Patents by Inventor Hiroyuki Sawada

Hiroyuki Sawada 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: 11505248
    Abstract: A subframe structure includes a pair of left and right front-rear frames each mounted with a lower arm; and a transverse member connecting front portions of the front-rear frames. The front-rear frames each includes a rear horizontal portion formed substantially horizontally, an inclined portion extending frontward and upward from a front end of the rear horizontal portion, and a front horizontal portion extending horizontally frontward from a front end of the inclined portion. The transverse member is jointed at left and right ends thereof to the front horizontal portions respectively corresponding to the left and right ends, a rear end of the front horizontal portion is disposed to be positioned frontward of a front end of an engine, and the front-rear frames are deformed into a Z shape in vehicle side view in an event of a front-end collision and thereby energy of the front-end collision is absorbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okamoto, Fumihiro Kurohara, Ippei Kuroda, Hiromasa Honji, Yosuke Sawada
  • Patent number: 11502339
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power storage device capable of preventing rain water, washing water, and the like from entering a casing. The power storage device of the present invention includes a secondary battery, the casing having a sealed structure, a safety valve, and a drainage through hole, the casing includes an external container configured to accommodate the secondary battery and an upper lid disposed above the external container, the upper lid has an upper surface having a concave portion formed therein, the safety valve is disposed in the concave portion, and the drainage through hole is provided to pass through a side wall of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., ELIIY Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Makabe, Takeshi Yanagisawa, Masaharu Nakamori, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Hideyuki Sugiyama, Hiroshi Sato, Takeshi Sawada, Kazutoshi Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 11493394
    Abstract: A capacitance detection device includes: a sensor unit including a plurality of sensor elements; row control lines; column control lines; a control circuit supplying a charging voltage to the sensor element; and an equipotential circuit outputting a potential equal to the potential of the sensor element subject to measurement. The control circuit applies a charging voltage to the row control line connected to the sensor element and connects the column control line connected to the sensor element to the ground potential side. The control circuit causes the equipotential circuit to set a potential of at least one of the row control lines other than the row control line connected to the sensor element subject to measurement and the column control lines other than the column control line connected to the sensor element subject to measurement to a potential equal to the potential of the sensor element subject to measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironobu Ukitsu, Yuta Moriura, Hiroyuki Furuya, Takashi Matsumoto, Yui Sawada
  • Patent number: 11448559
    Abstract: A capacitance detection device includes a sensor unit including at least one sensor element whose capacitance changes, a control line applying to the sensor element a predetermined charging voltage for detecting the capacitance of the sensor element, a shield line electrically shielding the control line, a control circuit supplying the charging voltage to the sensor element via the control line, measuring a voltage change of the sensor element when the charging voltage is applied to the sensor element, and detecting the capacitance of the sensor element based on the voltage change, and an equipotential circuit setting a potential of the shield line equal to a potential of the control line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironobu Ukitsu, Yuta Moriura, Hiroyuki Furuya, Takashi Matsumoto, Yui Sawada
  • Publication number: 20220281486
    Abstract: An automated driving vehicle includes an analysis unit, an autonomous travel control unit, and a passenger ascertaining unit configured to transmit a notification to an interested person's contact-number device set in a reservation for vehicle allocation in at least one of (1) a case in which a passenger set in the reservation for vehicle allocation has boarded at a boarding point set in the reservation for vehicle allocation, (2) a case in which the passenger has not been recognized by the analysis unit within a predetermined waiting time from a target boarding point arrival time set in the reservation for vehicle allocation, and (3) a case in which the passenger has alighted at a destination set in the reservation for vehicle allocation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220281481
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle allows passengers to transfer from a passenger vehicle, which is a relatively large vehicle, to the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle is provided with an autonomous travel control unit (steering control unit) configured to, when the passenger vehicle is stopped, cause the autonomous vehicle to pull up alongside the passenger vehicle such that an entrance (second entrance) of the autonomous vehicle is placed next to an entrance (first entrance) of the passenger vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220266872
