Patents by Inventor Makoto Yamamura

Makoto Yamamura 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: 20210064045
    Abstract: An autonomous snow removing machine includes: traveling apparatuses; a snow removal work unit; a region setting unit that sets a snow removal work region in which snow removal is performed by the snow removal work unit; and a control unit that controls the traveling apparatuses such that the traveling apparatuses do not deviate from the snow removal work region set by the region setting unit. As a result, the snow removal work can be performed while causing the autonomous snow removing machine to autonomously travel by controlling the traveling apparatuses in the snow removal work region set by the region setting unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Takamasa Udagawa, Yoshiaki Kotani, Hiroya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10864891
    Abstract: A detecting section detecting a change in a monitoring target of a monitoring device; and an operation mode deciding section deciding an operation mode of the device according to a detail of the change in the monitoring target detected by the detecting section are included. The device may have a work instrument for executing a second work different from a first work selected from a group of monitoring, security and guard works for the monitoring target. The operation mode deciding section may have: an alert level deciding section deciding an alert level indicating a level of threat to the monitoring target, according to the detail of the change in the monitoring target detected by the detecting section; and a second operation mode deciding section deciding a second operation mode indicating an operation detail about the second work, according to the alert level decided by the alert level deciding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Haneda, Takamasa Udagawa, Makoto Yamamura, Masato Fujiwara, Ryuichi Kimata, Satoshi Onodera, Yutaka Tsuji, Hiroyuki Isegawa
  • Patent number: 10839663
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus (100) includes: an organism recognizing unit (12) recognizing an organism in an outside world; a harmfulness level detecting unit (14) detecting a harmfulness level of the organism recognized by the organism recognizing unit (12); an emotion generating unit (15) generating an emotion that a device (1) is assumed to have in accordance with the harmfulness level detected by the harmfulness level detecting unit (14); and an emotion output unit (16) outputting the emotion produced by the emotion generating unit (15) in a mode recognizable by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Haneda, Makoto Yamamura, Takamasa Udagawa, Satoshi Onodera, Ryuichi Kimata
  • Publication number: 20200150647
    Abstract: A working system (100) includes: a working actuator (26) installed on a working machine (1); a camera (21) and a microphone (22) detecting a state of a user changing in accordance with a satisfaction level; a rework determining unit (11) determining whether a rework is needed based on the detected state of the user after a predetermined work is performed by the working machine (1); and an actuator controlling unit (15) controlling the working actuator (26) to perform the rework when it is determined by the rework determining unit (11) that the rework is needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Masato FUJIWARA, Satoshi ONODERA, Ryuichi KIMATA
  • Publication number: 20200143650
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus (100) includes: an organism recognizing unit (12) recognizing an organism in an outside world; a harmfulness level detecting unit (14) detecting a harmfulness level of the organism recognized by the organism recognizing unit (12); an emotion generating unit (15) generating an emotion that a device (1) is assumed to have in accordance with the harmfulness level detected by the harmfulness level detecting unit (14); and an emotion output unit (16) outputting the emotion produced by the emotion generating unit (15) in a mode recognizable by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Satoshi ONODERA, Ryuichi KIMATA
  • Publication number: 20200121888
    Abstract: An emotion improving apparatus (100) includes: a biological information acquiring unit (20) acquiring a biological information of a user; an uncomfortable emotion determining unit (11) determining whether a predetermined uncomfortable emotion occurs to the user based on the biological information acquired by the biological information acquiring unit (20); and a working machine controlling unit (15) controlling the working machine to perform a predetermined operation for improving the uncomfortable emotion to the user when it is determined by the uncomfortable emotion determining unit (11) that the predetermined uncomfortable emotion occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Masato FUJIWARA, Satoshi ONODERA, Ryuichi KIMATA
  • Patent number: 10571905
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that is driven to run within a working area, a map is generated by arraying multiple cells in a grid pattern with respect to the working area, area of the working area is calculated based on the generated map, and required work period per unit time period is calculated in accordance with first characteristics with respect to the calculated area. Then user information including the calculated area and required work period are shown to prompt the user to input user's preferred work period and preferred working time of day. Next target work schedule is calculated by distributing the required work period within the unit time period in accordance with second characteristics based on the user's preferred work period and working time of day inputted by the user and work is controlled in accordance with the calculated schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Publication number: 20190369639
