and an attachment part (21) formed integrally with the nozzle (22) and attachable to a housing (102) of the in-vehicle camera (100). A tip end of the nozzle (22) is positioned with respect to the lens (101) in a state where the attachment part (21) is attached to the housing (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Yasuhiro Ichikawa, Hiroaki Kimura, Junji Baba
  • Patent number: 10587784
    Abstract: A cleaner includes a high-pressure air generation unit and a nozzle. The high-pressure air generation unit includes a cylinder, a piston supported to the cylinder to be freely moveable and deliver the high-pressure air toward the nozzle, an urging spring urges the piston, and a movement mechanism which moves the piston to a predetermined position. The movement mechanism comprises a worm which rotate by a driving unit, and a worm wheel meshed with the worm and which rotate in association with rotation of the worm. The worm wheel comprises a pinion having gear teeth protruding from an outer periphery thereof. The piston is coupled with a rack having rack teeth which mesh with the gear teeth, and wherein an interval between each gear tooth of the gear teeth and one adjacent gear tooth is different from an interval between each gear tooth and the other adjacent gear tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akinobu Kubota
  • Patent number: 10556571
    Abstract: A foreign matter removal device of the present invention includes a high-pressure air generation unit (5) that includes a generation unit having a drive source and configured to generate high-pressure air using the drive source, and a housing (51) covering the generation unit, and a plate-shaped adhesive member (71) that includes an adhesion layer (71B) elastically deformable along at least a part of a surface shape of a back door panel (200a) constituting the vehicle. The housing (51) is attached to the back door panel (200a) via the adhesive member (71) in surface contact with the back door panel (200a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu Kubota, Junji Baba, Yasuhiro Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10549724
    Abstract: An ejection nozzle member attached to a vehicle-mounted camera is formed from an elastic material, and includes a cover member mounted on an upper surface of a casing, the cover member having therein an air passage to which compressed air is supplied. A pair of seal members are formed in an air ejecting unit, from which the compressed air is ejected, on outer sides of the air passage in a widthwise direction. The seal members are formed in lip shapes, protruding downward and toward the center in the widthwise direction on a side of the air passage. When the ejection nozzle member is attached to the camera, distal ends of the seal members are placed in contact mutually on the side of the air passage, and are pressed toward the casing by the compressed air that flows in the air passage to thereby be placed in intimate contact therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: HONDA ACCESS CORP., KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Mitsunari, Kazuki Hikawa, Takumi Yonezawa, Akinobu Kubota
  • Publication number: 20190359180
    Abstract: Structural simplification and efficient injection state of high-pressure air from a nozzle are ensured. A foreign material removal device is provided with: a cylinder (18) into which air is caused to flow; a piston (22) which is movably supported in the cylinder and feeds the air introduced into the cylinder in a feeding direction as high-pressure air; and a nozzle (6) which injects the high-pressure air fed by the piston. Thus, the piston is moved relative to the cylinder, the high-pressure air is fed from the cylinder, and the high-pressure air is injected from the nozzle, whereby structural simplification and an efficient injection state of the high-pressure air from the nozzle can be ensured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinobu KUBOTA, Yasuhiro ICHIKAWA