Patents by Inventor Masafumi Yamamoto

Masafumi Yamamoto 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: 20210122250
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes: a program updating portion configured to update a vehicle program to a new program received via a radio communication from an external device that is provided outside the vehicle; and a remaining-electric-energy reduction suppressing portion configured, when there is a program update request requesting the vehicle program to be updated to the new program, to execute a control for suppressing reduction of a remaining electric energy remaining in a vehicle electric-storage device configured to supply an update-consumed electric energy that is an electric energy consumed when the vehicle program is being updated to the new program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Atsushi TABATA, Koichi OKUDA, Yoshito SEKIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20210125420
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a remaining life of a vehicle component included in a vehicle, based on various kinds of remaining-life-related data that influence the remaining life. The apparatus includes: a data transmitting portion provided in the vehicle, and configured to correlate the remaining-life-related data with running of the vehicle and to transmit the remaining-life-related data correlated with the running of the vehicle, to a data management center provided outside the vehicle, via a wireless communication; a data-unobtained running-section specifying portion configured to specify a data-unobtained running section in which the remaining-life-related data has been unobtainable by the data management center; and a remaining-life calculating portion configured to estimate the remaining life, by taking account of a reduction of the remaining life of the vehicle component in the data-unobtained running section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi TABATA, Koichi OKUDA, Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Yoshito SEKIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10906524
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicular power transmitting system includes a power transmission switching portion configured to selectively establish a first drive mode by placing one of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, a second drive mode by placing the other of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, or a third drive mode by placing both of the first and second coupling elements in the engaged states. The power transmission switching portion switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes through the third drive mode, where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes with concurrent engaging and releasing actions of the first and second coupling elements, where the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamamoto, Atsushi Tabata, Tatsuya Imamura, Koichi Okuda, Kota Fujii
  • Publication number: 20200307312
    Abstract: A drive shaft is configured by joining solid stub shafts formed of a medium carbon steel to both ends of a hollow tubular body formed of a medium carbon steel. When expressed as grain size number, the grain size of the hollow tubular body at joint parts where the hollow tubular body and the solid stub shafts are joined together ranges from #5 to #9, and the grain size of the solid stub shafts at the joint parts ranges from #10 to #12.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Mitsuru Kamikawa, Naoto Shibata, Ko Sugai, Masafumi Yamamoto, Takafumi Murakami, Kazuya Kumei, Yutaka Takeuchi, Masaki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10676076
    Abstract: A control device includes an electronic control unit configured to selectively execute traveling in a first traveling mode and traveling in a second traveling mode, the first traveling mode being a traveling mode in which in a state where one engagement device is controlled so as to be engaged, a differential state is controlled by a first rotating machine to transmit torque of an engine, and the second traveling mode being a traveling mode in which in a state where the other engagement device is controlled so as to be engaged, a differential state is controlled to transmit torque of the engine, and perform switching to traveling in the second traveling mode in a case where a vehicle speed is equal to or higher than a predetermined vehicle speed when engine stop control that stops the engine is executed during traveling in the first traveling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamamoto, Atsushi Tabata, Tatsuya Imamura, Koichi Okuda
  • Patent number: 10365628
    Abstract: A positioning control device of an actuator provided with a strain wave gearing has a full-closed control system for feeding back a position of a load shaft, and driving and controlling a motor so as to position the load shaft at a target position. The full-closed control system has an H? compensator designed so that, when a generalized plant having angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing as a disturbance input is assumed, an H? norm of a transfer function from the disturbance input of the generalized plant to an evaluation output is a predetermined value or less. Mechanical vibration during positioning response caused by angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing can be reliably suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignees: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc., Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamamoto, Yoshifumi Okitsu, Makoto Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10254740
    Abstract: A positioning control system is provided with a state-feedback control system with a state observer as a full-closed control system for driving and controlling a motor so that a load shaft, which is an output shaft of a strain wave gearing, is positioned at a target position on the basis of a load shaft position actually detected. The state observer estimates a motor shaft position and a motor velocity based on a control input for the motor and the load shaft position. The state-feedback control system feeds back the state quantity of the object of control using the load shaft position as well as estimated motor shaft position and estimated motor velocity obtained by the state observer. It is possible to suppress resonant vibration caused by angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing and perform highly accurate positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc., Nagoya Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Masafumi Yamamoto, Yoshifumi Okitsu, Makoto Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20190084554
