Patents by Inventor Toshikatsu Kuramochi

Toshikatsu Kuramochi 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: 20210287253
    Abstract: A control apparatus is configured to control advertisement data presented to an occupant of a movable object having an automated driving function, and includes a travel road specification unit for specifying a road scheduled to be travelled by the movable object corresponding to the destination, a setting unit for setting, according to the road scheduled to be travelled, a switching recommendation point for switching a driving mode of the movable object from automated drive to driver-led manual drive, a notification plan generation unit for setting a degree of importance of the advertisement data to be presented according to the driving mode for the road scheduled to be travelled, and generating a notification plan for presenting the advertisement data to the occupant according to the set degree of importance, and a notification control unit for presenting notification data including the advertisement data to the occupant according to the notification plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Yuji YASUI, Yo ITO, Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI
  • Publication number: 20210284064
    Abstract: A control apparatus for controlling notification data presented to an occupant of a movable object having an automated driving function. The control apparatus includes a travel road specification unit configured to specify a road scheduled to be travelled by the movable object corresponding to a destination set for the movable object. The control apparatus includes a setting unit configured to set, according to the road scheduled to be travelled, a switching recommendation point for switching from automated drive to driver-led manual drive on the road scheduled to be travelled, and estimate a scheduled passing time instant at which the movable object passes the switching recommendation point. The control apparatus includes a notification plan generation unit configured to generate a notification plan for presenting predetermined notification data to the occupant of the movable object according to the switching recommendation point and the scheduled passing time instant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Rei SAKAI, Yo ITO, Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI
  • Publication number: 20200319634
    Abstract: An agent device includes an in-vehicle agent function unit mounted in a vehicle and configured to provide a service including causing an output unit to output a voice response in accordance with speech of a user, an in-vehicle communication unit configured to cause the in-vehicle agent function unit to be connected to a network via an in-vehicle communication device, and a terminal communication unit configured to cause the in-vehicle agent function unit to be connected to the network via a general-purpose terminal. A state in which the in-vehicle agent function unit is connected to the network is selected from a first connection state implemented via the in-vehicle communication unit and a second connection state implemented via the terminal communication unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Kengo Naiki, Sawako Furuya, Yoshifumi Wagatsuma, Mototsugu Kubota, Hiroki Nakayama, Toshikatsu Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20200317215
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an agent system includes: a plurality of agent functions mounted on a plurality of different objects and configured to each provide a service which includes a service for causing an output to output a response by a voice in response to a speech of a user; and an information provider configured to include attribute information associated with the same kind of agent function in response content by the same kind of agent function and provide the attribute information to a portable mobile terminal of the user when the same kind of agent function is in the plurality of objects among the plurality of agent functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroshi Honda, Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Yusuke Oi, Mototsugu Kubota
  • Publication number: 20200320999
    Abstract: An agent device includes an acquirer configured to acquire an utterance of a user of a first vehicle, and a first agent controller configured to perform processing for providing a service including causing an output device to output a response of voice in response to an utterance of the user of the first vehicle acquired by the acquirer. When there is a difference between a service which is utilized in the first vehicle and is available from one or more agent controllers including at least the first agent controller and a service which is utilized in a second vehicle and is available from one or more agent controllers, the first agent controller provides information on the difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Masaki Kurihara, Masahiro Kurehashi, Toshikatsu Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20200321001
    Abstract: An agent apparatus includes a plurality of agent function portions each providing a service including outputting a voice response from an output in response to an occupant's speech in a vehicle, and a selector referring to history information indicating a history of a quality of a service executed by each of the plurality of agent function portions with respect to a content of the occupant's speech, and selecting an agent function portion making a response to the occupant's speech in the vehicle from among the plurality of agent function portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Kengo Naiki, Mototsugu Kubota, Sawako Furuya, Yoshifumi Wagatsuma, Toshikatsu Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20200319841
