US Pat. No. 9,180,862

VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle dynamic control apparatus comprising:
a control requester outputting a request value of a motion parameter associated with a motion of a vehicle in a first direction;
a controller controlling a plurality of controlled objects based on control parameters of the controlled objects associated
with the motion of the vehicle in the first direction to fulfill the request value of the motion parameter;

a controllable range obtainer obtaining a limited controllable range of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects,
and outputting the limited controllable range of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects to the control requester,

each of the control parameters of the controlled objects including a controlled variable and a change in the controlled variable,
the controllable range obtainer:
(i) obtaining, as a first controllable range, the limited controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled
objects,

(ii) obtaining, as a second controllable range, the limited controllable range of the change in the controlled variable of
each of the controlled objects, and

(iii) outputting the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second
controllable range of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects to the control requester;

a determiner determining a sequential order of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled using a relationship between
the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second controllable range
of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects; and

a selector selecting one of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled in accordance with the sequential order determined
by the determiner,

wherein the control requester generates the request value of the motion parameter based on the limited controllable range
of each of the control parameters of the controlled objects outputted to the control requester from the controllable range
obtainer, and

wherein the control requester includes at least one application outputting, in addition to the motion parameter, a request
mode, the request mode of the at least one application representing what the at least one application places a higher priority
on, and the determiner determines the sequential order of the plurality of controlled objects to be controlled using the relationship
between the first controllable range of the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects and the second controllable
range of the change in the controlled variable of each of the controlled objects such that the determined sequential order
meets the request mode.

US Pat. No. 9,145,166

MOMENTUM CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A momentum control apparatus for feedback-controlling the momentum of a controlled object by using a plurality of actuators,
comprising:
a target momentum obtaining part that obtains a target momentum of the controlled object;
an optimal feedback gain obtaining part that obtains a plurality of optimal feedback gains used when each of the plurality
of actuators is independently actuated to feedback-control the momentum of the controlled object, with respect to each of
actuators;

a feedback gain setting part that extracts a minimum feedback gain out of the plurality of optimal feedback gains obtained
by the optimal feedback gain obtaining part, and sets the minimum feedback gain as a feedback gain;

a control amount calculation part that calculates a feedback control amount on the basis of the minimum feedback gain extracted
and set as the feedback gain by the feedback gain setting part and a deviation between the target momentum and the current
momentum of the controlled object; and

an actuator control part that controls the actuation of the plurality of actuators on the basis of the feedback control amount.

US Pat. No. 9,567,000

VEHICLE REAR WHEEL STEERING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle rear wheel steering apparatus comprising:
a housing configured to be supported by the rear wheels via a first connection member and a second connection member;
an electric motor that is supported by the housing;
a speed reduction mechanism that is connected to an output shaft of the electric motor, and reduces a speed of an output of
the electric motor; and

a linear motion mechanism that includes a nut member which is connected to the speed reduction mechanism, and a rod which
is screwed to the nut member and is connected to at least one of the first connection member and the second connection member,
and that converts rotational motion of the nut member into linear motion of the rod,

wherein the speed reduction mechanism includes a planetary gear mechanism including: a drive pulley that is connected to the
output shaft of the electric motor; a driven pulley which is connected to the nut member, and is supported by the housing
such that the driven pulley can be rotated around an axis of the rod; a belt that is provided in a tensed state between the
drive pulley and the driven pulley; a sun gear that is rotated integrally with the driven pulley; a ring gear that is non-rotatably
supported inside of the housing; a planetary gear that meshes with the ring gear and the sun gear; a columnar pin that rotatably
supports the planetary gear and is fixed to the nut member; and a partition wall portion that separates the driven pulley
from the planetary gear, and prevents the planetary gear from being axially moved a predetermined distance or longer, and

wherein the output of the electric motor is reduced via the drive pulley, the belt, the driven pulley, and the planetary gear
mechanism, and the reduced output of the electric motor is transmitted to the linear motion mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,550,410

SUNROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof apparatus comprising:
a movable panel that is configured to open or close an opening formed in a roof of a vehicle;
guide rails that have a pair of rail-side holding portions provided side by side in a lateral direction of the vehicle, and
are respectively provided in both edge portions of the opening in the lateral direction of the vehicle;

support brackets, front end portions of which are supported by the guide rails, each of the support brackets including a vertical
wall for supporting a respective edge portion of the movable panel in the lateral direction of the vehicle, and each of the
support brackets including a pair of bracket-side held portions provided on both sides of a rear end portion of the vertical
wall in the lateral direction of the vehicle;

sliding members which are provided so as to be able to move only in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle along the guide
rails, and each of which has a connection wall connected to the support bracket;

a pair of sliding member-side held portions that is provided on both sides of the connection wall in the lateral direction
of the vehicle, and is held by both the rail-side holding portions such that both the sliding member-side held portions cannot
move in the lateral direction and a vertical direction of the vehicle;

a pair of sliding member-side holding portions that is provided side by side in a rear end portion of the connection wall
in the lateral direction of the vehicle, and holds both the bracket-side held portions such that both the bracket-side held
portions cannot move in the lateral direction and the vertical direction of the vehicle when the movable panel is in a fully
closed state; and

an electric driving source that drives the movement of the sliding members,
wherein a rib protrudes from at least one of both the rail-side holding portions in such a manner as to extend in a longitudinal
direction of the vehicle, and

wherein a restricting piece protrudes from each of the sliding members such that the restricting piece can be engaged with
the rib in a twisting direction of the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,551,426

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fluid control valve comprising:
a valve housing including a first flow path between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet and a second flow path between the fluid
inlet and a bypass port;

a drive device attached to the valve housing;
a valve shaft which is connected to an output shaft of the drive device and moves in an axial direction in the valve housing;
and

a valve body which is attached so as to radially extend to an axis of the valve shaft, and which opens and closes the first
and second flow paths by being moved with the valve shaft so that one side surface moves away from or comes into contact with
a first valve seat formed in the first flow path of the valve housing and an other side surface opposite to the one side surface
moves away from or comes into contact with a second valve seat formed in the second flow path,

wherein the valve housing is attached to an attachment target member so that the valve shaft is tilted to a horizontal plane,
and

wherein the valve body includes a wall portion which corresponds to a portion where a liquid inside the first flow path collects
due to weight thereof, within a portion having the first valve seat in the first flow path of the valve housing, and which
is formed along an edge portion on the other side surface so as to restrict the liquid from covering an upper surface of the
valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,315,118

POWER SLIDING APPARATUS OF CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power sliding apparatus of a conveyance seat comprising:
right and left upper rails, each upper rail including an opening;
right and left lower rails;
a motor unit which is fixed to one of the right and left upper rails;
a motor fixing bracket to fix the motor unit to the one upper rail; and
transmission shafts and gear boxes to transmit a rotational force of a motor of the motor unit to one of ball screws and ball
nuts attached to at least one of the lower rails and the upper rails, wherein

when the rotational force of the motor is transmitted to the one of the ball screws and the ball nuts, the right and left
upper rails slide relatively to the right and left lower rails,

the gear boxes are received in and attached to the right and left upper rails via the openings, respectively,
the opening in the one upper rail is closed by the motor fixing bracket, and
the gear box of the one upper rail is attached via the opening of the one upper rail at a position below a face of the motor
fixing bracket that closes the opening of the one upper rail.

US Pat. No. 9,166,453

SPLIT CORE STATOR WITH TERMINAL ACCOMMODATING RESIN BOX

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A stator of a rotary electrical machine, comprising:
a core unit configured by a plurality of core assemblies arranged in an annular shape, each of the core assemblies including
a laminated steel plate, an insulator insulating a portion of the laminated steel plate, and a coil wound around the insulator;

a bus ring formed in an annular shape to face the core unit, the bus ring supplying an electric power to the coil; and
an accommodating box arranged at the insulator, accommodating an end portion of the coil, and including a radially inward
engaged portion and a radially outward engaged portion,

the stator generating a rotating magnetic field when the electric power is applied to the coil,
the insulator including radially inward and outward extending portions positioned at radially inward and outward sides of
the core unit relative to the coil in an extending manner to support the accommodating box,

the radially inward extending portion including a radially inward engagement portion which serves as a rotation center about
which the accommodating box rotates in a radial direction of the core unit from an initial attachment position to an attached
position, and which engages with the radially inward engaged portion so that the accommodating box is movable relative to
the insulator in the radial direction of the core unit in a state where the accommodating box is in the attached position,

the radially outward extending portion including a radially outward engagement portion which engages with the radially outward
engaged portion in accordance with the rotation of the accommodating box;

wherein an inclined surface is formed at one of the radially outward engaged portion of the accommodating box and the radially
outward engagement portion of the radially outward extending portion, the inclined surface being inclined toward the radially
inward side as being away from the coil, and an engagement surface is formed at the other of the radially outward engaged
portion of the accommodating box and the radially outward engagement portion of the radially outward extending portion, the
engagement surface slidably contacting the inclined surface in accordance with the rotation of the accommodating box to the
attached position to be engaged with the inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 9,221,495

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A steering control device for steering a vehicle upon failure of a steering apparatus, comprising:
a steering wheel;
first and second motors driving left and right front wheels respectively;
a failure determination means for determining whether the steering apparatus providing a steering angle to said front wheels
in accordance with an operation angle of said steering wheel has failed, upon detecting a failure the failure determination
means sends a failure signal to a control means, and upon detecting no failure the failure determination means produces a
steering signal based on the operation angle of the steering wheel; and

the control means for receiving the failure signal and for producing a torque difference between an output torque of the first
motor and an output torque of the second motor based upon the operation angle of said steering wheel when said failure determination
means determines that said steering apparatus has failed, the vehicle being steered according to the torque difference and
not according to the steering signal, and

wherein the left front wheel being driven based on a left torque instruction and the right front wheel being driven based
on a right torque instruction, the left torque instruction being increased or decreased by a torque increase/decrease rate
for said first motor and the right torque instruction being increased or decreased by a torque increase/decrease rate for
said second motor only upon a determination that the steering apparatus has failed,

wherein said control means calculates, when it is determined that said steering apparatus has failed, the torque increase/decrease
rate for said first motor and the torque increase/decrease rate for said second motor based on the operation angle of said
steering wheel, an amount of operation of an accelerator pedal, and respective rotation speeds of said first and second motors,
using a relational expression or a map in which the respective torque increase/decrease rates for said first and second motors
in accordance with the operation angle of said steering wheel are predetermined for each amount of operation of said accelerator
pedal and for each rotation speed of said first and second motors,

wherein the first and second motors each have a rotation angle sensor for determining a rotation angle of the first and second
motors, respectively, and

wherein the control means calculates the left torque instruction and the right torque instructions based on a signal of the
rotation angle from each rotation angle sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,329,075

SEAT OCCUPANCY DETERMINATION DEVICE AND SEAT OCCUPANCY DETERMINATION METHOD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat occupancy determination device configured to be provided at one of seating portions of a plurality of vehicle seats
of a vehicle, the plurality of vehicle seats mounted to the vehicle to be placed next to each other in a right-left direction,
the plurality of vehicle seats in which a passenger is seated to face a front or a rear of the vehicle, comprising:
a pair of seat occupancy amount detection devices configured to be provided at a front portion and a rear portion of one of
a right side and a left side of the vehicle seat, the pair of seat occupancy amount detection devices detecting a seat occupancy
amount increasing and decreasing in response to a change of a load applied to each portion of the seating portion;

a seat occupancy threshold value setting device setting a seat occupancy threshold value which corresponds to a threshold
value of the seat occupancy amount;

a seat occupancy state determination device determining a seat occupancy state of the vehicle seat by comparing a seat occupancy
calculation amount calculated based on a detected signal transmitted from the pair of seat occupancy amount detection devices
with the seat occupancy threshold value; and

an unbalanced load detection device detecting a degree of unbalance of the load applied to a right portion and a left portion
of the seating portion in response to an inclination angle of the vehicle in the right-left direction; wherein

the seat occupancy threshold value setting device corrects the seat occupancy threshold value in response to the degree of
unbalance of the load applied to the right portion and the left portion of the seating portion based on a detected signal
transmitted from the unbalanced load detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,145,631

BUTTONHOLE SWITCH MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A buttonhole switch mechanism of a buttonhole sewing machine comprising:
a buttonhole presser mounted on a lower end of a presser bar of the sewing machine and having a presser frame that is movable
in a front-and-rear direction with respect to the presser bar, and two projection portions that are provided side by side
in the front-and-rear direction at an interval according to the diameter of a button and move integrally with the presser
frame;

a buttonhole switch mechanism disposed on an arm section of the sewing machine and having a detection switch of which contacts
are electrically connected when the presser frame is located on the foremost side and when the presser frame is located on
the rearmost side;

a feed dog disposed below the buttonhole presser to move cloth, which is an object to be sewn, in the front-and-rear direction
at a predetermined feed pitch in cooperation with the presser frame;

a sewing needle forming stitches in the cloth with vertical movement and adapted to be movable in a right-and-left direction;
a controller performing control on the movement of the feed dog and the sewing needle on the basis of the electrical connection
of the detection switch of the buttonhole switch mechanism;

a fixing member fixed to a non-movable part of a sewing machine main body;
a mount supported so as to be movable in the front-and-rear direction with respect to the fixing member;
an adjustment mechanism adjusting and fixing the relative positions of the fixing member and the mount in the front-and-rear
direction;

a lever member supported by a rotary shaft provided at the mount so as to be rotatable in the front-and-rear direction and
being capable of extending a lower end portion between both the projection portions of the buttonhole presser

an adjustment dial provided between the fixing member and the mount, which is rotated to adjust a push-in amount between a
buttonhole switching lever and the detection switch by moving the mount forward in parallel with respect to the fixing member
while scales provided on one of the fixing member and the mount in the front-and-rear direction and an indicator combined
with the scales on the other one of the fixing member and the mount are read; and

the detection switch fixed to the mount and electrically connected as the lower end portion of the lever member is pushed
and rotated by each projection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,393,908

OBSTACLE ALARM DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A method for an obstacle alarm, the method comprising:
acquiring a captured image in which an image of a visual scene of a periphery of a vehicle has been captured;
generating an attention-prioritized captured image on the basis of the captured image, the captured image being the image
of the visual scene of a rearward periphery of the vehicle;

determining whether or not an object is present in the periphery of the vehicle;
determining a movement direction of the object; and
causing a frame sign, which has a smaller outer shape than an outline of the attention-prioritized captured image and is to
be displayed at sequentially varying positions from an outer edge part of the attention-prioritized captured image toward
a center of the attention-prioritized captured image, and for repeatedly performing displaying the frame sign as the frame
sign at varying centerward positions, so as to gradually become smaller, where it is determined that the object is moving
toward the center of the attention-prioritized captured image,

wherein the outer shape of the frame sign is similar to the outline of the attention-prioritized captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,393,882

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:
a lower rail disposed on a vehicle constituting member;
an upper rail disposed on the side of a seat main body and slidably and movably supported by the lower rail; and
a reinforcing member disposed on the lower rail to inhibit deformation of the lower rail,
wherein the lower rail has a lower surface portion having a flat plate shape substantially parallel to the vehicle constituting
member, side surface portions having a flat plate shape and rising from both ends of the lower surface portion, upper surface
portions having a flat plate shape and returned inwardly from upper ends of both the side surface portions, and tip portions
having a flat plate shape and suspended from inner end portions of both the upper surface portions,

the reinforcing member integrally has a rising portion rising along the side surface portion of the lower rail, an upper surface
pressing portion returned inwardly from an upper end of the rising portion to cover the upper surface portion of the lower
rail from the upside, and a bent portion suspended from an inner end portion of the upper surface pressing portion, and

the reinforcing member is disposed in a rear end portion of the lower rail and extended rearwardly from the rear end portion
of the lower rail, the upper surface pressing portion is disposed forwardly from the rear end portion of the lower rail, and
the bent portion is disposed rearwardly from the rear end portion of the lower rail and adjacent to the tip portion of the
lower rail.

US Pat. No. 9,243,525

ENGINE VALVE CONTROL MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An engine valve control mechanism, comprising:
a camshaft driven to rotate;
a rocker arm that pivots around a pivot axis of a base end portion of the rocker arm in accordance with a rotation of the
camshaft;

a shift unit that shifts the rocker arm in a longitudinal direction of thereof; and
a lash adjuster that abuts against another end portion of the rocker arm and transmits a pressure force from the rocker arm
to a valve,

wherein the shift unit includes a control member rotatably supported around a control axis parallel with the pivot axis and
pivotably supporting the base end portion of the rocker arm with respect to an eccentric support portion which is eccentric
from the control axis, and

the control member rotates around the control axis by an actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,296,313

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:
a slide mechanism including:
an upper rail; and
a lower rail provided with a cutout, the cutout being formed so that no corner is formed by a front edge and an upper edge
of the lower rail,

wherein the cutout is formed such that a portion of the lower rail that defines a border of the cutout forms a vertical straight
line extending downward from the upper edge of the lower rail.

US Pat. No. 9,296,316

SEAT FRAME OF CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seat frame of a conveyance seat, comprising:
a cushion frame that has cushion side frames disposed on left and right sides;
a back frame that has back side frames disposed on left and right sides;
recliners that serve as rotary joints, each cushion side frame and the corresponding back side frame being coupled via the
corresponding recliner; and

recliner plates, each recliner plate being coupled to the corresponding cushion side frame and the corresponding recliner
so as to couple the corresponding cushion side frame and the corresponding recliner, wherein

each recliner plate has a bent portion at which the recliner plate is bent such that a lower portion of the recliner plate
under the recliner is offset in a width direction of the seat frame relative to another portion of the recliner plate, and
a reinforcing portion that strengthens the lower portion in an up-down direction of the seat frame, and

each recliner plate is positioned on an outer side of the corresponding recliner in the width direction of the seat frame.

US Pat. No. 9,260,130

VEHICLE STEERING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle steering apparatus comprising:
a telescopic mechanism that can move a steering column in a front and rear direction of a vehicle;
a tilt mechanism that can tilt the steering column in a vertical direction of the vehicle;
a driving mechanism that adjusts and transmits an output torque of a driving motor to a telescopic screw shaft that drives
the telescopic mechanism and to a tilt screw shaft that drives the tilt mechanism provided in parallel with the telescopic
screw shaft;

a switching mechanism that has a first clutch mechanism which connects and disconnects the driving mechanism and the tilt
screw shaft, a second clutch mechanism which connects and disconnects the driving mechanism and the telescopic screw shaft,
and a switching motor that switches between the first clutch mechanism and the second clutch mechanism;

wherein the first clutch mechanism and the second clutch mechanism of the switching mechanism has a first clutch member and
a second clutch member, respectively, which mutually move in an axial direction and transmit a rotational force when either
the tilt screw shaft or the telescopic screw shaft is connected to the driving mechanism, and when the switching motor moves
one of the first clutch member and the second clutch member in a predetermined direction, one of the first clutch mechanism
and the second clutch mechanism is put in a connection state, the other of the first clutch member and the second clutch member
moves in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction, and the other of the first clutch mechanism and the second clutch
mechanism is put in a disconnection state;

wherein a single driving switching unit is configured to have the switching mechanism and the driving mechanism; and
wherein the switching mechanism includes:
a lever portion, a center portion of which is shaft-supported in the driving switching unit, and which has one end portion
engaging with the first clutch member and the other end portion engaging with the second clutch member;

a lever member that has an arm portion which extends from the lever portion to be in parallel with either one end portion
or the other end portion;

a case that is retained in the driving switching unit and has a screw hole at a position which faces the arm portion of the
lever member;

a screw shaft that is screwed into the screw hole of the case, and is connected to the switching motor to rotate based on
rotational driving of the switching motor; and

a slider that is supported by the screw shaft to move in an axial direction based on rotation of the screw shaft with respect
to the screw hole of the case, and

wherein the switching mechanism engages the arm portion of the lever member with the slider, drives the slider in the axial
direction based on the rotational driving of the screw shaft by the switching motor, tilts the lever member, moves one of
the first clutch member and the second clutch member in the predetermined direction, and moves the other of the first clutch
member and the second clutch member in the direction opposite to the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,050,931

VEHICLE PERIPHERY MONITORING SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle periphery monitoring system comprising:
a bird's-eye view image generation section generating bird's-eye view image segments from multiple photographed images photographed
to be partially overlapped in a vehicle circumference direction;

a boundary indicator addition section adding a boundary indicator indicating a boundary area of the bird's-eye view image
segments adjacent each other to an overlapped area of the bird's-eye view image segments;

a merger section generating a merged overlapped image by merging mutually overlapped areas of the bird's-eye view image segments
according to a preset merger relationship;

a display bird's-eye view image generation section generating a merged bird's-eye view image containing a boundary-added bird's-eye
view image having the boundary indicator and the merged overlapped image as a bird's-eye view image for display;

a displaying section displaying the bird's-eye view image for display; and
a display image determination section displaying the merged bird's-eye view image in the displaying section after displaying
the boundary-added bird's-eye view image therein,

wherein in a display switchover process from g, of the boundary-added bird's-eye view to displaying of the merged bird's-eye
view image as the displaying bird's-eye view image, displaying is switched over to displaying of the merged overlapped image
progressively and concentrically from vicinity of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,365,095

VEHICLE DOOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

9. A vehicle door which is configured to be able to open and close an opening formed in a vehicle body, the vehicle door comprising:
an inner panel that has an outer surface facing an outer side and an inner surface facing an inner side;
an outer reinforcement member that is arranged more toward the outer side than the inner panel, has an outer surface facing
the outer side and an inner surface facing the inner side, and reinforces the vehicle door; and

an outer panel arranged on the outer side than the outer reinforcement member,
wherein a plurality of ribs are provided on the outer surface of the outer reinforcement member so as to be supported from
an inner side of the outer panel, and

wherein the plurality of ribs extend in a direction in which a vertical position of each rib linearly changes as each rib
extends from a rear side to a front side of the outer reinforcement member.

US Pat. No. 9,162,596

SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
an upper rail supporting a seat at an upper side and including an inner void extending in an extending direction of the upper
rail;

a lower rail supporting the upper rail to be movable relative to the lower rail;
a lock mechanism configured to restrict a relative movement of the upper rail relative to the lower rail and including a lock
lever, the lock lever being supported by the upper rail and including an engaging portion that moves within the inner void
to be engageable and disengageable relative to an engaged portion formed at the lower rail; and

an unlock operation inhibition apparatus including a mass member arranged at the inner void of the upper rail, a moving axis
forming member forming a moving axis on which the mass member moves at the inner void along the extending direction of the
upper rail, and a restriction portion inhibiting a movement of the mass member on the moving axis, the unlock operation inhibition
apparatus restricting the engaging portion from moving to disengage from the engaged portion by the movement of the mass member
on the moving axis to a position at which the mass member interferes with the lock lever in a case where a collision load
greater than a retraining force specified for the restriction portion is input.

US Pat. No. 9,389,116

WEIGHT DETECTION SENSOR AND VEHICLE SEAT APPARATUS INCLUDING A STRAIN BODY BETWEEN THE FLOOR AND THE VEHICLE SEAT

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A weight detection sensor interposed between a seat side fixing member fixing a vehicle seat and a floor side fixed member
fixing the seat side fixing member to a vehicle floor to measure a load of a passenger sitting in the vehicle seat, the weight
detection sensor comprising:
a strain body fixed to both end portions of a mounting surface formed on one of the floor side fixed member and the seat side
fixing member at a predetermined distance from the mounting surface, the strain body extending in a front-back direction of
the vehicle seat;

a connection member fixed to a central portion of the strain body in a vertical direction and fixed to the other one of the
floor side fixed member and the seat side fixing member; and

a Wheatstone bridge circuit where a first strain detection element and a third strain detection element are arranged on sides
facing each other and a second strain detection element and a fourth strain detection element are arranged on sides facing
each other, each of the strain detection elements being a variable resistor,

wherein the first strain detection element is adhered to a first tensile position of the strain body where an outer surface
of the strain body is subjected to a tensile deformation and the third strain detection element is adhered to a first compression
position of the strain body where the outer surface of the strain body is subjected to a compressive deformation on a side
opposite to the first strain detection element about a left-right direction center line vertical to a front-back direction
of the strain body in a state where a relative angular displacement in the front-back direction works in one direction between
the seat side fixing member and the floor side fixed member,

the second strain detection element is adhered to a second compression position of the strain body where the outer surface
of the strain body is subjected to the compressive deformation on the same side as the first strain detection element with
respect to the left-right direction center line of the strain body and the fourth strain detection element is adhered to a
second tensile position of the strain body where the outer surface of the strain body is subjected to the tensile deformation
on a side opposite to the second strain detection element with respect to the left-right direction center line of the strain
body in the state where the relative angular displacement in the front-back direction works in the one direction between the
seat side fixing member and the floor side fixed member, and

the first to fourth strain detection elements are equally adhered on both sides of a front-back direction center line in the
strain body with two of the first to fourth strain detection elements on a first side of the front-back direction center line
in the strain body and the remaining two of the first to fourth strain detection elements on a second side of the front-back
direction center line in the strain body, the front-back direction center line of the strain body extending between the end
portions of the mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,083,015

FUEL CELL SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:
a fuel cell including an anode and a cathode;
a cathode gas passage supplying a cathode gas to the cathode of the fuel cell;
a reformer reforming a source gas to generate an anode gas;
a source gas passage including a gas supply source that supplies the source gas in a desulfurized state to the reformer; and
an anode gas passage supplying the anode gas generated at the reformer to the anode of the fuel cell;
a first desulfurizer arranged in the gas source passage, the first desulfurizer operating in a first environment;
a second desulfurizer arranged in the gas source passage, the second desulfurizer operating in a second environment having
a relatively lower temperature than the first environment; and

a flowmeter arranged in the gas source passage, the flowmeter measuring a flow volume of the source gas,
wherein the first desulfurizer, the second desulfurizer, and the flowmeter are arranged in order from an upstream side to
a downstream side of the source gas passage in a flow direction of the source gas,

wherein the second desulfurizer is configured to operate at a relatively lower dew point than the first desulfurizer, and
wherein the first desulfurizer and the second desulfurizer each include a porous material.

