Patents by Inventor Makoto KAKUCHI

Makoto KAKUCHI 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: 20210160460
    Abstract: In a monitoring area such as a resort house area that a user cannot directly monitor, a vehicle owned by the user performs patrol driving to capture an image of a surrounding state and transmits the image to a user terminal and a monitoring server as imaging data. The monitoring server analyzes the imaging data transmitted from the vehicle to determine whether an abnormality occurs in the monitoring area or not, and notifies the user terminal and the vehicle of a determination result. When the vehicle receives an abnormality notice from the monitoring server, the vehicle notifies outside that the abnormality occurs by light or sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20210150507
    Abstract: A serving system may comprise an acquiring unit configured to acquire order information from an external terminal, the order information indicating a content of an order inputted to the external terminal by a user; a presenting unit configured to present the content of the order indicated by the acquired order information to a serving entity that is to serve a serving-target article corresponding to the content; and a delivery vehicle configured to deliver the serving-target article corresponding to the presented content of the order to the user, and including a traction mechanism provided with a power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Makoto Kakuchi, Masashi Takahashi, Shunji Inoue, Takumi Hamajima, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Nobukatsu Fujishita, Katsuhiko Takeuchi, Tomoya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20210114810
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot control device to link a plurality of transport robots having a function of traveling with a package being loaded. A task acquisition unit acquires a task to be performed. A notification unit notifies the transport robot of action details which are assigned regarding the task. The transport robot takes an action in link with another transport robot according to the notified action details.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohito MATSUOKA, Nobuyuki TOMATSU, Yasutaka ETOU, Masanobu OHMI, Manabu YAMAMOTO, Seiichi TSUNODA, Keima FUKUNAGA, Takuya WATABE, Makoto KAKUCHI, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Daisuke SATO, Shunji INOUE, Kenta MIYAHARA, Satoshi OKAMOTO, Jiro GOTO, Terumi UKAI, Tetsuya TAIRA, Daisaku HONDA, Masato ENDO, Takashi HAYASHI, Suguru WATANABE, Yohei TANIGAWA
  • Publication number: 20210109530
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling from a first area to a second area includes a traveling mechanism having a plurality of wheels and a traveling function, and a control unit configured to cause the traveling mechanism to perform a wheel cleaning operation and then cause the vehicle to enter the second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunji INOUE, Kunihiro IWAMOTO, Daisuke SATO, Takuya WATABE, Makoto KAKUCHI, Seiichi TSUNODA, Keima FUKUNAGA, Kenta MIYAHARA
  • Patent number: 10910844
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a supply unit supplying electric power to a target apparatus, a first reception unit receiving settlement information including an amount of charge to be charged to a user as value for a service provided by the target apparatus, from the target apparatus being supplied with electric power, a first transmission unit transmitting the settlement information and a user identifier to a settlement apparatus, a second reception unit receiving a notification indicating that settlement of the amount of charge is possible or settlement of the amount of charge has been completed from the settlement apparatus, and a second transmission unit transmitting information indicating that settlement of the amount of charge is possible or settlement of the amount of charge has been completed to the target apparatus so as to cause the target apparatus to execute the service in a case where the notification is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryohei Obara, Masaki Ito, Makoto Kakuchi, Mutsumi Matsuura, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Yuichi Tashiro
  • Publication number: 20200193460
    Abstract: A vehicle information management device includes: an acquisition section that acquires location information from a traveling vehicle; a determination section that determines whether the vehicle has traveled in a specified underpopulated area on the basis of the location information; and an offering section that offers a travel reward to a user of the vehicle in the case where it is determined that the vehicle has traveled in the specified underpopulated area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200195893
    Abstract: In a monitoring area such as a resort house area that a user cannot directly monitor, a vehicle owned by the user performs patrol driving to capture an image of a surrounding state and transmits the image to a user terminal and a monitoring server as imaging data. The monitoring server analyzes the imaging data transmitted from the vehicle to determine whether an abnormality occurs in the monitoring area or not, and notifies the user terminal and the vehicle of a determination result. When the vehicle receives an abnormality notice from the monitoring server, the vehicle notifies outside that the abnormality occurs by light or sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200160394
    Abstract: A vehicle information managing device includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire vehicle data on a vehicle which is traveling from the vehicle and a provision unit configured to provide advertisement information of a commercial facility which is selected based on user data on a user of the vehicle and the vehicle data to the vehicle which is traveling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200163180
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a storage unit configured to store area information for designating an area in which a lighting device is to be illuminated and illuminating time period information for designating a time period in which the lighting device is to be illuminated; and a first processor configured to acquire a current position of each of a plurality of vehicles, to extract at least one vehicle of which the current position is in the area from among the plurality of vehicles, and to instruct the at least one extracted vehicle to illuminate the lighting device in the time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200161884
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a supply unit supplying electric power to a target apparatus, a first reception unit receiving settlement information including an amount of charge to be charged to a user as value for a service provided by the target apparatus, from the target apparatus being supplied with electric power, a first transmission unit transmitting the settlement information and a user identifier to a settlement apparatus, a second reception unit receiving a notification indicating that settlement of the amount of charge is possible or settlement of the amount of charge has been completed from the settlement apparatus, and a second transmission unit transmitting information indicating that settlement of the amount of charge is possible or settlement of the amount of charge has been completed to the target apparatus so as to cause the target apparatus to execute the service in a case where the notification is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200141743
    Abstract: A patrol system includes a vehicle and a server. The server includes: a first decision unit that decides a priority of each of a plurality of patrol points to be patrolled and located in a prescribed area, based on resident data including data of the number of residents living in the prescribed area and addresses of the residents; a second decision unit that decides a patrol route for patrolling the patrol points, based on map information of the prescribed area and the priorities; and a transmission unit that transmits the patrol route to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20200141751
