Patents by Inventor Kazuyuki Kagawa

Kazuyuki Kagawa 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: 10802502
    Abstract: A movable body utilization system includes: a vehicle configured to perform automated driving; and a server configured to communicate with the vehicle. The server selects the vehicle conforming to a demand of a user who is not an owner of the vehicle when the server receives a utilization application for utilizing the vehicle for a predetermined purpose by the user, the demand including the vehicle utilizable for the predetermined purpose and a utilization fee of the vehicle. Then, the server transmits, to the selected vehicle, an instruction for allowing the user to utilize the vehicle. In accordance with the instruction, the vehicle is configured to move to the user who has made the utilization application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Yourou, Naomi Kataoka, Toshiaki Niwa, Yasuhiro Baba, Kazuyuki Kagawa
  • Patent number: 10777105
    Abstract: A vehicle is a movable body capable of traveling in a driver-operated mode and traveling in a driverless mode, and includes an advertisement display device and a controller. The advertisement display device is configured to switch between a first state to provide an advertisement outside of the vehicle and a second state to provide no advertisement outside of the vehicle. The controller is configured to control the advertisement display device to enter the first state during traveling in the driverless mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kagawa, Naomi Kataoka, Toshiaki Niwa, Yasuhiro Baba, Katsuhiko Yourou
  • 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: 20190164127
    Abstract: A delivery system includes a vehicle and a management server configured to communicate with the vehicle. The vehicle is configured to perform unmanned driving and used to deliver a baggage to a designated delivery destination. When an arrival time of a user, who moves to the delivery destination without riding on the vehicle, to the delivery destination is set, the management server is configured to transmit, to the vehicle, an instruction for moving the vehicle in accordance with a delivery route searched to allow the vehicle to reach the delivery destination at the set arrival time. The vehicle moves to the delivery destination in accordance with the instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190138023
    Abstract: Each vehicle is configured to perform automated driving and includes a camera and an ECU. The camera is configured to capture an image of a situation outside the vehicle. The ECU receives an image capture request including an image capture location through a communication module. The ECU performs control for causing the vehicle to move to the image capture location and capturing an image of a situation outside the vehicle by the camera in accordance with the image capture request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki NIWA, Naomi KATAOKA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190126757
    Abstract: Each vehicle includes a detection device configured to detect a situation outside the vehicle. When a server receives from a depleted EV a help signal requesting power supply from another vehicle to the depleted EV, the server selects, from among the other vehicles, a rescue EV to supply electric power to the depleted EV. The rescue EV moves to the depleted EV, determines a stopping position of the rescue EV from a situation around the depleted EV detected by the detection device, and performs power supply to the depleted EV at the stopping position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU
  • Publication number: 20190130331
    Abstract: A management server is configured to receive a flight schedule and a boarding procedure progress status of a user from an airport server configured to manage a boarding procedure of the user, and is configured to specify a location of a delayed user in the airport, the delayed user being a user who is delayed for the boarding procedure. The management server is configured to dispatch a vehicle to the delayed user and transmit, to the vehicle, an instruction for carrying the delayed user to a location of a procedure which the delayed user has not been through in the boarding procedure. The vehicle is configured to: move to the delayed user in accordance with the instruction; and move, in accordance with the instruction, to the location of the procedure which the delayed user has not been through, after the delayed user rides on the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190130800
    Abstract: A vehicle is a movable body capable of traveling in a driver-operated mode and traveling in a driverless mode, and includes an advertisement display device and a controller. The advertisement display device is configured to switch between a first state to provide an advertisement outside of the vehicle and a second state to provide no advertisement outside of the vehicle. The controller is configured to control the advertisement display device to enter the first state during traveling in the driverless mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU
  • Publication number: 20190126756
    Abstract: Each vehicle includes a detection device configured to detect a situation outside the vehicle. When a server receives from a depleted EV a help signal requesting power supply from another vehicle to the depleted EV, the server selects, from among the other vehicles, a rescue EV to supply electric power to the depleted EV. The rescue EV moves to the depleted EV, stops behind the depleted EV detected by the detection device, and supplies power to the depleted EV while being stopped behind the depleted EV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiko YOUROU, Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190126768
    Abstract: A depleted EV transmits first information including a current location of the depleted EV to a server. Each of the other vehicles transmits second information including a current location of the vehicle to the server. When the server receives from the depleted EV a help signal requesting power supply from another vehicle to the depleted EV, the server selects, from among the other vehicles, a rescue EV to supply electric power to the depleted EV, using the first information and the second information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki NIWA, Naomi KATAOKA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190121366
    Abstract: A movable body utilization system includes: a vehicle configured to perform automated driving; and a server configured to communicate with the vehicle. The server selects the vehicle conforming to a demand of a user who is not an owner of the vehicle when the server receives a utilization application for utilizing the vehicle for a predetermined purpose by the user, the demand including the vehicle utilizable for the predetermined purpose and a utilization fee of the vehicle. Then, the server transmits, to the selected vehicle, an instruction for allowing the user to utilize the vehicle. In accordance with the instruction, the vehicle is configured to move to the user who has made the utilization application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuhiko YOUROU, Naomi KATAOKA, Toshiaki NIWA, Yasuhiro BABA, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190121358
    Abstract: A movable body utilization system includes: a vehicle configured to perform automated driving; and a server configured to communicate with the vehicle. When the server receives a utilization application for utilizing the vehicle for a predetermined purpose by a user who is not an owner of the vehicle, the server is configured to transmit, to the vehicle, an instruction for allowing the user to utilize the vehicle in accordance with the utilization application. In accordance with the instruction, the vehicle is configured to move to the user who has made the utilization application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiaki NIWA, Naomi KATAOKA, Yasuhiro BABA, Katsuhiko YOUROU, Kazuyuki KAGAWA
  • 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