Patents by Inventor Shigeki Kinomura

Shigeki Kinomura 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).

  • Patent number: 11299060
    Abstract: A first controller performs a process including: specifying a selection candidate for a charging stand when one of cables is connected to a vehicle; controlling a display unit to present a selection screen; specifying a selected number when a selection manipulation is performed; and outputting a charging control execution command to a charging stand corresponding to the selected number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Patent number: 11220191
    Abstract: Charging equipment of a vehicle charging system comprises an information indicator configured to indicate authentication information, and an authentication device configured to perform authentication using the authentication information. A vehicle of the vehicle charging system comprises an imaging device, and a communication device configured to send the authentication information acquired by the imaging device to the authentication device. The authentication device of the charging equipment is configured to perform the authentication using the authentication information received from the communication device, and is configured to, if the authentication has succeeded, permit the vehicle to use a wireless LAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Publication number: 20210284039
    Abstract: A power management apparatus includes a selector that selects a target number of electrically powered vehicles from a vehicle group including a plurality of electrically powered vehicles and a request processor that can issue to each electrically powered vehicle selected by the selector, a request for at least one of charging of a power storage with electric power from a power grid and power feed to the power grid. The selector obtains a temperature and an SOC of the power storage of each electrically powered vehicle included in the vehicle group and makes selection in accordance with a priority predetermined based on the temperature of the power storage and the SOC of the power storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru ANDO, Shigeki KINOMURA
  • Publication number: 20210252993
    Abstract: The server executes a process that includes receiving predetermined information from each terminal in a facility, if it is determined that the electric vehicle is connected to a charging/discharging station, associating a user or a user terminal with the charging/discharging station, scheduling a power demand and supply adjustment, receiving behavior information of the user, if it is determined that it is necessary to reschedule the power demand and supply adjustment, predicting a connection period, rescheduling the power demand and supply adjustment, and if the current time has reached the start time of a power supply and supply adjustment period, executing the power demand and supply adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Shigeki Kinomura, Hironobu Kitaoka, Toru Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20210242683
    Abstract: When a baseline is in a certain state, a server executes a process including: a step of calculating an amount of power exchanged between a battery and a power grid during the first charging control; a step of calculating an amount of power exchanged between the battery and the power grid during the second charging control; a step of calculating an amount of power exchanged between the battery and the power grid during the first power feeding control; a step of calculating an amount of power exchanged between the battery and the power grid during the second power feeding control; and a step of setting a calibration line for the amount of power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Shigeki Kinomura, Hironobu Kitaoka, Toru Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya
  • Publication number: 20210170903
    Abstract: A power management system includes a plurality of power storages and a server. The server includes a selector that selects at least one of the plurality of power storages, a scheduler that makes a schedule for the selected power storage, and a request processor that requests a user of the selected power storage to control at least one of external charging and external power feed in accordance with the made schedule. The server obtains desire information that indicates a desire level (priority on battery life/priority on an incentive) and carries out at least one of selection of the power storage and making of the schedule based on the obtained desire information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya, Toru Nakamura, Shigeki Kinomura, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Hironobu Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 11027621
    Abstract: An ECU performs a first process of transmitting first information to a server, and performs a second process by acquiring second information from the server. The first information includes temperature information about a temperature of an inlet during external charging, and information for identifying a charging station connected to the inlet. The second process includes a process of controlling the external charging based on the second information acquired before a start of the external charging. The second information includes abnormal overheat information about the charging station connected to the inlet. The occurrence of abnormal overheat is determined based on the temperature of the inlet during the external charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Publication number: 20210107373
    Abstract: A power feed system includes a power feed controller that controls a plurality of vehicles including a first vehicle and a second vehicle to successively carry out external power feed in a relayed manner. In passing on external power feed in the relayed manner from the first vehicle to the second vehicle, the power feed controller controls the first vehicle and the second vehicle to make transition from external power feed by the first vehicle to external power feed by the second vehicle with an overlapping period being interposed. During the overlapping period, both of the first vehicle and the second vehicle simultaneously carry out external power feed. The power feed controller controls at least one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle to set total electric power to target electric power during the overlapping period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Toru Nakamura, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Shigeki Kinomura, Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya, Hironobu Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 10946752
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging are executed more properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20210053459
    Abstract: An electric power system includes a first vehicle, a second vehicle, and an external power supply. The first vehicle starts external charging of a first power storage with electric power supplied from the external power supply while the first vehicle is electrically connected to the external power supply. When the second vehicle receives a signal that predicts end of external charging of the first power storage while the second vehicle is electrically connected to the external power supply, the second vehicle starts external charging of a second power storage with electric power supplied from the external power supply before end of external charging started in the first vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya, Toru Nakamura, Shigeki Kinomura, Hidetoshi Kusumi, Hironobu Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 10807484
