Patents by Inventor Akio UOTANI

Akio UOTANI 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: 20200207235
    Abstract: An ECU performs a process including: when a vehicle establishes a Ready-On state, selecting a CD mode; when discharging power is uncompleted and a scheduled time to return the vehicle is a time within a discharging period, setting a second target SOC as a mode switching value; and when the vehicle's power storage device has an SOC reaching the mode switching value and a surcharge imposed on a rental fee is unaccepted, switching the current control mode from the CD mode to a CS mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Tamaki Ozawa, Masaaki Kiyohara, Toshiyuki Nagase, Hajime Kushima, Yuki Shimizu, Akio Uotani
  • Publication number: 20200167825
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for outputting an advertisement using one or more vehicles each provided with an advertisement display unit on the outside includes a controller configured to execute the processing of organizing a file of vehicles including a plurality of vehicles on the basis of location information obtained from the vehicles, selecting an advertisement including a plurality of scenes with a prescribed order of display on the basis of the number of vehicles included in the file, and causing the advertisement displaying units of the plurality of vehicles included in the file to respectively display the plurality of scenes included in the advertisement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200167826
    Abstract: An object is to provide advertisements using a plurality of vehicles with enhanced effectiveness. An information processing apparatus obtains information relating to the speed of a plurality of vehicles passing through a specific area. If a first vehicle leaves the specific area before completing display of an advertisement, the information processing apparatus causes a second vehicle that enters the specific area later than the first vehicle to display the advertisement upon entering the specific area in such a way as to start the display of the advertisement from the point in the advertisement displayed by the display apparatus of the first vehicle at the time of its leaving of the specific area. The aforementioned point in the advertisement is determined based on the speed information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200160393
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to execute acquiring a destination of a crew of a first vehicle that is a vehicle including a display device installed toward an outside of the vehicle and that is to carry a first user who wants to move by a vehicle, acquiring advertisement information associated with the destination, generating a route to the destination of the first vehicle to pass through an area where presence of a user corresponding to a target of the advertisement information is expected, and transmitting, to the first vehicle, the advertisement information, a display instruction of the advertisement information to the display device, and route information of the generated route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200151769
    Abstract: Advertisement information desired by a user is effectively provided when a trip or a travel is made by using a moving body such as a vehicle or the like. An information system comprises a controller comprising at least one processor configured to execute acquisition of destination information relevant to a destination and route information relevant to a route until arrival at the destination of a second vehicle which chases a first vehicle; and display of advertisement information relevant to the destination information and the route information in relation to the second vehicle, on a display unit which is provided on the first vehicle and which displays information with respect to those disposed at the back of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200143423
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a memory and a processor. The memory holds information about a color representing a vehicle body. The processor determines a first vehicle that is to display first advertising information based on a representative color of the first advertising information and the color representing the vehicle body of each of vehicles, in such a way that the at least one of the first request or the second request is satisfied, and transmits the first advertising information to the first vehicle. The first request is a request for a color representing a vehicle body of a vehicle of which the first advertising information is displayed on a display device installed facing outside. The second request is a request for a representative color of the advertising information to be displayed on the display device of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200142424
    Abstract: An object is to provide a technique for enhancing an appealing effect of an advertisement by specifying, in a simple manner, a location where a vehicle is desired to travel at a low speed or to stop, and by guiding, to the location, a vehicle that outputs an advertisement to outside. An information processing apparatus includes a controller configured to: acquire information about traffic; specify, on a basis of the information about traffic that is acquired, a location where a vehicle that outputs an advertisement to outside is desired to travel at a speed at or below a predetermined speed or to stop; determine a route from a location of the vehicle to the location that is specified; and guide the vehicle to the location that is specified, on a basis of the route that is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi OTSUKA, Kazuya NISHIMURA, Yuki ITO, Akio UOTANI, Makoto AKAHANE, Wataru SHIINA
  • Publication number: 20200143424
    Abstract: Advertisement information relevant to a store or the like which newly opened is provided, while enhancing an advertisement effect thereof. An information processing apparatus comprises a controller comprising at least one processor configured to execute acquisition of advertisement information relevant to a first store which started provision of a service in a predetermined period; and display of the advertisement information of the first store while giving preference thereto as compared with advertisement information relevant to a second store other than the first store, on a display unit which is provided on a first vehicle and which displays information with respect to outside of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsugumi Otsuka, Kazuya Nishimura, Yuki Ito, Akio Uotani, Makoto Akahane, Wataru Shiina
  • Publication number: 20190322181
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging are executed more properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji ICHIKAWA, Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Ryuta ISHIDA, Hiroaki ARAKAWA, Shigeki KINOMURA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Akio UOTANI, Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA
  • Patent number: 10407081
    Abstract: A utilization index IDX is calculated based on one or more parameters (the number of times of charging/the number of trips, total battery charger connection time/total vehicle stop time, total EV traveling distance/total HV traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total HV traveling time, total EV traveling distance/total traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total traveling time, total charge amount/total fuel supply quantity) obtained based on a ratio of an EV traveling utilization level to an HV traveling utilization level or a total traveling utilization level, and the utilization index IDX is stored. Since the utilization index IDX is calculated such that as each parameter is larger, utilization of charging of a battery by a battery charger is performed more sufficiently. Accordingly, the utilization index IDX can be used as an index that offers more accurate determination regarding a utilization status of the battery charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10384549
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging are executed more properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10336251
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10328816
    Abstract: When a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging is less than a threshold, an electronic control unit determines that the degree of use of external charging is low, and executes a charging guide control to promote the use of external charging at the time of parking at a battery charging point, such as at home or in a battery charging station, where the external charging is performable. Hereby, it is possible to promote a driver to use external charging at the time of parking at the battery charging point. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10328854
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10311653
    Abstract: A use index IDX indicative of a degree of use of external charging is calculated and transmitted to a vehicle external system. The vehicle external system provides a service or imposes a penalty based on the use index IDX. In a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be low based on the use index IDX, if the vehicle external system provides a non-preferential service or imposes a heavy penalty as compared with a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be high, a driver or an owner of a vehicle takes an action by which the use index is determined to indicate a high degree of use of external charging. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20180236938
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9981603
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20170282931
    Abstract: A utilization index IDX is calculated based on one or more parameters (the number of times of charging/the number of trips, total battery charger connection time/total vehicle stop time, total EV traveling distance/total HV traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total HV traveling time, total EV traveling distance/total traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total traveling time, total charge amount/total fuel supply quantity) obtained based on a ratio of an EV traveling utilization level to an HV traveling utilization level or a total traveling utilization level, and the utilization index IDX is stored. Since the utilization index IDX is calculated such that as each parameter is larger, utilization of charging of a battery by a battery charger is performed more sufficiently. Accordingly, the utilization index IDX can be used as an index that offers more accurate determination regarding a utilization status of the battery charging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji ICHIKAWA, Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Ryuta ISHIDA, Hiroaki ARAKAWA, Shigeki KINOMURA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Akio UOTANI, Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20170282726
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging can be executed more properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji ICHIKAWA, Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Ryuta ISHIDA, Hiroaki ARAKAWA, Shigeki KINOMURA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Akio UOTANI, Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20170287234
    Abstract: A use index IDX indicative of a degree of use of external charging is calculated and transmitted to a vehicle external system. The vehicle external system provides a service or imposes a penalty based on the use index IDX. In a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be low based on the use index IDX, if the vehicle external system provides a non-preferential service or imposes a heavy penalty as compared with a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be high, a driver or an owner of a vehicle takes an action by which the use index is determined to indicate, a high degree of use of external charging. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keita HASHIMOTO, Ryuta ISHIDA, Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Hiroaki ARAKAWA, Shinji ICHIKAWA, Shigeki KINOMURA, Akio UOTANI, Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA