Patents by Inventor Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI

Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI 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: 20190295413
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a detecting unit and a changing unit. The detecting unit detects whether an autonomous vehicle can stop at a destination when the autonomous vehicle moves towards the destination by automated driving and reaches the vicinity of the destination. The changing unit changes a stopping position to a location other than the destination when the detecting unit detects that the autonomous vehicle cannot stop at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomi HASE, Noriaki IKEMOTO, Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI
  • Publication number: 20190286148
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an automatic-driving vehicle includes a fall detecting unit and a collision preventing unit. The fall detecting unit detects that a load of the automatic-driving vehicle has fallen onto a road. The collision preventing unit performs a collision prevention process that is a process to prevent another vehicle from colliding with the load when the fall detecting unit detects that the load has fallen onto the road.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomi HASE, Noriaki IKEMOTO, Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI
  • Publication number: 20190276042
    Abstract: A control device of an automatic drive vehicle includes: an information acquisition unit that acquires power generator information as information on a power generator provided in the automatic drive vehicle; an operation control unit that switches between a first state in which automatic driving of the automatic drive vehicle is executed without restriction and a second state in which the automatic driving is partially or entirely restricted; and a determination unit that determines whether to perform switching to the second state by the operation control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Noriaki IKEMOTO, Tomomi HASE
  • Publication number: 20190278279
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an automatic-driving vehicle includes a load state detecting unit and a collision preventing unit. The load state detecting unit detects a load state of the other vehicle that is present in a periphery of the automatic-driving vehicle. The collision preventing unit performs a collision prevention process based on the load state detected by the load state detecting unit. The collision prevention process is a process for preventing, in advance, collision of an automatic-driving vehicle with a load that may fall onto a road from the other vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomomi HASE, Noriaki IKEMOTO, Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI
  • Publication number: 20190248208
    Abstract: A temperature adjusting apparatus is provided in a vehicle capable of performing an automatic driving. The temperature adjusting apparatus includes: an automatic driving determination unit that determines whether or not an automatic driving control is operating in the vehicle; a cabin temperature acquiring unit that acquires a cabin temperature in a vehicle cabin of the vehicle; and a cabin temperature adjusting unit that adjusts the cabin temperature. The cabin temperature adjusting unit is configured to control, when the automatic driving determination unit determines that the automatic driving control is operating in the vehicle and the cabin temperature acquired by the cabin temperature acquiring unit exceeds a predetermined range, temperature adjusting means provided in the vehicle, thereby executing a temperature adjusting control to adjust the cabin temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Noriaki IKEMOTO, Tomomi HASE
  • Publication number: 20190168747
    Abstract: A parking assistance control apparatus for assisting parking a vehicle including a charging port that is connectable to electrical supply equipment via a charging cable. In the apparatus, a charging port recognizer is configured to recognize a mounting location of the charging port on the vehicle. An electrical supply equipment recognizer is configured to recognize an installation location of the electrical supply equipment. A parking assistance controller is configured to, based on the mounting location of the charging port on the vehicle and the installation location of the electrical supply equipment, determine a parking manner to park the vehicle, and based on the determined parking manner, perform parking assistance control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Noriaki IKEMOTO
  • Patent number: 10160442
    Abstract: For a hybrid vehicle including: an engine and a motor, each of which is mounted as a driving source; a generator driven by the engine; a high-voltage battery and a low-voltage battery, each of which can be charged and discharged; a converter connected between the high-voltage battery and the low-voltage battery; and an auxiliary load that consumes electric power supplied from the high-voltage battery via the converter or electric power supplied from the low-voltage battery, a control device includes a control unit that executes converter limit control that stops the converter or reduces output of the converter when a state of charge of the high-voltage battery is lower than or equal to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Higashitani, Tsuyoshi Okamoto, Noriaki Ikemoto
  • Publication number: 20170240162
    Abstract: For a hybrid vehicle including: an engine and a motor, each of which is mounted as a driving source; a generator driven by the engine; a high-voltage battery and a low-voltage battery, each of which can be charged and discharged; a converter connected between the high-voltage battery and the low-voltage battery; and an auxiliary load that consumes electric power supplied from the high-voltage battery via the converter or electric power supplied from the low-voltage battery, a control device includes a control unit that executes converter limit control that stops the converter or reduces output of the converter when a state of charge of the high-voltage battery is lower than or equal to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Tsuyoshi OKAMOTO, Noriaki IKEMOTO
  • Patent number: 9505398
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus computes a fuel consumption decrease or a fuel consumption increase for each of a plurality of travel modes. The vehicle control apparatus includes a control section that calculates an engine efficiency of an engine and an MG-INV efficiency which is a combined efficiency of a motor generator and an inverter. The engine efficiency is calculated based on an engine power and an ideal fuel consumption line. The MG-INV efficiency is calculated based on an MG power. As such, based on the engine efficiency and the MG-INV efficiency, the control section computes the per-unit-electric-power fuel consumption decrease or the per-unit-electric-power fuel consumption increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mutsuaki Gotoh, Takashi Satoh, Masanori Sugiura, Mitsuharu Higashitani, Mamoru Mabuchi, Motoyoshi Hatta, Hiroaki Ono
  • Patent number: 9499159
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus uses a travel mode selection unit to select between an EV travel mode, an engine travel mode, and an engine generation mode depending on comparisons between an engine generated power cost, an EV effect, and a surplus electric energy. In such manner, according to a travel condition of a vehicle, an appropriate travel mode is selected for an improvement of fuel consumption efficiency. The vehicle control apparatus also computes a fuel consumption decrease or a fuel consumption increase for each of a plurality of travel modes based on an engine efficiency and an MG-INV efficiency. In such manner, fuel consumption increase/decrease for every travel mode may be computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mutsuaki Gotoh, Takashi Satoh, Masanori Sugiura, Mitsuharu Higashitani, Mamoru Mabuchi, Motoyoshi Hatta
  • Publication number: 20150051775
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus uses a travel mode selection unit to select between an EV travel mode, an engine travel mode, and an engine generation mode depending on comparisons between an engine generated power cost, an EV effect, and a surplus electric energy. In such manner, according to a travel condition of a vehicle, an appropriate travel mode is selected for an improvement of fuel consumption efficiency. The vehicle control apparatus also computes a fuel consumption decrease or a fuel consumption increase for each of a plurality of travel modes based on an engine efficiency and an MG-INV efficiency. In such manner, fuel consumption increase/decrease for every travel mode may be computed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mutsuaki GOTOH, Takashi SATOH, Masanori SUGIURA, Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Mamoru MABUCHI, Motoyoshi HATTA
  • Publication number: 20150051776
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus computes a fuel consumption decrease or a fuel consumption increase for each of a plurality of travel modes. The vehicle control apparatus includes a control section that calculates an engine efficiency of an engine and an MG-INV efficiency which is a combined efficiency of a motor generator and an inverter. The engine efficiency is calculated based on an engine power and an ideal fuel consumption line. The MG-INV efficiency is calculated based on an MG power. As such, based on the engine efficiency and the MG-INV efficiency, the control section computes the per-unit-electric-power fuel consumption decrease or the per-unit-electric-power fuel consumption increase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mutsuaki GOTOH, Takashi SATOH, Masanori SUGIURA, Mitsuharu HIGASHITANI, Mamoru MABUCHI, Motoyoshi HATTA, Hiroaki ONO