Patents by Inventor Koji Kawabe

Koji Kawabe 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: 11453768
    Abstract: A novel vinyl chloride resin composition having exceptional transparency is provided. This resin composition comprises 3-15 parts by mass of a rubbery impact-absorbing material (B) for which the glass transition point in differential scanning calorimetry does not exceed 0° C., and 0.1-10 parts by mass of a lubricant (C) that satisfies (i)-(iv) below, the content amounts above being indicated relative to 100 parts by mass of a vinyl chloride resin (A) having a chlorine content of 55-75 mass %. (i) The melt viscosity at 200° C. is 5-5,000 mPa·s (ii) The softening point is in the range of 60?180° C. (iii) The glass transition point (Tg) as measured in DSC is in the range of 0?100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kanaya, Kuniaki Kawabe, Yosuke Takahashi, Koji Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11396564
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an electroconductive resin composition that has excellent electroconductivity and high mechanical strength. The electroconductive resin composition according to the present invention comprises 75-99 parts by mass of a thermoplastic resin (A), 1-25 parts by mass of a carbon material (B), and more than 1 part by mass but not more than 10 parts by mass, per 100 parts by mass of the total amount of the thermoplastic resin (A) and the carbon material (B), of a modified polyolefin wax (C), wherein the carbon material (B) is a granular carbon material having an average grain diameter of 500 nm or less or a fibrous carbon material having an average fiber length of 1000 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kanaya, Kuniaki Kawabe, Yosuke Takahashi, Koji Matsunaga
  • Publication number: 20220208413
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing an electroconductive resin composition which combines high electrical conductivity with excellent processability. The electroconductive resin composition comprises a thermoplastic resin (A), carbon nanotubes (B) having an outer diameter of 100 nm or smaller, and an aromatic-monomer-modified polyolefin wax (C) obtained by modifying a polyolefin wax with an aromatic monomer. The composition comprises the thermoplastic resin (A), the carbon nanotubes (B), and the aromatic-monomer-modified polyolefin wax (C) in amounts of 74.9-99.4 parts by mass, 0.5-25 parts by mass, and 0.1-10 parts by mass, respectively, with respect to 100 parts by mass of the sum of the thermoplastic resin (A), the carbon nanotubes (B), and the aromatic-monomer-modified polyolefin wax (C).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Applicant: MITSUI CHEMICALS, INC.
    Inventors: Hirotaka KANAYA, Yosuke TAKAHASHI, Koji MATSUNAGA, Kuniaki KAWABE
  • Publication number: 20220044337
    Abstract: A management device that is configured to manage a robot device, the management device comprising: a memory configured to store instructions; and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to: acquire identification information for identifying the user and time information on a time at which a vehicle having a user therein is scheduled to arrive at an arrival point, wherein the arrival point is point at which the vehicle is scheduled to arrive and the user is scheduled to exit; and provide the robot device with instruction information including the identification information for causing the robot device to guide the user from the arrival point to a destination of the user on the basis of the acquired time information and the acquired identification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Naokatsu Sato, Yoshitaka Mimura, Koji Kawabe, Masahide Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11036235
    Abstract: A vehicle control device including a first recognizer recognizing one or more other vehicles present in the vicinity of a subject vehicle; a second recognizer recognizing that a road on which the subject vehicle is running is a road having no center line; an estimator estimating a state of a driver of an oncoming vehicle facing the subject vehicle among the one or more other vehicles recognized by the first recognizer; a determiner determining whether the oncoming vehicle is a vehicle executing manual driving; and a controller decelerating the subject vehicle to a speed equal to or lower than a predetermined speed on the basis of the state of the driver of the oncoming vehicle in a case in which the oncoming vehicle is a vehicle executing manual driving, and the road on which the subject vehicle is running is a road having no center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Hiroshi Miura, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10974722
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus of an embodiment includes a surrounding situation recognition unit which recognizes a situation of surroundings of a vehicle, a branch point recognition unit which recognizes a branch point present in a traveling direction of the vehicle on the basis of the recognition result of the surrounding situation recognition unit, a main lane recognition unit which recognizes a main lane connected to the branch point, and a driving control unit which controls one or both of the steering and acceleration/deceleration of the vehicle and causes the vehicle to travel in the direction of the main lane recognized by the main lane recognition unit at the branch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10921814