    Abstract: A mass transportation vehicle includes a stop selector and a dispatcher. The stop selector is configured to enable a passenger on the mass transportation vehicle to select a destination stop at which the passenger plans to get off. The dispatcher is configured to book dispatch of an autonomous vehicle to which the passenger transfers after getting off the mass transportation vehicle at the destination stop. The dispatcher sends information about the destination stop to a dispatch management device of the autonomous vehicle as information about a waiting point of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220270490
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes an input unit that is capable of receiving input of a dispatch request and a destination and a position determiner that is capable of obtaining a terminal position which is its own current position. In accordance with the dispatch request, an autonomous vehicle is designated as a vehicle that is to be dispatched. The autonomous vehicle includes an autonomous driving controller that performs driving control so as to track the mobile terminal based on the terminal position while on its way to pick up the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220270165
    Abstract: When a rental user schedule management unit (general user schedule management unit) receives, from a general user (rental user) different from the priority user that is a lease contractor, a general usage request for a predetermined autonomous vehicle in which a time zone excluding a priority usage time zone is specified, the rental user schedule management unit set the time zone specified by the general usage request as a general usage time zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220258617
    Abstract: Provided is an electric vehicle control method. The electric vehicle control method includes: a disturbance torque estimation process of calculating a disturbance torque estimation value including an influence of a road surface gradient; a speed parameter acquisition process of acquiring a speed parameter relating to a vehicle speed; a stop process of calculating a stopping basis torque target value so as to converge a torque command value to the disturbance torque estimation value in accordance with a decrease of a speed parameter; and a vibration damping process of calculating a stopping correction torque target value by performing filterring on the stopping basis torque target value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KOMATSU, Jun MOTOSUGI, Akira SAWADA, Yui ITO
  • Publication number: 20220261707
    Abstract: The management device of an autonomous driving vehicle includes a congestion rate calculation unit and a waiting place setting unit. The congestion rate calculation unit is able to calculate the congestion rate of a parking lot adjoining each of a plurality of commercial facilities. In a case where the congestion rate of a neighbor parking lot, or a parking lot in the neighborhood of a boarding place contained in reservation information for an autonomous driving vehicle reserved for dispatch, during a waiting time period before the scheduled boarding time, is less than a congestion threshold, the waiting place setting unit sets the neighbor parking lot as a waiting place for the autonomous driving vehicle to wait during the waiting time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Shin SAKURADA, Katsuya HOSHI, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Masahisa SAWADA, Hiroyuki ITO, Makoto SEGI, Hiroki HATTORI
  • Publication number: 20220230852
    Abstract: A plasma processing apparatus includes a process chamber. A turntable is disposed in the process chamber and is configured to receive a substrate along a circumferential direction thereof. A process gas supply nozzle is configured to supply a process gas to the turntable. A plasma antenna is disposed on the process chamber at a position covering at least a part of the process gas supply nozzle. An ion trap plate is disposed over the process gas supply nozzle at a position overlapping at least a part of the plasma antenna in the process chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Hitoshi KATO, Hiroyuki KIKUCHI, Shinji ASARI, Yuji SAWADA
  • Patent number: 11151811
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a communication unit configured to communicate with a vehicle used by a user; and a control unit configured to receive user information on the user via the communication unit, determine a usage mode of the vehicle according to a use purpose of the vehicle, the use purpose being estimated based on the user information, and send usage mode information on the usage mode to the vehicle via the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tokita, Hiroyuki Sawada, Shojiro Suga
  • Publication number: 20190340851
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a communication unit configured to communicate with a vehicle used by a user; and a control unit configured to receive user information on the user via the communication unit, determine a usage mode of the vehicle according to a use purpose of the vehicle, the use purpose being estimated based on the user information, and send usage mode information on the usage mode to the vehicle via the communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki TOKITA, Hiroyuki SAWADA, Shojiro SUGA
  • Patent number: 10253877