US Pat. No. 9,080,475

VALVE TIMING CONTROL DEVICE AND VALVE TIMING CONTROL MECHANISM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing control device comprising:
a driving-side rotating member that rotates in synchronization with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rotating member, disposed coaxially with the driving-side rotating member, that rotates in synchronization with
a cam shaft for opening and closing a valve of the internal combustion engine;

a fluid pressure chamber formed by the driving-side rotating member and the driven-side rotating member;
a partition portion provided in at least one of the driving-side rotating member and the driven-side rotating member so as
to partition the fluid pressure chamber into an advanced angle chamber and a retarded angle chamber;

a restriction member that is disposed in one of the driving-side rotating member and the driven-side rotating member and that
is capable of extending/retracting into/from the other of the rotating members;

a restriction recess, formed in the other of the rotating members, into which the restriction member is inserted and that
restricts a relative rotational phase of the driven-side rotating member relative to the driving-side rotating member to a
range from one of a maximum advanced phase and a maximum retarded phase to a predetermined phase between the maximum advanced
phase and the maximum retarded phase;

a lock member that is disposed in the one rotating member in which the restriction member is provided and that is capable
of extending/retracting into/from the other of the rotating members;

a locking recess, formed in the other of the rotating members, into which the lock member is inserted and that locks the relative
rotational phase of the driven-side rotating member relative to the driving-side rotating member in the predetermined phase;
and

a communication flow path formed between the restriction member and the lock member,
wherein the device can switch between:
a first state in which a fluid is supplied to the communication flow path, the restriction by the restriction member is lifted,
and the locking by the lock member is released;

a second state in which the fluid is supplied to one of the advanced angle chamber and the retarded angle chamber, the locking
by the lock member is released, and the restriction member sets the restriction; and

a third state in which the fluid is not supplied to the communication flow path and is not supplied to the one of the advanced
angle chamber and the retarded angle chamber, the restriction member sets the restriction, and the lock member carries out
locking, and

wherein a minimum cross-sectional area of a flow path that supplies the fluid to the advanced angle chamber is configured
to be greater than a minimum cross-sectional area of a flow path that supplies the fluid to the retarded angle chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,073,483

VEHICLE SURROUNDINGS MONITORING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle surroundings monitoring device comprising: an object detection unit for detecting objects in the periphery of
a vehicle, the object detection unit being provided to the vehicle;
a vehicle image generation unit for generating an image of the vehicle with the point of view set above the vehicle;
a periphery image generation unit for generating an image of the periphery of the vehicle from the point of view, the image
being partitioned into a plurality of regions in the periphery of the image of the vehicle;

a position-calculating unit for calculating a corresponding position in the image of the periphery on the basis of detection
results of the object detection unit;

a degree-of-confirmation assessment unit for assessing whether a degree of confirmation of the detection results detected
by the object detection unit meets or exceeds an assessment threshold set in advance; and

an indicator unit for indicating a position indicating existence of the object in the image of the periphery based on the
calculation results of the position-calculating unit when the degree of confirmation of the detection results meets or exceeds
the assessment threshold, and for indicating a region of the plurality of partitioned regions which region indicates the existence
of the object in the image of the periphery on the basis of the calculation results of the position-calculating unit when
the degree of confirmation of the detection results is less than the assessment threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,254,868

DISPLACEMENT DETECTION APPARATUS FOR LINEAR MOTION MECHANISM AND REAR WHEEL STEERING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A displacement detection apparatus for a linear motion mechanism, comprising:
a nut member;
a rod that screws through the nut member, the rod including elongate grooves elongating in an axial direction of the rod and
a through hole extending between the elongate grooves;

the linear motion mechanism converting rotational movement of the nut member into linear movement of the rod;
a permanent magnet disposed parallel to the rod;
a magnet block made of synthetic resin and including a retaining portion holding the permanent magnet, a pair of leg portions
extending from ends of the retaining portion that are spaced apart, and a nut made of metal that is insert-molded at an intermediate
position between the pair of leg portions; and

a displacement sensor disposed opposing to the permanent magnet and detecting displacement of the rod in the axial direction,
wherein

the pair of leg portions and the nut of the magnet block are disposed in one of the elongate grooves of the rod, and the magnet
block is fixed to the rod by a bolt screwed to the nut, the bolt penetrating through the through hole extending through the
rod.

US Pat. No. 9,248,723

SLIDE DOOR APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A slide door apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a body-side guide rail provided at a side surface of a vehicle body;
a door-side guide rail provided at a slide door;
connection members each of which includes a guide roller rolling on a path formed by each of the body-side guide rail and
the door-side guide rail, each of the connection members being connected to each of the body-side guide rail and the door-side
guide rail;

the slide door being supported at the vehicle body via the body-side guide rail, the door-side guide rail and the connection
members so that the slide door is configured to open and close a door opening portion arranged at the side surface of the
vehicle body based on a movement of the slide door in a front-rear direction of a vehicle along each of the body-side guide
rail and the door-side guide rail,

facing portions formed at the slide door and the vehicle body respectively, the facing portions facing each other in a state
where the slide door is in a fully open position, the facing portions including a first facing portion and a second facing
portion; and

a widthwise displacement restraint mechanism including an engagement member provided at the first facing portion, an engagement
portion provided at the second facing portion, and an engagement member drive unit driving the engagement member to engage
with the engagement portion, the widthwise displacement restraint mechanism being configured to restrict relative movement
between the facing portions of the slide door and the vehicle body in a width direction of the vehicle by connecting the facing
portions of the slide door and the vehicle body to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,132,868

SPOILER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A spoiler device for a vehicle, comprising:
a plurality of link mechanisms configured to support a spoiler via a plurality of rotatable link members in a deployed state
where the spoiler protrudes from a surface of the vehicle;

a driving shaft configured to connect each of the link members provided to be spaced apart from each other in a vehicle width
direction, the driving shaft configured to change the deployed state and a retracted state of the spoiler by rotating each
of the link members about an axis of the driving shaft; and

a connection mechanism connecting an input shaft to which a driving torque of a power source is inputted and the driving shaft
to transmit the torque therebetween: wherein

the connection mechanism includes:
a nut member being mounted to a screw portion formed on the input shaft, the nut member thereby moving in an axial direction
in response to a rotation of the input shaft; and

a connection member including a connection portion moving in a circumferential direction about the axis of the driving shaft
in response to a movement of the nut member in the axial direction, the connection member integrally rotating with the driving
shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,133,741

FREEZE PREVENTION ARRANGEMENT FOR PCV CHANNEL AND INTAKE MANIFOLD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An arrangement for freeze prevention of a PCV channel, the arrangement comprising:
a PCV channel connected to a plurality of intake channels that branch from a surge tank and positioned to return blowby gas
containing un-combusted fuel gas as a main component and leaked into an engine to a plurality of intake ports provided in
respective cylinders of the engine;

an EGR channel returning exhaust gas exhausted from the engine to the intake ports;
a heating portion as a common portion between a PCV outer wall of the PCV channel and an EGR outer wall of the EGR channel;
and

a length of the heating portion in a longitudinal direction spans, in a juxtaposing direction of the intake ports, from the
intake port on one end side to the intake port on an other end side.

US Pat. No. 9,126,505

SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide apparatus, comprising:
a support rail adapted to be attached to one of a seat and a seat attachment surface;
a movable rail configured to be slidable relative to the support rail;
a roller arranged between the support rail and the movable rail and guiding the movable rail to move relative to the support
rail; and

a vibration restricting member arranged between the support rail and the movable rail to restrict a vibration between the
support rail and the movable rail, the vibration restricting member including a sliding contact point receiving a sliding
load in a vertical direction of the movable rail, the sliding contact point being arranged adjacent to the roller in a width
direction of the movable rail;

wherein the vibration restricting member includes a fixing mechanism that is an attachment portion that fixes to an attachment
portion of the movable rail in a width direction of the movable rail.

US Pat. No. 9,162,588

SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
an upper rail retaining a seat above the upper rail;
a lower rail retaining the upper rail in a state where the upper rail moves relative to the lower rail;
a rolling element arranged between the lower rail and the upper rail; and
a retaining member configured to retain the rolling element between the lower rail and the upper rail, the retaining member
including a protruding portion having a top portion arranged to slidably contact with a rolling surface at which the rolling
element rolls, wherein

the protruding portion includes a spreading portion extending from the top portion in an elongating direction, the elongating
direction conforming to a path of the rolling element formed on the rolling surface, the spreading portion tapering to a sharp
end form with an increasing distance from the top portion in the elongating direction, the spreading portion configured to
remove a foreign object from the path,

wherein the spreading portion is formed to have the sharp end form including a first ridge line portion extending from the
top portion in the elongating direction and wherein a protruding height of the spreading portion becomes shorter relative
to the first ridge line portion towards each edge portion of the spreading portion in a width direction of the spreading portion
and wherein the spreading portion becomes narrower in the width direction and the protruding height of the spreading portion
becomes shorter with an increasing distance from the top portion in the elongating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,163,553

VEHICULAR COOLANT CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicular coolant control valve comprising:
a valve body having a magnetic body and controlling flow of fluid;
a valve seat constituting a flow channel for the fluid and coming into contact with the valve body to close the flow channel;
a solenoid configured to magnetically maintain a contact state between the valve body and the valve seat;
an urging mechanism urging the valve body in a direction opposite to a flow direction of the fluid;
wherein the valve body includes a first valve body maintaining a contact state with the valve seat when the solenoid is excited
and a second valve body configured to allow passage of a small amount of the fluid when the first valve body is in contact
with the valve seat; and

wherein the urging mechanism is configured to urge the first valve body in its closing direction via the second valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,151,189

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:
a variable valve timing control apparatus, including
a driving-side rotating member rotating about a rotary axis by rotational force transmitted from a crankshaft of the internal
combustion engine, the driving-side rotating member possessing an inner wall;

a driven-side rotating member surrounded by the driving-side rotating member to include at least one fluid pressure chamber
partitioned and formed with at least one advanced angle chamber and at least one retarded angle chamber between the driven-side
rotating member and an inner portion of the driving-side rotating member, the driven-side rotating member integrally rotating
with a camshaft for opening and closing a valve;

a protrusion extending inwardly from the inner wall of the driving-side rotating member; and
a lock mechanism configured with a lock member provided at one of the protrusion of the driving-side rotating member and the
driven-side rotary member that faces the protrusion to be engageable and disengageable with a recessed portion formed at the
other of the protrusion of the driving-side rotating member and the driven-side rotary member that faces the protrusion; and

an engine control unit for stopping the internal combustion engine to position a portion where the lock mechanism is formed
below a virtual line passing through the rotary axis and extending in a horizontal direction when the internal combustion
engine is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,294,031

PINCH DETECTION APPARATUS FOR OPENING-AND-CLOSING MEMBER, AND OPENING-AND-CLOSING MEMBER APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A pinch detection apparatus for an opening-and-closing member actuated by a motor, the pinch detection apparatus comprising:
a reference data storage portion calculating load data on the basis of a rotation speed of the motor and an environmental
temperature which are obtained in a case where a closing operation of the opening-and-closing member is performed at a predetermined
time, the reference data storage portion storing the load data and the environmental temperature as reference load data and
reference temperature data, respectively;

a drive load calculation portion calculating drive load data on the basis of the rotation speed of the motor and the environmental
temperature which are obtained in a case where the closing operation of the opening-and-closing member is performed after
the reference load data is stored;

a pinch determination portion configured to determine an occurrence of pinch on the basis of a comparison result obtained
by comparing a difference between the reference load data and the drive load data with a threshold set in order to determine
the pinch at the opening-and-closing member, the pinch determination portion configured to correct a relative relation between
the difference between the reference load data and the drive load data, and the threshold on the basis of a relative relation
between a reference temperature which corresponds to the reference temperature data and a drive temperature which corresponds
to the environmental temperature obtained at the closing operation of the opening-and-closing member after the reference load
data is stored; and

wherein a comparison processing at the pinch determination portion is invalidated in a case where a difference between the
reference temperature and the drive temperature is not within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,151,254

TORQUE INCREASE RESONATOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A torque increase resonator comprising:
a plurality of resonance pipes that extend outward from an intake passage supplying air to an internal combustion engine;
one resonance chamber that is formed so that end portions of extending portions of the plurality of resonance pipes are positioned
in an internal space of the resonance chamber; and

a valve that opens and closes an opening of the extending portion of at least one resonance pipe of the plurality of resonance
pipes,

wherein the intake passage and the resonance chamber communicate through the plurality of resonance pipes,
the plurality of resonance pipes are close to each other, and are disposed on a downstream side of a throttle in a flow direction
of air in the intake passage, the plurality of resonance pipes are disposed in a surge tank of an intake manifold, the intake
manifold comprising a plurality of ports,

the plurality of resonance pipes comprising a first resonance pipe possessing a center axis and a second resonance pipe possessing
a center axis, and

the plurality of ports of the intake manifold are disposed so that a distance from one of the plurality of ports to the center
axis of the first resonance pipe equals a distance from the one port to the center axis of the second resonance pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,447,710

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A variable valve timing control device, comprising:
a driving side rotation member configured to synchronously rotate with a driving shaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven side rotation member provided inwardly of the driving side rotation member to be coaxial with the driving side rotation
member, the driven side rotation member integrally rotating with a camshaft for opening and closing a valve of the internal
combustion engine;

a fluid pressure chamber defined between the driving side rotation member and the driven side rotation member;
a control valve controlling a supply and draining of an operation fluid to and from the fluid pressure chamber to change a
relative rotational phase of the driven side rotation member relative to the driving side rotation member between a most advanced
angle phase and a most retarded angle phase;

an intermediate member being positioned inwardly of the driven side rotation member between the driven side rotation member
and the camshaft, the control valve being positioned inwardly of the intermediate member;

a retainer portion provided on the intermediate member; and
a torsion spring directly retained by the driving side rotation member and the retainer portion of the intermediate member
to bias the driving side rotation member and the driven side rotation member either in a first rotation direction or a second
rotation direction which is different from the first rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,428,230

SPOILER DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A spoiler device, comprising:
a movable spoiler for a vehicle, the movable spoiler being movable between a retracted position and a deployed position;
a link mechanism supporting the movable spoiler;
a torsion bar connected to the link mechanism;
an actuation portion rotating the torsion bar; and
a control portion controlling the actuation portion;
wherein the control portion controls the actuation portion to further rotate the torsion bar after the movable spoiler reaches
the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 9,327,357

GEAR MACHINING APPARATUS, CUTTER AND STRAIN WAVE GEARING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A gear machining apparatus, comprising:
a skiving mechanism positioning a work to be machined and a pinion type cutter on axes skewing from each other, the skiving
mechanism rotating the work at a predetermined position and feeding the cutter while rotating in a direction of a tooth trace
of a gear to be formed at the work synchronously to the rotation of the work for producing the gear from the work; and

the cutter including a tooth surface which is formed with an involute region having an involute curve in an area including
a pitch circle in a tooth depth direction, an addendum region continuously formed from the involute region to an addendum,
and a dedendum region continuously formed from the involute region to a dedendum, the addendum region and the dedendum region
being shaped in a configuration different from the involute region,

wherein the addendum region is an arc shape which is part of a first circle, the dedendum region is an arc shape which is
part of a second circle, and the tooth surface has no point of discontinuity between the involute region, addendum region
and dedendum region, and

wherein a value obtained by dividing an average radius of the involute region by a radius of a base circle is defined to be
greater than 1 and smaller than 1.1.

US Pat. No. 9,163,625

CURRENT LIMITED PULSE WIDTH MODULATION CONTROLLED MOTOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A pump control unit in which an electric motor driving a pump is provided with a driving arrangement that a rotor is driven
to rotate by a magnetic field with a supply of electric power to a plurality of excitation coils, the unit comprising:
a power control section setting a duty ratio of a current to be fed to the excitation coils;
a shunt resistor converting the current flowing in the excitation coils to a voltage signal; and
a voltage division ratio setting circuit generating, from the voltage signal from the shunt resistor, a detected voltage signal
having a voltage division ratio corresponding to the duty ratio, the voltage division ratio setting circuit including a plurality
of voltage dividing resistors dividing the voltage signal from the shunt resistor and a capacitor disposed parallel with a
ground-side voltage dividing resistor included in the plurality of voltage dividing resistors;

wherein the power control section includes:
a reference voltage generation circuit for generating a reference voltage,
a comparator receiving the reference voltage from the reference voltage generation circuit as one input terminal thereof and
receiving the detected voltage signal at the other input terminal thereof from the voltage division ratio setting circuit,
the comparator outputting an output signal from its output terminal when the detected voltage signal exceeds the reference
voltage, and

a power correction section changing the duty ratio set by the power control section based on the output signal;
wherein the power control section outputs a signal for setting a power control element to an ON state according to a set duty
ratio; and

the power correction section effects a correction operation shortening an ON period of the power control element if the output
signal exceeds a set value.

US Pat. No. 9,140,313

ELECTROMAGNETIC CLUTCH

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An electromagnetic clutch comprising:
a drive pulley having, on its outer circumference side, a cylindrical belt-entraining portion about which a length of a drive
belt is entrained and having, on its inner circumference side, a tubular portion rotatable in unison with the belt-entraining
portion and supported to a stationary system;

a wrap spring wrapped around the outer circumference of the tubular portion and placed in pressure-contact therewith under
a natural condition;

a shaft rotatably supported to the stationary system and mounted coaxial with a rotational axis of the drive pulley, the shaft
being rotatably driven when receiving a force from the drive pulley;

a drive member fixed to the shaft, one end of the wrap spring being coupled to the drive member;
an operational member formed of a magnetic matter, the operational member being coaxially rotatable relative to the shaft,
with the other end of the wrap spring coupled to the operational member, the operational member being movable along an extending
direction of the shaft; and

an electromagnetic solenoid provided in the stationary system and configured to generate a magnetic force for fixingly attracting
the operational member;

wherein as the electromagnetic solenoid is energized to fixingly attract the operational member thereto, the drive member
is rotated relative to the operational member by a frictional force relative to the drive pulley or a dynamic inertia, so
that the pressure-contact of the wrap spring relative to the tubular portion is released and force transmission from the drive
pulley to the shaft is blocked.

US Pat. No. 9,133,736

VALVE TIMING ADJUSTING SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing adjusting system comprising:
a displacement mechanism unit that displaces a rotational phase of a camshaft relative to a crankshaft of an internal combustion
engine between a retard position and an advance position, a locking mechanism unit that locks the rotational phase at an intermediate
locked phase positioned within a displacement range of the rotational phase by inserting a locking pin into a locking recess,
a hydraulic pathway having a hydraulic control valve that hydraulically drives the displacement mechanism unit and the locking
mechanism unit, and a control unit having a control system that controls operations of the hydraulic control valve,

wherein the control unit includes a property obtainment unit that obtains property information regarding hydraulic properties
of the hydraulic pathway, the property information including a rotational displacement change rate computed based on a change
in an actual rotational phase of the camshaft relative to the crankshaft;

a lock release process that releases the locking of the locking mechanism unit to complete the locking release by supplying
oil pressure to the locking mechanism unit for moving the rotational phase from the intermediate locked phase toward one of
the retard position and the advance position, and then supplying oil pressure to the locking mechanism unit for moving the
rotational phase toward the other of the retard position and the advance position;

the rotational phase is caused to stand by at a predetermined position of the one of the retard position and the advance position
past the intermediate locked phase during the lock release process, until a standby time has elapsed; and

the system further comprises a standby time changing unit that changes the standby time based on the property information.

US Pat. No. 9,321,376

VEHICLE SEAT DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat device comprising
a lock mechanism, which restricts sliding movement of a seat;
a drive source, which drives the lock mechanism to restrict the sliding movement of the seat and cancel the restriction thereof
based on operation of an operation switch; and

a control portion, which performs cancellation limitation control, restriction limitation control, and forced restriction
control, wherein

in the cancellation limitation control, the control portion controls the drive source such that when cancelling the restriction
by the lock mechanism based on the operation of the operation switch, a state in which the restriction by the lock mechanism
is performed is maintained until preset cancellation conditions, other than the operation of the operation switch, are satisfied,

in the restriction limitation control, the control portion controls the drive source such that when performing the restriction
by the lock mechanism based on the operation of the operation switch, a state in which cancellation of the restriction by
the lock mechanism is maintained until preset restriction conditions, other than the operation of the operation switch, are
satisfied, and

in the forced restriction control, the control portion controls the drive source such that when the restriction by the lock
mechanism is cancelled based on the operation of the operation switch, when forced restriction conditions, other than the
operation of the operation switch, are satisfied, the seat is restricted by the lock mechanism regardless of the operation
of the operation switch.

US Pat. No. 9,199,632

CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A control device for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:
an automated transmission including an input shaft configured to be rotated by an engine torque outputted from an engine mounted
to a vehicle, and an output shaft rotatably connected to a driving wheel of the vehicle for changing a rotation speed of the
input shaft based on a gear ratio of plural gears for plural gear stages to transmit a rotation of the input shaft to the
driving wheel;

a clutch configured to engage and disengage an output shaft of the engine and the input shaft of the automated transmission
at which an engaged state and a disengaged state are switched by an operation of a clutch actuator;

a motor rotatably connected to the input shaft or the output shaft of the automated transmission for outputting a motor torque
to the input shaft or the output shaft of the automated transmission;

an accelerator pedal position sensor for detecting an operation amount or an accelerator pedal;
an engine output shaft rotation speed detection sensor for detecting a rotation speed of the output shaft of the engine;
an engine torque necessity determination portion determining whether an engine torque of the engine which is not outputted
is necessary in addition to a motor torque of the motor when the accelerator pedal is operated;

a motor torque control portion controlling the motor so that the motor torque of the motor is assumed to be a target torque
during the accelerator pedal is operated;

an engine rotation speed control portion controlling the engine so that a rotation speed of the output shaft of the engine
is assumed to be a target engine rotation speed for sudden start/reacceleration which is set to be a value greater than a
reference target engine rotation speed by a predetermined value while maintaining the clutch in the disengaged state after
starting the engine and before an actual rotation speed of the output shaft of the engine exceeds the reference target engine
rotation speed in a case where the engine torque necessity determination portion determines that the engine torque is necessary
in addition to the motor torque;

a clutch engagement control portion changing a state of the clutch from the disengaged state to the engaged state after the
actual rotation speed of the output shaft of the engine exceeds the reference target engine rotation speed; and

an engine torque control portion controlling the engine so that the engine torque of the engine is assumed to be a target
torque by canceling the control by the engine rotation speed control portion so that the rotation speed of the output shaft
of the engine is assumed to be the target engine rotation speed for sudden start/reacceleration after the actual rotation
speed of the output shaft of the engine exceeds the reference target engine rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,045,100

SHOCK ABSORBING MEMBER

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A shock absorbing member provided between a side member extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle and a bumper reinforcement
extending in a vehicle width direction and provided at at least one of a front and a rear of the side member, comprising:
a shock absorbing portion, which extends in the front-rear direction of the vehicle and is supported by the side member and
which is configured to absorb an impact caused by a load by being compressed in the front-rear direction of the vehicle when
the load is applied to the bumper reinforcement in at least one of a forward direction and a backward direction; and

a bumper reinforcing portion, which extends from an end portion side chaser to the side member in the impact absorbing portion
toward a vehicle-width-direction outside and a bumper reinforcement side and which supports a vehicle-width-direction end
portion side of the bumper reinforcement to reinforce the vehicle-width-direction end portion side of the bumper reinforcement;

wherein the shock absorbing portion and the bumper reinforcing portion are formed integrally in one piece by extrusion molding.

US Pat. No. 9,396,401

OBSTACLE ALARM DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A method for an obstacle alarm, the method comprising:
acquiring a captured image in which an image of a visual scene of a rearward periphery of a vehicle has been captured;
setting an attention-prioritized region to be the captured image;
setting an outside region to be outside the attention-prioritized region in the captured image;
determining whether or not an object is present in the outside region;
determining a movement direction of the object; and
causing a sign to be displayed at sequentially varying positions centerward from a side of the outside region where the object
is present, within the attention-prioritized region displayed together with the outside region, where it is determined that
the object is moving toward the center of the attention-prioritized region, the sign configured to be arrow-shaped, comprising
a convex part projecting toward the center of the attention-prioritized region,

wherein the sign is displayed at varying positions and enters a state of moving between two predetermined positions on the
screen while flashing.

US Pat. No. 9,382,966

VEHICLE BODY REINFORCEMENT UNIT

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle body reinforcement unit comprising:
a reinforcement member disposed between a pair of frame portions of a vehicle body and including a first displacement member
and a second displacement member that displace relative to each other in association with a relative displacement of the pair
of frame portions;

a damping mechanism that applies a damping force to a relative operation between the first displacement member and the second
displacement member;

the pair of frame portions moving in a contracting direction when a relative distance between the pair of frame portions decreases,
and moving in an expansion direction when the relative distance between the pair of frame portions increases;

a first biasing spring applying a biasing force against the second displacement member in the expansion direction when the
pair of frame portions move in the contracting direction;

a second biasing spring applying a biasing force in the contracting direction against the second displacement member when
the pair of frame portions move in the expansion direction; and

the damping mechanism including:
a cylindrical body serving as the first displacement member and formed to be coaxial with an axis of the reinforcement member
along a longitudinal direction of the reinforcement member;

a shaft body serving as the second displacement member and internally fitted to the cylindrical body in a state to be coaxial
with the axis of the reinforcement member; and

a damping cylindrical body being tightly in contact with an inner periphery of the cylindrical body and an outer periphery
of the shaft body, the damping cylindrical body being elastically deformable and flexible.

US Pat. No. 9,322,206

CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A control device comprising:
an input section to which a first signal indicating the presence or absence of an operation for operating an opening and closing
body of a vehicle which is performed using a portion of the body of an occupant is input from an operation detecting unit;
and

a control section which performs notification to the occupant using a notification unit when there is a state where the operation
has been detected by the operation detecting unit, based on the first signal, and performs control for operating the opening
and closing body, based on the operation,

wherein a second signal indicating the presence or absence of proximity of the occupant to the vehicle is further input from
a proximity detection unit to the input section, and

the control section shows the occupant an operation detection area of the operation detecting unit using the notification
unit or another notification unit, based on the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,267,401

VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing controller comprising:
a driving-side rotary member rotated in synchronism with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rotary member mounted coaxial with and on an inner circumferential side of the driving-side rotary member to
be rotatable relative to the driving-side rotary member, the driven-side rotary member being rotated in synchronism with a
valve opening/closing cam shaft of the internal combustion engine;

a fluid pressure chamber formed between the driving-side rotary member and the driven-side rotary member;
an advancing chamber and a retarding chamber formed as the fluid pressure chamber is partitioned by a partitioning portion
provided on an outer circumferential side of the driven-side rotary member; and

a phase controlling section controlling a rotational phase of the driven-side rotary member relative to the driving-side rotary
member by supplying pressure fluid to the advancing chamber or the retarding chamber,

wherein the driven-side rotary member includes an advancing passage communicated to the advancing chamber and a retarding
passage communicated to the retarding chamber;

wherein the driving-side rotary member is formed of an aluminum-based material; and
wherein the driven-side rotary member integrally includes a cylindrical outer circumferential member having the partitioning
portion and formed of an aluminum-based material, and an inner circumferential member constituting an inner circumferential
side of the outer circumferential member and formed of an iron-based material.