    Abstract: When a transmission condition regarding a state detected by a state detection unit (vehicle sensor, operation detection sensor, external environment sensor, or internal environment sensor) is satisfied while a travel controller performs a travel control, a vehicle control system transmits attentional state information representing a travel state, an operation state, or an environment state to a travel assist server through a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Kunimichi Hatano, Naoki Hayashibe, Mitsunori Kawashima, Takashi Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10870431
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an imaging unit that images surroundings of an own-vehicle, a detector that detects a state of an external appearance of an oncoming vehicle facing the own-vehicle in a tunnel on the basis of an image captured by the imaging unit, and a determiner that determines whether or not the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle satisfies a predetermined condition on the basis of the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle detected by the detector and determines that the outside of the tunnel toward which the own-vehicle is traveling has bad weather if the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle satisfies the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 10839680
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) comprising: a recognizer (130) recognizing surrounding situations of a vehicle; a setting unit (154) setting a virtual lane in an area inside a crossing that is present in an advancement direction of the vehicle on the basis of a recognition result acquired by the recognizer; and a driving controller (150, 160) controlling one or both of steering and acceleration/deceleration of the vehicle and causing the vehicle to run within the virtual lane and pass through the crossing in a case in which an object recognized by the recognizer is not present on the virtual lane, wherein, in a case in which an area inside the crossing has a width for which only one virtual lane is settable, the driving controller handles an oncoming vehicle recognized by the recognizer as an object present on the virtual lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20200339156
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes: a recognizer configured to recognize a surrounding environment of an own vehicle; and a driving controller configured to perform driving control of the own vehicle with reference to a recognition result by the recognizer and configured to determine whether the own vehicle is caused to travel behind a first vehicle or the own vehicle is caused to travel behind a second vehicle traveling in a second traveling lane based on a state of the second traveling lane of a destination to which the first vehicle moves to avoid an obstacle by steering when the recognizer recognizes the first vehicle which is traveling in front of the own vehicle in a first traveling lane in which the own vehicle is traveling and the obstacle which is in front of the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10796570
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) includes: a detection device having a detection area in an advancement direction of a vehicle; and a crossing recognizer (132) determining whether or not a concave part extending in a direction intersecting the advancement direction is present on the basis of an output of the detection device and recognizing presence of a crossing in the advancement direction of the vehicle in a case in which a concave part is determined as being present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10777077
    Abstract: A vehicle control device (100) includes: an imager imaging the vicinity of a vehicle; a position identifying unit identifying a position of the vehicle; and a crossing recognizer (132) recognizing the presence of a crossing ahead in running of the vehicle on the basis of the position identified by the position identifying unit and map information and raising a degree of certainty in the presence of the crossing ahead in running of the vehicle on the basis of an element of a specific color, which represents the presence of a crossing, included in an image captured by the imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Hiroshi Miura, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Patent number: 10591928
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes: an image capturer configured to image surroundings of a vehicle; a road partition line recognizer configured to recognize a position of a road partition line on the basis of an image; a driving controller configured to control at least steering of the vehicle on the basis of the position of the road partition line; and an object detector configured to detect objects in the vicinity of the vehicle by emitting radiowaves and detecting reflected waves generated due to the radiowaves coming into contact with the objects, wherein, in a case in which the position of the road partition line is unrecognizable using the road partition line recognizer, the driving controller is configured to control at least steering of the vehicle on the basis of the position of an object, of which the reflectivity is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Publication number: 20190283742
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic driving control device (100) including: a recognition unit (130) that recognizes a nearby situation of a vehicle; a driving control unit (140, 160) that automatically controls acceleration/deceleration and steering of the vehicle on the basis of the nearby situation that is recognized by the recognition unit; an output unit that outputs information; and a notification control unit (180) that controls the output unit to notify a traffic participant of existence of the vehicle in a case where the traffic participant who exists in an advancing direction of the vehicle is recognized by the recognition unit. The notification control unit adjusts the degree of notification with respect to the traffic participant on the basis of a distance between an edge portion that is disposed away from the traffic participant in a width direction of a road on which the vehicle travels, and the traffic participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hideki Matsunaga, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Yasuharu Hashimoto, Etsuo Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190283743