    Abstract: In a case where intermediate gear stage fault occurs, an electronic control unit determines, using a predetermined relationship for determining gear stage switching between a gear stage on a lower side than the intermediate gear stage by one stage and the intermediate gear stage, whether or not to execute gear stage switching between the low gear stage and a gear stage on a higher than the intermediate gear stage by one stage. For example, compared to using a relationship for determining gear stage switching between a gear stage on the higher side and the intermediate gear stage, it is possible to execute gear stage switching between a gear stage on the lower side and a gear stage on the higher side in a low vehicle speed region. Therefore, it is possible to suppress the influence on vehicle behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sawada, Takahiro Kondo, Masakazu Owatari, Tatsuro Hatano, Yoshiki Ando
  • Patent number: 10030763
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for a vehicle, when it is not determined that a downshift to a second gear stage should be carried out and an accelerator depression amount change rate is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value when it is determined that a downshift to a first gear stage should be carried out, a single downshift command to the first gear stage is output. When it is not determined that the downshift to the second gear stage should be carried out and the accelerator depression amount change rate is larger than the predetermined value when it is determined that the downshift to the first gear stage should be carried out, a current gear stage is maintained. Therefore, a skip downshift to the second gear stage can be carried out when it is determined that the downshift to the second gear stage should be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sawada, Takahiro Kondo, Yoshiki Ando
  • Publication number: 20170356545
    Abstract: In a case where intermediate gear stage fault occurs, an electronic control unit determines, using a predetermined relationship for determining gear stage switching between a gear stage on a lower side than the intermediate gear stage by one stage and the intermediate gear stage, whether or not to execute gear stage switching between the low gear stage and a gear stage on a higher than the intermediate gear stage by one stage. For example, compared to using a relationship for determining gear stage switching between a gear stage on the higher side and the intermediate gear stage, it is possible to execute gear stage switching between a gear stage on the lower side and a gear stage on the higher side in a low vehicle speed region. Therefore, it is possible to suppress the influence on vehicle behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SAWADA, Takahiro KONDO, Masakazu OWATARI, Tatsuro HATANO, Yoshiki ANDO
  • Publication number: 20170299051
    Abstract: In a control apparatus for a vehicle, when it is not determined that a downshift to a second gear stage should be carried out and an accelerator depression amount change rate is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value when it is determined that a downshift to a first gear stage should be carried out, a single downshift command to the first gear stage is output. When it is not determined that the downshift to the second gear stage should be carried out and the accelerator depression amount change rate is larger than the predetermined value when it is determined that the downshift to the first gear stage should be carried out, a current gear stage is maintained. Therefore, a skip downshift to the second gear stage can be carried out when it is determined that the downshift to the second gear stage should be carried out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SAWADA, Takahiro KONDO, Yoshiki ANDO
  • Patent number: 9656669
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle with a continuously variable transmission, having an acceleration requirement determining portion determining operator required acceleration, a first restricted accelerator operation amount setting portion setting an accelerating member restricted operation amount that increases with a running speed increase, when the determining portion has determined required vehicle acceleration, and a shift control portion controlling the transmission speed ratio on the restricted amount basis, the control apparatus having: a second restricted accelerator operation amount setting portion decreasing the restricted amount from a value immediately prior to an accelerating member rapid releasing action determination moment, at a rate lower than an accelerating member operation actual amount decrease rate after the rapid releasing action determination moment, and an upper limit stop processing portion to limit the restricted amount after a determination moment that the operator requires vehicl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV/SA
    Inventors: Kyohei Suzumura, Kosuke Kuwada, Naoyuki Sakamoto, Shinya Toyoda, Hiroyuki Sawada, Sei Kojima, Lieven Van Houdt
  • Patent number: 9488410
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a calculation method and calculation device for an average sublimation interface temperature, bottom part temperature, and sublimation rate of the whole to-be-dried material introduced into a drying chamber of a freeze-drying device without contaminating or collapsing the to-be-dried material. [Solution] The present invention is applied to a freeze-drying device that includes a drying chamber DC, a cold trap CT, vacuum adjustment means for adjusting the degree of the vacuum in the drying chamber DC, and a control device CR for automatically controlling the operations of the above elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kyowa Vacuum Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sawada, Kazunori Tonegawa, Hiroshi Hosomi, Ryouji Sunama