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes a power storage device that stores electric power for traveling, an inlet that receives electric power for use in external charging, and a electronic control unit that performs restricting operation to restrict a practical state of charge region of the power storage device used for control. When the frequency of execution of external charging is smaller than a threshold value, the electronic control unit sets the practical state of charge region to a normal region. When the frequency of execution of external charging is larger than the threshold value, the electronic control unit performs an expanding operation to expand the practical state of charge region from the normal region to an expanded region, by easing restrictions placed by the restricting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Publication number: 20200282858
    Abstract: A first controller performs a process including: specifying a selection candidate for a charging stand when one of cables is connected to a vehicle; controlling a display unit to present a selection screen; specifying a selected number when a selection manipulation is performed; and outputting a charging control execution command to a charging stand corresponding to the selected number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Publication number: 20200217108
    Abstract: A lock relay switches supply and interruption of operating power for operating a door lock device to bring a door for vehicle occupant into a locked state. A lid lock device receives, through the lock relay, electric power for operating the lid lock device to bring a lid into a locked state. A connector lock device receives, through the lock relay, electric power for operating the connector lock device to bring connection between an inlet and a connector into a locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Publication number: 20190322181
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging are executed more properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji ICHIKAWA, Hiroaki TAKEUCHI, Ryuta ISHIDA, Hiroaki ARAKAWA, Shigeki KINOMURA, Keita HASHIMOTO, Akio UOTANI, Kazuyuki KAGAWA, Yusuke KINOSHITA
  • Publication number: 20190322185
    Abstract: An ECU performs a first process of transmitting first information to a server, and performs a second process by acquiring second information from the server. The first information includes temperature information about a temperature of an inlet during external charging, and information for identifying a charging station connected to the inlet. The second process includes a process of controlling the external charging based on the second information acquired before a start of the external charging. The second information includes abnormal overheat information about the charging station connected to the inlet. The occurrence of abnormal overheat is determined based on the temperature of the inlet during the external charging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeki KINOMURA
  • Publication number: 20190315245
    Abstract: Charging equipment of a vehicle charging system comprises an information indicator configured to indicate authentication information, and an authentication device configured to perform authentication using the authentication information. A vehicle of the vehicle charging system comprises an imaging device, and a communication device configured to send the authentication information acquired by the imaging device to the authentication device. The authentication device of the charging equipment is configured to perform the authentication using the authentication information received from the communication device, and is configured to, if the authentication has succeeded, permit the vehicle to use a wireless LAN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Patent number: 10407081
    Abstract: A utilization index IDX is calculated based on one or more parameters (the number of times of charging/the number of trips, total battery charger connection time/total vehicle stop time, total EV traveling distance/total HV traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total HV traveling time, total EV traveling distance/total traveling distance, total EV traveling time/total traveling time, total charge amount/total fuel supply quantity) obtained based on a ratio of an EV traveling utilization level to an HV traveling utilization level or a total traveling utilization level, and the utilization index IDX is stored. Since the utilization index IDX is calculated such that as each parameter is larger, utilization of charging of a battery by a battery charger is performed more sufficiently. Accordingly, the utilization index IDX can be used as an index that offers more accurate determination regarding a utilization status of the battery charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10384549
    Abstract: The number of opportunities where external charging of a vehicle parked in a residential parking space or a charging station in a predetermined period is available is counted as the number of opportunities, and the number of times of the external charging performed in the opportunities in the same predetermined period is counted as the number of times of charging. The number of times of charging is then divided by the number of opportunities to calculate and store a charging frequency. Since the charging frequency is a ratio of the number of times that the external charging was performed to the number of opportunities where the external charging is available in the predetermined period, the ratio is used as an index that can offer more accurate determination regarding an external charging utilization status. As a result, various processing to promote external charging are executed more properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Ichikawa, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Keita Hashimoto, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10363827
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electrical storage device, a notifier, a communication device, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit predicts the amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where external charging is performed, in accordance with the state of the electrical storage device. The electronic control unit predicts cost performance of the external charging in accordance with the amount of charging power and the use time that are predicted, and information relating to a fee-charging system. The electronic control unit controls the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeki Kinomura
  • Patent number: 10336251
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a fuel tank, a motor, a battery, a charger, and a notification mechanism. The battery is configured to supply electric power to the motor. The charger is configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source. The notification mechanism is configured to notify, to an outside of the vehicle, information on a use index indicative of a degree of use of external charging in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Keita Hashimoto, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita