Patents by Inventor Satoru Niwa

Satoru Niwa 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: 20220253053
    Abstract: A remote operating system is equipped with an automatically operated vehicle and a remote operating device. A first processor of the automatically operated vehicle calculates a target steering angle of a first steering unit on the vehicle side during the performance of automatic operation control. A first communication device transmits the target steering angle to the remote operating device. A second processor on the remote operating device side controls an electric motor in such a manner as to generate a driving torque for making a steering angle of a second steering unit coincident with the target steering angle, during the execution of a cooperative mode in which a turning actuator on the vehicle side is controlled through cooperation between remote operation control for controlling the turning actuator based on the steering angle of the second steering unit steered by an operator and the automatic operation control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Niwa, Toru Takashima, Takashi Suzuki, Rio Suda, Hiromitsu Urano, Sho Otaki, Hiromitsu Kobayashi, Hojung Jung, Kosuke Akatsuka
  • Publication number: 20220242421
    Abstract: A remote driving device configured to remotely operate a vehicle includes a remote operation device, a reaction force unit, a receiver, and a processor. The remote operation device is operated by an operator in order to remotely operate the vehicle. The reaction force unit is configured to generate an operation reaction force to be applied to the remote operation device. The receiver is configured to receive a parameter affecting vehicle characteristics of the vehicle from the vehicle. The processor is configured to control the reaction force unit so as to generate a magnitude of the operation reaction force according to the received parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Kosuke Akatsuka, Toru Takashima, Satoru Niwa, Takashi Suzuki, Rio Suda, Hiromitsu Urano, Sho Otaki, Hiromitsu Kobayashi, Hojung Jung
  • Patent number: 11254348
    Abstract: A steer-by-wire system includes a steering reaction torque generation device mechanically separated from a turning device for turning wheels and configured to apply a reaction torque to a steering wheel. The steering reaction torque generation device has a duplex configuration including a first system and a second system, each system including a reaction torque motor. When both systems are normal, a control device generates the reaction torque having a normal characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of at least one system. In a case of single failure where one of the systems fails, the control device generates the reaction torque having a first characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of another of the systems. The reaction torque having the first characteristic is different from the reaction torque having the normal characteristic with respect to a same steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Niwa, Toru Takashima, Tetsuya Morino, Yoshio Kudo
  • Publication number: 20190202492
    Abstract: A steer-by-wire system includes a steering reaction torque generation device mechanically separated from a turning device for turning wheels and configured to apply a reaction torque to a steering wheel. The steering reaction torque generation device has a duplex configuration including a first system and a second system, each system including a reaction torque motor. When both systems are normal, a control device generates the reaction torque having a normal characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of at least one system. In a case of single failure where one of the systems fails, the control device generates the reaction torque having a first characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of another of the systems. The reaction torque having the first characteristic is different from the reaction torque having the normal characteristic with respect to a same steering angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru NIWA, Toru TAKASHIMA, Tetsuya MORINO, Yoshio KUDO
  • Patent number: 8958986
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes a display unit that displays an image of a scene behind a host vehicle. At least when the host vehicle moves forward or when the host vehicle is stopped, the display unit displays an indication including a plurality of kinds of trajectories along which the host vehicle is able to back up from a point at which the host vehicle is currently positioned, in a manner such that the indication is superimposed on the image of the scene behind the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Akihisa Yokoyama, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Junichi Wakita, Chika Yoshioka, Yu Hiei, Ryuji Okamura
  • Patent number: 8903567
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chika Morimoto, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Patent number: 8868255
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Patent number: 8790218
    Abstract: Before the termination of the fuel-cut control, the vehicle control system reduces a pumping loss by increasing an air intake and a load torque of an auxiliary device thereby preventing the vehicle to be decelerated excessively, and after the termination of the fuel-cut control, the vehicle control system increases the load torque of the auxiliary device thereby preventing the vehicle to be accelerated abruptly. Therefore, the vehicle speed will not be lowered unnecessarily before the termination of the fuel-cut control so that an execution time of the fuel-cut control can be extended. Moreover, driving comfort can be improved by thus reducing a change in acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Shinya Kodama, Satoru Niwa
  • Publication number: 20130289801
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: TOYODA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Publication number: 20130173148
    Abstract: A parking assistance apparatus includes a display unit that displays an image of a scene behind a host vehicle. At least when the host vehicle moves forward or when the host vehicle is stopped, the display unit displays an indication including a plurality of kinds of trajectories along which the host vehicle is able to back up from a point at which the host vehicle is currently positioned, in a manner such that the indication is superimposed on the image of the scene behind the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Akihisa Yokoyama, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Junichi Wakita, Chika Yoshioka, Yu Hiei, Ryuji Okamura
  • Publication number: 20130024049
    Abstract: In a vehicle remote operating system remotely operating a host vehicle VM from a portable terminal 200, a main control unit 112 of an ECU 110 of an in-vehicle device 100 determines an dispatch position of the host vehicle VM on the basis of a parking position of the host vehicle VM and a position of a user U who intends to board the host vehicle VM. Due to this, it becomes possible to dispatch the host vehicle VM according to the parking position of the host vehicle VM and the position of the user U, and convenience is improved in dispatch operation and boarding of the host vehicle VM.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: Chika Yoshioka, Kazunori Kagawa, Yuka Sobue, Satoru Niwa, Shin Tanaka, Kazuhiro Morimoto, Akihisa Yokoyama, Junichi Wakita
  • Publication number: 20120184405