    Abstract: A working system comprising a self-propelled working machine, an area wire for partitioning a working area of the working machine, and a station provided in the working area and configured to charge the working machine by connecting the working machine to the station, wherein the working machine comprises a traveling unit, a traveling control unit configured to control the traveling unit, a detection unit configured to detect the station, and an information acquisition unit, the information acquisition unit acquires input information which is input by a user, and the input information includes information indicating a layout of the station and the area wire for the station and its peripheral region, and the traveling control unit sets a control parameter of the traveling unit based on the input information in response to detection of the station by the detection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Makoto YAMAMURA, Manabu DOBASHI
  • Publication number: 20190333214
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: an image acquiring section that acquires image data of an image of a plant; a form recognizing section that recognizes at least either (i) a shape of the plant or (ii) an end portion of the plant, based on the image data acquired by the image acquiring section; and a deciding section that decides at least one of (a) a level of water content in a medium of the plant, (b) whether water-supply to the plant is necessary or not, and (c) an amount of water-supply to the plant, based on a feature of at least either the shape of the plant or the end portion of the plant that is recognized by the form recognizing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Masato FUJIWARA, Ryuichi KIMATA, Satoshi ONODERA, Yutaka TSUJI, Hiroyuki ISEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190320580
    Abstract: A work machine having an autonomous travel function may include: a cutting section that cuts a work target of the work machine; an image-capturing section that captures an image of the work target cut by the cutting section; and a judging section that judges a state of the cutting section based on the image captured by the image-capturing section. The judging section may judge whether maintenance of or a check on the cutting section is necessary or not based on a result of judgment about the state of the cutting section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Masato FUJIWARA, Ryuichi KIMATA, Satoshi ONODERA, Yutaka TSUJI, Hiroyuki ISEGAWA
  • Patent number: 10454287
    Abstract: A charging station for a utility vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated by electric current flowing through a boundary wire, there are provided with a base plate installed at the working area to retain the vehicle and provided with a pair of charging terminals connectable with battery charging terminals of the onboard battery, a first wire having a first loop and first projecting segments that project from the first loop toward the base plate, and a second wire installed at the base plate and is connected to the electric power supply independently of the boundary wire and the first wire and having a second loop and second projecting segments that project from the second loop toward the base plate symmetrically with the first projecting segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20190313576
    Abstract: A control device includes: an image acquiring section that acquires image data of an image of a work target of the work machine; a feature recognizing section that recognizes a feature about at least one of (i) a type of the work target of the work machine, (ii) a number or density of the work target, (iii) a shape of the work target and (iv) an appearance of the work target after work, based on the image data acquired by the image acquiring section; and a control parameter deciding section that decides at least either (i) a parameter for controlling travel of the work machine or (ii) a parameter for controlling work of the work machine, based on the feature recognized by the feature recognizing section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Masato FUJIWARA, Ryuichi KIMATA, Satoshi ONODERA, Yutaka TSUJI, Hiroyuki ISEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190315314
    Abstract: A detecting section detecting a change in a monitoring target of a monitoring device; and an operation mode deciding section deciding an operation mode of the device according to a detail of the change in the monitoring target detected by the detecting section are included. The device may have a work instrument for executing a second work different from a first work selected from a group of monitoring, security and guard works for the monitoring target. The operation mode deciding section may have: an alert level deciding section deciding an alert level indicating a level of threat to the monitoring target, according to the detail of the change in the monitoring target detected by the detecting section; and a second operation mode deciding section deciding a second operation mode indicating an operation detail about the second work, according to the alert level decided by the alert level deciding section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi HANEDA, Takamasa UDAGAWA, Makoto YAMAMURA, Masato FUJIWARA, Ryuichi KIMATA, Satoshi ONODERA, Yutaka TSUJI, Hiroyuki ISEGAWA
  • Patent number: 10268206
