Patents by Inventor Koji Taguchi

Koji Taguchi 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: 11214904
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a needle plate, a bed portion, a first urging member, a first engagement member, a second engagement member, and a lock release mechanism. The bed portion is configured to support the needle plate. The first urging member is provided inside the bed portion and configured to urge the needle plate upward. The first engagement member is provided on the needle plate. The second engagement member is provided inside the bed portion, and is configured to fix the needle plate in a fixed position by being engaged with the first engagement member of the needle plate pressed downward against an urging force of the first urging member. The lock release mechanism is configured to release the engagement of the first engagement member and the second engagement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Ueda, Nobuhiko Funato, Fumihiro Nonobe, Yuki Taguchi, Junya Kito, Koji Funaki
  • Patent number: 11210948
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication unit configured to receive identification information for notification set for a user, an outside-vehicle notification unit configured to perform notification to the surrounding of the vehicle, and a controller configured to make the outside-vehicle notification unit perform notification of the identification information for notification to the surrounding of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a positioning unit configured to measure a position of the vehicle. The communication unit is configured to further receive a predicted boarding position of the user to the vehicle. The controller is configured to, in a case where the measured position of the vehicle is included within a predetermined range from the predicted boarding position of the user, makes the outside-vehicle notification unit perform the notification of the identification information for notification to the surrounding of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Yamashita, Koichi Ikemoto, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11205342
    Abstract: A traffic information processing device includes a communication unit configured to communicate through a communication network with a plurality of communication vehicles configured to detect relative positions and relative speeds of vehicles around a host vehicle with respect to the host vehicle, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire position and speed information of the communication vehicle and position and speed information of vehicles around the communication vehicle from each of the communication vehicles traveling in a specific area through the communication unit, and a traffic state prediction unit configured to predict a future change in a traffic state of a road in the specific area based on the position and speed information from the communication vehicles acquired by the information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Ikemoto, Keiji Yamashita, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Publication number: 20210361520
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus minimizes the application of an excessive load to a massage target area of user's body from a massaging element firmly pressed into contact with the massage target area, provides satisfactory massage treatment, and distributes an excessive load imposed on the massaging element to protect the massaging apparatus itself from damage such as breakage. The massaging apparatus includes a massaging element for performing massage treatment on a massage target area of user's body, and an arm member provided at its head with the massaging element. The arm member has load-reducing mechanism for absorbing a load applied to the arm member from the massaging element. The load-reducing mechanism absorbs a load imposed on the massaging element by exploiting an urgence exerted in a front-rear direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 25, 2021
    Applicant: DAITO ELECTRIC MACHINE INDUSTRY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Tetsuya ISHIKAWA, Shinsaku SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20210325871
    Abstract: An autonomous running vehicle transmits a camera image around the vehicle photographed by a camera to a remote monitoring center. An obstacle is detected on the basis of information obtained from autonomous sensors including the camera. When an obstacle is detected, the autonomous running vehicle is automatically stopped. The remote monitoring center determines, when the autonomous running vehicle automatically stops, whether or not the run of the autonomous running vehicle is permitted to restart on the basis of the received camera video. When it is determined that the autonomous running vehicle can be restarted, a departure signal is transmitted to the autonomous running vehicle. When the departure signal is received from the remote monitoring center, the autonomous running vehicle restarts running.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Makoto Morita
  • Publication number: 20210316628
    Abstract: The vehicle dispatching system accepts a dispatch request from a user, selects an autonomous vehicle matching with the dispatch request from among a plurality of autonomous vehicles, and dispatches a selected autonomous vehicle to the user. The plurality of autonomous vehicles include a plurality of battery-mounted vehicles having an in-vehicle battery capable of being charged externally as an energy source. Each of the plurality of battery-mounted vehicles performs charging at a charging station when a charging level of the in-vehicle battery decreases. The vehicle dispatching system comprises a management server including a processor for executing programs stored in memory, the management server programmed to act as a charging planning unit that changes an upper limit charging level of the in-vehicle battery when charging at the charging station according to a time slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Makoto MORITA
  • Publication number: 20210272942
    Abstract: A surface-emitting light source includes a plurality of light-emitting modules each including an array of a plurality of light sources and a wiring board disposed on an array of the plurality of light-emitting modules with an adhesive interposed therebetween. The plurality of light-emitting modules to be disposed on the wiring board are arranged such that a space is left between adjacent ones of the light-emitting modules. The adhesive contains a thermosetting resin and includes a penetrating portion inside the space. The penetrating portion includes a gap detached from a lateral surface of the light-emitting modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Yumiko KAMESHIMA, Masaaki KATSUMATA
