Patents by Inventor Tetsuro Butsuen

Tetsuro Butsuen 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: 5598337
    Abstract: A suspension control system for feedback-controlling the sprung mass acceleration signal y.sub.m and a method for introducing the unsprung mass acceleration signal y.sub.L into a tuning circuit to tune gain of an FIR filter. In this system, tuning is performed so as to cancel the road surface input y.sub.m close to a reference frequency (around 10-12 Hz). As a result, the sprung mass acts as a dynamic damper upon the road surface input y.sub.m close to the reference frequency (around 10-12 Hz), however, frequency bands other than the reference frequency band do not receive the contribution of the second term in the equation (6). That is, output from the tuning circuit to an adder becomes almost zero, and normal sky-hook control is performed. Though the sprung mass system acts as a dynamic damper, the unsprung mass system exceeds the sprung mass system in mass, and excessive resonance does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto, Tohru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 5574644
    Abstract: An automatic brake control system produces a warning before automatically making the braking action of a driving vehicle according to the velocities of the driving vehicle and the vehicle ahead. The system calculates the desired vehicle distance according to the velocities of the driving vehicle and the vehicle ahead, and sets a warning distance which is longer than the desired vehicle distance. The warning distance is set in accordance with the driver's feeling. According to the present invention, the system is prevented from producing undesirable warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 5540298
    Abstract: An integrated controller for a vehicle comprises a contact preventive device for detecting a distance between a vehicle and an obstacle and a relative speed, and deciding whether the vehicle may come in contact with the obstacle based on the results of detection so as to perform automatic braking or automatic steering, and a characteristic changing device for causing the suspension or steering characteristic of the vehicle to be changed. The control part of the characteristic changing device changes the suspension or steering characteristic based on information from the control part of the contact preventive device when operating the contact preventive device. In case the characteristic changing device is an active suspension device, the control part changes the suspension characteristic so as to increase a control gain when performing automatic braking and to inhibit the vehicle from being rolled when performing automatic steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Yoshioka, Kenichi Okuda, Hiroki Uemura, Yasunori Yamamoto, Tomohiko Adachi, Tetsuro Butsuen, Toshihiro Hara, Kazuki Fujise
  • Patent number: 5530764
    Abstract: Periodic first vibrations generated from the engine are reduced by the interference with the second vibrations generated from the speakers disposed in the vehicle compartment of the vehicle. The second vibrations are set in a cycle unit of the first vibrations, and they are corrected (optimized) on the basis of the signals from the microphones detecting the vibrations within the vehicle compartment and the transmission characteristic between the microphones and the speakers. During a transient period of time during which the cycles vary (during which the data lengths of the data of the second vibrations vary), such as by acceleration or deceleration, the data on the vibration wave form of the previous vibrations is corrected in anticipation (i.e. the data length is corrected), the current vibration wave form is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uchida, Tetsuro Butsuen, Norihiko Nakao
  • Patent number: 5530651
    Abstract: The vehicle is provided with a radar unit for detecting an obstacle existing ahead in the course of the running way along which the vehicle is running. When the radar unit detects a variation in its detectable region, such as a detectable distance or a detectable area range in left and right directions, from the detectable region to be detectable during ordinary running, a safety unit such as an alarm unit or an automatic brake unit is operated. A control logic for operating a collision-avoiding system for avoiding a collision with the obstacle existing ahead, such as an alarm unit or an automatic brake unit, is altered to a safe side on which safety in driving the vehicle is improved, when the detectable region is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Uemura, Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka, Ayumu Doi, Naotsugu Masuda, Kenichi Okuda, Tadayuki Niibe, Yasunori Yamamoto, Satoshi Morioka, Tomohiko Adachi
  • Patent number: 5483453
    Abstract: When the vehicle has deviated or is deviating from a lane on which the vehicle has been or is running, the deviation of the vehicle from the lane can be suppressed, for example, by allowing the steering wheel to be operatively rotated prior to an intention of the operator. The timing of suppressing the deviation of the vehicle can be altered in accordance with conditions including, for example, the existence of a lane in the direction of deviation of the vehicle on which another vehicle is running in the same direction, the existence of an obstacle in the direction of deviation of the vehicle, the existence of an adjacent lane in the direction of deviation of the vehicle on which another vehicle is running in the opposite direction, a state of the lane on which the vehicle is running, such as a curved lane or a straight lane, a direction of deviation is outside or inside the curved lane or a lane width, a vehicle speed, a steering angle of a steering wheel, an extent of vision, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Uemura, Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka, Ayumu Doi, Kenichi Okuda, Yasunori Yamamoto, Tomohiko Adachi, Naotsugu Masuda