US Pat. No. 9,219,887

DRIVE ASSIST DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A drive assist device comprising:
an overhead image generating unit that generates a vehicle periphery overhead image as a display image of the periphery of
a vehicle displayed in a monitor, by performing viewpoint conversion from a captured image obtained by a camera that captures
the periphery of the vehicle;

a steering angle calculation unit that calculates a steering angle of the vehicle;
a forward trajectory setting unit that sets a forward trajectory serving as an expected trajectory in the travel direction
of the vehicle when turning based on the calculated steering angle calculated by the steering angle calculation unit;

a reverse trajectory setting unit that sets a reverse trajectory serving as an expected trajectory in the travel direction
of the vehicle or the opposite direction as the travel direction of the vehicle when turning based on a steering angle in
the opposite direction as the calculated steering angle; and

an image synthesizing unit that generates a drive assist overhead image for display in a monitor by synthesizing the forward
trajectory and the reverse trajectory with the vehicle periphery overhead image, so that a vehicle image in the vehicle periphery
overhead image serves as a departure point,

wherein an expected trajectory in the travel direction of the vehicle is set as the reverse trajectory during same-direction
reverse-steering travel in which the steering angle is switched from one side to the opposite side while the vehicle is traveling
in a single direction, and

an expected trajectory in the opposite direction as the travel direction of the vehicle is set as the reverse trajectory during
opposite-direction reverse-steering travel in which the steering angle is switched from one side to the opposite side while
the vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction to the current traveling direction.

US Pat. No. 9,461,532

RESISTANCE GENERATING DEVICE FOR DRIVE UNIT

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A resistance generating device for a drive unit opening and closing an opening and closing member of a vehicle, comprising:
a rotary body being rotated for opening and closing the opening and closing member;
a transmission member being rotated in response to an applied power, the transmission member transmitting a rotary motion
to the rotary body; and

a fixing member provided to form a clearance between the fixing member and the transmission member in a radial direction of
a rotary axis of the transmission member, the fixing member surrounding a periphery of the transmission member; wherein

one of the fixing member and the transmission member includes a magnet and the other of the fixing member and the transmission
member includes a magnetic body;

the magnet is disposed to face the magnetic body so that a facing position of the magnet and the magnetic body facing each
other is changed as the transmission member rotates; the magnet is disposed to face the magnetic body so that magnetic poles
at the facing position of the magnet and the magnetic body alternate as the transmission member rotates;

the magnetic body and the magnet generate a magnetic force therebetween, the magnetic force generating a resistance against
an opening and closing movement of the opening and closing member; and

the transmission member is connected to a reduction gear and receives a drive force of a motor via the reduction gear.

US Pat. No. 9,403,481

VEHICLE PERIPHERAL OBSERVATION DEVICE USING MULTIPLE CAMERAS AND ENLARGING AN IMAGE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle peripheral observation device comprising a plurality of cameras for imaging an area including a road surface
of a vehicle periphery, an image processor for displaying the images captured using the plurality of cameras on a monitor,
and obstacle-detecting unit for detecting an obstacle in the vehicle periphery;
the image processor having overhead-image-generator for generating an overhead image looking down on the vehicle and the vehicle
periphery disposed on the road surface from above from the images captured using the plurality of cameras and displaying the
resulting image in an overhead image display area of the monitor, the overhead image display area being divided and managed
as a plurality of divided areas, and

specified information output unit that, when an obstacle is detected by the obstacle-detecting unit, emphasizes the display
of a frame in the outer periphery of the divided area containing the obstacle detected by the obstacle-detecting unit from
among the plurality of divided areas, and displaying the position of the detected obstacle on the monitor,

wherein the monitor has a touch panel in a display surface, and also has an enlarged display unit for enlarging, in a state
where the specified information output unit emphasizes the display of a frame, the display of an image of the divided area
in the monitor where the specified information output unit emphasizes the display of a frame when touching any one of the
plurality of divided areas of the overhead image display area is sensed in the touch panel while the specified information
output unit emphasizes the display of a frame.

US Pat. No. 9,272,608

SUNROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof apparatus comprising:
a first panel configured to open and close an opening formed at a roof for a vehicle;
a second panel arranged at a rear side of the first panel in a front-rear direction of the vehicle;
a front holding member provided at a front end portion of the first panel and being movable in the front-rear direction of
the vehicle;

a center link provided to be engageable and disengageable relative to the first panel, the center link bringing the first
panel that is in a fully closed state to be raised in a height direction of the vehicle by engaging with the first panel and
moving in a rear direction of the vehicle along with the first panel while maintaining the first panel in the raised state,
the center link thereafter disengaging from the first panel; and

a rear link arranged at a lower side of the second panel in the height direction of the vehicle to be engageable and disengageable
relative to the first panel, the rear link engaging with the first panel to maintain the first panel in the raised state after
the first panel and the center link move in the rear direction of the vehicle and moving in the rear direction of the vehicle
along with the first panel.

US Pat. No. 9,132,772

SEAT PASSENGER DETERMINATION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat passenger determination apparatus configured to determine whether the mode is a passenger-seated recognition mode
in which the passenger is seated on a vehicle seat or a not-seated recognition mode in which no passenger is seated on the
vehicle seat, comprising:
a seatbelt fastening detector configured to detect whether a seatbelt is in a fastened state or in a non-fastened state;
a load detector arranged on a lower side of the vehicle seat and configured to detect a load acting on the vehicle seat;
a door closing timing detector configured to detect door closing timing after the passenger has gotten out of the vehicle
directly or indirectly;

a counter unit configured to start a counting process when the load detected by the load detector falls within a threshold
value and reset the count when the load is deviated from the threshold value in the passenger-seated recognition mode;

a determination processing unit configured to determine that no passenger is seated on the vehicle seat because the passenger
has gotten out, and transfer the mode to the not-seated recognition mode when the state in which the load within the predetermined
threshold value continues for a predetermined time is detected by the counter unit; and

a count restricting unit configured to stop the counting process performed by the counter unit for a predetermined time when
the door closing timing is detected by the door closing timing detector during the determination by the determination processing
unit,

wherein when the predetermined time is elapsed the counter unit restarts the counting process.

US Pat. No. 9,328,783

VEHICLE DRIVING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle driving device comprising:
a clutch that is provided between a driving shaft of an engine and an input shaft of a manual transmission and that connects
the driving shaft and the input shaft to each other or disconnects the driving shaft and the input shaft from each other;

a clutch torque changing unit that changes clutch torque between the driving shaft and the input shaft;
a collision possibility determination unit that determines a possibility of collision between an obstacle and a host vehicle;
a collision avoidance unit that gives an instruction to the clutch torque changing unit so as to avoid collision with the
obstacle when the collision possibility determination unit determines that there is a possibility of collision with the obstacle;

wherein, when the collision possibility determination unit determines that there is a possibility of collision with the obstacle,
the collision avoidance unit instructs the clutch torque changing unit to reduce the clutch torque from a current value; and

wherein, when the collision avoidance unit determines that collision is not avoidable just by reducing the clutch torque,
the collision avoidance unit instructs the engine to generate an engine brake in a state where the clutch is engaged.

US Pat. No. 9,469,331

VEHICLE STEERING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A steering apparatus for a vehicle capable of adjusting an operating position of a steering wheel with respect to a vehicle
body, comprising:
a steering column which supports the steering wheel at a rear end, arranges a center of oscillation with respect to the vehicle
body in front thereof, and supports the steering wheel so as to oscillate around the center of oscillation;

a fixing bracket which holds the steering column between a pair of opposing holding sections which extend to a lower part,
and fixes an upper part to the vehicle body;

a support mechanism which is interposed between the pair of holding sections of the fixing bracket and the steering column
and supports the steering column in a manner that the steering column is slidable relative to the support mechanism; and

the support mechanism including only one spring member, which is interposed between one of the pair of holding sections and
the steering column, the support mechanism further including a rigid body which is interposed between the other of the pair
of holding sections and the steering column, the steering column being slidable relative to the spring member and the rigid
body.

US Pat. No. 9,393,849

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle height adjustment apparatus comprising:
a plurality of vehicle height adjustment units that are respectively provided to correspond to wheels of a vehicle body, and
adjust a vehicle height in response to the supply and discharge of a working fluid;

a supply source of the working fluid;
a plurality of opening and closing valves that are interposed between the vehicle height adjustment units and the supply source;
and

a control unit that adjusts the vehicle height for the vehicle height adjustment unit in a storage vehicle height range which
is present within a vehicle height adjustable range of the vehicle height adjustment unit, and is set to be lower than a center
value of a travelling vehicle height range attainable while travelling,

wherein when a predetermined vehicle stop condition is satisfied, the control unit adjusts the vehicle height for the vehicle
height adjustment unit to any position in the storage vehicle height range, and

wherein the storage vehicle height range is less than or equal to a low limit value of the vehicle height range attainable
while travelling.

US Pat. No. 9,375,999

VEHICLE ROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A vehicle roof apparatus comprising:
a pair of guide rails that are provided on both edge portions of an opening formed on a vehicle roof, respectively in a vehicle
width direction;

a front housing that connects front-end portions of both of the guide rails to each other in the vehicle width direction;
and

a support member that has a shoe portion which protrudes only on one side in the vehicle width direction and which is mounted
on each of the guide rails so as to be immovable on the one side in the vehicle width direction and that supports each of
the edge portions of a movable panel in the vehicle width direction, wherein the movable panel opens or closes the opening,

wherein the support member is configured to rotate about the shoe portion such that the movable panel performs a tilting up
operation in a completely closed state of the movable panel,

wherein, in the front housing, a regulation wall is formed, which comes into contact with or approaches the support member
from a side opposite to the shoe portion in the vehicle width direction when the movable panel enters the completely closed
state or the tilting up operation state; and

wherein the regulation wall has a guide surface which causes a gap between the regulation wall and the support member in the
vehicle width direction to become gradually reduced in response to a closing operation in which the movable panel closes the
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,371,098

SPOILER DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A spoiler device for a vehicle, comprising:
a rear spoiler including an airflow controlling surface that is configured to extend from a roof surface of the vehicle and
configured to be provided at an end of a roof of the vehicle; and

an air duct including an air inlet opening in the airflow controlling surface, the air duct passing through the rear spoiler,
and including an air outlet positioned in an outer portion of the rear spoiler along a width direction of the vehicle, the
air duct being configured to guide an airflow at a vehicle top surface to a border portion between a vehicle rear side and
a vehicle lateral side;

wherein a vehicle top surface of the rear spoiler is flush with the roof surface of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,321,405

ROOF RAIL

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A roof rail comprising:
a support member which is formed to be extended in a vehicle front/rear direction and is configured to be assembled on an
upper surface of a roof of a vehicle;

a first cover which is made from synthetic resin material and is formed to be extended in the vehicle front/rear direction,
the first cover including a lengthwise-direction first end portion which is fixed to the support member and a lengthwise-direction
second end portion which is supported by the support member to be expandable and contractible in the vehicle front/rear direction;
and

a second cover which is made from synthetic resin material and is formed to be extended in the vehicle front/rear direction,
the second cover being supported by the support member to be expandable and contractible in the vehicle front/rear direction,
the second cover including a lengthwise-direction end portion which is assembled to the lengthwise-direction second end portion
of the first cover, wherein

an outer surface of the lengthwise-direction second end portion of the first cover and an outer surface of the lengthwise-direction
end portion of the second cover are coplanar with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,272,607

VEHICLE SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A vehicle sunroof device comprising:
a movable panel adapted to selectively open and close an opening formed in a roof portion of a vehicle;
a panel bracket adapted to be fixed to the movable panel;
a guide rail adapted to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction at a position below the movable panel;
a guide bracket adapted to be movably supported by the guide rail, the guide bracket being opposed to the panel bracket in
a vehicle lateral direction; and

a first member and a second member, wherein
the first member includes a holding member and a nut member, the holding member includes
a contact portion that contacts a first bracket, which is one of the panel bracket and the guide bracket, at a position between
the panel bracket and the guide bracket in the vehicle lateral direction, and

a support wall portion that clamps the nut member between the support wall portion and the contact portion in the vehicle
lateral direction,

the nut member includes
an insertion portion that is projected from the contact portion in the vehicle lateral direction and inserted through an attachment
hole formed in a second bracket, which is the other one of the panel bracket and the guide bracket, and

a retainer portion that is projected outward from a distal end portion of the insertion portion that extends through the attachment
hole and engaged with an edge of the attachment hole to allow movement in the vehicle lateral direction of the second bracket
within a certain range between the retainer portion and the contact portion,

the second member includes a head portion that clamps the first bracket between the head portion and the contact portion and
a shaft portion inserted through the first bracket in the vehicle lateral direction, the second member being fastened to the
first member, and

the first member and the second member allow relative movement of the first bracket and the second bracket in the vehicle
front-rear direction when held in a non-fastened state and restrict the relative movement of the first bracket and the second
bracket in the vehicle front-rear direction when held in a fastened state.

US Pat. No. 9,151,087

VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door lock device comprising:
a latch mechanism including a latch and a pawl, the latch mechanism adapted to be capable of holding a vehicle door in a closed
state relative to a vehicle body;

a lock mechanism including an open lever linked with the pawl so that the door can be locked, the lock mechanism combined
with the latch mechanism;

a latch-side axial support portion provided in a latch housing of the latch mechanism which rotatably supports a coil portion
of a pawl spring for biasing the pawl toward a default position; and

a lock-side axial support portion provided in a lock housing of the lock mechanism which rotatably supports a coil portion
of an open lever spring for biasing the open lever toward a default position,

wherein at least part of the latch-side axial support portion overlaps with the lock-side axial support portion so that pulling
out of the open lever spring is prevented by means of the latch-side axial support portion, and the lock-side axial support
portion and the latch-side axial support portion are disposed off-center relative to each other, and pulling out of the pawl
spring is prevented by means of the lock-side axial support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,472,985

ROTOR YOKE WITH CIRCUMFERENTIAL RECESS PORTIONS AND MOTOR APPLYING ROTOR YOKE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A rotor yoke, comprising:
a plurality of rotor cores laminated to be formed in a cylindrical shape, each of the plurality of rotor cores possessing
a disk shape;

a plurality of magnet inserting holes, each including a longitudinal side and a transverse side arranged on a surface of the
rotor cores orthogonal to a rotation shaft, the longitudinal sides of the magnet inserting holes being arranged separately
from one another near an outer circumferential surface of the rotor cores along a circumferential direction, the magnet inserting
holes penetrating the rotor yoke in a laminating direction of the rotor yoke;

a bridge portion arranged between two of the magnet inserting holes that are adjacent to one another in a circumferential
direction of the rotor cores, the bridge portion connecting an inner area arranged radially inward of the magnet inserting
holes to an outer area arranged radially outward of the magnet inserting holes;

a recessed portion arranged at the bridge portion and formed from the outer circumferential surface of the rotor cores toward
a radially inward direction;

a protruding edge of one of the magnet inserting holes being arranged at the bridge portion and protruding toward an inside
of the one magnet inserting hole, the protruding edge including a most protruding edge at a portion of the transverse side
of the one magnet inserting hole; and

the protruding edge forming first and second clearance portions when a magnet is located in the one magnet inserting hole,
the first clearance portion being formed by one end of the transverse side of the one magnet inserting hole and being recessed
toward an outside of the one magnet inserting hole, and the second clearance portion being formed by another end of the transverse
side of the one magnet inserting hole and being recessed toward the outside of the one of the magnet inserting holes.

US Pat. No. 9,267,550

TRANSMISSION SHIFT DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A transmission shift device, comprising:
a rotary shaft rotationally connected to an input shaft of a transmission and rotatably supported about an axis of the rotary
shaft;

a first clutch ring rotatably supported to the rotary shaft and rotationally connected to an output shaft of the transmission
at a first gear ratio;

a second clutch ring rotatably supported to the rotary shaft and rotationally connected to the output shaft of the transmission
at a second gear ratio;

a clutch hub being fixed to the rotary shaft between the first clutch ring and the second clutch ring;
a sleeve being restricted a relative rotation with the clutch hub and movably engaged with the rotary shaft in the axial direction;
a first dog clutch portion being projected from a side surface of the first clutch ring to face the sleeve and engageably
and disengageably meshing with a sleeve spline formed at the sleeve in response to a shaft drive of the sleeve;

a second dog clutch portion being projected from a side surface of the second clutch ring to face the sleeve and engageably
and disengageably meshing with the sleeve spline formed at the sleeve in response to the shaft drive of the sleeve;

a shaft drive device moving the sleeve in the axial direction; and
an elastic member being positioned between the clutch hub and the sleeve and restricting a movement of the sleeve in the axial
direction in each of a neutral state where the sleeve spline does not mesh with the first dog clutch portion and the second
dog clutch portion, of a first shift state where the sleeve spline meshes with the first dog clutch portion, and of a second
shift state where the sleeve spline meshes with the second dog clutch portion; wherein

the elastic member includes a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion and is fixed at one of an inner circumferential
surface of the sleeve and an outer circumferential surface of the clutch hub, and a first engaged portion and a second engaged
portion are provided at the other one of the inner circumferential surface of the sleeve and the outer circumferential surface
of the clutch hub;

the first engaging portion engages with the first engaged portion while the second engaging portion engages with the second
engaged portion in the neutral state;

the first engaging portion engages with the second engaged portion in the first shift state;
the second engaging portion engages with the first engaged portion in the second shift state, and
the elastic member is made from a plate-shaped member whose opposing end portions are bent, the first engaging portion and
the second engaging portion correspond to respective end portions of the bent opposing end portions of the plate-shaped member
and a center portion of the plate-shaped member is fixed at the outer circumferential surface of the clutch hub using a bolt.

US Pat. No. 9,239,094

FACE GEAR AND GEAR DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A face gear comprising a plurality of annularly arranged gear teeth, wherein
each gear tooth has a tooth surface, tooth bottom, and a tooth tip,
the tooth surface has a recess for retaining lubricant, and
a recess forming area, in which the recess is formed, is located between the tooth bottom and a pitch point of the gear tooth,
wherein the recess has a shape that narrows toward the tooth tip.

US Pat. No. 9,897,089

SCROLL COMPRESSOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A scroll compressor comprising:
a pair of spiral plate bodies between which a compression chamber that compresses refrigerant is formed;
a support configured to support one of the spiral plate bodies;
a plurality of refrigerant paths extending through the support so as to provide communication between the compression chamber
and an outside of the scroll compressor; and

a plurality of check valves each of which is provided in the support for a corresponding one of the refrigerant paths, wherein
each of the plurality of check valves includes a valve element and a valve chamber in which the valve element is accommodated,
and at least one of the check valves is placed at a position away from a rest of the check valves in a rotation axis direction
of the scroll compressor such that the valve chambers of the check valves do not interfere with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,388,765

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AND STRUCTURE OF CHAIN COVER OF THE SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising:
a chain cover that is attached to an internal combustion engine main body having a crankshaft;
an oil seal that is mounted on the crankshaft in the vicinity of the chain cover;
a metallic oil seal fixing member that is disposed on a surface of the chain cover and fixes the oil seal, the surface being
present opposite to the internal combustion engine main body;

a first sealing member that is disposed between the oil sealing fixing member and the chain cover;
a second sealing member that is disposed between the chain cover and the internal combustion engine main body;
wherein the oil seal fixing member includes a first chain cover contact portion that is in contact with the chain cover in
a vicinity of the second sealing member, and

wherein in a state where a first gap is provided between the chain cover and the internal combustion engine main body by the
second sealing member, the first chain cover contact portion is brought into contact with the chain cover from the oil seal
fixing member toward the chain cover in a first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,499,073

SLIDE RAIL OF VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A slide rail of a vehicle seat, comprising:
a first rail to which a screw, having a screw thread provided on an outer periphery of the screw, is fixed;
a second rail that retains a nut into which the screw screws, the second rail being configured to move relative to the first
rail by the nut rotating;

a protruding portion that is provided on the first rail and protrudes toward the screw; and
an elastic member that connects the protruding portion and the screw, wherein
the elastic member has a retaining body that retains the screw and an engaging body that engages with the protruding portion,
and

the protruding portion is provided with a through-hole and only the engaging body passes through the through-hole so as to
engage with the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,587,706

TORQUE FLUCTUATION ABSORBING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A torque fluctuation absorbing apparatus, comprising:
a center plate disposed rotatably;
a side plate assembly disposed coaxially with and rotatably relative to the center plate;
at least one elastic member housed within a space delimited by the side plate assembly so as to absorb torque fluctuations
produced between a side plate of the side plate assembly and the center plate; and

a cover member secured to the center plate in contact therewith in a continuous manner throughout in a circumferential direction;
a surface of the cover member being slidably pressure contacted with the side plate assembly in a continuous manner throughout
in the circumferential direction, in such a manner that a space housing the at least one elastic member therein will be shielded
from outside;

the cover member being configured to press the side plate assembly with increased pressure when an atmospheric pressure within
a space housing the at least one elastic member therein has become lower than an outside atmospheric pressure, wherein

the cover member is an annular plate-shaped member, and
the surface of the cover member slidably pressure contacted with the side plate assembly is, on the same side of the cover
member with the surface thereof, secured to the center plate in contact therewith.

US Pat. No. 9,083,023

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND DESULFURIZATION UNIT FOR THE SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A desulfurization unit for a fuel cell system, the desulfurization unit comprising:
a first desulfurizer arranged in a temperature environment ranging from 50° C. to 200° C. and accommodating a desulfurizing
agent including a porous material serving as a base material, the desulfurizing agent exerting a desulfurization effect in
a normal temperature range, wherein the first desulfurizer is adapted to absorb a sulfur compound included in a source gas
in the temperature environment ranging from 50° C. to 200° C. when the source gas having a low dew point is supplied through
a source gas passage to the first desulfurizer and when the source gas having a high dew point is supplied through the source
gas passage to the first desulfurizer; and

a second desulfurizer accommodating a desulfurizing agent including a porous material serving as a base material, the desulfurizing
agent exerting a desulfurization effect in a normal temperature range, wherein the second desulfurizer is arranged in a temperature
environment that is lower than 50° C., and the second desulfurizer is positioned in series with the first desulfurizer and
at a downstream side of the first desulfurizer in a flow direction of the source gas.

US Pat. No. 9,061,578

HYBRID DRIVING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hybrid driving apparatus comprising:
an engine configured to output a rotation driving force to an output shaft;
an input shaft configured to rotate in association with rotation of driving wheels of a vehicle;
a clutch that is provided between the output shaft and the input shaft to disengageably connect the output shaft and the input
shaft;

a clutch actuator configured to operate the clutch;
a motor generator configured to rotate in association with rotation of the input shaft;
a rust formation determining unit configured to determine whether there is a possibility of a rust formation on the clutch;
and

a rust formation suppressing unit configured to operate the clutch actuator in a case where the rust formation determining
unit determines that there is the possibility of the rust formation on the clutch,

wherein in a case where the clutch is in a connected state, the rust formation suppressing unit operates the clutch actuator
to operate the clutch in a disconnection direction.

US Pat. No. 9,586,500

SLIDE RAIL OF VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A slide rail of a vehicle seat, comprising:
a first rail to which a screw, having a screw thread provided on an outer periphery of the screw, is fixed; and
a second rail that retains a nut into which the screw screws, the second rail is configured to move relative to the first
rail by the nut rotating, wherein

the first rail has a bracket provided with a through-hole into which the screw is screwed, the through-hole having a first
diameter portion and a second diameter portion and a diameter of the first diameter portion is greater than a diameter of
the second diameter portion,

at least one end of the screw has a deformed portion that is deformed toward an outside in a radial direction of the screw
with respect to the first rail while the at least one end of the screw is in a state passing through the through-hole,

the deformed portion has a diameter that is larger than the diameter of the second diameter portion of the through-hole so
as to keep the screw from slipping out of the through-hole, and

the second diameter portion has a thread provided on an inside surface of the second diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 9,325,211

WAVE WINDING COIL FOR ROTARY ELECTRICAL MACHINE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A wave winding coil for a rotary electrical machine, comprising:
a coil conductor including coil side portions and coil end portions,each of the coil side portions being configured to be provided by insertion at each slot of a stator core and to be positioned
in the slot in an alternating manner,each of the coil end portions being formed integrally with each of the coil side portions and connecting end portions of the
coil side portions to each other, the end portions of the side portions being located at an identical side in a direction
of the coil side portion,the coil conductor being wound to include a wave winding configuration, wherein
one coil side portion is selected at each of magnetic poles from among n kinds of the coil side portions which are arranged
at each of the magnetic poles of each phase, the n kinds of the coil side portions are in a same phase and includes different
electromagnetic phase from each other, n refers to a natural number,

the coil side portions selected for a required number of the magnetic poles are serially connected to each other at the coil
end portions of the coil side portions for forming a phase unit coil, a plurality of the phase unit coils are parallelly connected
to each other for forming a phase coil, each of the plurality of the phase unit coils includes the selected coil side portions
that are different from each other,

each of the phase unit coils of the phase coil includes all of the n kinds in a manner that an identical number of each of
the n kinds of coil side portion is included in each of the phase unit coil, the coil side portions are selected in a manner
that the number of the coil side portions serially connected to each other is identical to each other between the plurality
of phase unit coils, a relational expression expressing a total number of the coil side portions included in the phase coil
is expressed by a mathematical expression 1, the mathematical expression 1 refers to m×k=n×q×2p, and

m refers to the number of the phase unit coils that are parallelly connected to each other, k refers to the number of the
coil side portions that are serially connected to each other, q refers to the number of serially-connected-conductors per
magnetic pole, the serially-connected-conductor belongs to one of the kinds of the coil side portions, 2p refers to the number
of the magnetic poles, m refers to a common divisor between q×2p and n.