    Abstract: The search system includes a vehicle and a server. The server includes: a first determination unit that determines a search route for searching for a user who rides on transportation based on a timetable of the transportation and map information; a second determination unit that determines a time for the vehicle to start moving from a current position of the vehicle to a boarding point of the transportation based on the current position, a current time, a location of the boarding point, and a departure time of the transportation; a third determination unit that determines a travel route to move from the current position to the boarding point based on the map information; and a transmitter unit that transmits the search route and the travel route to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Ryohei OBARA, Masaki ITO, Makoto KAKUCHI, Mutsumi MATSUURA, Hiroaki SUGIYAMA, Yuichi TASHIRO
  • Patent number: 10640166
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when traveling. The traveling apparatus includes a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel, an adjusting mechanism including a rotation part configured to rotate a front wheel supporting member and a rear wheel supporting member in relation to each other, the adjusting mechanism being configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by an action of the user being transmitted, thereby changing an angle formed by the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member, and a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a parameter, the parameter changing in conjunction with the wheel base length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Kakuchi, Makoto Mori, Eisuke Aoki
  • Patent number: 10457342
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when travelling. The traveling apparatus includes a front wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the front wheel, a rear wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the rear wheel, an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by changing a relative position of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member, and a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and rear wheel. The wheel base length adjusted by the adjusting mechanism is associated with a speed of the traveling apparatus achieved by driving the driving unit in such a way that the longer the wheel base length, the greater the speed becomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Kakuchi, Makoto Mori
  • Patent number: 10450028
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including a front wheel steered by an operation by a user and two rear wheels that are rotationally driven independently from each other disposed along a traveling direction and on which the user rides when traveling, the traveling apparatus including: a front wheel supporting member; a rear wheel supporting member; an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheels by changing, by the user, a relative position of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member; and a controller configured to control a rotational speed of each of the rear wheels based on the wheel base length and a steering angle of the front wheel in such a way that a moving track of the front wheel and moving tracks of the rear wheels draw a concentric arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Kakuchi, Makoto Mori
  • Patent number: 10351202
    Abstract: In a traveling apparatus, a front wheel supporting member is coupled to a rear wheel supporting member rotatably around a pivot axis and with a support shaft in such a way that a wheel base length will become variable according to a relative posture of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member. Control is performed so that the greater the wheel base length, the greater a speed of the traveling apparatus in a forward direction will become. When the wheel base length is one at which the speed in the forward direction becomes substantially zero, while the front wheel is oriented in a straight traveling direction, an intersection point where the pivot axis crosses a road surface is located at a position offset from a grounding point where the front wheel is grounded on the road surface toward a side of the rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Kakuchi, Makoto Mori
  • Publication number: 20180065701
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including a front wheel steered by an operation by a user and two rear wheels that are rotationally driven independently from each other disposed along a traveling direction and on which the user rides when traveling, the traveling apparatus including: a front wheel supporting member; a rear wheel supporting member; an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheels by changing, by the user, a relative position of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member; and a controller configured to control a rotational speed of each of the rear wheels based on the wheel base length and a steering angle of the front wheel in such a way that a moving track of the front wheel and moving tracks of the rear wheels draw a concentric arc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi KAMA, Makoto KAKUCHI, Makoto MORI
  • Publication number: 20180065698
    Abstract: In a traveling apparatus, a front wheel supporting member is coupled to a rear wheel supporting member rotatably around a pivot axis and with a support shaft in such a way that a wheel base length will become variable according to a relative posture of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member. Control is performed so that the greater the wheel base length, the greater a speed of the traveling apparatus in a forward direction will become. When the wheel base length is one at which the speed in the forward direction becomes substantially zero, while the front wheel is oriented in a straight traveling direction, an intersection point where the pivot axis crosses a road surface is located at a position offset from a grounding point where the front wheel is grounded on the road surface toward a side of the rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi KAMA, Makoto KAKUCHI, Makoto MORI
  • Publication number: 20180043958
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when traveling. The traveling apparatus includes a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel, an adjusting mechanism including a rotation part configured to rotate a front wheel supporting member and a rear wheel supporting member in relation to each other, the adjusting mechanism being configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by an action of the user being transmitted, thereby changing an angle formed by the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member, and a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a parameter, the parameter changing in conjunction with the wheel base length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi KAMA, Makoto KAKUCHI, Makoto MORI, Eisuke AOKI
  • Publication number: 20180009489
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when travelling. The traveling apparatus includes a front wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the front wheel, a rear wheel supporting member configured to rotatably support the rear wheel, an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by changing a relative position of the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member, and a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and rear wheel. The wheel base length adjusted by the adjusting mechanism is associated with a speed of the traveling apparatus achieved by driving the driving unit in such a way that the longer the wheel base length, the greater the speed becomes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi KAMA, Makoto KAKUCHI, Makoto MORI