Patents by Inventor Daisuke Umetsu

Daisuke Umetsu 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: 11401876
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided, which includes a driving force source configured to generate torque for driving drive wheels, a steering angle related value sensor configured to detect a steering angle related value of a steering device of the vehicle, a grille shutter configured to adjust an opening-and-closing degree of an opening formed in a front surface of a vehicle body, and a controller configured to control the torque to control a vehicle attitude based on the steering angle related value. Based on the steering angle related value, when the controller determines that a turning operation of the steering device is performed, it performs a torque decreasing control for reducing the torque to add deceleration to the vehicle, and when the grille shutter opening is large, the controller increases the torque reduction amount in the torque decreasing control more than when the opening is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Publication number: 20220234571
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided, which includes a driving force source configured to generate torque for driving drive wheels, a steering wheel, a steering angle sensor, and a controller. Based on the detected steering angle, the controller reduces the driving torque to add deceleration to the vehicle when the steering wheel is being turned in one direction, and increases the torque to add acceleration when the steering wheel is being turned back in the other direction. The controller controls the torque, when the steering wheel is being turned in the returning direction from a state where it is turned in the one direction, so as to add forward acceleration until the steering wheel returns to a neutral position, and when the steering wheel is then being turned in the other direction after passing through the neutral position, so as not to add the forward acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Osamu Sunahara, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Patent number: 11332144
    Abstract: A vehicle system comprises an engine driving a vehicle, a front wheel and a rear wheel, a suspension device with an attachment portion to a vehicle body which is located at a higher level than a center axis of the rear wheel, an electromagnetic coupling to distribute a torque of the engine to the front wheel and the rear wheel, a steering wheel to be operated by a driver, a steering angle sensor to detect a steering angle corresponding to operation of the steering wheel, and a controller to control the engine and the electromagnetic coupling. The controller is configured to control the electromagnetic coupling such that the torque distributed to the rear wheel is increased in accordance with turning operation of the steering wheel which is detected by the steering angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasumasa Imamura, Naoki Nobutani, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Patent number: 11313312
    Abstract: A control unit performs a vehicle attitude control to reduce a torque generated by an engine when an increase in a steering angle exceeds a standard increase, and a spark ignition controlled compression ignition combustion in a predetermined operating range. In the spark ignition controlled compression ignition combustion, switching of an air-fuel ratio mode is performed between a first air-fuel ratio mode (?>1) is formed and a second air-fuel ratio mode (in which a mixed gas of ??1) is formed. If the switching of the air-fuel ratio mode is requested without the vehicle attitude control, the control unit allows performing the requested switching of the air-fuel ratio mode. In contrast, if the mode switching is requested in a state where the vehicle attitude control is requested, the control unit disallows switching of the air-fuel ratio mode even when the switching of the air-fuel ratio mode is requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Takayama, Takeatsu Ito, Masahiro Nagoshi, Yuichiro Akiya, Yuto Matsushima, Kenko Ujihara, Daisaku Ogawa, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Patent number: 11242817
    Abstract: An engine control method includes a step of setting combustion mode in which a first combustion mode in which a mixed gas is combusted by propagating flame or a second combustion mode in which the mixed gas is combusted by self-ignition is selected, a step of setting air-fuel ratio mode in which a lean first air-fuel ratio mode or a second air-fuel ratio mode equal to or richer than a theoretical air-fuel ratio is selected, a step of setting torque reduction in which a torque reduction amount by which a torque generated by an engine is reduced based on a steer angle of a steering wheel, and a suppressing step in which reducing the torque generated by the engine based on the torque reduction amount set in the step of setting torque reduction is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Takayama, Takeatsu Ito, Masahiro Nagoshi, Yuichiro Akiya, Yuto Matsushima, Kenko Ujihara, Daisaku Ogawa, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Publication number: 20220001751
    Abstract: A powertrain system for an electric automobile outputs a desired torque from a motor with an angle of an accelerator pedal that is easy for a driver to operate, regardless of traveling environments such as the road surface gradient and the wind direction. The powertrain system includes a paddle switch and a shifter that are mounted to be operable by a driver, and are electrically connected directly or indirectly to an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU controls, based on a torque control map defining the relationship between an accelerator pedal opening and output torque of a motor in advance, the output torque of the motor according to the accelerator pedal opening, and changes, based on an operation on the paddle switch or the shifter, the torque control map to be used for controlling the output torque of the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Daisuke Umetsu, Shinya Morishita
  • Publication number: 20220001749
