Patents by Inventor Koichiro Muta

Koichiro Muta 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: 11498549
    Abstract: The hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a motor connected to the engine, and an electronic control unit configured to control the motor to execute motoring to rotate a crankshaft of the engine. The electronic control unit is configured to execute speed-drop offset control when a rotation speed of the engine falls below a first rotation speed that is lower than a self-sustaining rotation speed of the engine while the engine is operated in a self-sustaining manner at the self-sustaining rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichiro Muta, Yukio Kobayashi, Takuro Shimazu, Yusuke Saigo
  • Patent number: 11498546
    Abstract: When a prescribed execution condition is satisfied at the time of transition from HV traveling (that is, traveling performed by an engine and a motor with generation of traveling driving force by the engine) to EV traveling (that is, traveling performed by the motor without generation of traveling driving force by the engine), a controller of a hybrid vehicle performs motoring (or a self-sustaining operation) of an engine and thereafter stops the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Publication number: 20220333542
    Abstract: A controller for a hybrid electric vehicle including an internal combustion engine is provided. The internal combustion engine includes a filter arranged in an exhaust passage collect particulate matter from exhaust gas. The controller executes a first deceleration control process, a second deceleration control process, and a selection process. The first deceleration control process uses a fuel cutoff process when deceleration of the hybrid electric vehicle is required. The second deceleration control process does not use the fuel cutoff process when deceleration of the hybrid electric vehicle is required. The selection process selects execution of the second deceleration control process when a PM deposition amount is greater than or equal to a threshold value and selects execution of the first deceleration control process when the PM deposition amount is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Suguru KUMAZAWA, Koichiro MUTA
  • Patent number: 11458948
    Abstract: An HV-ECU performs processing including calculating requested system power, calculating requested engine power when an engine activation request has been issued, setting an operating point on a predetermined operating line, setting an upper limit value of magnitude of an amount of lowering in engine rotation speed to a first value when a vehicle is in a sport running state and when the previous operating point is within a forced induction range, setting the upper limit value to a second value when the vehicle is not in the sport running state or when the previous operating point is not within the forced induction range, correcting the operating point, and outputting an engine operation state command, a first MG torque command, and a second MG torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11427178
    Abstract: An HV-ECU calculates requested output torque Tec based on requested power and compares the requested output torque with controlled upper limit torque Teth. When requested output torque Tec has attained to controlled upper limit torque Teth, the HV-ECU restricts output torque of engine to controlled upper limit torque Teth and calculates actual output torque Ter at that time. Then, the HV-ECU calculates a difference (differential torque ?Te) between controlled upper limit torque Teth and actual output torque Ter. The HV-ECU learns controlled upper limit torque Teth based on differential torque ?Te.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11359565
    Abstract: When it is determined that control of warm-up of a catalyst is necessary at the time of start of an engine, an ECU starts warm-up control. Initially, the ECU performs first processing for a first set time period. In the first processing, the ECU sets the engine to an idle state and fully opens a waste gate valve. When the first set time period has elapsed since the first processing was started, the ECU performs second processing. In the second processing, the ECU sets the engine to a prescribed rotation speed and fully closes the waste gate valve. When a second set time period has elapsed since the second processing was started, the ECU quits the second processing and quits warm-up control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11339734
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a first motor, a planetary, the first motor, and a drive shaft, such that the first motor, the engine, and the drive shaft are arranged in this order in a collinear diagram, a second motor configured to be connected to the drive shaft, a power storage device configured to exchange an electric power with the first motor and the second motor. A braking force is applied to a vehicle by motoring the engine, in which fuel injection is stopped, by the first motor and/or regenerative driving of the second motor, when an accelerator is not operated. Motoring of the engine, in which fuel injection is stopped, by the first motor is limited, in a case where a deposition amount of particulate matter deposited on the filter is equal to or higher than a predetermined amount, when an accelerator is not operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11325583
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a motor generator; an engine having a forced induction device; and a HV-ECU. An operation region of the engine includes a PM generating region in which an amount of particulate matters included in exhaust gas of the engine is more than a predetermined amount due to a load of the engine being abruptly increased during boosting by the forced induction device. The PM generating region is a low-rotation and high-torque region. When assistance by the motor generator is sufficiently obtained and the engine is operated in the PM generating region, the HV-ECU restricts an increasing rate of the torque of the engine to be less than or equal to an upper limit rate. The HV-ECU complements, by the torque of the motor generator, the torque of the engine restricted by restricting the increasing rate of the torque of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11247664
    Abstract: An HV-ECU performs processing including controlling an engine to be in a non-forced induction operation state when an engine has been on and when an engine stop request has been issued, performing processing for stopping the engine when a predetermined first period has elapsed, restricting forced induction and output when the engine stop request has not been issued and when a current time point is immediately after start of the engine, canceling restriction when a predetermined second period has elapsed, and controlling the engine with a position on a higher rotation speed side than a current operating point along an equal power line being set as an operating point when the current time point is not immediately after start of the engine and when a negative pressure is insufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11230280
    Abstract: An HV-ECU performs processing including calculating requested system power, calculating requested engine power when an engine activation request has been issued, obtaining a turbo temperature, setting an operating point on a predetermined operating line when the turbo temperature is equal to or lower than a threshold value Ta, setting as the operating point, a position on a higher rotation speed side by a predetermined value along an equal power line when the turbo temperature is higher than the threshold value Ta, carrying out engine control, and carrying out MG control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11186270