  • Patent number: 11082819
    Abstract: A mobility service supporting device includes a communication unit configured to be communicable with a vehicle-mounted device installed in a vehicle subjected to autonomous driving control and a portable terminal of a user of the vehicle and a controller configured to transmit, based on information about the position of the vehicle which is received from the vehicle-mounted device via the communication unit, notification for preventing the portable terminal from being left behind in the vehicle to the portable terminal of the user via the communication unit before the vehicle arrives at a destination of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Ikemoto, Keiji Yamashita, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11052780
    Abstract: The vehicle dispatching system accepts a dispatch request from a user, selects an autonomous vehicle matching with the dispatch request from among a plurality of autonomous vehicles, and dispatches a selected autonomous vehicle to the user. The plurality of autonomous vehicles include a plurality of battery-mounted vehicles having an in-vehicle battery capable of being charged externally as an energy source. Each of the plurality of battery-mounted vehicles performs charging at a charging station when a charging level of the in-vehicle battery decreases. The vehicle dispatching system comprises a management server including a processor for executing programs stored in memory, the management server programmed to act as a charging planning unit that changes an upper limit charging level of the in-vehicle battery when charging at the charging station according to a time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Taguchi, Makoto Morita
  • Patent number: 11030802
    Abstract: A dynamic map update device includes a processor configured to: acquire a captured image from a plurality of vehicles, each of the plurality of vehicles having a camera configured to capture surroundings, the captured image being captured by the camera; update a dynamic map of a predetermined area based on the captured image; vary an update frequency of the dynamic map depending on a position among a plurality of positions in the predetermined area; and acquire the captured image from the plurality of vehicles according to the update frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Saeko Miyaoka, Koji Taguchi, Masato Endo
  • Patent number: 10991176
    Abstract: A driverless transportation system includes an autonomous driving vehicle and a management server. A check code includes: a vehicle code unique to the autonomous driving vehicle; and a passcode whose value changes each time it is generated. In deactivation processing, the autonomous driving vehicle newly generates the passcode, stores the check code including the newly-generated passcode, as a first check code, and transmits the first check code to the management server. The management server stores the first check code as a stored check code. In order to activate the autonomous driving vehicle, the management server transmits an activation instruction and the stored check code to the autonomous driving vehicle. In response to that, the autonomous driving vehicle reads the check code from its memory device, as a second check code, and determines whether or not the second check code and the stored check code match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunao Yoshizaki, Koji Taguchi, Masaki Wasekura, Nobuhide Kamata
  • Patent number: 10990108
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a vehicle-mounted sensor, a map database, a control rule database, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to recognize the position of a vehicle on a map; control traveling of the vehicle by using one of a plurality of control rules based on the position of the vehicle on the map, map information, and a detection result of the vehicle-mounted sensor; recognize a road section in the traveling direction of the vehicle based on the position of the vehicle on the map and the map information; specify a control rule used in the road section based on the recognized road section and control rule data; and control traveling of the vehicle in the road section by using the specified control rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Yokokawa, Koji Taguchi, Yutaka Aoki, Masateru Amano
  • Publication number: 20210091285
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light emitting module includes: providing light emitting devices each including a light emitting element having an upper surface, a lateral surface, and an electrode positioned on the upper surface, a first light reflective member arranged on the lateral surface of the light emitting element, and a metal film formed on upper surfaces of the electrode and the first light reflective member; placing the light emitting devices on a light guide plate with gaps between the light emitting devices, with the metal films of the light emitting devices facing upward; forming masks respectively covering the metal films; forming a second light reflective member in the gaps between the light emitting devices on the light guide plate; removing the masks; and forming, on the light emitting devices and on the second light reflective member, wiring segments that connect to the metal films.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Masaaki KATSUMATA
  • Publication number: 20210084763
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a circuit substrate includes forming, in an insulating substrate and circuit patterns that are provided on a first surface and a second surface of the insulating substrate, a through-hole penetrating the insulating substrate and the circuit patterns, where the circuit patterns contain Cu as a main component. The method includes filling, in the through-hole, an electrically conductive paste that is a melting-point shift electrically conductive paste including Sn—Bi solder powder, Cu powder, and resin, and forming a protrusion obtained by causing the electrically conductive paste to protrude from the through-hole. The method further includes performing pressure treatment on the protrusion near the through-hole; and performing heat treatment on the insulating substrate whose protrusion is subjected to the pressure treatment and causing the circuit patterns and the electrically conductive paste to be electrically connected with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki KATSUMATA, Koji TAGUCHI, Norifumi SASAOKA, Yosuke NODA