US Pat. No. 9,169,910

GEAR DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A gear device for reducing speed of an inputted driving rotation to be outputted, comprising:
an eccentric cam rotatably formed and including a support portion with an axis center arranged eccentrically relative to a
rotational axis center of the eccentric cam;

an internally toothed gear provided at a position to be coaxial to the rotational axis center of the eccentric cam;
an externally toothed gear supported by the support portion and engaged with the internally toothed gear, the externally toothed
gear-including smaller number of teeth than the internally toothed gear;

an output portion integral with the externally toothed gear, the output portion rotating coaxially with the externally toothed
gear; and

a bearing portion supporting the output portion in a state where an axis line of the output portion and the externally toothed
gear slants relative to the rotational axis center of the eccentric cam in a manner crossing the rotational axis center of
the eccentric cam; wherein

each of the internally toothed gear and the externally toothed gear includes a bevel gear portion which is formed by forming
gear teeth on a circular cone whose apex overlaps with an intersection point of the axis line and the rotational axis center,

each of the internally toothed gear and the externally toothed gear includes a spur gear portion arranged coaxially with the
bevel gear portion, and the spur gear portions of the internally toothed gear and the externally toothed gear are engaged
with each other,

the bearing portion includes an insertion hole which is arranged coaxially with the eccentric cam and the internally toothed
gear and to which the output portion is inserted to be positioned; and the bearing portion supports the output portion in
a state where an outer circumference of the output portion slidably contacts an inner circumference of the insertion hole,
and

the output portion is formed with a slidably contacting convex surface which curves in a spherical shape on an outer circumference
thereof; and the insertion hole is formed with a slidably contacting concave surface which curves in a spherical shape corresponding
to the slidably contacting surface on an inner circumference thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,422,989

ELECTROMAGNETIC CLUTCH DEVICE, ACTUATOR DEVICE AND CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING OPENING AND CLOSING BODY FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An electromagnetic clutch device comprising:
an armature adapted to be supported by a driving member so that the armature is movable in an axial direction and rotates
integrally with the driving member;

a rotor adapted to be arranged coaxially with the armature, wherein the rotor rotates with respect to the armature and rotates
integrally with an output member;

an electromagnet, which presses the armature and the rotor against each other based on an electromagnetic attraction force
generated when current is supplied through the electromagnet, thereby coupling the armature and the rotor to each other in
a torque transmittable manner; and

a silencing member provided on an outer circumferential portion of the armature, wherein the silencing member is formed to
attenuate noise generated by vibration of the armature in a state where the silencing member is out of contact with any member
other than the armature, the silencing member including flanges that sandwich the armature in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,115,589

IMPELLER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An impeller integrally comprising:
a substrate; and a plurality of impeller blades that are provided upright along a curved shape and spaced apart in a circumferential
direction on one face of the substrate,

wherein the impeller blades extend in the circumferential direction while expanding in diameter from a rotary shaft core side,
the impeller blades are each configured by an inner circumferential-side blade portion arranged so as to be located on an
inner circumferential side of the substrate and oriented so as to extend in a direction along a rotary shaft core and have
a tip side that is bent, and an outer circumferential-side blade portion arranged so as to be located on an outer circumferential
side of the substrate and oriented so as to extend in the direction along the rotary shaft core,

with respect to the direction along the rotary shaft core, the length of the inner circumferential-side blade portion from
the substrate side to the tip side is longer than the length of the outer circumferential-side blade portion from the substrate
side to the tip side,

with respect to the direction along the rotary shaft core, a blade thickness of the inner circumferential-side blade portion
gradually decreases from the substrate side toward the tip side,

a discontinuous portion at which a rate of gradual decrease in the blade thickness changes discontinuously is provided along
the curved shape of the inner circumferential-side blade portion, and

the inner circumferential-side blade portion is provided upright and oriented so as to be bent toward either the outer circumferential
side of the substrate or the inner circumferential side of the substrate along the discontinuous portion.

US Pat. No. 9,562,608

ROTARY SHAFT SEAL STRUCTURE FOR DRIVE SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A rotary shaft seal structure for a drive system of a vehicle, the rotary shaft seal structure comprising:
a case having a shaft hole at an end of the case;
a rotary shaft supported by the case, the rotary shaft extending into outside air outside the case via the shaft hole; and
a seal mechanism interposed between the shaft hole and the rotary shaft, wherein
the case includes a canopy portion and a recessed portion, the canopy portion extends in an axial direction of the rotary
shaft so as to surround the rotary shaft, and the recessed portion is recessed coaxially with the canopy portion from an end
face of the canopy portion in the axial direction, and

the seal mechanism includes a deflector and a seal member, the deflector includes an expanded portion and a penetration portion,
the expanded portion is fixed to the rotary shaft in a liquid-tight manner and expands radially outward, the penetration portion
bends from the expanded portion in the axial direction and extends into the recessed portion, the seal member is an elastic
body, and includes a rotary shaft sliding contact portion and an extended portion, the rotary shaft sliding contact portion
is fixed in the shaft hole in a liquid-tight manner on a case side with respect to the deflector between the case and the
rotary shaft, and is in sliding contact in a liquid-tight manner with the rotary shaft, the extended portion extends in the
axial direction and is in sliding contact in a liquid-tight manner with the expanded portion,

wherein the canopy portion has a cutout at its lower portion, and
wherein the rotary shaft is a rear wheel-side drive axle, and the canopy portion has the cutout at its vehicle rear-side portion.
US Pat. No. 9,303,255

ELECTRODE HAVING ENZYME CRYSTALS IMMOBILIZED THEREON, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTRODE HAVING ENZYME CRYSTALS IMMOBILIZED THEREON, AND BIOLOGICAL FUEL CELL AND BIOSENSOR PROVIDED WITH ELECTRODE HAVING ENZYME CRYSTALS IMMOBILIZED THE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A method for producing a biological fuel cell, the method comprising:
(a) immobilizing an enzyme crystal onto an electroconductive base material, thereby forming an electrode comprising an enzyme
crystal immobilized thereon;

(b) forming the enzyme-immobilized electrode of (a) so that an anode and a cathode face each other; and
(c) arranging an ion-conductive material so as to isolate the anode and cathode from each other, thereby producing the biological
fuel cell,

wherein the electroconductive base material is optionally connected to an external electrical circuit;
wherein the enzyme crystal serves as an electrode catalyst;
wherein the enzyme has an amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2, 4, 6, and 8; and wherein the enzyme is selected from the group
consisting of pyrroloquinoline quinone-dependent glucose dehydrogenase from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus and CotA laccase from Bacillus subtilis.

US Pat. No. 9,242,637

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:
a power unit including an electric rotary machine;
an electric coolant pump configured to circulate a coolant that cools the electric rotary machine, where a power supply of
a driver circuit of the electric coolant pump is a low voltage power supply independent from the power supply unit of the
electric rotary machine; and

a control unit configured to operate the electric coolant pump based on a condition that a temperature of the electric rotary
machine is equal to or higher than a predetermined operation threshold temperature,

wherein the control unit is configured to operate the electric coolant pump additionally based on a condition that an output
of the electric rotary machine is equal to or higher than a predetermined operation threshold output, wherein the output of
the electric rotary machine relates to the output performance of the vehicle,

wherein the control unit is configured to operate the electric coolant pump when the temperature of the electric rotary machine
is equal to or higher than the predetermined operation threshold temperature and the output of the e electric rotary machine
is equal to or higher than the predetermined operation threshold output, in a case where a vehicle drive mode is a first mode,
and

wherein the control unit is configured to operate the electric coolant pump when the temperature of the electric rotary machine
is equal to or higher than the predetermined operation threshold temperature or the output of the electric rotary machine
is equal to or higher than the predetermined operation threshold output, in a case where the vehicle drive mode is a second
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,245,516

NOISE REMOVAL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A noise removal device which removes noise included in a signal, comprising:
a statistical parameter calculation portion configured to calculate a parameter which expresses distribution of the noise
based on the signal; and

a noise removal portion configured to remove the noise from the signal by changing an element which relates to a process of
removing the noise from the signal depending on the parameter which expresses the distribution of the noise;

wherein the noise removal portion selects a noise removal method which is used to remove the noise from the signal based on
the parameter which expresses the distribution of the noise;

a noise reference sensor that is provided in a vicinity of a noise source which generates the noise in order to acquire a
noise reference signal,

wherein the statistical parameter calculation portion calculates the parameter which expresses the distribution of the noise,
a parameter which expresses coherence between the signal and the noise reference signal, and a parameter which expresses stationarity
of the noise based on the signal and the noise reference signal, and

the noise removal portion selects the noise removal method which is used to remove the noise from the signal based on the
parameter which expresses the distribution of the noise, the parameter which expresses the coherence, and the parameter which
expresses the stationarity.

US Pat. No. 9,193,249

ROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A roof apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of panels being positioned next to each other in a vehicle front-rear direction, the plurality of panels configured
to a roof to cover an opening formed on the roof of the vehicle;

the plurality of panels including a first panel for opening and closing the opening, the plurality of panels including a second
panel being positioned at a front or a rear of the vehicle and next to the first panel, the second panel being fixed to establish
a state where the opening is closed; and

a weather strip including:
a weather strip body being attached to an entire periphery of the opening of the roof, the weather strip body sealing a portion
between an opening rim of the opening and a peripheral rim formed by the plurality of panels;

a border weather strip attached to the second panel at a border portion between the first panel and the second panel which
are positioned next to each other, the border weather strip sealing the border portion between the first panel and the second
panel; and

a connection portion integrally connecting the weather strip body and each opposing end of the border weather strip in a vehicle
width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,180,858

HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A hybrid drive device comprising:
an input shaft configured to be connected to an engine;
an output shaft configured to be connected to wheels;
a wheel drive motor connected between the input shaft and the output shaft;
a friction engagement element configured with an input element connected to the input shaft and an output element, the friction
engagement element configured with an adjustable transfer torque;

a control device configured to adjust the transfer torque of the friction engagement element;
a second motor that is different from the wheel drive motor; and
a planetary gear device that includes at least three rotary elements including a first rotary element, a second rotary element,
and a third rotary element with no other rotary element provided therebetween,

wherein the control device reduces the transfer torque of the friction engagement element during engine starting in a predetermined
low temperature environment compared to the transfer torque of the friction engagement element in an engaged state, and

(i) the second motor is drivably coupled to the first rotary element,
(ii) the output element of the friction engagement element is drivably coupled to the second rotary element, and
(iii) the output shaft and the wheel drive motor are drivably coupled to the third rotary element.

US Pat. No. 9,156,337

SUNROOF APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a movable panel configured to open and close an opening formed at a roof of a vehicle;
a guide rail provided at each edge portion of the opening in a vehicle width direction and being extended in a front-rear
direction of the vehicle;

a first sliding member driven by a drive source to move along the guide rail and connected to each edge portion of the movable
panel in the vehicle width direction;

a second sliding member integrally movable with the movable panel in a state where a tilt operation of the movable panel is
allowed;

the movable panel being configured to be shifted to a tilt-up state in a case where the first sliding member moves in a front
direction of the vehicle in a fully closed state of the movable panel and to be opened while being maintained in the tilt-up
state by an integral movement of the first sliding member with the second sliding member caused by an engagement between the
first sliding member and the second sliding member in a case where the first sliding member moves in a rear direction of the
vehicle after moving further in the front direction, the movable panel being configured to be closed in a case where the first
sliding member integrally moves with the second sliding member in the front direction in an open state of the movable panel
and to be shifted to the fully closed state in a case where the first sliding member thereafter moves in the rear direction
while the engagement between the first sliding member and the second sliding member is released, and

a holding mechanism configured to stop a movement of the second sliding member in a state where the engagement between the
first sliding member and the second sliding member is released and to cause the second sliding member to be movable in the
engagement state between the first sliding member and the second sliding member in a case where the first sliding member moves
in the rear direction.

US Pat. No. 9,121,203

VEHICLE DOOR FIXING APPARATUS AND FIXED WEDGE OF SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door fixing apparatus, comprising:
a fixed wedge configured to be fixed to one of a vehicle body panel and a door panel; and
a wedge device configured to be fixed to the other of the vehicle body panel and the door panel,
the fixed wedge including an attachment member configured to be attached to the vehicle body panel or the door panel, and
a wedge member provided to be pressure contactable with the wedge device and being attachable and removable relative to the
attachment member, the wedge member forming a design surface of the fixed wedge, wherein

the fixed wedge includes a fixed-wedge guide rail arranged at one of the attachment member and the wedge member, and a fixed-wedge
guide groove arranged at the other of the attachment member and the wedge member, the fixed-wedge guide groove slidably engaging
with the fixed-wedge guide rail to guide the wedge member to be attached to and removed from the attachment member,

the fixed wedge includes a first locking portion arranged at the attachment member and a second locking portion arranged at
the wedge member, the second locking portion being adjacent to or in contact with the first locking portion in an attaching
direction of the wedge member relative to the attachment member along a sliding direction of the fixed-wedge guide rail and
the fixed-wedge guide groove in a state where the wedge member is at an attachment position relative to the attachment member,

the fixed wedge includes an engagement convex portion arranged at the attachment member and an engagement recessed portion
arranged at the wedge member, and

in a state where the wedge member is at the attachment position relative to the attachment member, the engagement recessed
portion is fitted to the engagement convex portion to restrict the wedge member from moving in a removing direction of the
wedge member relative to the attachment member along the sliding direction of the fixed-wedge guide rail and the fixed-wedge
guide groove.

US Pat. No. 9,673,689

ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE AND POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE INCLUDING ROTORS AND ELECTRIC POWER UNIT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A rotating electric machine comprising:
a first rotor being supported by a plurality of bearings in a rotatable manner around an axis, the first rotor having an inner
circumference in which a space is formed;

a second rotor being supported by a plurality of bearings in a rotatable manner relative to the first rotor while being arranged
coaxially with the first rotor in the space of the inner circumference of the first rotor, the second rotor having coils;

an electric power transmission unit having at least one rotating member which rotates integrally with the second rotor by
being connected electrically with the coils, the electric power transmission unit connecting a predetermined connection object
fixed in an unrotatable manner and the coils, wherein

the electric power transmission unit includes a slip ring as the rotating member and a plurality of brushes for each slip
ring;

a space is formed in an inner circumference of the second rotor,
at least a part of the power transmission unit is arranged in the space of the inner circumference of the second rotor,
both of the plurality of bearings supporting the first rotor and the plurality of bearings supporting the second rotor include
a large diameter bearing having an internal diameter which is larger than an outer diameter of the electric power transmission
unit with respect to a radial direction, and

the large diameter bearing supporting the second rotor permits the second rotor to rotate relative to the first rotor and
is arranged outside the electric power transmission unit with respect to the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,321,400

DRIVE ASSIST DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A drive assist device for a vehicle that has a flip-up back door in a rear portion, the drive assist device comprising:
a captured image acquisition unit that acquires a captured image obtained by a vehicle-mounted camera capturing an image of
a scene in a periphery of the vehicle that includes at least an area rearward of the vehicle;

a viewpoint conversion unit that converts the captured image into an overhead image showing the vehicle from above;
a graphic image generation unit that generates a graphic image expressing the shape of the back door, in which the back door
is shown in an open state from the same viewpoint as that of the overhead image; and

a display control unit that displays the overhead image on a monitor device in a vehicle compartment with the graphic image
superimposed thereon; and

a parking state determination unit that makes a determination regarding a parking state that indicates a state of progress
when the vehicle is parked, wherein the display control unit determines whether a display condition is satisfied in accordance
with the parking state,

wherein the display control unit superimposes the graphic image such that the back door is open from a vehicle image that
shows the vehicle from the same viewpoint as that of the overhead image,

wherein the display control unit superimposes the graphic image on the overhead image in a case where the predetermined display
condition is satisfied when the parking state corresponds to a final phase of parking based on a moving speed of the vehicle,

wherein the parking state determination unit determines that the parking state is the final phase of parking when the moving
speed is less than or equal to a predetermined speed.

US Pat. No. 9,283,870

SEAT SLIDING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat sliding device for a vehicle comprising:
a first rail, which is adapted to be fixed to one of a vehicle floor and a seat;
a second rail, which is adapted to be fixed to the other one of the vehicle floor and the seat and coupled to the first rail
to make a relative movement with respect to the first rail, wherein the second rail has a pair of side wall parts arranged
in a widthwise direction in parallel and a coupling wall part, which couples base ends of the side wall parts in which the
base ends of the side wall parts are spaced away from the first rail;

a rotating shaft, which has an axis extending in the widthwise direction and which bridges the side wall parts;
a lock lever, which has a pair of vertical wall parts that are arranged in parallel between the side wall parts in the widthwise
direction and through which the rotating shaft penetrates, wherein the lock lever rotationally moves about the axis in one
direction to engage with the first rail, thereby restricting relative movement between the first rail and the second rail
and rotationally moves about the axis in the other direction to release the engagement with the first rail, thereby releasing
restrictions on the relative movement; and

an urging member, which has a latch part latched to the coupling wall part and a latch end part latched to the lock lever,
wherein the urging member generates in association with bending deformation an urging force that urges the lock lever in a
vertical direction in which the lock lever engages with the first rail, wherein

the urging member has a coil part, which is wound about the rotating shaft between the latch part and the latch end part,
an operating member is connected to the lock lever to transmit an operating force for releasing restrictions on the relative
movement to the lock lever, and

the urging member is integrally provided with an urging part which is extended from the latch part and latched to the operating
member, thereby elastically retaining a state that the operating member is connected with respect to the lock lever.

US Pat. No. 9,151,332

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a first rotation member connected to a first rotation shaft to be integrally rotatable with the first rotation shaft;
a second rotation member connected to a second rotation shaft to be integrally rotatable with the second rotation shaft;
a third rotation member provided between the first rotation member and the second rotation member to be integrally rotatable
with the first rotation member and the second rotation member;

a damper portion provided between the first rotation member and the third rotation member to absorb a torque fluctuation between
the first rotation shaft and the second rotation shaft;

a torque limiter portion arranged between the second rotation member and the third rotation member to transmit a torque equal
to or smaller than a predetermined value between the second rotation member and the third rotation member, the torque limiter
portion restricting a torque transmitted between the second rotation member and the third rotation member from exceeding the
predetermined value in a case where a torque greater than the predetermined value is input to the torque limiter portion;
and

a dynamic vibration absorber provided at the second rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,481,368

PARK EXIT ASSIST SYSTEM AND PARK EXIT ASSIST METHOD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A park exit assist system comprising
an electronic control unit configured to:
at a time of assisting in moving a vehicle parallel parked in a parking area out of the parking area, set an imaginary line
at a boundary at a predetermined position on a side in a direction, which is opposite to a direction in which the vehicle
is moved out of the parking area, on the basis of a position of the vehicle at a start of assisting in moving the vehicle
out of the parking area;

set an area beyond the imaginary line for a no-entry area; and
execute control for assisting in moving the vehicle out of the parking area such that the vehicle does not enter the no-entry
area, wherein

the electronic control unit is configured to set an imaginary wall extending the imaginary line vertically with respect to
a ground surface,

the electronic control unit is configured to set an area beyond the imaginary wall for the no-entry area, and
the electronic control unit is configured to execute control such that a vehicle body of the vehicle does not enter the no-entry
area.

US Pat. No. 9,243,522

VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing controller comprising:
a driving-side rotary member rotated in synchronism with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rotary member mounted on a same shaft as the driving-side rotary member and rotated in synchronism with a valve
opening/closing cam shaft of the internal combustion engine;

a fluid pressure chamber formed by the driving-side rotary member and the driven-side rotary member;
an advancing chamber and a retarding chamber formed as the fluid pressure chamber is partitioned by a partitioning portion
provided in at least one of the driving-side rotary member and the driven-side rotary member;

an intermediate locking mechanism including a locking member accommodated in at least one rotary member of the driving-side
rotary member and the driven-side rotary member and projectable/retractable to/from the other rotary member of the driving-side
rotary member and the driven-side rotary member, and a recess portion formed in the other rotary member to be engageable with
the locking member when this locking member projects, the intermediate locking mechanism being switchable between a locking
state wherein a relative rotational phase of the driven-side rotary member relative to the driving-side rotary member is restrained
to an intermediate locking phase between a most retarded phase and a most advanced phase and a lock-releasing state wherein
the restraint is released as the locking member retracts from the recess portion; and

a controlling section for controlling supplying or discharging of the work fluid to or from the advancing chamber and supplying
or discharging of the work fluid to or from the retarding chamber;

wherein when the controlling section outputs a phase maintenance signal indicating a phase maintaining state which allows
control for maintaining the relative rotational phase within a predetermined angle range by the work fluid present in the
advancing chamber and the retarding chamber under the locking state, based on the phase maintenance signal and with lapse
of a predetermined period, the controlling section confirms that the advancing chamber and the retarding chamber have been
filled with the work fluid and effects control to stop the supplying and the discharging of the work fluid to or from the
retarding chamber and the advancing chamber with the relative rotational phase being the intermediate locking phase and instructs
switchover from the locking state to the lock-releasing state, whereby the intermediate locking mechanism is switched over
to the lock-releasing state and the relative rotational phase is maintained to the intermediate locking phase.

US Pat. No. 9,205,729

SUNSHADE DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

2. A sunshade device comprising:
a shading sheet adapted to shade light incident through an opening formed in a vehicle to an interior of a passenger compartment
and permit passage of the light;

a pair of guide rails including guide passages, wherein the guide passages slidably support opposite end portions of the shading
sheet in a lateral direction; and

shielding members each provided in one of the guide rails, wherein each shielding member extends in a longitudinal direction
of the corresponding guide rail and shields the guide passage from the interior of the passenger compartment, wherein

an opening of an interior member is formed at a position corresponding to the opening of the vehicle,
each shielding member is adapted to operate with one of the corresponding guide rail and an opening end of the interior member
to contact the corresponding end portion of the shading sheet in the lateral direction so that the shielding member presses
the end portion of the shading sheet,

the guide rails are adapted to shield a driving portion of a driving device, which moves a movable panel for opening and closing
the opening of the vehicle, from the interior of the passenger compartment, and

each guide rail includes a decorative member, which extends in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail and is formed
integrally with the corresponding shielding member.

US Pat. No. 9,121,375

AIR INTAKE CONTROL VALVE AND AIR INTAKE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An air intake control valve comprising:
a valve body rotatably mounted on a surge tank of an internal-combustion engine, rotated between an open position and a closed
position to open and close a fluid passage formed in a partition wall internally dividing the surge tank into two parts;

a valve body sealing member arranged on an outer periphery of the valve body, providing a seal between the partition wall
and the valve body by coming into contact with the partition wall of the surge tank at the closed position of the valve body;

the valve body being configured to rotate about a rotation shaft line, and both a first end portion and a second end portion
of the valve body in an extensional direction of the rotation shaft line are rotatably supported by the surge tank;

the first end portion of the valve body being rotatably supported by an outer peripheral wall of the surge tank; and
the second end portion of the valve body being rotatably supported by the partition wall of the surge tank.

US Pat. No. 10,073,427

OPERATION DETECTING DEVICE OF OPENING AND CLOSING BODY FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An operation detecting device of an opening and closing body for a vehicle, comprising:a detecting section that detects an operation by a user with respect to an opening and closing body of a vehicle, the detecting section includes a plurality of electrodes which detect a change of an electrostatic capacitance value which is generated due to the operation;
an input section that receives an opening and closing body motion signal which indicates whether or not the opening and closing body is in motion or idle;
a determination section that determines whether or not the operation is performed using different detection conditions for a case in which the opening and closing body is in motion and a case in which the opening and closing body is idle; and
an output section that outputs a control signal which causes the opening and closing body to move or stop based on the determination result of the determination section;
wherein,
the determination section determines whether or not the operation is performed, based on the change of the electrostatic capacitance value,
when the opening and closing body is idle, the determination section determines that the operation is performed in a case in which a plurality of the electrostatic capacitance values detected by the plurality of electrodes shows a variation pattern corresponding to a predetermined gesture of the user, and
when the opening and closing body is in motion, the determination section determines that the operation is performed in a case where it is detected that at least one of the plurality of electrostatic capacitance values detected by the plurality of electrodes is changed to a predetermined threshold or more due to the operation.

US Pat. No. 9,616,777

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

8. A vehicle seat comprising:
a slide rail including:
a lower rail disposed on a vehicle component side;
an upper rail disposed on a seat body side and supported by the lower rail so as to be movable in a sliding manner relative
to the lower rail; and

a cap provided in a longitudinal rear end of the upper rail, wherein
the slide rail has a space that receives the cap therein, the space being provided between a lower face portion of the lower
rail and an upper face portion of the upper rail, the space being further provided between a pair of side face portions of
the upper rail, wherein the lower face portion faces the vehicle component side and the upper face portion faces the seat
body side,

when the upper rail is placed in a rearmost position within a slidable range where the upper rail is movable in the sliding
manner relative to the lower rail, the slide rail has a positional relationship in which the longitudinal rear end of the
upper rail is placed on a rear side of the lower rail relative to a longitudinal rear end of the lower rail,

the upper rail is inserted into the lower rail such that, in a transverse sectional view of the slide rail perpendicular to
a longitudinal direction of the slide rail, the upper rail and the lower rail overlap outside of the space in the transverse
sectional view of the slide rail,

the cap provided in the upper rail integrally includes a base portion adjacent to the longitudinal rear end of the upper rail
provided with the cap, a first deformation prevention portion extending into the space from the base portion toward a longitudinal
center of the upper rail provided with the cap, the first deformation prevention portion being provided between the pair of
side face portions within the space such that the first deformation prevention portion extends into an interior of the lower
rail and at least fills, in the transverse sectional view of the slide rail, a part of the space between where the upper rail
and the lower rail laterally overlap to restrain deformation of the upper rail, and a claw portion directly connected to the
first deformation prevention portion and locked to a hole portion provided on the upper rail, and

when the upper rail is placed in the rearmost position within the slidable range, the first deformation prevention portion
is placed in vicinity to the longitudinal rear end of the lower rail in the longitudinal direction of the slide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,469,217

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:
a slide rail including:
a lower rail arranged on a vehicle structure member side, the lower rail including:
a flat surface portion having a flat plate shape that is configured to be parallel to a vehicle structure member;
a tip end portion; and
an upper surface portion, and
an upper rail that is arranged on a seat main body side and is slidably supported on the lower rail, the upper rail including:
a flat surface portion having a flat plate shape that is configured to be parallel to the vehicle structure member;
at least one side surface portion extending from the flat surface portion of the upper rail, the at least one side surface
portion including a hole;

a tip end portion; and
a portion extending from the at least one side surface portion of the upper rail to the tip end portion of the upper rail,
a cap that is provided on an end portion of the upper rail in a longitudinal direction of the upper rail, the cap including:
a base portion that is adjacent to and follows an end surface shape of the end portion of the upper rail, the base portion
including an open portion;

a filler portion that extends in the longitudinal direction of the upper rail from the base portion toward a center of the
upper rail; and

at least one pawl portion attached to the at least one side surface portion of the upper rail by engagement with the hole
provided in the at least one side surface portion of the upper rail from an outside of the upper rail to an inside of the
upper rail; and

a slide locking mechanism including:
a locking member configured to place the upper rail in a slide-locked state that restricts a sliding movement of the upper
rail with respect to the lower rail at a predetermined position; and

an operating member configured to transmit an unlocking force to the locking member and release the upper rail from the slide-locked
state established by the locking member, wherein

when the upper rail is inserted into and arranged inside the lower rail, a separation between the lower rail and the upper
rail is inhibited by the tip end portion of the lower rail, the upper surface portion of the lower rail, the at least one
side surface portion of the upper rail, the tip end portion of the upper rail, and the portion extending from the at least
one side surface portion of the upper rail to the tip end portion of the upper rail,

a space is defined by the at least one side surface portion of the upper rail, the tip end portion of the upper rail, and
the portion extending from the at least one side surface portion of the upper rail to the tip end portion of the upper rail,

the filler portion of the cap extends below a lower side of the tip end portion of the lower rail, an entirety of the filler
portion is disposed within the space,

the locking member is arranged between the flat surface portion of the lower rail and the flat surface portion of the upper
rail,

the operating member is configured to engage with the locking member by entering between the lower rail and the upper rail
from an end portion of the lower rail in a longitudinal direction of the lower rail and the end portion of the upper rail,
and

the open portion provided in the base portion of the cap allows the operating member to enter between the lower rail and the
upper rail.