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a recognition unit that recognizes a surrounding situation including a position of another vehicle passing by a subject vehicle and a position of a retreat space in a vicinity of the subject vehicle, a retreat necessity or not determination unit that determines whether or not the other vehicle recognized by the recognition unit is required to move to the retreat space, and a driving control unit that controls acceleration or deceleration and steering of the subject vehicle based on the surrounding situation recognized by the recognition unit, and stops or decelerates the subject vehicle while directing an orientation of the subject vehicle to a side opposite to the retreat space with respect to an extending direction of a road in a case where the retreat necessity or not determination unit determines that the other vehicle is required to move to the retreat space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hideki Matsunaga, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Yasuharu Hashimoto, Etsuo Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20190193726
    Abstract: A vehicle control device according to an embodiment includes a recognition unit that recognizes moving bodies present near a subject vehicle, a deriving unit that derives an index value indicating that a following vehicle present behind the subject vehicle in a subject lane among the moving bodies recognized by the recognition unit approaches the subject vehicle, and a driving control unit that performs predetermined control in a case that the index value derived by the deriving unit is smaller than a threshold value in a case that the subject vehicle changes a route to another lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Hiroshi Miura, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Publication number: 20190196486
    Abstract: A vehicle control device including a first recognizer recognizing one or more other vehicles present in the vicinity of a subject vehicle; a second recognizer recognizing that a road on which the subject vehicle is running is a road having no center line; an estimator estimating a state of a driver of an oncoming vehicle facing the subject vehicle among the one or more other vehicles recognized by the first recognizer; a determiner determining whether the oncoming vehicle is a vehicle executing manual driving; and a controller decelerating the subject vehicle to a speed equal to or lower than a predetermined speed on the basis of the state of the driver of the oncoming vehicle in a case in which the oncoming vehicle is a vehicle executing manual driving, and the road on which the subject vehicle is running is a road having no center line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto Ishikawa, Hiroshi Miura, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Publication number: 20190161087
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes an imaging unit that images surroundings of an own-vehicle, a detector that detects a state of an external appearance of an oncoming vehicle facing the own-vehicle in a tunnel on the basis of an image captured by the imaging unit, and a determiner that determines whether or not the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle satisfies a predetermined condition on the basis of the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle detected by the detector and determines that the outside of the tunnel toward which the own-vehicle is traveling has bad weather if the state of the external appearance of the oncoming vehicle satisfies the predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20190161090
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a recognizer configured to recognize a preceding vehicle that is in front of a subject vehicle on the basis of information collected by an information collection unit including an information collection surface oriented toward an outside of the subject vehicle, a determiner configured to determine whether or not a situation in front of the subject vehicle satisfies a predetermined condition on the basis of a recognition result by the recognizer, and determine that a minute object on a road that is being flung up by the preceding vehicle affects a recognition accuracy of the recognizer by adhering to the information collection surface in a case where the situation in front of the subject vehicle satisfies the predetermined condition, and a driving controller configured to control a speed of the subject vehicle to increase a relative distance between the subject vehicle and the preceding vehicle in a case where it is determined by the determiner that the minute object on the ro
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya, Koji Kawabe
  • Publication number: 20190155303
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a measurement unit measuring a vibration of a subject vehicle and a prediction unit predicting the presence of a predetermined place, at which a control state of the subject vehicle is to be changed, in front of the subject vehicle in an advancement direction on the basis of a degree of coincidence between a trend of vibrations measured by the measurement unit and a vibration trend of a vehicle measured in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Koji Kawabe, Hiroshi Miura, Makoto Ishikawa, Masamitsu Tsuchiya