Patents by Inventor Kazuki KAWAMURA

Kazuki KAWAMURA 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: 20210362688
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system includes: a cleaner unit configured to be mounted on a vehicle and to discharge a cleaning liquid to an external sensor that acquires information outside the vehicle so as to clean the external sensor; and a cleaner control unit configured to control the cleaner unit. The cleaner control unit is configured to acquire vehicle speed information related to a traveling speed of the vehicle, and control the cleaner unit such that at least one of a discharge amount of the cleaning liquid, a discharge amount of the cleaning liquid per unit time, the number of times of discharge of the cleaning liquid, the number of times of discharge of the cleaning liquid per unit time, and a discharge time of the cleaning liquid varies according to the vehicle speed information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki KAWAMURA, Akinobu KUBOTA, Masaru SAKAI, Masaaki SATO
  • 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: 20210031727
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system includes a front LiDAR and a front camera, which are external sensors that acquire information on an outside of a vehicle, a cleaner unit, a front tank that stores the cleaning liquid, and a cleaner control unit that controls the cleaner unit. The cleaner unit includes a front LiDAR cleaner that discharge the cleaning liquid to clean the front LiDAR, and a front camera cleaner that discharges the cleaning liquid to clean the front camera. The cleaner control unit is configured to be capable of outputting a remaining amount insufficiency prediction signal to a vehicle control unit, which controls traveling of the vehicle, when the cleaning liquid in the front tank is equal to or less than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru SAKAI, Masaaki SATO, Kazuki KAWAMURA
  • Publication number: 20210001819
    Abstract: A vehicle cleaner system includes: a cleaner unit configured to be mounted on a vehicle and to discharge a cleaning medium to an external sensor that acquires information outside the vehicle so as to clean the external sensor; and a cleaner control unit configured to control the cleaner unit. The cleaner control unit is configured to acquire weather information, and control the cleaner unit such that at least one of a type of the cleaning medium, a discharge amount of the cleaning medium, the number of times of discharge of the cleaning medium, the number of times of discharge of the cleaning medium per unit time, and a discharge time of the cleaning medium varies according to the weather information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki KAWAMURA
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190337490
    Abstract: A vehicular cleaner system (1) for cleaning a to-be-cleaned object (100), wherein: the vehicular cleaner system (1) is provided with a tank (11) that accommodates a cleaning liquid, a pump (12) that pressure-feeds the cleaning liquid inside the tank (11), a high-pressure-air generation unit (2) that generates high-pressure air, a first ejection port that sprays the cleaning liquid toward a cleaning surface of the to-be-cleaned object (100), a second ejection port that sprays the high-pressure air toward the cleaning surface, and a controller (4) and vehicle ECU (40) that control the spraying of the cleaning liquid and the spraying of the high-pressure air; and the controller (4) and the vehicle ECU (40) perform control so as to initiate the spraying of the high-pressure air from the second ejection port after spraying of the cleaning liquid from the first ejection port has been initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki KAWAMURA, Masayuki KONDO, Hikaru NAGAI, Akinobu KUBOTA, Yasuhiro ICHIKAWA