US Pat. No. 9,434,377

HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hybrid drive device comprising:
an engine which outputs a rotation drive force to an output shaft;
an input shaft which is rotated in association with a rotation of a drive wheel;
a clutch disposed between the output shaft and the input shaft for connecting or disconnecting the output shaft and the input
shaft;

a motor/generator which is rotated in association with a rotation of the input shaft;
an allowable clutch heat generation amount calculating means for calculating an allowable clutch heat generation amount which
corresponds to a heat generation amount that the clutch can allow under the clutch being in engagement;

a motor/generator rotation control means for controlling a rotation speed of the motor/generator not to exceed the allowable
clutch heat generation amount calculated by the allowable clutch heat generation amount calculating means; and

an allowable clutch difference rotation speed calculating means for calculating an allowable clutch difference rotation speed
which corresponds to a difference rotation speed between the output shaft and the input shaft based on the allowable clutch
heat generation amount, wherein the motor/generator rotation control means controls the rotation speed of the motor/generator
so that a clutch difference rotation speed which corresponds to the difference rotation speed between the output shaft and
the input shaft becomes equal to or less than the allowable clutch difference rotation speed;

wherein the allowable clutch difference rotation speed calculating means calculates the allowable clutch difference rotation
speed at a start of engagement which corresponds to the difference rotation speed between the output shaft and the input shaft
at the start of engagement of the clutch and the motor/generator rotation control means controls the rotation speed of the
motor/generator so that the clutch difference rotation speed at the start of engagement which corresponds to the difference
rotation speed between the output shaft and the input shaft at the start of engagement of the clutch becomes equal to or less
than the allowable clutch difference rotation speed at the start of engagement; and

wherein the allowable clutch difference rotation speed calculating means calculates the allowable clutch difference rotation
speed at the start of engagement based on the allowable clutch heat generation amount, a friction torque of the engine, an
inertia of the engine and a target clutch synchronizing time which is a target elapsed time from the start of engagement of
the clutch to a completion of synchronization of the output shaft and the input shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,396,942

SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A substrate comprising:
a base substrate including a processed portion processed by irradiation with an ultrashort-pulse laser light and an unprocessed
portion which is not irradiated with the ultrashort-pulse laser light, the processed portion and the unprocessed portion are
on a surface of the base substrate; and

a semiconductor crystal layer crystal-grown at least on the unprocessed portion of the base substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,396,969

GLASSWORK COMPONENT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A manufacturing method of a glasswork component, comprising:
forming first reformation portions by emitting laser beams to a glass substrate at both sides of a scheduled cutting line;
forming groove-shaped recesses by removing the first reformation portions, each of the groove-shaped recesses having a thickness
is that is thinner than a thickness of the glass substrate;

forming a compressive stress layer which ranges from one main surface to the other main surface of the glass substrate, along
the scheduled cutting line, so as to be adjacent to the scheduled cutting line of the glass substrate by immersing the glass
substrate with the groove-shaped recesses in a chemical solution to perform an ion-exchange process; and

cutting the glass substrate in the scheduled cutting line, whereby the compressive stress blocks cracks formed by cutting
the glass substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,302,640

SEAT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a seat;
a right-left pair of attachment members configured to be provided on a floor of the vehicle;
a fixing member provided at the seat to fix the seat to the attachment members;
a load detection device interposed between the fixing member and the attachment members, the load detection device placed
at a front and a rear of one of the right-left pair of the attachment members so as to be spaced apart from each other, the
load detection device measuring a load applied to the seat to distinguish an existence of a passenger and a type of a passenger;

a detection influence determination device determining an existence of an influence on a passenger determination performance
of the load detection device in a case where a collision load value detected by the load detection device in the case of a
collision of the vehicle corresponds to a detected value between a preset first collision load value and a preset second collision
load value; and

a collision influence alert device outputting an alert in a case where the detection influence determination device determines
that the passenger determination performance is influenced, and the collision influence alert device not outputting the alert
in a case where the detection influence determination device determines that the passenger determination performance is not
influenced.

US Pat. No. 9,273,652

AIR INTAKE DEVICE FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An air intake device for an internal combustion engine, comprising:
an intake air path for supplying air from a surge tank to a combustion chamber of the internal combustion engine; and
an exhaust gas path for supplying exhaust gas from an exhaust gas distribution header to the combustion chamber,
wherein the length of the exhaust gas path measured along the centerline of the exhaust gas path is set to be in the range
from 75% to 125%, inclusive, of the length of the intake air path measured along the centerline of the intake air path,

the intake air path includes an upstream intake air path section and a downstream intake air path section,
the exhaust gas path includes an upstream exhaust gas path section and a downstream exhaust gas path section,
the downstream exhaust gas path section and the downstream intake air path section form a common path,
the upstream exhaust gas path section and the upstream intake air path section of the intake air path positioned upstream
of the common path are arranged parallel with each other,

the surge tank comprises a lower body and an upper body, the lower body being an integral unit combining a half lower intake
air path wall section and a half lower surge tank wall section, the upper body being an integral unit combining a half upper
intake air path wall section and a half upper surge tank wall section, and

the upstream exhaust gas path section and the exhaust gas distribution header are formed on a top surface of the upper body.

US Pat. No. 9,096,214

GEAR SHIFTING CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A gear shifting control device for a hybrid vehicle comprising:
an automated manual transmission which transmits a rotation of an input shaft adapted to be rotated by an engine torque outputted
from an engine mounted on the hybrid vehicle to an output shaft rotatably connected to a drive wheel of the vehicle by changing
a speed of the rotation from one speed change ratio to another speed change ratio when an engine rotation speed of the engine
goes over each speed change performance line prepared per each speed change ratio for a plurality of speed change stages;

a clutch for engaging the output shaft of the engine with the input shaft of the automated manual transmission or disengaging
the output shaft of the engine from the input shaft of the automated manual transmission and controlling a clutch torque transmitted
to the input shaft of the automated manual transmission from the output shaft of the engine under an engagement state therebetween
to be a target clutch torque by operation of a clutch actuator;

a clutch torque-operating amount memory portion for memorizing a corresponding relationship between a clutch actuator operating
amount of the clutch actuator which controls the clutch torque of the clutch and the clutch torque;

a clutch control portion for controlling the clutch torque to the target clutch torque by obtaining the clutch actuator operating
amount of the clutch actuator which corresponds to a predetermined target clutch torque from the clutch torque-operating amount
memory portion and operating the clutch actuator by the clutch actuator operating amount;

an engine rotation speed detecting portion for detecting the engine rotation speed of the engine;
an engine output control operating amount detecting portion for detecting an engine operating amount of an engine output control
portion for controlling an output of the engine;

an engine torque detecting portion for calculating an engine torque from the engine operating amount of the engine output
control portion detected by the engine output control operating amount detecting portion and the engine rotation speed detected
by the engine rotation speed detecting portion based on a relationship between the engine rotation speed and the engine torque
at each engine operating amount of the engine output control portion;

a presumed clutch torque calculating portion for calculating a presumed clutch torque by subtracting an inertia torque which
is obtained by multiplying a rotation inertia moment with an acceleration speed of the engine rotation speed from the engine
torque calculated from the engine output control operating amount and the engine rotation speed by the engine torque detecting
portion when the clutch control portion operates the clutch actuator to operate by a clutch actuator operating amount corresponding
to the target clutch torque;

a corresponding relationship correcting portion for correcting a corresponding relationship between the clutch actuator operating
amount memorized in the clutch torque—operating amount memory portion and the clutch torque by learning the relationship between
the presumed clutch torque calculated by the presumed clutch torque calculating portion and the clutch actuator operating
amount when the clutch actuator is operated;

an input shaft rotation speed detecting portion for detecting an input shaft rotation speed of the input shaft of the automated
manual transmission; and

a motor rotatably connected to the input shaft or output shaft of the automated manual transmission, wherein,
the corresponding relationship correcting portion includes:
a speed change operation completion detecting portion for detecting that the speed change operation is completed upon speed
change operation of the automated manual transmission;

a rotation difference judging portion for judging that an absolute difference between the engine rotation speed and the input
shaft rotation speed of the automated manual transmission is equal to or more than a predetermined value under the clutch
being engaged after a detection of completion of the speed change operation by the speed change operation completion detecting
portion; and

a clutch torque-operating amount correcting portion for replacing a value of clutch torque corresponding to the clutch actuator
operating amount which corresponds to the target clutch torque operated by the clutch actuator by the clutch control portion
with the presumed clutch torque calculated by the presumed clutch torque calculating portion under a condition that the speed
change operation of the automated manual transmission is completed and the absolute difference is equal to or more than the
predetermined value with the clutch being under engaging state.

US Pat. No. 9,091,471

AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS WITH TEMPERATURE RESPONSIVE CORRECTION OF UPPER LIMIT ROTATIONAL SPEED FOR A COMPRESSOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An air conditioning apparatus comprising:
an engine;
an outdoor unit including:
a compressor configured to be driven by the engine to receive a refrigerant, and compress and discharge the received refrigerant;
and

an outdoor heat exchanger configured to serve as a condenser of the refrigerant at a time of cooling operation;
an indoor unit including an indoor heat exchanger configured to serve as an evaporator of the refrigerant at the time of cooling
operation;

a refrigerant circuit forming a flow path for the refrigerant after being discharged from the compressor and before being
received by the compressor to circulate the refrigerant to the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger;

a controlling unit configured to control a rotational speed of the compressor to be lower than a predetermined upper limit
rotational speed;

an outdoor temperature detecting unit configured to detect an outdoor temperature;
a correcting unit configured to correct an upper limit rotational speed of the compressor such that when the outdoor temperature
detected by the outdoor temperature detecting unit exceeds a predetermined outdoor temperature at the time of cooling operation,
the upper limit rotational speed becomes smaller from the predetermined upper limit rotational speed, as the outdoor temperature
is higher;

an in-box temperature detecting unit configured to detect an in-box temperature within an enclosure box which accommodates
therein the engine and the compressor; and

a canceling unit configured to cancel the correction of the upper limit rotational speed by the correcting unit when the in-box
temperature detected by the in-box temperature detecting unit is lower than a predetermined in-box temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,470,599

LOAD DETECTION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A load detection device comprising:
a load sensor; and
a control device connected to the load sensor so as to perform bidirectional communication,
wherein the load sensor includes
a first controller acquiring load information in every predetermined arithmetic period based on a load detection signal corresponding
to a load applied to a seat and acquiring failure information based on magnitude relation between the load detection signal
and a threshold signal corresponding to a threshold for detecting a failure, and

a load information storage unit storing the load information in every arithmetic period in a predetermined time as load information
in failure detection as the failure information is switched to a state where a failure exists,

the control device includes a second controller receiving the load information and the failure information in every predetermined
communication period which is longer than the arithmetic period, and

the second controller includes
a waveform reproduction unit sequentially receiving the load information in failure detection in every arithmetic period in
the predetermined time stored in the load information storage unit in every communication period when the failure information
indicates the state where a failure exists and reproducing the load information in failure detection, and

a failure determination unit determining presence of a failure based on the reproduced load information in failure detection.

US Pat. No. 9,381,837

SEAT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
an unlocking lever that is operated so as to unfix a seat from a vehicle floor; and
a control switch that is operated in order for the seat to switch between a deployed state in which the seat is supported
on the vehicle floor and a folded state in which the seat is retracted in a concave retraction portion of the vehicle floor,
when a support member of the seat is driven via the driving of an actuator,

wherein the unlocking lever is provided in a back surface of a seatback which is disposed at an opening end of the concave
retraction portion when the seatback is folded forward and the seat is retracted, and the control switch is provided integrally
with the unlocking lever, and

wherein the unlocking lever is provided at a position higher than a vertical middle position on the back surface of the seatback.

US Pat. No. 9,321,374

VEHICLE SEAT SLIDE DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat slide device comprising:
an upper rail that includes a bracket support having a pair of side walls and an upper wall connecting upper ends of the respective
side walls;

a lower rail that supports the upper rail so as to be relatively movable; and
a bracket that is fixed to the bracket support,
wherein a cutout portion which is open upward is formed in the bracket support by cutting out the upper wall and the respective
side walls,

wherein a nut member which is screwed to a bolt inserted into the bracket support via a terminal of the bracket support is
disposed in the cutout portion,

wherein the bracket includes first and second vertical walls which have an insertion hole into which the bolt is inserted,
and which oppose each other,

wherein the first vertical wall is fixed to the terminal of the bracket support, based on a fastening force of the bolt screwed
into the nut member,

wherein the second vertical wall is arranged inside the cutout portion at a position where the nut member is interposed between
the first vertical wall and the second vertical wall, and

wherein in the upper rail, a support which supports the bolt screwed into the nut member from below is disposed at a position
farther away from the first vertical wall than the nut member.

US Pat. No. 9,238,399

SLIDE STRUCTURE FOR POWER SLIDE DOOR AND CABLE ASSEMBLY METHOD FOR SLIDE DOOR CENTER

AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OR...

1. A slide structure that slides a door of a vehicle, comprising:
a roller hinge attached to the door;
a guide roller that rolls within a rail of the door;
a cable end that transmits a sliding force to the roller hinge to slide the door;
a guide roller pin that attaches the guide roller and the cable end to the roller hinge; and
a cable end bush between the guide roller pin and the cable end, wherein
the guide roller pin includes a key flange that extends radially from the guide roller pin,
the cable end bush includes a notch portion that corresponds to the key flange and the key flange protrudes through the notch
portion, and

the cable end includes a key that when aligned with the key flange allows the cable end to pass the key flange so that the
guide roller pin extends through the cable end.

US Pat. No. 9,157,338

LASH ADJUSTER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A lash adjuster comprising:
a pressure-receiving effector that moves back and forth in an operating direction of a valve, due to a pressure force;
a relay effector that can relatively move with respect to the pressure-receiving effector while the relay effector and the
pressure-receiving effector are in an inserted relationship with each other, and that abuts against the valve and moves back
and forth in the operating direction;

an intermediate spring that abuts against the pressure-receiving effector and the relay effector and biases the pressure-receiving
effector and the relay effector in separate directions; and

a sleeve member into which the pressure-receiving effector and the relay effector are slidably inserted, and that is provided
with an oil supply passage for supplying a working fluid to the pressure-receiving effector and the relay effector,

wherein a pressure receiving-side damper space whose volume decreases as the pressure-receiving effector is pressed in due
to the pressure force and the distance between the pressure-receiving effector and the relay effector is shortened, and an
orifice portion that suppresses an outflow of the working fluid from the pressure receiving-side damper space is formed between
the pressure-receiving effector and the relay effector, and

a restoring-side damper space whose volume decreases as the relay effector is pressed back by the valve is formed so as to
span between the relay effector and the sleeve member.

US Pat. No. 9,157,343

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A variable valve timing control device, comprising:
a driving side rotation member configured to synchronously rotating with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven side rotation member positioned coaxially to the driving side rotation member and integrally rotating with a camshaft
for opening and closing a valve of the internal combustion engine;

a fluid pressure chamber defined between the driving side rotation member and the driven side rotation member;
an intermediate lock mechanism selectively switching a locked state where a relative rotational phase of the driven side rotation
member relative to the driving side rotation member is retrained at an intermediate lock phase between a most advanced angle
phase and a most retarded angle phase, and an unlocked state where the restraint of the relative rotational phase of the driven
side rotation member relative to the driving side rotation member is released;

a first electromagnetic valve arranged at a position coaxial to the driving side rotation member and the driven side rotation
member and for controlling an supply and draining of an operation fluid relative to the fluid pressure chamber;

a second electromagnetic valve positioned being offset from the position coaxial to the driving side rotation member and the
driven side rotation member and for controlling a supply and draining of the operation fluid flowing from the camshaft to
the intermediate lock mechanism separately from the first electromagnetic valve; and

a pump supplying the operation fluid to the first electromagnetic valve and the second electromagnetic valve.

US Pat. No. 9,156,402

WIDE VIEW VEHICLE PERIPHERY IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle periphery image generation apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit for acquiring vehicle periphery images photographed by a plurality of photographic cameras mounted
on the vehicle;

a display device provided in the vehicle interior for displaying the images;
a viewing point position setting unit for setting the position as the viewing point of the image to be displayed on the display
device to a viewing point from a perpendicular upward direction;

a fish-eye image generation unit for generating a fish-eye image with using the periphery image and the position set by the
viewing point position setting unit;

a self vehicle image generation unit for generating a self vehicle image as the fish-eye image with the position set by the
viewing point position setting unit as the viewing point thereof; and

a display image generation unit for generating an image to be displayed on the display device with using the fish-eye image
and a self vehicle image, wherein the position of the viewing point of the fish-eye image can be changed;

the viewing point position setting unit sets the viewing point based on a detection result of a wheel speed sensor and changes
the viewing point such that a visibility of the vicinity in the travelling direction of the vehicle increases when a detected
wheel speed of the vehicle decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,121,205

VEHICLE DOOR FIXING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door fixing apparatus, comprising:
a fixed wedge configured to be provided at one of a vehicle body panel and a door panel;
a movable wedge configured to be provided at the other one of the vehicle body panel and the door panel to be movable in an
advancing/receding direction of the door panel relative to the vehicle body panel;

wherein the movable wedge is configured to be assembled on said the other one of the vehicle body panel and the door panel
together with a base plate of a door lock striker or with a door lock assembly that is engageable with a shaft of the door
lock striker;

the movable wedge includes a strength member that is configured to surround a striker-receiving recess provided, for receiving
therein the shaft of the door lock striker, at the vehicle body panel or at the door panel any one of which the door lock
assembly is assembled on, in a manner that the strength member is opened at a side facing the fixed wedge in the advancing/receding
direction, or that is configured to surround the shaft of the door lock striker in the manner that the strength member is
opened at the side facing the fixed wedge in the advancing/receding direction;

the movable wedge includes a contact member fixedly attached to the strength member so that the contact member is fixed in
position relative to the strength member and configured to be in pressure contact with the fixed wedge;

the strength member and the contact member are made of different materials, the strength member possessing a rigidity that
is higher than a rigidity of the contact member; and

the movable wedge is slidably mounted on the base plate of the door lock striker so that the contact member and the strength
member are slidable together as a unit relative to the base plate.

US Pat. No. 9,096,187

FRAME MOLDING OF DOOR FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A frame molding configured to be assembled on a corner portion of a window opening formed at an intersecting portion between
a door panel and a door frame of a door for a vehicle, the window opening being formed between the door panel that opens and
closes an opening portion formed at the vehicle body and the door frame that is assembled on an upper end portion of the door
panel, the frame molding comprising:
a body member including a first molding portion formed to be extended along a first portion of an inner peripheral edge portion
of the corner portion and a second molding portion formed to be extended along a second portion of the inner peripheral edge
portion of the corner portion, the first portion of the inner peripheral edge portion of the corner portion being positioned
in a vicinity of the door panel and the second portion of the inner peripheral edge portion of the corner portion being positioned
in a vicinity of the door frame, the first molding portion and the second molding portion being integrally formed with each
other; and

a support member formed to be extended along the first portion of the inner peripheral edge of the corner portion and configured
to be fixed to the door panel, the support member on which the first molding portion is assembled and which includes a positioning
portion determining a position of the body member relative to the door panel;

the first molding portion includes a rivet portion formed at an end portion of the fill molding portion opposing in a short-length
direction thereof, the rivet portion being formed to project towards an inside of a vehicle interior,

the support member including a base portion on which the first molding portion is assembled, and
the base portion including, including a penetration bore penetrating from an outer side surface facing an outside of the vehicle
interior to an inner side surface facing the inside of the vehicle interior in a stat where the positioning portion is fixed
to the door panel, and the rivet portion is inserted to the penetration bore to be riveted by bend in vehicle height direction.

US Pat. No. 9,080,670

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A power transmission device for a vehicle, comprising:
a rotary member that rotates for transmitting power;
an operating mechanism that is capable of having a plurality of operational states including a first operational state and
a second operational state;

a switching shaft that switches the operational state of the operating mechanism;
an electric actuator that produces power for operating the switching shaft;
a control transmission mechanism that transmits the power of the electric actuator to the switching shaft; and
a case that houses at least the rotary member, the case comprises:
an end portion that houses at least a part of the rotary member in a portion covering the rotary member in a direction parallel
to a rotational axis of the rotary member, and

a housing portion that houses at least a part of the rotary member in a portion covering the rotary member in a direction
perpendicular to the rotational axis of the rotary member;

wherein:
the switching shaft projects from the housing portion of the case toward the outside of the housing portion;
the electric actuator is arranged at a location facing a portion of a surface of the housing portion of the case that does
not overlap another portion where the switching shaft projects, when viewed in the axial direction of the rotational axis
of the rotary member;

at least a part of the electric actuator is arranged on a side of a plane, the plane extending parallel to the rotational
axis of the rotary member and oriented so as to intersect the housing portion of the case where the switching shaft projects
from the case, and wherein the rotary member is located on the side of the plane; and

at least a part of the electric actuator is arranged so as to overlap the housing portion of the case, when viewed in the
axial direction of the switching shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,061,604

VEHICLE SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKi KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat slide apparatus comprising:
a lower rail configured to be fixed to a vehicle floor;
an upper rail configured to be fixed to a seat and slidably connected with the lower rail;
a lock mechanism that selectively locks a movement of the upper rail at an arbitrary position of the upper rail with respect
to the lower rail;

a stopper mechanism that has a stopper portion provided in the lower rail and a stopper member movably provided in the upper
rail, and locks the movement of the upper rail toward a predetermined position in one direction by making the stopper member
and the stopper portion engage with each other at the predetermined position of the upper rail with respect to the lower rail;

an operation member that allows the movement of the upper rail, which is locked at the predetermined position, in the one
direction by inputting an operation force for releasing to the stopper member; and

a guide portion that is formed on the stopper member, and guides the stopper member so as to release the engagement between
the stopper member and the stopper portion in response to the movement of the upper rail, which is locked at the predetermined
position, in an opposite direction of the one direction,

wherein the lock mechanism is a first lock mechanism that includes a first lock hole which is continuously formed on the lower
rail in a front-rear direction and a first lock lever which has a first lock claw and is rotatably connected with the upper
rail, and that locks the movement of the upper rail with respect to the lower rail by making the first lock claw inserted
into the first lock hole,

wherein the stopper mechanism is a second lock mechanism that has a second lock hole, as the stopper portion, which is formed
on the lower rail and a second lock lever, as the stopper member, which has a second lock claw and is rotatably connected
with the upper rail, and that locks the movement of the upper rail with respect to the lower rail by making the second lock
claw inserted into the second lock hole,

wherein the first lock claw is molded to be unable to be inserted into the second lock hole, and
wherein the second lock claw is molded to be unable to be inserted into the first lock hole.

US Pat. No. 9,463,832

SPOILER UNIT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A spoiler unit, comprising:
a movable spoiler for a vehicle;
a frame fixing the movable spoiler to the vehicle; and
a cover being mounted on the frame, wherein
the cover includes a body portion;
the cover includes a first step portion provided at an inner side of a circumferential rim end of the body portion, the first
step portion extending along the circumferential rim end; and

the cover includes a second step portion provide at an inner side of the first step portion.

US Pat. No. 9,393,956

PARKING SUPPORT APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking support apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a vehicle positional information acquisition unit that acquires vehicle positional information indicating a current position
of the vehicle which stops within a parking space;

an obliqueness calculation unit that calculates obliqueness between a vehicle length direction of the vehicle which stops
at the parking space and a longitudinal direction of the parking space, based on the vehicle positional information;

an obliqueness correction path calculation unit that calculates an obliqueness correction path along with a predetermined
location on the vehicle reaches a front end of the parking space, based on the obliqueness when the vehicle travels forward
from the stopped current position of the vehicle at a predetermined steering angle, wherein the predetermined location on
the vehicle is a location on the vehicle located within a range distance from the front end of the vehicle, the range distance
being equal to or less than a width of the parking space; a guidance unit that guides the vehicle along the obliqueness correction
path;

a centering path calculation unit that calculates a centering path along which a reference position of the vehicle travels
forward toward a central region set to extend from the parking space in the longitudinal direction and having a predetermined
width at a central portion of the parking space in a width direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction thereof after
the predetermined location on the vehicle reaches the front end of the parking space; and

wherein the guidance unit further guides the vehicle along the centering path.