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicular power transmitting system includes a power transmission switching portion configured to selectively establish a first drive mode by placing one of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, a second drive mode by placing the other of the first and second coupling elements in an engaged state, or a third drive mode by placing both of the first and second coupling elements in the engaged states. The power transmission switching portion switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes through the third drive mode, where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and switches the vehicular power transmitting system between the first and second drive modes with concurrent engaging and releasing actions of the first and second coupling elements, where the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Atsushi TABATA, Tatsuya IMAMURA, Koichi OKUDA, Kota FUJII
  • Publication number: 20190084553
    Abstract: A control device includes an electronic control unit configured to selectively execute traveling in a first traveling mode and traveling in a second traveling mode, the first traveling mode being a traveling mode in which in a state where one engagement device is controlled so as to be engaged, a differential state is controlled by a first rotating machine to transmit torque of an engine, and the second traveling mode being a traveling mode in which in a state where the other engagement device is controlled so as to be engaged, a differential state is controlled to transmit torque of the engine, and perform switching to traveling in the second traveling mode in a case where a vehicle speed is equal to or higher than a predetermined vehicle speed when engine stop control that stops the engine is executed during traveling in the first traveling mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Atsushi TABATA, Tatsuya IMAMURA, Koichi OKUDA
  • Publication number: 20180246489
    Abstract: A positioning control system is provided with a state-feedback control system with a state observer as a full-closed control system for driving and controlling a motor so that a load shaft, which is an output shaft of a strain wave gearing, is positioned at a target position on the basis of a load shaft position actually detected. The state observer estimates a motor shaft position and a motor velocity based on a control input for the motor and the load shaft position. The state-feedback control system feeds back the state quantity of the object of control using the load shaft position as well as estimated motor shaft position and estimated motor velocity obtained by the state observer. It is possible to suppress resonant vibration caused by angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing and perform highly accurate positioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicants: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC., NAGOYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Yoshifumi OKITSU, Makoto IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20180239327
    Abstract: A positioning control device of an actuator provided with a strain wave gearing has a full-closed control system for feeding back a position of a load shaft, and driving and controlling a motor so as to position the load shaft at a target position. The full-closed control system has an H? compensator designed so that, when a generalized plant having angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing as a disturbance input is assumed, an H? norm of a transfer function from the disturbance input of the generalized plant to an evaluation output is a predetermined value or less. Mechanical vibration during positioning response caused by angular transmission error in the strain wave gearing can be reliably suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicants: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC., NAGOYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Yoshifumi OKITSU, Makoto IWASAKI
  • Patent number: 10023171
    Abstract: A power transmission device includes: an engine; a rotary machine; and an oil pump connected to each of a rotary shaft of the engine and a rotary shaft of the rotary machine through a one-way clutch. The power transmission device is configured to allow the rotary machine to rotate at a rotational speed higher than the rotational speed corresponding to a speed of the engine and lower than the rotational speed corresponding to an idling speed of the engine at the time of startup of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Okuda, Atsushi Tabata, Tooru Matsubara, Kenta Kumazaki, Yasuhiro Hiasa, Takeshi Kitahata, Tatsuya Imamura, Masafumi Yamamoto, Keita Imai, Keisuke Oomuro
  • Patent number: 9763294
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a rectifier circuit, a conversion circuit, a constant current circuit and a control circuit. The conversion circuit includes a first series circuit, a second series circuit and a third series circuit. The conversion circuit is configured to output a DC current by on/off of a switching element being controlled by the control circuit. A high potential-side terminal of the third capacitor is electrically connected to an output terminal. The low potential-side terminal of the third capacitor is electrically connected to an output terminal, via the constant current circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Himeda, Hiroyuki Asano, Masafumi Yamamoto, Takeshi Kamoi, Daisuke Yamahara, Keisuke Seki, Katsuyuki Doi
  • Patent number: 9695929