  • Patent number: 10887988
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a circuit substrate including forming, in an insulating substrate and circuit patterns that are provided on a first surface and a second surface of the insulating substrate, a through-hole penetrating the insulating substrate and the circuit patterns, where the circuit patterns contain Cu as a main component. The method including filling, in the through-hole, an electrically conductive paste that is a melting-point shift electrically conductive paste including Sn—Bi solder powder, Cu powder, and resin, and forming a protrusion obtained by causing the electrically conductive paste to protrude from the through-hole. The method further including performing pressure treatment on the protrusion near the through-hole; and performing heat treatment on the insulating substrate whose protrusion is subjected to the pressure treatment and causing the circuit patterns and the electrically conductive paste to be electrically connected with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Katsumata, Koji Taguchi, Norifumi Sasaoka, Yosuke Noda
  • Publication number: 20200343424
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a base, a first external terminal, a second external terminal, a plurality of wirings respectively electrically connecting the first external terminal and the second external terminal, and a plurality of light emitting elements each electrically connected to a corresponding one of the wirings. The wirings include a first wiring connecting the first external terminal and the second external terminal at a smallest distance, a second wiring longer than the first wiring, and a third wiring longer than the second wiring. The first, second, and third wirings have a substantially equal electric resistance. At least two of the first, second and third wirings are each provided with at least two of the light emitting elements with an average width in an intermediate region between adjacent ones of the light emitting elements being smaller than an average width in a region other than the intermediate region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Masaaki KATSUMATA, Koji TAGUCHI, Toshiaki MORIWAKI
  • Publication number: 20200343423
    Abstract: A light emitting module includes a first terminal part, a first light emitting device including a first electrode, a second light emitting device including a second electrode, a first conductive thin film including a first thin film region and a second thin film region, and a first conductive layer electrically connected to the first thin film region. The first thin film region electrically connects the first terminal part and the first electrode, and has a first current path length. The second thin film region electrically connects the first terminal part and the second electrode, and has a second current path length shorter than the first current path length. At least a portion of the first conductive layer overlaps with the first thin film region in a first direction that is perpendicular to a plane in which the first thin film region extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji TAGUCHI, Masaaki KATSUMATA
  • Publication number: 20200343407
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light-emitting module includes a step of providing a bonded board including a board including, on a first surface, a circuit pattern and wiring pads that are continuous with the circuit pattern and each have bottomed holes and light-emitting segments connected on a second surface of the board with an adhesive sheet interposed therebetween and including an array of light-emitting devices; a step of supplying electrically conductive paste inside the bottomed holes and on portions of the surface of the wiring pad around the bottomed holes through openings of a mask; and a step of performing thermal compression to harden the electrically conductive paste such that the thickness of the electrically conductive paste on the portions of the surface of the wiring pad is smaller than the electrically conductive paste at the timing of being disposed through the openings of the mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiko MINATO, Koji TAGUCHI, Yumiko KAMESHIMA, Masaaki KATSUMATA
  • Publication number: 20200211373
    Abstract: A traffic information processing device includes a communication unit configured to communicate through a communication network with a plurality of communication vehicles configured to detect relative positions and relative speeds of vehicles around a host vehicle with respect to the host vehicle, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire position and speed information of the communication vehicle and position and speed information of vehicles around the communication vehicle from each of the communication vehicles traveling in a specific area through the communication unit, and a traffic state prediction unit configured to predict a future change in a traffic state of a road in the specific area based on the position and speed information from the communication vehicles acquired by the information acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Ikemoto, Keiji Yamashita, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Publication number: 20200175866
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a communication unit configured to receive identification information for notification set for a user, an outside-vehicle notification unit configured to perform notification to the surrounding of the vehicle, and a controller configured to make the outside-vehicle notification unit perform notification of the identification information for notification to the surrounding of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a positioning unit configured to measure a position of the vehicle. The communication unit is configured to further receive a predicted boarding position of the user to the vehicle. The controller is configured to, in a case where the measured position of the vehicle is included within a predetermined range from the predicted boarding position of the user, makes the outside-vehicle notification unit perform the notification of the identification information for notification to the surrounding of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji YAMASHITA, Koichi IKEMOTO, Koji TAGUCHI, Shin SAKURADA, Tomoyuki KURIYAMA