US Pat. No. 9,321,334

SUNROOF APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a movable panel configured to open and close an opening formed at a roof of a vehicle;
a guide rail provided at each edge portion of the opening in a vehicle width direction and being extended in a front-rear
direction of the vehicle;

a first sliding member connected to each edge portion of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction and movably provided
along the guide rail, the first sliding member being driven to move by a drive source;

a check mechanism restricting a movement of the movable panel in a front-rear direction in a case where the first sliding
member moves in a front direction of the vehicle in a fully closed state of the movable panel to bring the movable panel to
a tilt-up state in which a rear portion of the movable panel is raised with a front portion of the movable panel as a fulcrum,
the check mechanism releasing the restriction of the movement of the movable panel while maintaining the tilt-up state of
the movable panel in a case where the first sliding member moves in the rear direction after moving further in the front direction
in the tilt-up state of the movable panel;

a first member mounted to the first sliding member; and
a second member provided at said each edge portion of the movable panel in the vehicle width direction and being rotatably
supported about a first axis line extending in the vehicle front-rear direction; wherein

the first member and the second member configured to engage with each other so that the first member and the second member
integrally move with the movable panel, the second member rotating when the first sliding member further moves in the front
direction of the vehicle in the tilt-up state by a pressing effect between the first member and the second member, the second
member further rotating when the first sliding member moves in the rear direction of the vehicle in the tilt-up state thereafter
by the pressing effect between the first member and the second member;

one of the first sliding member and the first member includes a mounting recessed portion;
the other of the first sliding member and the first member includes a mounting projection fitted to the mounting recessed
portion in a moving direction of the first member from an upper side to downward in a vehicle height direction, the mounting
projection restricted a movement in the front-rear direction of the vehicle; and

one of the first sliding member and the first member includes an engagement pawl retaining the mounting projection.

US Pat. No. 9,249,765

INTAKE MANIFOLD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An intake manifold, comprising:
a plurality of intake pipes bringing in outside air;
a distribution portion connecting to the plurality of the intake pipes and guiding EGR gas or blow-by gas from inside of the
distribution portion to the plurality of the intake pipes;

a first protruding portion provided at least a same number of the plurality of the intake pipes at the inside of the distribution
portion;

a surge tank guiding air from outside the distribution portion to the plurality of the intake pipes, wherein the distribution
portion is provided independently of the surge tank and the distribution portion corresponds to an expansion chamber guiding
the EGR gas or the blow-by gas, which is different from air, flowing into the inside of the distribution portion to the plurality
of the intake pipes, and the first protruding portion is provided in the expansion chamber; and

an inlet path provided at the expansion chamber, communicating with the plurality of the intake pipes, and guiding the EGR
gas or the blow-by gas to the plurality of the intake pipes, wherein the first protruding portion has an end closest to the
inlet path possessing an axis that passes through the inlet path.

US Pat. No. 9,238,422

VEHICLE SEAT SLIDING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat sliding apparatus comprising:
an upper rail configured to support a seat thereabove;
a lower rail supporting the upper rail in a relatively movable manner;
a locking mechanism capable of switching between a lock state where the relative movement of the upper rail with respect to
the lower rail is regulated and an unlock state where the relative movement is allowed; and

an unlock operation prevention mechanism regulating an unlock operation of the locking mechanism based on a deployment pressure
of an airbag which is disposed in a seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 9,150,239

STEERING APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A steering apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a fixing bracket fixed to a vehicle body;
a steering column supported on the vehicle body to be swingable;
a tilt bracket holding the steering column and supported on the fixing bracket to be relatively movable thereto;
a tilt shaft extending in a lateral direction of the vehicle body and supported on the fixing bracket to be relatively movable
thereto in an axial direction of the steering column; and

a driving unit rotating the tilt bracket about an axis of the tilt shaft to adjust a relative position of the tilt bracket
to the fixing bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,145,069

SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a lower rail that is configured to be fixed to a vehicle floor;
an upper rail that is configured to be fixed to a seat which has a seat cushion forming a seating surface and a seatback being
supported at a rear end portion of the seat cushion to be freely inclined and is connected to be relatively movable with respect
to the lower rail in a forward-rearward direction of the seat; and

a memory member that engages with the upper rail while being disengaged from the lower rail to be integrally movable with
the upper rail when the seatback is in a ready-for-seating state, engages with the lower rail while being disengaged from
the upper rail when the seatback is shifted from the ready-for-seating state to a forward-inclined state, and abuts on the
upper rail when the upper rail moves rearward with respect to the lower rail so as to regulate the upper rail moving rearward
in a state of engaging with the lower rail while being disengaged from the upper rail,

wherein the memory member includes:
a memory base which is provided to be movable in the forward-rearward direction of the seat along the lower rail and abuts
on the upper rail moving rearward when the seatback is shifted from the ready-for-seating state to the forward-inclined state;

a memory pin which is mounted to be movable back and forth in a vertical direction with respect to the memory base, is configured
to be applied with a downward pressing force when the seatback is shifted from the ready-for-seating state to the forward-inclined
state, engages with the upper rail while being disengaged from the lower rail in a state of protruding upward from the memory
base, and engages with the lower rail while being disengaged from the upper rail in a state of protruding downward from the
memory base;

a first urging member which urges the memory pin from the memory base in an upward direction;
a locking plate, which is mounted to be movable in the forward-rearward direction of the seat with respect to the memory base,
locks the memory pin to be prevented from moving upward in a state where the memory pin moves in front of the seat while being
in a state of protruding downward from the memory base, and moves rearward from a front position of the seat while unlocking
the memory pin, which is prevented from moving upward by abutting on the upper rail moving rearward; and

a second urging member which urges the locking plate in a forward direction of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,030,655

OIL PUMP

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An oil pump comprising:a rotatable inner rotor that includes a vane-housing unit housing multiple vanes so as to be capable of sliding in a radial direction;
a rotatable annular outer rotor that includes multiple vane-connecting parts connecting tip ends of the multiple vanes on an outside in the radial direction;
first volume-changing parts, which are provided between the inner rotor and the outer rotor, and a first volume of which is changed in response to eccentricity of the inner rotor with respect to the outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function; and
second volume-changing parts, which are provided in the outer rotor, and a second volume of which is changed by a change in a distance between adjacent vane-connecting parts in a circumferential direction in response to the eccentricity of the inner rotor with respect to the outer rotor, thereby providing a pumping function
the second volume-changing parts being configured to be capable of changing the second volume by the change in the distance between the multiple vane-connecting parts of the outer rotor in the circumferential direction by changes in radial slide positions of the tip ends of the vanes on the outside in the radial direction in response to the eccentricity of the inner rotor with respect to the outer rotor,
the outer rotor including multiple outer rotor pieces, each of which is provided for each of the multiple vanes and includes a vane-connecting part,
the multiple outer rotor pieces are circumferentially arranged in a state where adjacent outer rotor pieces engage with each other so as to be capable of changing a distance therebetween in the circumferential direction, and
the adjacent outer rotor pieces engage with each other in the circumferential direction while having engagement spaces constituting the second volume changing-parts, and the second volume of the engagement spaces is changed by a change in the distance between the adjacent outer rotor pieces in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,505,436

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assist system comprising:
an electronic control unit configured to
detect an available parking area in an area around a vehicle by detecting an obstacle or a partition line,
calculate a parking guidance path for guiding the vehicle from a current position of the vehicle to a parking target position
included in the available parking area,

execute guidance control for guiding the vehicle to the parking target position at a guidance speed for traveling by a use
of creeping by executing at least steering control along the parking guidance path, and

when the guidance speed exceeds a predetermined speed in a middle of execution of the guidance control, end the guidance control
and carry out at least one of steering to keep a steering angle at an end of the steering control for a predetermined period
or steering to gradually reduce the steering angle from the steering angle at the end of the steering control toward a neutral
position.

US Pat. No. 9,387,748

ROLL SHADE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A roll shade apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a light shielding sheet;
a winding member to which a first edge portion of the light shielding sheet in an operation direction thereof is fixed, the
winding member being capable of winding up and winding out the light shielding sheet to allow and block passage of light at
a light transmission portion provided at a roof portion of a vehicle;

a garnish with which a second edge portion of the light shielding sheet in the operation direction thereof is provided;
a pair of sliding portions each provided at the roof portion to extend in the operation direction, the sliding portions guiding
both vehicle width direction edge portions of the light shielding sheet in the operation direction;

a first contact portion arranged between the both sliding portions and the winding member in the operation direction, the
first contact portion being in contact with an upper surface of the light shielding sheet wound up and wound out by the winding
member at a first intermediate position between an upper-most position of the winding member and a lower-most position of
the winding member in a vehicle height direction; and

a second contact portion arranged between the both sliding portions and the first contact portion in the operation direction,
the second contact portion being in contact with a lower surface of the light shielding sheet at a second intermediate position
between the upper-most position of the winding member and the lower-most position of the winding member in the vehicle height
direction, the second contact portion guiding the both vehicle width direction edge portions of the light shielding sheet
to the both sliding portions, respectively, the second intermediate position being positioned equivalent to the first contact
portion in the vehicle height direction, wherein

the first contact portion and the second contact portion are provided at a single holding member to be integral with the holding
member,

the holding member includes a pair of connecting portions bridging between the first contact portion and the second contact
portion in the operation direction at outer sides relative to the light shielding sheet in the vehicle width direction, respectively,
and

the light shielding sheet is configured to linearly elongate between the first contact portion and a position beyond the second
contact portion in the operation direction as viewed in the vehicle width direction when the light shielding sheet is wound
out so that the garnish is at the position beyond the second contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,327,615

SEAT SLIDE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide device for a vehicle, comprising:
a first rail adapted to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction, wherein the first rail includes: a first horizontal wall;
a first vertical wall that extends from at least one end in a width direction of the first horizontal wall; and
a first flange that projects in the width direction from a distal end of the first vertical wall to overhang the first horizontal
wall and is folded back toward the first horizontal wall;

a second rail, which is coupled to the first rail to be movable in the vehicle front-rear direction, wherein the second rail
includes:

a second vertical wall that is arranged on an opposite side of the first vertical wall from the first flange in the width
direction and has an end portion close to the first horizontal wall;

a second flange that projects in the width direction from the end portion of the second vertical wall toward the first vertical
wall and is folded back toward an area between the first vertical wall and the first flange; and

a joining wall that is arranged between the second vertical wall and the second flange;
a first ball guide that is formed in a coupling portion between the first horizontal wall and the first vertical wall;
a second ball guide that is formed in a basal portion of the second flange;
a first ball that is rotationally arranged between the first ball guide and the second ball guide; and
a restricting member that projects from a portion of the first horizontal wall that is closer to a distal end of the first
rail than at least the first ball in the vehicle front-rear direction and reduces a vertical space between the joining wall
and the first horizontal wall, wherein the restricting member contacts the joining wall when the second vertical wall is deformed
due to a load that is applied to produce pushing force between the first ball and the second rail.

US Pat. No. 9,322,459

VEHICULAR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicular automatic transmission, comprising:
a housing;
an input shaft which is sustained to be rotatable around a rotation shaft line in the housing;
an output shaft which is sustained to be rotatable around the rotation shaft line in the housing;
single pinion type first, second and third planetary gear sets which are sustained in parallel coaxially with the rotation
shaft line in the housing as the input shaft and a carrier of the first planetary gear set are linked to each other, the output
shaft and a carrier of the third planetary gear set are linked to each other, the carrier of the third planetary gear set
and a ring gear of the second planetary gear set are linked to each other, and a sun gear of the third planetary gear set
and a ring gear of the first planetary gear set are linked to each other;

a first brake which selectively fixes a ring gear of the third planetary gear set with respect to the housing;
a first clutch which selectively links the ring gear of the third planetary gear set and a carrier of the second planetary
gear set; and

a switching element which blocks the link between the input shaft and the carrier of the first planetary gear set, and switches
the input shaft to be in a switched state in which the input shaft is linked to a sun gear of the second planetary gear set
and a sun gear of the first planetary gear set,

wherein, in a reverse gear shift stage, the first clutch is in an engaged state, the first brake is in a fixed state, and
the switching element is in a switched state.

US Pat. No. 9,216,765

PARKING ASSIST APPARATUS, PARKING ASSIST METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A parking assist apparatus comprising:
an imager provided at a vehicle that sequentially captures images;
a monitor device; and
a control unit including
a detection portion configured to detect a parking target position indicating a position of a parking-possible region for
a vehicle from a captured image captured by the imager or from distance information measured by a distance measuring portion
which is provided at the vehicle and which sequentially measures a distance from the vehicle to an object;

a moving amount calculation portion configured to calculate a moving amount of the vehicle from a time point when the captured
image is captured or from a time point when the distance information is measured to a present time point;

a correction portion configured to calculate a corrected parking target position, the corrected parking target position correcting
the detected parking target position based on the calculated moving amount;

a setting portion configured to set the corrected parking target position as a parking assist target; and
a display portion configured to display a surrounding image which represents an external environment around the vehicle from
the images captured by the imager and a parking region image which indicates the parking-possible region at the corrected
parking target position on the monitor device at the present time point in a manner that the surrounding image and the parking
region image are superimposed on each other.

US Pat. No. 9,206,378

PLUNGER WATER-SOLUBLE LUBRICANT FOR DIE-CASTING

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A water-soluble lubricant, comprising:
0.1 to 20 weight % with respect to a total weight of said lubricant of a component (a) being one or more than one of compounds
selected from the group consisting of a mineral oil, a synthetic hydrocarbon, a grease, and a fatty acid ester;

2 to 24 weight % with respect to said total weight of said lubricant of a component (b) being one or more than one of compounds
selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal salt of a higher fatty acid and an alkali metal salt of an aliphatic
hydroxy acid;

0.1 to 20 weight % with respect to said total weight of said lubricant of a component (c) being one or more than one of compounds
selected from the group consisting of an alkali metal salt of a synthetic sulfonic acid and an alkali metal salt of a petroleum
sulfonic acid;

0.1 to 5 weight % with respect to said total weight of said lubricant of particulate silica; and
at least 50 weight % with respect to said total weight of said lubricant of water.

US Pat. No. 9,198,516

OTTOMAN DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An ottoman device comprising:
a base bracket configured to be arranged at a front edge of a seat;
a link mechanism supporting an ottoman and including a rotation link connected to the base bracket via a rotation shaft, the
link mechanism selectively causing the ottoman to be deployed forward of the seat and to be retracted to the front edge of
the seat based on a rotation of the rotation link;

engagement portions formed at facing surfaces that are formed on surfaces of the rotation link and the base bracket respectively
and engaging with each other to restrict the rotation of the rotation link, at least one of the engagement portions including
an inclined surface serving as an engagement surface;

a restriction portion restricting a relative axial movement between the rotation link and the base bracket in a direction
in which the rotation link is separated from the base bracket in a load range where an engagement state between the engagement
portions is maintainable; and

an operation portion configured to change a relative position between the rotation link and the base bracket by moving the
restriction portion in an axial direction of the rotation shaft,

wherein the rotation shaft is provided to be axially movable relative to the base bracket and the restriction portion is fixed
to the rotation shaft to be axially unmovable relative to the rotation shaft, and

wherein the rotation shaft is supported by the base bracket via a thread engagement portion and the operation portion includes
an operation member provided at the rotation shaft for rotating the rotation shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,176,518

HANDLE RETURNING APPARATUS AND SEAT LIFTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A handle returning apparatus comprising:
an input member rotating in conjunction with an operation handle that is operated to rotate in a first direction and a second
direction including a neutral position; and

a spring member including a plurality of spring portions which is integrally formed, the plurality of spring portions including
different spring forces from one another and extending around a support shaft of the input member,

each of the plurality of spring portions including first and second spring end portions separating from each other in a circumferential
direction of the spring member, each of the plurality of spring portions being configured to generate a returning force for
returning the operation handle to the neutral position by being resiliently deformed on a basis of the rotation operation
of the operation handle to bias the input member in a state where one of the first and second spring end portions engages
with the input member and the other of the first and second spring end portions engages with a fixation member,

the plurality of spring portions being selectively switchable therebetween to generate the returning force depending on a
condition of the rotation operation of the operation handle.

US Pat. No. 9,123,997

MULTI-BAND MONOPOLE ANTENNA

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A multi-band monopole antenna, comprising:
a first radiation conductor portion formed with a rod member having a length defined in accordance with a wavelength of a
first frequency included in a predetermined first frequency band among plural frequency bands;

a second radiation conductor portion integrally connected with the first radiation conductor portion and formed with a planar
member in which a shortest direct distance from a feeding portion to a farthest point which is the farthest position from
the feeding portion is defined in accordance with a wavelength of a second frequency included in a second frequency band which
differs from the first frequency band among the plural frequency bands; and wherein

the feeding portion is provided at a position based on the length defined in accordance with the wavelength of the first frequency
relative to a position of a tip end of the first radiation conductor portion;

wherein the feeding portion is provided at the second radiation conductor portion;
wherein a portion of an outer rim portion of the planar member of the second radiation conductor portion ranging from the
feeding portion to the farthest point is removed,

wherein the second radiation conductor portion is structured with the planar member including a pentagonal shape in cross
section which is formed by removing a right angle triangle including one of corner portions of a rectangular cross sectional
shape, and an outer rim portion exposed by removing the right triangle corresponds to an oblique side,

wherein a connecting portion of the second radiation conductor portion connected to the first radiation conductor portion
is provided at a corner portion which is positioned opposite to the oblique side, and the feeding portion is provided at one
of sides which are adjacent to the oblique side;

the opening portion includes an extending portion and a perpendicular portion; the extending portion extends in the same direction
as the first radiation conductor portion from the cut oblique side; the perpendicular portion is perpendicular to the extending
the portion.

US Pat. No. 9,056,566

VEHICLE SEAT RECLINING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat reclining apparatus comprising:
a first bracket to be fixed to either one of a seat cushion side and a seatback side;
a second bracket fixed to the other one of the seat cushion side and the seatback side, and configured to allow adjustment
of an angle of inclination of the seatback with respect to the seat cushion in association with a relative rotation with respect
to the first bracket;

a pole having outer teeth engageable and disengageable with respect to inner teeth provided on the second bracket and configured
to be guided by a guide wall provided on the first bracket so as to move in the radial direction thereof;

a cam engaged with the pole and rotatably provided on the first bracket;
a locking urging member configured to urge the cam to rotate to cause the outer teeth and the inner teeth to be engaged each
other;

a hinge pin having a fitting shaft portion including two flat surfaces facing each other in the radial direction with respect
to an axial line at the center of the first and second brackets and parallel to each other and being axially supported by
the second bracket; and

a fitting hole formed at a center portion of the cam, having two inner side surfaces parallel to each other and facing the
two flat surfaces of the fitting shaft portion in the radial direction with respect to the axial line at the center, and allowing
insertion of the fitting shaft portion, the fitting hole being set to have a smaller gap with respect to the fitting shaft
portion in one of a first radial direction in which the two flat surfaces face each other and a second radial direction orthogonal
to the first radial direction than a gap between the fitting shaft portion and the fitting hole in the other one of the first
radial direction and the second radial direction;

a release lever coupled to the hinge pin so as to rotate integrally therewith; and
a supporting urging member locked to the release lever at one leg portion thereof and locked to the seat cushion side or the
seatback side where the first bracket is fixed at the other leg portion, and configured to urge the release lever along the
radial direction on the side having the larger gap between the fitting shaft portion and the fitting hole.

US Pat. No. 9,758,108

PROTECTOR WITH SENSOR

NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD...

1. A protector with a sensor comprising: a hollow part having core wires, a plurality of conductive parts and a space provided
therein, the plurality of conductive parts having the core wires embedded therein respectively, the space being positioned
between the plurality of conductive parts; and
an installation base member formed on said hollow part, wherein:
said plurality of conductive parts include a conductive part on a lower part of the hollow part and a conductive part on an
upper part of the hollow part, the conductive part on the lower part of the hollow part being formed on a side of said installation
base member, the conductive part on the upper part of the hollow part being separated from the side of said installation base
member by the space;

said hollow part includes an oblique side on an inner-cabin side and an oblique side on an outer-cabin side, the oblique side
on the inner-cabin side extending from an inner-cabin side end to a tip, the oblique side on the outer-cabin side extending
from an outer-cabin side end to said tip, the inner-cabin side end being connected with said installation base member, the
outer-cabin side end being connected with said installation base member; and

said conductive part on the lower part of the hollow part has a convex shape and said conductive part on the upper part of
the hollow part has a concave shape in cross section of said hollow part, and a distance is uniform between said conductive
part on the lower part of the hollow part and the conductive part on the upper part of the hollow part.

US Pat. No. 9,482,452

THERMOELECTRIC MODULE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A thermoelectric module, comprising:
an insulating substrate;
a plurality of electrodes formed on a component side of the insulating substrate;
a plurality of peltier elements each mounted on and electrically connected to the electrodes; and
a mark for image recognition formed on at least one of the electrodes, the mark for image recognition having lightness and/or
saturation which is different from lightness and/or saturation of the electrode on an image; wherein

an entire of the electrode is usable as an electrical conduction path,
the mark for image recognition is a plating layer of the at least one of the electrodes,
the plating layer is an electroless plating film or an electroplating film,
the electrode includes a fixture side facing the insulating substrate and a component side provided at a reverse side of the
fixture side,

the component side of the electrode includes a mounting region on which the peltier elements are mounted and a general region
which is a region other than the mounting region of the electrode,

the mark for image recognition is formed on the general region of the electrode,
the mark for image recognition includes a protruding configuration that is formed on at least a portion of the general region
of the electrodes, and

a length of the mark for image recognition from the component side in a thickness direction of the electrode is shorter than
a length of the peltier elements from the component side in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,399,250

THREAD ROLLING METHOD FOR GEAR USING CYLINDRICAL DIES

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A threaded rolling method for a gear using cylindrical dies, the method comprising the steps of:
placing a work having a cylindrical outer surface to be supported to a support to be freely rotatable about a rotation axis
of the cylindrical outer surface;

placing a pair of the cylindrical dies each rotatable about an axis parallel to the rotation axis to face each other across
the work;

thrusting the pair of cylindrical dies against the work, the cylindrical dies being synchronized with each other in rotating
speed and thrusting amount via a drive mechanism; and

determining an outer diameter of the work, when rotary movement of the cylindrical dies and the work rotated together is shifted
from friction gear movement, in which addendum circles of the cylindrical dies and an outer circumference of the work representing
rolling circles are rotated together based on thrusting forces exerted from both the cylindrical dies and the work to gear
movement based on the engagement between the work and the cylindrical dies at tooth grooves formed in the work by thrusting
the cylindrical dies against the work, in which a dimension obtained by dividing an outer circumferential dimension of a dedendum
circle of the tooth grooves that have already been formed by the number of teeth to be formed is equal to an addendum circular
pitch of each of the cylindrical dies.

US Pat. No. 9,393,861

VEHICLE GRILLE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle grille apparatus comprising:
a first cover member that includes a plurality of fixed fins which are disposed to be lined up in an opening portion of a
front grille;

a second cover member that includes a plurality of movable fins which are connected to each other in such a manner as to be
able to integrally move, and configured such that the movable fins are disposed in a line to alternate with the fixed fins;

a third cover member that covers a front of each of the fixed fins in a vehicle longitudinal direction; and
a drive mechanism that changes the degree of opening of the front grille by driving the second cover member such that the
movable fins retract behind the respective fixed fins,

wherein the second cover member includes a plurality of support columns and the movable fins bridge between the support columns,
wherein the first cover member includes the fixed fins and each of the fixed fins is provided with a plurality of slits, the
support columns being respectively disposed inside the slits, and

wherein each of the slits opens toward the front of the fixed fin in the vehicle longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,341,241

DRIVE APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A drive apparatus for a hybrid vehicle comprising:
an engine that applies a drive force to drive wheels via a drive shaft;
a motor that applies a drive force to the drive wheels via a rotation shaft;
a planetary gear mechanism that includes a first element, a second element, and a third element which line up sequentially
with a gap interposed therebetween corresponding to a gear ratio in a speed diagram; and

an automatic transmission that includes an input shaft, and an output shaft rotatably connected to the drive wheels, and changes
a gear ratio that is obtained by a division of a rotation speed of the input shaft by a rotation speed of the output shaft,

wherein the input shaft and the drive shaft are connected to the second element, one of the output shaft and the rotation
shaft is connected to the first element, and the other of the output shaft and the rotation shaft is connected to the third
element, and

wherein the planetary gear mechanism is a single pinion planetary gear mechanism,
the first element is a sun gear,
the second element is a carrier, and
the third element is a ring gear,
wherein the planetary gear mechanism includes a first planetary gear mechanism, a second planetary gear mechanism, and a third
planetary gear mechanism,

the input shaft is connected to the output shaft via the first planetary gear mechanism, the second planetary gear mechanism,
and the third planetary gear mechanism, and

a brake is provided so as to brake the rotation of the ring gear of each of the first planetary gear mechanism, the second
planetary gear mechanism, and the third planetary gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,327,764

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle control apparatus that controls a vehicle provided with a steering force applying device capable of applying
steering force to induce a change in a steering angle of a steered wheel to the steered wheel, comprising:
a difference detecting device that is configured to detect a positional difference that determines a relative positional relationship
between a target running path to be maintained and the vehicle;

a determining device that is configured to determine a control amount of the steering force applying device in order to maintain
a running path of the vehicle on the target running path, based on the detected positional difference;

a controller that is configured to maintain the running path on the target running path by controlling the steering force
applying device according to the determined control amount;

a steering input detecting device that is configured to detect a steering input to a steering input device by a driver; and
a correcting device that is configured to (i) correct a determining reference of the control amount based on the detected
steering input by the driver and (ii) prevent interference between the steering input by the driver and a steering force output
by the steering force applying device by correcting the determining reference of the control amount independently of the controller
maintaining the running path on the target running path,

wherein when the steering input by the driver is detected by the steering input detecting device, the steering force applying
device maintains the running path of the vehicle on the target running path while the steering input by the driver is input
to the steering input device to control a steering direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,327,616

VEHICLE SEAT SLIDING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat sliding apparatus, comprising:
a first rail fixed to one of a vehicle floor and a seat and having a pair of first vertical wall portions aligned side by
side in a width direction, a first connection wall portion connecting base ends of the first vertical wall portions, and a
pair of flanges projecting from tip ends of the first vertical wall portions inwardly in the width direction in which the
flanges face each other and further bending toward the base ends of the first vertical wall portions; and

a second rail fixed to the other one of the vehicle floor and the seat in a relatively movable manner with respect to the
first rail and having a pair of second vertical wall portions aligned side by side in the width direction between the flanges,
a second connection wall portion connecting base ends of the second vertical wall portions, a pair of outward extending wall
portions projecting outward apart from each other in the width direction from tip ends of the second vertical wall portions
while undergoing displacement to one side in a top-bottom direction, and a pair of extending wall portions extending in the
top-bottom direction from tip ends of the outward extending wall portions so as to be surrounded by the first vertical wall
portions and the flanges,

wherein
a plurality of locking claws are aligned side by side in the direction of the relative movement at tip ends of the flanges
of the first rail;

the second rail is provided with a pair of through-holes penetrating the second vertical wall portions in the width direction
and penetrating the outward extending wall portions in the top-bottom direction;

the vehicle seat sliding apparatus further comprises,
a locking member connected to the second rail in a rotationally movable manner about an axial line extending in the width
direction on an inner side of the second vertical wall portions in the width direction, formed in an insertable manner into
the through-holes in the second vertical wall portions, having locking portions capable of locking at least a part of the
locking claws in side edge portions in the width direction, and selectively locking the relative movement of the first and
second rails as the locking portions fit onto and come off the locking claws in association with a rotational movement in
the top-bottom direction, and

a biasing member biasing and rotating the locking member to a side where the relative movement is locked;
the outward extending wall portions are provided with a pair of flat portions making a region between outer ends of the outward
extending wall portions in the width direction and the through-holes horizontally in the width direction so that an abutment
position of the outward extending wall portions and the locking member in association with a rotational movement of the locking
member comes closer to the first connection wall portion in the top-bottom direction,

the respective outer extending wall portions are provided with a gradually changing portion that gradually conforms different
sectional shapes to each other at least on one side of the flat portions in the direction of the relative movement, and

the gradually changing portion is inclined downward toward the flat portion from the outer ends of the outward extending wall
portions.