    Abstract: A speed change device includes a power transfer shaft, a tubular shaft member, and a planetary gear mechanism that has a carrier. An in-shaft oil passage is formed in the power transfer shaft. A radially inner portion of the carrier and the tubular shaft member are splined to each other. An inside opening portion of a guide oil passage is formed in a non-spline portion of the radially inner portion. A target race member of a thrust bearing is disposed so as to abut against the carrier. The radially innermost position of the non-spline portion is on the radially outer side of the radially outermost position of a spline engagement portion. An oil receiving portion is formed by the tubular shaft member, the non-spline portion, and the target race member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsunori Miyoshi, Kenji Sasaki, Keisuke Omuro, Koichi Okuda, Masafumi Yamamoto, Keita Imai
  • Patent number: 9648681
    Abstract: A lighting device includes: a signal converting circuit which receives a dimming signal that is a rectangular voltage signal, and converts the dimming signal to a DC voltage signal corresponding to a duty ratio of the dimming signal; and a power supply circuit which receives an AC voltage and outputs DC current having a current value corresponding to the DC voltage signal. The signal converting circuit includes a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit which integrates a signal corresponding to the dimming signal by way of charging and discharging to produce the DC voltage signal, and a time constant of the RC circuit during charging is greater than a time constant of the RC circuit during discharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Himeda, Hiroyuki Asano, Masafumi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9604530
    Abstract: A drive system for a hybrid vehicle, the drive system includes an engine (1), a rotary machine (MG1), a differential unit (20), and a transmission unit (10). The rotary machine (MG1) is arranged coaxially with the engine (1). The differential unit (20) connects the engine (1) and the rotary machine (MG1) to a drive wheel side. The differential unit (20) is arranged coaxially with the engine (1) and the rotary machine (MG1). The differential unit (20) is arranged between the engine (1) and the rotary machine (MG2). The transmission unit (10) changes rotation of the engine in speed and transmits the rotation to the differential unit (20). The transmission unit (10) is arranged coaxially with the engine (1), the rotary machine (MG1) and the differential unit (20). The rotary machine (MG1) and the differential unit (20) are arranged between the transmission unit (10) and the engine (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Omuro, Atsushi Tabata, Ryuji Ibaraki, Yuji Yasuda, Isao Sato, Toshiki Kanada, Tatsuya Imamura, Kouichi Okuda, Masafumi Yamamoto, Keita Imai
  • Patent number: 9604632
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is provided to reduce a change in drive force and to start an engine without delay when starting the engine by a motor during running. The control system is applied to a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and two motors supplied electric power from a battery. The control system comprises a determination means that determines a fact that a state of charge of the battery is lower than a first threshold, during propelling the vehicle by the two motors by supplying the electric power from the battery while stopping the engine (at step S2); and a drive force restriction means that restricts a total drive force of said two motors for propelling the vehicle to an allowable limit which is lower than a theoretical maximum drive force of said two motors, given that the state of charge of the battery is lower than a first threshold (at step S3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotatsu Kitabatake, Yuji Iwase, Hideaki Komada, Yosuke Suzuki, Masafumi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20170016528
    Abstract: A speed change device includes a power transfer shaft, a tubular shaft member, and a planetary gear mechanism that has a carrier. An in-shaft oil passage is formed in the power transfer shaft. A radially inner portion of the carrier and the tubular shaft member are splined to each other. An inside opening portion of a guide oil passage is formed in a non-spline portion of the radially inner portion. A target race member of a thrust bearing is disposed so as to abut against the carrier. The radially innermost position of the non-spline portion is on the radially outer side of the radially outermost position of a spline engagement portion. An oil receiving portion is formed by the tubular shaft member, the non-spline portion, and the target race member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicants: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsunori MIYOSHI, Kenji SASAKI, Keisuke OMURO, Koichi OKUDA, Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Keita IMAI
  • Publication number: 20170013684
    Abstract: The lighting device includes a converter circuit including a switching device, a first inductor, and a second inductor. The first inductor and the second inductor have winding directions such that a magnetic field of the first inductor and a magnetic field of the second inductor have a canceling effect on each other. The switching device is mounted on the substrate so as to be present between the first inductor and the second inductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki ASANO, Masato HIMEDA, Masafumi YAMAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170013685
    Abstract: A lighting device includes: a signal converting circuit which receives a dimming signal that is a rectangular voltage signal, and converts the dimming signal to a DC voltage signal corresponding to a duty ratio of the dimming signal; and a power supply circuit which receives an AC voltage and outputs DC current having a current value corresponding to the DC voltage signal. The signal converting circuit includes a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit which integrates a signal corresponding to the dimming signal by way of charging and discharging to produce the DC voltage signal, and a time constant of the RC circuit during charging is greater than a time constant of the RC circuit during discharging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Masato HIMEDA, Hiroyuki ASANO, Masafumi YAMAMOTO