    Abstract: An agent apparatus includes a display controller configured to perform control of causing a display to display an agent which provides a service including causing an output unit to output a response using speech in response to an utterance of an occupant of a vehicle, and a controller configured to control the agent on the basis of a situation of the occupant, an operating situation of the agent, and an operating situation of the vehicle, wherein, when interruption control occurs in the course of service provision according to the agent, the controller performs control of displaying interruption information that is information about the interruption and sub-interruption related information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Wagatsuma, Mototsugu Kubota, Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Yusuke Oi
  • Publication number: 20200301654
    Abstract: An on-vehicle device includes: a plurality of agent function units configured to provide services including causing an output unit to output an audio response in response to an utterance of an occupant of a vehicle; and a content management unit configured to determine whether or not the instructed content is stored in an in-vehicle storage device mounted in the vehicle or a portable storage medium brought into the vehicle when the playback of the content is instructed by the utterance of the occupant, and to cause the playback device to play back the content present in the in-vehicle storage device or the portable storage medium when the instructed content is determined as being stored in the in-vehicle storage device or the portable storage medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Mototsugu Kubota
  • Publication number: 20200262445
    Abstract: An agent device includes: a plurality of agent function units, in which each of the agent function units provides a service including a voice response to an occupant of a vehicle in response to an utterance of the occupant; and a manager which, when any of the plurality of agent function units is being activated and the predetermined same operation is performed on the plurality of agent function units by the occupant of the vehicle, causes the agent function unit which is being activated to stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Shinichi Kikuchi, Hiroshi Honda
  • Publication number: 20200193197
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided, including: an emotion estimating unit configured to estimate an emotion of an occupant of a movable body based on an image of the occupant of the movable body captured by an image-capturing unit provided in the movable body; and an output control unit configured to perform control to output description information about a control operation performed by the movable body when the control operation performed by the movable body is a predetermined control operation and an emotion of the occupant estimated by the emotion estimating unit when the control operation is performed is surprise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshikazu MATSUO, Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Yusuke OI, Hiromi SATO
  • Publication number: 20200168007
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that is for controlling lighting of a traffic light, comprising: a communication circuit configured to acquire information of a transaction condition relating to priority passage from a communication apparatus; one or more processors; and a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as: a control unit configured to control lighting of the traffic light according to the transaction condition on priority passage being satisfied; and a processing unit configured to process a payment of a fee based on the transaction condition on priority passage, wherein the processing unit, in a case where lighting of the traffic light has been controlled, processes the payment of the fee so as to collect a fee for priority passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Sohei HAYASHI, Suguru ISHIDA, Junya ONO, Kenichiro NAKAMURA, Masaki MARUYAMA, Masahiro YOSHINO, Takamasa UDAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200168006
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that is associated with a vehicle, the apparatus comprises: one or more processors; and a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as: a setting unit configured to set a destination; and a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display a fee for priority passage to a destination and a time required to get to the destination, wherein the fee for priority passage is based on at least one of a fee to be paid in a case where priority passage is caused and a fee required for priority passage of another vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Sohei HAYASHI, Suguru ISHIDA, Junya ONO, Kenichiro NAKAMURA, Masaki MARUYAMA, Masahiro YOSHINO, Takamasa UDAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200166948
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that is associated with a vehicle, the apparatus comprising a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by one or more processors, cause the apparatus to function as: a setting unit configured to set information of a transaction condition relating to priority passage for a road; a control unit configured to cause the vehicle to perform priority passage so that the vehicle overtakes another vehicle, in accordance with it being determined that priority passage on the road is possible based on the information of the transaction condition; and a processing unit configured to process payment of a fee based on the transaction condition, wherein the processing unit, in a case where the vehicle is caused to perform priority passage through the road, processes payment of a fee for priority passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Sohei HAYASHI, Suguru ISHIDA, Junya ONO, Kenichiro NAKAMURA, Masaki MARUYAMA, Masahiro YOSHINO, Takamasa UDAGAWA
  • Publication number: 20200152039