US Pat. No. 9,303,535

OIL CONTROL VALVE MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An oil control valve mounting arrangement comprising a resin cover with a metal cylindrical body insert-molded therein,
a valve sleeve housed within the cylindrical body, and a spool inserted in the valve sleeve;
wherein in at least at one end portion of the cylindrical body in an axial direction of the valve sleeve, the cover includes
an engaging portion engageable with an interior-facing face of the cylindrical body facing a radially inner side of the valve
sleeve at an end of the cylindrical body in the axial direction of the valve sleeve so as to restrict displacement of the
cover away from the cylindrical body in a radial direction of the valve sleeve;

wherein in an other end portion of the cylindrical body in the axial direction of the valve sleeve, the cover includes a restricting
portion for restricting movement of the cylindrical body; and

wherein a radially innermost face of the engaging portion in opposition to the valve sleeve is positioned more outward in
the radial direction of the valve sleeve than a radially innermost face of the cylindrical body in opposition to the valve
sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,249,701

VALVE CASE FOR OIL CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve case disposed within a cylinder head cover, comprising:
a housing portion including a cylindrical space for housing a spool of an oil control valve which enters one axial end of
the cylindrical space in a direction parallel to a central axis of the cylindrical space; and

a wall portion including a drain space arranged in its depth direction at a nonzero angle and non-parallel with respect to
a depth direction of the cylindrical space, the central axis of the cylindrical space intersecting the wall portion; wherein

the drain space is arranged at an other axial end of the cylindrical space opposite the one axial end of the cylindrical space;
the housing portion and the wall portion are integrally formed;
one endmost portion of the housing portion, which is on an opposite side of the valve case relative to the wall portion, is
surrounded and contacted by resin of the cylinder head cover;

the resin of the cylinder head cover contacts the wall portion to thereby cover the wall portion;
the valve case is formed at the cylinder head cover by insert molding;
a thickness of the wall portion is thinner than a thickness of the housing portion; and
an outline shape of the wall portion, in a plane which is perpendicular to the depth direction of the drain space, is formed
in an arc shape.

US Pat. No. 9,242,535

ROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A roof apparatus comprising:
a movable panel configured to open and close an opening formed at a roof of a vehicle;
a pair of guide rails, each of the pair of guide rails being provided at a respective edge portion of the opening in a vehicle
width direction and being extended in a front-rear direction of the vehicle;

a pair of support brackets, each of the pair of support brackets being provided at a respective edge portion of the movable
panel in the vehicle width direction and supported at a respective one of the pair of guide rails to be movable and slidable
relative to the respective one of the guide rails;

the movable panel being configured to be opened while maintaining a tilt-up state; and
a cover portion provided at a front edge portion of each of the support brackets at an upper side of each of the guide rails,
wherein the cover portion includes a first wall portion and a second wall portion disposed to face each other in the front-rear
direction, and wherein a cover-portion drain groove is formed between the first wall portion and the second wall portion to
be extended in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,069,016

CURRENT SENSOR

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A current sensor comprising:
at least three bus bars that are made of flat-plate-shaped conductors that are provided side by side along a direction parallel
to the thickness of the flat plate shape;

a plurality of cores in which a core is formed by stacking flat plates made of U-shaped magnetic bodies and in which each
of the bus bars is inserted into the inside a U-shaped U groove of the core formed by stacking the flat plates so that the
face of the bus bar in a plate width direction and the face of a side wall inside the U-shaped U groove of the core formed
by stacking the flat plates become parallel to each other; and

a detecting element that is arranged on the side of an opening portion of each of the cores so that a detection direction
thereof runs along a spacing direction of the opening portion and detects the intensity of a magnetic field,

wherein the core is configured so that a gap between the core and another bus bar that is adjacent to the bus bar inserted
into the U groove of the core as viewed in the axial direction of the bus bar becomes ½ of the length of the opening portion
in the spacing direction, and

wherein the tolerance of the gap is set to a value obtained by subtracting the value of 3/2 of the length of the opening portion
in the spacing direction from the value of the interval between the bus bars that are adjacent to each other, with the gap
as a median value.

US Pat. No. 9,469,335

REAR WHEEL STEERING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A rear wheel steering apparatus for a vehicle, the rear wheel steering apparatus configured to be mounted on a suspension
mechanism that supports rear wheels of the vehicle and steering the rear wheels, the rear wheel steering apparatus comprising:
a housing configured to be connected via a first connection member and a second connection member to the suspension mechanism;
an electric motor accommodated within the housing;
a planetary gear mechanism including a sun gear connected to an output shaft of the electric motor, a ring gear supported
within the housing to be non-rotatable, a planetary gear meshing with the ring gear and the sun gear, and a carrier connected
to the planetary gear, the planetary gear mechanism decelerating an output of the electric motor;

a linear motion mechanism including a nut member connected to the planetary gear mechanism and constituting the carrier, and
a rod threadedly engaged with the nut member and connected to the second connection member, the linear motion mechanism converting
a rotary motion of the nut member to a linear motion of the rod, the housing including a cylindrical body which accommodates
the electric motor and the planetary gear mechanism in a state where the electric motor and the planetary gear mechanism are
arranged in tandem with each other and which includes a lock portion provided at an inner surface of the cylindrical body
to be positioned between the electric motor and the planetary gear mechanism, the housing including a connection cover including
the first connection member and closing an opening portion of the cylindrical body;

a cylindrical holding member holding the ring gear within the cylindrical body in a state where the ring gear constituting
the planetary gear mechanism is prevented from rotating;

a bearing supporting the nut member in a manner that the nut member is rotatable relative to the cylindrical holding member;
wherein the bearing and the cylindrical holding member are disposed and held between the lock portion of the cylindrical body
and the connection cover;

the cylindrical holding member is held to be non-rotatable relative to the cylindrical body;
the ring gear includes an engagement portion protruding outwardly in a radial direction of the ring gear; and
the cylindrical holding member includes a locking portion locking the engagement portion in a circumferential direction of
the cylindrical holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,466,436

ALIGNED CARBON NANOTUBE ASSEMBLY, CARBON-BASED ELECTRODE, POWER STORAGE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ALIGNED CARBON NANOTUBE ASSEMBLY

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A power storage device comprising:
a positive electrode;
a negative electrode;
an electrolytic substance interposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode;
a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, transporting the electrolytic substance, and
suppressing electrical short circuit between the positive electrode and the negative electrode; and

a container storing the positive electrode, the negative electrode, the electrolytic substance, and the separator,
wherein at least one of the negative electrode and the positive electrode comprises an aligned carbon nanotube assembly in
which a plurality of carbon nanotubes aligned in parallel along the same direction and having parallel orientation are aggregated,
and

wherein for the aligned carbon nanotube assembly as grown,
1) the carbon nanotube comprising the aligned carbon nanotube assembly has a defective pore on its side surface, and
2) in a raman spectrum of the aligned carbon nanotube assembly in a Raman spectrometric method, when intensity of scattered
light in D-band is represented by ID and intensity of scattered light in G-band is represented by IG, an ID/IG ratio is not less than 0.80.

US Pat. No. 9,447,896

CONTROL VALVE AND ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE OF CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A control valve, comprising:
a spool formed with a fluid passage allowing a circulation of an operation fluid for switching a supply of the operation fluid
to plural operation fluid supply portions;

a cylindrical sleeve including plural supply and exhaust ports supplying and exhausting the operation fluid to and from the
plural operation fluid supply portions, and plural drain ports allowing the operation fluid returning from the plural operation
fluid supply portions to drain, the sleeve slidably accommodating the spool therein;

a solenoid mechanism for changing a position of the spool relative to the sleeve;
a communication portion formed on an outer periphery surface of the sleeve, the communication portion connected to plural
drain ports;

the control valve applied to a variable valve timing control device configured to change an opening and closing timing of
a valve which is provided at an internal combustion engine for an intake and exhaust of air and including a lock mechanism
for fixing the opening and closing timing of the valve at an intermediate phase between a most advanced angle phase and a
most retarded angle phase, wherein the plural drain ports includes a first drain port allowing the operation fluid to drain
when a relative phase is changed to a retarded angle phase, a second drain port allowing the operation fluid to drain when
the relative phase is changed to an advanced angle phase, and a third drain port allowing the operation fluid to drain when
the lock mechanism is unlocked; and

the communication portion includes a first connection portion connecting the first drain port and the second drain port and
a second connection portion connecting the second drain port and the third drain port, and a cross-sectional dimension of
the first connection portion is greater than a cross-sectional dimension of the second connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,416,851

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An automatic transmission for a vehicle, comprising:
a housing;
three planetary gear mechanisms including a first planetary gear mechanism which is a single pinion type planetary gear mechanism,
a second planetary gear mechanism which is one of a single pinion type planetary gear mechanism and a double pinion type planetary
gear mechanism, and a third planetary gear mechanism which is a single pinion type planetary gear mechanism, the first planetary
gear mechanism, the second planetary gear mechanism, and the third planetary gear mechanism being supported by the housing
and being coaxial to a rotation axis; a second sun gear, a second carrier, and a second ring gear in an arranged order in
a velocity diagram being defined as a first element, a second element, and a third element, respectively, in a case where
the single pinion type planetary gear mechanism is applied as the second planetary gear mechanism; the second carrier, the
second ring gear, and the second sun gear in an arranged order in a velocity diagram being defined as the first element, the
second element, and the third element, respectively, in a case where the double pinion type planetary gear mechanism is applied
as the second planetary gear mechanism; a first ring gear of the first planetary gear mechanism and a third sun gear of the
third planetary gear mechanism being connected to each other, and the first element of the second planetary gear mechanism
and a third ring gear of the third planetary gear mechanism being connected to each other;

an input shaft supported by the housing to be rotatable about the rotation axis, the input shaft connected to a first carrier
of the first planetary gear mechanism;

an output shaft supported by the housing to be rotatable about the rotation axis, the output shaft connected to a third carrier
of the third planetary gear mechanism;

a first brake selectively fixing a first sun gear of the first planetary gear mechanism to the housing;
a second brake selectively fixing the first element and the third ring gear which are connected to each other to the housing;
a first clutch selectively connecting the first carrier and the third element;
a second clutch selectively connecting the first sun gear and the third element;
a third clutch selectively connecting the first ring gear and the second element; and
a fourth clutch selectively connecting the second element and the third carrier; wherein
the first brake fixes the first sun gear to the housing, the second clutch connects the first sun gear and the third element,
and the fourth clutch connects the second element and the third carrier when a reverse speed is established.

US Pat. No. 9,394,948

TORQUE FLUCTUATION ABSORBING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A torque fluctuation absorbing apparatus absorbing a torsional vibration of a power transmission system in response to
a torque fluctuation of an engine, comprising:
a plate member configured to be provided at the power transmission system and including a rolling guide surface;
a mass member rolling on the rolling guide surface of the plate member, the mass member possessing an outer periphery;
an anti-skid member attached to the outer periphery of the mass member;
the rolling guide surface including a plurality of first rolling guide surfaces each formed in an arc shape and provided radially
inward relative to an outer circumferential portion of the plate member to be arranged in a circumferential direction and
a second rolling guide surface allowing the mass member to roll on a locus which is different from a locus on the first rolling
guide surface formed in the arc shape;

the plurality of first rolling guide surfaces formed to be adjacent to one another in a circumferential direction via the
second rolling guide surface, the plurality of first rolling guide surfaces including a plurality of arc shaped outer periphery
side rolling guide surfaces arranged adjacent to one another in a circumferential direction at an outer periphery portion
of the plate member;

the mass member configured to move to the adjacent first rolling guide surface via the second rolling guide surface when a
torsional vibration of the power transmission system is assumed to be equal to or greater than a predetermined level;

the second rolling guide surface being provided to connect the first rolling guide surfaces adjacent to each other; the second
rolling guide surface configured to guide the mass member to move to the adjacent outer periphery side rolling guide surface
when the torsional vibration of the power transmission system is assumed to be equal to or greater than the predetermined
level; and

loci of the mass member are seamlessly switched from the locus in which the mass member rolls on the first rolling guide surface
to the locus in which the mass member rolls on the second rolling guide surface.

US Pat. No. 9,376,843

POSITION HOLDING DEVICE FOR ROTATING LEVER AND VEHICLE DOOR LOCK DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAID POSITION HOLDING DEVICE FOR ROTATING LEVER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A position holding device for a rotating lever, comprising:
a rotating lever that is rotatably supported by a base member in a manner that the rotating lever abuts against a first stopper
member to be held at a first position, and abuts against a second stopper member to be held at a second position;

a torsion spring that is interposed between the rotating lever and the base member, urges the rotating lever toward the first
stopper member at the first position, and urges the rotating lever toward the second stopper member at the second position,

the position holding device being capable of holding the rotating lever elastically at two positions including the first position
and the second position,

wherein the torsion spring comprises:
a coiled part supported by the base member; and
a first arm part and a second arm part each extending from the coiled part in a radial direction thereof, the first arm part
and the second arm part facing each other across an engagement portion provided to the rotating lever,

wherein the first arm part comprises a mountain portion comprising a top portion that is brought into engagement with the
engagement portion in a manner that the engagement portion climbs over the top portion at an intermediate part of a circular-arc
locus formed along with rotation of the rotating lever from the first position to the second position, the mountain portion
urging the rotating lever toward the first stopper member when the rotating lever is held at the first position, and urging
the rotating lever toward the second stopper member when the rotating lever is held at the second position, and

wherein the second arm part comprises an urging portion that is brought into engagement with the engagement portion when the
rotating lever rotates at least from the intermediate part to the first position, the urging portion urging the rotating lever
toward the second stopper member with an urging force smaller than an urging force exerted by the first arm part toward the
first stopper member when the rotating lever is held at the first position; and

a spring for constantly urging the rotating lever toward the first position with an urging force smaller than an urging force
of the torsion spring.

US Pat. No. 9,371,015

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:
a seat back;
a seat cushion; and
a reclining device that includes a rotation locking mechanism, and couples the seat back with the seat cushion such that a
reclining angle of the seat back is adjustable,

wherein the reclining device comprises:
an operating shaft that is inserted through the reclining device in an axial direction thereof to be mounted, and is adapted
to release the reclining device from a locked position; and

a torsion spring mounted between an outer end portion of the operating shaft which protrudes from the reclining device outward
as viewed in a width direction of the seat, and a frame portion that constitutes at least one of the seat back and the seat
cushion and is located outside the reclining device as viewed in the width direction of the seat, wherein

the operating shaft is constantly biased by the torsion spring in a rotational direction for locking the reclining device,
the torsion spring is mounted onto the outer end portion of the operating shaft in the axial direction from an outer side
of the seat, to be wound thereon, and has an inner end portion closer to the seat and an outer end portion remote from the
seat, the inner end portion of the torsion spring being engaged with the operating shaft, and

the outer end portion of the torsion spring being engaged with the frame portion such that upon a displacement of the outer
end portion of the operating shaft away from the seat in the axial direction, the frame portion deforms the torsion spring
towards the seat in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,296,283

SUNROOF DEVICE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device comprising:
a functional bracket configured to support a lateral edge of a movable panel that opens and closes an opening formed in a
roof portion of a vehicle;

a guiderail configured to be located at a lateral edge of the opening and extend in the front-rear direction of the vehicle;
a drive member that includes driving teeth arranged along the drive member, wherein the drive member is driven to move along
the guiderail in the front-rear direction of the vehicle;

a sliding member that is linked to the functional bracket and arranged to be movable in the front-rear direction of the vehicle
along the guiderail, wherein the sliding member controls a position of the functional bracket together with the movable panel
when moving in the front-rear direction of the vehicle;

driven teeth formed on the sliding member, wherein the driven teeth are meshed with the driving teeth and restrict relative
movement of the drive member and the sliding member in the front-rear direction of the vehicle;

a mounted portion formed on the guiderail, wherein the drive member and the sliding member, in which the driving teeth are
meshed with the driven teeth, are mounted on the mounted portion, and the mounted portion holds the drive member and the sliding
member in the lateral and vertical directions of the vehicle;

a slot formed in a heightwise edge of the drive member, wherein the slot opens in the lateral direction of the vehicle;
a positioning protrusion that protrudes from the sliding member in the lateral direction of the vehicle opposed to the slot,
wherein the positioning protrusion is loosely fitted to the slot when the driving teeth are meshed with the driven teeth;

a step formed on the heightwise edge of the drive member where the step is formed along substantially the entire length in
the longitudinal direction, wherein the step decreases the height of the drive member at a side separated from the sliding
member; and

two hook projections that project toward the front and rear directions from a lateral, distal end of the positioning protrusion,
wherein the hook projections are hooked to the step at both sides of the slot to sandwich the slot in the front-rear direction
of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,291,283

HYDRAULIC CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hydraulic control device comprising:
a pump for discharging oil;
a first predetermined portion configured to receive the oil discharged from the pump;
a first channel establishing a communication between the pump and the first predetermined portion;
a second channel branched from the first channel for supplying oil to a second predetermined portion arranged separately from
the first predetermined portion;

a flow passage area regulation unit arranged on the second channel, the flow passage area regulation unit equipped with a
spool moving in a direction for increasing a flow passage area when an oil pressure in the second channel increases and moving
in a direction for decreasing a flow passage area when the oil pressure in the second channel decreases, the spool possessing
an outer peripheral surface, the flow passage area regulation unit including a biasing member retained in a space formed in
the spool, the biasing member biasing the spool in a direction to reduce a dimension of the flow passage area of the second
channel for lubricating oil; and

a bypass channel provided separately from a portion of the second channel where the spool disconnects the second channel,
the bypass channel establishing a communication between an upstream side and a downstream side of the second channel relative
to the flow passage area regulation unit, the bypass channel supplying oil to the second predetermined portion even in a closed
state in which the spool disconnects the second channel, the bypass channel being an annular groove on the outer peripheral
surface of the spool so that oil flows on the outer peripheral surface of the spool along the annular groove.

US Pat. No. 9,248,728

DEFLECTOR DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A deflector device for a vehicle, comprising:
an upper frame, which is arranged along a front edge of an opening formed in a roof of a vehicle, the opening being opened
and closed with a movable panel, wherein the upper frame is raised and lowered with respect to the roof in accordance with
an opening and closing operation of the movable panel; and

a mesh member, which is coupled to the upper frame and fixed at the front edge of the opening, wherein the mesh member is
changed between a deployed state and a stored state in accordance with the raising and lowering of the upper frame, wherein

the upper frame includes a front end in a vehicle front-rear direction and a coupling position to which the mesh member is
coupled,

the upper frame includes a protrusion between the front end and the coupling position,
the protrusion protrudes forward from the upper frame and protrudes downward from the upper frame along the mesh member, and
the protrusion is arranged on both sides of the mesh member in the vehicle front-rear direction.

US Pat. No. 9,205,766

VEHICLE SEAT OPERATING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle seat operating device comprising:
an input side member that performs an operation input;
an output side member that is moved based on an operation of the input side member to operate a seat adjustment mechanism;
and

a speed change mechanism that changes a rate of change of a movement amount of the output side member with respect to an operation
amount of the input side member according to an operation position of the input side member,

wherein the speed change mechanism includes:
a base member that axially supports the output side member;
a pulley that is axially supported by the output side member;
an abutting portion that is disposed in the output side member;
a cable that is hung by the pulley to turn, one terminal thereof being locked to the input side member and the other terminal
thereof being locked to the base member; and

an abutting piece that is fixed to a part of the cable which extends from the pulley toward the input side member and can
abut against the abutting portion in response to an increase in the operation amount of the input side member.

US Pat. No. 9,156,439

AUTOMATIC OPENING AND CLOSING APPARATUS OF OPENING AND CLOSING MEMBER FOR VEHICLE AND STRUCTURAL MEMBER INCLUDED IN VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An automatic opening and closing apparatus of an opening and closing member for a vehicle, comprising:
an opening and closing member driving portion configured to automatically open and close the opening and closing member mounted
at the vehicle;

a receiving portion configured to receive a radio signal transmitted from a radio transmitter and indicating identification
information for identifying the vehicle;

a non-contact detection sensor configured to detect an object in a non-contact manner and including a detection range that
is specified to an inner side relative to an outermost position of the vehicle in a direction towards an outer side of a vehicle
interior of the vehicle from the opening and closing member in a state where the opening and closing member is closed;

a control portion controlling the opening and closing member driving portion;
the control portion configured to control the opening and closing member driving portion in a case where the non-contact detection
sensor detects an object in a state where the identification information is correlated to the vehicle on a basis of the radio
signal received from the radio transmitter; and

a detection direction of the non-contact detection sensor being toward an outside of the vehicle and extending obliquely upward
of a horizontal axis of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,151,210

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fluid control valve comprising:
a body portion provided at a circulation flow passage that circulates fluid between an internal combustion engine and a heat
exchanger;

an inflow passage causing the fluid to flow into the body portion;
an outflow passage causing the fluid to flow out of the body portion;
a valve element adjusting a flow rate of the fluid;
a valve seat including a contact portion relative to the valve element, the contact portion being provided to face a downstream
side of a circulating direction of the fluid;

a solenoid causing the valve element to make contact with the valve seat in a state where the solenoid is supplied with an
electric power;

a spring mechanism holding the valve element to be balanced at a position at which the valve element is away from the valve
seat by a predetermined distance when the solenoid is inhibited from being supplied with the electric power and at the same
time the fluid is inhibited from flowing;

the spring mechanism including a first coil spring biasing the valve element to approach the valve seat and a second coil
spring biasing the valve element to separate from the valve seat; and

an outside diameter of the second coil spring being larger than an outside diameter of the first coil spring; and
one end of the second coil spring being located at an outer peripheral side of the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 9,108,622

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A drive control apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
an engine driving wheels;
an electric motor arranged between the engine and the wheels in series;
a clutch mechanism arranged between the engine and the electric motor and brought into an engagement state to connect the
engine and the electric motor to each other and into a disengagement state to disconnect the engine and the electric motor
from each other;

an engine rotation sensor detecting a rotation speed of the engine;
a motor rotation sensor detecting a rotation speed of the electric motor;
an acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion detecting whether the vehicle is in an acceleration intention
mode or a deceleration intention mode; and

a controller controlling an operation of the clutch mechanism so that the vehicle is driven by one of or both of the engine
and the electric motor based on a detection value of each of the engine rotation sensor, the motor rotation sensor, and the
acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion, wherein

in a case of operating the clutch mechanism from the disengagement state to the engagement state, the controller controls
the rotation speed of the engine to be an acceleration intention target value greater than the rotation speed of the motor
and thereafter brings the clutch mechanism into the engagement state in a case where the acceleration and deceleration intention
detecting portion detects that the vehicle is in the acceleration intention mode, and controls the rotation speed of the engine
to be a deceleration intention target value smaller than the rotation speed of the motor and thereafter brings the clutch
mechanism into the engagement state in a case where the acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion detects
that the vehicle is in the deceleration intention mode.

US Pat. No. 9,086,116

DAMPER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A damper device comprising:
a first shaft that outputs rotational power of a power source;
a second shaft that transmits the rotational power to a gear mechanism and includes outer splines;
a first rotational member(s) to which the rotational power of the first shaft is transmitted;
a second rotational member connected by splined engagement with the outer splines;
a damper unit that absorbs torque fluctuations between the first rotational member(s) and the second rotational member;
an inertial body having inner splines for connection by splined engagement with the outer splines and having a substantially
annular portion; wherein

tooth parts of one of the outer splines and the inner splines are pressure-contacted with tooth parts of the other of the
inner splines and the outer splines, in a circumferential direction of the inertial body; and

wherein the inertial body includes, as the inner splines, first inner splines connected by splined engagement with the outer
splines and second inner splines connected by splined engagement with the outer splines at a location spaced a pre-set distance
from the first inner splines in an axial direction of the second shaft;

the tooth parts of the first inner splines being phase-shifted relative to the tooth parts of the second inner splines; and
the tooth parts of the outer splines being pressure-contacted with the tooth parts of the first inner splines and the tooth
parts of the second inner splines in the circumferential direction of the inertial body.