    Abstract: A vehicle control system capable of reducing change in acceleration of the vehicle before and after the termination of fuel-cut control. Before the termination of the fuel-cut control, the vehicle control system reduces a pumping loss by increasing an air intake and a load torque of an auxiliary device thereby preventing the vehicle to be decelerated excessively, and after the termination of the fuel-cut control, the vehicle control system increases the load torque of the auxiliary device thereby preventing the vehicle to be accelerated abruptly. Therefore, the vehicle speed will not be lowered unnecessarily before the termination of the fuel-cut control so that an execution time of the fuel-cut control can be extended. Moreover, driving comfort can be improved by thus reducing a change in acceleration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Shinya Kodama, Satoru Niwa
  • Patent number: 7692534
    Abstract: In deviation prevention support ECU 10 in driving operation support system 1, an applied torque by steering torque applier 17 is set based on a vehicle speed of a vehicle. The applied torque is set to increase with increase of the vehicle speed. An upper limit according to the vehicle speed is set for this applied torque. Furthermore, in a Start interval in application of the applied torque, a rate of increasing to reach a maximum is determined according to the maximum of the applied torque. In a close interval, the applied torque is decreased at a rate different from that in the Start interval, and the absolute rate of increasing the torque in the Start interval is set to be larger than the absolute rate of decreasing the torque in the close interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7542840
    Abstract: A driving control apparatus of the present invention has a driving road keeping device for providing a torque to a steering mechanism so as to keep a vehicle traveling at a predetermined position on a driving road; a driving road departure warning device for issuing a warning of a departure from the driving road on the basis of a position of the vehicle relative to the driving road; and a setting device for setting a need or no need for execution of a control of the driving road keeping device or the driving road departure warning device. Where the setting device sets a need for execution of the control, the control of the driving road keeping device is executed when an activation condition of the driving road keeping device is met and when a cruise control device is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7509211
    Abstract: An apparatus for warning deviation from a lane has a deviation evaluation ECU 1. The deviation evaluation ECU 1 has a deviation evaluator 14 for performing an evaluation on a deviation by comparing a future position of a host vehicle with a lane future position. Before this deviation evaluation, a mask processor 13 determines whether a yaw angle of the host vehicle and a lateral position of the vehicle relative to a driving lane exceed their respective thresholds preliminarily determined. When either one or the both are not more than the thresholds, the mask processor 13 performs a mask process, without performing the deviation evaluation. A deviation evaluator 14 performs the deviation evaluation when the yaw angle and the lateral position relative to the driving lane both exceed their respective thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7454291
    Abstract: A driving control apparatus of the present invention has a driving road keeping device for providing a torque to a steering mechanism so as to keep a vehicle traveling at a predetermined position on a driving road, a setting device for setting a need or no need for execution of a control of the driving road keeping device, and a cruise control device for controlling a driving force or speed of the vehicle so as to keep the vehicle in a predetermined driving state. A need or no need for execution of the control of the driving road keeping device is determined based on a setting state of the setting device and a control state of the cruise control device. A display indicating that the control of the driving road keeping device is ready is presented when the control of the driving road keeping device is in an executable state upon a state change of either the setting state of the setting device or the control state of the cruise control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7391304
    Abstract: In deviation prevention support ECU 10 in driving operation support system 1, an applied torque by steering torque applier 17 is set based on a vehicle speed of a vehicle. The applied torque is set to increase with increase of the vehicle speed. An upper limit according to the vehicle speed is set for this applied torque. Furthermore, in a Start interval in application of the applied torque, a rate of increasing to reach a maximum is determined according to the maximum of the applied torque. In a Close interval, the applied torque is decreased at a rate different from that in the Start interval, and the absolute rate of increasing the torque in the Start interval is set to be larger than the absolute rate of decreasing the torque in the Close interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Patent number: 7389167
    Abstract: A driving support system according to the present invention is provided with an actuator for steering steered wheels of a vehicle and is used for supporting driving of the vehicle by making use of steering by means of the actuator. The driving support system has an image taking device for taking a forward image ahead the vehicle, a determiner for determining a controlled variable of the actuator on the basis of the forward image acquired by the image taking device, a limiter for limiting the controlled variable when a time change of the controlled variable of the actuator determined by the determiner is off a predetermined range, and a controller for controlling the actuator. The limiter sets a limit value for limiting the time change of the controlled variable of the actuator so that the limit value at a start (or at an end) of the driving support control is different from the limit value in continuation of the driving support control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Hiroaki Kataoka, Chumsamutr Rattapon
  • Publication number: 20080117033
    Abstract: In deviation prevention support ECU 10 in driving operation support system 1, an applied torque by steering torque applier 17 is set based on a vehicle speed of a vehicle. The applied torque is set to increase with increase of the vehicle speed. An upper limit according to the vehicle speed is set for this applied torque. Furthermore, in a Start interval in application of the applied torque, a rate of increasing to reach a maximum is determined according to the maximum of the applied torque. In a close interval, the applied torque is decreased at a rate different from that in the Start interval, and the absolute rate of increasing the torque in the Start interval is set to be larger than the absolute rate of decreasing the torque in the close interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kataoka, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki
  • Patent number: 7373230
    Abstract: Characteristic lines A to D of lateral acceleration G-required torque T in determination of required torque T are used as switched according to increase/decrease of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration, and the direction thereof. The lines A, C used in increase of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration G are so set that the absolute value of required torque T becomes larger at the same lateral acceleration G (G?0) than that with the lines B, D used in decrease of the absolute value of the lateral acceleration G. The difference between line A and line B (the difference between line C and line D as well) at the same lateral acceleration G is so set that the difference near the lateral acceleration of 0 is smaller than that in the other regions. Particularly, it is preferable to set the required torque T to 0 at the lateral acceleration G of 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chumsamutr Rattapon, Seiji Kawakami, Satoru Niwa, Katsuhiko Iwazaki, Hiroaki Kataoka