  • Patent number: 5467283
    Abstract: An obstacle sensing apparatus for vehicles is provided in which detection of obstacles is performed efficiently by predicting the traveling path of the vehicle appropriately when detection of obstacles by a radar unit is limited to a region along the traveling path. The apparatus is provided with a radar unit for transmitting radar waves ahead of the vehicle and sensing obstacles present ahead of the vehicle, a steering angle sensor for sensing the steering angle of the vehicle, and a yaw rate sensor for sensing the yaw rate produced by the vehicle. First traveling-path predicting device predicts a traveling path of the vehicle based upon the steering angle, and second traveling-path predicting device predicts a traveling path of the vehicle based upon the yaw rate. One of these traveling paths is selected in dependence upon the operating state of the vehicle and detection of articles by the radar unit is carried out within a limited region along the traveling path selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka, Hiroki Uemura, Tadayuki Niibe, Ayumu Doi, Ken-ichi Okuda, Tomohiko Adachi, Satoshi Morioka
  • Patent number: 5420792
    Abstract: An automatic brake control system produces a warning before automatically making the braking action of a driving vehicle according to the velocities of the driving vehicle and the vehicle ahead. The system calculates the desired vehicle distance according to the velocities of the driving vehicle and the vehicle ahead, and sets a warning distance which is longer than the desired vehicle distance. The warning distance is set in accordance with the driver's feeling. According to the present invention, the system is prevented from producing undesirable warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 5401052
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension device includes a shock absorber disposed between a sprung portion and an unsprung portion of a vehicle for each of the vehicle wheels, a damping force changing device for changing a damping characteristic of the shock absorber, a detecting device for detecting a difference in a damping force among the shock absorbers for respective wheels, and a control device for controlling the damping characteristic of the shock absorber so as to restrict the difference in the damping force among the wheels when the vehicle is in a specific running condition. Through the use of such a vehicle suspension device, diagonal vibration can be suppressed, improved running stability can be obtained and riding comfort can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Yoshioka, Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5400245
    Abstract: A suspension system of a vehicle for calculating a product of the absolute speed zs of the sprung member and the relative speed zs-zu between the sprung member and the unsprung member and for controlling the damping force characteristic of the shock absorber to be higher if that product is more than the predetermined value and to be lower if the product is less than that value. An insensible range is formed for restricting switching of the damping force characteristic when .vertline.zs.vertline. and .vertline.zs-zu.vertline. are less than the predetermined value .delta.z, .delta.r, so that the damping force characteristic of the shock absorber is kept lower if .vertline.zs.vertline.>.delta.z and .vertline.zs-zu.vertline. or .vertline.zs-zu.vertline.<.delta.r and it is kept higher if .vertline.zs.vertline.>.delta.z and .vertline.zs-zu.vertline. or .vertline.zs-zu.vertline.<.delta.r.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Hiroshi Uchida, Tohru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 5332057
    Abstract: A contact preventive system for vehicles using an automatic braking device and an automatic steering device together. Contact forecasting mechanism forecasts the contact of a vehicle with an obstacle. When the contact of the obstacle is forecasted, automatic braking control mechanism operates the automatic braking device. Environment detecting mechanism detects the change of environment such as a friction coefficient of a road. Automatic steering control mechanism operates the automatic steering device to alter the advance direction of the vehicle when a possibility of contact is caused by the change of environment during automatic braking. Thus, contact can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Toshihiro Hara, Kazuki Fujise, Takeshi Takagi, Satoshi Morioka, Satoru Matsuoka, Naoyuki Hikida, Ayumu Doi
  • Patent number: 5327983
    Abstract: A suspension system for a vehicle has shock absorbers, each provided so as to be associated with one wheel and between sprung parts and unsprung parts, step motors, each being adapted for changing damping force characteristics of one of the shock absorbers by open loop control, and a controller for outputting control signals to the step motors. The controller is adapted for outputting control signals every predetermined time interval so as to make the damping force characteristics of the shock absorbers harder. According to the thus constituted suspension system for a vehicle, it is possible to prevent the driving stability from being lowered even when at least one of the step motors is thrown out of synchronism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Yoshioka, Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5295705
    Abstract: Disposed between a sprung element and an unsprung element is a shock absorber of multi-degree variable-damping-coefficient type. The change control of the damping coefficient is carried out so that an actual damping force generated by the shock absorber can harmonize with a target damping force, Fa. The foregoing target damping force, Fa, as functions of the sprung vertical displacement velocity Xs and the unsprung vertical displacement velocity Xu, is obtained by the formula: Fa=-Xs.multidot.gs-Xu.multidot.gu, wherein both gs and gu are coefficients and the relations of gs>0; gu.gtoreq.0 hold. Thus, while controlling the sprung vertical motion, cushioning action of the wheels can be enhanced to improve traveling stabilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka, Yasunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5269557
    Abstract: In a suspension system for a vehicle comprising a shock absorber of which damping force characteristics can be changed into four or more characteristics, detecting means detect the oscillation frequency range of the sprung member of the vehicle and a bumpy road. From the four or more damping force characteristics of the shock absorber, the number of characteristics on the higher level side are limited to two or so when the sprung member is in a low frequency oscillation range, that of the characteristics on the lower level side are limited to two or so when the sprung member is in a high frequency oscillation range, and that of the characteristics on the medium level side are limited to two or so when a road is bumpy. The damping force characteristic of the shock absorber is selected and changed on the basis of a given control rule only within the limited damping force characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto, Tohru Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 5248015
    Abstract: Disposed between a sprung element and an unsprung element is a shock absorber of multi-degree variable-damping-coefficient type. A damping coefficient of the shock absorber is changed so that an actual damping force generated by the shock absorber becomes equal to a target damping force that causes no sprung vertical motion. Such a change is inhibited when the difference between the damping force and the target force falls in the range of a predetermined value. The value is changed according to the magnitude of an damping coefficient now in selection of the shock absorber. This allows the shock absorber to effectively produce damping forces while at the same time preventing the damping coefficient from being changed too often to avoid the occurrence of chattering. Additionally, control delay due to the presence of a dead band zone is lessened. Traveling stabilization and riding comfort is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Yoshioka, Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5203584
    Abstract: A suspension system of a vehicle which judges the direction of a damping force of a shock absorber of damping force characteristic variable type, provided between the sprung member and the unsprung member, either oscillation-stimulating direction or oscillation-restraining direction with respect to vertical osciallation of the sprung member, and it also judges the size of the damping force of the shock absorber. The damping force characteristic of the shock absorber is set higher when it is larger than the predetermined value and it is set lower when it is less than the predertemined value. The predetermined value can be changed according to the road surface, oscillation-restraining energy becomes larger than the oscillation-stimulating energy thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Mazada Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Hiroshi Uchida, Tohru Yoshioka, Yasunori Yamamoto, Shinichiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 5193844
    Abstract: In a suspension system of a vehicle which the damping force characteristic is changed into three or more characteristics, the damping force characteristic is changed step by step when the damping force characteristic selected by a given control rule is different from the damping force characteristic at that moment in several steps. Also, the running state is detected by detecting means and the damping force characteristic to be selected is limited to two or so from three or more characteristics according to the vehicle running state. The damping force characteristic is changed only within the above selected damping force characteristics based on a given control rule. Through the above, noise and oscillation caused by large changes of the damping force characteristic can be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Tohru Yoshioka, Hiroshi Uchida, Yasunori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5172929
    Abstract: In a suspension system for a vehicle comprising a shock absorber of which damping force characteristic can be changed into three or more characteristics, the predetermined running state of the vehicle is detected by detecting means and there is limited to two or so the number of the damping force characteristics to be selected from the three or more characteristics of the shock absorber according to the running state. The damping force characteristic of the shock absorber is selected and changed on the basis of a given control rule only within the limited damping force characteristics. In addition, the threshold of the control rule is changed such that the damping force characteristic of the shock absorber can easily be changed into the higher or lower level side according to the rate of change in the predetermined running state. Thus, it is possible to prevent noise and oscillation from being caused by the large change of the damping force characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corp.
    Inventors: Tetsuro Butsuen, Yasunori Yamamoto, Tohru Yoshioka