Atsushi Okuda 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).
Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle including an engine, a first motor, a differential unit, a second motor, a driving force split device, and a controller, the controller is configured to control the engine, the first motor, and the second motor such that the hybrid vehicle travels with the engine rotating within a range of an allowable maximum rotational speed for control or less. In this case, the controller is configured to set the allowable maximum rotational speed such that the allowable maximum rotational speed is higher when a main-side ratio is lower than when the main-side ratio is higher. The main-side ratio is a ratio of a driving force that is transmitted to main drive wheels to the total driving force that is transmitted from a drive shaft to the main drive wheels and sub drive wheels via the driving force split device.
Abstract: A vehicular circuit body provided in a vehicle, includes: a trunk line that extends in at least a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle; and a plurality of control boxes that are provided in the trunk line, in which the trunk line includes power source lines of two systems and a communication line.
Abstract: There are provided a controller and a control method for a hybrid vehicle including an engine with a supercharger serving as a drive power source for travel, a rotary machine serving as a drive power source for travel, and a power storage device configured to transmit and receive electric power to and from the rotary machine. The controller determines whether an operation of the supercharger is limited, compensates for a torque shortage of the engine due to limitation of the operation of the supercharger by a torque of the rotary machine when it is determined that the operation of the supercharger is limited, and curbs a decrease in an amount of electric power stored in the power storage device more when it is determined that the operation of the supercharger is limited than when it is determined that the operation of the supercharger is not limited.
Abstract: A control device for a hybrid vehicle includes: a drive control unit that calculates required drive power which is required for a hybrid vehicle based on an accelerator opening when an accelerator return operation is performed, calculates a target engine output which changes slowly with respect to a required engine output for realizing the required drive power through slow change processing, and controls an engine, a first rotary machine, and a second rotary machine such that an engine output reaches the target engine output; and a smoothing rate setting unit that changes a smoothing rate which is used for the slow change processing based on a supercharging pressure and sets the smoothing rate to a smaller value when the supercharging pressure is high than when the supercharging pressure is low.
Abstract: A vehicle includes driving wheels, driven wheels, a drive device connected to a drive shaft, a drive force distribution device, and an electronic control unit configured to execute a moderate change process on a required torque required for the drive shaft to set a target torque to be output to the drive shaft when the torque output to the drive shaft changes and crosses a value of zero. The electronic control unit is configured to control the drive device such that the target torque is output to the drive shaft, and set the target torque such that a change in the target torque with respect to a change in the required torque is more moderate when the driving side distribution ratio is small compared with the change in the target torque with respect to the change in the required torque when the driving side distribution ratio is large.
Abstract: An electronic control unit of a vehicle includes (a) a target operating point setting unit that calculates a request driving force requested for a vehicle, and set a target engine operating point through a slow change process for obtaining an engine output that slowly changes with respect to a request engine output implementing the request driving force, (b) a smoothing factor setting unit that changes a smoothing factor used for the slow change process according to an amount of change in a turbocharging pressure in the engine and sets the smoothing factor to a smaller value when the amount of change in the turbocharging pressure is smaller than when the amount of change in the turbocharging pressure is larger, and (c) a drive controller that controls the engine and the continuously variable transmission such that the engine operating point is the target engine operating point.
Abstract: When an acceleration request is issued, an electronic control unit for a hybrid vehicle performs control for producing an acceleration feeling of setting a target engine rotation speed to an initial rotation speed (=basic initial value+initial value correction value) which is lower than an optimal-fuel-efficiency rotation speed at which required engine power is able to be most efficiently output and increasing the engine rotation speed from the initial rotation speed to the optimal-fuel-efficiency rotation speed at a rotation speed increase rate (=basic increase rate+increase rate correction value) based on the elapse of time. When the target supercharging pressure is high, the initial value correction value is set to a greater value and the increase rate correction value is set to a greater value than when the target supercharging pressure is low.
Abstract: An MG1 torque at a time of decreasing an engine speed of an engine is made larger when a turbocharging pressure by a turbocharger is higher than when the turbocharging pressure is lower. In this way, even if the losses of pumps of the engine differ due to the remaining turbocharging pressure during a transition of stopping the engine in turbocharging, it is possible to appropriately reduce the engine speed. Therefore, when the engine is being brought to a stop, it is possible to appropriately suppress vibration generated in the vehicle.
Abstract: When an engine during rotation stop is started, a target cranking speed is set to a value at which a first rotating machine MG1 is maintained in an electric power generation state when a request engine power is an output that needs a turbocharging pressure and which is higher than when the request output is not the output that needs the turbocharging pressure, and even after the engine is brought into the operating state, an MG1 cranking torque is controlled to apply a torque for increasing an engine speed of the engine to the target cranking speed to the engine. In this way, it is possible to increase the engine speed after an autonomous operation more quickly while suppressing power consumption of the first rotating machine MG1.
Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicular power transmitting system includes a power transmission switching portion configured to selectively establish a first drive mode by placing one of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, a second drive mode by placing the other of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, or a third drive mode by placing both of the first and second coupling elements in the engaged states. The power transmission switching portion switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes through the third drive mode, where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes with concurrent engaging and releasing actions of the first and second coupling elements, where the predetermined condition is satisfied.
Abstract: A controller and a control method for a vehicle including an engine with a supercharger and an automatic transmission provided in a power transmission path between the engine and driving wheels are provided. The controller is configured to perform learning control of learning a command value associated with gear shifting of the automatic transmission. The controller is configured to limit a supercharging pressure of the supercharger when the automatic transmission is performing gear shifting to be equal to or less than a predetermined pressure until initial learning which is performed by the learning control unit in a predetermined period after the vehicle has been manufactured is completed.
Abstract: An alkaline storage battery includes a plurality of foil electrodes that each have a metal foil and an active material layer. The active material layers are arranged in such a manner that adjacent two of the active material layers face each other. Separators which are each interposed between the adjacent two of the active material layers. The separators are each a nonwoven fabric including fibers as protruding portions. The active material layers have a large number of active material particles which adhere to each other, and spaces formed between the active material particles, as fitting portions. The fibers are engaged with the spaces while the fibers enter the spaces.
Abstract: A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle that includes an engine serving as a drive force source, an electric motor serving as a drive force source, drive wheels, a storage battery for supplying and receiving an electric power to and from the electric motor, a transmission mechanism for transmitting a drive force supplied from each of the drive force sources toward the drive wheels. During running of the hybrid vehicle by a drive force of the electric motor with the engine being stopped, the control apparatus is configured to determine whether the engine is to be started. When determining that the engine is to be started during the running of the hybrid vehicle, the control apparatus is configured to cause a gear ratio of the transmission mechanism to be changed and to cause the engine to be started after the gear ratio of the transmission mechanism has been changed.
Abstract: A rotation adjusting device is controlled such that an engine speed rising rate at the time of acceleration request is made smaller when a turbocharging pressure is lower than the turbocharging pressure is higher. Therefore, an engine speed can be increased at such a low speed that a rising delay in the turbocharging pressure hardly occurs, in a low turbocharging pressure region. Further, when the rotation adjusting device is controlled such that the engine speed rising rate at the time of the acceleration request is set to a value corresponding to the turbocharging pressure, an MG2 torque is controlled to compensate for an insufficient drive torque of an actual engine torque for a request engine torque. Therefore, even when the engine torque is increased slowly by increasing the engine speed at a slow speed, the insufficient drive torque is compensated for by the MG2 torque.
Abstract: A vehicular circuit body provided in a vehicle includes a trunk line that extends in at least a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle and a plurality of control boxes that are provided in the trunk line. The trunk line includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity. The communication line is routed so that at least a part of the plurality of control boxes are connected in a ring form.
Abstract: While automatic driving control is being performed, traveling in a driving state of a vehicle corresponding to an unconverged region (including an unperformed region and a performed region) is preferentially selected between the traveling in the driving state of the vehicle corresponding to the unconverged region, and traveling in the driving state of the vehicle corresponding to a converged region. As such, learning control that corrects an amount of operation associated with control of the vehicle is performed more easily throughout the entire learning regions regardless of a usage state of the vehicle by a driver. Therefore, it is possible to achieve an appropriate traveling state at an early stage by the learning control that corrects the amount of operation associated with control of the vehicle.
November 4, 2019
Date of Patent:
December 1, 2020
TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Kota Fujii, Atsushi Tabata, Tetsuya Kono, Koichi Okuda
Abstract: A vehicular circuit body provided in a vehicle includes a trunk line that extends in at least a front-and-rear direction of the vehicle, a plurality of control boxes that are provided in the trunk line, and a branch line that directly or indirectly connects a control box to an accessory. The trunk line includes a power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity. The branch line includes a communication line having a predetermined communication capacity. The communication line of the trunk line has a transmission path for an optical signal. The communication line of the branch line has a transmission path for an electric signal.
Abstract: A system includes a biometric sensor that detects biometric data of a person in a first region and a presuming unit that presumes that the person is a person to be tracked based on the biometric data. The system also includes a first camera acquiring first image data of the person in the first region and a second camera acquiring second image data of the person in a second region. The system further includes a monitoring unit that tracks the target person in the second region by checking the second image data with the first image data corresponding to the target person.
Abstract: An electrophotographic photosensitive member having a protective layer wherein the density unevenness among output images is reduced with abrasion resistance maintained is provided. The present invention is an electrophotographic photosensitive member having a support, a photosensitive layer and a protective layer in this order, wherein the protective layer has a triarylamine structure and a cyclic structure represented by the formula (1) or (2): and an A value expressed by expression (4), A=S1/S2, wherein, in expression (4), S1 is a peak area based on in-plane deformation vibration of terminal olefin (CH2?), and S2 is a peak area based on stretching vibration of C?O among peak areas of a spectrum obtained by measuring a surface of the protective layer by total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy using Ge as an internal reflection element and using a measurement condition of 45° as an incidence angle is from 0.065 to 0.100.
Abstract: A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member having a photosensitive layer and a protective layer above a support in this order includes: forming a coating film for a protective layer by coating a coating liquid for the protective layer for forming the protective layer on the photosensitive layer and curing the coating film for the protective layer, in which the coating liquid for the protective layer contains a solvent, a compound represented by a general formula (1), a compound represented by a general formula (2), and a compound represented by a general formula (3) at a specific ratio. In addition, in an electrophotographic photosensitive member having a photosensitive layer and a protective layer above a support in this order, the protective layer is obtained by curing a coating liquid for the protective layer.