    Abstract: An image management device is provided. The device includes an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data of an image, which is captured by an imaging unit mounted on a moving object and configured to capture an outside situation of the moving object; a determination unit configured to analyze the image data and to determine whether an encoded code, in which predetermined information is encoded in a predetermined format, is included in the image; and a transmission unit configured to, when it is determined that the encoded code is included in the image, transmit at least one of at least a part of the predetermined information and the image data to a code information collection device configured to collect information about the encoded code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Shinichi KASAHARA, Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI
  • Publication number: 20200133630
    Abstract: It is difficult to realize smooth communication between a user and an agent due to the communication environment of the user. Provided is a control apparatus that controls an agent apparatus functioning as a user interface of a first request processing apparatus that acquires a request indicated by at least one of a voice and a gesture of a user, via a communication network, and performs a process corresponding to the request, the control apparatus including a communication information acquiring section that acquires communication information indicating a communication state between the first request processing apparatus and the agent apparatus, and a mode determining section that determines a mode of an agent used to provide information by the agent apparatus, based on the communication state indicated by the communication information acquired by the communication information acquiring section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Atsushi SEKIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20200111489
    Abstract: An agent device includes a microphone which collects audio in a vehicle cabin, a speaker which outputs audio to the vehicle cabin, an interpreter which interprets the meaning of the audio collected by the microphone, a display provided in the vehicle cabin, and an agent controller which displays an agent image in a form of speaking to an occupant in a region of the display and causes the speaker to output audio by which the agent image speaks to at least one occupant, and the agent controller changes the face direction of the agent image to an direction different from an direction of the occupant who is a conversation target in a case that an utterance with respect to the face direction is interpreted by the interpreter after the agent image is displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Toshikatsu Kuramochi, Wataru Endo, Ryosuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10233888
    Abstract: In a steer by wire and idle stop vehicle, the idle stop is terminated if the steering wheel (11) is turned by more than a prescribed threshold value. For the purpose of preventing consumption of power by a steering actuator and preventing an unexpected steering action upon termination of the idle stop, the engine restart threshold value (??th) is varied depending on the direction of the change of the steering angle from the start of the idle stop operation. In particular, if the change (??) of the steering angle is in the direction to increase the steering angle from the value (?s) at the start of the idle stop operation, the engine restart threshold value is raised. If the change of the steering angle is in the direction to decrease the steering angle from the value at the start of the idle stop operation, the engine restart threshold value is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshikatsu Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20190009614
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of configuring an additional air chamber member on an outer circumferential surface of a well portion of the vehicle wheel as a Helmholtz resonator in a tire air chamber, comprising: preparing a plurality of additional air chamber members for each size of the vehicle wheel, each additional air chamber member corresponding to a different resonance frequency; and selecting one of the additional air chamber members with the corresponding resonance frequency from the additional air chamber members in accordance with a size of a tire used in combination with the vehicle wheel and an additional air chamber member information system using the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Toshikatsu KURAMOCHI, Yoichi KAMIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20180148083
    Abstract: A vehicle steering device in which turn signal switches are disposed along axial directions of grip members of left and right steering units. While the grip members are being operated in opposite forward and rearward directions when turning to the right or left, the turn signal switches are also operated in opposite axial directions upon turning to the right or left or the like, and therefore, are easily matched with the movements of the steering units. More specifically, there is continuity between the movement of the arms during turning and the movement of the fingers of the right and left turning indicators, and thus operation of the vehicle steering device is facilitated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventor: Toshikatsu Kuramochi
  • Publication number: 20180080426
    Abstract: In a steer by wire and idle stop vehicle, the idle stop is terminated if the steering wheel (11) is turned by more than a prescribed threshold value. For the purpose of preventing consumption of power by a steering actuator and preventing an unexpected steering action upon termination of the idle stop, the engine restart threshold value (??th) is varied depending on the direction of the change of the steering angle from the start of the idle stop operation. In particular, if the change (??) of the steering angle is in the direction to increase the steering angle from the value (?s) at the start of the idle stop operation, the engine restart threshold value is raised. If the change of the steering angle is in the direction to decrease the steering angle from the value at the start of the idle stop operation, the engine restart threshold value is lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventor: Toshikatsu Kuramochi