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine including a forced induction device, a knock sensor and a crank angle sensor that detect an occurrence of LSPI, a battery that supplies electric power to a second motor generator, and an ECU. When an occurrence of the LSPI is detected, the ECU restricts a maximum torque, which can be output by the engine with the forced induction device, more than when an occurrence of the LSPI is not detected to prevent an engine operating point from being included in an LSPI area, and when an output of the engine becomes insufficient along with the restriction on the maximum torque, the engine compensates for an amount of the insufficient output with electric power supplied from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11143121
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine including an injector of cylinder injection type and a forced induction device, a second motor generator that generates electric power with an output torque of the engine, and an ECU that controls the engine and the second motor generator. When an amount of intake air and a fuel pressure of the engine decrease in boosting of suctioned air by the forced induction device, the ECU reduces a decrease in the amount of intake air during a period in which an injection amount is equal to a minimum injection amount, and when an excessive torque is generated in the output torque of the engine along with reducing a decrease in the amount of intake air, the ECU absorbs the excessive torque by a power generation operation of the second motor generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11052901
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a first MG, a second MG, a planetary gear mechanism, and an HV-ECU. The engine includes a supercharger and a purge device. The purge device introduces fuel vapor into an intake passage of the engine. Upon request for fuel purge, when an operating point of the engine is included in an area A, the HV-ECU controls the engine and the first MG to move the operating point to outside of the area A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 11021154
    Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle, each of an engine and an MG1 is mechanically coupled to a drive wheel with a planetary gear being interposed. The planetary gear and an MG2 are configured such that motive power output from the planetary gear and motive power output from the MG2 are transmitted to the drive wheel as being combined. When a first condition is satisfied during traveling of the vehicle, a controller stops combustion in the engine and performs motoring by the MG1 such that the planetary gear outputs deceleration torque. When a second condition in addition to the first condition is satisfied (YES in S20) during deceleration of the hybrid vehicle with deceleration torque, the controller performs motoring with throttle opening being set to first opening or larger and WGV opening being set to second opening or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 10981560
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle that suppresses overdischarge of a power storage device. In the case where a braking force is applied to drive wheels accompanied with regenerative driving of a second motor in an accelerator-off state upon satisfaction of a filter regeneration condition, when a state of charge of a power storage device is equal to or higher than a reference value, an engine and a first motor are controlled such as to perform fuel cutting of the engine and motoring of the engine by the first motor. When the state of charge of the power storage device is lower than the reference value, on the other hand, the engine is controlled such as to perform self-sustained operation or rotation stop of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Muta
  • Publication number: 20200370484
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine including an injector of cylinder injection type and a forced induction device, a second motor generator that generates electric power with an output torque of the engine, and an ECU that controls the engine and the second motor generator. When an amount of intake air and a fuel pressure of the engine decrease in boosting of suctioned air by the forced induction device, the ECU reduces a decrease in the amount of intake air during a period in which an injection amount is equal to a minimum injection amount, and when an excessive torque is generated in the output torque of the engine along with reducing a decrease in the amount of intake air, the ECU absorbs the excessive torque by a power generation operation of the second motor generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koichi Yonezawa, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Publication number: 20200369260
    Abstract: The hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a motor connected to the engine, and an electronic control unit configured to control the motor to execute motoring to rotate a crankshaft of the engine. The electronic control unit is configured to execute speed-drop offset control when a rotation speed of the engine falls below a first rotation speed that is lower than a self-sustaining rotation speed of the engine while the engine is operated in a self-sustaining manner at the self-sustaining rotation speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichiro MUTA, Yukio KOBAYASHI, Takuro SHIMAZU, Yusuke SAIGO
  • Publication number: 20200361470
    Abstract: The hybrid vehicle includes an engine having a throttle valve and a forced induction device, a second MG (a motor generator), a drive wheel connected to the engine and the second MG, and a controller (an HV-ECU). While the forced induction device performs boosting, the controller performs a reduction rate restricting process for restricting a target engine torque reduction rate in magnitude to be less than an upper limit rate to prevent a throttle opening degree from rapidly decreasing. Further, the controller performs MG regenerative control for controlling the second MG so that regenerative braking by the second MG compensates for engine brake reduced by the reduction rate restricting process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi YONEZAWA, Satoshi Yoshizaki, Osamu Maeda, Daigo Ando, Yoshikazu Asami, Kenji Itagaki, Shunsuke Oyama, Koichiro Muta
  • Publication number: 20200331453
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a motor generator; an engine having a forced induction device; and a HV-ECU. An operation region of the engine includes a PM generating region in which an amount of particulate matters included in exhaust gas of the engine is more than a predetermined amount due to a load of the engine being abruptly increased during boosting by the forced induction device. The PM generating region is a low-rotation and high-torque region. When assistance by the motor generator is sufficiently obtained and the engine is operated in the PM generating region, the HV-ECU restricts an increasing rate of the torque of the engine to be less than or equal to an upper limit rate. The HV-ECU complements, by the torque of the motor generator, the torque of the engine restricted by restricting the increasing rate of the torque of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi YONEZAWA, Satoshi YOSHIZAKI, Osamu MAEDA, Daigo ANDO, Yoshikazu ASAMI, Kenji ITAGAKI, Shunsuke OYAMA, Koichiro MUTA
  • Publication number: 20200324753
    Abstract: A control system for vehicles that controls drive force and acceleration smoothly without causing a shock, in response to an operation of an accelerator pedal. A hysteresis is set between an input value and an output value of angle of the accelerator pedal. The hysteresis includes a deadband and an asymptotic range. The output value is not changed significantly with respect to a change in the input value if an angle of the accelerator pedal is changed within the deadband, and the output value is changed continuously with respect to a change in the input value based on a predetermined function if an angle of the accelerator pedal is changed within the asymptotic range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuntaro SHINOHARA, Hiroyasu KITAGAWA, Hideaki OTSUBO, Koichiro MUTA, Yoshinori FUJITAKE, Takuya HIRATA, Hiromitsu METSUGI