US Pat. No. 9,082,021

OBSTACLE ALERT DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An obstacle alert device comprising:
a photographed image acquisition section acquiring a photographed image photographing a scene in the periphery of the vehicle;
a photographed-image-of-interest generation section generating a photographed image of interest based on the photographed
image;

a masked region setting section setting a masked region making un-displayed at least a portion of the scene of the vehicle
periphery in the photographed image of interest;

an object presence determination section determining whether an object is present or not in an outside region outside the
photographed image of interest;

a clear indication image outputting section outputting a clear indication image including a clear indication indicator clearly
indicating presence of the object to be displayed at an end of the photographed image of interest on the side of the outside
region where the object is present in case the object in the outside region moves to the side of a region corresponding to
the photographed image of interest; and

a motion image outputting section outputting an image in which the clear indication indicator becomes absorbed from the side
of the masked region where the object is present in case the object in the outside region has entered the region corresponding
to the photographed image of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,944,203

MOTOR-EQUIPPED GEAR BOX MOUNTING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A motor-equipped gear box mounting structure that is configured to be attached to a frame member that extends in a front-rear direction of a vehicle power seat and to vertically adjust a seating surface of the vehicle power seat, the motor-equipped gear box mounting structure comprising:a motor-equipped gear box that includes a motor and a gear box, wherein
the gear box comprises:
a main body portion that is configured to be fixed to the frame member and within which is housed a reduction gear group that transmits a driving force from the motor to an output shaft, the main body portion including a motor-side bearing holding portion that holds a motor-side rotary bearing;
a motor mounting portion that mounts the motor to the main body portion;
a weak portion defining a plane and disposed between the main body portion and the motor mounting portion such that the weak portion is provided on a motor-side of the motor-side bearing holding portion,
the weak portion being configured to break such that the motor and the motor mounting portion detach from the main body portion as a result of a pressing force being applied to the motor-equipped gear box due to deformation of the frame member when the motor-equipped gear box mounting structure is attached to the frame member, and
a rotating shaft of the motor is coaxially and detachably coupled to a rotating shaft of a worm gear by a connection, wherein the worm gear is one gear in the reduction gear group,
wherein at least a portion of the connection is disposed in the plane defined by the weak portion.

US Pat. No. 9,459,135

COVER FOR LOAD DETECTION SENSOR AND LOAD DETECTION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A cover for a load detection sensor removably attached to the load detection sensor, comprising:
a sheet-shaped strain member;
a load input member penetrating a first main surface of the strain member and a second main surface of the strain member,
the load input member receiving a load from a seat for a vehicle;

a strain detection element being provided at the first main surface of the strain member;
a housing configured to contain an amplifier circuit amplifying a signal from the strain detection element;
a flexible board configured to connect the strain detection element and the amplifier circuit;
at least one fixing member fixing the strain member to the housing;
a cover portion facing the first main surface of the strain member;
a side portion being integrally formed with the cover portion and facing a side surface of the strain member; and
a clamping portion facing the second main surface of the strain member, the clamping portion extending from the side portion
toward the housing and covering a clearance provided between the load input member and the fixing member, the clamping portion
cooperating with the cover portion so that the clamping portion and the cover portion sandwich the load detection sensor therebetween;
wherein

the cover portion includes
an opening portion being formed to correspond to the load input member;
a cutout portion being formed to correspond to the fixing member; and
a projection portion protruding from a rim portion of the opening portion and being in contact with a portion of the load
detection sensor; and

the cover portion extends over a clearance provided among the housing, the load input member and the fixing member, the cover
for the load detection sensor covers the strain detection element and the flexible board.

US Pat. No. 9,412,522

HOLLOW CYLINDRICAL CAPACITOR AND INVERTER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A hollow tubular capacitor connected in parallel with an inverter circuit portion, including:
a one side electrode connecting portion having an inner peripheral tubular portion and a one side surface portion extending
from a one end portion of the inner peripheral tubular portion toward an outer peripheral side;

an other side electrode connecting portion having an outer peripheral tubular portion arranged coaxially with the inner peripheral
tubular portion on a central axis line and an other side surface portion extending from an other end portion of the outer
peripheral tubular portion toward an inner peripheral side; and

an electrostatic capacitance portion having a one side electrode plate connected to the one side electrode connecting portion,
an other side electrode plate arranged oppositely to the one side electrode plate and connected to the other side electrode
connecting portion and a dielectric body disposed between the one side electrode plate and the other side electrode plate,
wherein

the electrostatic capacitance portion is accommodated in a high density in an annular space formed by the inner peripheral
tubular portion, the one side surface portion, the outer peripheral tubular portion and the other side surface portion;

wherein the hollow tubular capacitor includes a plurality of hollow tubular capacitors arranged in front and rear direction
relative to the central axis line direction neighboring one another and the one end portion of the one side surface portion
side of a rear side of the inner peripheral tubular portion of the mutually neighboring hollow tubular capacitors is connected
to the one end portion of the other side surface portion side of a front side of the inner peripheral tubular portion of the
mutually neighboring hollow tubular capacitors, while the one end portion of the one side surface portion side of a rear side
of the outer peripheral tubular portion of the mutually neighboring hollow tubular capacitors is connected to the one end
portion of the other side surface portion side of the front side of the outer peripheral tubular portion of the mutually neighboring
hollow tubular capacitors.

US Pat. No. 9,387,749

SUNROOF APPARATUS

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof apparatus comprising:
a movable panel that is configured to open or close an opening formed in a roof of a vehicle;
a deflector which is disposed along a front edge portion of the opening, and has arm portions that extend rearward from both
end portions of the deflector in a lateral direction of the vehicle, and in which rear end portions of the arm portions are
connected to the roof in such a manner that the deflector is turnable, and a biasing force is applied to the arm portions
in a turning direction in which front ends pivotally move upward relative to the rear end portions;

guide rails that are disposed in both end portions of the opening in the lateral direction of the vehicle, and extend in a
longitudinal direction;

driving shoes which are provided so as to be able to move along the guide rails in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
and

support brackets, front end portions of which are supported by the guide rails in such a manner that the support brackets
can turn and move in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and which are connected to the driving shoes at a rear portion
thereof in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and support the movable panel, wherein

along with the movement of the driving shoe in a fully closed state of the movable panel, when the support bracket turns in
such a manner that a rear end of the support bracket pivotally moves upward relative to a front end portion of the support
bracket, the movable panel is tilted upward, and subsequently, when the front end portion moves toward the rear of the vehicle,
the movable panel slides along the guide rails while being tilted upward, and

a first engaging portion is formed integrally with the driving shoe, and the first engaging portion presses the arm portion
downward in a vertical direction of the vehicle in the fully closed state of the movable panel, and thereby holds the arm
portion at a turning position in which the front end of the arm portion pivotally moves downward relative to the rear end
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,383,271

LOAD DETECTION DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A load detection device comprising:
a tubular peripheral wall portion;
a disk-shaped disk portion that has a through hole formed coaxially with the peripheral wall portion and that is supported
on an inner surface of the peripheral wall portion with a gap between the disk portion and a placement surface on which the
peripheral wall portion is placed;

a load input portion that is formed in a spherical shape having a diameter larger than an inside diameter of the through hole
on at least a side thereof facing the through hole, that is placed on the through hole, and to which a load of an object to
be detected is input; and

sensors that are provided on a surface of the disk portion opposite to a surface of the disk portion that is in contact with
the load input portion so as to be point-symmetric about the through hole, and that detect a strain corresponding to the load
input to the load input portion,

wherein the disk portion includes an outer ring portion located on a radially outer side thereof and an inner ring portion
located on a radially inner side of the outer ring portion, and the inner ring portion is formed such that a thickness thereof
decreases toward the radially inner side,

the load input portion includes an input surface to which the load from the object to be detected is input and a curved output
surface formed on a side opposite to the input surface, and the load is output from the output surface,

the disk portion includes a contact portion coming into contact with the curved surface of the load input portion along a
continuous circular line or a broken circular line centered on a center of the load input portion,

the peripheral wall portion is a support member that supports the disk portion between the support member and the placement
surface, and

a diameter range of the input surface is set based on a diameter of the contact portion that changes in response to a deflection
of the disk portion that results from input of the load.

US Pat. No. 9,376,001

SUNROOF DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sunroof device for a vehicle, comprising:
a guide rail which is configured to be provided on each edge in a width direction of a vehicle of an opening formed on a vehicle
roof;

a first sliding member which is configured to be linked with each edge in the width direction of the vehicle of a movable
panel opening and closing the opening, is driven so as to move along the guide rail by an electric drive source driven and
controlled by a controller, is moved toward the front side of the vehicle with respect to the movable panel in a fully closed
state of the movable panel, lifts the rear portion of the movable panel with the front portion thereof as a support point,
and transfers the movable panel to a tilt-up state, in which in the tilt-up state, the first sliding member engages with the
movable panel when the first sliding member moves toward the rear side of the vehicle after the first sliding member further
moves toward the front side of the vehicle with respect to the movable panel to maintain the tilt-up state;

a guide block in which an engagement groove is formed and which is provided on the guide rail;
a check which includes an engagement protrusion capable of engaging with the engagement groove, is connected to each edge
in the width direction of the vehicle of the movable panel, regulates the movement of the movable panel when the engagement
protrusion engages with the engagement groove in the fully closed state and the first sliding member moves toward the front
side of the vehicle, and releases the regulation of the movement of the movable panel so that the engagement protrusion is
deviated from the engagement groove when the first sliding member moves toward the rear side of the vehicle after the first
sliding member further moves toward the front side of the vehicle; and

a regulation wall which prevents deformation of the guide block when the first sliding member moves toward the rear side of
the vehicle with respect to the movable panel in the fully closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,347,253

VEHICLE DOOR OPENING/CLOSING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door opening-closing device comprising:
a door handle that is supported by a vehicle door arranged on a vehicle body of a vehicle, wherein the door handle is movable
from an initial position to a movement position and is operated to open or close the vehicle door;

an urging member that urges the door handle in a second direction from the movement position toward the initial position and
moves the door handle from the movement position to the initial position after the door handle has been moved in a first direction
from the initial position to the movement position and then released;

an opening-closing operation detector that detects movement of the door handle in the first direction from the initial position
to the movement position and detects movement of the door handle in the second direction from the movement position to the
initial position;

a door drive mechanism configured to drive the vehicle door open or closed; and
a controller that actuates the door drive mechanism based on a second detection signal that is output from the opening-closing
operation detector when the open-closing operation detector detects the movement of the door handle in the second direction
subsequent to an output of a first direction signal that is output from the opening-closing operation detector when the opening-closing
operation detector detects the movement of the door handle in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,322,204

DOOR ACTUATING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A door actuating apparatus comprising:
an engagement mechanism selectively achieving an engaged state and a disengaged state, the engagement mechanism configured
to achieve the engaged state where a door that is rotatably supported by a vehicle body is retained at a full close position,
the engagement mechanism configured to achieve the disengaged state where the door is not retained at the full close position;

an operating portion configured to be operated for rotating the door that is at the full close position outward relative to
a vehicle interior, the operating portion outputting a signal for rotating the door;

a control unit receiving the signal from the operating portion, the control unit actuating an actuator in response to the
signal;

an engagement member configured to be retained by the vehicle body and configured to engage with the door, the engagement
member advancing and retracting relative to the door in accordance with rotation of the door; and

a lever mechanism operated by actuation of the actuator,
the lever mechanism shifting a state of the engagement mechanism from the engaged state to the disengaged state by virtue
of the lever mechanism engaging the engagement mechanism while the engagement mechanism is in the engaged state,

the lever mechanism engaging the engagement member to apply a force from the actuator to the door that rotates the door from
the full close position to a predetermined rotational position positioned between the full close position and a full open
position,

the lever mechanism being separable from the engagement member to allow the door, when the door is in the predetermined rotational
position, to rotate in a vehicle exterior direction when an external force rotating the door in the vehicle exterior direction
is exerted on the door.

US Pat. No. 9,303,536

VALVE OPENING AND CLOSING CONTROL APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve opening and closing time control apparatus that is equipped in an internal combustion engine which is automatically
stopped by an engine control portion, when a stop condition is established in a situation that a stop operation is not performed
by a driver, and is automatically started by the engine control portion when a start condition is next established, the apparatus
comprising:
a driving side rotating body that is rotated synchronously with a crank shaft of the internal combustion engine;
a driven side rotating body configured to rotate integrally with a cam shaft of the internal combustion engine and to rotate
relative to the driving side rotating body;

an advanced angle chamber that changes a relative rotation angle between the driving side rotating body and the driven side
rotating body in an advanced angle direction by supply of hydraulic fluid, and a delayed angle chamber that changes the relative
rotation angle in a delayed angle direction by supply of hydraulic fluid, the advanced angle chamber and the delayed angle
chamber being formed between the driving side rotating body and the driven side rotating body;

a relative rotation angle control unit that sets the relative rotation angle in a control region between the most advanced
angle and the most delayed angle;

wherein the relative rotation angle control unit performs most delayed angle setting control of setting the relative rotation
angle between the driving side rotating body and the driven side rotating body to the most delayed angle when performing the
automatic stop, and most delayed angle restriction control of maintaining the relative rotation angle in the most delayed
angle from the beginning of the automatic start until reaching a set timing when the automatic start-up begins, and releasing
the maintenance of the most delayed angle after the setting timing;

wherein the relative rotation angel control unit includes a relative rotation angle control valve that selects one the of
the advanced angle chamber and the delayed angle chamber and supplies the hydraulic fluid, an accumulator that stores the
hydraulic fluid in a pressurized state, and a pressure accumulation control valve that controls the accumulator;

the relative rotation angle control unit executes the most delayed angle setting control of setting the relative rotation
angle to the most delayed angle when performing the automatic stop, controls the relative rotation angle control valve at
a delayed angle position from the beginning of the automatic start to the set timing when the automatic start-up beings, and
controls the pressure accumulation valve so as to cause the pressure of the hydraulic fluid of the accumulator to act on the
delayed angle chamber; and

wherein a control path is formed which supplies the hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic pump that is driven by the internal
combustion engine to the delayed angle chamber, a check valve, which allows the flow of hydraulic fluid sent from the hydraulic
pump at the hydraulic pump side position further than the relative rotation angle control valve, is interposed with respect
to the control oil path, and the hydraulic fluid from the accumulator is supplied to the control oil path between the relative
rotation angle control vale and the check valve by a connection oil path.

US Pat. No. 9,162,590

SEAT SLIDE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a lower rail configured to be retained on a floor portion of the vehicle;
an upper rail configured to retain a seat, the upper rail configured to move relative to the lower rail;
a lock mechanism configured to restrain movement of the upper rail relative to the lower rail;
a first unlock mechanism including an unlock lever making rotational movement in response to an operational input at an operation
lever, the first unlock mechanism operating the lock mechanism to unlock by the rotational movement of the unlock lever;

a second unlock mechanism making the unlock lever rotationally move in a direction that unlocks the lock mechanism by pushing
the unlock lever in accordance with a predetermined seat operation;

an unlocked state retaining lever configured to retain the lock mechanism in an unlocked state cooperating with the second
unlock mechanism by operating in conjunction with the second unlock mechanism to move to a position where the lock mechanism
is retained in the unlocked state;

a first unlocked state release mechanism moving the unlocked state retaining lever to a position where the lock mechanism
is released from being retained in the unlocked state by making contact with an operation body in accordance with movement
of the upper rail relative to the lower rail; and

a second unlocked state release mechanism moving the unlocked state retaining lever to a position where the lock mechanism
is released from being retained in the unlocked state by pushing the unlocked state retaining lever in accordance with the
operational input, wherein

the first unlocked state release mechanism includes an unlocked state release lever making rotational movement by a first
end of the unlocked state release lever coming into contact with the operation body and a second end of the unlocked state
release lever pushing the unlocked state retaining lever in a direction that releases the lock mechanism from being retained
in the unlocked state, and wherein

the second unlocked state release mechanism includes a second unlocked state release lever making rotational movement integrally
with the unlock lever in accordance with the operational input and pushing the unlocked state retaining lever in the direction
that releases the lock mechanism from being retained in the unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 9,151,190

VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A valve timing controller comprising:
a driving-side rolling body configured to rotate synchronously with a crankshaft of an internal combustion engine;
a driven-side rolling body which is coaxially held in the driving-side rolling body through a sealing member and is configured
to rotate in a unified manner with a camshaft for opening/closing a valve of the internal combustion engine, relative to the
driving-side rolling body, the driven-side rolling body possessing a first end face and a second end face, the second end
face being at an end of the driven-side rolling body opposite to the first end face and being closer to the camshaft than
the first end face;

an advance chamber configured to move a relative rotation phase of the driven side rolling body relative to the driving-side
rolling body in an advance direction by a volume increase of the advance chamber through an operating oil supply, and a retard
chamber configured to move the relative rotation phase in a retard direction by a volume increase of the retard chamber through
an operating oil supply, the advance chamber and the retard chamber being formed of the driving-side rolling body and the
driven-side rolling body;

a torsion spring which is disposed in a space formed between a front plate or a rear plate of the driving-side rolling body
and the driven-side rolling body and is configured to bias at all times the driving-side rolling body and the driven-side
rolling body in the advance direction or the retard direction;

a first cylindrical portion provided in the front plate or the rear plate and a second cylindrical portion representing an
inner diameter-side wall of an annular groove formed in the first end face of the driven-side body on the opposite side of
the camshaft, the first and second cylindrical portions being insertable into each other in an axial direction;

a recess in the second end face of the driven-side rolling body, the recess possessing an opening, an end portion of the camshaft
being insertable into the recess; and

a chamfer at the opening of the recess, the chamfer possessing an opening diameter larger than an inner diameter of a hole
in the rear plate into which the camshaft is insertable. the inner diameter of the hole being larger than an inner diameter
of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,063,021

SEAT OCCUPANCY DETERMINATION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat occupancy determination apparatus comprising:
a seat belt detection portion configured to detect an engagement of a tongue plate with a buckle of a seat belt;
first and second load sensors arranged at one end of a lower side of a seat in a width direction thereof in a state where
the first and second load sensors are positioned away from each other, each of the first and second load sensors detecting
a portion of a load applied to the seat;

a determination portion determining whether an occupancy state of the seat is an occupant seated state in which an occupant
is seated on the seat or the occupancy state is a no occupant state in which the occupant is not seated on the seat; and

a first determination process portion monitoring a fluctuation of a load detected by the first and second load sensors for
a predetermined time in a state where the seat belt detection portion detects a disengagement state of the seat belt while
the occupant seated state is determined by the determination portion,

the first determination process portion determining a load decrease caused by a turning of the vehicle in a case where the
fluctuation of the load exceeds a predetermined threshold value and inhibiting a determination of the determination portion
from being shifted to the no occupant state,

the first determination process portion determining the load decrease caused by the occupant moving away from the seat and
that the occupant is not seated on the seat in a case where the fluctuation of the load is equal to or smaller than the predetermined
threshold value and shifting the determination of the determination portion to the no occupant state;

a third determination process portion determining that the load decrease is caused by the turning of the vehicle to inhibit
the determination of the determination portion from being shifted to the no occupant state in a case where a negative load
is detected by the first and second load sensors; and

a fourth determination process portion causing the determination of the determination portion to be shifted to the no occupant
state in a case where a load value detected by the first and second load sensors is equal to or smaller than a predetermined
load value for a predetermined time period in a state where the determination of the determination portion is inhibited from
being shifted to the no occupant state by one of the first, second, and third determination process portions.

US Pat. No. 9,592,583

POLISHING BRUSH AND MACHINING TOOL USING THE SAME

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A polishing brush comprising:
a brush body that includes a cylindrical base section and linear abrasive materials extending from a bottom surface of one
side of the base section along a direction of a center of an axis of the base section, and removes burrs and performs polishing
on a surface of a workpiece metal by relatively moving the abrasive materials and the workpiece metal while tips of the abrasive
materials come into contact with a surface of the workpiece metal;

a brush guide that is coaxial with the center of the axis and is disposed on an outside of the brush body in a radial direction
so that the tips of the abrasive materials protrude from an end portion;

a displacement mechanism that changes protruding lengths of the abrasive materials from the end portion;
an accommodation portion that accommodates the displacement mechanism; and
a gear mechanism that gives a rotational power to the displacement mechanism, the gear mechanism being exposed to an outside
from an opening formed in the accommodation portion,

wherein the rotational power changes protruding lengths of the abrasive materials.

US Pat. No. 9,550,517

REAR WHEEL STEERING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A rear wheel steering apparatus for a vehicle comprising:
a housing that is connected via a first connecting member and a second connecting member to a suspension mechanism which supports
rear wheels of a vehicle;

an electric motor that is accommodated in the housing;
a planetary gear mechanism that has a sun gear which is connected to an output shaft of the electric motor, a ring gear which
is non-rotatably supported inside the housing, a planetary gear which meshes with the ring gear and the sun gear, and a carrier
which is connected to the planetary gear, and reduces the output of the electric motor; and

a linear motion mechanism that has a nut member which is connected to the planetary gear mechanism and forms the carrier,
and a rod which is screwed to the nut member and is connected to the second connecting member, and converts the rotational
motion of the nut member into the linear motion of the rod,

wherein the planetary gear mechanism includes
a circular columnar pin that rotatably supports the planetary gear and is fixed to the nut member, and
a locking member that is joined to a tip end portion of the pin and has at least one contact portion on a surface thereof
facing the planetary gear, and

wherein in a state where the planetary gear is installed between the contact portion of the locking member and the nut member,
the planetary gear is supported to be capable of rotating around the pin,

wherein the locking member has a concave portion that supports the tip end portion of the pin, and
wherein a plurality of protruding ridges are provided on an inner circumferential surface of the concave portion while being
equally spaced along a circumference around the pin, with the protruding ridges extending in an axial direction of the pin,
and protruding in a direction toward the axis of the pin.

US Pat. No. 9,401,670

ELECTRIC PUMP

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An electric pump, comprising:
a pump body pumping up and discharging an operation fluid;
a sensorless brushless motor driving the pump body; and
an electronic control unit controlling the motor to perform a constant current control and a constant voltage control to discharge
a necessary discharge amount of the operation fluid from the pump body, the electronic control unit controlling the motor
to switch from the constant current control to the constant voltage control at a predetermined temperature of the operation
fluid and at a predetermined motor applied voltage,

wherein the electronic control unit controls the motor to switch from the constant current control to the constant voltage
control,

wherein at switching, the electronic control unit increases linearly the motor applied voltage to a motor applied voltage
that is higher than the predetermined motor applied voltage when a temperature of the operation fluid is lower than the predetermined
temperature to discharge the necessary discharge amount of the operation fluid from the pump body.

US Pat. No. 9,347,547

TRANSMISSION

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A transmission, comprising:
a housing;
a planetary gear mechanism supported by the housing to be rotatable about a rotation axis;
an input shaft supported by the housing to be rotatable about the rotation axis, the input shaft being inputted with a rotation
drive force;

an output shaft supported by the housing to be rotatable about the rotation axis, the output shaft outputting the rotation
drive force with speed changed by the planetary gear mechanism;

a brake including a friction member, a piston member pressing the friction member, and an actuator portion applying a pressing
force to the piston member, the brake braking a rotation of one of a sun gear, a ring gear, and a carrier of the planetary
gear mechanism;

an external output gear positioned between the friction member and the actuator portion in a direction of the rotation axis,
the external output gear provided at a member integrally rotating with the input shaft, the external output gear for outputting
the rotation drive force to an outer periphery side relative to the housing; and

the piston member including an opening portion formed over a predetermined angular range about the rotation axis and within
a range in the direction of the rotation axis in which the external output gear is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,321,333

SLIDE DOOR APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A slide door apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:
a body-side guide rail provided at a side surface of a vehicle body;
a door-side guide rail provided at a slide door;
connection members each of which includes a guide roller rolling on a path which is defined by each of the body-side guide
rail and the door-side guide rail, each of the connection members being connected to each of the body-side guide rail and
the door-side guide rail;

the slide door being supported at the vehicle body via the body-side guide rail, the door-side guide rail, and the connection
members, the slide door being configured to open and close a door opening portion which is provided at the side surface of
the vehicle body by moving in a front-rear direction of a vehicle along each of the body-side guide rail and the door-side
guide rail,

one of the connection members being connected to the door-side guide rail and including a support arm which is rotatably connected
to the vehicle body and at which the guide roller is provided, and

a rotation restriction mechanism restricting the support arm from rotating at a position at which the support arm is positioned
after the support arm rotates with an opening operation of the slide door.

US Pat. No. 9,139,062

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:
a detection portion detecting a master cylinder pressure which is an oil pressure applied by a master cylinder changing a
depression force applied to a brake pedal into the oil pressure; and

a control portion controlling a suspension to restrain a vehicle from tilting forward caused by a depression of the brake
pedal based on a variation of the master cylinder pressure, the control portion controlling the suspension to restrain the
vehicle from swinging back from a tilting forward attitude caused by a release of the brake pedal from a depressed state of
the brake pedal based on the variation of the master cylinder pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,067,508

SEAT OCCUPANCY DETERMINATION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A seat occupancy determination apparatus for selectively determining an occupant seated state in which an occupant is seated
on a seat and a no occupant state in which the occupant is not seated on the seat, comprising:
a seat belt detection portion configured to detect an engagement of a tongue plate with a buckle of a seat belt;
first and second load detection portions arranged at one end of a lower side of the seat in a width direction thereof in a
state where the first and second load detection portions are positioned away from each other, each of the first and second
load detection portions detecting a portion of a load applied to the seat;

a peak value detection portion detecting whether a peak value of a partial load value obtained on a basis of detection values
of the first and second load detection portions exists within a first predetermined time period in a case where the partial
load value decreases to or below a first threshold value, the first predetermined time period existing before a detection
of the first threshold value;

a first seat occupancy determination portion shifting a determination to the no occupant state in a case where the peak value
is detected by the peak value detection portion and a disengagement of the tongue plate from the buckle is detected by the
seat belt detection portion within a predetermined time before or after a point at which the peak value is detected while
the occupant seated state is determined,

the first seat occupancy determination portion being inhibited from shifting the determination to the no occupant state in
a case where the peak value is detected by the peak value detection portion and the disengagement of the tongue plate from
the buckle is inhibited from being detected by the seat belt detection portion within the predetermined time before or after
the point at which the peak value is detected; and

a total load value calculation portion calculating a total load value by adding a first load value serving as a portion of
a load detected by the first load detection portion and a second load value serving as a portion of a load detected by the
second load detection portion, wherein the partial load value is the total load value.

US Pat. No. 9,064,397

STATE ESTIMATION DEVICE, STATE ESTIMATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A state estimation device to estimate the state of a driver, the state estimation device comprising:
first identificator to identify, of a first group and a second group, the group the state of the driver belongs to using a
feature amount about the driver as an input value, each of the first group and the second group having a plurality of classes
defined as based on a degree of the activity of the driver;

second identificator to identify, of a third group and a forth group, the group the state of the driver belongs to using a
feature amount about the driver as an input value, each of the third group and the fourth group having a plurality of classes
defined as based on a degree of the activity of the driver;

estimator to estimate the class to which the state of the driver belongs on the basis of the identification result of the
first identificator and the identification result of the second identificator;

verifier to verify an estimation result of the estimator; and
outputter to output an estimation result that corresponds to a verification result of the verifier,
wherein the plurality of classes correspond to different degrees of sleepiness or alertness of the driver.