    Abstract: In an apparatus and method for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that detects a magnetic field generated by an area signal in electric current supplied from an electric power supply through a boundary wire and is driven by an electric motor powered by an onboard battery that is charged at a charging station. The vehicle runs within the working area based on the detected magnetic field and is provided with a socket to connect/disconnect supply of the electric current to the boundary wire. It is determined whether after power supply was once disconnected, the supply is reconnected. The area signal is inserted with a signal indicating the vehicle to return to the charging station when the power supply is reconnected. Operation of the motor is controlled to make the vehicle run to the charging station when the return instruction signal is inserted to the area signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10222797
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat in order to perform work autonomously, there are provided with a working region establishing unit that divides the working area into multiple regions by an imaginary boundary line designated by an operator and establishes a preferential working region in the working area, and a travel controlling unit that controls operation of the prime mover to make the vehicle travel autonomously in the preferential working region, discriminates whether the vehicle has reached the imaginary boundary line based on a detected vehicle position detector, and when the vehicle has reached the imaginary boundary line, controlling operation of the prime mover to make the vehicle turn toward inside of the preferential working region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10139821
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat and divided into a first area and a second area connected by a third area that is narrower than the first and second areas, there are provided with a first travel controlling unit that controls operation of the prime mover to make the vehicle travel along the boundary wire based on a detected magnetic field, a third area identifying unit that identifies a location of the third area in the working area based on a detected position of the vehicle when the vehicle is controlled to travel by the first travel controlling unit, and a second travel controlling unit that controls operation of the prime mover to make the vehicle travel forward toward an entrance of the third area whose location is identified by the third area identifying unit based on the position of the vehicle detected from the output of the position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 10080326
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling operation of a utility vehicle that runs a working area to perform work by a work unit, there provided with a set mowing height inputting unit configured to input a mowing height of lawn mowing work set by a user, a desired mowing height setting unit configured to set a desired mowing height based on the set mowing height inputted by the set mowing height inputting unit, and a mowing height regulating unit configured to regulate height from ground surface of the work unit based on the desired mowing height set by the desired mowing height setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9939812
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary line, there are provided with a map generating unit that that generates a working area map comprised of an array of a plurality of cells, a memory unit that counts and memorizes a number of times the vehicle passes over each of the cells based on the detected vehicle position; a target cell setting unit that selects one of the cells based on the memorized counted number and sets the selected one as a target cell; and a travel controlling unit that controls operation of the prime mover to make the vehicle travel about the working area until the vehicle has reached the boundary line, and make the vehicle turn toward the target cell and then travel straight forward when the vehicle has reached the boundary line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Patent number: 9888625
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle travelling about a working area delineated by a boundary wire, there are provided with a pair of magnetic sensors, a turning angle detector, a travel distance detector, a travel controlling unit controlling the vehicle to travel along the boundary wire based on the magnetic field strength detected by one of the magnetic sensors while positioning other of the magnetic sensors inside the boundary wire, a route generating unit generating a travel route along a boundary of the working area based on the turning angle and the travel distance, a memory unit memorizing the magnetic field strengths detected by the other of the magnetic sensor in association with the travel route, and a position identifying unit identifying a position of the vehicle by comparing the detected magnetic field strengths with the memorized magnetic field strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamura
  • Patent number: 9876370
    Abstract: In a charging station for charging a battery installed on an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover powered by the battery to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire, there are provided with a pair of charging terminals installed on the station to be capable of connecting with a pair of charging terminals installed on the vehicle, a first wire installed on the station at a location inside of the working area and being formed as a circular shape having a center, and a second wire installed on the station to be formed as a shape that is symmetrical with respect to a center line obtained by connecting a midpoint of the terminals and the center of the first wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamura, Toshiaki Kawakami, Jin Nishimura, Yuki Matsui