    Abstract: A vehicle driving system that can suppress a difference in effect of vehicle attitude control between the cases where a friction braking force is applied and not applied, is provided. The system includes a rotating electric machine, a battery, a steering apparatus, a steering angle sensor, a brake actuator that applies a friction braking force, a friction braking force sensor, and a controller that sets a deceleration torque based on a steering speed detected by the steering angle sensor and controls the rotating electric machine to apply the deceleration torque to a front wheel of the vehicle, thereby executing a vehicle attitude control. When the friction braking force is applied to the wheels by the brake actuator during the vehicle attitude control, if the friction braking force is large, the controller corrects the deceleration torque to a larger value than when the friction braking force is small.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Daisuke Umetsu, Shinya Morishita
  • Patent number: 11198471
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of controlling a vehicle (1) in which rear road wheels (2b) are driven. The method includes: a step of selecting a first pedal mode in which an acceleration is set based on a depression amount of an accelerator pedal, or a second pedal mode in which the acceleration and a deceleration are set; a step of setting a basic torque based on a driving state of the vehicle; a step of setting an incremental torque to allow the basic torque to be increased in accordance with an increase in steering angle; and a step of generating a torque which is determined by adding the incremental torque to the basic torque, wherein the incremental torque setting step includes setting the incremental torque to different values between when the first pedal mode is selected and when the second pedal mode is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Daisuke Umetsu, Fuminori Kato
  • Patent number: 11173884
    Abstract: The vehicle behavior control device comprises a brake control system (18) capable of applying different braking forces, respectively, to right and left road wheels of a vehicle (1). The vehicle behavior control device further comprises: a steering angle sensor (8); a vehicle speed sensor (10); a yaw rate sensor (12); and a yaw moment setting part (22) in PCM (14) configured to decide a target yaw rate of the vehicle based on a steering angle and a vehicle speed, and set, based on a change rate of a difference between an actual yaw rate and the target yaw rate, a yaw moment oriented in a direction opposite to that of the actual yaw rate of the vehicle, as a target yaw moment, whereby the brake control system can regulate the braking forces of the road wheels so as to apply the target yaw moment to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Sunahara, Daisuke Umetsu, Yasunori Takahara
  • Publication number: 20210339735
    Abstract: A vehicle control method is applied to a vehicle 1 in which a front wheel 2 is driven by an engine 4, and the method includes a basic torque setting step of setting basic torque to be generated by the engine 4, based on an operational state of the vehicle 1; an acceleration torque setting step of setting acceleration torque, based on a reduction in steering angle of a steering apparatus 5 mounted on the vehicle 1; a torque generation step of controlling the engine 4 so that torque based on the basic torque and the acceleration torque is generated; and an acceleration torque changing step of changing the acceleration torque, based on a vehicle-width-direction mounting position of a steering wheel 6 and an operation direction of the steering wheel 6 when the steering angle is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Applicants: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, IKUTOKU GAKUEN
    Inventors: Takatoshi TSUKANO, Shohei YAMADA, Daisuke UMETSU, Fuminori KATO, Osamu SUNAHARA, Masato ABE, Makoto YAMAKADO, Yoshio KANO, Kazuki SATO
  • Publication number: 20210316717
    Abstract: A vehicle control method is applied to a vehicle 1 in which a front wheel 2 is driven by an engine 4, and the method includes a basic torque setting step of setting basic torque to be generated by the engine 4, based on an operational state of the vehicle 1; a deceleration torque setting step of setting deceleration torque, based on an increase in steering angle of a steering apparatus 5 mounted on the vehicle 1; a torque generation step of controlling the engine 4 so that torque based on the basic torque and the deceleration torque is generated; and a deceleration torque changing step of changing the deceleration torque, based on a vehicle-width-direction mounting position of a steering wheel 6 and an operation direction of the steering wheel 6 when the steering angle is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicants: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, IKUTOKU GAKUEN
    Inventors: Takatoshi TSUKANO, Shohei YAMADA, Daisuke UMETSU, Fuminori KATO, Osamu SUNAHARA, Masato ABE, Makoto YAMAKADO, Yoshio KANO, Kazuki SATO
  • Patent number: 11143249
    Abstract: A driving force distribution control device mounted on a four-wheel drive vehicle is provided. A coupling mechanism controller connects a drive shaft with an auxiliary driving wheel and sets a fastening force as a first fastening force, when an increase rate in an accelerator opening becomes more than a given value and a vehicle speed is below a given first speed, and changes the fastening force from the first fastening force to a second fastening force, when a slip of at least one of main driving wheels is detected after the fastening force is set to the first fastening force, and before a given time period has lapsed from the setting of the fastening force, or before the vehicle speed becomes faster than a given second speed. The second fastening force at least immediately after the change of the fastening force is a value larger than the first fastening force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yasumasa Imamura, Naoki Nobutani, Keisuke Haruta, Daisuke Umetsu, Yasushi Yagi
  • Patent number: 11136931
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle control system capable of controlling the behavior of a vehicle, in conformity to a tire longitudinal spring constant, to improve responsivity and linear feeling of the vehicle behavior with respect to a steering manipulation. The vehicle control system comprises a steering angle sensor (8) and a PCM (14). The PCM is configured to set, based on a detection value of the steering angle sensor, an additional deceleration to be added to a vehicle (1), and control the vehicle to generate the set additional deceleration in the vehicle, wherein the additional deceleration is set to be larger when a tire longitudinal spring constant (Kt) of each road wheel of the vehicle is relatively small than when it is not relatively small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Umetsu
  • Publication number: 20210270333
    Abstract: In the vehicle control system, a controller may perform first regenerative control that causes a motor generator to perform regeneration so as to apply a braking force to a vehicle when the accelerator is off and, when the accelerator is off and a steering is turned, perform second regenerative control that causes the motor generator to perform regeneration so as to apply a braking force to the vehicle in order to control the vehicle attitude by generating a deceleration that corresponds to a steering angle in the vehicle in addition to the first regenerative control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Daisaku OGAWA, Daisuke UMETSU, Shinya MORISHITA
  • Patent number: 11097612
    Abstract: A driving force distribution control system for a four-wheel drive vehicle is provided. The four-wheel drive vehicle uses front wheels as main driving wheels, and when a towed vehicle is coupled to a coupling part provided to a rear part of the four-wheel drive vehicle, the towed vehicle has the center of gravity position so that a downward load in a vehicle up-and-down direction is applied to the rear part of the vehicle through the coupling part. A driving force distribution control device includes a towing determination module configured to determine whether the vehicle is towing the towed vehicle, and when it is determined that the vehicle is towing the towed vehicle, a driving force distribution control device controls the driving force distributing device so that the driving force distributing amount to rear wheels becomes larger than that when the four-wheel drive vehicle is not towing the towed vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yasumasa Imamura, Daisuke Umetsu, Yoichi Fujioka, Naoki Nobutani
  • Patent number: 11091150
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an engine (10), an engine control mechanism that controls an engine torque, and a PCM (50) that performs vehicle posture control for generating vehicle deceleration by controlling the engine control mechanism to reduce the engine torque upon satisfaction of a condition that a vehicle is travelling and a steering angle-related value related to a steering angle of a steering device increases. When a driver performs an accelerator operation for reducing an accelerator opening during execution of vehicle posture control, the PCM (50) suppresses reduction of a generated torque of the engine due to the accelerator operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Osamu Sunahara, Yasunori Takahara, Chikako Ohisa, Yuichiro Akiya, Atsushi Yamasaki, Keiichi Hiwatashi, Daisuke Umetsu
  • Publication number: 20210245600
    Abstract: A driving force distribution control system for a four-wheel drive vehicle is provided. The four-wheel drive vehicle uses front wheels as main driving wheels, and when a towed vehicle is coupled to a coupling part provided to a rear part of the four-wheel drive vehicle, the towed vehicle has the center of gravity position so that a downward load in a vehicle up-and-down direction is applied to the rear part of the vehicle through the coupling part. A driving force distribution control device includes a towing determination module configured to determine whether the vehicle is towing the towed vehicle, and when it is determined that the vehicle is towing the towed vehicle, a driving force distribution control device controls the driving force distributing device so that the driving force distributing amount to rear wheels becomes larger than that when the four-wheel drive vehicle is not towing the towed vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Yasumasa Imamura, Daisuke Umetsu, Yoichi Fujioka, Naoki Nobutani
  • Publication number: 20210197797
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided, which includes a steering wheel configured to be operated by a driver, a steering angle sensor configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to operation of the steering wheel, and a controller configured to set an additional deceleration to be applied to the vehicle based on the steering angle detected by the steering angle sensor to control a vehicle posture when the steering wheel is turned, and applies the additional deceleration to the vehicle. The controller sets the additional deceleration larger when the vehicle travels off road than when the vehicle does not travel off road.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Daisuke Umetsu, Yasumasa Imamura
  • Publication number: 20210197894
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle is provided, which includes an accelerator pedal and a steering wheel configured to be operated by a driver, an accelerator opening sensor configured to detect an accelerator opening corresponding to operation of the accelerator pedal, a steering angle sensor configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to operation of the steering wheel, and a controller configured to set an additional deceleration to be applied to the vehicle in order to control a posture of the vehicle based on the detected steering angle, when the steering wheel is turned, and apply the additional deceleration to the vehicle. The controller sets the additional deceleration based on the detected accelerator opening, in addition to the steering angle, and sets the additional deceleration larger while the vehicle is towing than while the vehicle is not towing, when the additional decelerations are compared at the same accelerator opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Daisuke Umetsu, Yasumasa Imamura
  • Patent number: 11041450
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an engine 10 capable of switching between reduced-cylinder operation and all-cylinder operation, an engine control mechanism that controls an engine torque, and a PCM 50 that executes vehicle posture control for generating vehicle deceleration by controlling the engine control mechanism to reduce the engine torque upon satisfaction of a condition that a vehicle is travelling and a steering angle-related value related to a steering angle of a steering device increases. In addition, this PCM 50 permits the execution of the vehicle posture control when an engine rotation speed is more than or equal to a first rotation speed Ne1 and permits the execution of the reduced-cylinder operation of the engine 10 when the engine rotation speed is more than or equal to a second rotation speed Ne2 that is more than the first rotation speed Ne1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisaku Ogawa, Osamu Sunahara, Yasunori Takahara, Chikako Ohisa, Yuichiro Akiya, Atsushi Yamasaki, Keiichi Hiwatashi, Daisuke Umetsu